|I look like my daddeh!|
|Thank you Fr. Neil!|
Today, my baby girl got her very first milestone. She was baptized into the Christian world! (And the second one was that the stump of her umbilical cord fell off – Nanalou says it means she’s a “big girl” already… waaah!) Initially I was planning on having her baptism in the Philippines when we go home for a vacation next year. However Nanalou got all paranoid to make her travel (even out of the house mind you) more so fly on a plane without her getting baptized. Blame it on Filipino old wives’ tales. But it does make sense to baptize her as early as possible and hubby even wanted it done before Christmas.
We had her baptized in a beautiful church we go to weekly called St. Theresa’s Church Thimbirigasyaya. The process is quite simple:
Step 1: Talk to the Parish priest and make known your intention to have baby baptized in his church. We just caught up with Fr. Neil, the parish priest of St. Theresa’s on time after mass and he shared his requirements.
Step 2: Prepare requirements. For St. Theresa’s it is just your Church Marriage Certificate and Certificate of Active Participation of each of your Godparents from their parishes.
Step 3: Once you have completed your requirements, schedule the time with the parish, complete a form and submit the requirements. You have to personally go to the church for this. In our case, I was able to get a schedule 3 days before the baptism but to be sure, a week is what Father suggests. I suggest you talking to Lurthur who is such a helpful guy. He usually goes to the church office in the afternoon.
Step 4: Get your baptismal robe (we just bought it from Angels and Brats – a children’s clothes store along Havelock Road), a candle for each of your Godparents and get your video / camera ready.
Step 5: Show up!
It was that easy! Lurther told me the next day you can actually get the Baptismal certificate.
As Luna was being baptized, I couldn’t describe what I was feeling. There was an overwhelming sensation that, wow, my daughter is going through something major in her life. So this is how it feels for parents seeing their kids graduate and what not! I was so happy for her to be part of the Christian community already and welcomed to the church by our favorite priest in SL no less! I am a proud mama! I’m so excited to guide her into her Christian life. She will be experiencing her very first mass on Christmas day and we are excited for that as well!