12 infants baptized during launching of ‘Holy Birth Day’

Published January 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Leslie Ann Aquino 

Twelve infants from poor communities were baptized on Sunday at Quiapo Church as part of the launching of a nationwide campaign called “Holy Birth Day.”

The “Holy Birth Day” campaign of church-run Radyo Veritas seeks to promote the celebration of one’s Baptismal Day.

During the baptismal rite, retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani asked parents to remind their children of the date they were baptized.

“Don’t forget this day. Remind your child of this day,” he said.

“Remember January 12, 2020…because on this day you were reborn as a son and daughter of God through Baptism,” added Bacani.

Father Anton Pascual, president of Radyo Veritas, said it’s lamentable that only a few Catholics know the date of their baptism.

“Only a few know…some only bother to get their baptismal certificate because they need it to avail of other sacraments such as those getting married,” he said in an interview.

In fact, a nationwide survey conducted by Veritas revealed that only 57 percent of Catholics know the date of their Baptism.

The Veritas Truth Survey also showed that 32 percent have no idea when they were baptized; with the remaining 11% are unsure of their Baptismal Day.

It was for this reason that Radio Veritas thought of the campaign.

Pascual said the church is partly to blame why some of the faithful don’t fully understand the importance of baptism.

“Maybe the Church didn’t emphasize it enough how important it is being the foundation of our entry to salvation,” he said.

“That’s why we are launching this today in preparation also for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity here in 2021. We hope to enliven the consciousness and spiritual life of the faithful through this,” added Pascual.

He then urged the faithful to celebrate the day of their baptism by attending Mass, going to confession and performing acts of mercy.

Those who wish to seek assistance in finding out the location of the church they were baptized Pascual said, may call Veritas.

According to the priest, they plan to hold a special baptism for poor infants yearly every Feast of the Lord’s Baptism.

The infants that were baptized yesterday came from poor families in Quiapo and from the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation.

Among those who supported the activity was comedian Ai-Ai delas Alas who served as “ninang” to the newly baptized infants.