We booked The Blessed John Paul II Parish for the baptismal because it was convenient. The parish is airconditioned, picture worthy for camwhores, surrounded by restaurants and fast food joint being in Eastwood, and I heard great feedback about the gospel/mass. Short yet meaningful, which was exactly what Babe and I wanted.
Just a brief background: Babe and I are both Catholics but we are non practicing. We don’t go to church nor participate on activities such as processions. Pero we are a firm believer of faith and prayer. Hindi lang talaga namin isinasa-practice.
When I initially signed up, I had to submit my requirements, which mainly consist of a photocopy of the birth certificate, a permit from the local parish, and P1K fee. At that time, I thought, “Ang mahal!” because compared to other churches that I have asked before, it usually ranges from P200 – P300 and then you have to pay for additional sponsors. The lady explained naman that the P1k fee will cover the candles for the sponsors, and they allow additional 12 sponsors plus the 2 that will be listed on the certificate. I also asked if there will be a seminar beforehand so that I can notify the sponsors. Sabi ng lady, it will be covered during the actual event, and that it may only take an hour at most.
The schedule was 2PM. We arrived on time, and since we only signed up for the common day (Sunday), we were also with other families. In total, there were about 6 babies to be christened, including Geoff. To be honest, I have been to several baptismal and almost all of them does not bring back good memories. From the sweat the heat inside the church produced, up to the “nagpapagalit” na sermon from the priest or one of the women from the congregation. Promise, hindi ako fond ng ganung happening. BJPII however, bukod sa airconditioned ang place (hihi!), the sermon was short and meaningful. The priest talked about the importance of the godparents in our baby’s life, as well as the expectations that we are to set. Hindi lang sa regalo umiikot ang pagiging ninong or ninang. This is mainly the reason why we chose our closest friends to be Geoff’s godparents.
So there. If you are living within Quezon City and is close to Eastwood City, then I highly recommend this church. The staff is also accommodating and is willing to explain the inclusions of the fee.
Blessed John Paul II Parish (c/o Holy Family Chapel)