Parish to give free baptism to babies with Joseph-inspired names

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MANILA, April 23, 2014—Parents with newborn babies should consider naming them Joseph or other variants of the name, if only to avail of a free baptism offered by a parish in Tondo on St. Joseph the Worker’s feast day, May 1.

“All children to be christened Joseph or other names derived from it like Jose, Josefa, Josefina, and Josephine are entitled to a free baptism on May 1,” Fr. Bobby R. Titco, parish priest of San Jose Manggagawa Parish Church in Manuguit, Tondo, shared.

The Catholic Church is set to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1. (Photo: CBCP News file photo)

On the actual feast day, May 1, which coincides with “Labor Day”, the parish will be hosting a “Kasalang Bayan” at 9:30 a.m. and the “Binyagang Bayan” at 11 a.m. as two of the highlights of the occasion.

Titco also said the “town fiesta” on will include two masses, at 6:30 a.m. and at 8:00 a.m. during which all laborers and the tools they use in their trade will be blessed.

He added that later that day, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez will celebrate a “Missa Solemne” at 5:00 p.m.

The rest of the day, there will be an ongoing “Palarong Pinoy 2014” to be organized by the San Jose Manggagawa Parish Ministry for Youth Affairs.

“All parishioners—children, teens, adults, even seniors—are encouraged to join the games. Prizes are at stake for the winning participants,” the priest explained.

Those interested may have their names registered at the youth desk in front of our church.

Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will also be celebrating mass on April 30, the eve of the town fiesta, at 6:30 p.m.

The San Jose Manggawa Parish will also be one with the rest of the Catholic world in celebrating the “Feast of the Divine Mercy” on April 27, Sunday, which will also witness the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

The parish was founded in July 1966 and falls under the canonical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM).

It has since catered to the spiritual needs of Manuguit, Obrero (English: Worker), and Antipolo.

These are Tondo communities with large laborer population which explains the choice of name for the parish.

The New Testament Gospels of Matthew and Mark identify St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin and foster father of Jesus, as a tekton, a Greek word meaning “manual laborer” or “handyman”, but traditionally translated into English as “carpenter”.

Jesus, following the Jewish custom of the day, became a carpenter like Joseph.

Early church father Justin Martyr, who had lived in the second century of the Christian era, wrote that Jesus made yokes and ploughs for farming. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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