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PAPAR – St Joseph Parish here received its first 63 members for the year.
A total of 63 infants and children aged six years and below were baptised by Fathers Thomas Yip and Father Thomas Madanan on 18 Feb 2017.
The event began with a brief catechesis by Seminarian Gilbert Marcus on the importance of baptism, role of godparents and the choice of baptism names.
The youngest baptised member was a 10-day-old infant.
After the baptism, Fr Yip, assisted by Anna D Sipalan, catechetical committee coordinator, presented the certificates of baptism to the parents while they were having refreshments at the parish canteen.
This was the first of four sets of infant baptism scheduled by the parish this year. The other dates are scheduled on May 6, Aug 12 and Nov 11. – William Charles Mindus, SOCCOM Papar-Limbahau