On April 13, 2021, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu welcomed 100 newly baptized Catholics at the National Shrine of the Our Lady of the Rule in Lapu-Lapu City. The event was conducted on the third day of Triduum in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the First Baptism to be celebrated on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at the Plaza Sugbu in Cebu City.
In his homily, Bishop Patrick Daniel Parcon, Bishop of Talibon, mentioned that as children of God, one must spread the love for others.
“Real children of God have nothing else in their minds but to love each other, to respect, value, and care for one another,” said Bishop Parcon.
When one receives the sacrament of baptism, according to the Bishop, the person also takes part in Jesus’ mission. As part of the Christian community, all are considered as children of God that must be respected and give value.
“My dear brothers and sisters, especially those who are going to be baptized today, you will never leave this church the same person. You will be a totally different person because today you will be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… You will never be the same because today you will become children of God,” he added.
Bishop Midyphil Billones, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu, led the celebration of the baptism, confirmation, and communion to 100 adults. Together with Bp. Billones were Bishop Parcon and Maasin Bishop Precioso Cantillas.
The national shrine in Lapu-Lapu City where the baptism was held is among the 13 churches in the Archdiocese of Cebu declared as jubilee churches. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu Facebook Page)