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Kids may still hunt down godparents until Jan. 1

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Here’s a tip to children coming from no less than a Roman Catholic priest: Don’t grouse if you failed to see your godparents on Christmas Day to ask them for gifts. You still have until New Year’s Day to hunt them down.

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said children could still visit their godparents until the end of the “Christmas octave” on Jan. 1.

“We in the Philippines focus on the preparations for the misa de gallo (Christmas dawn Masses) so after Dec. 25, it’s like Christmas is over. It’s not,” Castro said in an interview.

“In the liturgy of the Church, Dec. 25 is just the start of Christmas and we celebrate that for eight days until Jan. 1. That’s what we call the Christmas octave so pwede pang mamasko (we can still ask for Christmas gifts),” he added.

However, Castro said parents should not encourage children to focus on expecting material gifts from their godparents.

“I think in our culture, it began as visits of children asking for the blessing of their godparents and thanking them for standing as godparents during their baptism and giving them the Faith,” Castro said.

“However, it evolved and later gifts were also expected. Unfortunately, sometimes the focus is just on the gifts and not on the spiritual blessing,” he said.

Castro said Filipino children up to 12 years old traditionally visit their godparents after Christmas Day.

“Maybe instead of focusing on the material gifts, we should also emphasize the spiritual blessings that they get from godparents. They might even become the same godparents when these children grow up and get married,” he said.


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  • Loggnat

    What!!??? The Ninongs are not out of the woods until after January 6 which is Three Kings Day. The actual gift giving day during holidays when the 3 Kings gave presents to the Child Jesus. .:).
     

    • regd

      What 3 kings? There were 3 presents but no kings! There were wise men but no indication of actual number. Google it! 

      I’m a ninong myself and my inaanak keeps pestering me for gifts everytime I’m publicly exposed 365 days a year!

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the EpiscopalCommission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said children could still visit their godparents until the end of the “Christmas octave” on Jan. 1.<<<

    HOHOHOHO……minsan pang pinakikita ng mga TNL na EKSPERTO at MAGAGALING sa PAGHINGI at PAGPAPALIMOS ang kanilang NUMERO UNOng PINUPUNTIRYA sa kanilang pagmiministro…..ANG PARAAN ng pagiging matagumpay sa pagtiklo ng mga mapipiga at "ma-ho-hold up" na "matatabang pusa".  Ispiritwal blesings?  Ano yan?  Nakakain ba yan?  Wala na yan sa kultura ng mga kabayaan ngayon at ang mahalaga, tulad ng kung ano ang mahalaga sa mga nagtuturo sa kanila, ay ang SALAPI, PERA, at KWARTA.  Sa simbahan ba, e, kung pinapa-ikot yong mga hahong de koleksiyon, e….. kung sa halip na salapi, pera, o kwarta ang ihulog, e, ispiritwal blessing ang ibigay sa pamamagitan ng pagbebendisyon ng kahon, OK ba, o sa imp**eno ang punta? 

    Pati ba naman ang paksang ito ay pinapatulan pa ng CBCP?  Ano na ang nangyari sa tinatawag na DELICADEZA…..nanigas na ba sa lamig ng panahon?

  • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

    Pera pera na nga lang to.

  • basilionisisa

    i know the heading is said in jest and what Fr Castro mentioned is true. and i would like to add: ninongs are for spiritual guidance (nga raw), kaya may ‘frustration’ kami na tuwing Pasko lang kami ‘naaalala’. sana paminsan-minsan kinukumusta kami (yung mga may isip at nag-aaral na), kahit sa social networking (internet) lang, and we will appreciate it kung may ‘problema’ kayong mga inaanak namin na lumapit kayo for advice or just to talk paminsan-minsan. then we will be much happier to welcome you during gift-giving time. o di ba?

  • bugoybanggers

    Kung ayaw mong mag bigay di huwag. Bakit pinipilit ka ba? Masyado kayong nag rereact. Freedom of RELIGION, Freedom of SPEACH, MEDIA FREEDOM  ano pa? Hindi mabubuo ang KAPILYANG PINAPATAYO ng mga PASTOR ninyo kung hindi kayo magAABULOY ganon lang ka simple. Isa pa ang may sala dito MEDIA bakit ipinalathala pa sa INQUIRER, sa INQUIRER kayo mag reklamo! Ang mga ninong pwedeng tumanggi, hindi naman sapilitan. TSK TSK TSK, maraming mga masasamang UTAK na mga contra sa mga pahayag sa KATOLIKO dito, kasi nagmamagaling o nag aakalang LIGTAS na sila. Larga!

  • UPnnGrd

     Hah hah hah… Kung ina-ana-anak ninyo ay CPP/NPA,  medyo iba ang takbo…. CPP/NPA paminsan minsan, pag nag-dabog ay may sumasabog!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

    REQUIREMENTS TO CLAIM YOUR GIFT: until january 1, 2013 only
    1. orig copy of baptismal certificate
    2. orig copy of NSO birth certificate
    3. baptismal picture together with ninong/ninang
    4. should know complete name of ninong/ninang
     

  • $23228448

    does that include the children that have a priest as a father….so is the pope the godparent



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