Baby ‘Josephs’ to get free baptism in Tondo
A Catholic church dedicated to St Joseph in Tondo, Manila will be giving free baptisms today for babies who are named Joseph to commemorate the feast day of St Joseph the Worker.
Father Bobby Titco of the San JoseManggagawaParishChurch said that christening fees will be waived for babies who are named after the carpenter-saint. This means that people who will join the ‘Binyagang Bayan’ in Tondo may be encouraged to name their babies Joseph or similar variants like Jose, Josefa, Josephine, Josefina and others.
The free baptisms may kindle the Filipino’s fondness to play with names. It also calls into mind the fact that Manila’s Mayor and Tondo native Erap Estrada is also christened Joseph.
St Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus, was called a ‘tekton’ in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. The Greek word means ‘manual labourer’ and translated as ‘carpenter’ in English. Christian anthropologists believed that Jesus also became a carpenter just like Joseph and made farm instruments from wood.
The feast of St Joseph the Worker is celebrated today, the same day as Labour Day.