DIOCESAN POLICIES ON COWL AND ITS Ministries
(Based on DPA-I Decrees)

2.2 PROVISIONS ON LAY LITURGICAL LEADERSHIP (LLL) MINISTRY

2.2.1 An LLL minister to have domicile in parish or GKK he intends to serve.

2.2.2. There should be a uniform formation program for LLL ministers in all parishes.

2.2.3 One may not serve as LLL minister unless he finished 4 phases seminars and been installed.

2.2.4 LLL minister to wear decent attire when conducting Bible Service or giving out communion. Such attire includes a white shirt with collar, or polo barong with a wooden cross, which is the distinctive mark of an LLL minister in the Diocese of Marbel.

2.2.5 LLL minister to renew commitment every 2 years.

2.2.6 LLL minister whose term has expired and has not renewed commitment to no longer function as one.

2.2.7Main functions of LLL minister: to preside at Bible Service, to help distribute communion and to celebrate sacramentals as allowed by local ordinary.

2.2.8 Bible Service outside Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation needs permission of parish priest. Bible Service not allowed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil.

2.2.9 Offerings for Cemetery Blessings on Nov. 1 and 2 belong to parish and not to LLL ministers.

2.2.10 Bible Service “intentions” not allowed. LLL ministers strictly prohibited to solicit or accept intentions.

2.2.11 Bible Service “fees” or “donations” for funeral and fee or donations for blessing are likewise strictly prohibited.

2.2.12 LLL ministers not allowed to bless water to make it “holy water”.

2.2.13 LLL ministers to use new Bible Service Guides in conducting Bible Service.

2.2.14 Only liturgical services with no communion can be allowed on wakes and funerals.

2.2.15 LLL ministers may get newly consecrated hosts after Mass on Sundays. If not, on some other days. LLL ministers, however, not allowed to reserve consecrated hosts in private house or chapel. Only chapels specially assigned by parish priest are allowed to reserve consecrated hosts for longer time.

PROVISIONS ON LL MINISTRY – None

2.3 PROVISIONS ON THE SACRAMENTS

2.3.1 BAPTISM

2.3.1.1 PARENTS

2.3.1.1.1 To have their child baptized within the first few weeks (c. 867)

2.3.1.1. 2 To register child for baptism one month before

2.3.1.1.3 To be married in the Church. If they cannot be validly married, parish priest decides.

2.3.1.1.4 To attend pre-baptismal seminar

2.3.1.1.5 To be present during baptism

2.3.1.1.6 To choose names not foreign to Christian sentiment (c. 855).

2.3.1.2 GODPARENTS

2.3.1.2.1 Catholics and at least be 18 years of age

2.3.1.2.2 Only names of godparents to appear in baptismal registry. But obliged to pay required fees. Be properly instructed.

2.3.1.2.3 One (1) godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be two, one for each sex (c. 873)

2.3.1.2.4 Rest are witnesses. Names may appear in baptismal certificate, but should pay the required fees. Not obliged to attend pre-baptismal instruction.

2.3.1.3 PLACE OF BAPTISM

2.3.1.3.1 Proper place is parish of the parents. For adult, his own parish.

2.3.1.3.2  No solemn baptism is allowed in private homes or private chapels (cf. CCC 857, 860).

2.3.1.3.3 Permission from the parish priest of the parents is needed If child is to be baptized in another parish.

2.3.1.4 BAPTISM OUTSIDE THE REGULAR SCHEDULE

2.3.1.4.1 Baptism outside the regular schedule is to be onsidered only in emergency cases or for valid reasons (e.g. late).

2.3.1.4.2 No fines or extra fees to be required in such cases.

2.3.1.5 SPECIAL CASES

2.3.1.5.1 Child of non-Catholic parents may be baptized if somebody takes responsibility to bring up the child in the faith.

2.3.1.5.2 Adult candidates or those who completed 14th year should undergo catechumenate and be baptized using rites for adult baptism.

2.3.1.6  REGISTRATION FOR BAPTISM

2.3.1.6.1 Parents should fill in the “Information Sheet” (IS) which is provided by parish free of charge. A copy of child’s live birth certificate and the parents’ marriage contract should be attached to IS.

2.3.1.6.2 Format of IS is the same for all parishes.

2.3.1.6.3 After all information have been filled in, data to be certified by proper authorities.

2.3.1.6.4 Those authorized to certify are GKK officials and others as determined by the parish.

2.3.1.6.5 One (1) signature may suffice for certification.

2.3.1.6.6 Such signature is needed only to certify that information given in IS is correct.

2.3.1.7 PRE-BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

2.3.1.7.1 A basic course of instruction the same for all parishes. It should be evaluated every two (2) years and revised if necessary.

2.3.1.7.2 Attendance card to be issued free of charge and valid for three (3) years.

2.3.1.8 STOLE FEES

2.3.1.8.1 Fees for baptism to follow strictly the approved “Diocesan List of Stole Fees.”

2.3.1.8.2 Additional fees are strictly prohibited.

2.3.2 CONFIRMATION

2.3.2.1 Proper age is twelve (12) years old and above.

2.3.2.2 Candidates:

2.3.2.2.1 to register one (1) month before confirmation

2.3.2.2.2 are to attend pre-Confirmation instructions

2.3.2.2.3 are encouraged to go to confession before confirmation.

2.3.2.3 Sponsors:

2.3.2.3.1 should be at least eighteen (18) years old,

2.3.2.3.2 should be Catholics.

2.3.2.4 Registration for Confirmation:

2.3.2.4.1 Candidate should fill in the “Information Sheet” which is provided by the parish free of charge

2.3.2.4.2 Format will be the same for all parishes

2.3.2.4.3 After all information have been filled in, data are to be certified by proper authorities

2.3.2.4.4 Those authorized to certify are the GKK officials, and others as determined by the parish

2.3.2.4.5 One (1) signature may suffice for certification

2.3.2.4.6 Such signature is needed only to certify the information given in the IS is correct.

2.3.2.5 A simple Certificate similar to that of Baptism should be given to each confirmed with no extra charge.

2.3.2.6 Stole Fees:

2.3.2.6.1 Fees for Confirmation should follow strictly the approved “Diocesan List.”

2.3.2.6.2 Additional fees are strictly prohibited.

2.3.3 ORDINATION

2.3.3.1 Ordination should be kept simple and within the means of the parishes of those to be ordained

2.3.3.2 Fund raising should be kept within the bounds of the parishes of those to be ordained.

2.3.3.3 Funds collected to be used strictly for ordination.

2.3.3.4 Remaining balance to be forwarded to Chancery for the Seminary Fund together with Financial report stating Income and Expenses.

2.3.4 PENANCE

2.3.4.1 Priests to make themselves available for confession

2.3.4.2 Each parish to have regular schedule for confession

2.3.4.3 Communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation should be provided during Lent, Advent, and in preparation for fiesta

2.3.4.4 The Confessional box may be remodelled to accommodate penitents who may want a face to face confession

2.3.4.5 Groups inviting other priests to help in confession may only do so with the permission of their parish priest.

2.3.5 MARRIAGE

2.3.5.1 in accordance with the provision of Canon 1038 § 2, it is established that the age for licit celebration of marriage shall be twenty (20) years for the groom and eighteen (18) years for the bride. Keeping intact  the provision of Canon 1083 § 1, below the foregoing ages, marriage may be solemnized only with the permission of the lical ordinary (CBCP).

2.3.5.2 Couple to be married should:

2.3.5.2.1 Register with the parish one (1) month before marriage.

2.3.5.2.2 Attend pre-Cana instructions

2.3.5.2.3 Submit the documents required for marriage

2.3.5.3 Banns of marriage shall be announced orally or in print to the faithful for three (3) consecutive Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation, or on other days where there is a great convergence of the faithful

2.3.5.4 Witnesses:

2.3.5.4.1 Witnesses should be at least twenty (21) years old.

2.3.5.4.2 There should be at least two witnesses

2.3.5.5 Place of Marriage

2.3.5.5.1 Proper place for marriage is either the parish of the bride or the parish of the groom.

2.3.5.5.2 Permission from the parish priest of the groom or bride is needed if the marriage is to be celebrated in another parish other than those of the bride and the groom

2.3.5.5.3 No solemn marriage is allowed in private homes, private oratories or semi-private chapels.

2.3.5.6 Registration Procedure:

2.3.5.6.1 Couple should fill in the “Information Sheet” provided by the parish free of charge.

2.3.5.6.2 Format should be the same for all parishes

2.3.5.6.3 After all information have been filled in, data are to be certified by proper authorities.

2.3.5.6.4 Those authorizes to certify are the GKK Officials, and others as determined by the parish

2.3.5.6.5 One (1) signature may suffice for certification.

2.3.5.6.6 Such signature is needed  only to certify that the information given in the IS is correct.

2.3.5.7 Marriage Investigation:

2.3.5.7.1 Initial interview may be done by the parish secretary.

2.3.5.7.2 Final investigation should be done by the priest.

2.3.5.8 Marriage Validations should be kept simple. It may be celebrated within the Mass.

2.3.5.9 Weddings outside the Regular Schedule:

2.3.5.9.1 Wedding outside the regular schedule should be at the discretion of the parish priests.

2.3.5.9.2 If allowed, rites and songs to be used are to be approved by the officiating priest.

2.3.5.10 Stole Fees:

2.3.5.10.1 Fees for weddings should follow strictly the approved “Diocesan List”.

2.3.5.10.2 Additonal fees are strictly prohibited.

2.3.6 ANNOINTING OF THE SICK

A communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick is to be encouraged in every parish.
2.3.7 HOLY EUCHARIST

2.3.7.1 FIRST COMMUNION

2.3.7.1.1 First Communicants:

2.3.7.1.1.1 be given proper instructions

2.3.7.1.1.2 are encouraged to go to first confession

2.3.7.1.1.3 Proper age is 10 years old.

2.3.7.1.2 Parents:

2.3.7.1.2.1 should be properly instructed

2.3.7.1.2.2 should be present during the ceremonies.

2.3.7.2 MASS

2.3.7.2.1 Mass Stipends

2.3.7.2.1.1 Only 1 stipend can be acepted by a priest daily. The parish priest, however, is obliged to offer a mass “pro populo” once a week.

2.3.7.2.1.2 Stipends for binations and trinations are to be submitted or remitted to the Chancery “pro seminario”.

2.3.7.2.1.3 Pooling of several stipends is strictly prohibited.

2.3.7.2.1.4 Mass stipends for fiestas, weddings and funerals should follow the approved “Diocesan List”.

2.3.7.2.2 Priest-Visitor (Priest not working in the parish)

2.3.7.2.2.1 may be allowed to say Mass with the permission of the parish priest.

2.3.7.2.2.2 If invited to say Mass and to preach to a group, he should have the permission of the Bishop.

2.3.7.2.3 Ecumenical Celebration

2.3.7.2.3.1 Priests are not allowed to attend or preside at ecumenical celebration of the Eucharist or of other sacraments without explicit permission of the Bishop.

2.3.7.2.3.2 For other forms of ecumenical celebrations, a priest may attend but with caution.

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