Eleven Tuloy kids received the sacrament of Baptism in the Chapel of the Forgiving Lord in Tuloy sa Don Bosco Street Children Village on May 24. Seven of these eleven kids were also confirmed. This special day coincided with the feast of Mary, Help of Christians whom Don Bosco had a great devotion to and who is the patroness of the Tuloy village. Fr. Antonio “Beng” Molavin, SDB and Spiritual Director of Tuloy Foundation, Inc., solemnized the Baptism and Confirmation of these youngsters. He shared that being baptized signifies the start of a new life since they have been freed from sin and are now children of God. Those who were confirmed were anointed with chrism to symbolize that they have been sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, strengthening and making them true soldiers of Christ. Heads of house together with some people working closely with the Foundation stood as the kids’ godparents.
From Canon Law, when a person who is fourteen years old and above is baptized, he or she can be confirmed by the same priest who baptized him/her. In addition, Fr. Beng was granted permission by the Parish of St. Jerome (Alabang, Muntinlupa City) to administer the above-mentioned sacraments.
Fr. Beng used a popular line among the Tuloy kids these days to remind them that being members of God’s family, they can now say, “Today, my life begins.”