Churches under the Archdiocese of Manila will no longer impose a fixed rate for the baptisms, confirmations, and Mass intentions, beginning April 14, 2021.
This decree was issued Thursday, March 25, and covers the 86 parishes and six churches that are not parishes — cathedral, shrines, chaplaincies — under the archdiocese’s jurisdiction.
“Let this be one of the legacies of our quincentennial celebration of the arrival of the Christian faith in our country,” said the decree issued by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila.
The directive is in keeping with a 2017 pastoral letter by bishops of Manila’s Ecclesiastical Province on stewardship and abolition of the arancel system.
The Catholic Church’s arancel system refers to giving a stipend to priests for performing certain services.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reiterated this commitment in line with celebrating the 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in the Philippines.
But while a fixed rate is no longer imposed, Pabillo said this does not prevent parishioners from sharing their blessings with the Church.
“Donations…from the faithful for the support of their church are encouraged,” Pabillo wrote.
This decision by the Archdiocese is the latest initiative to do away with the arancel system.