VeritasPH

The Word, The Truth

Pastoral Letter: A Call of Charity for the Common Good

SHARE THE TRUTH

 1,651 total views

Pastoral Letter: A Call of Charity for the Common Good

Unless your faith is firm, you shall not be firm! (Is. 7:9)

My dear people of God,

The alert level for the COVID 19 has now been raised to Code Red sub-level two (2). We are enjoined to avoid large gatherings of people to avert the further spread of the virus. We heed this call not with panic but with care for charity to others and the common good. Hence in the Archdiocese of Manila I dispense all the faithful from the obligation of going to Mass this Sunday. There will be no public celebration of the Holy Mass and no public activities in all the churches in the Archdiocese for seven days, starting Saturday, March14, till Friday, March 20. I recognize that this may impact many faithful and priests but let us do this with the spirit of sacrifice for the good of all. Within the week we will monitor more fully the situation in coordination with health agencies and government bodies. Further instructions will then be issued in the coming days. Please keep in touch with the official website of the Archdiocese of Manila* in order to be updated and to avoid fake news.

Although we will not be able to come to Holy Mass, this does not mean that we no longer can come to the Lord. We should all the more strive to be in touch with Him by fervent prayer. Thus from March 14 onwards let all the bells of our churches be rung every twelve o’clock noon and eight o’clock in the evening to call all people to pray the ORATIO IMPERATA prayer to fight this virus. Let us join in this prayer. Let families gather together at 8 pm to pray as a family for divine protection. After the Oratio Imperata the families can pray the rosary and read the Scriptures. The fervent prayers of all the people of God will draw us closer to him and away from the scourge of this disease.

In the spirit of Lent let us accompany our prayer with acts of penance and charity. Penance, which calls for self-abnegation, keeps us from being selfish and thinking only of ourselves. Charity opens our attention and our hearts to others. Let not fear run our lives. Hence we avoid panic buying. We should not consider only our needs but also the needs of others. Driven by self-preservation, we can easily fall into selfishness in moments of fear, thus we think only of ourselves. Let us also think of the needs of others, especially of the poor who are the most vulnerable. Therefore let our parishes go out of our way to help and serve them. Scripture warns us: “those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will themselves call out and not be answered” (Prov. 21:13). Whereas, by opening our hands to give, we also open them to receive God’s help and blessing.

I enjoin the parishes and places of prayer to be open all day so that people may come and find solace in silent prayer. However, let sanitizers be available at the entrances and let the churches be regularly cleaned. For the moment let us not organize Kumpisalang Bayan to avoid large gatherings of people but let all priests give definite time to hear individual confessions during the day to be of service to the penitents who come. Although there are risks, priests must be available to visit the sick and minister to them. In time of crisis people need the Lord, and the priests show God’s nearness by their presence among the people.

We can use the social media and other means of communication to help us in our faith. Please tune in to Radio Veritas 846 and TV Maria for their regular broadcasts of Masses and other religious activities. Quiapo and other churches also have live streaming of their Masses. We will coordinate with other media outlets participate in our noon and evening prayers. You can also follow the daily readings of the Mass by reading your Bibles. The Word of God in the Scriptures gives us hope, strength and guidance. Being in community quarantine can be an opportunity to be more present to our loved ones and to the Lord.

Let us be assured that this crisis too will pass. This has come upon us so quickly and unexpectedly, but let us take this as a call to be more faithful to God and more loving to others. “So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all” (Gal. 6:10).

Once again let us trustingly invoke the intercession of Mary,

Mother Mary, Health of the Sick, intercede for us.

+ BRODERICK PABILLO

Apostolic Administrator of Manila

March 13, 2020

 

Screenshot 2024-04-26 121114
ads
ads
2
3
4
previous arrow
next arrow

Veritas Editorial

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

President of Radio Veritas

Inclusive Education

 2,831 total views

 2,831 total views Kapanalig, isa sa mga senyales na maganda ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa isang lipunan ay ang pagiging inclusive o mapagbilang nito – yung lahat ay may ready access kahit saan man siya nandoon, kahit ano pang kasarian niya, at kakayahan. Kasama dito, kapanalig, ang access ng mga vulnerable populations at disabled people. Kung

Read More »

Sports at Kabataan

 8,588 total views

 8,588 total views Kapanalig, katatapos lamang ng Palarong Pambansa – isang national activity, na sana’y lagi nating nabibigyan ng suporta. Malaking bagay ito, hindi lamang para sa mga kabataan, kundi para sa nation building at national pride. Kailangang manatiling malaki at mahalaga ang papel ng sports sa buhay ng kabataan sa sa ating bansa. Unang una,

Read More »

Responsableng kasiyahan

 15,851 total views

 15,851 total views Mga Kapanalig, humupa na ang kontrobersyal na pagdiriwang ng tinatawag na “Wattah Wattah Festival” sa Lungsod ng San Juan.  Halos isang buwan na rin ang nakalipas nang ipagdiwang ito ng mga kababayan natin sa San Juan. Kasama sa tradisyon tuwing sumasapit ang kapistahan ni San Juan Bautista ang basaan ng mga namimiyesta. Iyon

Read More »

Kalidad ng pagtuturo

 23,836 total views

 23,836 total views Mga Kapanalig, itinalaga na ni Pangulong Bongbong Marcos, Jr si Senador Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara bilang bagong kalihim o secretary ng Department of Education kapalit ni Vice President Sara Duterte. Sa isang editoryal, binanggit natin ang kahilingan ng ilang grupo ng mga guro na sana, ang bagong kalihim ng DepEd ay isang educator

Read More »

Mga payaso sa sirko

 31,372 total views

 31,372 total views Mga Kapanalig, may kasabihan sa Ingles na “elect a clown, expect a circus.” Kapag bumoto raw tayo ng mga payaso, asahan nating magiging sirko ang gobyerno.  Pasintabi po sa mga ang hanapbuhay ay ang pagiging payaso. Ipinaaalala lamang ng kasabihang ito kung gaano kaseryoso ang paggiging lingkod-bayan. Ang pagsisilbi sa pamahalaan ay hindi

Read More »
catholink
Shadow
truthshop
Shadow

Related Story

Health
Veritas NewMedia

Pagtaas ng Covid cases sa NCR, ‘weak surge’- Octa

 9,168 total views

 9,168 total views Muling pinapaalalahanan ng mga eksperto ang mga Pilipino na patuloy na mag-ingat sa banta ng COVID-19 sa muling pagtaas ng bilang ng mga nahahawaan ng virus. Ayon kay UP-OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David, bagama’t wala pang dapat ikabahala sa pagdami ng bilang ay kinakailangan pa ring mag-ingat ng lahat. “So, this is

Read More »
Pastoral Letter
Veritas NewMedia

PAGMAMAHAL SA BAYAN

 121,822 total views

 121,822 total views “Ibigin mo ang Panginoon Mong Diyos… Ibigin mo ang iyong kapwa.” (Mateo 22:27-28) Mahal kong mga kapatid kay Kristo sa Bikaryato ng Taytay, Pag-ibig ang pinaka mensahe ng Diyos – pag-ibig sa Diyos at pag-ibig sa kapwa. Hindi po mapaghihiwalay ang dalawang ito. Hindi natin maaaring mahalin ang Diyos na hindi natin nakikita

Read More »
Latest News
Veritas NewMedia

Diocese of Cubao, tutol na gawing FPJ avenue ang San Francisco del Monte avenue

 16,508 total views

 16,508 total views Nagpahayag ng pagtutol ang diyosesis ng Cubao sa Senate bill 1822 o pagpapalit ng pangalang San Francisco del Monte Avenue bilang Fernando Poe Junior Avenue. Sa opisyal na pahayag ng diyosesis, hinimok nito ang mga mambabatas at senador na balikan ang kasaysayan dahil dito nag-uugat ang tunay na pagkakakilanlan ng isang lugar gaya

Read More »
Cultural
Veritas NewMedia

Taong walang pananampalataya, hindi magkakamit ng kaligtasan

 38,651 total views

 38,651 total views Maringal na ipinagdiwang ng mananampalataya ang kapistahan ng mahal na birhen ng Santissimo Rosaryo La Naval de Manila sa kabila ng malakas na ulan at limitadong bilang ng maaaring makapasok sa simbahan noong ika-11 ng Oktubre 2020. Pinangunahan ni Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco ang pagdiriwang ng banal na misa sa National Shrine of

Read More »
Cultural
Veritas NewMedia

Our Lady of Mt.Carmel, kinoronahan

 38,434 total views

 38,434 total views August 18, 2020 Kinoronahan ni Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco ang imahe ng Our Lady of Mount Carmel sa Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Mount Carmel, Broadway Avenue, New Manila, noong ika-15 ng Agosto sa gitna ng implementasyon ng Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Ito ay matapos igawad ng Santo Papa sa pamamagitan na

Read More »
Circular Letter
Veritas NewMedia

Circular Letter: ARCHDIOCESAN CHURCHES OF INTERCESSION DURING THE PANDEMIC

 38,429 total views

 38,429 total views Circular 2020 – 24 15 August 2020   TO: ALL CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ARCHDIOCESAN CHURCHES OF INTERCESSION DURING THE PANDEMIC   Dear Reverend Fathers: Greetings in the Lord! The parishes under the patronage of San Roque (Blumentritt, Pasay, Mandaluyong, Sampaloc) led by their pastors Reverend Fathers Antonio B. Navarete,

Read More »
CBCP
Veritas NewMedia

Joint Pastoral Message of CBCP ECS and ECCCE

 156,355 total views

 156,355 total views Lord What Must We Do? (Mark 10:17) Joint Pastoral Message on Covid19 to Teachers, Educators, Seminary Professors and Seminarians and the Catholic faithful at the opening of the school year Brothers and sisters in Christ: In the midst of the pandemic agitating us to restlessness and fear, we greet you “Peace be with

Read More »
Cultural
Veritas NewMedia

Diocese of Cubao: WE LISTEN THAT WE MAY HAVE LIFE

 156,307 total views

 156,307 total views Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on the Suspension Of Public Masses From Aug. 3-14. Diocese of Cubao August 2, 2020 WE LISTEN THAT WE MAY HAVE LIFE My dear people of God in the Diocese of Cubao, In recent days, we have seen the alarming and sustained increase of Covid-19 cases in the country. Most

Read More »
Cultural
Veritas NewMedia

Patuloy na magtiwala sa Diyos, sa kabila ng Covid-19

 38,602 total views

 38,602 total views July 17, 2020-12:48pm Pinangunahan ni Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco ang pagdiriwang ng kapistahan ng Our Lady of Mount Carmel noong ika-16 ng Hulyo sa Project 6, Quezon City. Inilarawan ng Obispo ang kapistahan na hindi pangkaraniwan sapagkat ang lahat ay nakasuot ng facemask, at pinananatili ang social distancing sa lahat ng mga dumalo

Read More »
Cultural
Veritas NewMedia

70-taong anibersaryo, ipagdiriwang ng Immaculate Conception cathedral of Cubao

 38,501 total views

 38,501 total views July 16, 2020, 1:38PM Ipagdiriwang ng Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao ang ika-70 taong anibersaryo ng pagkakatatag nito bilang parokya sa ika-15 ng Hulyo, sa gitna ng implementasyon ng General Community Quarantine sa Quezon City. Ang selebrasyon ay kasabay ng muling pagdaraos ng simbahan ng banal na misa kasama ang publiko. Ito ay

Read More »
Latest News
Veritas NewMedia

PASTORAL INSTRUCTION: MOVING FORWARD

 105,773 total views

 105,773 total views PASTORAL INSTRUCTION: MOVING FORWARD   My dear people of God in the Archdiocese,   We, in the NCR, are now placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) but we continue to appeal to the government to consider religious activities as essential services to our people. There is no scientific basis at all to limit

Read More »
CBCP
Veritas NewMedia

CBCP Circular RE: LITURGICAL GUIDELINES IN “NEW NORMAL” CONDITION

 124,740 total views

 124,740 total views RECOMMENDATIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE LITURGICAL CELEBRATION IN “NEW NORMAL” CONDITION We need the Lord – the Bread of Life – in the Holy Eucharist! The Holy Eucharist is central and essential to the life of the Church and to the life of each individual believer. It is in this context that we

Read More »
Cultural
Veritas NewMedia

Sangguniang Laiko: Statement of Affirmation and Appeal

 38,326 total views

 38,326 total views Statement of Affirmation and Appeal Goodness is an Overflow of God’s Goodness to Us! The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas affirms and congratulates the Inter-Agency Task Force for its hard work and effort in stemming the tide of the Pandemic Virus. We are highly cognizant of the measures it has implemented to address the

Read More »
Economics
Veritas NewMedia

Ipalangin ang mga Manggagawa sa panahon ng pandemya

 10,851 total views

 10,851 total views May 1, 2020-11:55am Ang Paggawa ay daan tungo sa kabanalan. Ito ang mensahe ni Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco ngayong ipinagdiriwang ang ‘Araw ng mga Manggagawa’ kasabay ang Kapistahan ni San Jose bilang patron ng mga Manggagawa. Hiniling ng Obispo na ipanalangin ang lahat ng mga manggagawa, lalo na ang mga manggagamot na humaharap

Read More »

Latest Blogs

Scroll to Top