Amidst intense summer heat, children cheerfully parades around the parish for a vibrant ‘santo lio’ (holy noise).
Last April 30, Fr. Luis Eduardo Zapata gave the missionary mandate to more than 70 missionaries from Caloocan and the IVE and SSVM Houses of Formation in Lipá. A full week of mission awaited them. Each day of the Holy Mission, which were also days of novena, were dedicated to each of the Spiritual Works of Mercy heeding the invitation of Pope Francis during this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
In the morning, the missionaries pray the Rosary while making procession around the different streets of the parish. After the Holy Hour and breakfast, they spread out, visiting different houses amidst a high summer temperature of 35º C. The house visitations aimed to get in touch with the parishioners, inviting them for the activities of the Holy Mission and make them take advantage of the opportunity of receiving the sacraments.
In the afternoon, some missionaries continued the home visitations with a special team dedicated to visit the sick, while some were in the children and youth missions. More than 100 children and 30 young people came for the whole week of the missions. The mission included games, snacks and catechism. In a way, this served as a wholesome recreation for them, especially this time of summer break.
In the evening, the doctrinal and controversial points were briefly given every before the Holy Mass. During the Holy Mass, a moment was allotted for the children to offer fresh flowers to the Virgin Mary. Confessions were also available during the Mass. Afterwards, a festive fogón in front of the church was held. A fogón consists of cultural acts and comedy skits.
People were also invited to take part with the Kasalang Bayan, or the mass celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony this June 25. During this Holy Mission, we discovered many couples living without the Sacrament of Matrimony and were only hindered by some financial difficulties, mostly from unnecessary expenses. For the Kasalang Bayan, they are only to pay for the registration with the civil government.
As the week of the Holy Mission is about to end, the sacraments were given on those people who signed up during this Holy Mission. On May 7, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of the Diocese of Caloocan conferred the sacrament of confirmation on 62 people. During the fiesta, 20 children and infants were baptized. There were also cases of adult baptism. Later in the evening, 10 children received the Holy Communion for the first time. Bishop David also celebrated the fiesta Mass on the May 8. During his homily, he encouraged the people on the virtues of humility and detachment which the mystery of the Ascension teaches us. More couples signed up for the upcoming kasalang bayan.
The Joy of the Gospel