Tuesday, 12 March 2019 07:45

Pastoral Letter Alay Kapwa 2019


Lent is a special time for renewal and conversion, a time to return to God. But it is only a time to intensify our prayer, but also an occasion to think of others, particularly those who are poor, suffering of on need. In fact, the Church has instructed us to practice almsgiving -  together with prayer and fasting - especially during the Lenten season (cf. Mk 6, 1-6, 6-8).

The practice of almsgiving helps us to grow in charity and generosity. It helps us, too, to recognize the Lord Jesus in the poor and the needy. It is a path that can lead to true conversion: in drawing close to our brothers and sisters, we draw close to God himself.

For decades now, during the Lenten season, we have been conducting our Alay Kapwa Lenten evangelization and fundraising program. The program is meant to support our social services to the poor, especially those who suffer during natural and human-caused calamities. Funds raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (March 10, 2019- April 14, 2019) will be remitted to Caritas Manila for our Damayan relief assistance, emergency response and humanitarian aid.

Last year, 2018, Caritas Damayan extended help to the victims of typhoon Agaton, Josie and Ompong, as well as to the victims of the numerous fire disasters in Metro Manila. We also provided assistance to Marawi rehabilitation, to the lumads of  Tandag, and to the affected families of Mayon eruption.

With the increasing number and magnitude of disasters and calamities being responded to by Caritas Damayan, our Alay Kapwa funds get immediately depleted. It is therefore our hope that we will be more generous in our almsgiving this season of Lent. Let us "not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased" (Heb 13, 16).

May God bless you and reward you for your kindness and generosity.


Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
Archbishop of Manila



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