In his Pastoral Instruction released on April 20, 2021, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila has called on the faithful to prayer and acts of charity their desire to help one another amidst suffering brought about by the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“We firmly believe that God is powerful and he loves us. So we turn to him with confidence. Hence, in the Archdiocese of Manila, let us join our hands, our voices and hearts together in prayer and charity to implore God’s help as we also help one another,” he said.
The Bishop has instructed all the parishes and religious communities in the Archdiocese a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 pm, each with special intention: May 5 (for frontliners), May 6 (for the sick), and May 7 (for the dead).
On May 8, the Bishop said, “the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila will gather for the Mass for the Dead at the Manila Cathedral at 9 am.”
“We bring together at the altar of the Lord all the tears and sorrows of our people for their loved ones,” Bishop Pabillo said.
“The whole Archdiocese will mourn for our dead during this pandemic but with great hope given by the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus,” he said.
“A memorial wall can be set up in parishes, Bishop Pabillo said, with the pictures of those who have died this past year. This can serve as a reminder to all to always pray for them,” he added.
To be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in this time of the pandemic, Bishop Pabillo called on the faithful to express Bayanihan by adapting the idea of mutual help among communities.
“So I encourage parishes, BECs, schools, and religious institutions to organize activities and programs that would promote charity, like feeding programs and distribution of food bags and gift certificates,” he said.
The Bayanihan spirit which is expressed in the “community pantry” which is set up by many parishes, organizations and individuals in Manila and other places resembles the Christian community in Jerusalem with the aim of “Give what you can. Take what you need.” (Magbigay ayon sa kakayanan. Kumuha batay sa pangangailangan.). It is also similar to the idea of Caritas Kindness Station whose objective is to “decentralize the humanitarian response” and with the aim of “take what you need, spare some for others, give what you can.”
Recently, some parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila have put up a “community pantry” in front of their churches to be able to share what others have with those who need food to eat. Donations can either be in cash or kind.
The parishes are reminded to follow the protocols of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) while holding the “community pantry”. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC) | Photo File by RCAM-AOC