In his Pastoral Letter for Alay Kapwa 2021, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila has asked the faithful to be the face of Christ by giving alms to the poor and needy this Lenten Season in time of the pandemic.
“Lent in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic is intimately related to the suffering of Jesus Christ. Lent also is the perfect time for us to be the face of Christ to the needy through charity in action. In the spirit of LOVE (CARITAS), we are called to participate in the Lenten Pillar of almsgiving,” Bishop Pabillo said.
With the theme, “Alay Kapwa 2021: Gifted to Give,” Alay Kapwa, according to the Bishop, is the Archdiocese of Manila’s annual Lenten evangelization and fundraising program aimed at expressing the Church’s spiritual commitment of becoming the face of Christ to the poor and marginalized.
“Alay Kapwa supports our social services to the poor, to victims of calamities, and to those heavily affected by the pandemic,” he said.
As response to the call of Bishop Pabillo, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a second collection in all Masses during the six Sundays of Lent from February 21, 2021, to March 28, 2021. The amount that will be gathered will be used by Caritas Manila for their Damayan relief assistance, emergency response and humanitarian aid.
Caritas Damayan “continues to address hunger and malnutrition of the poor as a result of the pandemic and other calamities.”
“In 2020, we extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to the urban poor families who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and those who were victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses,” he said.
As the country continues to battle with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and with the scarcity of funds for use as assistance, Bishop Pabillo asked the faithful to be more generous in Alay Kapwa.
“However, with natural and man-made disasters lefts and right, funds get immediately depleted. Thus, it is our fervent prayer and hope that we become more generous in supporting the Alay Kapwa campaign and be the face of Christ’s love to those most in need in these trying times,” said Bishop Pabillo. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)