As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., Apostolic Administrator of Manila, opened the Jubilee Door of San Felipe Neri Parish Church in Mandaluyong City on April 6, 2021, Tuesday in the Octave of Easter.
San Felipe Neri Parish is one of the 12 Pilgrim Churches in the Archdiocese of Manila.
In his homily, Bishop Pabillo encouraged the faithful to evangelize the good news especially this jubilee year.
“Let us also on our part, make a special effort to spread the good news, to tell people that the Lord is alive because we experienced Him in our lives,” said the Bishop.
He also explained that the opening of the Jubilee Door is a way to get closer to God and to see His goodness. He then called the faithful to give their attention to the call of God who never abandons them. It is considered as the power of the resurrection that ‘the Jesus’ presence is not just limited to a particular place or particular time’.
“Hopefully during this year, we will be able to say, I have seen the Lord. Sa ating paglapit sa Panginoon, maranasan natin ang Kanyang kagandahang loob sa atin,” he added.
San Felipe Neri Parish is 158 years old and is considered as one of the oldest churches in the Archdiocese of Manila and the Mother Parish of Mandaluyong City. The present site of San Felipe Neri Parish Church, which has a land area of almost a hectare, was purchased in 1870 by the Franciscan Fathers from the Augustinian Fathers. The cornerstone of the church was blessed on March 25, 1870, under the title “La Purisima Concepcion.” (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)
IN PHOTOS: Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila opens the Jubilee Door of San Felipe Neri on April 6, 2021, at 10 am, for the 500 Years of Christianity Celebration | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC