“Through the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, and our patron, St. Philip Neri, may you continue to become a generous and fruitful community. May you strive every day to become what God wants to be — a Christian community where God’s graces grow and bear much fruit, fruits of generosity, caring, unity, compassion, and charity.”
This was the message of His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Archbishop of Manila, during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the 506th Birth Anniversary of St. Philip Neri, the titular patron of the oldest Parish in Mandaluyong City.
In his homily, Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the parish for continuously assisting the needy during this time of the pandemic. Through this, the graces that one received have become fruitful.
“Nakakatuwang malaman na katulad ng inyong patron na si San Felipe Neri, ang inyong parokya ay patuloy na nagsisikap na maging mabunga, lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya. Salamat sa inyong pagiging bukas-palad. Salamat sa inyong malasakit sa bawat isa. At salamat dahil hinayaan ninyong magbunga ng masagana ang mga kaloob na ibinigay sa inyo ng Diyos,” said the Cardinal.
Aside from material things, the Cardinal also acknowledged the parish’s efforts in addressing mental health needs, particularly those going through depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
San Felipe Neri Parish, in collaboration with Hands to Heaven, has been constantly distributing relief goods and other necessities to frontliners, delivery riders, and those affected individuals and families since the beginning of the pandemic. Some beneficiaries were natives from the provinces of Benguet and Isabela and medical frontliners from different hospitals in Metro Manila. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)