Pilgrim Image of St. Pedro Calungsod to visit EV
TACLOBAN CITY- The pilgrim image of St. Pedro Calungsod is set to visit the region, giving opportunity to Catholic faithful and devotees here to venerate the newly canonized 17th century teen Filipino saint.
The region is home to about 4 million Roman Catholics.
Fr. Amadeo Alvero, media liaison officer of the Palo archdiocese, disclosed the pilgrim image of St. Pedro Calungsod will arrive at the Archdiocese of Palo by around 3 p.m. on November 14 after its visit in Catbalogan City.
After a Mass and veneration, the image will be transferred to Santa Fe/Santo Niño, Abuyog, Leyte for an overnight vigil.
It will be brought there because the titular name of the parish is St. Pedro Calungsod Parish, Alvero told Leyte Samar Daily Express.
By morning of November 15, the image of the newly-minted saint will be travelled to Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Ormoc City.
Meanwhile, as the archdiocese awaits the visit of St. Calungsod’s pilgrimage image, Fr. Alvero also informed the parishioners at the same time inviting them to join in the on-going preparation and countdown celebration as Palo Archdiocese will be turning 75 years old as a Diocese come November 28, 2012.
“Indeed we are celebrating our Diamond Jubilee. In this celebration we are to remember and give thanks for all the many graces and blessings we have received from the Lord. Such blessings will bring us to live today with commitment to Him leading us to a renewed Church through the basic ecclesiastical communities (BECs), the new way of being a Church. ”
Alvero said that the Jubilee challenges the faithful to strive for the sanctity of our lives because this is the will of our Heavenly Father, as commanded in 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
“May this Jubilee then lead us to holiness living each day through the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
There is then that we expect of shift or change in this Jubilee, let it be the change and conversion of our lives into a diamond in the eyes of our God, which our Archbishop John Du calls in his message for the Jubilee Countdown as “holiness,” Alvero said. (RONALD REYES)
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