BACOLOD, Feb. 13, 2016 – To kick off the year-long activities of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy the Cathedral of this diocese will start today, Feb. 13, a series of “organized pilgrimages” that will be participated in by various groups and associations of the faithful.
The first pilgrimage was held at 3 p.m. and began in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral.
According to the Cathedral rector, Fr. Felix P. Pasquin, the first activity will focus on the Church’s ministry towards the sick since “it is during the month of February that we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Sick in connection with the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.”
“Each pilgrimage will consist of the passing of the pilgrims through the Holy Door of the Cathedral, a talk on the significance of the Jubilee of Mercy, and a reflection on the particular theme for the month,” the priest elaborated.
“Every pilgrimage will be capped with a Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament to highlight the Year of the Eucharist and the Family that the Church in the Philippines also observes this year,” he added.
The Cathedral rector said the pilgrimages will have its themes based on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The schedules are as follows:
- Feb. 13 “To visit the sick and to comfort the afflicted”
- Feb. 10 – Mar. 27 “To admonish sinners, to forgive offenses and to bear wrongs patiently”
- April “To give drink to the thirsty”
- April 3 “To counsel the doubtful”
- July “To feed the hungry”
- Sept. 28 “To counsel the ignorant”
- Oct. 4 and 9 “To clothe the naked”
- Oct. 30 “To visit the prisoners”
- Nov. 1 and 2 “To pray for the living and the dead; to bury the dead”
- Nov. 8 “To shelter the homeless”
Parishes, pilgrim groups and other organizations that may want to join these activities are advised to contact the San Sebastian Cathedral office at tel. no. (34) 433-0261 and ask for Sandy Solinap. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)