MANILA, Feb. 14, 2013— In his Lenten message, the head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church called on the faithful to help other people, especially the needy.
In a pastoral letter for Alay Kapwa 2013, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said that Lent is a liturgical period of charity and solidarity.
“The Year of Faith invites us to listen to the deep cries and aspirations of the people and societies of our time so that we can proclaim Jesus Christ to them with new methods, new expressions, and new fervor,” Tagle said.
In line with this, the Manila archdiocese will hold a second offertory collection during Sunday Masses for an emergency and relief funds during disasters and other crises affecting the country.
The fund is specifically intended for the archdiocese’s Alay Kapwa program and its social services and programs for the poor.
It will also be held in the archdiocese’s suffragans dioceses— Antipolo, Cubao, Imus, Kalookan, Malolos, Novaliches, Parañaque, Pasig, San Pablo, and the apostolic vicariates of Puerto Princesa and Taytay in Palawan.
“As we have done in the past few years… we will again implement a special second collection for six Sundays, from February 17 to March 24, 201,” Tagle said.
The fund gathered during these six Sundays, he said, will again be used as emergency funds for calamities both natural and manmade all over the country like what happened in the recent calamities.
Alay Kapwa is the Lenten evangelization-action program since 1975 to raise social consciousness about the plight of the poor.
It is also the time of the year designated to raise funds for the social services and programs of the Church for the poor, specifically for its disaster risk reduction and management program.
With the P7 million funds raised in last year’s Alay Kapwa, the Church was quick to respond to help the victims of recent calamities for a total assistance of P14.4 million in cash and in kind.
Caritas Manila also assisted four dioceses affected by Typhoon Pablo in-cash and in-kind totalling P8 million. (CBCPNews)