MANILA, Dec. 13, 2013—Sardines replaced lechon; lugaw was there instead of pasta; steamed eggplant and ampalaya took the place of garden salad.
In a gesture of solidarity with millions in Eastern Visayas still struggling to get back on their feet, employees and staff of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) had a simple meal together today, in lieu of the usual Christmas party.
“Let’s not forget, Christmas won’t be Christmas without ‘Christ.’ This Christmas, let’s not forget to share our goods and our goodness, especially to those who cannot give back,” said new CBCP secretary general Fr. Marvin Mejia in a short message to some 70 employees and staff of the different CBCP commissions after lunch at the CBCP Building in Intramuros, Manila earlier today.
The employees decided to have the humble, potluck lunch instead of the usual Christmas party during the CBCP Advent recollection last December 3.
Mejia also thanked everyone present for their generosity in donating to the Diocese of Borongan, Samar. The amount collected reached more than P 41,000.
He also celebrated the holy mass for the CBCP employees at the CBCP chapel before the solidarity meal. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]