DAVAO City, Nov. 3, 2016– Recognizing the role of women in the celebration of the Eucharist, the Mother Butler Mission Guilds (MBMG) held their 25th national convention themed “Women and the Eucharist” from Oct. 22 to 23 at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang in this city.
Mother Butlers, who take charge of priests’ vestments during the dioceses’ big events, devote huge chunks of their time celebrating the Eucharist, said MBMG Davao City chapter president Maria Socorro Feliciano.
“The Mother Butlers continue in serving the Church, giving their time, talents, and resources,” she said during her address.
She added that since the Eucharist “is the source and summit of the Christian life”, MBMG members devote their time in serving the Church through their participation in the Holy Mass.
Thousands of women coming from the different parts of the Philippines gathered to participate in the two-day convention with Kalookan Bishop Pablo David as keynote speaker.
The prelate also jokingly stressed the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of Mother Butlers: “If you don’t believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, you should have not been a Mother Butler.”
He added that in the old times, women were “only in the background” but during the time of Jesus, women became disciples too.
David said that while women cannot celebrate the Holy Eucharist, they can still help the priests become worthy of their noble vocation.
He added that MBMG members in the parishes can remind their priests about their role in celebrating the Eucharist, saying that if a priest expresses his opinion and not God’s word during homilies, they can tell the priests “that people come to listen to God’s word and not to the priest.”
“Please pray for us. Alalayan nyo sila. [Guide them.] They are expecting Christ to preside through the priests,” David explained.
Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles officiated the closing Mass and thanked the Mother Butlers for their “wonderful apostolate”, which touches people’s hearts and faith.
The prelate also reminded MBMG members to be familiar with the liturgy so that they may also “grow in faith.”
Valles added that he cannot imagine the Church without the Eucharist, saying it is the very central character of the Catholic faith.
“Because of the Eucharist, we become Church day by day,” he said.
An exhibit of different liturgical vestments was also held at the ground floor of SM Lanang Premier with Msgr. Abel Apigo presiding over the blessing during the opening ceremonies. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCP News)