ILOILO CITY, Oct. 2, 2015 – On the occasion of the feast day of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, a parish in Iloilo City launched its program for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with the commitment to make the available the Sacrament of Reconciliation 24 hours a day and to intensify the corporal works of mercy.
At the end of the high Mass, Fr. Evaristo Ablona, pastor of Sta. Teresita parish, announced before 50 concelebrating priests and the rest the congregation that he and the Parochial Vicar, Fr. Jose Andres Luis Gastala, commit themselves, for the duration of the “Year of Mercy”, to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to anyone who might want to go to Confession.
Ablona also announced that the parish, as part of its program for the “Year of Mercy”, commits itself to promoting the corporal works of mercy, particularly among three sectors: the street children, the homeless, and the elderly.
In an interview with CBCP News, the parish priest said they were inspired by Pope Francis’ Bull of Indiction “Misericordiae Vultus” wherein the Holy Father said: “The theme of mercy needs to be proposed again and again with new enthusiasm and renewed pastoral action.”
Sta. Teresita parish inaugurated the “Year of Mercy” on Oct. 1, uniting itself to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, convened by Pope Francis, and running from Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016.
“As we celebrate the feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, upon whom our parish is entrusted, and in the context of the CBCP’s ‘Year of the Poor’, we now find ourselves on the threshold of the Jubilee of Mercy,” said Ablona, explaining why the parish’s declaration of a Year of Mercy comes months ahead the official start of the Jubilee Year on Dec. 8. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)