JARO, Iloilo City, Oct. 20, 2015 – The Vicariate of St. Peter Youth Ministries of the Archdiocese of Jaro will present a Marian prayer-concert in preparation for the CBCP’s Year of the Family and the Eucharist.
According to event head and director, Angelina Mae D. Lihao, “the project was inspired by St. John Paul II, whose liturgical feast day falls on October 22, just two days before our prayer-concert.”
Lihao recalled among the many teachings of the “Saint of the Family,” as John Paul II was known, that “the great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.”
“True to St. John Paul II’s saying”, the youth leader said, “we hope that the participants of the prayer-concert will be able to journey towards selflessness and break the bondage of selfishness that destroys the moral fiber of families.”
For her part, Julie Ann M. Blancaflor, Youth Shepherd of the Vicariate of St. Peter, said she hopes that the prayer-concert will reinforce the CBCP’s message on the family.
Borrowing some lines from the CBCP’s pastoral letter, she said “we shall especially emphasize on forming the Filipino Family as a Eucharistic community of parents and children, true to its name as a domestic church, rooted in the Eucharist.”
“An evangelized family is an evangelizing family. Even as it is increasingly besieged by secularist values, the Family, as PCP-II has said, is ‘the focal point of evangelization,’” Blancaflor pointed out.
“We dedicate this concert to Mary as model and the Star of Evangelization,” Blancaflor added.
Admission to the prayer-concert is free that’s why organizers are encouraging young people to help disseminate the information on the project especially through the social media and to invite everyone in their parishes to attend the prayer-concert.
For inquiries and sponsorships, interested parties may contact Russell Palmares, of the “Selfie No More: We are Selfless” Secretariat, at cp# 0999-700-6641. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCP News)