MALOLOS City, Bulacan, Nov. 2, 2016 – Celebrating Prison Awareness Week on Oct. 24 to 30, inmates were told on CBCP Prison Awareness Sunday, Oct. 30, to continue looking to God in faith.
In a Holy Mass to mark the event organized by the Diocese of Malolos Volunteers in Prison Service (VIPS), Msgr. Pablo Legaspi Jr., P.C., Chancellor of the Diocese of Malolos, urged the inmates to acknowledge the presence of God in their lives and to have faith in Him.
“Faith brings hope to all who believe”, he added in Filipino.
Legaspi also extended Malolos Bishop Jose F. Oliveros, D.D.’s warm greetings to the inmates of BPJ.
Themed “Lord, help us to seek and save the lost”, CBCP Prison Awareness Sunday was preceded by different activities held at the Bulacan Provincial Jail (BPJ) sphere headed by the VIPS.
Prison Awareness Week “is observed in order to show God’s mercy and compassion even to those who have sinned and in order to let the inmates feel that they still belong to the Church,” said Rev. Arvin Ray C. Jimenez. According to him, “all the faithful are urged to be understanding and forgiving to them who have gone astray and violated the law.”
Praise, gift-giving, and weddings
Daily Mass was celebrated at BPJ for the week-long celebration. Bible study, praise and worship activities as well as gift-giving were also held. One of the highlights of the week was the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony for four inmates and their fiancés.
Other prison awareness week activities were also conducted at MACOPA, the prison for women, and in Tanglaw Juvenile Center, which are both in Malolos City.
Different church organizations sponsored the activities such as Soldiers of Christ, El Shaddai, Couples for Christ, Knights of Columbus- Barasoain, Daughters of Mary Immaculate, Marriage Encounter-Sta. Isabel, PASKA- Sta. Rita Parish, Religious of the Divine Word, United BONA, Divine Mercy Apostolate, among others. (ARCJ / CBCPNews)