SAN PEDRO City, Nov. 8, 2015 – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, DD encouraged the faithful of San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in San Pedro, Laguna to continue reaching out to others in mercy, compassion, and love on its 25th founding anniversary on Nov. 15 in a message sent to the said parish recently.
“When we are merciful and compassionate we love. And this is what our faith is all about: the love of God for us, our love for God, and our love for others, especially the poor and the powerless,” said the cardinal in his message.
“Your patron, Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, expressed his love for God with the ultimate sacrifice of his life. We, too, are called each day to give of our life and offer it to others through mercy and compassion,” he added.
Pope Francis’ constant reminder
He also reminded the priests and parishioners about the Holy Father Pope Francis’ constant message of mercy and compassion which is based on God’s love for us, our love for God and others.
Tagle said: “I extend my warm greetings to the priests and the parishioners of San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in San Pedro, Laguna on its 25th founding anniversary. I congratulate you all on the dedication/blessing of the altar of your church. These are wonderful reasons to gather and celebrate your oneness as a community and your faith.”
The cardinal also congratulated the leaders of the parish and its constituents for the solemn dedication and blessing of its new altar which will take place within a concelebrated Mass on the anniversary day at 9:00 a.m.
The prelate finally said “may your celebration lead you to greater love for God and greater mercy and compassion for your fellow human beings.”
Cardinal Tagle’s predecessor Archbishop- Emeritus Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, DD together with San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura M. Famadico, DD and San Pablo Bishop-Emeritus Leo M. Drona, SDB, DD including members of the clergy and guests will grace the silver jubilee celebration of Erection of the parish of San Lorenzo Ruiz here.
The main event and the crowning affair of the celebration will be highlighted by a concelebrated Mass at 9:00 a.m. at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church to be led by Tagle and Famadico together with concelebrating priests. Drona will preside over the Holy Mass at 6:00 p.m.
Church documents showed that the parish of San Lorenzo Ruiz located at Pacita Complex 2A-Guevarra Subdivisions, San Pedro city was declared a parish through a decree dated Novr. 17, 1990 signed by the late Bishop Pedro N. Bantigue, DD. (Fr. Romy O. Ponte / CBCP News)