BIÑAN, Laguna, Feb. 24, 2016 – The Diocese of San Pablo hosted the 24th World Day of the Sick celebration, organized by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Health Care, on Feb. 11 at the University of Perpetual Help System (UPHS) in Biñan City.
Twenty-three priests led by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico; 225 parishioners and some patients from the four districts of the Diocese; 30 religious sisters; 30 healthcare workers; 27 parish health coordinators; 17 TB coordinators; 31 students and 15 teachers from UPHS 24 soldiers; 11 members of ACTS Catholic Community from CBCP; and 4 representatives from the Order Of Malta attended the event, which carried the theme “Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary.”
The first part consisted of 2 lectures, the first one about the life of St Camillus de Lellis, the second one titled “Pastoral and Spiritual Responsibility of Health Care Providers” delivered by Fr. Rodel Enriquez and Fr. Vicente Dan Cancino respectively, both Camillian priests.
In his talk, Cancino left a heartwarming message on “how to become an Easter Person” to the audience, largely composed of people who take care of the sick.
The second part featured a a hospital visitation by the school chaplain Fr. Tony Velasco and the Rite of Anointing with Oil for the Sick led by the Vicar General of the Diocese, Msgr Jerry Bitoon, and the rest of the clergy.
The activity, which gathered some 400 attendees, culminated with a concelebrated Mass with Bishop Buenaventura Famadico as main presider and homilist.
Lunch was provided for by the Order of Malta, after which a preliminary meeting of the Parish Health Coordinators was held in an attempt to activate and consolidate the Diocesan Commission on Health Care.
The diocesan organizers were led by Fr. Reynaldo Hayag, the Diocesan Pastoral Director and overall chair of the said activity, and Dr. Cynthia Sanchez of the Diocesan Commission on Health Care. (Fr. David Reyes / CBCP News)