PARAÑAQUE City, May 21, 2014— A Salesian priest talks about recent efforts to, not just extend aid to typhoon ‘Yolanda’-stricken survivors in Samar, but also spread the devotion to Mary Help of Christians among the Warays who are unfamiliar with her.
“As you can see, we are never wanting for things to do, but it has always been said: De Maria, numquam satis—When it comes to Mary, we cannot say we have done and said enough,” said Fr. Vitaliano Chito Dimaranan, SDB, rector of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians (MHC) in Don Bosco, Parañaque.
Aside from having ordered the construction of 36 fishermen’s boats that will be given away to deserving beneficiaries in the towns of Eastern Samar badly hit by the super typhoon, the MHC will also distribute copies of the Waray version of the MHC devotional booklet, as soon as it comes off the press.
According to Dimaranan, this will be done in an effort to make Mary Help of Christians known among the Warays, many of whom are unfamiliar with this particular title of Mary.
Dimaranan also explained, “We aim to hit two birds with one stone: build boats and help fisherfolks, and help boat builders by giving them the job on site.”
According to the priest the MHC had already sent 25 boxes of assorted goods to Eastern Samar, including three boxes of medical supplies, and two additional boxes of vegetable seeds for distribution to subsistence farmers.
Dimaranan, who receives donated funds for typhoon ‘Yolanda’ survivors mostly from overseas Filipinos, expressed his gratitude to the Blessed Mother, the shrine patroness, for the many graces it has received through her intercession.
The National Shrine is scheduled to celebrate its 40th anniversary on May 24, Saturday, which coincides with the feast of their patroness, “Mary, Help of Christians”.
A “Grand Marian Procession” at 5 p.m. is expected to cap the special occasion, followed by a concelebrated mass at 6:30 p.m. with Parañaque Bishop Jesse E. Mercado as main celebrant. (Raymond A. Sebastián)