Palo arcbishop calls on parishes to feed poor

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TACLOBAN City, Dec. 2, 2014 — As the Archdiocese of Palo ushers in the Year of the Poor, Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du, DD called on all parishioners to feed the poor, especially on Sundays with him donating Php 1 million to be shared among the 78 parishes in the archdiocese to jump start the undertaking.

“We do this act of mercy, in preparation for the coming of Pope Francis,” said Fr. Amadeo Alvero, the social communications director of the Archdiocese, noting that Du emphasized serving the poor, especially the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du shows Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, president of Catholic Relief Services, the devastation super typhoon Yolanda caused in the Archdiocese of Palo during a visit in early 2014. (Photo: Roy Lagarde)

The project dubbed, La Mesa ni Martha (Table of Martha), was thus called after Martha, who in the Gospel was very busy serving the Lord Jesus Christ. “Thus the church must also be busy serving the Lord,” he added.

La Mesa ni Martha serves as the sign of the church’s readiness to take care of the poor, especially during the Year of the Poor that was formally opened in the archdiocese on Nov. 29 at the Palo Cathedral during a mass celebrated by the prelate.

Alvero said from the seed fund donated by Du, each parish including the mission stations within the archdiocese gets a share of more or less Php 12, 800.

According to the priest, the prelate hopes that the parishes eventually raise their own funds to keep the feeding programs running even after the Year of the Poor.

Du also wishes that the amount donated will also grow, Alvero said, “to make this feeding program and our service for the poor sustainable.”

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the seven corporal works of mercy are feeding the hungry; giving drink to the thirsty; clothing the naked; sheltering the homeless; visiting the sick; visiting the imprisoned; and burying the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy are counseling the doubtful; instructing the ignorant; admonishing sinners; comforting the afflicted; forgiving offenses; bearing wrongs patiently; and praying for the living and the dead. (Eileen Nazareno Ballesteros/CBCPNews)

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