TACLOBAN City, March 29, 2015 — When would a more fitting time be to launch the Archdiocese of Palo’s feeding program than on Maundy Thursday?
The La Mesa ni Marta (Table of Martha), a feeding program for the poor initiated by Palo Archbishop John Du will be launched on April 2 during the Eucharistic celebration of Our Lord’s Last Supper with His Disciples.
The project 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,” said Fr. Amadeo Alvero, the social communications director of the Archdiocese in an earlier CBCP News report.
La Mesa ni Marta also 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 Du.
On Good Friday, after more than a decade, a Seven Last Words reflection will be held once more inside the Sto. Niño church. In previous years, the parish would just broadcast the Siete Palabras reflection held at the Palo Cathedral of The Transfiguration of Our Lord.
Distinct events are to happen this Holy Week in the said prish, which was among those rebuilt after having been damaged by super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.
There will be a house-to-house blessing in its parochial districts namely Siren, Seawall, Sabang, Quarry and Pampango, all of which were within the so-called Ground Zero of typhoon Yolanda’s storm surge.
The liturgical ministry of the parish in collaboration with the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) started house-to-house vists for evangelization in September 2013.
It was interrupted after super typhoon Yolanda destroyed lives and homes on Nov. 8, 2013.
The said activities are all lined up to afford the parishioners ample time to more meaningfully comemmorate the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCP News)