ILOILO City, May 3, 2015 –- What connection is more important than wifi? It’s the link to Jesus, of course.
This is the message of Rev. Paul Patrick Alipao to some 2,736 CFC – Kids for Christ International Kids’ Village (IKV) delegates earlier today at the San Agustin University gym.
“Keep your children connected to Jesus as He is the vine and we are the branches…Those who remain in Him will always bear fruits,” said the deacon, who was tasked by Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, D.D. to be the homilist for the IKV’s closing Mass on May 3.
“This is also the invitation for you be exemplars to your children so that they may
see Jesus more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly in your way of life,” he added.
The soon to be ordained priest stressed that parents should be the first ones to teach their kids about God’s commandments, the doctrines of the Church and to show the young ones how to love their neighbors.
Parents should also strive to live out the virtues of honesty, integrity, kindness, he said.
According to Alipao, parents’ role in forming “little seekers, little lovers and little followers of JC” cannot be stressed enough.
“I thank you for bringing your children to such formative and meaningful event like this…Congratulations, our dear parents!” Alipao said in closing.
Kid delegates and their parents from countries like Qatar, New Zealand, Malaysia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and the Philippines gathered in Iloilo City for the 18th IKV themed “Love Project” with the anchor verse John 21: 15-17.
This year’s IKV ran from May 1 to 3 at the University of San Agustin grounds, Iloilo City. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz/CBCPNews)