‘Sto. Niño urges faithful to cherish the young’ – bishop

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Children and elders, carrying their Holy Child images, paraded in the streets in high spirits. (Photo Credit: CBCP News)

MEYCAUAYAN CITY, Bulacan, Jan. 18, 2016 – Aside from showing the depth of God’s love for us by becoming man, the Sto. Niño devotion urges the faithful to value the young.

“The Church … calls upon the parents and the elders to understand their roles in nurturing their children to become worthy in the eyes of God,” said Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iñiguez of Caloocan in a Mass concelebrated by Fr. Narciso Sampana, parish priest; Fr. Menandro Nabong, parochial vicar; Msgr. Adalberto Vergara; Fr. Antero Berboso; Fr. Joseph Cruz; and Fr. Joshua Panganiban.

“Be like a child who easily forgives and forgets and you will experience joy in your hearts,” Sampana said in his message to the parishioners. “The Child Jesus wants us to look at His Father in heaven,” he added.

During his homily, Iñiguez said aside from the merrymaking and celebrations, the faithful must know the meaning behind their devotion to the Sto. Niño. “God desired that our Savior became a man and dwelt among us”, the bishop also stated.

The Sto. Niño parish in Meycauayan City, Bulacan held its annual thanksgiving feast in honor of its patron, Señor Sto. Niño on Sunday, Jan. 16.

People from all walks of life and ages gathered for the procession and some street dancing as they shouted “Viva Sto. Niño.”

The hermano and hermana, Jack and Nora Santos, were also given a chance to express their gratitude to all those organizations and individuals who exerted efforts to make the Sto. Niño Feast this year a success. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)

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