‘Yolanda’ survivors pay it forward this Christmas

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Fr. Wilson Chu spearheaded Sto. Niño parish' “Regalo Mo, Kalipayan Ko” which served thousands of needy Taclobanons. (Photo: Sto. Niño Parish Office)

TACLOBAN City, Dec. 27, 2015 – From being recipients of help, Catholics in Tacloban City who survived super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 once again shared their blessings to the needy this Christmas season.

Besides sending relief goods to the Diocese of Catarman for the victims of typhoon Nona, the Sto. Niño parish, led by its parish priests and parochial vicars, conducted a charity project called “Regalo Mo, Kalipayan Ko!” (Your Gift, My Joy) which aims to “share God’s Love” not just on Christmas but during the month of December.

Parish priest Fr. Ronel Taboso said the outreach included visits to and gift-giving at the Pope Francis Complex for the Poor in Palo (Leyte), hospitals, and homes of sick persons in the parish, the Tacloban City Jail, Institution Complex for Children, and the Missionary of Charity.

Tears of joy

Co-parish priest and treasurer of SNP Fr. Wilson Chu described these endeavors as “best way to conclude the Year of the Poor and to commence the Jubilee of Mercy.”

He added the experience was one he could not forget, having seen both the beneficiaries and the organizers weep as “they touched each other’s lives…giving love to those who are in need.”

The outreach project, which was able to serve 2,700  beneficiaries, “lets other people feel that it is Christmas through our generosity in sharing God’s love to others. Inspired by the example given by Christ that His teaching must manifest in the way He lives His life,” said Chu.

The priests of the parish are so grateful to all volunteers, implementors, collaborators, and donors for the success of the ongoing 19 charitable projects.

Chu explained that “Regalo Mo” project aimed at helping the poor, stirring the faithful’s awareness about their responsibility to be instruments of God’s love, making the church a avenue for people to participate in this “sharing of God’s love.”

More ‘Regalo Mo’ activities in 2016

This project is likewise part of the many endeavors of the parish through the Archdiocese of Palo Sto. Nino Parish Foundation Inc, which was created and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission this year.

Chu early on urged the churchgoers to make Christmas meaningful to others, stressing that the greatest way to celebrate Christmas is to make other people’s Christmas more meaningful.

SNP plans to make several “Regalo Mo” activities regular undertakings in 2016.

Parish priests and parochial vicars continually call on the support of the devotees of Sr. Sto. Niño de Tacloban, parishioners, collaborators, implementors, and generous donors to work towards the success of similar efforts in the coming months.

SNP mandated organizations, such as the Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Council, Basic Ecclesial Communities, Youth Ministry, Liturgical Ministries, Knights of Columbus and various confraternities joined the project. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)

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