#RespectLife

In celebration of the 50th Foundation Anniversary of the parish, and as responsibility to heed the church’s call to promote life, a motorcade was organized. 3:00pm was the start of registration of vehicles. Participants were seated in more than 50 vehicles committed by pastoral workers for the event. T-shirts bearing “Respect Life” were distributed with minimal love offering of PhP100. Inside the church, while people gather and wait for the motorcade to start prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Afterwards, Msgr. Dennis read the pastoral letter about opposition of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ against House Bill No. 1: “The Death penalty.”

Mike Mapa, a lector in the parish and an active member of the Filipinos for Life Movement shared their group’s advocacy. He expounded on the value of life which should be protected and respected from conception until natural death, rooted in being created in the likeness of God. He further mentioned that every life has very special, unique value, and enjoys a special relationship with Creator and only God has the right to take life. He said, “The culture of death includes execution, contraception, abortion, death penalty and euthanasia. Illness and handicap does not make one less deserving of life. Pope Francis has spoken for the “Culture of Life”. No effort should be spared to prolong every life. We must speak out for life because being silent means being in favor of death.” He ended his sharing with a battlecry, “Lahat para sa buhay, buhay Para sa lahat.”

Light snacks were offered before the start of the motorcade. Joined by the unbroken line of sports cars, SUV’s and elf trucks decorated with Respect Life streamers, were Makati’s finest policemen, MAPSA and local government riders who made sure there is order and smooth flow of traffic. Gordon Cancio filmed the event atop an elf truck while Joy Rivamonte and Ann Lopez rode tandem on a motorcycle to enable them to take unobstructed still shots. The motorcade traversed busy primary roads from Kalayaan Ave., JP Rizal, Metropolitan Ave. and passed by churches of the vicariate where people warmly looks on, waves and smiles as if confirming their participation in the cause.

While waiting for the Holy Mass, motorcade participants watched a video of Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor. Jessen, who was born six weeks early, has become a pro-life activist despite being born at only two pounds and with cerebral palsy because of the attempted abortion. The motorcade culminated with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist as thanksgiving for the blessing our parish had in its 50 years existence. Afterwards, beside the Carillon Bell Tower, the Respect Life Tablet was unveiled by Msgr. Dennis, accompanied with fireworks display.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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