Catholic prelate 'will entrust the Archdiocese of Jaro to God'

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

IN THE wake of the calamities that happened in the country particularly the widespread destruction in Eastern Visayas by Super Typhoon Yolanda, Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo will entrust the archdiocese under the protection of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

With this, the head of the archdiocese, in a circular issued on December 21 said that an act of consecration will be made in all Masses in the Archdiocese on January 1.

“Let us consecrate ourselves and the Archdiocese of Jaro to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We have done this before, we will do it again for the sake of our people,” said Lagdameo in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website.

The Catholic prelate is looking to a better year for the people affected by the disasters.

“After calamities, destruction, and tragedies that have taken place in the Philippines during the past year 2013 from which our country has still to suffer for a longer period, we still look at the coming year 2014 with hope, hope in God first of all, and hope in one another’s concern, sympathy and help,” Lagdameo said.

He added, “Much have been done but much still have to be done.”

On November 8, the typhoon almost wiped out the coastline communities in the northeastern part of Iloilo and the inner northwestern part of the province suffered major loss of crops.

This is the third time the archdiocese made the acts of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the first one was in 2012, when Lagdameo asked the faithful in Iloilo to pray the prayer of Total Consecration composed by St. Louis Grignon de Montfort during the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in the midst of natural calamities that affected the country and the moves by Congress to rush the passing of the controversial Reproductive Health Bill.

The second was when the Jaro Archdiocese joined the other archdioceses and dioceses in the Philippines in a simultaneous consecration of the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 8, 2013.

The simultaneous consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was made in the Cathedral and in the parishes all throughout Iloilo, as indicated by Archbishop Lagdameo, when called on all the faithful in the Archdiocese to heed the call of Our Lady of Fatima to entrust ourselves to the protection of her Immaculate

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Jaro On the other hand, Lagdameo commended the efforts of the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Acton Center (JASAC) which, with the contributions from other Archdiocesan Commissions, Parishes and other Institutions, has tried to measure up to the unprecedented challenges brought by the super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

“Thanks be to God, thanks to the innumerable and unknown people who have continued to help,” he said. (FP/Sunnex)

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