CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Saint Augustine Parish in this city formally launched the year-long celebration of its Golden Jubilee celebration over the weekend with a host of events and activities in a bid to help the poor and strengthen the faith of the community.
The year-long celebration was formally announced by parish priest Msgr. Ric Serrano and Parish Pastoral Council coordinator Tess Laus during after last Friday`s Mass in celebration of the Solemnity of Saint Augustine. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto and other guest priests.
Laus, in an interview, said that the year-long event will include apostolate missions for the poor, a concert by the Madrigal Singers on November 28 and a visitation of previous parish priests of the parish.
The celebration aims to promote a deeper and meaningful understanding of faith as the parish celebrates its 50th year anniversary of being canonically erected as a parish.
"Every month we will be having activities. We will have programs for the poor and catechism and lectures for the youth to better help them understand and appreciate the beauty of their faith," Laus said.
Laus said that the activity will culminate in September next year.
Part of the start of the celebration was the dedication of the parish's new altar. Laus said that the new altar was commissioned for the parish by Serrano.
The altar was formally dedicated by Archbishop Aniceto.
Meanwhile, Serrano thanked parishioners for their continuous support to the parish and urged their participation in the coming events.
Aniceto also lauded the efforts of Serrano and Laus in making the upcoming celebrations more meaningful to the local community.
He said the celebration will be a testament of the people's faith.
Laus said the celebrations will culminate in September next year and will feature a meaningful celebration for the poor and the local congregation.