Bishop of Parañaque

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Parañaque

8 Villonco Road, West Service Road

       Sucat, Muntinlupa City, Philippines

 

PASTORAL LETTER

ASH WEDNESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2018

 

 

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

The Lenten season directs us in a very special way to reflect on God’s merciful and salvific love. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn 3: 16). Indeed, “the way we came to know love was that Christ laid down his life for us” (1 Jn 3: 16).

 

Now, God’s love awaits a response of love from us. We are called to love God, and our love for God is best expressed by the love we have for our brothers and sisters. As the evangelist John points out, “If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?” (1 Jn 3: 17). In a very real sense, the love of God is the love of neighbor.

 

Understandably, therefore, charity is the very heart of Christian life. And in this season of Lent, we are especially called upon to exercise charity in our dealings with our neighbor – that is to say, to have a genuine concern for those who are needy and who suffer, and to perform concrete good works.

 

Since its inception in 2005, Pondo ng Pinoy’s Hapag-Asa Integrated Nutrition Program has helped about two million undernourished children around the country. From your donations, Hapag-Asa has helped these children through supplemental feeding. It has also provided their parents with values education as well as skills and livelihood training.

 

Pondo ng Pinoy is once again launching the FAST2FEED campaign to feed at least 20,000 hungry and malnourished children belonging to Pondo ng Pinoy member-dioceses. Thus, we are appealing to you, dear sisters and brothers, with hearts full of optimism, that you support the FAST2FEED 2018 campaign.

Your support will enable Hapag-Asa to continue helping malnourished children. It only takes Php 1,200 for six months – or Php 10.00 per day – to bring back a hungry and undernourished child to a healthy state.

 

Let us express our love for God by helping those in need. Let us make a difference in the lives of these hungry and malnourished children by donating whatever we save from fasting to Hapag-Asa. Let us

FAST TO FEED our needy children.

 

May God continue to bless your generosity and charity.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

+Jesse E. Mercado, D.D.

Bishop of Parañaque