DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2018-097
25 September 2018
TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PARISH ADMINISTRATORS, RECTORS, CHAPLAINS, GUEST PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS PRIESTS AND LAY FAITHFUL IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE
RE: VISIT OF THE INCORRUPT HEART RELIC OF ST. PADRE PIO TO THE PHILIPPINES
Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,
Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
To emphasize the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and the Consecrated Persons, the CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Clergy, in cooperation with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas is hosting the visit of the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio to the Philippines from 5 to 26 October 2018. This is also in honor of the saint’s Stigmata Centenary on 20 September 2018 and the celebration of his golden death anniversary on 23 September 2018.
The sacred relic will be in Luzon region from 8 to 10 October 2018 (Monday to Wednesday) and the Archdiocese of Manila has accepted the task to host the visit. The Relic is open for veneration by the general faithful in the second and third days. The first day will be for the clergy and consecrated persons.
Our beloved Bishop Mercado is encouraging our priests to participate and attend the event on October 8, 2018 (Monday) at the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila. For your guidance, please see attached program of activities. For priests and consecrated men and women participants, please call the Chancery Office to signify your attendance at 807-1662 local 4 no later than 28 September 2018.
This will be a wonderful moment of recollection, prayer and spiritual encounter. May we be inspired and venerate the good works of St. Padre Pio for the greater Glory of our Lord Jesus!
REV. FR. CARMELO O. ESTORES