The Diocese of Novaliches, in line with the preparations for the 5th Centennary of Christianity in the Philippines, launched the Year of the Eucharist and the Family during the Holy Mass concelebrated by the Most Rev. Antonio Tobias. D.D. and the Novaliches Clergy for its 3-In-1 Celebration held at the Mary the Queen Parish in Teresa Heights, Quezon City last December 4, 2015.
Bishop Tobias, in his homily, explained to the assembly that the Year of the Eucharist and the Family is part of the Nine-Year Era of Evangelization of the Catholic Church in the Philippines to celebrate the 500 years of Christianity in the country on March 16, 2021. He noted that the launching simultaneously closed the local celebration for the Year of the Poor and the Year of Consecrated Life. The Bishop stressed the importance of this new year especially with the Country hosting the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu on January 24-31, 2016.
Interestingly, he urged members of the Clergy–in line with what was discussed during the recently-concluded Synod on the Family and with the changes initiated by Pope Francis on the process of nullifying marriages–to be careful in officiating weddings by making sure beforehand that couples are truly capable of living out a Christian marriage and a successful marriage.
The 3-In-1 Celebration was meant to commemorate in one event the 50th Sacerdotal Anniversary of the Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, D.D. on December 21, the 13th Anniversary of the Diocese of Novaliches on December 7, and the Diocesan Annual Christmas Party.
A truly momentous occasion, the said Holy Mass also served as a culmination to the preparatory talk hosted at 4:00pm of the same day by the Diocese of Novaliches’ Commission on Family and Life for its members in line with the Year of the Eucharist and the Family. The short talk that revolved on the topic, “What does Jesus want me to do for Him during the Year of the Family?” based on the Gospel reading Mark 10:51, was conducted by Diocese of Novaliches Commission on Family and Life Director Rev. Fr. Daniel Allan Samonte.
The Diocese’s Commission on Youth, in support of the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, has taken the role of promulgating the devotion to Our Lady Undoer of Knots among the Youth to bring them closer to The Blessed Mother. The devotion will actually be launched on December 8, 2015, which is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and also the Feast of Our Lady Undoer of Knots, through a Holy Mass to be presided by Bishop Tobias at 6pm in Kristong Hari Parish, future Shrine of the Youth.
As such, Kristong Hari Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Roland Jaluag also graced the preparatory talk of the Commission of Family and Life on the Year of the Eucharist and the Family to promote the devotion to Our Lady Undoer of Knots and its historical launching in the Diocese of Novaliches, which is expected to help enliven the Faith of not only the Youth but also of Families and of Filipinos.
The Year of the Eucharist and the Family is meant to “emphasize on forming the Filipino Family as a Eucharistic community of parents and children, true to its name as a domestic church, rooted in the Eucharist” as per the CBCP Pastoral Exhortation on the Era of New Evangelization issued on July 23, 2012 by then-CBCP President Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, D.D.