In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Divine Mercy Apostolate (DMA) of the Diocese of Novaliches has launched a program to renew the consecration of each parish to the Divine Mercy where the Image has been enthroned previously.
This program was officially made known to parish priests during the March 10, 2016 Clergy Meeting held at the Ascension of Our Lord Parish in Sacred Heart Village, Novaliches, Q.C.. During which, parish priests were asked to choose from a variety of sizes of the framed Image of the Divine Mercy–ranging from 3 feet to 6 feet—that will be used for the Renewal Rites in their Parishes. The said images are given free to the parishes thanks to benefactors of the DMA.
First to renew its Consecration to the Divine Mercy was the Our Father Parish on the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 3, 2016. The Enthronement, which coincided with the blessing of the new Adoration Chapel of the Parish, was lead by the Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches and Rev. Fr. Antonio Dela Cruz, its Parish Priest.
According to DMA Diocesan Lay Coordinator Erlinda Villamor, next in line for enthronement on April 16 and 17, 2016 are five parishes: the Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Mira Nila under the San Isidro Labrador Vicariate, the Ina Ng Laging Saklolo Parish in Phase 7 Bagong Silang under the Sto. Nino Vicariate, the Corpus Christi Parish in Palmera Homes 1 under the Good Shepherd Vicariate, the Immaculate Conception Parish in Greenfields 3 under the Our Lady of Mercy Vicariate, and the Christ The King Parish in Filinvest 2 under the Ina Ng Lupang Pangako Vicariate.
To be held either on the first or third Sunday of the month, the Renewal Rites normally last 30 minutes before the first Mass in the afternoon or evening that begins with a short talk on the devotion to the Divine Mercy and ends in the actual enthronement ceremony.
The Renewal Rites includes a two-week preparation wherein the members of the coordinating committee of DMA and the Vicariate Coordinator assigned to the Parish renewing its Consecration to the Divine Mercy will visit the Parish to deliver the printed copy of the announcement that will be read by commentators to invite parishioners to the Renewal Rites, the tarpaulin announcement that will be posted in the Parish’s grounds, and the checklist of requirements for the ceremonies to easily identify the tasking of duties during the Rites.
The DMA expects the Parish to actually read the announcements for the Renewal Rites in all the Masses during the two-week period prior to the schedule of enthronement and to install the materials and arrangements for the ceremony.
Through this Renewal Rites, the DMA hopes to spread not only the Devotion to the Divine Mercy but also to respond to Pope Francis’ call to spread the Lord’s message of mercy and compassion in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
The DMA also took charge of the Novena and Masses for the Feast of the Divine Mercy from March 25-April 2, 2016 at the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd. While the celebration of the Feast of the Divine Mercy on April 3, 2016 began with an Entrance Procession and Blessing of the Divine Mercy Image at the Cathedral by 530AM, followed by another procession at 130PM, the Holy Hour at 145PM, the Public Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image and the Miraculous Bone Relic of St. Faustina at 230PM, the recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy at 3PM, and the Holy Mass presided by the Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias at 330PM.
Villamor said the DMA started at the time of the late Rev. Fr. Gerardo Tapiador who brought home from Rome the Miraculous Bone Relic of St. Faustina to heal parishioners who are ill. (~Minnie De Luna)