During the Diocesan Culminating Activity for the Year of the Parish As Communion of Communities, the Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches, urged the Faithful of Novaliches to participate in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)-backed Red Wednesday Campaign this coming November 22, 2017.
“I hope our BECs will adapt the celebration of Red Wednesday this November 22 to commemorate Christians from around the world who are being persecuted and are in hiding,” highlighted the Bishop during his homily in the Eucharistic Mass of the Culminating Activity last November 11.
According to the Bishop, these persecutions actually make Christian Communities weak and “low key”. He urged BECs to always remember that the BEC in the Diocese is big because it is made up of many small communities who strive to sustain its existence. He instilled that the continuous persecution of Christians must remind BECs in the Diocese to continuously persevere in their efforts while strive to be one with the sufferings of Christian communities in other parts of the world.
The Bishop’s call for participation to the Red Wednesday Campaign was re-echoed in the recently-concluded monthly Clergy Meeting held in the Chancery Office last November 16, 2017. Parish priests were asked to bring USB Flash Disks for the materials of Red Wednesday Campaign be cascaded them.
A special Mass for the campaign is expected to be held on Wednesday in every parish of the Diocese. For the said Mass, a candle lighting activity will be held while videos on the campaign are expected to be played as well.
In line with this, the Diocese has also uploaded these materials in its website for the Faithful of Novaliches to download and participate in.
Acting in solidarity with the Universal Church, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is propagating the campaign that was actually spearheaded by Aid To A Church In Need, a Pontifical organization commissioned to help the persecuted and oppressed Christians in the world through funding of religious organizations and advocacies on social transformation such as the Red Wednesday Campaign. (~Minnie Agdeppa)