May. 18, 2023 04:18 PM
On May 13, 2023, the Quiapo Church community, through the collaborative efforts of Family & Life Ministry & Basic Ecclesiastical Community (FLM-BEC), Social Services & Development Ministry (SSDM), Disaster Preparedness & Response Ministry (DPRM) and Quiapo Church Medical Assistance Ministry (QCMAM), provided both relief and medical assistance to 300 senior citizens identified as the BEC members in the parish.
Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang, priest-in-charge of the aforementioned offices, gave the opening remarks where he expressed the importance of the aging people feeling a sense of community and purpose. This shows love and appreciation for all their hard work and sacrifices throughout their existence and service. Therefore, in the spirit of charity and volunteerism, this event is motivated by love and honor for the elderly society within the motherly care of the Church. This eve of Mother’s Day, just as how the Church continues to generate life and faith in the people, through his phrase “Ang buhay ng tao ay pabutihan”, Rev. Fr. Magdurulang expressed how this is significant so when the time comes that we will meet the Almighty God, our good deeds on earth will be remembered and rewarded with His unconditional forgiveness and joy leading to the gift of eternal life.
According to Sr. Mary Rose, SSDM supervisor, the senior citizen beneficiaries came from Blk 3-14. She adds that this is the first time, precisely, that relief operations were done within the church area. Compared to the previous distribution of relief in various places around Metro Manila and other provinces. In a special interview with both Mr. Noli Lopez, Vice-President and Mrs. Rachelle Perez, President of WMOC Medical and Diagnostic Clinic, Mrs. Perez gave a brief history that WMOC is a newly built medical clinic catering mainly to seafarers and domestic helpers. As devotees of the Nuestro Padre Hesus Nazareno, she expresses the thought of conducting general check-up and feeding program in Quiapo Church to give back to the community for all the blessings received. The activity was even made possible through Mr. Kevin Santos, one of WMOC’s saff and volunteer of QCMAM under the supervision of Ms. Ali Castillo.
The combined activity reinforces the Church’s main responsibilities of providing help to the poor, needy and marginalized. Thus, this underscores the importance of maintaining close relationship and cohesion with communities equipping people with spiritual and moral teachings. Like these elderly people, whose future remains uncertain, these simple but benevolent acts of charity will make them feel not only special in the eyes of the common people, but also in the eyes of God.
– Kidanzac A. Tallada | EIAM & ADRM