PASIG CITY – Some 1,508 lectors and commentators from different parishes under the Diocese of Pasig renewed their commitment to serve during the Annual Renewal Program organized by the Ministry of Liturgical Affairs of the diocese held November 15, 2014 at the St. Paul College Auditorium in Pasig City.
Rev. Fr. Daniel Estacio, Director of the Ministry for Liturgical Affairs of the Diocese of Pasig welcomed the delegates and exhorted them to renew their commitment pointing out that the call to holiness is the heart of stewardship and should be a way of life of lectors and commentators.
He challenged the lectors and commentators to nurture their commitment in proclaiming the Word of God instead of falling into the temptation of choosing only schedules that are convenient for them.
“Are you committed or kumitid ka na? Kumitid dahil ang iba magsasabi, “Ayoko magserve sa oras na ito ha, ayoko sa chapel na un ha? ” Fr. Estacio said in humor.
On the other hand, Rev. Fr. Godwin Tatlonghari, the guest speaker during the renewal program, said that “A baptized Christian is called to be holy,” in his keynote message that centered on the Year of the Laity with the theme, “Called to be Saints, Sent forth as Heroes.”
He echoed the words of Pope Francis to encourage the lectors and commentators to persevere in their service to the Lord despite many challenges and circumstances.
“Pope Francis has urged all of us, “Go, do not be afraid and serve,” he stressed.
The renewal program was followed by a Holy Mass and the rite of renewal of commitment presided over by Fr. Estacio, where the lectors and commentators renewed their full commitment to their calling as Proclaimers of the Word and to fulfill with dignity the mission entrusted to them by the Lord.
Fr. Estacio was commissioned by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, Dd to officiate the renewal rites on his behalf because of a prior commitment.
Records show there was a significant increase of attendees this year compared to last year’s total delegates.
Meanwhile, the Sto. Nino de Taguig parish’s total of 38 lectors and commentators who pledged their renewal of commitment in Pasig City were installed in the parish the following day, November 16, 2014 in a simple ceremony officiated by Rev. Fr. Paulino Balagtas, the parish priest of Sto. Nino de Taguig parish.###
(JB Casimiro with reports from Lou Dominguiano, Media and Public Affairs Ministry, Sto. Nino de Taguig parish)