This Lent 2018, Peaceworks103 sends pilgrims to 7 Catholic Churches in Batangas.
- St Thomas Aquinas, Sto Tomas
- St John the Evangelist, Tanauan
- Nuestra Señora de Soledad, Tanauan
- Immaculate Conception, Malvar
- Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian, Lipa
- Our Lady Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, Lipa
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Lipa
Pilgrim’s Chaplain: Rev Fr Armand D Robleza SDB
Location and Route
About The Theme: SAINTS TOGETHER
The Church and her people are called to be Saints Together. God wants us all to be holy ones, not just the clergy and the religious but every one in every unit of the society. Together – the church, the clergy and the consecrated persons, the laity, those in the government, and the whole community – can make a peaceful and loving society.
However, this year, the Church gives importance to the clergy and the consecrated persons. Fr Emmanuel Mijares, who writes for CBCP News, says the reason why this year focuses on the clergy and the consecrated persons.
It is known that the amelioration or the worsening of any society depends to a greater degree to its religious leaders. This is true in Europe and this is also true in the Philippines. There is a direct relationship between the development of society with their clergy and hierarchy. When the clergy is corrupt the society becomes corrupt; but when the clergy or its religious leaders are holy the people becomes holy.
For understanding the significance of this observation, read Fr Emmanuel Mijares’s article on CBCP News.
Why Observe Visita Iglesia for Nine Years
CBCP announced in 2012 the “nine-year journey for the New Evangelization” in preparation for the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. Every year for nine years, there will be a different theme.
- Year of Integral Faith Formation (2013)
- Year of the Laity (2014)
- Year of the Poor (2015)
- Year of the Eucharist and the Family (2016)
- Year of the Parish as a Communion of Communities (2017)
- Year of the Clergy and Religious (2018)
- Year of the Youth (2019)
- Year of Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue (2020)
- Year of Missio Ad Gentes (mission to the nations, 2021)
In line with this nine-year journey, Peaceworks103 came up with a nine-year Visita Iglesia every Lenten season. Peacework103’s Visita Iglesia started in 2012. This year is its 7th year and all roads lead to Eastern Batangas.
Looking Back 500 Years Ago From 2021
The first Mass in the Philippines was celebrated in Limasawa on 31 March 1521. It was Easter Sunday. Every Easter Sunday Mass, the Church traditionally presents to the community newly baptized Christians. On Easter of 1521, the church baptized Rajah Humabon as Carlos and his wife Hara Amihan as Juana. According to history, Ferdinand Magellan gifted these two first Catholics in the country with the image of Santo Niño, now known as Sant Niño de Cebu.
For the Catholic Church, 2021 is a great jubilee for Christians in the Philippines.