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Go back to basics, says bishop at Pentecost

Bishop Crispin Varquez during the offertory at the Pentecost Vigil in Matarinao, June 3, 2017. (Alren Beronio / Este News)

SALCEDO, Eastern Samar, June 4, 2017–A local prelate has challenged his flock to go “back to the basics of our faith” as a response to a recent survey that church-goers and Catholic weddings are getting fewer.

Gathered for the 29th Diocesan Pentecost Vigil, the faithful were urged by Borongan bishop Crispin Varquez to appreciate and recover the pillars of the faith such as doctrines, sacraments, morality and prayer.

“Let us remember what the early Church did. The pillars of our faith stood as the cornerstones of the community,” Varquez said in his homily.

He also dissuaded the people from becoming “Catholics by convenience” as he acknowledged that some people identify themselves as Catholics but do not accept some of the Church’s stand on doctrinal and social issues.

Speaking to more than three thousand people gathered at the grounds of the Schools of Fisheries in Matarinao, he also mentioned how the adults of today fail in transmitting the faith to the young.

He called out politicians, especially those who studied in Catholic schools, to uphold the Catholic education they received.

He encouraged families to bring back the altars to their homes as these are effective ways of introducing the faith to the young people.

“If you do not have an altar at your home right now, make sure that you will provide one once you arrive home,” the bishop said.

Now on its 29th year, the Pentecost Vigil celebration gathers the clergy, religious and lay faithful from different parishes of the Diocese of Borongan in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the apostles.

Hosted by the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Barangay Matarinao, Salcedo Eastern Samar, this year’s Pentecost carried the theme: Parish, Communion of Communities.

Before the Mass ended, Msgr. Lope Robredillo, vicar general of Borongan, thanked individuals and groups who contributed to the success of the event.

He also announced that next year’s vigil will be hosted by the Parish of St. Isidore Labrador in Maslog, Eastern Samar. (Roel Joe Abonal / Este News)

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