Cebu declares Aug. 5 ‘Salamat Padre Day’
Members of the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity and other collaborators hold a press conference on the “Salamat Padre” program.
June 29, 2018
In a circular, Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma declared Aug. 5, 2018, memorial of St. John Mary Vianney, as a “Day of Thanksgiving for the Priests” in the Archdiocese of Cebu.
According to Fe Barino, the chair of Commission on the Laity, the Salamat Padre program is not just to honor and inspire the priests but also to emphasize the importance of the role of the priests in the life of the lay faithful.
Simultaneously, on that day, Aug. 5, lay faithful in the Archdiocese of Cebu will celebrate “Salamat Padre Day” by having an activity with the priests in their parishes, at any time during the day, to express their gratitude and to honor the priests.
The program will include, among others, the singing of the Salamat Padre theme song, giving of plaque and commemorative gift, inspirational messages, and some presentations. The parishioners are also encouraged to wear uniform shirts to broadcast the message of “Salamat Padre” even more.
A song-writing competition was also launched for the Salamat Padre theme song.
According to a press release from the Archdiocese of Cebu, the Salamat Padre program is “also timely for lay people to express their support to the priests, in the light of the recent killings of priests and attacks on the Church.”
Formerly known as Council of the Laity, the Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity was founded on July 17, 2017 as an umbrella of the lay faithful where lay organizations serving the Church can unite, collaborate. and work together.
The “overwhelming response” of parishioners for the Salamat Padre program, which kicked off on May 19, also strengthened the network of the lay under the umbrella of the Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity, said the press release,