Thousands pray for junking of divorce bill at ‘marriage march’

Thousands pray for junking of divorce bill at ‘marriage march’

An estimated 3,600 people gathered to highlight the beauty of marriage and to call for the junking of House Bill 7303, also known as the divorce bill, at the March for Marriage, April 22, 2018. RAMON ORDINARIO, CME

By Fr. Philippe Andrew Gallanosa

April 29, 2018

Sorsogon City

A March for Marriage was held on April 22, Good Shepherd Sunday, in the Diocese of Sorsogon. Jeep-loads of couples with their children arrived from almost all the thirty-one parishes of the diocese and congregated at the Sorsogon National High School Covered Court Sunday a little after lunch time to pray for our legislators as they decide on House Bil 7303, also known as the divorce bill.

Some 3, 600 people gathered to highlight the “beauty of marriage” and to make a stand against divorce

The March for Marriage #MarriageIsBeautiful started with a Holy Mass with Msgr. Felix Elegado, Jr., vicar general of the Diocese of Sorsogon, as main celebrant. Concelebrating with him were Msgr. Francisco P. Monje, parish priest of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Casiguran; Fr. Ernie Mendina, parish priest of San Nicolás de Tolentino, Bentuco, Gubat, and Head of the Commission on Laity; Fr. Ronnie H. Dolosa, parochial vicar of the parish of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Bulan, and Head of the Commission on Family and Human Life; and Fr. Philippe Andrew B. Gallanosa, instructor and confessor at Our Lady of Peñafrancia Seminary, and Head of the Commission on Media for Evangelization (CME).

Signature campaign vs. divorce bill

In his homily, Elegado stressed the beauty of marriage, despite the challenges and problems that come with it, especially today.

He also emphasized the urgent need to pray for the country’s legislators, especially the senators who now have the duty to decide for the common good. Elegado also spoke about Christians’ prophetic mission to make a stand for marriage and fight divorce.

After the Mass, Medina announced that a concrete action being promoted by the March for Marriage is the gathering of signatures from all over the diocese in support of marriage and in opposition to divorce.

‘Pro-family, pro-life’ city

Several sharers gave testimonials and messages, namely Rouquel and Nina Ponte from Couples for Christ, who talked about married life; Atty. Jonathan Balintong who gave an overview of House Bill 7303; and Sorsogon City mayor Sally A. Lee, who expressed her support for the March through a message read by Amy Deniega.

The City of Sorsogon has come to be known as a “pro-life and pro-family” city, and has been supportive of the initiatives of the diocese with regard to family and social issues.

March for Marriage was initiated by the Couples of Christ – Sorsogon , on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its presence and ministry in the Diocese of Sorsogon. This initiative was duly supported by the Commissions on the Laity and on the Family and Human Life, as well as by members of other lay organizations, movements, and associations like Marriage Encounter and the Commission on Youth. With reports from Rochelle Opalalic and Venjo Lesano/CBCPNews