Lipa Carmel offers Chinese Masses for ‘vocations for China’
The Carmelites of Lipa also promote the devotion to Our Lady of China. SR. FIDES REALUBIT
LIPA City – For over 30 years, Carmel of our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace has been offering Masses in Chinese to pave the way for an increase of vocations, specifically for the conversion of China.
“An SVD Chinese priest encouraged our Sr. Mary Grace [Rillo] to have a Chinese Mass because when the time comes, [he said], that China open its doors we should be ready for vocations for China and they mainly accept Filipino missionaries,” explained Sr. Fides Realubit, a Carmelite nun in this city.
One way of increasing vocations for China according to the SVD priest, added Realubit, is to have Chinese Masses in the Philippines.
Aside from an increase in vocations, the Carmelites also hope to bring the congregation to Chinese shores.
“Over 30 years there’s a thanksgiving Mass here for the Lunar New Year. It is our Carmel’s dream that one day we will make a foundation in mainland [China],” she added.
Rillo met the SVD Chinese priest when she was helping out Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Monastery Church in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, which used to celebrate a Chinese Mass on Oct. 10, the national day of the Republic of China that marks the start of the Wuchang Uprising of 1911, which brought about the collapse of the Qing Dynasty.
Lipa Carmel, on the other hand, chose the Chinese Lunar New Year, offering its first Chinese Mass back in 1986.
Today, Feb. 16, Fr. Dale Baretto-Ko will celebrate a 5:30 p.m. English Mass with songs in Mandarin and Fookien.
According to Realubit, after Mass there will be offering of incense as part of the prayers for ancestors in a Christian context. There is also a plan to make the Chinese traditional ancestral tablet. CBCPNews