Priest: ‘Parishes need young people’

Priest: ‘Parishes need young people’

Malolos youth spearheaded this year’s St. Pedro Calungsod feast day celebration. RAINIER POLICARPIO

STA. MARIA, Bulacan – “Parishes without active youth participation may lead to gradual downfall of the local Church.”

This is what Malolos Diocesan Commission of Youth chairman Fr. Jigs Garcia said in his homily during a Mass concelebrated by Holy Family Parish priest Fr. Mauricio Lucas to mark the feast day of St. Pedro Calungsod, April 1, Saturday.

“These young people bring dynamism to the church. They are the future servant leaders of the community,” added the priest.

The faithful of the Diocese of Malolos, young people, and local parishioners gathered in Catmon in this town to honor the young catechist who is believed to have died in 1672 because he refused to leave the side of Spanish Jesuit missionary Fr. Diego Luis de San Vitores.

The prelate also urged the youth to proclaim and glorify Jesus in everything they do, especially when they serve the Church and their fellow youth, just as St. Pedro Calungsod did.

Garcia also said that whatever the young do in their parishes – no matter how “insignificant” it may be – it is important that they do their best to help form “a Christ-centered community.”

A motorcade around the vicinity of the parish was held after the Mass. The faithful also watched a short film about the life and martyrdom of the young saint.

April 2, the date of Calungsod’s death, is the actual feast day of the young saint. However, this year, the commemoration of the second Filipino saint was moved to April 1 since the said date falls on the 5th Sunday of Lent. CBCPNews