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Santuario Delivered “Pahalipay sa Pasko” packages to Tacloban

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Last December 27, 2013, we delivered our “Pahalipay sa Pasko” packages to the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tacloban. This was given to 4000 families that belong to this parish. They are survivors of the super typhoon Yolanda. In the previous years, we packed the usual food packs of rice, canned goods, noodles and used clothing and toys for just 300 indigent families in our parish here in Cagayan de Oro. But, this time, we packed spaghetti packages for 4000 families in Tacloban. The intention was for the victims to have something special for their media noche at New Year’s Eve. We rented a winged van truck for the goods and a passenger van. With me are 3 soldiers that belonged to the Armor unit stationed at 4th ID in Patag [1Lt Daisyree Lyn V. Martos (CAV) PA, Sgt Regie P. Patoy (CAV)PA, and PFC Jojenino R. Buque (CAV) PA], an office staff[Zuziez J. Rosete] and Ondoy our driver and the 2 drivers of the truck. We brought with us 2000 spaghetti packages (from the generosity of our parishioners and Mass-goers who gave in kind  and cash donations, second collections and envelopes) and 900 boxes of canned pineapple chunks donated by Del Monte. Each box contains 12 cans.

We left for Tacloban at around 7 in the evening of December 27 and arrived at the Blessed Sacrament Parish Church in Tacloban11pm of December 28. It was only in the morning of the next day that we destributed 640 spaghetti packs to the residents of Barangay 3 Nulatula. They were overjoyed at receiving their gifts. One resident even made a comment that, “if you did not give us this package, we would only have canned sardines for our New Year media noche.” They truly grateful. The Barangay Captain who facilitated the distribution was so thankful as well. Br. Joseph, who is a seminarian of our Congregation on Pastoral Exposure at this parish, expressed an observation that it was the first time that all goods were claimed unlike their previous deliveries. He said that it was because we gave them spaghetti which they received for the first time since the relief operation started. For the other barangays, the parish priest, Fr. Muriel Uy, SSS himself, delivered the goods.

Right after lunch of that day, we left for Cagayan de Oro at 2 in the afternoon and arrived here at 5:45 in the morning of December 30. It was long and tiring trip, yet truly inspiring and invigorating. For us, we just delivered the joy, the donors shared for the survivors. It was a great joy for the team as well.

Just a note that we had 2 other deliveries before this one: November 18 and December 4, 2013.

The “Pahalipay sa Pasko”, translated as “Gift of Joy at Christmas”, is a yearly gift giving activity of Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish during Christmas. This was started in 2003 when the administration of the then Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Sacred Heart was turned over to the Congregation of Blessed Sacrament. It was Fr. Mark del Rosario, SSS, who was the chapel chaplain at that time who started this. Since then, every year, the “Pahalipay sa Pasko” has seen so many smiling faces and joyful hearts of the beneficiaries. This time, the 10th “Pahalipay sa Pasko”, the number of beneficiaries was doubled more than the total number of recipients put together in 9 years. This first decade anniversary of “Pahalipay sa Pasko” is exceptionally remarkable and justly historical.

And I am truly touched by the generosity of our parishioners and benefactors who have never stopped sharing their blessings. Indeed, there is more joy in giving than in receiving.St. Paul said in his Second Letter to the Corinthians:

So I thought it necessary to encourage the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for your promised gift, so that in this way it might be ready as a bountiful gift and not as an exaction.Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver.Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. (II Corinthians 9:5-8)

Thank you so much my dear brothers and sisters in Christ! God be with you always!

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