MANILA – The Archdiocese of Manila appointed four San Roque parishes under the Archdiocesan Churches of Intercession amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
In Circular 2020-24 signed on Saturday, Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo supported the petition appointing the parishes in Blumentritt and Sampaloc, Manila; Pasay City and Mandaluyong City on the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and the Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Manila.
The parishes will be organizing devotional and liturgical activities and other programs for the sick, frontlines, and less fortunate during the pandemic.
“While all parishes are churches of intercession, these parishes under the patronage of San Roque will take the lead in organizing devotional and liturgical activities as well as other appropriate programs that will serve the sick, the front liners and the poor during this time of pandemic in the Archdiocese of Manila,” a part of the circular read.
The petitioners are the priests of the parishes –Frs. Antonio Navarette, Jr. (Blumentritt), Paschal Gorgonia (Pasay), Aries Reyes (Mandaluyong), and Leo Nilo (Sampaloc).
“Upon the recommendation Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and our Judicial Vicar, we have acceded to the said petition,” Pabillo said. “Let us implore the prayers and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Health of the Sick, and San Roque during this time of the pandemic.”
Saint Roch (San Roque) is the patron of persons with terminal illnesses and contagious diseases, dog lovers, and plagues.
Roman Catholics celebrate his feast every August 16. (PNA)