San Pablo City clergy gets P.5 million gift on closing rites of Year for Priests

Showing their love and concern for their priests, the Council of the Laity of San Pablo Diocese gifted their clergy with P.5 million during the closing rites of the Year for Priests.

The Diocesan Council of the Laity headed by President Bro. Gerry Gonzales handed over to the clergy led by San Pablo Bishop Leo Drona an enlarged replica of a check worth P500,000.00 as gift to the Clergy for their needs and other projects related to priestly formation.

The gift was given during a program tendered by the laity to the clergy at the culminating activities for the Year for Priests.

Bishop Drona led the San Pablo clergy, religious and laity in closing the year-long celebration of the year of the clergy on June 10 with a Holy Eucharist and a program.

The culminating activities started with the Blessing and Inauguration at 3:00 pm of the newly constructed Pre-College Institute Building located at the grounds of St. Peter College Seminary in Brgy. Concepcion. The Concelebrated Mass presided by the prelate followed at the San Pablo Cathedral at about 6:00 pm.

Around 100 priests, religious and deacons joined the bishop in the solemn ceremony.

Also in attendance were nuns, youths, professionals and a big number of the faithful who were actively involved in the preparations of the Liturgy and the sumptuous dinner that followed after Mass.

The bishop in his homily praised the priests and religious for their active participation in making the yearlong celebration for priests successful. He also expressed his gratitude to all the members of the laity for their spiritual and material support to all the priests and religious for the entire year.

The prelate has urged both the priests and laity to remain supportive of each other in the present and years ahead.

Reiterating what he said in the invitation message sent for the occasion, the bishop said: “With the activities that the committee we created for the purpose and with the initiatives coming from the priests themselves, religious and lay, I am confident that each has contributed a lot to make this year a 365 days full of grace which we could humbly bring back to God praising and praying to Him to “look with favor on our offerings.”

Right after the Holy Communion, the priests, religious knelt before the altar together with the Bishop who led the prayer of dedication of priests to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

After the Mass, the priests, religious and deacons were then ushered into the Liceo de San Pablo Gymnasium for the Agape and program offered by the Diocesan Council of the Laity.

Various groups rendered presentations in honor of the priests. They included Doxology by the Servi Dei Choir of Sto. Rosario Parish in Pacita I, San Pedro; Intermission by the San Pablo Seminary Choir; song number by the Sancti Joanis Choir of the San Pablo Cathedral parish. The priests led by the bishop, responded with a song number entitled “Pari Magpakailan Man.”

A 30-minute fireworks display followed outside the gym as a final highlight of the diocesan ending of the Year for Priests