Holy Family Parishes and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes fiesta celebration

Several parishes in the Diocese celebrated their parish fiestas last February 11, 2018. Among them were the Holy Family Parish in Kamias Quezon City, and the Holy Family Parish in Roxas District.

During his Masses in the parishes dedicated the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Bishop Ongtioco highlighted in his homilies in the importance of families, wherein the child is able to experience the goodness of God, first, in the family that the child was born into. To strengthen the bond of the family, by praying together as a family will surely nurture the bond of love and respect among members, the bishop noted.

Prior to his Mass at the Holy Family Parish in Roxas District, Bishop Ongtioco blessed the newly-built Sanctuary for the Family. The project was spearheaded by their parish priest, Father Ronald Roberto, who urged families to gather before the life-sized images of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, to pray and entrust all their petitions to God through the Holy Family.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Kanlaon Quezon City also celebrated its fiesta on the said date. February 11, 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in the year 1858, in Lourdes, France. Back in the 1890s, it was the Franciscan Capuchins who first brought the devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes among Filipinos. During his homily, Bishop Ongtioco thanked all the Franciscan Capuchins who are administering the sacraments and their healing ministry at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes headed by its Rector and Parish Priest, Reverend Father Cesar Acuin.

February 11 is also called the World Day of the Sick. It was instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II way back in 1992. At present, during the 26th World Day of the Sick, a cured French nun was named to be the 70th has been recognised as the 70th miracle at France's shrine of Lourdes. Sister Bernadette Moriau (Mor-ro), French nun, recovered from a decades-old back problem that prevented her from walking normally. She visited the holy spring in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in July 2008, then aged 69, seeking a cure to her ailment like millions of other pilgrims each year. Shortly after returning home, she said her chronic sciatica or pinched spinal nerve disappeared for the first time since her condition was diagnosed at the age of 27.