Due to lockdown and general quarantine imposed by the government, our apostolic services including the operation of media centers were suspended.
But the Sisters continued to reach out to our brothers and sisters especially the front liners in the best possible way, considering our resources.
One of the most inspiring, and at the same time challenging messages of Pope Francis during this time of crisis is “don’t to be afraid of the moment and don’t waste this moment of conversion”.
With the prevailing crisis and uncertainty brought by Covid 19, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea Thailand Province (PMPT) is doing its best to maximize the online platforms for evangelization. Programs are produced to uplift and give life to our people. As a Province we continue to pray the Holy Rosary for COVID 19 victims, for the Frontliners, and to stem the transmission of this virus. The different communities also involved themselves in significant communitarian activities during this difficult time.
In solidarity we reached out to our brothers and sisters who are living in fear, doubts and confusion about their faith at this time of crisis, through prayer and liturgical celebrations (hour of adoration, online daily masses, recitation of the rosary and Flores de Mayo); charitable works by giving bags of goods (rice, noodles and canned goods) to those who knocked at our gate and spiritual nourishment through distribution of religious items (rosary beads, rosary guides, chaplet with medals of different saints) and copies of Paulines magazines to the frontliners at Southern Philippines Medical Center.
We continue to pray and reach out to those who come and ask for help specially this time that we are still in the midst of the battle against COVID-19. We thank the Lord for His continuous protection for all and for sending us generous people who in one way or another are sharing their blessings to us. – Sr. Gemma Gamab, FSP
The Regina Apostolorum Community prepared food packs for the poor and created inspiring cards for the Frontliners.
The Provincialate community gave away spiritual reading materials and devotionals, such as rosaries and scapulars for the use of Frontliners.
The community of Lipa collaborated with the Redemptorist Fathers in their reach-out for the poor and for the Frontliners.
The community of Cebu cooked food for the Frontliners and sewed face masks which were distributed in nearby hospitals. They also prepared spiritual gifts for the stranded seafarers, porters, and families in the port area.
Fr. John Mission, Chaplain/Executive Director of Apostleship of the Sea Stella Maris Seafarers Center-Cebu sent a short note accompanied with photos to the FSP Sisters in Cebu, thanking them for the catechism books and rosaries sent to them. The chaplain encouraged beneficiaries to pray the rosary everyday and read the catechism book.
The Bacolod community distributed Bibles to local government units (LGUs) while novenas, magazines and other reading materials for spiritual nourishment were given to Frontliners and to quarantined families in their barangay.
The community of Tacloban distributed food packs to the poor and gave away stampitas, rosaries, scapulars, prayer leaflets and other reading materials to the Frontliners.
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Legazpi community posted inspiring messages in their media center Facebook account.