by Maria de Maharlika
“It would be considered theft on our part if we did not give to someone in greater need than we are.” Saint Francis of Assisi
On Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24, a handful of Capuchin Brothers courageously ventured out of the confines of their convent into the COVID19 environment with their own barangay under Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine. Street dwellers returned their kindness with warm smiles of relief and gratitude.
Starting with the NSOLL Parish, they continued to Santa Teresita Parish until the area of Santo Domingo near Araneta Avenue. They also drove through Blumentritt, Quezon Avenue towards Retiro until the area near the Chinese General Hospital.
“Do all you can to spread the Gospel, and if necessary, use words!” Saint Francis of Assisi
The idea of distributing food to street dwellers came from the JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) Commission of the Capuchin Order of the Philippines, chaired by Rev. Fr. Albert Poblete, OFMCap, together with Br. Allan Samson, OFMCap, Br. Egay Martinez, OFMCap, Br. Allan Donasco, OFMCap. They had the full support of Rev. Fr. Rex Cutamora, OFMCap, Rev. Rolando Datu, OFMCap, Rev. Fr. Paul Vincent Perlado, OFMCap, and Rev. Fr. Eugenio Lopez, OFMCap, just as how it was last January – February 2020 for the victims of the Taal volcano eruption.
Initially funded by the JPIC Commission, Rev. Fr. Albert Poblete OFMCap. and Rev. Fr. Artemio Raymundo, OFMCap. were pleasantly surprised to learn that some cash donations came in, which would help keep the project going. On the first day, more than 65 packed meals of Rice, Adobong Baboy and bottled water were distributed. On the second day, 109 meals with Rice with Menudo or Tuna or Corned Beef and bottled water were distributed.
Capuchins on the move in the midst of extreme quarantine. May God bless and protect them, and those to whom they minister – the poorest of the poor along the streets of Quezon City
As an encouragement, Rev. Fr. Artemio T. Raymundo, OFMCap. said: “Start and many will help. We need the Filipino spirit of Bayanihan. It needs somebody or some people to ignite the fire in their hearts and you cannot imagine the extent of their response. Animo ng mga sundalo ni San Fransico at ng Birhen ng Lourdes.”
“Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally.” Saint Francis of Assisi
If you are moved to help this worthy project through financial assistance, kindly deposit funds to Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Account No. 0313 1734 37 Account Name: Mission de Padres Capuchinos de Las Islas Filipinas.
For those who wish to give cash donations but have no online facility, or are unable to go to the bank, we can arrange to pick up your donations.
Our heartfelt gratitude to the NSOLL Local Fraternity, the Kapatirang Capuchino ng Pilipinas and all lay volunteers!
Maraming salamat po!