With our changing world and technology-based community, our ways of worship and evangelization has also been innovated, but despite modernization being adapted to Church activities, there are still a lot of communities that are spreading the faith the traditional way – in the streets and in our homes.
Sta. Lucia Parish, located in Pasig composed of 13 small communities began their activity called “Dalaw Patrona,” in preparation for the feast of their patroness on December 13 where the image of Sta. Lucia is brought to each community to stay for one week before transferring to the next.
“This is one way to propagate our patron, most people doesn’t know Sta. Lucia that much. Some kids even think she is Mama Mary, so we believe the Dalaw Patrona really helps,” Joshua Santos, PRO and Pamayaman Coordinator shares in behalf of their BEC core team.
The activity is attended by more than 10 people every time they move the image, usually to a home of one of the Church workers who opened their residence to Sta. Lucia. Said image will be returned to the Parish Church on December 4, right in time for the 9-day novena before the feast day itself.
Aside from Dalaw Patrona, they also hold street masses two to three times a week to about eight times a month. They make it a priority as they see it as a crucial way to share God’s love to those who aren’t able to go to Church regularly.
“Mass is important in every street so people will know and feel God’s presence and love. The Holy Eucharist is the highest form of prayer. Street masses shows how the Church immerses in the community where we can reach the unchurched, and it is also when we can visit the sick to dab the Santo Oleo,” Santos noted.
Street mass goers range from 15 people to as much as more than 40 people.
The parish has several upcoming BEC activities, such as Parish BEC General Assembly on Nov. 11, weekly Block Rosary in every community, and their monthly BEC Meeting every 2nd Saturday of the month.
The parish, though in one of the most developed cities in our county, has proudly retained these olden traditions to proclaim the Good News.
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