By Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban
December 8, 2018 | Malolos City
Last December 8, the Immaculate Conception Parish – Cathedral & Minor Basilica and Immaculate Conception Major Seminary communities celebrated the Solemnity of Mary’s Immaculate Conception at Malolos Cathedral in this city. The Misa Mayor celebration at 6 in the morning was led by Malolos Vicar General Pablo S. Legaspi, Jr. with the Cathedral Team Ministry, priests from the Malolos Vicariate and the Seminary Fathers as concelebrants.
Cubao Bishop and Malolos Apostolic Administrator Honesto F. Ongtioco gave his message to the faithful after Communion. He said, “We must always remember that our celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception shows to ushow Mary is the sign of our hope. She reveals to us how we should hope for salvation. She gives us inspiration to become holy people.” Elaborating the 2018 fiesta theme “MARIA: Buklod ng Pagtugon sa Tawag ng Diyos”, he also added that, “May we live out what Mary shows to us. She shows to us how to be like her Son, Our Lord. May we do the same in responding to the call of the Lord for each one of us to be like him.”
Dioceses celebrate the Immaculate Conception
Due to the traffic on this recently declared national holiday, the Bishopapologized for not being able to come on time for the Mass. He said, “I wassupposed to lead today’s morning Mass, as I left Cubao around 4 in the morning.However the heavy traffic before coming here did not allow me to do so. I thank Msgr. Pablo Legaspi, our Vicar General for saying the Mass in my stead.” He added, “As you know, we have many cathedrals today celebrating theImmaculate Conception as titular patroness. Besides her being the Primary Patroness of the whole Philippines, she is also Patroness of the Archdiocese of Manila and the Dioceses of Pasig, Cubao and Malolos. And so I have many commitments today both here in Malolos and in Cubao, my diocese.”
Besides the aforementioned, the Immaculate Conception is also the titularpatroness of the four archdioceses namely: Capiz, Ozamiz, Cotabato and Zamboanga; four dioceses, namely: Urdaneta, Antipolo, Boac, Virac, and theApostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa