Last January 18, 2016, the Superiors General of the Pauline Family sent this invitation: “As a concrete sign of our yearning, to be and to fully feel that we are indeed a Family, we propose that on June 30 2016 all the members of the Pauline Family pass together through one of the Doors of Mercy.”

Acting on that proposal, the Provincial Superiors in the Philippines, through the Pauline Family Equipe on Spirituality, organized a Pauline Family Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) Parish Church, on June 30, the feast of St. Paul. The parish, run by the Society of St. Paul, is designated as one of the five pilgrimage churches in the Archdiocese of Manila.

At 3:00 PM, the ceremony started with blowing of the shofar, the ram’s horn used to announce the Jubilee year in Israel. This was followed by the reading of the letter of the Superiors General and the rite of entrance through the Holy Door. The concelebrated Mass was presided by Fr. Cian Marquez, the parish priest of OLS. In his homily, Fr. Cian shared about people asking why the OLS was chosen as a pilgrimage church. He said that it was all due to the graciousness of God. He also challenged the Paulines to find creative ways to share God’s mercy during the Jubilee Year.

At the Offertory, the Paulines offered gifts for the beneficiaries assigned to the OLS Parish by the Archdiocese: donation to prison apostolate and food for the street children and the homeless.

After Holy Communion, the pilgrims prayed the Chaplet to St. Paul. At the conclusion of the Mass, packaged snacks were provided to them. Many went to the sacristy to ask for the “Jubilee Passport” stamped at every Jubilee church they would visit.

Meanwhile, the Pauline Family in Macau celebrated the feast of St. Paul with the Mass presided by Most Rev. Stephen Lee, Bishop of Macau. Concelebrating with him were Fr. Ramon Manalo, SSP and Fr. Edgar Pasaporte, SSP. Present were the PDDM Sisters, the Daughters of St. Paul, the members of the Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation, collaborators, and friends.