By Leslie Ann Aquino
Catholics will mark the start of the 40-day Lenten season on March 6 with Ash Wednesday.
With the upcoming observance, church leaders asked the faithful to make use of the opportunity to ask forgiveness from God and helping those in need.
“The imposition of ashes on ash Wednesday remind us of the need of conversion, the need to go back to the Lord, the grace of conversion and the grace of forgiveness and mercy of God,” Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles told Radyo Veritas, Friday.
“My brothers and sisters let us avail the season of grace during Lent so that we would be really prepared into the joyous season of Easter,” added the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
Cardinal Tagle stressed the importance of charity especially during this season of Lent.
One of the charitable activities that the Church has been promoting is the Hapag-Asa Integrated Nutrition (Hapag-Asa) program which aims to reduce hunger and malnutrition among more than two million Filipino children through regular feeding programs in the poorest and remotest places in the country.
To be able to continue their mission to reach and help these children, Hapag-Asa is appealing to Church goers who practice fasting during the season to donate the funds they are able to save from fasting to what it calls FAST2FEED.
Under the FAST2FEED initiative, P10 a day can feed a child Manna Pack-based meal, a rice meal formula fortified with proteins, Vitamin A, B, C, D, and calcium which is mixed with vegetables and commonly used for nutrition feeding programs.
Those who wish to donate may deposit directly to the program by using Hapag-Asa or FAST2FEED envelopes to be distributed during the Ash Wednesday Mass in churches throughout the country.