By Leslie Ann Aquino
Parishes under the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a second collection in all Masses during the six Sundays of Lent starting March 10 to raise funds for Alay Kapwa, the annual Lenten Evangelization and fundraising program of the Catholic Church.
Funds raised from Alay Kapwa will be used by Caritas Manila, the Archdiocese of Manila’s social action arm, as emergency fund in responding to both natural and human-caused calamities.
And the Philippines being one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world with an average of 20 storms and typhoons hitting the country yearly, the number of calamity victims being helped by the church are also increasing.
Due to this, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on the faithful to be more generous to Alay Kapwa.
“With the increasing number and magnitude of disasters and calamities being responded to by Caritas Damayan, our Alay Kapwa funds get immediately depleted,” he said in a pastoral letter.
“It is therefore our hope that we will be more generous in our almsgiving this season of Lent,” added Tagle.
Last year, Caritas Damayan extended help to the victims of typhoon Agaton, Josie and Ompong, as well as the victims of fire disasters in Metro Manila. It also provided assistance to the Marawi rehabilitation, to the lumads of Tandag and to the affected families of Mayon eruption.
His Eminence reminded the faithful that Lent is not only a time to intensify prayer, but also an occasion to think of others, particularly those who are poor, suffering or in need.
“The practice of almsgiving helps us to grow in charity and generosity. It helps us, too, to recognize the Lord Jesus in the poor and needy. It is a path that can lead to true conversion: in drawing close to our brothers and sisters, we draw close to God Himself,” Tagle said.
Aside from the second collection in churches, donations may also be deposited in the following Peso Bank Accounts of Caritas Manila Inc.
BPI S/A: 3063 5357 01
BDO S/A: 5600 45905
METROBANK S/A: 175-3-17506954-3
UNIONBANK C/A: 00-030-00122705
PNB C/A: 10-856-660001-7
> For DOLLAR ACCOUNTS:
> BPI S/A: 3064-0033-55
> (SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM)
> PNB S/A: 10-856-660002-5
> (SWIFT CODE: PNBMPHMM)
> Donations may also be dropped off at 2002 Jesus St. Pandacan, Manila or any Cebuana Lhuillier Branch.