Film-viewing, concert, games to mark Calungsod feast day
On April 2, 1672, 17-year-old Pedro and the Mission Superior Padre Diego Luís de San Vitores were martyred in Guam, where they had evangelized many natives.
Aside from nine-day novena prayers in honour of St. Pedro Calungsod, various festive activities are scheduled on the days leading to April 2, the feast day of the second Filipino martyr.
Calungsod, the patron saint of Filipino youth and altar boys, was a young catechist from Visayas. On April 2, 1672, 17-year-old Pedro and the Mission Superior Padre Diego Luís de San Vitores were martyred in Guam, where they had evangelized many natives.
The movie Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir will have a special screening on March 30 to celebrate the young saint's feast day, said Father Ronnie Samaniego, chaplain of the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel in Bonifacio Global City. Film director Francis Villacorta will give a short message before the film is shown at 1 p.m. and viewers will be admitted based on available seats.
On the feast day, April 2, there will be a 4 p.m. procession of the image of St. Pedro Calungsod from the lobby of SM Aura Premiere to the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel, where a High Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. This will be followed by a concert at 7 p.m. A photo exhibit featuring the catechists of the Diocese of Pasig will also be set up at the chapel, Father Samaniego said.
In the provinces, the St. James the Greater parish in Dapitan City has organized a blood-letting activity dubbed “Dugong Martir, Dugtong Buhay” in honour of the saint on March 31.
The Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in Naga, Cebu, will celebrate the feast day on March 29 evening with a fiesta mass and a procession followed by a youth programme, 'Barkadahayni Pedro', at the Baywalk stage.
Cebu-based Barkadani Pedro (an online prayer community dedicated for Calungsod) has revived its ‘Tambayanni Pedro Holy Mass’ starting this month. It will be held regularly every third Friday of the month at the San Pedro Calungsod Youth Centre in Cebu City.
Calungsod was canonized by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012. He was beatified by the late Pope John Paul II on March 5, 2000. His cause for canonization was propelled by a miraculous healing of a comatose woman after her doctor asked for the intercession of Calungsod. The woman also recovered fully despite going in and out of coma for several weeks.
Source: CBCP News