|The Regnum Christi Movement leaders celebrate the anniversary of our foundation with a mass Celebrated in the private chapel of the Archbishop of Manila, Msgr. Gaudencio Rosales.|
Manila, Philippines – Regnum Christi members in the Philippines
were blessed to begin the year 2006 much as they
did the previous two years: at mass in the private
chapel of Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales.
After the Mass, Regnum Christi
members shared with the Archbishop the fruits of their efforts
for the Filipino Church. A representative thanked Archbishop Rosales for
his constant support and renewed the unconditional commitment of Regnum
Christi to serve the local Church as he and other
pastors direct. Archbishop Rosales responded by giving his blessing to
the Regnum Christi members.
Among the fruits from 2005 were several
missions that Regnum Christi organized throughout the year:
- In January, the
young men of Regnum Christi organized 50 missionaries who went
among the poor squatters in an area known as Libis.
They visited 200 families in door-to-door evangelization and gave catechism
lessons to a large group of children – so large
it was difficult to estimate how many they were.
- In February,
on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, they launched
the first Helping Hands Medical Missions in the Philippines.
Fourteen medical volunteers from the United States, including seven physicians,
spent a week working for free in the city of
Tanauan. Over the course of an entire week, they provided
surgeries, clinical consultations and medicines – all at no cost.
The doctors performed 25 operations under the guidance of Our
Lady of Lourdes with no post-operative complications. All operations were
100% successful! Fr. Andrew Mulcahey L.C. came from Dallas to
celebrate masses and hear confessions. The Regnum Christi team from
Makati organized all logistics and fundraising.
|Youth for the Third Millennium missionaries visited two squatter areas, one over the Manila.|
- In March, during Holy Week,
the youth teams organized what they called the “Extreme Mission”
because it was done in an Island without water and
electricity. Travel was only by boat or on foot. They
visited seven communities in the Island of Maricaban – also
known as Tingloy. In a non stop door-to-door evangelization for
five consecutive days during Holy Week, the 72 missionaries visited
some 300 families and more than 500 children received daily
catechesis. Fr. Daniel Polzer L.C. traveled from Denver to help
in the “Extreme Mission.” In these exceptional circumstances he celebrated
three masses each day, heard confessions and led the rites
proper to Holy Week. In this way the parish priest
of Tingloy was free to attend the town proper while
Father Polzer and the missionaries reached those who live far
from the main Church, especially the elderly and the sick.
August, a Regnum Christi program entitled Living Dreams organized a
full day outreach for orphans. 120 orphans from Tiloy Dom
Bosco were the program’s guests for a day trip to
Enchanted Kingdom for food and lots of fun. Each orphan
had the individual attention of one volunteer; the goal was
to transmit to each one the personal love that Jesus
gives each of us. In all, 140 volunteers participated.
- In September,
twelve Youth for the Third Millennium missionaries visited two
squatter areas, one over the Manila railways and another near
St. Perpetua Parish in Quezon City. A total of 52
missionaries visited 220 poor families and taught the catechism to
hundreds of children. Holy Mass was celebrated in a street
adjacent to the Manila railways.
|The youth teams organized what they called the “Extreme Mission” because it was done in an Island without water and electricity.|
- In October, Youth for the Third
Millennium brought 30 missionaries and one Legionary Priest (Fr.
Daniel Polzer) to three sites in Barangay Luyos. To celebrate
the end of the Year of the Eucharist, the mission
included a procession with the Holy Sacrament led by His
Excellency, Archbishop Arguelles. The procession was so popular the people
of Ambulong begged to have one as well, so Fr.
Polzer led another Eucharistic procession there.
- In December, Living Dreams organized
a Christmas party for poor children.