Pastoral Letter of His Excellency, Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D.
Theme: “Towards a Synodal Church: Stewards Enjoined by God’s Generosity, Empowered to Proclaim the Gospel to the Peripheries”
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
It is new year in our Church! As we enter the Season of Advent, we begin a new Liturgical Year (Year A). We will reflect again on the mystery of our Salvation — of God’s incarnation in Jesus, His passion, death and resurrection, and his earthly ministries. It is a whole year recognizing that we have a God with us, a God who accompanies us in our pilgrimage towards His Kingdom. As we continue to rise from the crisis brought to us by the pandemic, we are assured of God’s abiding presence among us. Amid sufferings, losses, and uncertainties, God has been with us through His Church, through His word, through the sacraments, through the ups and downs of life, and through every people of goodwill. Indeed, God has journeyed with us. The Holy Spirit has led us along the way.
Let us stay on this path. As one People of God, we are responsible for each other. Our Pastoral theme this year seeks to deepen this truth as it bears: Towards a Synodal Church: Stewards Enjoined by God’s Generosity, Empowered to Proclaim the Gospel to the Peripheries