Join us in celebrating today, Mission Sunday 2012, as another Filipino, Pedro Calungsod will be canonized. He will be raised to the altar by Pope Benedict XVI at St Peter’s Square in Rome.
Pedro Calungsod was a teenager from the Visayas who was a sacristan and a catechist. He accompanied and helped the Jesuit missionary Blessed Diego de San Vitores in Guam and there witnessed to his faith by his life and by his death.
Here’s a brief story of his life as told by Archbishop Chito Tagle.
Here Fr Arevalo, the author of Pedro Calungsod: Young Visayan Proto-Martyr published by Pauline Publishing House, explains who Pedro Calungsod was and his legacy to Filipinos, especially to the young.
On Sept. 29, 2012 we had the privilege to see ‘Teen Saint Pedro the Musical: Scenes from a Martyrdom’ where teen actor Makisig Morales portrayed the role of saint Pedro Calungsod. The musical had another run on October 16 and 17 at the Meralco Theatre and the group will go to other places in the country for a series of performances. Hope you have the chance to see it.
As part of the preparation for the upcoming canonization, we launched the book in Sta Cruz Church on September 23. The Blessed Sacrament Fathers, especially Fr Joseph Matitu, parish priest, and the parishioners were very helpful and allowed us to make a 1-minute presentation of the book of Pedro Calungsod after communion. The parishioners showed a lot of interest in the life of our Kababayan San Pedro Calungsod. My mother and niece also came from Calamba to help us in the book exhibit.
Let us pray to our very own intercessor in heaven:
Saint Pedro Calungsod, student, catechist,
young migrant, missionary, faithful friend, martyr,
you inspire us
by your fidelity in times of adversity;
by your courage in teaching the faith
in the midst of hostility;
and by your love in shedding your blood
for the sake of the Gospel.
Make our troubles your own
(here mention your request)
and intercede for us before the throne of Mercy and Grace
so that, as we experience the help of heaven,
we may be encouraged to live
and proclaim the Gospel here on earth. Amen.