Pope Benedict XVI opened the JUBILEE OF THE 2000TH birth anniversary of St. Paul last June 29, 2008 in the Basilica of St. Paul-Outside-the Walls. He said “the missionary dimension represented by St. Paul must always be accompanied by the dimension of unity represented by St. Peter upon whom Christ built his Church.” He emphasized that “Christians cannot give sound witness to Christ if they are not united together”.
June 29, 2009 is the closing of the Jubilee.
June 29 is the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Lagao, General Santos City. Theme: “Parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul are United Towards Peace and Good Works”.
Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez emphasized in his homily the importance of unity in our mission of proclaiming Christ to the people. So that the people could say with St. Paul “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).
The Pope is the center of unity of all Catholics.
The bishop, in the Diocese. And the parish priest, in the parish.
Bishop Dinualdo briefly, explained the Jubilee for Priests – June 19, 2009 – June 19, 2010. Occasion is the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Marie Vianney, patron saint of parochial clergy. Purpose: “To encourage priests in this striving for spiritual perfection on which, above all, the effectiveness of their ministry depends” (Benedict XVI, Mar. 16, 2009). Pray for more and holy priests, Benedict XVI exhorted everyone.