WELCOMING MMGC'S 13th PASTOR

 

On July 3, 2017, the community of Mary, Mother of Good Counsel welcomed its 13th parish priest, Rev Msgr. Melchor David in rites participated by parish lay leaders and servants, the community of Ville St John Academy and a delegation from St Martin de Porres Parish. The morning started with the communal Mid-Morning Prayer, followed by the Ceremonial Turn-Over of the Tabernacle Key from outgoing parish priest Fr Francis Siguan Jr to the new parish priest. PPC President Bro Francis Balagtas gave a message on behalf of the parish-community, followed by the message of the new parish priest. The morning rite ended with the singing of the Hymn to Our Lady of Good Counsel.  Following this, the parishioners accompanied Fr Francis to his new parish, Mary Mother of God in Bayanan, Muntinlupa City. 

 

 

PRAYER FOR OUR OUTGOING AND INCOMING PRIEST


Almighty God, You who called the universe into being,
You who formed our inmost being and called us to be your people:

We give you thanks for your constant presence.
Through seasons of constancy and even change, you are with us –
calling us into deeper waters, calling us together in your spirit of unity, calling us out of ourselves into the world to serve others.

Grant that our pastor Fr Francis, now being called into new waters, might hold fast to your unending love and mercy.
May his new parish that will receive him be a community of mercy and grace.
Keep Fr Francis safe from all harm and give him the blessings of good health and the joy of living out his ministry.
Grant him the fidelity to consecrated celibacy.

Grant Msgr Mel, our incoming pastor, the grace to shepherd us as a Good Shepherd.
Give him the grace of discernment, the grace of prudence and wise judgment
that he may carry out his role as father and counselor to us.

May we who undergo change hold fast to the promise that your mission is bigger than any of our plans.
Grant that such a promise would bring both comfort and discomfort –
comfort in a season of change and discomfort as it drives us all to love and serve you and each other more.

Strengthen us to be your Church in all times and seasons of life –
a community where all are truly welcomed and embraced in your love;
a community which finds ways where you are active among us and calling us to join in your saving work ;
a community where the story of your love and grace and mercy are embodied.

We offer our prayers through the intercession of Mary, our Mother of Good Counsel. Amen.

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