I’m sure you have heard about the Pilgrim’s Passport right? These are the passports issued by the Manila Archdiocese for the pilgrims in celebration of the Year of Mercy. We should all be grateful that our Pope gave us, Catholics, a chance to receive a blessing and pardon from God by visiting the designated “Jubilee Churches” and enter the so-called Holy Doors. Each diocese nationwide will have their own designated Holy Doors but only the Manila Archdiocese issues the passports. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has declared five Jubilee Churches in Metro Manila and the pilgrims may obtain their passports in any of the churches listed below. Please be mindful that just because the Holy Week is over doesn’t mean you can no longer do the pilgrimage. In fact, Pope Francis is encouraging everybody to do so. According to him “The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.” The Year of Mercy, on the first place, started last December 8, 2015 and will last until November 2016. Therefore, you still have 4 months to go to visit all the designated Jubilee Churches in your area or you might also visit the main Holy doors in Manila as assigned by Cardinal Tagle.
HOW TO OBTAIN THE PILGRIM PASSPORT
-Obtaining the passport is not that hard at all. It’s not the kind of passport that DFA used to issue. All you need to do is to head over the parish office (any of the five assigned Jubilee churches) and ask for the passport.
-There will be NO fee for the passport! They are being issued for Free but of course, you are also encouraged to give donations (it’s actually one of the activities you can do. Donations will be used for homeless, sick and prison apostolate.
-The Pilgrim Passport is a symbolic document of your spiritual journey of prayer and sacrifice and of your arrival and departure from a holy place of encounter with God.
-The passport includes a guidelines on what every Pilgrims should know and also the list of activities that they can do for each designated church.
THE FIVE DESIGNATED JUBILEE CHURCHES IN MANILAThe Manila Cathedral (The Minor Basilica of The Immaculate Conception)
Add: Cabildo cor. Beaterio St Intramuros, Manila
Tuesday – Saturday: 8am to 11:30am │1:00pm to 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 11:30am
Santuario Del Santo Cristo Parish
Add: 183 Blumentritt St, San Juan City
Office Hours :
Tuesday to Sunday: 7:00am – 11:30 am │ 2:30 – 6:00pm
Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy
Add: Maysilo Cricle, Boni Avenue Mandaluyong City
Monday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday to Saturday : 8:30am – 12:00nn │2:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 12:00nn │2:00pm-6:00pmOur Lady of Sorrows Parish
Add: 2130 F.B Harrison St, Pasay City
Tuesday to Sunday : 9:00am – 12:00nn │ 2:00pm – 6:00pm
National Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Add: #4 Sacred Heart Cor. Kamagong St, San Antonio Village Makati City
Tuesdays to Sundays : 8:00am to 12:00nn │ 2:00 pm – 6:00pm
-After visiting all the designated churches, a pilgrim may now claim the certificate to the last church he or she visited.
-Like the Passport, the certificate is being issued for free
– Should I visit all the designated churches in one day? No, in fact, it would be more ideal to visit them on different days so you can focus on all the possibly activities in each church. This is a pilgrimage and not a excursion or field trip
-Can I visit other Jubilee churches too? Of course, in every possible way that you encounter a church with Holy door. You don’t need a passport just to conduct a pilgrimage. A pilgrim passport may be a symbolic document but it is just a paper, a document that is only issue to motivate Catholics and make their pilgrimage a lot more exciting.