Baguio Knights hold anticipated “Walk for Life” rally
MANILA, March 24, 2011―The Knights of Columbus Luzon Jurisdiction of the Diocese of Baguio spearheaded an anticipated “walk for life” on March 19, feast of St. Joseph from the municipal hall of La Trinidad to San Jose Parish Church, La Trinidad in Benguet.
Almost two thousand pro-life advocates joined the 6:30 a.m. rally in anticipation of the annual “Walk for Life” activity of the three jurisdictions of the Knights of Columbus to be held on March 26.
Participants include members of the Knights of Columbus, Columbian Squires, San Jose High School students, priests, members of religious congregations and lay associations such as Catholic Women’s League, Saranay Prayer Group, Children of Our Lady of Covadonga, and Holy Name Society from the Vicariate of San Jose and the Diocese of Baguio.
Participating KC Councils were San Jose Parish Trinidad Council 6285 under Grand Knight Rey Villarey, Bishop Brigido A. Galasgas Council 12568 under Grand Knight Joell Cervantes, Tublay Benguet Council 11367 under Grand Knight Willy Velasco, Benguet State University College Council 13726 under Grand Knight Marcos Buliyat and Benguet Highlands Assembly.
Msgr. Andres Cosalan, Jr., Vicar General of the Diocese of Baguio and Vice President for Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation led the concelebrated mass at San Jose Parish at 8 a.m. Concelebrating with him were Fr. Benedict Castañeda, parish priest of San Jose, La Trinidad, Benguet, Fr. Abner Dalilis, assistant parish priest and Fr. German Domingo Ledesma, a guest priest.
The participants listened to the inputs given by several speakers after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Msgr. Cosalan, Jr. talked about the stance of the Church against the Reproductive Health Bill.
Bro. Edward Antonio of District B21, La Trinidad, Benguet underlined the significance of the “Walk for Life” while Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan, also a member of the Knights of Columbus emphasized the role of the Order in supporting family and life values.
Meanwhile, Fr. Castañeda shared about St. Joseph whose feast the faithful celebrated on that day.
Some KC districts of the Diocese of Baguio who have not taken part in the anticipated “Walk for Life” will join the main activity on March 26, 2011. (Vanessa Puno)