By Leslie Ann G. Aquino
A Roman Catholic church in Lipa City, Batangas has been offering Holy Masses in Chinese for the past three decades.
Sister Fides Realubit, a Carmelite nun, said the Carmel of our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace has been offering Masses in Chinese to pave the way for an increase of vocations.
“An SVD Chinese priest encouraged our Sr. Mary Grace [Rillo] to have a Chinese Mass because when the time comes, [he said], that China open its doors we should be ready for vocations for China and they mainly accept Filipino missionaries,” she was quoted in a CBCP News post.
According to the SVD priest, added Realubit, one way of increasing vocations for China is to have Chinese Masses in the Philippines.
Aside from an increase in vocations, the Carmelites also hope to bring the congregation to Chinese shores.
“Over 30 years there’s a thanksgiving Mass here for the Lunar New Year. It is our dream that one day we will make a foundation in mainland [China],” Realubit said.
Last February 16, Fr. Dale Baretto-Ko celebrated a Mandarin Mass with songs in Mandarin and Fookien.
After the Mass, there was an offering of incense as part of the prayers for ancestors in a Christian context.