By Jel Santos
The Santuario de San Antonio Parish (SSAP) in Forbes Park, Makati City clarified that funds from their alleged lavish wedding rates not only go to maintenance of the parish but also to charities and scholarships, among others.
SSAP issued the statement after netizens negatively reacted on social media.
In a statement posted on their official Facebook page today, SSAP said it: “would like to sincerely apologize for the dismay caused by the presentation of the proposed new regulations governing weddings” at their parish.
The statement released was signed by the parish priest, Fr. Reu Jose Galoy.
The SSAP administration has pondered now that their objective to preserve the solemnity of the sacrament of marriage cannot be attained by levying certain fees on wedding suppliers.
“Our objective is to ensure all wedding ceremonies in the parish are simple, prayerful, and highlight the true meaning of the union between a man and a woman in Holy Matrimony,” it said. “We now realize that the levying of certain fees on wedding suppliers is not the correct way to achieve that objective.”
The parish said that funds go to not only to the maintenance of the church, but also to their outreach activities.
“These include the prison, hospital, health care, scholarship and relief and rehabilitation ministries. Moreover, SSAP assists 10 rural Franciscan Parishes in Luzon, several foreign missions, the formation of Franciscan seminarians and the care for aging and ailing brothers in the province.”