The Roman Catholic Church observes Monday, May 17, the Feast of San Pascual (Paschal) Baylon, one of Obando, Bulacan’s three revered patron saints.
Before the pandemic, his feast day traditionally marks the start of the popular three-day Fertility Fiesta in Obando with the “pandanggo” dance procession of childless couples. This year, organizers have decided to cancel the dance procession and the motorcade to help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
Only Holy Masses, which will be streamed live through the parish Facebook page, will be held at 6 a.m. At the church, only 10 percent of its capacity will be allowed. Strict health protocols will be observed.
Born on May 16, 1540, San Pascual was a Spanish Franciscan lay brother and mystic whose intercession is often sought by unmarried individuals to find a suitable life partner. His piety drew people to him who sought his counsel. A devotee of the Blessed Sacrament, he lived a life of prayer, penance, and mortification from youth. He died on May 17, 1592 at the age of 52. Many miracles were reported at his tomb.
San Pascual was born and died on the Feast of the Pentecost.
He was canonized on October 16, 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII and in 1897 was declared patron saint of Eucharistic confraternities and societies by Pope Leo XIII.