Wednesday, 25 September 2019 09:06

Parilympics 2019 kicks off


Priests from the Archdiocese of Manila and Dioceses of Cuba, Parañaque, and Novaliches gather in Paco, Manila for the opening of the yearly Parilympics on Monday, September 23, 2019. (Photo by RCAM/-AOC)
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Young priests are encouraged to do more sports activities.

This was the invitation of Fr. Tony Navarette, over-all in charge of the Parilympics 2019, as the sports event opened on Monday, September 23, 2019, at the Philippine Columban Association in Paco, Manila.

"Sadly ang mga bagong pari ay di na masyadong into sports, siguro sobra silang nahihilig sa mga white collar activities like computer," Fr. Navarette said.

The sports festival held its opening ceremony with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. presided by Fr. Ricky Pacoma from the Diocese of Parañaque, then with the recitation of the oath of sportsmanship led by Fr. Moises Ciego, of the Archdioese of Manila.

Formerly known as Cardinal Sin's cup, Parilympics is an annual sports festival hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila that started in 1995 during the auspice of the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, then Archbishop of Manila. It is aimed at promoting brotherhood and fostering stronger bond among priests. The sports festival is also a reminder for the priests to take care of their health especially when they become so busy with their pastoral work.

"We find sports as a place where we can be close, we can help each other and also take care of our health kasi marami sa amin naha-high blood, naha-heart attack but pagka may sports, sabi nga eh may form of relaxation, yung perspiration na we need kesa lang yung kain ng kain pag fiesta," Rev. Fr. Joey Irlandes from the Diocese of Cubao explained.

Fr. Irlandes, who was last assigned at the Our Lady of Hope Parish in Cubao and is now in retirement, finds time to join the activity. According to him, events like Parilympics may also serve as a point of attraction for young men to be interested in entering the seminary and be part of the priestly brotherhood.

"Siguro when they see the priest not only in terms of seeing them at the altar, seeing them at the court, they find them, 'A ganito pala ang priest, at the other side they are also human.' Akala kasi parang ang hirap hirap maging pari, but when they find the priest as their spiritual director, a person na pwede nilang maging coach, pwede nilang cheerer so, dun mo makikita na pragmatic, practical din yung priest, reachable," Fr. Irlandes said.

During the opening day of the event, games like tennis, bowling, and badminton were played by the priests from the five dioceses. This year's Parilympics is joined by the Archdiocese of Manila, Diocese of Cubao, Diocese of Novaliches, Diocese of Malolos, and the Diocese of Antipolo. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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