FAST2FEED 40K, ASH WEDNESDAY APPEAL FOR HAPAG-ASA

CIRCULAR No. 2
February 7, 2012

TO : ALL PARISH PRIESTS, RECTOR OF SHRINE

SUBJECT : FAST2FEED 40K, ASH WEDNESDAY APPEAL FOR HAPAG-ASA

My dear Reverend Monsignori / Fathers,

Peace and love of Christ!

His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales as Chairman of the Pondo ng Pinoy (PnP) informed us of the launching of the FAST2FEED 40K Fund Campaign on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012 for the benefit of the HAPAG-ASA feeding program of the Pondo ng Pinoy. The HAPAG-ASA feeds hungry and malnourished children nationwide. Last year, more than 200,000 children benefited from the program. This year, the target is to feed 180,000 children, of which 40,000 will come from Pondo ng Pinoy member dioceses. Pondo ng Pinoy provides food subsidy of ?5 to ?10 per day or ?600 / ?1,200 for six months/child. We will need at least 40M for this food subsidy for the year 2012.

As apaproved by the PnP Board in its meeting on November 23, 2011, the FAST2FEED 40K Fund Campaign target of each PnP member diocese should, at least, approximate the cost of feeding its target number of children. Our diocese’s target is to feed 1,687 hungry and malnourished children this year. Collections will still be remitted to Pondo ng Pinoy, but will be restricted for the use by the diocese, using the following Pondo ng Pinoy – Hapag-asa bank accounts:

? Metrobank C/A No. 175-7175-50963-8

? Banco de Oro C/A No. 2638-00407-0

? BPI C/A No. 3061-0858-22

? China Bank C/A No. 103-57972-19

? Security Bank C/A No. 141-026133-0

For the amount collected, counted and remitted to the Pondo ng Pinoy-Hapag-asa bank accounts, please fax the deposit slip to (02) 632-7844 for acknowledgement and issuance of Official Receipt.

To assist the diocese/parishes in the promotion of the FASTFEED 40K Fund Campaign before Ash Wednesday, the HAPAG-ASA secretariat will be preparing the promotional materials that may be used this 2012 and the FAST2FEED 40K Fund Campaign envelopes to be distributed on or before Sunday before ASH WEDNESDAY. A copy of the FAST2FEED 40K Fund Campaign implementation guide is attached for your reference.

It is highly encouraged that announcements be made in all masses for 2 consecutive Sundays before Ash Wednesday about the FAST2FEED 40K fund campaign. The lay faithful will be asked to offer the FAST2FEED 40K envelop with their donation during the mass on ASH WEDNESDAY or the following Sunday or to turn over to the parish office any day immediately after. The Pastoral Letter to be read on ASH WEDNESDAY in all masses is also attached. For questions or clarifications, you may get in touch with the HAPAG-ASA Secretariat at (02) 632-1001 to 03 or our diocesan HAPAG-ASA Coordinators, Lelia Narvas at the Social Action Commission Office.

Pope Benedict XVI, in his 2011 World Mission Sunday message, emphasized that it is part of the mission of the Church to “contribute to improving the living conditions of people most affected by problems of poverty, malnutrition especially among the children, disease and lack of health care and education services.” May I appeal to you, my brother priests to strongly enjoin your parishioners and benefactors to donate to FAST2FEED 40K Fund Campaign and help HAPAG-ASA raise ?40M to feed 40,000 hungry and malnourished children not only in our Diocese but in other areas as well. Let us exert our utmost effort to fill our share in this mission of the Church by supporting the HAPAG-ASA.

Thank you and God bless.

+REYNALDO G. EVANGELISTA, D. D.

Bishop of Boac