In response to Bishop Patricio Buzon’s call, the façade of the different Churches in the Diocese of Bacolod turned red as the whole country observes ‘Red Wednesday’ last November 25, 2020. The Bishop issued Circular Letter 2020-024 dated November 17, 2020, calling on all parishes and chaplaincies participate.
The façade of the San Sebastian Cathedral, the Parish of San Diego de Alcala in Silay City, The Sacred Heart Seminary Shrine in Lupit, Bacolod City and the Church of St. Joseph the Worker in E.B. Magalona, to name a few lighted up in red.
Fr. Chris Gonzales, Director of the Diocesan Social Action Center – Bacolod, in his homily for Red Wednesday Mass reminded the faithful, that this year’s “Red Wednesday” is “dedicated in praying not only for persecuted Christians but also for the Frontliners and the COVID patients”, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll around the world. Fr. Gonzales also asked the congregation in attendance “to pray for our brothers and sisters who were hit by the recent calamities that struck our country.”
On the other hand, at the Parish of St. Joseph the Worker in E. B. Magalona, the community had the Eucharist and a candle and Church lighting ceremonies. Reflecting on the day’s Gospel, Fr. Ernesto Salvador, Parish Priest of E.B. Magalona, pointed out the reality and seriousness of those suffering from persecutions happening in the different corners of the world. Fr. Salvador said that this is the reason for the Church’s observance of Red Wednesday and that turn all the faithful are called “to be able to remember and to pray for them.”