“And seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them: because they were distressed, and lying like sheep that have no shepherd. Then he saith to his disciples, The harvest in-deed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest.” (St. Matthew 9)
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
As you can see by the cover, we cover our work in the Philippines in this issue of the APOSTLE. What can we say about this once great Catholic country? Those persons who have never visited these wonderful islands are often under the impression that this country is a fortress and bastion of the Catholic Faith. Unfortunately, this “impression” is no longer valid when speaking of the Philippines. Let us be fair, there are certainly many residual elements of Catholicism which are inter-woven into the fabric of Filipino daily life. One only needs to visit during the annual festival or a patron saint’s feast to see a vibrant devotion expressed by the Catholic population. It is quite something to walk in a procession with a beautiful statue of Our Lady throughout the streets of Manila and see how many Filipinos stop their work or shopping and come up to touch the statue and say a quick prayer to their Queen.
The traditional priests who work and live on these islands will be the first ones to admit the beautiful virtues in the souls which the Catholic Faith produced for so many years in the past. But these same priests will also be the first ones to point out the great doctrinal and moral apostasy that has occurred in the Philippines over the last 60 years or so. It doesn’t take long to conclude that the majority of the Catholic population are in serious need of catechism, good moral teaching and the social teachings of Christ the King. For this great work, we have already seen the good efforts of the Legion of Mary and the Militia Immaculatæ alongside our priests and religious to catechize and spread the Faith through the help of the Mother of God. But there are still so many souls who are living and dying without the Divine Life of Grace in their souls…
Yes, as Our Lord said nearly 2000 years ago, the harvest is great, but the laborers are so few! We ask for your continued prayers and support for this great missionary work of our apostolate here in the Philippines. We need young men and young women to send to the harvest as well-formed religious priests, brothers and sisters.
May God reward your generosity a hundred-fold!
Fr. Patrick Summers
To read more about the District of Asia:
To help the District of Asia:
Euro Zone: (For a tax receipt)
Cheques payable to “MISSIONS” in EUR (with mention “SSPX Asia”) and to be sent to: MISSIONS, 60 avenue du Général Leclerc, 78230 LE PECQ, France.
Bank transfer onto the Euro account “MISSIONS” (with mention “SSPX Asia”) IBAN: FR76 3000 3018 6000 0372 7114114 - BIC: SOGEFRPP.
Euro Zone: (No tax receipt)
Bank transfer to the Crédit Lyonnais Euro account no. FR13 3000 2072 3300 0007 9201 B65 Swift/BIC: CRLYFRPPXXX – Account holder’s name: FRATERNITE ST-PIE X
Cheques payable to “FRATERNITE ST-PIE X” in CHF (with mention: “District d’Asie”) and to be sent send to: Priesterbruderschaft St.Pius X, Schwandegg, 6313 Menzingen.
Bank transfer onto the CHF account “PRIESTERBRUDERSCHAFT ST. PIUS X” (with mention “SSPX Asia”) IBAN : CH12 0900 0000 6002 9015 3 - BIC : POFICHBEXXX (Swiss Post, PostFinance, CH-3030 Bern).
Cheques payable to “The Society of St. Pius X” in GBP and to be sent to: The Asian Missions, c/o St. George's House, 125 Arthur Road, London SW19 7DR, U.K.
(For a tax receipt) Checks payable to “SSPX Foreign Mission Trust – Asia” in USD and to be sent to: Regina Coeli House, 11485 N. Farley Road, Platte City, MO 64079, USA.
(No tax receipt) Bank transfer onto the Bank Liberty USD account no. 0966000188 – Account holder’s name: The Society of St. Pius X Foreign Missions Trust-Asia
Bank transfer onto the DBS Bank SGD account no. 0039073844 of the “FRIENDS OF THE SSPX” – Account holder’s address: 286 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574402
Cheques payable to “The Society of St. Pius X” in AUD and to be sent to: The Asian Missions, c/o 20 Robin Crescent, WOY WOY, NSW 2256, Australia.