By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2015 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – The Philippine Embassy announced Thursday (Sept. 17) the selection of 13 Filipino American children, who will have an opportunity to welcome Pope next Thursday, (Sept. 24) in Washington, D.C.
According to the Embassy, the following children who have been selected at random by the Archdiocese of Washington to welcome the Pope are as follows: Beatrice Olivares, Zacharie Aguila Famoso, Angelo Magalong, Abram Elijah Moses Caasi, Joelle Marie T. Bustamante, Lorenz Alacbay, Priscilla Saldana, Precious Phan, Maurine Ysabel Suarez, Anton M. Jordan, Christian Gio Catu, Danica Regalario, and Alyssa Laluces.
The Embassy thanked the parents who sent in applications on behalf of their children and all the adults, who volunteered to chaperone the participating children.
The Archdiocese also thanked the Embassy for participating in inviting the children.
In searching for participants, the following were the criteria considered:
- They must be Filipino or Filipino-American and must be in Grades 3-12;
- Children must be available at a predetermined pick-up area on the morning of Thursday, September 24th. Estimated meeting time is 6AM;
- Children must attend a briefing if required by the Archdiocese of Washington;
- Parents/grandparents may not join their children/grandchildren; children will be accompanied by two chaperones to be selected by the Embassy;
- Other details (attire, exact venue, etc.) to be determined with the Archdiocese of Washington and will be shared once known.
The qualifying children will be picked up at random and will be announced on Friday, September 18th.
The Pope’s trip will start on Sept. 19 in Cuba and conclude in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept. 27 with stops in Washington, D.C. and New York in between. He will be in Cuba from Sept. 19 to 22. From Cuba, he will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m.. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Pope will meet with President Obama at 9:15 a.m. with welcoming ceremony on the South Law of the White House.
At 11:00 AM, following the Pope’s meeting with the President, he will tour the Ellipse and parts of the National Mall. There will be a papal parade and no tickets required for the public, but security around the secure area will be strict. Gates will open at 4 a.m. and close promptly at 10 a.m. after which no one will be allowed in the secure area.
There will be four entrances to the parade viewing area, including: East of the Ellipse on Constitution Avenue, West of the Ellipse on Constitution Avenue, East of the Washington Monument near Jefferson Drive and 15th Streets NW and West of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW.
MIDDAY PRAYER WITH BISHOPS
At 11:30 AM, there will be a Midday Prayer with U.S. bishops at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in D.C.
This event will be closed to the public.
At 4:15 PM, Junipero Serra will be canonized during a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Tickets to the Mass will be distributed through local parishes. The Catholic University Campus will be closed to members of the public during the Mass.
On Thursday, September 24, at 9:20 AM, the Pope will deliver a speech to the Senate and House of Representatives (Joint Session of Congress). At 11:15 AM, the Pope will visit St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. He will depart for New York afterwards.
When he arrives in New York, he will attend an evening prayer at 6:45 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
At 8:30 AM on Friday, Sept. 25, the Pope will address the United Nations General Assembly. At 11:30 AM, the Pope will join a multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center.
At 4:00 PM, the Pope will visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem.
Then, at 5:00 PM, there will be a Papal motorcade through Central Park en route to Madison Square Garden Mass.
At 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, the Pope will travel from New York to Philadelphia, the final stop on his trip to the United States.
At 10:30 AM, the Pope will celebrate Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. At 4:45 PM, he will visit to Independence Mall. At 7:30 PM, the Pope will visit the Festival of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Prayer Vigil with World Meeting of Families. Access to certain areas of the parkway will require tickets, but tickets are not necessary to attend this day’s events. Forty jumbotrons, located down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and other locations in the city, will show the events live, including the public coverage of Pope Francis. For more information about attending this event, visit their website here.
On Sunday, September 27, at 9:15 AM, the Pope will meet with Bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. At 11:00 AM, he will visit the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. This event will be closed to the public.