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July 23, 2018

CBCP News - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 21:00
Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 MI 6:1-4, 6-8

Hear what the LORD says:
Arise, present your plea before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice!
Hear, O mountains, the plea of the LORD,
pay attention, O foundations of the earth!
For the LORD has a plea against his people,
and he enters into trial with Israel.

O my people, what have I done to you,
or how have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
from the place of slavery I released you;
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.

With what shall I come before the LORD,
and bow before God most high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
with myriad streams of oil?
Shall I give my first-born for my crime,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
You have been told, O man, what is good,
and what the LORD requires of you:
Only to do the right and to love goodness,
and to walk humbly with your God.

Responsorial Psalm PS 50:5-6, 8-9, 16BC-17, 21 AND 23

R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Gather my faithful ones before me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
for God himself is the judge.

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

Alleluia PS 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 12:38-42

Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
He said to them in reply,
“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign,
but no sign will be given it
except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights,
so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth
three days and three nights.
At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah;
and there is something greater than Jonah here.
At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon;
and there is something greater than Solomon here.”

Today's Readings Homilies

Go to God in weariness, says teacher Sabrina Ongkiko

CBCP News - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 13:26

Sabrina Ongkiko speaks during the 2018 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, July 19, 2018. MARTINA SUMMER DAGAL

By Joselle Dela Cruz

July 22, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The best prevention for weariness is staying focused on our faith and on what God asks us to do, public school teacher Sabrina Ongkiko said.

“Minsan, nalilito po tayo, pinili mo naman talaga pero pag nahihirapan ka na, may i na, mapipilitan ka na lang po. But as long as nagmamahal ka, ‘yun pa rin po ‘yung tawag sa inyo,” she said.

The teacher shared a personal testimony at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Manila on July 22, revealing how instrumental his faith to his mission.

Ongkiko initially wanted to become a doctor so she took biology in Ateneo de Manila University.

But guided by a mission to serve, she abandoned her ambition and chose a path that surprised many—a public school teacher.

“Sabi ko agad sa Diyos, kung ito ang gusto Niya, walang kalahating paalam, buong-buong tatalon so hindi ko po pinasa ‘yung medicall school application form,” said Ongkiko.

“Pero kung ito ‘yung gusto Niya, sasaluhin niya ako. Kaya po nakapag-aral po ako na may scholarship, at patuloy niya na po akong sinasalo araw-araw,” she said.

Ongkiko admitted that she also experienced the “weariness” in doing her mission but God reminded her of the importance of love in her calling.

“Noong una pong beses, pagod na pagod po akong maging teacher. Bakit ba dito ako dinala? Kasi po iyong pinili at pinilit, isang letra lang poo ‘yung pagitan no’n, ‘di ba?” she said.

“Sabi lang Niya, ‘Teka Sabs, tinawag kita hindi para maging teacher, tinawag kita para magmahal.’ Sinasabi po sa atin na ang pagtuturo raw po isang porma ng pagmamahal, pero lagi mong susundan ang pagmamahal,” she added.

Ongkiko also emphasized that in teaching, it is important to impart the knowledge to others and not just being wise.

“Hindi sapat kapag okay ka na. Iba ang matalino sa magaling, ang magaling kayang gawing magaling ang iba. You reminded me to teach according of what I envisioned the country,” she said.

Ongkiko was one of the 10 Outstanding Women of the Nation awardee in 2016.

Don’t give in to stereotypes, says actress Antoinette Taus

CBCP News - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 09:47

Actress Antoinette Taus pays her respect to Bishop Cornelius Sim of the Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam at the 2018 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, July 20, 2018. MARTINA SUMMER DAGAL

By Joselle dela Cruz

July 22, 2018

Manila, Philippines

Singer-actress Antoinette Taus has called on people, especially the youth, not to let theirselves get stereotyped.

Speaking at the third day of the Philippine Congress on New Evangelization at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Friday, she said the world is full of “stereotypes and labels” that people tend to be pressured on how their life should be.

“We are born in a world where there are so many stereotypes and labels, every single thing. Whether you’re gonna be successful, this is what you study, this is what you do, this is the path you should take,” Taus said.

At a talk show-type session with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, she said the turn of her career really gave her happiness where God is the center of it.

“I don’t know what my life would be like if God was not in the center of it. I can’t believe that things completely changed, and I found happiness in a different way,” she said.

“To me, it’s like we should let people and we should let children be free and to find in their heart what makes them happy and use that to make a difference. Stop pressuring them,” said Taus.

The actress emphasized the gift in helping others which really healed her during the time of struggles.

“It was something that I thought I was helping others but in a way what happened was they are all helping me. We are healing others and healing ourselves,” Taus said.

“Collectively, if that’s something we focused on, we are healing the world, we’re healing each other,” she added.

Taus, together with her friends, founded a non-government organization called CORA, or Communities Organized for Resource Allocation that was named after her late mother.

She pointed out to not focus on negativity in darkness for in it there is “an opportunity to find light.”

“The miracles that happened really strengthened by courage to really live by having blind and leaps of faith. So many things po na pinag-uusapan pa lang po namin, biglang mangyayari na,” she said.

“We don’t have resources, all we have is passion, the volunteers, and the will to help. I always believe in miracles really. Since we started CORA, it’s really incredible,” she added.

Taus also said that problems should not be compared with one another.

“You cannot say that someone’s problem is bigger than another because it could be violence, it could be betrayal and so many other big things,” she said.

After investigation, pope accepts resignation of Honduran bishop

CBCP News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:06

Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Pineda Fasquelle of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, listens to the readings while celebrating Mass in early February at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. After an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Pineda. GREGORY A. SHEMITZ/CNS

By Carol Glatz

Catholic News Service

July 21, 2018

VATICAN—  After an investigation into alleged irregularities in the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 57-year-old Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Pineda Fasquelle.

The Vatican made the announcement July 20 without specifying the reasons the bishop stepped down. The normal retirement age for bishops is 75.

In a letter dated July 20 and released to the press, Bishop Pineda wrote that he wanted to serve his archbishop, the clergy, seminarians and the people of God. “If I succeeded, blessed be God. If I failed, I ask forgiveness.”

The reasons for stepping down, he wrote, are known to God and his superiors.

Bishop Pineda said he had asked Pope Francis several months ago to allow him to resign. “I wish all of us to be at peace,” he wrote.

The bishop said he would use his time for prayer, reflection and personal formation, which everyone should take time out for, he added. And if the moment were to arise, he said, to “continue to give my best to the church and you.”

An unsigned communique from the archdiocese thanked the bishop for his 13 years of service as auxiliary bishop and offered prayers “for the new mission entrusted to him.”

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed in late 2017 that Pope Francis had ordered an investigation into alleged irregularities in the archdiocese, but he did not provide further details.

Allegations had surfaced at the time that Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa had inappropriately used money received by the archdiocese from the Catholic University of Honduras; the cardinal, a member of the pope’s international Council of Cardinals, is chancellor of the university.

An online report by the Italian news outlet, L’Espresso, said local newspapers had reported Bishop Pineda, the cardinal’s deputy, had played a role in the alleged mismanagement of diocesan funds.

Cardinal Rodriguez denied the allegations and said in December that Bishop Pineda had asked the pope for an apostolic visitation “in order to clear his name.”

The U.S. weekly National Catholic Register has reported it obtained some of the testimonies given to the Vatican investigator by two former seminarians who accused the bishop of serious sexual misconduct.

Born in December 1960, Bishop Pineda entered the Claretian religious order; he was ordained a priest in 1988. Pope Benedict XVI named him auxiliary bishop of Tegucigalpa in 2005.

July 22, 2018

CBCP News - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:00
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 JER 23:1-6

Woe to the shepherds
who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture,
says the LORD.
Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
against the shepherds who shepherd my people:
You have scattered my sheep and driven them away.
You have not cared for them,
but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.
I myself will gather the remnant of my flock
from all the lands to which I have driven them
and bring them back to their meadow;
there they shall increase and multiply.
I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them
so that they need no longer fear and tremble;
and none shall be missing, says the LORD.

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
as king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
“The LORD our justice.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Reading 2 EPH 2:13-18

Brothers and sisters:
In Christ Jesus you who once were far off
have become near by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, he who made both one
and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh,
abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,
that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,
thus establishing peace,
and might reconcile both with God,
in one body, through the cross,
putting that enmity to death by it.
He came and preached peace to you who were far off
and peace to those who were near,
for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Alleluia JN 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MK 6:30-34

The apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.

Today's Readings Homilies

Pope adds teen to list of saints to be declared during synod on youth

CBCP News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:48

Pope Francis leads an ordinary public consistory for the conclusion of sainthood causes at the Vatican July 19. The pope announced he would canonize seven news saints Oct. 14. Among those to be canonized are Blessed Paul VI, Blessed Oscar Romero and Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio, an Italian teenager. CNS/VATICAN MEDIA

By Catholic News Service

July 20, 2018

VATICAN— Pope Francis added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognize as saints Oct. 14 during the monthlong meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on young people.

During an “ordinary public consistory” July 19, Pope Francis announced he would declare Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio a saint the same day he will canonize Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others. An ordinary public consistory is a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

Sulprizio was born April 13, 1817, in the Abruzzo region near Pescara. Both of his parents died when he was an infant and his maternal grandmother, who raised him, died when he was nine.

An uncle took him under his guardianship and had the young boy work for him in his blacksmith shop. However, the work was too strenuous for a boy his age and he developed a problem in his leg, which became gangrenous.

A military colonel took care of Sulprizio, who was eventually hospitalized in Naples. The young teen faced tremendous pain with patience and serenity and offered up his sufferings to God.

He died in Naples in 1836 at the age of 19. He was declared blessed in 1963 by Blessed Paul VI, who will be canonized together with the teen.

During the ceremony, Blessed Paul had said, “Nunzio Sulprizio will tell you that the period of youth should not be considered the age of free passions, of inevitable falls, of invincible crises, of decadent pessimism, of harmful selfishness. Rather, he will rather tell you how being young is a grace.”

Together with Blesseds Paul and Romero, Sulprizio will be canonized along with: Father Francesco Spinelli of Italy, founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Father Vincenzo Romano, who worked with the poor of Naples, Italy, until his death in 1831; Mother Catherine Kasper, the German founder of the religious congregation, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa, the Spanish founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church.

The Oct. 14 date for the canonizations had already been announced during an ordinary public consistory in mid-May.

July 21, 2018

CBCP News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:00
Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 MI 2:1-5

Woe to those who plan iniquity,
and work out evil on their couches;
In the morning light they accomplish it
when it lies within their power.
They covet fields, and seize them;
houses, and they take them;
They cheat an owner of his house,
a man of his inheritance.
Therefore thus says the LORD:
Behold, I am planning against this race an evil
from which you shall not withdraw your necks;
Nor shall you walk with head high,
for it will be a time of evil.

On that day a satire shall be sung over you,
and there shall be a plaintive chant:
“Our ruin is complete,
our fields are portioned out among our captors,
The fields of my people are measured out,
and no one can get them back!”
Thus you shall have no one
to mark out boundaries by lot
in the assembly of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm PS 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14

R. (12b) Do not forget the poor, O Lord!

Why, O LORD, do you stand aloof?
Why hide in times of distress?
Proudly the wicked harass the afflicted,
who are caught in the devices the wicked have contrived.

R. Do not forget the poor, O Lord!

For the wicked man glories in his greed,
and the covetous blasphemes, sets the LORD at nought.
The wicked man boasts, “He will not avenge it”;
“There is no God,” sums up his thoughts.

R. Do not forget the poor, O Lord!

His mouth is full of cursing, guile and deceit;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
He lurks in ambush near the villages;
in hiding he murders the innocent;
his eyes spy upon the unfortunate.

R. Do not forget the poor, O Lord!

You do see, for you behold misery and sorrow,
taking them in your hands.
On you the unfortunate man depends;
of the fatherless you are the helper.

R. Do not forget the poor, O Lord!

Alleluia 2 COR 5:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus
to put him to death.

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place.
Many people followed him, and he cured them all,
but he warned them not to make him known.
This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved in whom I delight;
I shall place my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

Today's Readings Homilies

Bishops slam looming deportation of Sr. Fox

CBCP News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 18:57

Sr. Patricia Fox speaks at the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila, July 19, 2018. PHOTO FROM PCNE


July 20, 2018

Manila, Philippines

Catholic bishops have criticized the government’s order to deport Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox.

Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said the order only confirmed the “suspicion” that the government is “systematically harassing people who criticise their policies”.

“This is a very sad development, this is really bad. I am ashamed of the government,” Bastes said.

The bishop said the Duterte administration considers the nun a “threat” because of her defence of the rights poor and the marginalized Filipinos.

“We know that thousands of Lumad are leaving their homes because of the military accusing the Lumad of being communists,” said Bastes.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo stressed that it was the fact finding mission in Mindanao, which is still under martial law, that brought attention to Fox who has been doing missionary work in the Philippines for 27 years now.

“Why is it afraid of fact finding missions if its policies are good as it claims? This is another instance of creeping authoritarianism,” Pabillo said.

“She has been serving our poor people for decades and this is how the government rewards her just because it is so insecure in what it is doing,” he said.

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said the 71-year-old nun should be deported to Australia within 30 days for allegedly violating the terms of her missionary visa.

But BI spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said the deportation could be temporarily held off if Fox’s camp files a motion for reconsideration before the deadline.

“If they will file a motion for reconsideration, according to the Omnibus rules, they should file it in 30 days,” she said

According to her, Fox’s fate would lie on the result of her appeal, and if her camp elevates the case to higher offices such as the Justice department.

“We will follow what the DOJ orders us,” Sandoval said.

Sr. Fox’s legal counsel, in a statement, said they are dismayed by the BI order and placing the nun in the government’s watchlist.

“We will face and fight this case in all avenues and exhaust the remedies available to us,” according to them.

“President Duterte and the BI have no basis to say that Sr. Pat is an undesirable alien, unless their definition of undesirability is helping the poor,” they said.

Clergy warned against ‘earthly titles’

CBCP News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 18:53

Canadian Fr. James Mallon speaks during the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, July 19, 2018. ROY LAGARDE

By Joselle dela Cruz

July 20, 2018

Manila, Philippines

A Canadian priest who is leading a global movement to revitalize parishes reminded the Filipino clergy against being too centered on “earthly titles” or “positional leadership”, urging them instead to build the character of trust to gain respect.

While he acknowledged that positional leadership is needed in any organization, Fr. James Mallon warned that problems are likely to erupt in the exercise of leadership by relying solely on positional authority.

“They will respect you, and your position if you win their trust, if you live with character-based leadership,” said Mallon in his talk during the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Thursday.

“Character leadership is servant leadership and servant leadership is Christian leadership. It goes to the very model of Jesus about influence. It changes people,” he said.

An internationally renowned speaker, Mallon is the Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth of Nova Scotia in Canada.

“Good leaders deflect the praise and accept the blame. a bad leader is someone who seeks the praise and deflects the blame and blame others. Equipping and supporting others, that’s the role of leadership,” said Mallon.

“Leadership ultimately is raising up other leaders. If the leaders is at the bottom, it would be raising up others so that they too become leaders who raise up others,” he said.

The priest also pointed out that active lay participation is important in leadership in the Church.

“Leadership is one of the tasks of priests, we are ordained to be prophet, priest, king. But all the baptized are also called to intentionally exercise our leadership, our influence for the sake of the kingdom of God,” he said.

“There’s no such thing as a well-rounded person but there’s a well-rounded team,” he added.

‘Fruits in parishes’

Mallon also encouraged priests to look at the gifts in the parishes that could “equip the works in the ministry”.

“So many parishes are filled with potential, filled with gifts, among the people of God but the fruit is not picked it’s not harvested for the sake of the kingdom of God,” according to him.

Mallon stressed the importance of passion in leadership.

“Many of us have lost hope because we’ve been hurt in the exercise of our leadership. Some of us have become cynical. Hope is the foundation of passion,” he said.

“One of greatest enemies of passion is contentment. I’m actually okay with how the things are. I’m okay with the status quo, I’m not disturbed,” he also said.

Cardinal Tagle reaches out to PWDs at PCNE

CBCP News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:36

By Roy Lagarde
July 20, 2018

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle blesses a teen as he greets people who have disabilities at the sidelines of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, July 20, 2018.

Seminarians issue statement on ‘growing culture of violence, death’

CBCP News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:45

Seminarians from the Diocese of Imus issued a statement regarding the growing culture of violence and death that many believe is widening a growing rift between Church officials and the government. TAHANAN NG MABUTING PASTOL FB PAGE

By Jonald Justine Itugot

July 20, 2018


A group of seminarians from the Diocese of Imus in Cavite recently aired their sentiments regarding the “growing culture of violence and death” that many believe is sowing growing division between the Church and the state.

In a statement issued July 15, Pagtatalaga ng mga Seminarista Tungo sa Lingkod ng Kabite (PASTOL KA) said that being under seminary formation does not prevent them from staying involved in social issues.

“Deaths, which has become part of daily news, became so ‘ordinary’ for some of us, that they do not catch our attention anymore nor become part of our prayers. Worse, some even find their deaths as fitting and just; passing swift judgment to their dead bodies instead of consoling the grieving loved ones they left behind,” the group stated.

‘Growing animosity’

According to PASTOL KA, the gap between the Church and the government is alarming since both are supposed to serve the common good.

“We are troubled with the growing animosity between church leaders and the government who serve the same Filipino people. We detest the proliferation of fake news and harsh statements against humans and against God. Our language, which was developed to connect people, is now used to sever relationships,” the seminarians said.

This June, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte was under fire for allegedly bashing the Christian concept of God but later said he already “asked God for forgiveness.”

Hope for healing

In the end, the group reminded the faithful that despite having “differences and weaknesses,” everyone remains “children of God” who never lose hope because “Jesus never lost His hope for us.”

“May this hope heal the wounds we have caused to each other. May it inspire us to return once again to the Word of God and proclaim it anew; a proclamation that warms the heart, directs our thoughts, and guides our actions,” the seminarians added.

PASTOL KA is the official organization of Catholic seminarians in the province of Cavite which is under the territorial jurisdiction of the Imus diocese of Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista.

New 5-storey condo for poor blessed

CBCP News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 08:48

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle blesses a new five-storey condominium in Pasay City, managed by the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus. BR. JOHN FRANCIS ABERION

By Br. John Francis Aberion

July 20, 2018


A five-storey condominium for about 65 family-beneficiaries was blessed on July 14 in Malibay, Pasay City.

The celebration began in the afternoon with the Holy Mass presided over by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, D.D. The condominium and its units were then blessed by the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

“We are called to build a house for Jesus. Jesus is happy when he finds to dwell in us. Each one of us must welcome Jesus: Jesus, I want you to live in me,” said Caccia in his homily.

No one so poor

The prelate added that God continues to take care of His people; that there is no reason to be afraid. He also called on those present to be “available and ready” to answer the call of Jesus to be a witness.

He also challenged those present, “What can I give to others even though I am poor? Are you so poor that you cannot visit the sick, to spare some minutes to care? We are all called to answer Jesus’ call.” Caccia also assured them of the nearness of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Supervised by the St. Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC), through the organization of the Congregation of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus (RCJ), St. Matthew Province, the new edifice would be Phase 17 of the St. Hannibal Christian Community (SHaCC).

As the Mass concluded, the parish priest of San Juan Nepomuceno Parish in Malibay, Fr. Edgardo Coroza, and the Rogationists’ Provincial Superior, Fr. Herman Abcede, expressed thanks to those present.

‘Jesus in our hearts’

During the blessing, Tagle made reference to Jesus’ coming into Zaccheus’ home, saying in Filipino: “Jesus didn’t just enter Zaccheus’ house, he also entered his heart. When Jesus entered his life, Zaccheus became just.”

The cardinal stressed that the emphasis is on the heart not on the building.

“Open your heart… Open yourself to Jesus. To the youth, become priests and nuns. Let’s be good people, be good Christians.”

Borongan clergy to promote vocation through music

CBCP News - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:28

By Edmel Raagas

July 19, 2018

Borongan City

A local concert tour by the clergy of the Diocese of Borongan is one of the highlights in their local celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.

Dubbed as “Dayaw” or Praise, the theme of the concert is inspired by Psalm 52:9: “For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.”

Fr. Jan Michael Gadicho, the chair of the diocesan Commission on Clergy and the overall director of the concert, said “our life and ministry as priests is a total praise to God, leading and serving our people to give praise to the Lord.”

He said the main objective of the activity is “to evangelize people about vocation and priestly life, and to thank the faithful for their support”.

While the concert is free for the public, there will be paid seats to help organizers defray the production cost.

“The proceeds from this concert shall be used in the ongoing formation of the clergy so that truly we may become renewed servant-leaders,” Gadicho added.

Fr. Andiy Egargo, the concert’s musical director, said “the repertoire of this concert is centered on the ‘life and love of a priest.’ The songs hopefully will capture our story, our life, our love as ministers of God.”

“You’ll Never Walk Alone, for example, is a theme that we have always shared together as Borongan clergy, even while we were seminarians. Waray mag-uusaan ngadto han altar ni Kristo; The Lord’s Prayer, and Ave Maria are prayers close to our hearts,” the musician-priest said.

Asked what people may expect from the concert, Egargo said: “It will be an evening of wholesome fun where we see our priests not as presiders of sacraments or servant-leaders engaged in pastoral ministry but the human priest, always in love with God and his people.”

The concert shall be held in the following towns and dates: Dolores on August 13, Borongan on Aug. 29, Balangiga of September 27, and Guiuan on October 4.


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