COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 949          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   16 August 2017

  1. OFFERING OF LIFE FOR GOD AND NEIGHBORS

Pope Francis added another way to beatification and canonization: the offering of one’s life for God and neighbors.

This is the subject of his July 11, 2017 “Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio entitled ‘Maiorem HAC Dilectionem” taken from John 15: 13.

Pope Francis states “Worthy of special consideration and honour are those Christians who, following more than closely the footsteps and teachings of the Lord Jesus, have voluntarily and freely offered their life for others and persevered with this determination unto death.”

Art. 1.“The offer of life is a new cause for the beatification and canonization procedure, distinct from the causes based on martyrdom and on the heroism of virtues.

Art. 2. “The offer of life…must respond to the following criteria:

  1. a free and voluntary offer of life and heroic acceptance propter caritatem (because of love) of a certain and untimely death;
  2. a nexus between the offer of life and premature death;
  3. the exercise, at least as ordinarily possible, of Christian virtues before the offer of life and, then, unto death;
  4. the existence of a reputation of holiness and of signs, at least after death;
  5. the necessity of a miracle for beatification occurring after the death of the Servant of God and through his or her intercession.

(CBCP Monitor, August 7-20, 2017, Vol. 21, No. 16, B1)

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 949          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   16 August 2017

  1. REFLECTIONS ON MARY’S ASSUMPTION

August 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Pius XII in his Apostolic Constitution “Munificentissimus Deus”, 1 November 1950, defined the Dogma of the Assumption: “By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define as divinely revealed dogma: The Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, after her life on earth, was assumed, body and soul to the glory of heaven” (III, 47).

Three previous dogma:

  • Divine Motherhood, Council of Ephesus, 431.
  • Perpetual Virginity, Council of Lateran, 649.

“Mary conceived ‘without detriment to her virginity which remained inviolate even after his (Jesus’) birth’”.  ‘Before, in and after Christ’s birth’ (cf. CCC 499-507).  Jesus was Mary’s only child.  The so-called “brothers and sisters” are close relatives.

  • Immaculate Conception, Pope Pius IX’s “Ineffabilis Deus”, 8 December 1854. “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege from Almighty God and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, was kept free from every stain of original sin.”

Mary’s assumption is a gift from God.  It is her reward as Mother of God – “Theotokos”.  Always obedient to God’s will – “FIAT”; proclaims God’s greatness and graciousness – “MAGNIFICAT”; and ever trusting in Jesus’, her Son, divine power – “FACITE”.

Mary’s assumption into heaven gives us hope that we too, ever obedient to God’s will, will share in her glory and happiness.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 949          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   16 August 2017

  1. REFLECTIONS ON MARY’S ASSUMPTION

August 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Pius XII in his Apostolic Constitution “Munificentissimus Deus”, 1 November 1950, defined the Dogma of the Assumption: “By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define as divinely revealed dogma: The Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, after her life on earth, was assumed, body and soul to the glory of heaven” (III, 47).

Three previous dogma:

  • Divine Motherhood, Council of Ephesus, 431.
  • Perpetual Virginity, Council of Lateran, 649.

“Mary conceived ‘without detriment to her virginity which remained inviolate even after his (Jesus’) birth’”.  ‘Before, in and after Christ’s birth’ (cf. CCC 499-507).  Jesus was Mary’s only child.  The so-called “brothers and sisters” are close relatives.

  • Immaculate Conception, Pope Pius IX’s “Ineffabilis Deus”, 8 December 1854. “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege from Almighty God and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, was kept free from every stain of original sin.”

Mary’s assumption is a gift from God.  It is her reward as Mother of God – “Theotokos”.  Always obedient to God’s will – “FIAT”; proclaims God’s greatness and graciousness – “MAGNIFICAT”; and ever trusting in Jesus’, her Son, divine power – “FACITE”.

Mary’s assumption into heaven gives us hope that we too, ever obedient to God’s will, will share in her glory and happiness.

  1. OFFERING OF LIFE FOR GOD AND NEIGHBORS

Pope Francis added another way to beatification and canonization: the offering of one’s life for God and neighbors.

This is the subject of his July 11, 2017 “Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio entitled ‘Maiorem HAC Dilectionem” taken from John 15: 13.

Pope Francis states “Worthy of special consideration and honour are those Christians who, following more than closely the footsteps and teachings of the Lord Jesus, have voluntarily and freely offered their life for others and persevered with this determination unto death.”

Art. 1.“The offer of life is a new cause for the beatification and canonization procedure, distinct from the causes based on martyrdom and on the heroism of virtues.

Art. 2. “The offer of life…must respond to the following criteria:

  1. a free and voluntary offer of life and heroic acceptance propter caritatem (because of love) of a certain and untimely death;
  2. a nexus between the offer of life and premature death;
  3. the exercise, at least as ordinarily possible, of Christian virtues before the offer of life and, then, unto death;
  4. the existence of a reputation of holiness and of signs, at least after death;
  5. the necessity of a miracle for beatification occurring after the death of the Servant of God and through his or her intercession.

(CBCP Monitor, August 7-20, 2017, Vol. 21, No. 16, B1)

 

  1. EVALUATION, DIOCESAN GATHERING OF PARISH COMMUNITIES

Diocese of Marbel, August 5, 2017                                                                Respondents: 100

VENUE (Rate the venue of the

Diocesan Gathering

1 2 3 4 5 Rating

(Ave.)

General

Rating

·         Arrangement of the Assembly 2 31 57 11 3.96
·         Stage Decoration 3 32 47 18 4.34
·         Sound System 23 38 39 4.16
·         Comfort Room 11 24 47 15 3 2.75
DIOCESAN GATHERING (Rate the General Gathering)
·         Registration 7 41 45 7 3.52
·         Setting Arrangement 1 12 38 45 7 3.77
·         Scheduling 11 37 40 12 3.53
·         Talk: Fr. Picardal 2 9 41 48 4.35
·         Sharing: Fr. Aliligay & Company 6 10 47 36 4.10
·         No. of Participants 2 11 23 64 4.49
·         General Management 1 2 15 62 20 3.98
TOTAL 3.9

Very Good

Legend:

1 – 1.5 – Poor

1.6 – 2.5 – Fair

2.6 – 3.5 – Good

3.6 – 4.5 – Very Good

4.6 – 5 – Excellent

 

  1. SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE
01   – Mass, Adoration Chapel, Cathedral 13   – Conference & Mass, TOEs, Bp.’s, 9am
Compound, 8:30am 14   – Fiestas.  Holy Cross, Calumpang, 8:30am;
02   – Conference, LAYCOS Marbel, Kiosk, 9am Holy Cross, Maasim, no time
03   – Recollection, AR Sisters, Bp.’s Res., 9am 15   – Meeting, Diocesan Schools’ Principals, Bp.’s
04   – Monday Gathering, Diocesan Clergy, Bp.’s Res., 10am
Res., 6pm 16   – Mass & Confirmation, JGSP, Cannery,
05   – Mass & Confirmation, Sagrada Familia, Bo. 5 Polomolok,, 9am
Kor. City, 8:30am        – Conference, CFC, 5:30pm, Fatima, GSC
       – Mass & Confirmation, Sagrada Familia, Bo. 7 18-21- 5th Minda Region Catechetical Convention
Kor. City, 2 pm 19   – Mtg. (3rd) SUKARAP/PAC-IN, OLPGVP,9am
06   – Mass & Confirmation, Calumpang, 9am 20   – Mass & Confirmation, OLPGVP, 9am
08   – Solemn Profession, Sr. Mary Clare, OSC, Poor 21   – Conference, PREX Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 6pm
Clares Monastery, 9:30am 22   – Mass & Confirmation, Tupi, 8am
09   – Conversation, DXCP, 10am 23   – Mass & Confirmation, Lagao, 9am & 2pm
11   – Strategic Planning for 2018, Villa Princessita, 26   – Mass, GKK San Miguel, Morales, KC, 7am
Koronadal City, 9am – 4pm 28   – Fiesta Mass, T’boli, 9am
12   – Recollection, Diocesan Clergy, OLPHS, 9am 29   – Fiesta Mass, SMAP, GSC, 9am

 

  1. SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS

Prayerful birthday greetings to: Fr. Greto Bugas (Sept. 03); Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas (Sept. 24).

 

  1. SEPTEMBER PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES

Congratulations and happy anniversaries to: Frs. Michelle Tacogue, Eugene Porras, Ruben Ocino, Elpidio Marintes, Robert Feguro, Ricky Emboltorio and Ariel Destora (Sept. 09); Fr. Carlo Glenn de la Cruz, Fr. Dennis Gamo, Fr. Ludy Baldonadao (Sept. 27).

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 948          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   08 August 2017

  1. GATHERING OF DIOCESAN CLERICS
  • Date, time and venue: 07 August 2017, 5:30pm onwards; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Compound, Surallah, South Cotabato.
  • Purpose: to honor St. Jean – Baptiste Marie Vianney. Curé of Ars, France; patron of priests both diocesan and religious; Feast day – 04 August.
  • Participants: 30 (27 priests, 2 deacons, 1 bishop)
  • Activities: communal evening praise, agape, shared joy.
  • Evening praise was in the air-conditioned, beautiful, comfortable, new adoration chapel, conducive to praying.
  • Agape and shared joy in the open multi-purpose building.
  • Food and drink: abundant, delicious, nutritious.
  • Hosts: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish under Fr. Angelo Buenavides, parish priest and Fr. Dennis Gamo, vicar. Generous parishioners.  Happy clerics!  Thank you!

 

  1. THE DIOCESAN GATHERING OF PARISH COMMUNITIES
  • DATE, TIME AND VENUE: 05 August 2017, 7:00am – 4:00pm; South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center, City of Koronadal.
  • Theme: “Parish Communities: Agents of Communion, Participation and Mission.”
  • Objectives:
  • To increase understanding and appreciation of communion, participation and mission;
  • To strengthen unity among parish communities.
  • Main activities:
  • Talk, open forum on theme by Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR, STD, Executive Secretary, CBCP Committee on BECs;
  • Video presentation;
  • Talk, open forum by Fr. Joel Aliligay, Diocesan Director, Christian Formation Center;
  • Mass, homily by Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, D.D., S.T.D.

Talk“Parish: Communion of Communities, Participation in Mission.”

  • Meaning of parish
  • “a specific community of the Christian faithful established, in a particular church (diocese) whose pastoral care, under the authority of the bishop, is entrusted to a priest-pastor who is its proper shepherd” (Canon 515).
  • According to PCP II, 600-601:

“A parish should be a dynamic Eucharistic and evangelizing community of communities. A center that energizes movements, Basic Ecclesial Communities and other apostolic groups and in turn nourished by them.”

  • Pope Francis

“It is a community of communities…center of missionary outreach. Environment of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented.” (EG 28).

  • Communion – Koinonia. Elements:
  • Union, unity.   Community.  Friendship.  Sharing. Participation. Partnership.
  • Participation in Mission

“The ecclesiology of communion is linked with participation and mission. Participation largely means enabling the laity to participate more fully in the life of the Church and in its task of mission.” (PCP II 98-99).

  • Participation is linked to mission – especially the three-fold prophetic, priestly and kingly mission.
  • Prophetic Mission – denouncing evil in all its manifestation and announcing the Good News of salvation (from sin), liberation (from every evil oppressive to human beings), justice and peace.
  • Participation in priestly mission
    • Full and active participation in liturgical sacramental celebrations.
  • Participation in Kingly/Social Mission
    • Participation in programs and activities to address integral human development, poverty; corruption; justice, peace and integrity of creation, etc. Goal: make God’s Kingdom a reality in this world.

Talk – Conversation on “Mission and CRSP” by Fr. Joel Aliligay; Randy and Tess Baldelovar (Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Koronadal, 3 children); Harry and HersilCalixton (Tantangan, South Cotabato, 3 children).

CBCP mentions three root causes of illegal drug trafficking and criminality, namely: poverty, corruption and dysfunctional family.

Diocese of Marbel’s response, based on Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” is the Comprehensive, Relevant and Systematic Program on Marriage Preparation and Pastoral Accompaniment of the Newly Weds and Christian Families from Womb to Tomb and Beyond.

Fr. Joel explained the doctrine of shepherding families and the two invited families shared their experiences of joy in a loving family.

Bishop’s homily: Leviticus 25: 8-17 (parallel Deut. 15: 1ff) Mt. 14: 1-12.

Jubilee Year (50th Year).  Benefits: rest of land; release of slaves; remission of debts; return of land to original owner (Land can’t be sold in perpetuity; what is sold is the fruits.  God owns land).  Fidelity in marriage, adultery immoral.  Prophets must denounce evil.  St. John Baptist did so.  He was beheaded.

Registered delegates: 6, 903

AVA – 1285

Norala – 398. Banga 369. Surallah – 288. Lake Sebu – 116. Sto. Niño – 90. T’boli – 24.

KVA – 1895

Marbel – 713. Polomolok – 332. SagradaFamilia – 272. Tupi – 256. Good Shepherd – 226. Tampakan – 55. Tantangan – 47.

MEDA – 2648

Calumpang – 945. Dadiangas – 830. Lagao – 308. Fatima – 265. Sty. Michael – 200. Bula – 150.

GAMMA – 634

Malapatan – 170. Alabel – 160. Glan – 150. Malungon – 100. Malandag – 54.

MAKIMAMI – 213.

Kiamba – 81. Maasim – 80. Maitum – 39. Milbuk – 13.

OLPHS – 10. IPs – 14. Deacons – 2. Priests – 31. Staff – 4. Medic – 3. No Groups – 114.

 CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 947          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   30 July 2017

CHRISTIAN SHEPHERDING

Meaning

Leading people to Christ, the chief shepherd (cf 1 Pet. 5: 4) who is good (Jn. 10: 10) and great (cf. Heb. 13: 20).

Tasks 

  • nurturing with God’s Word;
  • watching over with love;
  • protecting from harm, with steadfast faith;
  • guiding towards Christ with enduring patience and hope.

Aim 

To enable people to become Christified; meaning, to think like Christ, will like Christ and act like Christ, thereby contributing to the growth of God’s Kingdom on earth.

Qualifications 

  • 1 Timothy 3: 2-7: “an impeccable character…not married more than once, temperate, discreet and courteous, hospitable and a good teacher; not a heavy drinker, nor hot-tempered, but kind and peaceable…not a lover of money…who manages his family well and brings his children up to obey him…and well-behaved; of good reputation” (cf. Titus 1: 5-9; 1 Peter 5: 1-3)

Scriptures Story of Shepherding

(From Bobby Jamieson, 9 marks.org who based it on T.S Laniek, “Shepherds after my own heart: Pastoral Tradition and Leadership in the Bible”, New Studies in Biblical Theology 20, 2006).

  • The Divine Shepherd of the Exodus

God brings his people out of Egypt (cf. Exodus 13: 17), guides them through the wilderness for forty years and leads them safely into the Promised Land (cf. Numbers 33: 1-49; Ps 105: 42-45).

Ps. 77: 20 “you guided your people like a flock by the hands of Moses and Aaron.”

Ex. 13: 21-22 “Yahweh went before them, by day in the form of a pillar of cloud to show them the way, and by night in the form of a pillar of fire to give them light: thus they could continue their march by day and by night.”

God was personally present with his people: Moses said to Yahweh, ‘see, you yourself say to me’, “make the people go on…but you do not let me know who it is you will send with me…”(Ex. 33: 12) “Yahweh replied, ‘I myself will go withyou’” (Ex. 33:” 14).

God provided food and water.  “They demanded food, he sent them quails, he satisfied them with the bread of heaven; he opened the rock, the waters gushed to flow through the desert like a river” (Ps. 105: 40-41; cf. Ex. 16: 13-16; Ex. 17: 6-7).

God protected his chosen people. “If Yahweh is pleased with us, he will lead us into this land and give it to us.  It is a land where milk and honey flow…Do not be afraid of the people of this land; we shall gobble them up.  Their tutelary shadow has gone from them so long as Yahweh is with us.  Do not be afraid of them”. (Numbers 14: 8-9).  The enemies referred to by Joshua and Caleb are the Amalekite, Hittite, Amorite, Jebusite and Canaanite (cf. Num. 13: 29).

Moses told the Israelites: “Yahweh your God goes about within your camp to guard you and to deliver your enemies to you.” (Deuteronomy 23: 14).

God healed those bitten by fiery serpents.  “If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.  So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.” (Num. 21: 8-9).

From out of Egypt to entrance in the Promised Land and beyond God had been leading Israel, like a shepherd leading the sheep, with love and kindness (cf. Hosea 11: 1-8); for God said “I am God, not man; I am the Holy One in your midst and have no wish to destroy” (v. 9).

Jesus the Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd:

The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep” (John 10: 11).

“I am the good shepherd;

I know my own and my own know me” (v. 14)

Comments Jerusalem Bible, footnote “g”: In biblical language, cf. Hos. 2: 22+, “knowledge” is not merely the conclusion of an intellectual process, but the fruit of an ‘experience’, a personal contact; when it matures, it is love(cf. Hos. 6: 6f and 1 Jn. 1-3+).

“and there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well” (v. 16) Jerusalem Bible, footnote “h” “leads to eternal life”)

“They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd” (v. 10).  The good shepherd unites, not scatters the flock.

Jesus the Chief Shepherd

“When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of glory” (1 Pet. 5: 4).

Gill “By chief shepherd is meant Christ, who may well be called, since he is God’s fellow and in all respects equal to Him and is the shepherd and Bishop of the souls of men; all other bishops, pastors and elders are under him.  They received their commission from him to feed his lambs and sheep, are made pastors and overseers by him and accountable to him for them” (John Gill’s “Exposition”, biblehub.com).

Chief shepherdmean “Prince of pastors” (Barnes, biblehub.com)

Jesus the Great shepherd

“I pray that the God of peace, who brought our Lord Jesus back from the dead to become the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood that sealed an eternal covenant, may make you ready to do his will in any kind of good action…” (Hebrews 13: 20).

Jesus is the Son of God made man for our salvation.  He is Lord and Savior.

John Gill’s exposition: Jesus is “God’s fellow, equal to Him, having a flock of immortal souls, has abilities to feed them…a perfect knowledge of them; all power to protect and defend them; a fullness of grace to supply them; and he takes a diligent care of them; and this great person so described was raised from the dead” (biblestudytools, “John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible/Hebrew”).

Henry Matthew writes “ministers are under-shepherds.  Christ is the great Shepherd.  He feeds them, leads them and watches over them” (bibletools.com).

Our responses

  1. We listen to Jesus Christ.
  2. We follow Him. He will lead us to everlasting happiness.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 946          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   25 July 2017

  1. PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S SONA 2017

Date, time and venue: 24 July 2017, 4:20pm, Batasan Complex, Quezon City.  Lasted 2 hours.

Theme: “A Comfortable Life for All”

Highlights

  • Relentless campaign against illegal drugs trafficking and all forms of criminality. “I value human life, stressed President Duterte.
  • He will continue to pursue peace. But no more talks with CPP/NDF/NPA.  The Communists make so many demands.
  • Martial Law is the fastest way to quell rebellion. Mindanao provinces are “porous”.  Rebels/terrorists can go easily from one place to another.  Marawi will rise again.  Plans to have a more credible defense system.
  • National land use act. Ours is a rich country.  Poor to benefit from factories, etc.
  • Protection of environment. No to destructive mining.  Preserve watersheds.  Miners enriched themselves; but they did not pay correct taxes.  Neither did they rehabilitate destroyed areas.  No to open-pit mining – President Duterte lambasted the Commission on Appointment for rejecting Gina Lopez’ appointment as DENR Secretary.  A healthy and balanced ecology as mandated by the 1987 Philippine Constitution is non-negotiable.  Rivers have no more fish – polluted by mining.  Poor suffer because of mining activities.  He warned mining companies to respect watershed.
  • He spoke on climate change, disaster preparedness, earthquakes, Yolanda and other typhoons.
  • To fast-track the Bangsamoro Basic Law to spur development in Morolandia and address the issue of rebellion.
  • Federalism to be pushed. Deliberations on what kind.
  • Reimposition of death penalty for heinous crimes, like drug trafficking. Death penalty is both deterrence and retribution.
  • Challenged human rights advocates to promote in deeds the rights of people, instead of simply talking.
  • Achievement of just and lasting peace through inclusive growth and development.
  • Foreign relations. Independent foreign policy; based on mutual respect and non-interference.  The Philippines is, this time, president of ASEAN.  Rule of law will be observed.
  • Improved relations with China to address the West Philippine Sea issue.
  • Urged the United States to return the Balangiga Bells to Samar.
  • No corruption in government. Excessive salaries, allowances, bonuses in government owned and controlled corporations will not be allowed.
  • Peoples’ access to government through hotlines 911 and 8888.
  • TRO on RH Law has hindered full implementation. It must be lifted.
  • Directed MMDA, LGUs in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu to clear roads of obstacles.
  • Asked the Senate to pass the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act Bill (TRAIN).
  • Submission to Congress of P3.767 trillion for 2018.

N.B. Prepared SONA has 14 pages only (PDI, July 25, 2017, p. A2).

 

  1. FR. RAMIL NERIO’S LETTER

Ramil Nerio <rmlner@yahoo.com>

Excellency,

The School Year 2016-17 has just ended. I have taken all my exams and submitted all my requirements. I have extended my stay for two weeks here in PCF as I intend to write a major paper on the Book of Psalms (Ps 63). Though its submission is still next semester, I thought of better doing it now before going for vacation.

I will only have two courses left for the next semester. And most of my time then will be for writing my Tesina, which I am writing under Prof. Dominik Markl, SJ, a new addition to the PIB faculty, an expert on the Pentateuch especially Exodus and Deuteronomy. I will be writing on Chap. 25 of the Book of Numbers with a working title The “Covenant of Perpetual Priesthood” in Numbers 25. I am hoping to finish all my requirements at PIB within the first semester, and looking forward to returning to our Diocese by summer of 2018.

I thank you for your kind support and generous help and for your constant prayers and encouragement. I pray for your continued good health and for all your intentions.

Sending my regards to all my brothers in the ministry and to all the good faithful of the Diocese.

Gratefully,

Fr. Ramil

  1. Fr Ronald is here, and very much enjoying and learning from the ‘Ratio’ seminar.

 

  1. AUGUST SCHEDULE
04   – Mass. Adoration Chapel, Cathedral, 12   – Conversation, DXCP, 10am
  8:30am 15   – SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION
05   – Conference, LAYCOS Marbel, Bp.’s   OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
  Res., 9am   Fiesta, Bolul Mission, Brgy.
       – DIOCESAN GATHERING, “Parish as   Assumption,, Kor. City
  Communion of Communities”, South 18   – Conference, PREX, Bp.’s Res., 6pm
  Cot Gym & Cultural Center, Kor. City 19   – Conference, CFC, SagradaFamilia,
06   – FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION   Bo. 5, Kor. City, 5:30pm
  OF THE LORD, St. John Baptiste Marie 21-24- Annual Retreat, Diocesan Clergy, HCSC
  Vianney Sunday.  Special collection.   Calumpang, GSC.  21st after supper to
  (see ORDO)   24th after supper.
08   – MEMORIAL OF ST. DOMINIC 26    – Mass & Confirmation, Sto. Niño P., Sto.
09   – Conference & Mass, TOEs, Bp.’s Res.,   Niño, 8am
  9am 28-Sept. 1- National Meeting, Liturgy Directors,
11   – Fiesta Mass, St. Clare Monastery,   Jaro, Iloilo
  Polomolok, 9am 29   – Conference & Mass, Trappistines,
      Landan, Polomolok, 9am

 

  1. AUGUST BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS

Prayerful birthday greetings to:

Fr. Eugene Porras (Aug. 01);

Fr. Raul Vale (Aug. 02); and

Fr. Reynaldo Mission (Aug. 30).

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 945          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   23 July 2017

  1. MARTIAL LAW (ML) EXTENDED

Congress voted 22 July 2017 to extend ML until 31 December 2017.  The votes: 261, Yes; 18, No.  Of the 18 who voted “No” four are senators: Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, RisaHontiveros and Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino.  (PDI, 23 July 2017, p. A11).

Reason: to secure the public from lawless elements.

Don’t worry.  Pray.  Trust in God.  Be vigilant.  Cooperate with peace officers.

 

  1. CBCP PENSION PLAN

Presenters Abp. John Du, CBCP Treasurer and Fr. Edgar Macalalag.

This is the 10th topic.  And last to be presented here.  From Fr. JoemerCandido’s report, our Diocesan Finance Officer.

  • Starting January 2017 the premium contribution is P750.00.
  • Members shall start paying their contributions the month after their ordination.
  • Normal retirement age is 65 years old.
  • Early retirement may be granted to a member who suffers total and permanent disability.
  • To avail of retirement pension, a member should have settled his arrears and is an active member with at least ten consecutive years of payment prior to retirement.
  • Retirement benefits, starting January 2017 for bishops and priests shall be P6,000.00 monthly (3,200 from Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila; 2,800 from CBCP).
  • There are 4,832 enrolled members as of First Quarter of 2017 – only 73% of Philippine Diocesan Clergy.
  • CBCP Pension Plan Fund:
  • BPI Asset Management – P 113, 695, 722.79
  • Total Investment –        9, 215, 024.40
  • Metro Bank –            972, 964.86

TOTAL                                        – P 123, 883, 712.05

 

  1. DIRECTORY, ORDER OF CISTERCIANS OF THE STRICT OBSERVANCE (OCSO)

Our Lady of Mt. Matutum Abbey

Trappistine Monastery

Landan, Polomolok, 9504, South Cotabato, Philippines

CP: 0919-2713-330     e-mail: matutumsisters@gmail.com

Superior           : Mo. Giovanna Garbelli, OCSO, Abbess (giovannamatutum@gmail.com)

Community e-mail       : matutumsisters@gmail.com

Community Website    : matutumtrappistines.businesscatalyst.com

Solemn Professed:

  1. Giovanna Garbelli (Abbess)
  2. RosangelaCalcatera
  3. Miriam Silva
  4. Virginia Ventura
  5. Anna de Simoni
  6. Emilia Bergamini
  7. Rosanna Savarese (Sub-Prioress)
  8. Franca Bini
  9. Vera Bruni (Novice Mistress)
  10. Josephin Augustin Porimattathil
  11. Josie Tupas (Junior Mistress)
  12. Rosario Gomonit
  13. Elizabeth Serra
  14. Gabriella Bayogos
  15. Aida Alpanta
  16. Candelaria Javier
  17. Julie Ann Pesongco (Cellarer)
  18. Marie Rafael (Prioress)
  19. Leah Ponteras
  20. Joy Baluran
  21. Concepcion Garciano
  22. Anna Marie Ando
  23. Stella Maris Zonio
  24. MaritesAniceto
  25. Claire Caquilala
  26. Teresdela Cruz
  27. Dinah Mae dela Cruz

Temporary Professed:

  1. Charlotte Abregon
  2. Benedicta Rodas
  3. Roxanne Acaylar

Novices

  1. Sheila Felisa Prieto
  2. Agnes Lipasan

Postulants:

  1. Cristina E. Concepcion
  2. Gennifer S. Gadian
  3. Emily R. Mostajo
  4. Mary Claire P. Sanchez

Aspirant:

  1. Eunice P. Mangaoang

 

  1. DIRECTORY, MARIST BROTHERS (FMS)

Marbel Community

Notre Dame of Marbel University

Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City

  1. Wilfredo Lubrico – Superior & University

President

  1. Allan de Castro – Treasurer
  2. Aljon Yonder
  3. Philip Caesar Renacia
  4. Emmanuel Tyokor – Nigerian Student
  5. Lucky Paul Ogwu – Nigerian Student

Dadiangas Community

Notre Dame of Dadiangas University

Marist  Avenue, General Santos City

  1. Jose Torrecampo – Superior
  2. Noel Fernandez – Treasurer
  3. Paterno Corpus – University President
  4. Robert McGovern – NDBRCFI
  5. Crispin Betita – Marcellin Homes, Exec.

Director

  1. Manuel Uluan
  2. Cian Marco Tabuada

Lagao Community

Marist Province Center

NDDU IBED Lagao Campus

General Santos City

  1. Romulo Porras – Superior
  2. Lindley Sionosa – Treasurer; Vice Provincial
  3. Gilbert Bogacia
  4. Edgar Ceriales
  5. WenceslaoCalimpon
  6. Eugene Pius Tajo
  7. Albert Bolibol
  8. Edilberto Mallorca

Sacred Heart Formation Center

(Formerly Marist Pre-Novitiate House)

NDDU IBED Lagao Campus

Lagao, General Santos City

  1. Ernie Sentina – Superior & Director of Aspirants & Postulants
  2. HilarioSevilla – Treasurer & Animator of Sacred Hear Community
  3. Albert Munoz – Director of Vocations

 First Year Scholastics

  1. Gary Danlag
  2. Jay Escuadro
  3. Kevin Anthony Legara
  4. Denzel Nartatez
  5. RoxanPaje
  6. Romar Dave Rano

Our Lady of Fourviere Formation Center

Camia Street, Extension (Back of YBL garage, Nat’l Highway)

General Santos City

  1. DaniloSevilla– Superior/Treasurer/Animator of Fourviere Community
  2. Raymund Gallardo

Second & Third Year Scholastics

  1. Zypper Espanola
  2. Engel Freed Java
  3. Karl Angelo Labio
  4. RadnyTio
  5. Roldan Allones
  6. Ralph Jude Daylusan
  7. Jick de Leon
  8. Joseph Pedalizo
  9. Cyril Sumugat

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