Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, General Santos City, celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 13 October 2008.
Theme: “OLPGV Parish @ 50: Journeying with Mary.”
Bishop Dinualdo was main celebrant and homilist. Isaiah spoke of a sign from God – a young maiden would give birth to a son whose name is Emmanuel (Is. 7: 10-14).
The Church identifies the young maiden as Mary and Emmanuel as Jesus Christ. At the appointed time God sent his Son, born of the Virgin Mary, who saved us and made us adopted children of God (Gal. 4: 4-7). Luke tells us that indeed Mary is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. Her obedience to God’s will made this a reality (Lk. 1: 26-38).
Mary’s role as mother of God makes her an effective companion in our journey towards union with God.
What do we do in order to achieve union with God? Thru big action programs: (1) catechesis – familiarity with the Word of God (Bible)/ and Church’s teachings; (2) prayer, worship and Liturgy, especially contemplation and reception of the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist; (3) social action: action on behalf of justice, love, truth and freedom – the 4 pillars of peace according to Bl. John XXIII’s “Pacem in Terris”, God’s Word is the only reality. Career, profession, power and wealth are transitory (Benedict XVI, opening remarks, 12th Gen. Assembly, Synod of Bishops). “Ecclesia de Eucharistia Vivit”, The Eucharist builds the Church (Jh. Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia). Through communion one is united with Christ and in Christ all are united.
Thirty-five priests concelebrated with Bp. Dinualdo: 17 diocesan and 18 Passionist priests.