COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 605       Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                          09 February 2011


Fifty priests, including two Dominicans, made their February recollection on 8 February 2010 at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Fr. Ronald Plomillo, AB, STB, MPM, D. Min, Rector, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary talked on “Gratitude and Hope”, the theme of the Golden Jubilee celebration, Diocese of Marbel.

“Gratitude”, said Fr. Ronald, “is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgement of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

“Gratitude is experienced if people perceive the help they receive as (a) valuable to them, (b) costly to their benefactor, and (c) given by the benefactor with benevolent intention”, he added.

“Other than love”, he continued, “gratitude is ‘the basic Christian attitude’ and also referred to as ‘the heart of the gospel’”.

Biblical passages on gratitude.  Examples: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart” (Ps. 9:1),” “…forever” (Ps. 30:12), “for He is good…” (Ps. 107:1).

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15), “…for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor, 1:4).  “Thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ” (2 Cor. 2: 14).

“Gratitude in Christianity”, he concludes, is an acknowledgement of God’s generosity that inspires Christians to shape their own thoughts and actions around such ideals.”

Fr. Ronald then spoke on hope.  “Hope is the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life”.

“Hope in Christian Faith”, he continued, is “the theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.”

“It is trust and confidence in God”, he concluded.

Fr. Ronald concluded his exposition by sharing his personal experiences of gratitude and hope.  Grateful to God for graces received; to priests for inspiring him to become a priest; to the early missionaries for founding and building up the Local Church.  He hopes our seminarians would become holy and capable priests; for the Diocese to become zealous in its mission of building a more humane, just and free society – for Christ to reign!

Thank you, Fr. Ronald.  Thank you: Fr. Frank Romano, parish priest; Fr. Art Pancho, parish vicar; and parishioners.



Team members met on 7 February 2011, Bishop’s Residence, to report on team’s activities.

“Gabi ng Parangal”, a one-hour cultural presentation, c/o religious men and women and awarding of faithful servants”, c/o Fr. Romeo Buenaobra will be integrated with the dinner on November 20, 2011, 6:00pm, South Cotabato Gym.

Historical Souvenir  Book Data will be gathered by Fr. Romeo Buenaobra and Fr. Gillarme Joy Peliño.  Editor: Fr. Andy Magallanes.

Fr. Joseph Benitez reported on the plan for the simultaneous parish celebrations of Christ the King.  Main features: a nine-day novena;  procession, benediction, consecration, mass, light snacks on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2011.

Fr. Gillarme Joy Peliño reported on awareness campaign through mass education, family daily prayers before the image of Christ the King at 6:00pm, tarpaulins, T-shirts, production of modules for recollections.

Fr. Louie Fuentespina and Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas to recruit 12 couples – 6 in General Santos City and 6 in South Cotabato to be trained as facilitators of the Marriage Encounter Week-end Seminars.  A 7 member facilitating team from Capiz will conduct the training on April 8-10, 2011, probably at the Trappistine Monastery.

Details of the culminating Liturgy on November 21, 2011 were presented by Team Leader Fr. Romeo Subaldo.

Fr. Romeo Catedral will assist Mr. Stimson Pino, team leader of NATURES – a 7-program plan.  Priorities: reforestation (N), ecological education (E), advocacies (anti open-pit mining and coal fired power plant) (A), Spirituality (S).

Fr. Ricardo Pajarillo, Jr., Team leader (youth) presented a comprehensive plan on youth activities, November 18-19, 2011.

Fr. Romeo Catedral, Team leader (Indigenous Peoples) presented initial activities: exhibits and cultural show.

Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas, Team leader (Finance, Accommodation and Transportation) presented initial plans for FAT.

Next meeting, CJT, March 14, 2011, Bp.’s Residence.



Fifty priests met on 8 February 2011 at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish.

Some decisions:

  • Proposed design of façade of Christ the King Cathedral was modified to include the three persons besides the stained-glass image of Christ the King at the center.
  • Jefill Gallego will be ordained priest, God willing, on April 11, 2011 at 9:00am, Polomolok Parish Church. (From Fr. J. Moralon’s report).


  • Family and Life Ministry, January 20, 2011. Bp.’s residence

Attendance: 29 from 19 parishes and Lake Sebu

Decision: campaign through streamers against RH Bill 96.

  • Catechetical Ministry, January 21, 2011, Bp.’s residence

Attendance: 32 from 23 parishes and Lake Sebu

Decision: KIDMACO Catechetical Meeting, Feb. 22-23, Lagao.

  • Kriska Ministry, February 4, 2011, Bp.’s Kiosk

Attendance: 26 from 22 parishes and Lake Sebu

Decision: 2011 Plan of Action was approved.

There are 25 parishes.  Bishop lectured on Church’s Magisterium on January 20 and 21.

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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