COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 813          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                            07 April 2015



Bishop Dinualdo was the presider and homilist during the Chrism Mass, 31 March 2015 (Tuesday), Christ the King Cathedral, City of Koronadal. Eighty-two priests concelebrated – Passionist, Dominicans, Trappist and diocesan.

 Bishop’s homily.

“The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me.  He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor” (Lk. 4: 18; cf. Is. 6: 1)

To anoint means to receive power through the gift of the Holy Spirit.  In the Old Testament priests were anointed to offer sacrifices to God.  Kings were anointed to govern God’s people.

Good news is Jesus Christ crucified and risen for our salvation.  Jesus Christ who “loves us and has washed away our sins in his own blood.” (Rev. 1: 5-6 – 2nd reading).

Poor is any person in need.  Materially poor, powerless, sick, sinner, lacking in knowledge.  Example: the B’laans in Bongmal Territory which abuts the Municipalities of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur and Tampakan, South Cotabato.

These B’laans have been deprived of their right to the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC); oppressed by armed groups; exploited by SMI and some government officials; but are struggling – determined to defend their ancestral land, cost what may.

Chrism Mass is celebrated only in the Cathedral Church.  All priests in the Diocese concelebrate to show their unity with the bishop.

Two important rites: (1) renewal of commitment to priestly services and (2) blessing of holy oils.

Pope Francis, in his first Chrism Mass celebrated on 28 March 2014 “called on the world’s priests to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalized and to be shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.”



Christ is risen, Alleluia! Rejoice!

Through his death, Jesus freed us from sin; through his resurrection, Jesus opened the path to grace – union with God.

Renewal.  New life.  Change for the better.  This is the Easter message.

Personal renewal

This means growing in our love for God and neighbors, especially the poor (needy), deprived (of rights), oppressed (by force) and exploited (through deceit and manipulation).

Parish renewal

This means:

  1. Making each parish a community/communion of Small Christian Communities (GKKs) where participation is the normal process.
  2. Intensifying the missionary activities, since each parish is mission – oriented.
  3. Transforming the Parish Speakers’ Bureau (PSB) into the Teams of Evangelizers (TOEs). Bureaucracy is old, impersonal.  Speaking is a one person, one-way activity, it is not an activity proper to the Church.  On the other hand evangelization is Christ’s mandate (cf. Mk,. 16: 16) carried by at least two persons (cf. Lk. 10: 1).
  4. Building the capabilities of our lay leaders through formation in the faith, enhancing their skills: analytical, communicating, coordinating, planning and evaluating, administrative and inter-personal.
  5. Establishing/strengthening pro-poor programs: literacy/scholarship, livelihood, health and advocacy.

Diocesan renewal

This implies:

  1. Understanding and acceptance of the Diocese of Marbel’s vision-mission-thrust by all the faithful.
  2. Defending with renewed zeal the integrity of God’s creation; in particular our opposition to SMI’s proposed open-pit gold and copper mining.
  3. Formation of Teams of Evangelizers in all parishes.
  4. A new political paradigm: (a) qualifications of candidates-credibility, competence, commitment to the common good and compassion (4 Cs); (b) systems for winning – guns, goons, gold, add guile(deception) – 4 Gs; (c) educate voters to be brave (against goons and gold), honest (not to sell votes) and knowledgeable (BHK)
  5. Meaningful celebration of the dedication of the new Christ the King Cathedral, hopefully on 23 November 2015.



Donations in 2015

  1. Anthony/Cathedral Parish, c/o Fr. Mario Eudela –  18,000.00
  2. Holy Cross Parish, c/o Fr. Edwin Flor, CP –    3,000.00
  3. Peter and Paul Parish, Lagao, GSC) –    3,000.00
  4. John the Baptist Parish, c/o Fr. Michele Tacogue –    1,000.00
  5. Michel the Archangel Parish, c/o Fr. George Carin –     500.00

TOTAL                                                                                                                         P25,500.00

 Donations in 2014

  1. Anthony/Cathedral Parish, c/o Fr. Mario Eudela –  18,000.00
  2. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok –    6,000.00
  3. Holy Cross Parish, Calumpang           –  12,000.00
  4. Peter and Paul Parish, Lagao –  11,000.00
  5. Michael Parish, (City Heights) –    6,000.00
  6. Niño Parish, Bula           –  12,000.00
  7. Immaculate Conception Parish (Norala) –  12,000.00
  8. Teresita Parish –  12,000.00
  9. Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Fatima)           –    5,000.00
  10. John the Baptist Parish (Lake Sebu) –    3,000.00
  11. San Isidro Labrador Parish (Alabel)           –  12,000.00

TOTAL                                                                                   P109,500.00

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