COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No.  816         Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                             07 May 2015



San Jose Manggagawa Parish, Tantangan, South Cotabato celebrated its 34th patronal fiesta last 1 May 2015.  Presider and homilist was Bishop Dinualdo.  Fourteen priests concelebrated.

Theme: “San Jose, Modelo sang mga Kubos dira sa Pagtuo kag Pag-alagad sa Dios.”

Bishop’s homily from Gen. 1: 26-31; Eph. 5: 21 – 6: 1; Mt. 13: 54-58.

God created man in his image and likeness with intellect and free will.  Creation is one basis of human dignity.

Faith and service in the family lead to peace and harmony.

Jesus did not perform any miracle in Nazareth because of his town mates’ unbelief in him, a son of a carpenter.

St. Joseph’s faith was shown in obeying God’s command to marry Mary, then pregnant by the Holy Spirit.  Again, when he fled to Egypt with Mary and Jesus to save Jesus from King Herod’s wrath.

Joseph cared for Jesus and Mary through his love and work as a carpenter.

May 1st is Labor Day.  Pope St. John Paul II’s teachings on human work: dignity of labor; priority of labor over capital; rights of workers, spirituality of work – a sharing in the activity of the Creator (Encyclical Letter “Laborem Exercens, 1981).

Respecting human dignity and human rights will lead to industrial peace.



Last 29 April 2015 a meeting on peace in the fishing industry took place at Sto. Niño Parish, Bula, General Santos City.

Salient points:

  • Illegal, undocumented, unreported cases in the fishing industry;
  • Minimal or non-compliance of government policies and regulations which are rigid or too demanding – although laws are important;
  • Help resolve the existing conflict between the CITRA MINA group of companies and the workers.

The meeting provided opportunities to understand maritime laws and to have a glimpse of the tuna industry issue.

It had also strengthened the participants’ justice and peace advocacy.

Participants: Mr. Marfenio Tan and Mr. Dario Lauron representing the tuna industry and the Parish Social Action Center (PSAC) representatives, General Santos City, and Fr. Gillarme “Joy” Peliño, DSAC Director.

PSAC Bula convened the meeting.  Thanks to Fr. Ernesto Bendita, parish priest of Bula and Vicar Forane of Metro Dadiangas Area (MEDA). (Reported by: GJP)



Twenty-four (24) youth took part in the SADE workshop-seminar conducted May 1-2, 2015, Parish Ministry Building (PMB), Koronadal City.

The process seminar is designed to improve interpersonal relationships with family members and others after one has improved his/her relationship with God.

Steps: (1) participating; (2) communicating (with listening); (3) discovering; (4) serving; (5) encountering; (6) loving (“haplos”); (7) praying; (8) commitment; (9) thanksgiving (Mass); (10) graduation.


AVA – 10

Surallah – 3.  T’boli – 3.  Banga – 2.  Norala – 2.

KVA (Northern part) – 14

Marbel – 9.  Tupi – 3.  Bo. 5. – 2.


Dinah Remollo, Aldrin Fernandez, Stanley Comera.

House parents

Engr. & Mrs. Tex Solivio

Mass Presider and homilist: Fr. Alan Catigday (Reported by: Dynah Marie R.)




Sr. Marguerite Marie of the Blessed Trinity, CP (Midori Matsuda) celebrated her 50th Year as a professed Passionist Nun last 5 May 2015, Our Lady of Hope Monastery, Koronadal City.

She made her profession 16 May 1964.  Hence the golden jubilee anniversary was last 2014 but the celebration was postponed since the Monastery Chapel was not yet finished.

Bishop Dinualdo presided, delivered the homily.  Eleven (11) priests concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily

  • True love. Song of Songs 8: 6-7
  • True love is rewarded with “free access to the tree of life” – everlasting life with God who is Love and free entrance to the City through the gates!” (Rev. 12: 12-14, 16-17, 20). In Christ alone the soul can be satisfied.
  • Bridesmaids to wait patiently for the groom to arrive and provide their torches with enough oil (prudence, Mt. 25: 1-13).

Sr. Marguerite Marie answered Jesus Christ’s call “come, follow me”.  She followed Jesus who was poor, chaste and obedient even to the cross (4 Vows of the Passionists).

Sr. Marguerite Marie thanked everyone and narrated her love story.  Congratulations!



Twenty (20) parishes were represented in the GKK Board last 6 May 2015 at Lagao parish.  Seven (7) parishes were not represented.

Acts: (1) planned the GKK Day (Pentecost Sunday); (2) clarified/deepened/improved skills in planning, organizing, monitoring and evaluating; (3) talk on Diocesan Vision-Mission-Thrust by Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, Vicar General. (Info supplied by Seminarian JOC)

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