COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No.  817            Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                           14 May 2015


Pope Francis wrote on 23 January 2015 a message for the 49th World Communications Day, Ascension of Jesus, 17 May 2015.

Title: “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.”

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth (cf. Lk. 1: 39-56) serves as an inspiration.  When Mary greeted Elizabeth the infant in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy.  “Communication is a dialogue intertwined with the language of the body.”

After birth we are still in a “womb” – the family – made up of various interrelated persons.  “In the family we learn to live with others despite differences.  Family members accept one another because of the bond.”  This bond is root of language which in turn strengthens the bond.

This relationship “enables the family to become the setting in which the most basic form of communication, which is prayer is handed down.”

“In the family we learn to embrace and support one another, to discern the meaning of facial expressions and moments of silence.”

“This greatly helps us to understand the meaning of communications as recognizing and creating closeness.”

“The family is where we daily experience our own limits and those of others.”  The family can become a school of forgiveness.  Forgiveness is itself a process of communicationtowards rebuilding “communication which broke down.”

Families who have children with disabilities have much to teach us.  They are incentives to openness, sharing and ready communication with all, thanks to the love of everyone.

In a world of “discord, foul language and gossip” “the family can teach us to understand communication as a blessing, not cursing.  “Goodness is always possible.”

The media can be both a help and a hindrance to communication in and between families.  Media can be a hindrance if they become a way to avoid listening to others, evade physical contact, fill up every moment of silence and rest.  The media can help communication when they enable people to share their stories, stay in contact with distant friends, etc.

“The family is an environment in which we learn to communicate in an experience of closeness, a setting where communication takes place, a communicating community.



The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Milbuk, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, hosted the priests’ May recollection.  Thirty-seven attended.

Bro. Crispin Betita, FMS, shared his experiences and insights regarding street children, abused and abandoned children and children in conflict with the law.

Marcellin Foundation has been responding to the needs of these children through its programs of caring, healing and teaching.

Graduates of these programs are employed, here and abroad, productive members of society and more importantly living with dignity as children/believers of God/Allah.



St. Michael Archangel Parish through its parish priest, Fr. George Carin, was designated by the Bishop last 12 May 2015 as administrator of the almost 12has. property in General Santos City.

The immediate plan is to construct a building for the use of the Diocesan Social Action Center’s General Santos City branch.  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok, South Cotabato through its parish priest, Fr. Reynaldo Mission, and Fr. Gillarme Joy Peliño, DSAC Director, are preparing the plan.  Fr. BonifacioAmpoyas, Superintendent of Diocesan Schools, will also put up a sub-office in the property.



Devotees of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima celebrated the feast of Our Lady on 13 May 2015.

Theme: “Birhen Maria: Sumbanan sa Pagpatunhay sa Kaangayan, Gugma’g Kaayo Alang sa Pagpagahum sa Kabus.”

Presider and homilist was Bishop Dinualdo.  Ten Priests: Claretian, Dominican and diocesan concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily: The New Heaven and the New Earth will come when God reigns completely.  No more wars, sickness, corruption, death.  It will be a state of perfect and everlasting happiness in union with God. (Rev. 21: 1-5).

Jesus gave Mary to us through St. John as mother. (Jh. 19: 25-27)

Our Lady’s message at Fatima: prayer, conversion and penance to bring about world peace.

Bishop exhorted the faithful to change from being unconcern to being concern for others.  Pray for P-Noy and legislators so that they would come up with a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which is fair to everyone.

He also urged everybody to continue protecting God’s creations by opposing any destruction of nature and people, like open-pit mining in watershed and coal-fired powerplant near center of population.

Congratulations to Fr. Sinon, Fr. Freddie and parishioners.



The newly designated CHR regional officers (R-XII) visited Bishop Dinualdo 14, May 20153.

Atty. Mark Titus Cebreros, Executinve Director.  Atty. Homer Matthew Rusiana – Deputy Director.  Atty. Erlan D-eluvio.  Companions: Henry J. Billones and Wesley Calamba.

Welcome and prayers.

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