COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 847          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                    23 November 2015

  1. CHRIST THE KING CATHEDRAL DEDICATED

Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez presided over the dedication ceremonies of the Christ the King Cathedral last 22 November 2015, Solemnity of Christ the King.  Architect Joseph Non designed the Cathedral and supervised its construction.

Orlando Card. Quevedo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cotabato, delivered an inspiring and instructive historico – theologico liturgical homily.

The Commission on Worship and Liturgy did an excellent job.  Music was uplifting.  Rites, solemn.  Decorations, artistic and meaningful.  Fr. Ernesto Bendita, Commissioner, Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, Director, Diocesan Liturgical Center.

Fr. Mario Eudela, Parish Vicar I, St. Anthony/Cathedral Parish, coordinated the site preparations: Church, landscaping, lights and sound, cultural presentation and fellowship dinner.

Relics deposed in the suitably prepared aperture of the altar: St. James and St. Paul, Apostles; St. Paul of the Cross, Founder, Passionist Fathers and Passionist Nuns; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, widow, Educator and Foundress of Sisters of Charity;St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr; Blessed VasylVelychkovsky, Bishop and Martyr.

The Cathedral could accommodate 4,000.

God is good – always.  He sent rain just before 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon, the start of the ceremonies.

Thank you, everyone for sharing your talents, time and treasures.

 

  1. BISHOP CLOSES YEAR OF THE POOR

Bishop Dinualdo closed the 2015 Year of the Poor on 22 November 2015 during dinner which followed the dedication rites.

His message:

MESSAGE, CLOSING, YEAR OF THE POOR

“Give thanks to the Lord because He is good, and His love is eternal.” (Ps. 118: 1)

Fellow poor in Jesus Christ, good evening.

Last 1 January 2015 we launched the Year of the Poor.

Theme, “Do Justice, Love Kindness” (cf. Micah 6:8).

A person in need, spiritually (cf. Mt. 5: 3) or materially (cf. Lk. 6: 20), is poor.  Because of his/her poverty, the person trusts God to respond to his/her need.  Such person is happy, blessed, favored.

Several causes of poverty: (1) greed, individual or corporate (the System: exclusive, exploitative, extravagant); (2) powerlessness of the poor; (3) our indifference/apathy to the plight of the poor.

In that pastoral letter of 1 January 2015 we cited several teachings of the Church.  One that merits repeating is PCP II: “a situation such as the concentration of economic wealth and political power in the hands of the few is an affront to human dignity and solidarity.” (n. 296)

Following the theme of justice and love we proposed three general doable actions for 2015:

  • Massive education through our BECs and Catholic schools for adequate knowledge, right attitude, spiritual and moral values and technical skills – analytical and critical thinking, communicating, and organizing geared towards empowering the poor;
  • Formation in Integral Faith through Catechesis, lectiodivina/bible sessions, masses, recollections, etc.
  • Corporal and spiritual works of mercy to improve the poor’s quality of life.

When we prepared for the strategic planning for the 2016 Year of the Eucharist and Family we asked you to evaluate your 2015 Year of the Poor Action Plan.

From the responses received by the Preparatory Committee from 11 of the 27 parishes, we got these general conclusions: (1) respondents understood the Gospel through the eyes of the poor; (2) respondents strove to be spiritually poor before God; (3) respondents are now living simply, in solidarity with the poor and extended assistance – spiritual and material – to the needy.

These initiatives empowered the poor, enabled them to improve their quality of life and changed the hearts of many from hearts of stone to hearts enlivened by God’s Spirit (cf. Ez. 36: 26-27).

Such initiatives strengthened our advocacy works: (1) promote the integrity of God’s creation through, massive education on integral ecology (“Laudato Si’”), tree-growing, proper waste management; (2) defend the IPs’ rights to be secure in their person and property; (3) advance the rights of workers, women and children.

God, indeed, is good. And Mary, Mother of the Poor, takes care of everyone.

Together we close today, the 22nd day of November, Solemnity of Christ the King, 2015 the Year of the Poor.

Thank you.  Enjoy.

+DINUALDO D. GUTIERREZ, D.D.

Bishop Diocese of Marbel

22 November 2015

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