COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 850          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                    14 December 2015


Bishop Dinualdo opened the Jubilee Door of Mercy, Christ the King Cathedral, City of Koronadal, 13 December 2015.

Mass followed.

Bishop’s homily.

Today is Gaudate Sunday.  Be glad! Rejoice! “The Lord is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear.” (Zep. 3: 15).  “Rejoice! The Lord is near!” (Phil. 4: 5).  Be happy.  “One mightier than I is coming.” (Lk. 3: 16).

We just opened the Jubilee Door of Mercy. “Jubil”, Hebrew, ram’s horn.  In the Old Testament, the Jews celebrated the Jubilee Year every 50th Year.  Blowing of the horn signaled the beginning of the Jubilee.  Jubilee celebrates liberty, freedom, release.  A joyful celebration.

Four “Rs”: 1) release of slaves and prisoners (political); 2) rest land (ecological); 3) remission of debts; and 4) return of land to original owners (economic). (cf. Lev. 25: 8-55).

Pope Boniface VIII instituted the Christian Jubilee Year in 1300.  It was purely spiritual: plenary indulgences were granted.  A plenary indulgence remits all temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.  Requirements to gain plenary indulgence: confession, communion, prayer for Pope’s intention and performance of the act (in today’s case, enter the Cathedral through the Door of Mercy).

What to do during this special Jubilee Year which covers the period 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016?

Repent in order to receive God’s forgiveness.

Do corporal works of mercy: feed the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the homeless; visit the sick; visit those in prison, bury the dead.

Perform spiritual works of mercy: instruct the ignorant; admonish the sinner; counsel the doubtful; comfort the sorrowful; bear wrongs patiently; forgive all injuries; and pray for the living and the dead.

Twenty-four (24) priests concelebrated.



Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.




Human Rights Day was celebrated on 10 December 2015 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Seminary Compound, City of Koronadal.

Key issues:

  • Business activities (Tampakan and Daguma Mining, Sarangani Energy Corporation, Sumifru and Consunji and his IFMA), as threats to food security, human lives, indigenous people’s ancestral land and self-determination.
  • Aerial spraying violates our right to clean air and water.
  • Unequal economic benefits between fishing magnates and their employees.
  • Delayed justice for victims of human rights violations.
  • Climate issues and storm surges.

Responses from LGUs: Department of Health, DSWD, DAR, EMB, AFP, PNP.  Generally, unsatisfactory.

One good thing: agencies committed to participate in further discussion on aerial spraying.

Forum initiated by DSAC.



Monthly support from the Parishes (as of October 2015)

Name of Parish Monthly Pledge Remittance
St. Anthony parish (Koronadal) 1,500.00 18,000.00
Holy Cross Parish (Calumpang) 1,000.00 10,000.00
Sts. Peter & Paul Parish (Lagao) 1,000.00 9,000.00
St. Michael Parish (City Heights) 500.00 4,500.00
Sta. Teresita Parish (Tupi) 1,000.00 6,000.00
Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Fatima, GSC) 500.00 6,000.00
St. John the Baptist Parish (Lake Sebu) 500.00 1,000.00
San Isidro Labrador Parish (Alabel) 1,000.00 12,000.00
TOTAL   65,500.00

Thank you for your support.

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