COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 858         Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                                                      03 February 2016



TOTAL REGISTRANTS       :  13, 158 from 71 Nationalities.

TOP 3:             Filipino:  8, 667

Taiwanese:  427

Americans:  155

(The 51st IES Bulletin, no. 4. January 28, 2016, p. 1)

3rd Day, January 26

 1. Presider and homilist: Gaudencio Card. Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila.

“Eucharist not just a task, but a mission.”

“Do this in memory of me means that as often as one eats the Body of Christ, he or she announces to others the power of the faith of our Lord Jesus.”

“Do the Eucharist, live the Eucharist, release the Eucharist from sheer celebration! And allow the Body and Blood of Jesus in you to roam the streets and byways, in jeepneys, tricycles and buses, stores and cafés, offices and schools, in every dining table, in homes where families engage in dialogue.”

“It could change the world.” (Felipe Francisco/CBCP News, CBCP Monitor, January 27, 2016, p. A1)

2. Catechesis. “The Eucharist: Celebration of the Paschal Mystery”.  Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, California, USA.

“If we are off-kilter, which we are, if we are worshipping the wrong way, we need to be brought back and that process is painful.  We need to go through a painful re-alignment.”

“God’s Word is nor descriptive.  God’s Word is creative.”

“Does God need our sacrifice?  No, God needs nothing.  By returning something to God as a sign of our love, we become united with God.” (51st IEC Quotes, CBCP Monitor, Jan. 27, 2016, p. A8)

3. Testimony. Ms. Marianne Servaas, In-charge, Evangelization and the Catechumenate for adults, Belgian.  She is especially concerned about the growth and impact of unbelief in a mainly secular environment.

“You Filipinos, are to me, very sacramental.  Your joy is related to thankfulness and humility.  In your joy, you are more human and it is a gift to the world.” (51st IEC Quotes, ibid)

4. Concurrent sessions.

a. “The Eucharist makes the Church, the Church makes the Eucharist.” Orlando Card. Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines.

“Living the Eucharist means loving the poor.” “Our sharing in the Eucharist the Body and Blood of Christ is also a sharing in his mission – a mission to the poor, the oppressed and marginalized – to all who are needy and in need of love and service.”

“To be Eucharistic is to live the life of Jesus, a life of love and service.  It is by living Eucharistically that we act Eucharistically.  We see a host of burning issue that need Eucharistic action.  We cannot be indifferent to them.”

“So, even if on Sundays, we seem to be nation of Saints’ social ills remain.  There is massive poverty, homelessness, street children, human trafficking, the drug problem, and other forms of criminality.  And media reports speak of horrendous corruption from top to bottom.”

“Our faith is focused on externals and rituals, processions and private devotions.  Deep down, they manifest the Filipino’s authentic awareness of God’s presence in everything that is blessed and holy!  But the question remains: What does the Holy Eucharist really mean?”

“The Eucharist makes the Church because the Church was borne out of the Paschal Mystery – the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ.  The Church makes the Eucharist because in the Mass, the new Sacrifice, the Church commemorates Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the salvation of men.”

“But it can also mean more because the Church is living and operating in our space and time.”

“The Eucharist is a communion, the deepest kind of union, and communion with Jesus is with his very being, a being for others.” (Felipe Francisca, CBCP Monitor, Jan. 28, 2016, pp. A1 & A7)

b. “Evangelization and Popular Religiosity.” Diego Monroy Ponce, Chaplain, National Shrine of St. Juan Diego; Director, Pastoral Social Caritativa, Mexico.

“The source of popular religiosity will always be the Holy Spirit.  Its permanent expression is the Gospel of Christ.” (51st IEC Quotes, CBCP Monitor, Jan. 27, 2016, p. A8)

4th Day, January 27

  1. Holy Eucharist in 14 City parishes.
  2. Catechesis, “The Eucharist as Mission, Mission as Dialogue.” Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, Apostolic Administrator of Jawai, India.

“Jesus seems to be entrusting humanity to the Church today as Mother Mary to John.”

“The Eucharist becomes mission and dialogue when it brings healing to individuals.”

“Secular and spiritual wisdom must draw close.  Intelligence and faith must find ways of relating.  Justice and mercy must embrace.”

“The awesome beauty of the Eucharist does not make people over – confident and assertive.  It disarms.”

“The evangelizer is not merely a giver, he/she remains an assiduous searcher all the time.”

3. Testimony. Mr. Paul Ponce and Family.  Juggling entertainer.  Spanish.

“I keep praying and consecrating my future wife to God, praying for her everyday.  And 10 years after, I finally met her.”

“Because Christ is present in every single Church, it should be filled!”

4. Catechesis: “The Eucharist and the Care for Creation.” Peter Card. K.A. Turkson, President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Ghana

“Eucharist is summarized in the Word offering – what God has offered and offers tous and what we offer back to God.”  Address delivered by Arch. Ledesma, SJ of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

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