COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 855         Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                              20 January 2016


Forty-six (46) Claretian, Passionist and diocesan priests participated in the recollection held last 12 January 2016, Immaculate Conception Parish, Norala, South Cotabato.

Activities: holy hour (exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with morning praise), sharing, mass.

Fr. Gillarme “Joy” Peliño shared his insights on the Eucharist.

Value of prayer.  As ordained ministers of the Church we must appreciate prayer founded in love.  A love that emanates from the love of the Father to the Son and to us.

1st point.  “Familiarity with God”

The Eucharist is the highest form of prayer.  How familiar are we with the ways of the Father?  Are we not being formed everytime we celebrate mass?  The celebration of the Holy Eucharist must be the most important thing for us as priests of Jesus Christ.

2nd point.  “Fraternal Charity”

The Eucharist is a communion of disciples, communion of saints.  Many charisms in the Church but united in Jesus Christ, in God who is love.  God’s Spirit unites us priests as brothers in love with one another – our differences, notwithstanding.  When one is familiar with God, one loves his brother priests.

3rd point.  “Turning point”

In this Year of Mercy our turning point is to taste God’s loving mercy.  We are earthen vessel, liable to be broken.  Let us be disposed to God’s Spirit for healing our brokenness.

Let the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood be the center of our priestly life and ministry.(From the report of Fr. JOC)



Dates and venue: January 24-31, 2016, Cebu City.  Twenty (20) delegates from Marbel Diocese.  February 9, 2016, Tupi Parish, Sharing by IEC delegates (Theme: “Christ in you, our hope of Glory”; Eucharist, liturgical and social dimension of Eucharist.  The talk of Atty. Pernia on Climate Change could be the social dimension).

Participants: priests, religious and some lay.

Advisory: please bring food to be shared. BFS.

Note: This is also the scheduled monthly recollection of diocesan priests; religious are encouraged to attend.


To be held on Friday and Saturday before the 4th Sunday of Lent – March 4 and 5, 2016.  Fourth Sunday is “Laetare” Sunday.


We pray for Filipinos in other countries that they would be effective proclaimers of the Good News.  And we have a second collection for the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples and for our Diocesan Social Action funds for families of Migrants.


Dates and venue:  February 23-27, Koronadal City

Accommodation: Villa Amor and Casa Gemma for Bishops

Opening Mass: February 23, 2016, 6p.m., Christ the King Cathedral.

Welcome dinner: February 23, St. Anthony/Christ the King Parish Gym, sponsored by the Koronadal City Government.

Note: Please contribute money or in kinds to supplement their budget.


As of January 19, 2016

1.      Dadiangas 93,085.00
2.      Marbel 22,500.00
3.      Calumpang 8,509.00
4.      Malungon 3,000.00
5.      Tampakan 3,992.50
6.      Surallah 10,000.00
7.      Tantangan 3,643.00
8.      Glan 5,000.00
9.      Lagao 100,000.00
10.  Tupi 46,898.75
11.  Maitum 4,198.50
12.  Maasim 3,552.25
13.  MIlbuk 1,000.00
14.  St. John the Baptist 20,110.75
15.  NDMU College 6,214.55
16.  Polomolok 21,352.25
17.  T’boli 2,795.00
18.  Good Shepherd 16,263.00
19.  Malapatan 5,000.00
20.  Banga 1,340.00
21.  St. Michael 605.65
TOTAL 379,060.20
Less: remitted to Cebu 359,704.30
Balance to be remitted 19,355.90

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