COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 883          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                                                 20 June 2016


  1. FATHER’S DAY (Wikipedia)

Sonora Smart Dodd initiated celebration of Father’s day, 19 June 1910, YMCA, Spokane, Washington, United States of America.

She heard a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909.  Why not Father’s Day?  Her father, a civil war veteran was a single parent who raised six children.  Father’s Day observed in 62 countries, from Argentina to Venezuela.

“Honour your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that Yahweh your God has given to you.” (Ex. 20: 12; cf. Eph. 6: 2-3).

“Honour your father and your mother, as Yahweh, your God has commanded you, so that you may have long life and may prosper in the land that Yahweh your God gives to you” (Deut. 5: 16).

“Do your duty to your father and mother” (Mt. 15: 4; cf. Mk. 10: 20; Lk. 18: 21).

We honor fathers for their loving service and courageous shepherding of family members as well as for faithful stewardship of family resources – money and other possessions.




(1) Date and venue: 18 June 2016; Villa Princessita, Koronadal City.

(2) Title: Comprehensive, Relevant and Systematic Program of Pastoral Accompaniment, Newly Weds and Christian Families.

(3) Vision (Desired End/Goal): Christian/Christified families: effective evangelizers.

(4) Objectives (Broadly defined)

a) Christian families, effective evangelizers through personal witnessing to Christ (mission).

b) Increasing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Scriptures and Church’s teachings (Creed).

c) Growing intimacy with Jesus Christ through prayers and the sacraments, specially confession and holy communion (Cult).

d) More spiritual and corporal works of mercy performed as years go by (Code).

(5) Strategies (Broad means/paths towards desired goal)

a) Study: catechesis, values formation, skills development

b) Pray: sacraments and prayers (devotions)

c) Act: spiritual and corporal works of mercy; health care; livelihood projects; Justice, Peace and integrity of God’s creation (JPIC)

(6) Life Stages/Phases (sequences)

a) Care of the unborn (0 – 9 months, usually)

b) Formation of God’s children (ages 1 – 11)

c) Developing Youth’s role as evangelizers (12 – 19)

d) Fulfilling the vocation of love and commitment (20 – 39)

e) Family Apostolic Spirituality (“Living out the value of generativity” – 40 – 59).

f) Valuing the contribution of senior citizens and preparing them for life with God (60 upwards).


(1) Each of the 6 phases has relevant study, pray and act components with Why? What? Who and For Whom? Where? When? How?

(2) This is an overview only. Detailed plans will be given soon.

(7) Participants: 41. Andres Magallanes – overall facilitator.  Ryan CrisCaballo, groupfacilitator.  Both from NDMU.

(8) Budget from St. Anthony/Cathedral Parish, c/o Fr. Mario Eudela, Parish Vicar I.

Thank you, everyone!



Cardinal Tagle issued a prayer for government officials.  It could be prayed as General Intercession or as a litany of supplications after holy communion.  To be prayed from June 21-29, 2016, in preparation for the incoming Duterte government.

Leader:The Apostle Paul urges us that prayers and supplications be offered for all peoples especially for those who are in positions of authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way.


 Loving God bless and protect the Philippines.

 Leader: Pope Francis said, “Politics is one of the highest forms of charity”. Bless our leaders with true love for the poor and godly humility.  Response

Leader: Pope Benedict XVI said, “Without truth, love can become an empty shell”. Bless our leaders with a passion for truth that liberates and integrity that inspires. Response

Leader: Pope Francis taught us that “The lack of brotherhood is the root cause of poverty”. Bless our leaders with sincere generosity and courageous simplicity of lifestyle.Response

Leader: Pope Francis said, “A life of entitlement is the breeding ground for social corruption”. Bless our leaders with the spirit of heroic sacrifice and unrelenting fortitude.  Response

Leader: Saint John Paul II said, “Every person is called to share in the very life of God”. Bless our leaders with true reverence for human life and unyielding opposition to the culture of death.Response

Let us pray.

Loving God, look with favor on those who rule with authority over us. Through your loving hands, may prosperity and progress be achieved, may peace and harmony be assured, may freedom and justice be preserved and may this nation be healed and protected from harm through Christ your Son who is Lord forever and ever.

San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Pedro Calungsod and all holy Filipinos.

Pray for us.

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