COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No.  888            Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                     8 August 2016



Bishop Dinualdo visited the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Surallah, South Cotabato.

Main purpose: to explain the Strategic Plan on Christian Families, Diocese of Marbel.

Also to give a brief reflection on Pres. Duterte’s (DU30) SONA. 


  1. National situation according to DU30: A SORRY MESS: Illegal drugs; corruption; poverty; exclusive economy; unpeace; degraded environment; inefficient and ineffective delivery of social services.
  2. Analysis. Why? CORRUPT AND INEFFICIENT GOVERNANCE.  Separation of State and God.
  3. Theological reflection

No separation between God and State.  God is necessary.  “If Yahweh does not build the house, in vain the Masons toil; if Yahweh does not guard the city, in vain the sentries watch” (Ps. 127: 1).  Jesus said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing” (Jh. 15: 5).

4. Act. What to do?  DU30’s reply.  CHANGE! Personal, external and internal.  Also, change form of government.

DU30’s policies, plans, programs and projects.

  • Unrelentless campaign against illegal drug trafficking;
  • promote clean and honest governance. Punish corrupt officials;
  • poverty alleviation/reduction through trainings and financing of livelihood projects;
  • abolish contractualization. Encourage entrepreneurship.  Welcome investors.  Relax economic restrictions;
  • promote federalism; dialogue with rebels;
  • review mining permits. If warranted: amend, suspend and even revoke;
  • streamline government’s delivery of social services.



Pope Francis signed on 19 March 2016 the Post-Synodal “Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ on Love in the Family.”

A common saying: “Where the family goes, there goes society.”  A loving family will produce a loving society.

To promote love in the family the Diocese of Marbel designed last June 18, 2016 the “Comprehensive, Relevant, and Systematic Program (CRSP) on Marriage Preparation and Pastoral Accompaniment (PA) of the Newly Weds and Christian Families from Womb to Tomb and Beyond.

Title explained:

  • Comprehensive: all-inclusive. Pastoral accompaniment starts from pregnancy (conception, “womb”) to burial (“tomb”) and beyond this earthly life.
  • Relevant: to the individual person/family, to time (now) and to place (Diocese of Marbel, Philippines).
  • Systematic: pastoral accompaniment has six (6) phases or stages (see PA I – PA VI, below).
  • Pastoral accompaniment means shepherding. Pastors are parents, other married couples, priests and religious, professionals and other experts.  The shepherd cares for the sheep out of love.
  • Marriage is the sacrament of matrimony between a man and a woman who promise to love each other until death.

Vision. (or desired end goal)

“Christian/Christified families: effective evangelizers.  A Christified person is Christ-like: thinks like Christ, wills like Christ and acts like Christ.  From being Christ-like to enabling others to become Christ-like.

General objectives

(1) To empower Christian families to become effective evangelizers through personal witnessing to Christ (Mission).

(2) To deepen the family members’ Christian faith (Creed)

(3) To become more intimate with Jesus Christ through prayers and the sacraments, especially confession and holy communion (Cult).

(4) To do more spiritual and corporal works of mercy as years go by (Code).

Strategies (SPA)

(1) Study (Doctrines and human sciences)

(2) Pray (Worship)

(3) Act (Pastoral Charity – love of a Shepherd/shepherdess for his/her sheep.)

Stages of Pastoral Accompaniment (PA)

PA I.   Pregnancy and Birthing (care of the unborn and safe delivery of the baby, 0-9 months)

PA II.  Early Childhood (formation in integral faith, 1-11 years)

PA III. Puberty, Adolescence (developing youth as God’s evangelizers and embracing youth’s Catholic identity, ages 12-19 years)

PA IV. Adulthood (Catholic states of life, “Fulfilling the vocation of love and commitment”, ages 20-39 years)

PA V.  Mid-Life (Family apostolic spirituality.  “Living out the value of generativity, ages 40-59 years)

PA VI. Senior, Elderly, Retirement, Burial (accompanying senior members of family to age ‘gracefully’ and preparing them for life with God, ages 60 upwards)

Responsible persons:

  • Principal: Bishop, Priests, Religious, Lay Leaders and Catholic Schools personnel.
  • Partners: LGUs, Professionals, Business People

Methodologies.  How?  Experiential, contextualized, participatory, mass and e-media.

Funds.  Local resources: parishes, Catholic Schools, LGUs, business establishments.

Expected outcomes

Responsive, responsible, disciplined citizens; Christified individuals and families: transformed social structures – just, democratic, more humane; improved peace and order situation; and generally happy people.


Around 300 parishioners, including Mayor Atty. Antonio Bendita and his Administrative Officer, Beltran Armada.  Thank you, Fr. Angelo Buenavides, Parish Priest.



Members of the Board of Parish Representatives, Association of GKK Practitioners, met in Sto. Niño de Bula Parish, General Santos City, 3 August 2016.

Bishop spoke on Duterte’s SONA, CRSP and BEC.

The Basic Ecclesial Community is the focus of the CBCP’s 2017 theme “The Parish as A Communion of Communities.”

Of the 27 parishes the following were not represented: Kiamba, Lake Sebu, Malapatan, Milbuk, Tampakan and T’boli.  Thank you, Fr. Bobby Parreño, parish priest and Fr. Eugene Porras, Fr. Joemer “Toto” Candido, associates.

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