COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 897          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                     28 September 2016



Bishop Dinualdo ordained priests three deacons last 27 September 2016 at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Cannery, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Fr. Ludy B. Baldonado, Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish, Cannery Site, Polomolok.  Fr. Carlo Glen T. de la Cruz, San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, T’boli.  Fr. Dennis V. Gamo, St. Anthony Parish/Cathedral of Christ the King, City of Koronadal.  All from Soth Cotabato.

Bishop’s homily.

Jeremiah was called by Yahweh as prophet to the nations.  To tell them God’s command.  Not to fear because he would be with him (Jer. 1: 4-10).

Priests, like Aaron, were called to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.  Jesus is priest forever (Heb. 5: 1-10).

Jesus called the first four apostles to fish men.  Their response was immediate and absolute.  They left everything to follow Jesus (Mt. 18: 22).

These three young men were called by God to be prophets, priests and fishers of men and women.  After the resurrection Jesus told Simon Peter to “feed my lambs”, “feed my sheep” (Jh. 21: 15-18).  Priests are called shepherds.

Priests are to shepherd Christ’s flock.  Care for them, watch them.  Defend them with their lives, if necessary.

Priests are also stewards of the mysteries of Christ.  Stewards of the Church’s money and properties.  They should be faithful.

Priests, finally, are servants.  Like Christ, the High Priest, they serve for love of God and people – not for love of money.

Illegal drug trafficking is the number one problem in the Philippines today.  Involved are some 3.7 million people.  Over 750,000 have already surrendered nationwide.  In Region 12, 31, 879 surrendered as of 25 September 2016 according to PSSupt. Leonardo Suan, PNP Deputy Director, R12.  Of this number 14,952 are in the Diocese of Marbel – 80% of whom (11,961) are Catholics.

These illegal drug users and pushers are members of our flock.  We have to care for them.  To respond to their spiritual and moral needs.

In coordination with the PNP R12 we designed the Pastoral Accompaniment of Illegal Drugs Users and Pushers (PAID-UP) program.

This program is in line with the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016.  In his Bull of Indiction “Misericordiae Vultus” (Face of Mercy) he writes: “Every particular Church, therefore, will be directly involved in living out this Holy Year as an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal” (n. 3).

Extraordinary Moment is indeed our shepherding of the illegal drug users and pushers.  Never have they been beneficiaries of our pastoral care.  Shepherding them will also benefit the shepherds – parents, lay leaders, religious and priests.  By accompanying them in their journey of faith pastors will experience spiritual renewal and growth in holiness.

Expected outcomes of the PAID-UP Christian formation program: 1) Christified individuals, effective evangelizers; 2) liberated from illegal drugs use/push; 3) responsive, responsible, disciplined and productive citizens.

Rev. Ludy, Carlo Glen, Dennis.  Be fearless prophets, prayerful priests-stewards, and loving and compassionate shepherd servants – until death.

Estimated attendance: 5 thousand plus, including 70 priests and 8 deacons.

Congratulations Fr. Mayok, Fr. Noe, PPC, PEC.


  1. NDMU AT 70

The Notre Dame of Marbel University will celebrate the 70th Foundation Anniversary on October 1-3, 2016.

Theme: “NDMU: 70 Years of Living Out Marcellin’s Dream”

Bro. Wilfredo E. Lubrico, FMS, President, writes, “There will be a thanksgiving Mass which will start with a Rosary at 7:30am at the NDMU Gym to be followed by a field demonstration and picnic.  The celebration will be culminated with a socio-cultural show of personnel, students and alumni, a Show for A cause for the Abante Lumad.  The Abante Lumad is a college scholarship program for deserving indigenous peoples.”

Prayers for successful celebration.  Thank you, for supporting the Diocese of Marbel.



The rosary is a profession of faith in God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A Meditation on the life of Christ and Mary – from Annunciation to Coronation.  A prayer explicitly requested by the Blessed Virgin at Fatima, Lourdes, etc., for peace.

Our diocesan radio station, DXCP has been holding a daily live rosary at 5:00 o’clock in the morning followed by a mass every month of October.

Various parishes have been sponsors of this Marian activity.  This year the following parishes are requested to sponsor the recitation of the rosary:

October 1 – 5              –  Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Lagao

October 6 – 10                        –  Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, Dadiangas

October 11 – 15          –  St. Michael the Archangel Parish, City Heights

October 16 – 20          –  Sto. Niño Parish, Bula

October 21 – 25          –  Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Fatima

October 25 – 30          –  Holy Cross Parish, Calumpang

October 31                  –  Culmination – all parishes

In this Year of the Family and the Eucharist we are reminded that “the family that prays together, stays together.”

Let us thank God and Mary by praying the rosary.

One suggestion during the strategic planning last 16 September 2016 was to maximize our use of DXCP.

We are grateful for the following parishes who have supported our diocesan radio station:

St. Anthony/Cathedral Parish –  18,000

Sts. Peter and Paul Parish       –    8,000

Holy Cross P., Calumpang      –    7,000

Sta. Teresita Parish                  –    7,000

San Isidro Labrador Parish     –    6,000

Our Lady of Fatima Parish     –    6,000

St. Michael Archangel Parish  –    3,000

TOTAL                         55,000

Reminder:  Fr. Joemar Sibug, OP – Program, DXCP, 10-11AM, Oct. 1, 15, 22 and 29, 2016.

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About bishopdinualdo

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