COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 902         Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                         21 November 2016

  1. 1ST ANNIVERSARY, DEDICATION, CHRIST THE KING CATHEDRAL

Bishop Dinualdo led the Diocese of Marbel in thanking God for blessingsreceived during the past year during the Eucharistic celebration, at Christ the King Cathedral, 20 November 2016.

Theme: “Gratitude (for past blessings), Hope (for a better tomorrow), Fidelity (for now)”.

Bishop’s homily. David was anointed King of Israel.  The Lord told David “You shall shepherd my people Israel” (2 Sam. 5: 1-3).  The King-shepherd cares for his people: feed them, defend them, heal the wounded, search for the lost.

St. Paul writes: “In him everything in heaven and on earth was created…, all were created through him and for him.” “He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of his beloved Son.”  Through his death on the cross Christ made peace (Col. 1: 12-20).

Jesus is King – a merciful one (Lk. 23: 35-43).

His Kingdom is one of truth and life, holiness and grace, justice, love and peace.

We honor Christ, our King, by obeying His command to love God above all and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  And practice justice – a requisite of love.  To be avoided: lies, extrajudicial killings and destroying another’s reputation.

We pray for our president, justices of the Supreme Court, legislators and peace officers that they would be faithful to Christ the King.

Twenty (20) priests concelebrated with Bishop Dinualdo.  Shared and joyful dinner followed.

Congratulations to all, especially the Cathedral parish for a wonderful and meaningful celebration – fit for Christ the King!

 

  1. BISHOP’S PASTORAL VISIT AT NDDU

Bishop Dinualdo visited the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, General Santos City, 18 November 2016.

Mass of the Holy Spirit opened Bishop’s visit.

Theme “Holy Spirit: Strengthen our Commitment as Evangelizers of the Gospel in Families.”

Bishop’s homily:

Hope for the future through the Holy Spirit – tribulations on earth and in the heaven, notwithstanding, in the Day of the Lord (Joel 3: 1-5).

Holy Spirit – source of unity.  St. Paul exhorts Christians to practice humility, meekness, patience and love to strengthen unity (Eph. 4: 1-6).

The Holy Spirit is given for the forgiveness of sins.  This is part of the disciples’ mission (Jh. 20: 19-23).

Let us trust the Holy Spirit to strengthen our commitment as evangelizers to the families.

Conference at the Br. James McKnight, FMS auditorium after mass.

Main topic is the Diocese of Marbel’s Strategic Plan: A Comprehensive, Relevant and Systematic Program (CRSP) on Marriage Preparation and PastoralAccompaniment of the Newly Weds and Christian Families from Womb to Tomb and Beyond”.  A response to Pope Francis’ 2016 Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia’”, (19 March 2016).

Study, prayer and act are the strategies of pastoral accompaniment from womb (safe conception and birthing) to tomb (happy death) and beyond (union with God).  Goal/vision: Christified individuals and families: effective evangelizers.

Bishop also briefly explained the “Ugnayan” (Cooperation) between the PNP Region 12 and the Diocese of Marbel regarding the moral and spiritual interventions for illegal drug users and pushers.  Entitled “Pastoral Accompaniment of Illegal Drug Users and Pushers (PAID-UP): its envisioned outcomes are: (1) Christified persons: effective evangelizers; (2) responsible, responsive, disciplined and productive citizens; (3) liberation from illegal drugs trafficking.

A third topic was the 2017 CBCP’s theme “Parish as Communion of Communities.” Sub theme: “Forming BECs as Agents of Communion, Participation and Mission.”

Br. Paterno S. Corpus, FMS, NDD

3U President, gave the welcome address; Sr. Ma. Iosefina, SMSM, Word of thanks.

Some 4,000 college students (main campus) and high school students from the NDDU Lagao Campus and Espina Campus attended mass at the NDDU covered area.  About 300 students took part in the conference – open forum.  Congratulations.  Thank you.

 

  1. ORIENTATION ON THE 2017 DIOCESAN STRATEGIC PLAN

Date and venue:  14 November 2016; Our Lady of Lourdes Formation Center, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, Vicar General, gave the orientation.

  • Introduction 2017 is “Year of the Parish as a Communion means oneness in heart, mind, vision and aspiration; same faith, baptism, mission under same lawful authority.
  • Purposes of the Parish Action Plan (PAP)

To evangelize, to educate, to make our people aware of our being a community.

  • Three elements of the PAP
    • Study/Education/Formation
    • Pray/Worship and Liturgy
    • Act/Social Action
  • Scheme: 5Ws, H and Expected Outcome

Note: the PPC should monitor the implementation of the plans of ministries and ROMs.

  • Attendance: 111 (including 4 priests)

Norala – 6. Polomolok – 6. St. Michael – 6. Alabel – 5. Bula – 5. Calumpang – 5. Cannery – 5. Dadiangas – 5. Fatima – 5. Glan – 5. Malandag – 5. Marbel – 5. T’boli – 5. Tupi – 5. Banga – 4. Lake Sebu – 4. Maasim – 4. Malungon – 4. Surallah – 4. Maitum – 3. Milbuk – 3. Bo. 5 (Kor. City) – 2. Kiamba – 2. Tampakan – 2. Lagao – 1. Tantangan – 1. Malapatan – 0. Sto. Niño – 0.

Commendation

Priests/shepherds present: Fr. Romeo Catedral and Fr. Cristito Joloro (Norala); Fr. Bobby Parreño (Bula); And Fr. Romeo Subaldo (Polomolok)                                                                          (Reporters: Trins Jalapan w/ Aiza Fiel)

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