COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 920          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   20 March 2017

  1. Earth Hour is a movement organized by World Wide Fund (WWF) for nature (Wikipedia).
  2. Earth Hour is the hour from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. every last Saturday of March when people all over the world switch off unnecessary lights in their homes, business establishments and even in landmarks.
  3. This practice started in Sydney, Australia in 2007/2008 in order to conserve energy and promote awareness about environmental issues (Wikipedia).
  4. Earth Hour aims to make people aware of the urgency to mitigate global warming and climate change and to take the necessary steps to make our planet a better place to live in.
  5. Global Warming/climate change has been causing deaths in several countries (human and non-human); droughts here and abroad; natural calamities; famine and diseases. People suffer, specially the poor.
  6. People cause global warming/climate change: burning of fossil fuels; deforestation; mining, etc.
  7. People must solve global warming/climate change.
  8. We Are responsible to God who commands us to “cultivate and take care” of the garden – our planet Earth (cf. Gen. 2: 15); and responsible to the present and future generations.
  9. Let us listen, understand and obey God’s will.
  10. Let us join the movement – the Earth Hour: no unnecessary lights from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. on 25 March 2017.

Let us pray with Pope Francis:

“God of love, show us our place in the world as channels of your love.”

 “Enlighten those who possess power and money

that they may avoid the sin of indifference,

that they may love the common good,

advance the weak,

and care for this world in which we live.”

 (“A Christian prayer in union with creation”, in “Laudato Si’” 2015, p. 180).


Bishop of Marbel

18 March 2017



Date and venue:  14 March 2017, Parish Formation Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Attendance:  62.  1PNP Regional Chaplain, 1OFMCap., 1OP, 13 CP and 46 diocesan.

Fr. Joel Aliligay, Director, Diocesan Christian Formation Center. Precis

“The Eucharist Strengthens Communion”

Based on the CBCP’s 2017 theme “Parish: A Communion of Communities.”

From Acts of the Apostles 2: 42 and 4: 32-35. We can discern four interrelateddimensions of communion.

  • Communion of mind and heart(solidarity)
  • Communion of word and faith (unity of faith)
  • Communion of the table (Eucharist)
  • Communion of goods (corporal and spiritual works of mercy)

Eucharist: basis of communion, strengthens communion.

Pope St. John Paul II writes in his Encyclical Letter

“Ecclesia De Eucharistia”

  • “The Church draws her life from the Eucharist” (n. 1)
  • “The Church draws her life from Christ in the Eucharist; by him she is fed and by him she is enlightened.” (n. 6)
  • “The Eucharistcreates communion and fosters communion” (n. 40).
  • “Through her communion with the body of Christ the Church comes to be ever more profoundly ‘in Christ in the nature of a sacrament, that is, a sign and instrument of intimate unity with God and of the unity of the whole human race’” (n. 24; II, “Lumen Gentium”, 1)

Communion leads to mission.

Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Exhortation

“SacramentumCaritatis” writes:

  • “The Eucharist and mission” (n. 84)
  • “The love that we celebrate in the sacrament is not something we can keep to ourselves but by its very nature it demands tobe shared with all… The Eucharist is thus the source and summit not only of the Church’s life, but also of her mission: ‘An authentically Eucharistic Church is a missionary Church’” (“Proposito 42”, Synod of Bishops).

Fr. Joel Aliligay: “The strength in our communion graced by the Eucharist, henceforth, manifests a MOVEMENT FROM INSIDE OUT.  From belief to moral acts.  From prayer to praxis. From self-preservation to community preservation.  From human loving to divine loving perfected in Charity and social justice.  From communion to mission.  Communion and Mission are interconnected. (cfr. Pope St. John Paul II, ChristifidelesLaici, n. 32).

Challenge hurled by Fr. Joel Aliligay.

Be committed to the Diocesan Pastoral Accompaniment of Illegal Drugs Users and Pushers (PAID-UP) Formation program from here to hereafter (a continuing formation programs until Christ is formed in them and afterwords union with God in the next life.

Thank you Fr. Joel.  You have inspired us!


  • Bishop exhorted all to pray for the confirmation of the Appointment of Regina Paz Lopez as DENR Secretary by the Commission on Appointments.
  • Pray for Senators not to pass the Bill on the Reimposition of the Death Penalty.
  • Martial Law is a threat – if local government officials do not cooperate with the President in his campaign against illegal drug trafficking, corruption and criminality.
  • SuKaRaP (Sugal, Kawat, Rape, Patay) needs to be addressed by the City Government, PNP and Diocese.

Gathering ended with Eucharistic celebration and lunch.  Fr. Ricky Legario, VF, KVA, presider.  Fr. Carlo Glenn de la Cruz, homilist. (From Fr. Dennis Gamo)

Thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok.

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