COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 929          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   16 May 2017


May 13, 2017, Brgy. Fatima, General Santos City.

Presider and homilist:  Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, D.D.

Six priests concelebrated: OP, CP, 4 diocesan

Acts 13: 44-52

Paul and Barnabas preached at Antioch in Pisidia.  Many gentiles accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Some Jews were jealous.  They opposed Paul and Barnabas.  Paul said they were sent to proclaim the Good News to theJews first.  But they refused.  God, then, sent them to be “light for the nations”.

John 14: 7-14

Jesus told Philip “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works I do.

We have to believe in God and in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man.  Trust God.  Obey his command to love God above all and our neighbors, especially those in need.

Today we celebrate the centenary of Mary’s apparition to the three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos (10 years old) and her cousins Francisco (9) and Jacinta (7) Marto in Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal.

Context: a world of unbelief – moral and social evils.  World War I was raging in Western Europe and Lenin was preparing for a communist regime in Russia.

Our Lady of the Rosary’s message at Fatima on 13 May 1917: repentance, renewal, daily recitation of the Rosary and dedication to her Immaculate Heart.

In our parish, Our Lady of Fatima, we have been experiencing rampant gambling (“sugal”), theft (“kawat”), incidence of rape and killing (“patay”).  We call this phenomenon “SuKaRaP”.

Our response is Pastoral Accompaniment of Children in Need (PAC-IN). A wholistics approach to human development: spiritual, moral, economic, socio-cultural and security.  Partners: Diocese of Marbel, LGUs, PNP, professionals and business people.

Let us pray for the conversion of all.  Participate in the life and mission of the parish, Our Lady of Fatima.



Pope Francis canonized on 13 May 2017 Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta Marto in Fatima, Portugal.  They are the youngest non-martyr saints, 11 and 10 years old, respectively.

Pope Francis exclaimed before the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at Fatima, Portugal:

“For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto to be saints.” Crowd roared with applause.

“We enroll them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (CNA) (…..)


  • Both children fell victim to the influenza epidemic of 1918. Francisco died on 4 April 1919, at age 11.  He declined hospital treatment.
  • Jacinta was given hospital treatment in hopes of prolonging her life. On 20 February 1920 she died at 10 years old.
  • Pope John Paul II beatified Francisco and Jacinta on 13 May 2000, the 83rd anniversary of the first of six apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. (CNA)
  • Miracle for the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta. Lucas’ farther, Joao Baptista, Brazilian, testified:

“When Lucas was 5 years old, the boy fell 6.5 meters (21 feet) from a window at the family’s home in Brazil while playing with his infant sister Eduarda.”

An ambulance took Lucas to a hospital.  He was in a coma.  Had suffered two heart attacks.  Diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury.  Little chance to survive.  If he did live, he would be severely mentally disabled.

Carmelite nuns prayed to Francisco and Jacinta.

Six days after Lucas’ fall doctors removed tubes.  Lucas woke up.  Completely cured!  Doctors could not explain the recovery.  (Catholic News Love).



May 15, 2017, Alabel, Sarangani.

Presider and homilist: Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, D.D.

Ten priests concelebrated: Claretian and 9 diocesan

Acts 14: 5-18

Paul cured a man who was lame from birth because Paul saw that he had faith to be saved.

John 14: 21-26

“He who obeys the commandments he has from me is the man who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father.”  God dwells in him/her.

God loves us.  Our response: faith and loving obedience.

St. Isidore Labrador/Farmer believed and loved God.

Born in Madrid, Spain in 1070.  Died in 1130.  Went to church every day.  Worked diligently, shared his foods with the hungry – humans and pigeons.

Because God made His dwelling place with San Isidro, San Isidro performed 438 miracles.

Some famous ones:

  • Sack full of wheat to be milled. Isidore saw cold, hungry pigeons.  Gave half.  Sack still full when Isidore arrived at the mill!  When milled flour was double the usual!
  • Isidore used to invite some for dinner at home. Wife kept a potful of stew.  Fed everyone who came!
  • Angels helped Isidore plough! Result?  More than one man’s effort!

Lessons: (1) Dignity of work; (2) Integration of prayer and work; (3) Feed the hungry – humans or birds.

Back to: 2017 Communications from the Bishop

About bishopdinualdo

Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
This entry was posted in Bishop Gutierrez' Homily, Feast, Mary, Lady of Fatima, Parish of Our Lady of Fatima-Uhaw, Parish of San Isidro Labrador and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s