COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 949          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   16 August 2017

  1. REFLECTIONS ON MARY’S ASSUMPTION

August 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Pius XII in his Apostolic Constitution “Munificentissimus Deus”, 1 November 1950, defined the Dogma of the Assumption: “By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define as divinely revealed dogma: The Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, after her life on earth, was assumed, body and soul to the glory of heaven” (III, 47).

Three previous dogma:

  • Divine Motherhood, Council of Ephesus, 431.
  • Perpetual Virginity, Council of Lateran, 649.

“Mary conceived ‘without detriment to her virginity which remained inviolate even after his (Jesus’) birth’”.  ‘Before, in and after Christ’s birth’ (cf. CCC 499-507).  Jesus was Mary’s only child.  The so-called “brothers and sisters” are close relatives.

  • Immaculate Conception, Pope Pius IX’s “Ineffabilis Deus”, 8 December 1854. “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege from Almighty God and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, was kept free from every stain of original sin.”

Mary’s assumption is a gift from God.  It is her reward as Mother of God – “Theotokos”.  Always obedient to God’s will – “FIAT”; proclaims God’s greatness and graciousness – “MAGNIFICAT”; and ever trusting in Jesus’, her Son, divine power – “FACITE”.

Mary’s assumption into heaven gives us hope that we too, ever obedient to God’s will, will share in her glory and happiness.

  1. OFFERING OF LIFE FOR GOD AND NEIGHBORS

Pope Francis added another way to beatification and canonization: the offering of one’s life for God and neighbors.

This is the subject of his July 11, 2017 “Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio entitled ‘Maiorem HAC Dilectionem” taken from John 15: 13.

Pope Francis states “Worthy of special consideration and honour are those Christians who, following more than closely the footsteps and teachings of the Lord Jesus, have voluntarily and freely offered their life for others and persevered with this determination unto death.”

Art. 1.“The offer of life is a new cause for the beatification and canonization procedure, distinct from the causes based on martyrdom and on the heroism of virtues.

Art. 2. “The offer of life…must respond to the following criteria:

  1. a free and voluntary offer of life and heroic acceptance propter caritatem (because of love) of a certain and untimely death;
  2. a nexus between the offer of life and premature death;
  3. the exercise, at least as ordinarily possible, of Christian virtues before the offer of life and, then, unto death;
  4. the existence of a reputation of holiness and of signs, at least after death;
  5. the necessity of a miracle for beatification occurring after the death of the Servant of God and through his or her intercession.

(CBCP Monitor, August 7-20, 2017, Vol. 21, No. 16, B1)

 

  1. EVALUATION, DIOCESAN GATHERING OF PARISH COMMUNITIES

Diocese of Marbel, August 5, 2017                                                                Respondents: 100

VENUE (Rate the venue of the

Diocesan Gathering

1 2 3 4 5 Rating

(Ave.)

General

Rating

·         Arrangement of the Assembly 2 31 57 11 3.96
·         Stage Decoration 3 32 47 18 4.34
·         Sound System 23 38 39 4.16
·         Comfort Room 11 24 47 15 3 2.75
DIOCESAN GATHERING (Rate the General Gathering)
·         Registration 7 41 45 7 3.52
·         Setting Arrangement 1 12 38 45 7 3.77
·         Scheduling 11 37 40 12 3.53
·         Talk: Fr. Picardal 2 9 41 48 4.35
·         Sharing: Fr. Aliligay & Company 6 10 47 36 4.10
·         No. of Participants 2 11 23 64 4.49
·         General Management 1 2 15 62 20 3.98
TOTAL 3.9

Very Good

Legend:

1 – 1.5 – Poor

1.6 – 2.5 – Fair

2.6 – 3.5 – Good

3.6 – 4.5 – Very Good

4.6 – 5 – Excellent

 

  1. SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE
01   – Mass, Adoration Chapel, Cathedral 13   – Conference & Mass, TOEs, Bp.’s, 9am
Compound, 8:30am 14   – Fiestas.  Holy Cross, Calumpang, 8:30am;
02   – Conference, LAYCOS Marbel, Kiosk, 9am Holy Cross, Maasim, no time
03   – Recollection, AR Sisters, Bp.’s Res., 9am 15   – Meeting, Diocesan Schools’ Principals, Bp.’s
04   – Monday Gathering, Diocesan Clergy, Bp.’s Res., 10am
Res., 6pm 16   – Mass & Confirmation, JGSP, Cannery,
05   – Mass & Confirmation, Sagrada Familia, Bo. 5 Polomolok,, 9am
Kor. City, 8:30am        – Conference, CFC, 5:30pm, Fatima, GSC
       – Mass & Confirmation, Sagrada Familia, Bo. 7 18-21- 5th Minda Region Catechetical Convention
Kor. City, 2 pm 19   – Mtg. (3rd) SUKARAP/PAC-IN, OLPGVP,9am
06   – Mass & Confirmation, Calumpang, 9am 20   – Mass & Confirmation, OLPGVP, 9am
08   – Solemn Profession, Sr. Mary Clare, OSC, Poor 21   – Conference, PREX Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 6pm
Clares Monastery, 9:30am 22   – Mass & Confirmation, Tupi, 8am
09   – Conversation, DXCP, 10am 23   – Mass & Confirmation, Lagao, 9am & 2pm
11   – Strategic Planning for 2018, Villa Princessita, 26   – Mass, GKK San Miguel, Morales, KC, 7am
Koronadal City, 9am – 4pm 28   – Fiesta Mass, T’boli, 9am
12   – Recollection, Diocesan Clergy, OLPHS, 9am 29   – Fiesta Mass, SMAP, GSC, 9am

 

  1. SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS

Prayerful birthday greetings to: Fr. Greto Bugas (Sept. 03); Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas (Sept. 24).

 

  1. SEPTEMBER PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES

Congratulations and happy anniversaries to: Frs. Michelle Tacogue, Eugene Porras, Ruben Ocino, Elpidio Marintes, Robert Feguro, Ricky Emboltorio and Ariel Destora (Sept. 09); Fr. Carlo Glenn de la Cruz, Fr. Dennis Gamo, Fr. Ludy Baldonadao (Sept. 27).

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