COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 942          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   12 July 2017

DECISIONS AND RESOLUTIONS MADE DURING THE 115TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY

JULY 8-10, 2017

POPE PIUS XII CATHOLIC CENTER, MANILA

  1. The election of the new officers of the CBCP had the following results:

NEWLY ELECTED CBCP OFFICERS

01 December 2017 – 30 November 2019 

President                    :           Abp. Romulo G. Valles

Vice President            :           Bp. Pablo Virgilio S. David

Treasurer                   :           Abp. John F. Du

Secretary General     :           Rev. Fr. Marvin S. Mejia 

Regional Representatives

Luzon:

North               :           Abp. Marlo M. Peralta

Central                        :           Bp. Ruperto C. Santos

South               :           Bp. Jose R. Rojas

Southeast        :           Bp. Victor C. Ocampo

Southwest       :           Bp. Reynaldo G. Evangelista                        

Visayas:

            East                 :           Bp. Isabelo  C.Abarquez

West                :           Abp. Jose F. Advincula                     

Mindanao:

            North               :           Abp. Martin S. Jumoad

South               :           Abp. Romulo T. dela Cruz

 

Chairmen of the Episcopal Commissions, Committees and Offices:

Episcopal Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities Bp. Jose A. Cabantan

Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate Bp. Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS

Episcopal Office on Bioethics                                                            Bp.  Ricardo L. Baccay

Episcopal Commission on Canon Law                                               Bp. Jacinto A. Jose

Episcopal Com. on Catechesis and Catholic Education Bp. Roberto C. Mallari

Episcopal Commission on Clergy                                                       Bp. Buenaventura M. Famadico

Episcopal Commission on Cultural Heritage of the Church               Bp. Julito B. Cortes

Episcopal Commission on Culture                                                      Bp.  Elenito D. Galido

Episcopal Commission on Doctrine of the Faith                                Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, OMI

Episcopal Commission on Ecumenical Affairs                                   Bp. Angelito R. Lampon, OMI

Episcopal Commission on Family and Life                                        Bp. Gilbert A. Garcera

Episcopal Commission on Health Care                                               Bp. Patricio A. Buzon, SDB

Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples                                   Bp. Prudencio P. Andaya, CICM

Permanent Committee on Internl. Eucharistic Congresses                 Abp. Jose S. Palma

Episcopal Com. on Inter-religious Dialogue                                       Bp. Emmanuel T. Cabajar, CSsR

Episcopal Commission on the Laity                                                   Bp. Broderick S. Pabillo

Episcopal Commission on Liturgy                                                      Bp. Victor B. Bendico

Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People                  Bp. Ruperto C. Santos

Episcopal Commission on Mission                                                     Bp.  Arturo M. Bastes, SVD

Episcopal Commission on Mutual Relations                                      Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ

Episcopal Commission on PontificioCollegioFilippino                       Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle

Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care                                  Bp. Joel Z. Baylon

Permanent Committee on Public Affairs                                            Bp. Reynaldo G. Evangelista

Episcopal Commission on Seminaries                                     Bp. Gerardo A. Alminaza

Episcopal Com. on Social Action, Justice and Peace                         Abp. Rolando J. TriaTirona, OCD

Episcopal Commission on Social Communications                            Bp. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara

Episcopal Commission on Vocations                                                  Bp. David William V. Antonio

Episcopal Office on Women                                                               Abp. Jose F. Advincula, Jr.

Episcopal Commission on Youth                                                        Bp. Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD

  1. The 116th Plenary Assembly will be on January 27-29, 2018 while the Bishops Seminar which will be joined with the Seminar for the Seminary Formators on the new Ratio Fundamentalis will be from January 22-25, 2018. The venue is tentatively at the IEC Pavilion in Cebu City.
  1. At the request of the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE), Bp. Mallari, the body approved that there will be a National Second Collection every third Sunday of September for the needs of ECCCE.
  1. While the Episcopal Commission on Mission is the lead commission for the year 2021 Celebration with their main activity of a Mission Symposium on April 12-13, 2021 and Mission Congress on April 14-16, 2021, the Permanent Council will take the lead in involving other commissions for other activities that will be done throughout the year celebrating 500 years of Christianity.
  1. The body voted on the following liturgical prayers/texts:

A. Prayers for the Feast of Jesus the Eternal High Priest

In favor                       –          66

Not in favor    –                       0

Abstained        –                      0

B. Gray Book – Order of Blessing of Oils for Catechumens, of the Sick, and Chrism

In favor                       –           66

Not in favor    –                        0

Abstained        –                        0

Approval of the Pedro Calungsod Bible so that it will become the official Bible translation in Cebuano

In favor                       –           64

Not in favor    –                        1

Abstain                        –           4

C. Approval that this Pedro Calungsod Bible will become the liturgical text for the Evangelary

In favor                       –           65

Not in favor    –                       1

Abstain                        –           3

  1. With 58 voting in favor, 10 not in favor and 1 abstained, the body voted not to increase the quota and to approve the 2018 Budget with a projected P 740,648.50 deficit.
  1. The body decided that the Manna Fund coming from the Archdiocese of Manila will continue to be used by the CBCP retroactive to 2010 and subject for review after five years.
  1. The body decided to create an ad-hoc committee which will review the quota based on per capita income of the diocese, population, inflation rates, etc. The committee is composed of Bp. Ruperto C. Santos as convenor, Bps. Precioso D. Cantillas, SDB and Mylo Hubert C. Vergara.
  1. The body decided that the request of the PhilCCCRS be endorsed to the Commission on the Laity to study and to submit the latter’s their recommendation to the Permanent Council.
  1. The body issued the CBCP Statement on Marawi, Terrorism and Dialogue.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 941          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   10 July 2017

  1. 19TH ARCH/DIOCESAN FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATORS OF THE PHILIPPINES

    (ADFAP) CONVENTION

Dates and venue: 19-23 June 2017; Oriental Hotel, Legazpi, Albay.

Attendance: 188 (4 bishops; 90 priests; 10 Sisters; 84 lay).

Fr. JoemerCandido, our Finance Officer, reported.

9 topics:

Topic I. “Financial Stewardship in the Building of Communion of Communities” – Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, Bishop of Sorsogon

(Note: Topics 2-9 later issues. Bp. D.G.)

  • God is the sole owner and master of everything in this world. No human being can ever be called the proprietor of anything on earth.  Everything which is under the ownership of a man is only entrusted to him as a steward.
  • As consequence, all human being are only “stewards” of God’s creation. Being stewards, human beings must render full reverence to God, the owner and master of all creation, and must respect the original purpose of God’s creation which is to sustain life for all his creatures, especially human beings, the master piece of his creation.
  • Material goods or riches or wealth in cash and kind are not condemned in themselves because they are ultimately gifts of God needed for human beings to live in dignity, being created according to God’s image: moreover, God precisely created all things for the use of all men and women, who must live a dignified life on earth.
  • What are condemned are the three big sins:
  1. Inordinate attachment to riches and earthly goods.
  2. Greed which is a vice that goads a person to acquire more and more things for his own selfish ends such as pleasure, honor and personal glory.
  3. Injustice to other persons, by depriving them of their rights to live in dignity.
  • In order to have a proper understanding of the role of wealth for the common good of humanity, there is a need to inculcate in the hearts of Christ’s disciples, especially the financial stewards, the POVERTY IN SPIRIT.
  • The most important attitude of all financial stewards is servanthood, being for others, alwaysconscious that there is a THOU, who is in need of his
  • Hence the financial steward must be endowed with the virtue of humility and generosity. With this attitude of humility, generosity and service, the financial steward is an important promoter of the Koinonia or fellowship of communion of the communities in the Local Church.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 941          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   10 July 2017

  1. DIOCESAN TRAINERS’ TRAINING ON CARE GIVING

One of the objectives of the Diocesan Strategic Plan “Comprehensive, Relevant and Systematic Program (CRSP) on Marriage Preparation and Pastoral Accompaniment of Newly Weds and Christian Families from Womb to Tomb and Beyond” is to have a sufficient number of trained caregivers for the sick and elderly.

In view of which the Diocesan Christian Formation Center conducted trainers’ training on Care Giving for family and life workers and social action workers.

Date and venue: 30 June 2017; Lay Formation Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Total trainers trained – 110: 65 F & LM Workers; 42 PSAC Workers; 2 CYM and 1 Catechist.

Breakdown by parishes:

AVA – 17       : Banga – 2. Lake Sebu – 2. Norala – 6. Sto. Niño – 3. T’boli – 4.

GAMMA – 18            : Alabel – 7. Glan – 6. Malandag – 3. Malungon – 2.

KVA – 32       : Cannery – 1. Marbel – 5. Polomolok – 16. SagradaFamilia (Bo. 5, Koronadal) – 6. Tantangan – 1. Tupi – 3.

MAKIMAMI – 7. :Maasim – 7.

MEDA – 36.   : Bula – 4. Calumpang – 10. Dadiangas – 12. Fatima – 5. Lagao – 3. St. Michael – 2.

Parishes without delegates:

  1. 2. Malapatan. 3. Maitum. 4. Milbuk. 5. Surallah. 6. Tampakan.

Topics and speakers:

  1. “Spiritual and Emotional Care” – Mark Kevin P. Velasco, Psychologist, Guidance Counselor and active Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movements (CCRM), Schola de San Jose, Polomolok.
  2. “Lifestyle Diseases” (The Elderly) – Dr. Soni Villa, MD, Medical Staff, Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital, Polomolok.

Common diseases: Hypertension and Diabetes.

  1. “Caregiving of Patient in the Home” – Ms. Josie Alvarez Lubang, Midwifery Coordinator and Health Care Services Trainer, Schola de San Jose.

Afternoon session: Video Demonstration.

The joint seminar of Parish Family and Life Workers and Parish Social Action Workers was hosted and facilitated by the Diocesan Family and Life Ministry with the guidance and inspiration of Fr. Joel Aliligay and Trins J. Remollo, Diocesan Christian Formation Center. (From report by: TrinsJalapan)

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 941          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   10 July 2017

  1. DIOCESAN TRAINERS’ TRAINING ON CARE GIVING

One of the objectives of the Diocesan Strategic Plan “Comprehensive, Relevant and Systematic Program (CRSP) on Marriage Preparation and Pastoral Accompaniment of Newly Weds and Christian Families from Womb to Tomb and Beyond” is to have a sufficient number of trained caregivers for the sick and elderly.

In view of which the Diocesan Christian Formation Center conducted trainers’ training on Care Giving for family and life workers and social action workers.

Date and venue: 30 June 2017; Lay Formation Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Total trainers trained – 110: 65 F & LM Workers; 42 PSAC Workers; 2 CYM and 1 Catechist.

Breakdown by parishes:

AVA – 17       : Banga – 2. Lake Sebu – 2. Norala – 6. Sto. Niño – 3. T’boli – 4.

GAMMA – 18            : Alabel – 7. Glan – 6. Malandag – 3. Malungon – 2.

KVA – 32       : Cannery – 1. Marbel – 5. Polomolok – 16. SagradaFamilia (Bo. 5, Koronadal) – 6. Tantangan – 1. Tupi – 3.

MAKIMAMI – 7. :Maasim – 7.

MEDA – 36.   : Bula – 4. Calumpang – 10. Dadiangas – 12. Fatima – 5. Lagao – 3. St. Michael – 2.

Parishes without delegates:

  1. 2. Malapatan. 3. Maitum. 4. Milbuk. 5. Surallah. 6. Tampakan.

Topics and speakers:

  1. “Spiritual and Emotional Care” – Mark Kevin P. Velasco, Psychologist, Guidance Counselor and active Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movements (CCRM), Schola de San Jose, Polomolok.
  2. “Lifestyle Diseases” (The Elderly) – Dr. Soni Villa, MD, Medical Staff, Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital, Polomolok.

Common diseases: Hypertension and Diabetes.

  1. “Caregiving of Patient in the Home” – Ms. Josie Alvarez Lubang, Midwifery Coordinator and Health Care Services Trainer, Schola de San Jose.

Afternoon session: Video Demonstration.

The joint seminar of Parish Family and Life Workers and Parish Social Action Workers was hosted and facilitated by the Diocesan Family and Life Ministry with the guidance and inspiration of Fr. Joel Aliligay and Trins J. Remollo, Diocesan Christian Formation Center. (From report by: TrinsJalapan)

 

  1. 19TH ARCH/DIOCESAN FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATORS OF THE PHILIPPINES

    (ADFAP) CONVENTION

Dates and venue: 19-23 June 2017; Oriental Hotel, Legazpi, Albay.

Attendance: 188 (4 bishops; 90 priests; 10 Sisters; 84 lay).

Fr. JoemerCandido, our Finance Officer, reported.

9 topics:

Topic I. “Financial Stewardship in the Building of Communion of Communities” – Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, Bishop of Sorsogon

(Note: Topics 2-9 later issues. Bp. D.G.)

  • God is the sole owner and master of everything in this world. No human being can ever be called the proprietor of anything on earth.  Everything which is under the ownership of a man is only entrusted to him as a steward.
  • As consequence, all human being are only “stewards” of God’s creation. Being stewards, human beings must render full reverence to God, the owner and master of all creation, and must respect the original purpose of God’s creation which is to sustain life for all his creatures, especially human beings, the master piece of his creation.
  • Material goods or riches or wealth in cash and kind are not condemned in themselves because they are ultimately gifts of God needed for human beings to live in dignity, being created according to God’s image: moreover, God precisely created all things for the use of all men and women, who must live a dignified life on earth.
  • What are condemned are the three big sins:
  1. Inordinate attachment to riches and earthly goods.
  2. Greed which is a vice that goads a person to acquire more and more things for his own selfish ends such as pleasure, honor and personal glory.
  3. Injustice to other persons, by depriving them of their rights to live in dignity.
  • In order to have a proper understanding of the role of wealth for the common good of humanity, there is a need to inculcate in the hearts of Christ’s disciples, especially the financial stewards, the POVERTY IN SPIRIT.
  • The most important attitude of all financial stewards is servanthood, being for others, alwaysconscious that there is a THOU, who is in need of his
  • Hence the financial steward must be endowed with the virtue of humility and generosity. With this attitude of humility, generosity and service, the financial steward is an important promoter of the Koinonia or fellowship of communion of the communities in the Local Church.

 

  1. DIRECTORY, FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEARTS

St. Agnes Montepulciano Childrens Home, Inc.

Purok San Jose, Upper Baluan

General Santos City

Tel.: 083-826-9114      Globe: 0917-314-75-35

Sr. JoelitaPreagido, sfsc – Animator

Sr. Imelda Obligado, sfsc – Finance

Sr. Annie Grace Dasan, sfsc

St. Francis of Assisi Retreat House

Purok San Jose, Upper Baluan

General Santos City

CP No.: (Globe) 0917-575-61-13

Sr. Phoebe Maria Bual, sfsc – Animator

Sr. Mabelle Hibionada, sfsc – Finance

Sr. LitaLapesura, sfsc

 

  1. DIRECTORY, DOMINICAN SISTERS OF SIENA

Regional House

Sta. Catalina Convent

Lagao, Gen. Santos City

(083) 552-3231

  1. Gloria T. Amancio, OP – Regional Vicaress
  2. EleonorFianza, OP
  3. Gina Solmantil, OP

Mo. Francisca Spirituality Center

Lagao, Gen. Santos City

(083) 552-6948

  1. LuzminOani, OP
  2. NelitaSumagaysay, OP
  3. NebiatKifelmariamHailu, OP

 Notre Dame Siena College of General Santos City

San Isidro, Lagao, GSCTel.: (083) 552-3803

  1. Mailyn Bolivar, OP
  2. Estelita, Carbon, OP
  3. Luisa Dandoy, OP
  4. Loran Fabiliar, OP

 Notre Dame Siena College of Polomolok

Polomolok, South Cotabato

(083) 225-2097

  1. Gina Galang, OP
  2. Priscila Ochoa, OP
  3. Rhodora Agno, OP
  4. AscencionDomugho, OP

 Notre Dame School of Marbel

Koronadal City, So. Cotabato

(083) 228-4565

  1. Alfonsa Villanueva, OP
  2. Soleda de la Cruz, OP
  3. Rosa Bug-os, OP
  4. ErlindaMuring, OP

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 940          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   01 July 2017

  1. 29TH JUNE, SOLEMNITY OF STS. PETERAND PAUL

Patronal fiesta, Lagao, General Santos City

Parish Priest    : Fr. George Carin

Parish Vicars   : Fr. Raul Vale and Fr. Ricky Emboltorio

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

Concelebrants : (18) 3 Capuchin; 3 Passionist; 12 diocesan

Bishop’s homily

Sts. Peter and Paul are considered pillars of the Catholic Church.  St. Peter evangelized the Jews; St. Paul, the Gentiles.  They formed Christian communities; united these under Peter, the First Pope.  Both were killed:Peter was crucified upside down; Paul, beheaded.

We continue today their mission of proclaiming Jesus Christ crucified and risen, Lord and Savior.

Our goals: Christified persons and more humane, just and free society where God, who is Love, reigns supreme.

These will address the causes of unpeace and disunity: poverty, corruption, dysfunctional families.

May Sts. Peter and Paul help us in our pastoral accompaniment of Christian families, illegal drugs users and pushers and children in need.

 

  1. DIRECTORY, PASSIONIST NUNS (CP)

Our Lady of Hope Monastery

Purok Mesias, Brgy. Paraiso

City of Koronadal, South otabato

Tel. #: 228-1792

Sr. Maria Socorro de Leon, CP – Superior

Sr. Maria Marguerite Matsuda, CP – Vicar

Sr. Maris Magdalena Tanaka, CP – Novice Mistress

Sr. Mary Gabriel Wenceslao, CP

Sr. Paul Marie Ostria, CP

Sr. Veronica Alagadan, CP

Sr. Bernadette Anne Magullado,CP (Junior Professed)

 

  1. DIRECTORY, ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR CAPUCHIN (OFMCap)

Lourdes Friary, Baluan, General Santos City

CP:  0917 800 7815

Fr. Francisco Armario, OFMCap.

Fr. Sergio Arenza, OFMCap.

Fr. Rogelio Calaor, OFMCap.

 

  1. AUGUSTINIAN RECOLLECT SISTERS (AR)

Notre Dame of Banga

Banga, South Cotabato

CP: 0929 395 0259/09153548216

Sr. Maria Lea Hervas Eseo, AR – Superior

Sr. Concveption C. Amadon, AR – Treasurer

Sr. Liezel A. Palabrica – principal

Sr. Lorlie A. Decir, AC

Notre Dame of Lamba

Lamba, Banga, South Cotabato

CP# : 09085304398

Sr. Purificacion D. Glimada, AR – Superior

Sr. Constancia A. Buchan, AR – Treasurer

Sr. MariaSoledad V. Torres, AP – Principal


  1. DIRECTORY, CONGREGATION OF THE PASSIONIST SISTERS OF ST. PAUL

    OF THE CROSS (CP)

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Vice-Province, Philippines, Calumpang

TEL. #: 552-3349

Sr. Elva M. Braquez, CP – Vice-Provincial Superior

Sr. Janites O. Gonzaga, CP – Vicar, 1st Councilor & Secretary

Sr. Jannet J. Rojas, CP – Second Councilor

Sr. Marieta N. Colendres, CP – Third Councilor

Sr. Maribel R. Cantos, CP – Fourth Councilor

COMMUNITIES IN GENERAL SANTOS CITY

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Community, Calumpang

Sr. Ma. Deogenia T. Erispe, CP – Local Superior & Aspirant’s Mistress

Sr. Marie Joy T. Agarin, CP – Vicar, Teacher & Prefect of Students

Sr. Ma. Erlinda P. Moll, CP – Secretary & Vocation Directress

Sr. Jannet J. Rojas, CP – Econome & Graduate School Faculty

Sr. Mathilde P. Marin, CP – Pastoral Care (Hospital)

Sr. Milagros P. Ballon, CP

Sr. Elsie T. Yntig, CP – Pastoral Care (Elderly)

Sr. Fangli Z. Fu, CP – Teacher, Clinic In-Charge & Campus Ministry Coordinator

Holy Trinity Community, Dadiangas, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish

Sr. Rosario F. Somodio, CP – Local Superior & Pastoral Social Action Coordinator

Sr. Ma. Therese Destresa C. Serentas, CP – Vicar, Econome & Parish Sacristy In-Charge

Sr. Rodeline S. Conde, CP – Secretary & Parish Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

Antonieta Farani Community, Marin Village

Sr. Socorro D. Delmonte, CP – Local Superior & Directress of Ma. Goretti Home for Girls

Sr. Florabel L. Sudaria, CP – Vicar & Ma. Goretti Home for Girls Social Worker

Sr. Sabina M. Andraque, CP – Secretary, Pastoral Care (Hospital)

Sr. Roselie A. Billones, CP – Econome of the Community

Sr. Maricel B. Boiles, CP – Econome in Ma. Goretti for Girls, In-charge of Antonieta Farani Res.

Maria Maddalena Frescobaldi Community, Cahilsot

Sr. Noralyn F. Dimalaluan, CP – Local Superior & Guidance Counselor

Sr. Marieta N. Colendres, CP – Vicar, Junior’s Mistress & Principal

Sr. Susan T. Agarin, CP – Secretary & Canteen In-Charge

Sr. Annavier R. Caliza, CP – Econome & Property Custodian

Sr. Lalaine M. Sumayan, CP – Finance Officer

 

  1. DIRECTORY, OBLATES OF NOTRE DAME SISTERS (OND)

NDMU/Marbel

Sr. Esther A. Rule, OND – Superior

Sr. Jucia s. Arana, OND

Mission Center/GenSan, Yumang St., City Heights, GSC

Sr. Mila Porras, OND – Superior

Sr. Anna Kho, OND

Sr. Jo-anne Lorilla, OND

NDDU

Sr. Lalyn Macahilo, OND

Sr. Teresa Diaz, OND

OND HESED Foundation

Mission Center, Yumang Street, City Heights, General Santos City

Sr. Susan Bolanio, OND

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 939          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   28 June 2017

  1. JUNE 24 – SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

 ORDO 2017

This feast dating from the 4th C in both East and West, came to be celebrated, in accord with Lk. 1: 36, six months before the Lord’s birth; quoting Jn. 3: 30.  Augustine found this date (near summer solstice) appropriate, because after the birth of John, daylight begins to decrease, whereas after Jesus’ birth, it begins to increase.

St. John the Baptist’s birth is the date for the patronal parish fiesta in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.  Fr. Greto is the parish priest.  Five priests concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily

Zechariah and Elizabeth were very old.  Elizabeth was sterile, besides.

God intervened.  They became the parents of John.

John “matured in spirit.  He lived in the desert until the day he made his public appearance in Israel” (Lk. 1: 80).

He prepared the people for Christ’s coming, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

He baptized many, including Jesus Christ.

John had many followers.  He became popular.

Herod became alarmed.  He might lead the people to revolt against him.  So he had John arrested and imprisoned.

Before this he condemned Herod’s marriage to Herodias, his half-brother’s Philip’s wife.

Herodias wanted revenge.  The opportunity came when Herodias’ daughter danced before Herod and his guests.  Herod was so pleased he told the girl, he was ready to reward her even if it means half of his Kingdom.

Daughter asked mother for suggestion.  Herodias asked for John’s head on a platter.  Herod reluctantly had John beheaded (cf. Mk. 6: 17-29) we celebrate John’s beheading on 29 August.

We should have the courage to condemn moral evil, such as adultery, corruption, destruction of God’s creation, among others.

We are faced with the proposed project of Daguma Agro-Minerals, Inc. (DAMI) to mine for coal 2,000 hectares in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu through strip mining.  Strip mining removes the overlying vegetation, soil and underground rock layers in order to expose and extract coal from an underground seam or coal deposit (like open pit mining).

Trees, flora and fauna, will be destroyed.  Chemicals, water will be used to separate coal from ores.  Pollution: air, water, soil.

Threats to human life and food security.  It will worsen climate change.

Genesis 2: 15: care for the planet earth.

1997 Constitution, Art. 2, Sec. 16.: “The State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature.”

Pray for our Sangguniang Panlalawigan and DENR officials that they would not succumb to corruption.

Urge our people, especially in this parish in Lake Sebu, to be vigilant and to oppose the proposed coal mining in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu.

 

  1. FEAST OF OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP

Date: 27 June

Parish: Our Lady of Perpetual help, Milbuk, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat

Parish Priest: Fr. Alan Catigday.  Five priests concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily (Lk. 1: 26-38)

“FIAT” – “May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk. 1: 38).  Mary’s complete obedience to God.

Icon painted on wood, circa 13th century, Crete

Mary’s garment, colors of royalty (same with Christ’s)

  • Red tunic – blood, passion of Christ
  • Blue mantle – perpetual virginity
  • Veil, with star – modesty; star of the Sea to guide us to Jesus, safe haven.

Greek letters: MP-ƟY (Meteeou) Mother of God.

Angels:

Left – OAM (O Arkanggelos Mikael).  Michael the Archangel with spear, wine-soaked sponge, crown of thorns.

Right – OAΓ (O Arkanggelos Gabriel) Gabriel the Archangel with 3-bar cross (worn by popes at that time), nails. IC-XC (lesusKristos) Jesus Christ.

Gold background – Kingdom of God, Christ’s glorious resurrection.

When Jesus saw the vision of his future passion, he was afraid and he ran to his mother who grasped his hands for comfort, a sandal, dangling. (Sources: Internet)

When in trouble, we run to Mary, our Mother, for help.

 

  1. JULY SCHEDULE 
02 – Recollection, AR Sisters, Bp.’s Res., 9am 12 – Conference & Mass, TOEs, Bp.s Res., 9am
07 – Mass, Adoration Chapel, 8:30am 15 – Conference, CFC, OLPGVP, 5:30pm
08 – Conversation, DXCP, 10am 25 – MPPPI., Casa Gemma, 5pm
11 – Joint Recollection, Clergy, OLPGV 27 – Confe., PREX-Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 6pm
  Parish, 9am

 

  1. JULY BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS 

Prayerful birthday greetings to:

Fr. Ronilo Huesca (July 13); Fr. Joel Aliligay (July 13);

Fr. Sinon Alcarde (July 19); and Fr. Freddie Paulo (July 29)

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 938          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   23 June 2017

  1. “A CALL FOR PEACE IN MARAWI, BISHOPS AND ULAMA
We, board members of the Bishop-Ulama Conference express our solidarity and sympathies with all the families and communities – both Muslim and Christian – affected by the crisis in Marawi City.

We join our voices for the safety and release of all hostages and innocent civilians caught in the midst of the ongoing conflict in Marawi.

We join hands with the relief efforts extended to the families and individuals that have moved out of Marawi.  We commend the hundreds of volunteers working with relief agencies who have offered their time and skills, so the much-needed assistance to internally displaced persons.

We are also thankful for the many stories of Muslims and Christians helping each other and even risking their lives to safeguard the well-being of all.

We express our concern over the dissemination of false news report that only add to confusion, unwarranted fears and suspicions among displaced families.

Finally, we make a general appeal for all sectors and religious communities to work together for the rehabilitation and development of Marawi.

We add our prayers, especially during this period of Ramadhan for the safety of all and for the reconciliation among warring groups.

May Almighty God of both Christians and Muslims be with us in our efforts to build a just and lasting peace in Mindanao.

Signed:

Judge Abeali Cali – Co-convenor, BUC

Abp. Fernando R. Capalla, DD – Co-convenor

Bp. Hilario M. Gomez – Co-convenor

Bp. Danilo Bustamante – BUC Board Member

Bp. Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD – BUC Board Member

Fr. Reynaldo Mission, JCD – Priest, Diocese of Marbel

Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ – BUC Board Member

Bp. Edwin de la Peña, MSP – BUC Member

Rev. Ricardo Yañez – BUC Board Member, UCCP

Rev. Goel B. Bagundol – BUC Member, UCCP

Jana Jean G. Dacobor – BUC Affiliate, Mindanaw Tripartite Youth Core

 

  1. KILLED IN MARAWI FIGHTING

From 23 May 2017 to 21 June 2017, 360 had been killed: 268 militants; 66 government troops; and 26 civilians (PDI, 22 June 2017, p. A2).

Government troops have been fighting the combined forces of the Maute group, Abu Sayaff and BIFF who had been “stockpiling guns and munitions in buildings as early as three years ago” (Pres. Duterte, quoted by Philip C. Tubeza, Duterte Ready to Order ‘corrupt bombing’ of Marawi if needed”, PDI, June 22, 2017, p. A6).

More than 200,000 civilians have suffered.  Our parishes responded to Bishop Dinualdo’s call to have a 2nd collection for the Marawi victims.

Parishes Amount Parishes Amount
Banga P  6, 450.00 Malapatan     4, 656.00
Bula   18, 142.65 Marbel   45, 238.75
Fatima   20, 000.00 Surallah   20, 000.00
Maasim     3, 702.65 T’boli     4, 894.50
Partial Total  =P 123, 083.90

We appeal toother parishes, Catholic Schools, Religious Congregations to express love for the needy by donating money.  Thank you. Bishop

 

  1. ALAY KAPWA 2017 COLLECTION

 

Parishes Collections Parishes Collections
Banga    7, 545.50 Glan    6, 834.00
Malungon    1, 267.20 SagradaPamilya P.    8, 794.00
Surallah   10, 000.00 Norala  37, 447.75
Marbel   31, 502.00 Maasim    8, 925.00
Malapatan    2, 500.00 Alabel    3, 656.00
Kiamba    3, 270.00 Maitum    2, 790.00
OLPGV  34, 460.00 TOTAL 158, 991.45

(DSAC’S REPORT)

Fr. Ariel Destora reported decreasing collection.

Years 2015 2016 2017 (as of 6/19/2017)
Amount P228, 156.71 P182, 955.45 P158, 991.45

Please intensify collection for our needy brothers and sisters.  We express our LOVE for GOD and NEIGHBORS by WORD and DEEDS/SACRIFICES.

 

  1. DXCP THANKS THE FOLLOWING (as of June 09, 2017)
Parishes Amount 2016 Amount 2017 Parishes Amount 2016 Amount 2017
Marbel 18,000.00 18,000.00 Alabel   6,000.00  
Calumpang 12,000.00    4,000.00 Polomolok   5,000.00 12,000.00
Lagao 12,000.00   Maasim     6,000.00
St. Michael   4,500.00   Glan     2,000.00
Tupi   7,000.00   OLPGVP   10,000.00
Fatima   6,000.00   TOTAL 70,000.00 55,000.00

Thank you for your support.

 

  1. MARIST HOPE CENTER BLESSED

The Marist Hope Center (MHC) was blessed on 6 June 2017.

It is located at the 2nd floor, Marion Building, NDMU, Alunan Avenue.

The MHC “is a commemorative project of NDMU for the Bicentenary of the Marist Brothers.  This project will be a ‘tent’ for learning, caring, for the at-risk children, youth, emn and women” (Invitation Card to the Blessing)

Congratulations.  Thank you, NDMU.

 

  1. DOLE SURALLAH CANNERY EXTENSION (DSCE) BLESSED

Bishop Dinualdo presided over the blessing of the DSCE cannery Lines, 89 June 2017, Brgy. Tubi Allah, Surallah, South Cotabato.

Fr. LudyBaldonado, Rev. Sulpicio Francisco, Jr. and Rev. Salvador Leyso, assisted him.

DSCE was purchased by DOLE Philippines (Dolefil) from the T’boli Agro-Industrial Development, Inc. or TADI in May 2006.  The Dole Team was led by Mr. DankoStambuk.

Dole forecasts to grow 1 million tons of pineapples by 2019.  Hence, the decision to expand the facility in Surallah from eight (8) lines to eighteen (18) lines or an additional of more than 5 sq. meters of floor area.

To accomplish this, the Company made the decision to close down one of its canneries in Thailand and transfer its machineries and equipments to the OSC.

The expansion will create at least 1,500 direct jobs.

Other projects in the pipeline are the warehouse expansion, a Biogas Project, housing for employees. (From Dolefil Cares _____. Mel H.)

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