COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 919          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   13 March 2017

  1. DIOCESE OF MARBEL WELCOMES STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Thousands gathered to welcome the arrival of the Statue of Our Ladyof Fatima on 10 March 2017, City of Koronadal.

PRAYERS – Masses and recitation of the rosary, floral offering and talk on Our Lady of Fatima plus vigil were the main activities.

Subsequent schedules:  11 – Our Lady of Lourdes, Polomolok; 12 – Our Lady of Fatima, General Santos City; 13 – Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, General Santos City.

Our Lady of Fatima’s statue (made in Fatima, Portugal) arrived from Kidapawan Diocese and it will depart on the 13th March for the Archdiocese of Cotabato.

Our Lady’s message, among others: prayer (specially the rosary), conversion and works of penance and mercy.  In Ilonggo-Cebuano: “AMPO, BAG-O, ALAGAD” (ABA).

Our Lady of the Rosary appeared at Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal on 17 May 1917 to the three children – shepherds.

They are Lucia Santos and first cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

On 13 May 1917 they saw a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light, clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.  The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand.  She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray the rosary everyday to bring peace to the world and end to the war” (Wikipedia).

Between 13 May and 13 October (miracle of the “dancing” sun) there were six apparitions.

Francisco and Jacinta died in the international flu that began in 1918 and swept Europe.  Francisco died at home on 4 April 1919 at 10 years of age; Jacinta in a hospital on 20 February 1920 at age 9; Pope John Paul II beatified them on 13 May 2000.  Sr. Lucia, a discalzed Carmelite, died on 13 February 2005, age 97.

Sr. Lucia wrote in 1990 Fr. Robert J. Fox that the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984 by Pope John Paul II in union with the bishops of the world had been completed.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 919          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   13 March 2017

  1. DIOCESE OF MARBEL WELCOMES STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Thousands gathered to welcome the arrival of the Statue of Our Ladyof Fatima on 10 March 2017, City of Koronadal.

PRAYERS – Masses and recitation of the rosary, floral offering and talk on Our Lady of Fatima plus vigil were the main activities.

Subsequent schedules:  11 – Our Lady of Lourdes, Polomolok; 12 – Our Lady of Fatima, General Santos City; 13 – Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, General Santos City.

Our Lady of Fatima’s statue (made in Fatima, Portugal) arrived from Kidapawan Diocese and it will depart on the 13th March for the Archdiocese of Cotabato.

Our Lady’s message, among others: prayer (specially the rosary), conversion and works of penance and mercy.  In Ilonggo-Cebuano: “AMPO, BAG-O, ALAGAD” (ABA).

Our Lady of the Rosary appeared at Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal on 17 May 1917 to the three children – shepherds.

They are Lucia Santos and first cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

On 13 May 1917 they saw a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light, clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.  The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand.  She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray the rosary everyday to bring peace to the world and end to the war” (Wikipedia).

Between 13 May and 13 October (miracle of the “dancing” sun) there were six apparitions.

Francisco and Jacinta died in the international flu that began in 1918 and swept Europe.  Francisco died at home on 4 April 1919 at 10 years of age; Jacinta in a hospital on 20 February 1920 at age 9; Pope John Paul II beatified them on 13 May 2000.  Sr. Lucia, a discalzed Carmelite, died on 13 February 2005, age 97.

Sr. Lucia wrote in 1990 Fr. Robert J. Fox that the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984 by Pope John Paul II in union with the bishops of the world had been completed.

 

  1. UPDATES, DIOCESAN SOCIAL ACTION

Fr. Ariel Destora, Director, Diocesan Social Action Center, sent this report.

2.1. IP Communities profiling

Objectives:  data gathering; understanding dynamics of communities; setting proper course of action to take based on peoples’ felt needs.

Time frame: Feb. 1-5, 2017 for Bong-Mal Territory (14 communities); Feb. 12-16, 2017 for Brgys. Danlag and Pula-Bato.

Persons responsible (enumerators).  For Bong Mal – 4 (3 Bla’ans and 1 T’boli); for Danlag and Pula Bato, 11 ( IPs and non- IPs).

Profiled households.  Bong Mal – 106 out of 287 (36.92%); Danlag – 162; Pula Bato – 148.

Needs.  For Bong-Mal: farm implements, corn and vegetable seeds, education (formal and non-formal),chapel, water system, farm to market roads, medicines. Bla’ans are afraid of military (Bong-Mal).

DSAC’s responses (Bong-Mal)

  • Farm implements/tools and seeds distributed:
  • 21 sprayers (12 stainless and 2 plastics) – 52,200
  • 187 liters herbicides (being discouraged)   63,790
  • 20 tools (various)     5,780
  • 115 packs seeds (various) and 15 kilos peanuts   7,570

TOTAL           129,340

2.2. Legal Assistance, Prison Ministry, Area Visits

  • Four cases assisted
  • BJMP – Alabel; 7 inmates counseled
  • Sarangani Provincial Jail, Baluntay, Alabel Forty-eight (48) interviewed and counseled.
  • Tampakan PNP station and MSWDO visits. Followed up cases of 19 (13 adults and 6 minors) apprehended for illegal Banlas Mining in sitio Campo Kilat, Brgy. Pula-Bato by elements of the 27thIB, 16 Feb. 2017.
  • Visited Batulaki, Glan (legal matters); Brgy. Panamin, Malungon (Tagakaulo’s concerns); SOCSKSARGEN Hospital (detention of 9 patients for non-payment); Kiamba, Milbuk and St. Michael Archangel parishes for orientation on Catholic Social Teachings; etc.

2.3. Thanks for the continued support of all the parishes and the Notre Dame of Marbel University.

 

  1. BAI BIBYAON LIGKAYAN BIGKAY – 2017 GAWAD TANDANG SORA AWARDEE

February 25, 2017, UP-Diliman, College of Social Work and Community Development.

She was recognized for her fearless advocacy of the human rights of her tribe – the Talaingod in Pantaron(mountain) range, Davao del Norte.  Her advocacy:  defense and promotion of the Talaingods’ right to dignified life, self-determination, ancestral lands, and a healthy environment.

First name is Ligkayan.  Family name, Bigkay.  “Bai” dignified honorific of Mindanao Women of stature.  “Bibyaon” – title of acclamation as her tribe’s chieftain.  She was forced to lead when their datus were killed defending their land and people by government forces who were in the service of mining and logging interests’decades ago.She leads her people against the same forces of injustice and death.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo: “She had the vision and courage to fight for the people.”  “She is the Mother of the Lumad.”

UP-Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan who regularlyhosts the annual “LAKBAYAN” of IPs in UP called the lumads “visiting professors” of the university whenever they visit us.  Bai Bibyaon is the Chancellor.

Sr. Noemi Degala, SMSM, who accompanied Bai Bibyaon Bigkay to UP-Diliman: “Bai Ligkayan is known by many as ‘Woman Warrior of Talaingod’.”

“The Gabriela Silang of Mindanao” – women’s group.

“A coveted trophy of war” – paramilitary of Alamara, according to Sr. Noemi.

Bai Ligkayan has no birth certificate.  Estimated age is 93 years.  Parents are unknown.  Unschooled.  Her knowledge, values and skills she got from “UP” – “University” of Pantaron. (Raymund Villanueva.  Reposted by Bulatlat)

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 918          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   03 March 2017

  1. PAID-UP (PASTORAL ACCOMPANIMENT OF ILLEGAL DRUGS USERS

AND PUSHERS

Rationale

PAID-UP is a Christian formation program of the Diocese of Marbel for the surrendered users and pushers of illegal drugs.

PAID-UP is a collaborative efforts of the Diocese of Marbel with the:

  • Philippine National Police (PNP) Region XII (R12) for Security of the surrenderers;
  • Local Government Units (LGUs) and business sector for funding;
  • Professionals for medical and psychological interventions.

The Diocese of Marbel takes care of the spiritual and moral formation of the surrenderers.

Vision/End-Goal/Expected outcome

At the end of the Christian formation program, the illegal drugs users and pushers who surrendered are expected tobe CHRISTIFIED PERSONS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE, RESPONSIVE AND DISCIPLINED CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES COMMITTED TO THE PROMOTION OF THE COMMON GOOD, ESPECIALLY OF THE POOR.

Explanation of terms

  • Christified: one who thinks, wills and acts like Christ.
  • Persons: Persons, created after the image and likeness of God, redeemed by Christ and destined to be with God, our Father, have innate dignity, rights and duties.
  • Responsible: The ability to respond through adequate knowledge, relevant skills and motivation to promote the common good with option for the poor.
  • Responsive: Active, participative, concerned.
  • Disciplined: Self-discipline (Interior power), observes/obeys legal orders.

Strategies

To achieve the desired vision or end-goal, three strategies are used: study, pray, act (SPA)

  • Study :  Catechism of the Catholic Church, Bible, papal teachings and needed human sciences.
  • Pray :  liturgical celebrations, devotions.
  • Act :  Ten Commandments, Spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  Philippine Constitution, Civil Code, etc.

Processes

  1. Entry point. Personal Renewal Experience (PREX).  Weekend retreat following the Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) program or the Samaria-Cursillo Weekend retreat-seminar.  For self-knowledge and introduction to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, loving and merciful.
  2. Way forward or follow-ups
    • Daily prayers: morning (to thank God) and evening (for a peaceful sleep); before and after meals (blessing and thanksgiving, respectively); rosary (for intimacy with Jesus and Mary, Mother of the Poor).
    • Weekly activities.

Participation in: Sunday Masses/bible serviceswith communion; KRISKA (Kristohanong Kasilinganan).  Session – Bible reading, reflection, response (what to do after the session inresponse to God’s work; evaluation next session); PREX prayer meeting (Thursday in Marbel).

  • Monthly gathering for recollection, consultation, bonding (socialization to promote communion).
  • Seasonal activities.

Advent and Lenten retreats; celebration of Holy Week, Paskong Pamilya, GKK/Parish Patronal fiestas, others.

  • Family Counseling – c/o Couples for Christ
  • Family Enrichment encounters: Marriage Encounter Weekend Seminar (MEWS), Sons and Daughters Encounter (SADE), Family Encounter (FE), encountered parents with encountered children.
  • Others
  1. Persons/Organizations Directly Involved:

PNP R12; LGUs: South Cotabato Province, General Santos City, Sarangani Province; Diocese of Marbel covers the above plus the municipalities of Lutayan and Palimbang in Sultan Kudarat Province.

  1. Time Frame

PAID-UP covers the LIFE period here (Earth) and hereafter (heaven, hopefully) since the goal of every human being is perfect happiness, found only in union with God and the company of angels and saints.

 

  1. PAI-UP UPDATES
  1. St. Anthony/Cathedral Parish.

Date and venue:  26 February 2017, 8am – 3pm

Participants:  17

Theme: “Plano sang Dios: Kaluwasan sang Katawhan.”

  1. 3rd Batch – PAID-UP

Date and venue:  February 24, 2017.  San Isidro Parish, Alabel, Sarangani Province.

Participants:  38 (including 1 Jehovah Witness and 1 Born-again).

Reported by Fr. Dennis Gamo, Parochial Vicar

Congratulations to Fr. Leonardo Rano, Parish Priest, Mayor Salarda of Alabel and the PREX Family of Alabel.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 917          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   02 March 2017

SPECIAL ISSUE

Fr. Reynaldo Mission, MPM, JCD attended the 25th National Convention of the Canon Law Society of the Philippines (CLSP), 13-16 February 2017, Oriental Hotel, Legaspi City, Albay.

Here is his report.

Highlights of the Convention 

Keynote Speaker:

  • Professor Miraslov Konstanc Adam, OP, JCD gave his lecture: The Pastoral Hermeneutics “Mitis Iudex” (Merciful Judge).

– He presented the motives for the new matrimonial processes, and some principles of the new process of the nullity of marriage.

FIRST TALK: MOTIVES FOR THE NEW MATRIMONIAL PROCESSES 

  1. The Urgency of the Process
    • It is a reality that there are lots of failed marriages, and the process takes too long to finish.
    • Statistics prove the urgency of the situation.
  1. The Route of the Reform of the Process of Nullity of Marriage
    • There is a need to simplify the procedure tomake it quick but still safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage.
    • This process is done, motivated by love and mercy.
  1. The Same Process in Two Different Documents: one for the Latin Church and the other for the Eastern Catholic Churches. 

SOME PRINCIPLES OF THE NEW PROCESS OF THE NULLITY OF MARRIAGE 

  1. Wounded Faithful at the Centre of the Spiritual Care of the Pastors

Provide a means to come closer to the faithful who are in need of this pastoral service (physical, psychological, moral).

  1. Abolition of the Obligation of the Conformity of Two Sentences
    • The historical reasons for the obligation of two conforming sentences no longer exist during our time.
    • The abolition does not prevent the parties from making an appeal of the first instance’s decision.
  1. The Central Role of the Bishop in the Administration of Justice
    • The possibility of the Diocesan Bishop of constituting a sole judge tribunal. (c. 1425, 4)
    • The Diocesan Bishop can appoint an instructor/assessor for the briefer process.
    • The Diocesan Bishop has to personally issue the sentence.
    • The Diocesan Bishop has to ensure that there are sufficient number of workers of the tribunal.
    • The Diocesan Bishop needs to erect a consultative and intermediate informative service.
  1. The Synodal Aspect of the Administration of Justice. Episcopal Conferences
    • should stimulate the individual bishops to put in practice the reform of the marriage process, helping them to erect their proper diocesan tribunals;
    • should see that the gratuity of the procedures is ensured-guaranteeing, however, the just and dignified remuneration;
    • should offer a permanent formation, in collaboration with the initiative of the DB and the Holy See, for the personnel employed in the ecclesiastical tribunal.
  1. The Right of Appeal to the Apostolic See
  1. The Gratuity of the Processes
    • The parties should not be burdened by the cost, but that the just compensation of the personnel should also not be compromised. Financial support may be outsourced so as to assure that more cases can still be processed.

SECOND TALK:  THE NECESSARY PREREQUISITES FOR THE USE OF THE BRIEFER PROCESS

  • A closer look at the circumstances described in Art. 14 of the Procedural Norms
  • “…that the Bishop himself, in the Church over which he has been appointed shepherd and head, is by that very fact the judge of those faithful entrusted to his care.” Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus Preface
  • “This applies especially in the shorter process, which is established to resolve the most obvious cases on nullity…[and] in those cases where the alleged nullity of marriage is supported by particularly clear arguments.”

BUSINESS MEETING

            The Business meeting in the afternnoon was scheduled at 1:30. After the reports of the different committees, an election was conducted.  There were five nominees for the office of the president.

President         :  Fr. Junar de la Victoria (Archdiocese of Davao) – had landslide victory.

 

Vice Presidents were then elected:

Luzon              :  Msgr. Gary Formoso from Vigan

Visayas            :  Fr. Hector Villamil from Palo

Mindanao        :  Fr. Rey Mission from Marbel

Secretary and Treasurer were re-elected unanimously.

The members of the Board whose terms expired were re-elected unanimously to their respective positions.

THE LORD JESUS:  MERCIFUL JUDGE!

  Note:  The Diocesan Tribunal of Marbel has already facilitated the declaration of Eight (8) cases of Nullity of Marriage.  Ten (10) are in the process.  Bishop D.G.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 916          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   18 February 2017

  1. DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ RECOLLECTION

DATE AND VENUE: 14 February 2017.  Immaculate Conception Parish, Norala, South Cotabato

PRESENT: 44 priests and bishop

SHARERS: Dr. Crisanto “Choi” and Domnina “Mimi” Torrijos, Couple-leader, MEWS, Diocese of Marbel.

Their love story.  Married after four years of going steady.  He works as a physician in General Santos City.  She: originally worked as a flight stewardess.  Their jobs keep them apart.  But made up when together.  Raised three boys: 2 are now professionals; youngest, still in college.  Wisely manage time: family, work, apostolate.

CBCP’s pastoral letter on killings and related crimes (30 January 2017) mentioned 3 interlocking causes: poverty, family, corruption.

Choi and Mimi encouraged priests to support the Marriage Encounter Weekend Seminar (MEWS), Sons and Daughters Encounter (SADE) and later on Family Encounter (FE) to strengthen love and unity in the family.

MEWS enriches family relationship and strengthens family through the Eucharist and Penance experienced during the Encounter with the Lord.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 916          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   18 February 2017

  1. POPE FRANCIS’ 2017 LENTEN MESSAGE

Released from the Vatican 18 October 2016.

“The Word is a gift.  Other persons are a gift.”

Pope Francis writes “Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death.  This Season urgently calls us to conversion.  Christians are asked to return to God ‘with all their hearts’ (Joel 2: 12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord.”

“Lent, Pope Francis continues, is a favorable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  At the basis of everything is the Word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply.”

Then Pope Francis propose for our consideration the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (cf. Lk. 16: 19-31).  “Let us, he says, “find inspiration in this meaningful story, for it provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life.  It exhorts us to sincere conversion.”

  1. “The other person is a gift” (A gift is gladly and gratefully received. G.)

Lazarus is the poor man’s name.  “It means God helps”.  Lazarus is Latinized of Hebrew Eleazar.  His body, full of sores, he lies at the rich man’s door, feeding on crumbs falling from his table.  “The picture is one of great misery.  Unnoticed.  Pitiful!

“Lazarus”, writes Pope Francis, “teaches us that other persons are a gift.  A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value.  Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but a summon to conversion and to change… Lent is a favorable season in opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ.”  Each of us meets people like this every day.  Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love.  The Word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable.

  1. “Sin blinds us”

The rich man has no name.  rich in Latin is “dives”.  “His opulence, according to Pope Francis, “was seen in his extravagant and expensive robes.  Purple was even more precious than silver and gold and was thus reserved to divinities (cf. Jer. 10: 9) and Kings (cf. Jg. 8: 26), while fine linen gave one an almost sacred character.  He feasted sumptuously every day (v. 19).  In him we can catch a dramatic glimpse of the corruption of sin, which progresses in three successive stages: love of money, vanity and pride.

  1. “The Word is a gift”

“The Gospel of the rich man and Lazarus helps us to make a good preparation for the approach of Easter.”

The Liturgy of Ash Wednesday invites us to remember that we came from dust and to the dust we shall return.

The rich man and the poor man both died.  Lazarus was happy with Abraham.  The rich man was suffering.  He wanted Lazarus to alleviate his suffering with a drop of water.  Now he recognized Lazarus.  The rich man then asked Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brothers who were still alive.  When told by Abraham that his brothers had Moses and the prophets and should listen to him. “If they will not listen to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.” (v. 31)

Failure to heed God’s word”, Pope Francis concludes, “is at the root of all his (rich man’s) ills.  As a result, he no longer loved God and grew to despise his neighbors.  The Word of God is alive and powerful, capable of converting hearts and leading them back to God.  When we close our heart to the gift of God’s Word, we end up closing our heart to the gift of our brothers and sisters.

Pope Francis exhorted all to “serve Christ in our brothers and sisters in need”.  ALAY KAPWA!

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 916          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   18 February 2017

  1. POPE FRANCIS’ 2017 LENTEN MESSAGE

Released from the Vatican 18 October 2016.

“The Word is a gift.  Other persons are a gift.”

Pope Francis writes “Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death.  This Season urgently calls us to conversion.  Christians are asked to return to God ‘with all their hearts’ (Joel 2: 12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord.”

“Lent, Pope Francis continues, is a favorable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  At the basis of everything is the Word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply.”

Then Pope Francis propose for our consideration the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (cf. Lk. 16: 19-31).  “Let us, he says, “find inspiration in this meaningful story, for it provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life.  It exhorts us to sincere conversion.”

  1. “The other person is a gift” (A gift is gladly and gratefully received. G.)

Lazarus is the poor man’s name.  “It means God helps”.  Lazarus is Latinized of Hebrew Eleazar.  His body, full of sores, he lies at the rich man’s door, feeding on crumbs falling from his table.  “The picture is one of great misery.  Unnoticed.  Pitiful!

“Lazarus”, writes Pope Francis, “teaches us that other persons are a gift.  A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value.  Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but a summon to conversion and to change… Lent is a favorable season in opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ.”  Each of us meets people like this every day.  Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love.  The Word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable.

  1. “Sin blinds us”

The rich man has no name.  rich in Latin is “dives”.  “His opulence, according to Pope Francis, “was seen in his extravagant and expensive robes.  Purple was even more precious than silver and gold and was thus reserved to divinities (cf. Jer. 10: 9) and Kings (cf. Jg. 8: 26), while fine linen gave one an almost sacred character.  He feasted sumptuously every day (v. 19).  In him we can catch a dramatic glimpse of the corruption of sin, which progresses in three successive stages: love of money, vanity and pride.

  1. “The Word is a gift”

“The Gospel of the rich man and Lazarus helps us to make a good preparation for the approach of Easter.”

The Liturgy of Ash Wednesday invites us to remember that we came from dust and to the dust we shall return.

The rich man and the poor man both died.  Lazarus was happy with Abraham.  The rich man was suffering.  He wanted Lazarus to alleviate his suffering with a drop of water.  Now he recognized Lazarus.  The rich man then asked Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brothers who were still alive.  When told by Abraham that his brothers had Moses and the prophets and should listen to him. “If they will not listen to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.” (v. 31)

Failure to heed God’s word”, Pope Francis concludes, “is at the root of all his (rich man’s) ills.  As a result, he no longer loved God and grew to despise his neighbors.  The Word of God is alive and powerful, capable of converting hearts and leading them back to God.  When we close our heart to the gift of God’s Word, we end up closing our heart to the gift of our brothers and sisters.

Pope Francis exhorted all to “serve Christ in our brothers and sisters in need”.  ALAY KAPWA!

 

  1. DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ RECOLLECTION

DATE AND VENUE: 14 February 2017.  Immaculate Conception Parish, Norala, South Cotabato

PRESENT: 44 priests and bishop

SHARERS: Dr. Crisanto “Choi” and Domnina “Mimi” Torrijos, Couple-leader, MEWS, Diocese of Marbel.

Their love story.  Married after four years of going steady.  He works as a physician in General Santos City.  She: originally worked as a flight stewardess.  Their jobs keep them apart.  But made up when together.  Raised three boys: 2 are now professionals; youngest, still in college.  Wisely manage time: family, work, apostolate.

CBCP’s pastoral letter on killings and related crimes (30 January 2017) mentioned 3 interlocking causes: poverty, family, corruption.

Choi and Mimi encouraged priests to support the Marriage Encounter Weekend Seminar (MEWS), Sons and Daughters Encounter (SADE) and later on Family Encounter (FE) to strengthen love and unity in the family.

MEWS enriches family relationship and strengthens family through the Eucharist and Penance experienced during the Encounter with the Lord.

 

  1. MARCH SCHEDULE
01 – ASH WEDNESDAY.  Fasting & Abstinence 15 – Conference & Mass, TOEs, Bp.’s Res., 9am
03 – Mass, Adoration Chapel, Marbel, 8:30am 16 – Conference & Mass, Poor Clares, Polomolok,
04 – Conference, LAYCOS-Marbel, Bp.’s Res.,   9am
  9am 17 – Meeting, Diocesan Schools’ Principals,
05 – Recollection, AR Sisters, Bp.’s Res., 9am   Bp.’s res., 10am
10 – Image, O.L Fatima, Marbel 18 – Conference, CFC, Alabel, 5:30pm
11 – Image, Our Lady of Fatima, Polomolok 19 – Fiesta, Malungon
     – Conversation, DXCP, 10am 20 – Blessing, New Buildings, OFMCap., 10am
12 – Image, Our Lady of Fatima, Fatima 24 – Conference, PREX Marbel, 6pm
13 – Image, Our Lady of Fatima, Dadiangas 25 – Reserved
14 – Joint Recollection, Clergy, Polomolok    

 

  1. MARCH BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS

Prayerful birthday greetings to:

Fr. Arturo Pancho (March 04);

Fr. Joe-an Paez (March 07);

Fr. Cerilo Casicas (March 18); and

Fr. Noe Pedrajas (March 22).

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