Monday, May 21, 2012

Requiem: Fr. Proceso Barroga

Fr. Proceso Barroga
(2 July 1954 - 22 May 2012)

May I invite you to please include FR. PROCESO BARROGA in your prayers.  He passed on to our Creator this morning (May 22, Manila time).  Let us pray for his eternal repose.  Fr. Ceso was once rector of the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary in Vigan.  Among the parishes he served were San Juan Sahagun in Candon, St. James the Greater in Santiago, Ilocos Sur, and Our Lady of the Assumption in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.

May the Lord who has called him to become His priest receive him into His Kingdom.  May the Lord who extended forgiveness for His people through him, also forgive his failings.  May the Lord who made him partake of the Eucharist on earth make him now share in the Eternal Banquet in heaven.  May the Lord who made him His servant call him, "Come, beloved of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of time." (Mt. 25:34)

Eternal rest grant unto Fr. Ceso, O, Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.

His remains lie in state at the Aula de Caridad at the Arzobispado compound in Vigan.  For schedule of wake mass and funeral, please contact the Chancery of Nueva Segovia at (077) 722-2018.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ANS, Reshuffle 2012

Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines 2700


Parochial Assignments:

San Nicolas Tolentino, SINAIT: Fr. Ferdinand Ragasa, parish priest; Fr. Amador Cabaluna, vicar; Fr. Leobardo Inofinada, attached priest

San Markos Ebanghelista, CABUGAO: Fr. Felix Costales, parish priest; Fr. Sherwin Aquino, vicar

San Juan Bautista, SAN JUAN: Fr. Albert Rabe, parish priest

San Guillermo, MAGSINGAL: Fr. Gerry Antolin, parish priest; Fr. Magdaleno Ruelos, vicar

San Isidro Labrador: Fr. Ernesto Juarez, Jr., parish priest

PURO, MAGSINGAL: Fr. Manuel Galimba, parish priest

Sto. Domingo, STO. DOMINGO: Fr. Lovell Soller, parish priest; Fr. Peter Dagsi, vicar

San Ildefonso, SAN ILDEFONSO: Fr. Flor Rebebes, parish priest

San Agustin, BANTAY: Fr. Jack Cabatu, parish priest; Fr. Amancio Garcia, vicar

San Vicente Ferrer, SAN VICENTE: Fr. Roque Reyes, parish priest

Santa Catalina, STA. CATALINA: Fr. Victorio Rabacca, parish priest

Our Lady of Hope, CAOAYAN: Fr. Felicisimo Ferrer, parish priest

Conversion of St. Paul, VIGAN: Fr. Vicente Avila, parish priest; Fr. Ronald Doña and Fr. Carlito Feria, vicars, Fr. Avelino Sipin, attached priest

Christ the King, PAING, BANTAY: Fr. Alex Malcaba, parish priest

Sta. Catalina, SANTA: Fr. Virgilio Cabaccang, parish priest

San Francisco Javier, LUNGOG, NARVACAN: Fr. Anselmo Samson, parish priest

Santa Lucia, NARVACAN: Fr. Cosmenio Rosimo, parish priest; Rev. Rosmell Cairel, vicar

San Jose, NAGBUKEL, Fr. Mar Barroga, parish priest

Assumption of Our Lady, STA. MARIA: Fr. Jerry Avisa, parish priest; Fr. Arnel Ramos, vicar

Holy Name of Jesus, BURGOS: Fr. Flor Escalona, parish priest

San Esteban, SAN ESTEBAN: Fr. Robert Somera, parish priest

St. James the Greater, SANTIAGO: Fr. Reginald Paul Pira, parish priest

Our Lady of Lourdes, BANAYOYO: Fr. Danilo Martinez, parish priest

Our Lady of Lourdes, LIDLIDDA: Fr. Reynaldo Rebebes, parish priest

San Miguel Arkanghel, SAN EMILIO: Fr. Rufo Abaya, parish priest

San Juan Sahagun, CANDON: Bp. David William Antonio, parish priest; Fr. Marcelo Cantorna and Rev. Feliciano Bugtong, vicars

Mary, Help of Christians, TALOGTOG, CANDON: Fr. George Tabangcura, parish priest

Sacred Heart, GALIMUYOD: Fr. Rex Rilveria, parish priest

San Jose, SALCEDO: Fr. Constantino Atinaja, Jr., parish priest

Our Lady of Lourdes, DEL PILAR: Fr. Raymond Ancheta, parish priest

San Jose Labrador, SIGAY: Fr. Juan Taqueban, parish priest

Immaculate Conception, STA. CRUZ: Fr. Ethel Agamata, parish priest; Fr. Proceso Barroga and Fr. Michael Tanacio, vicars

Sta. Lucia, STA. LUCIA: Fr. Rene Leo Rosabia, parish priest; Rev. Angelito Degracia, vicar

San Jose, SAN JOSE, STA. CRUZ: Fr. Arwin Rebollido, parish priest

Our Lady of Guadalupe, SEVILLA, STA. CRUZ: Fr. Gaudelio Donato, parish priest

Our Lady of Lourdes, ALILEM: Fr. Michael Tolentino, parish priest

San Antonio de Padua, SUGPON: Fr. Melchor Reonal, parish priest

San Agustin, TAGUDIN: Fr. Bernardo Gonzales, parish priest; Fr. Cristeto Cortez, vicar

Immaculate Conception, QUIRINO: Fr. Alen Villareal, parish priest

Holy Child of Prague, CERVANTES: Fr. Divinus Sanctus Rabang, parish priest

St. Andrew the Apostle, SUYO: Fr. Moises Andrada, parish priest

Non-parochial Assignments:

Msgr. Gary Noel Formoso: Oeconome, Matrimonial Tribunal, Vicar for the Religious

Fr. Olivete Rojas: Station Manager, DZNS

Fr. Segundino Cortez: Rector, Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary

Fr. Amador Foz: Spiritual Director, ICMS

Fr. Jeric Jaramillo: ICMS

Fr. Garret Ulanimo: ICMS

Fr. Lester Joseph Plana, Formation Director, SFY, Immaculate Conception School of Theology

Fr. Erwin Echalas, Spiritual Director, SFY, ICST

Fr. Willie Jones Ducusin: Chancellor, Professor at ICST, Superintendent of Archdiocesan Schools

Outside of the Archdiocese:

Missionaries to the Diocese of Honolulu: Fr. Antonio Reclusado, Fr. Ronilo Ernesto Villa, Fr. German Somera

Study Leave: Fr. Nick Vaquilar, Fr. Marlon Belmonte, Fr. Ramelle Rigunay

Military Ordinariate: Fr. Randy Val Dizon

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Marriage, Family and Society

The Pope, Benedict XVI in his message to the American bishops of the Dioceses in the Midwest on the ad limina visit to Rome reflected on the challenges that the Church in America faces, among them on marriage, the family, life, sexuality, culture and catechesis.

The Pope noted:

It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread rejection of a responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost.

Yet, as Blessed John Paul II observed, the future of humanity passes by way of the family (cf. Familiaris Consortio, 85). Indeed, "the good that the Church and society as a whole expect from marriage and from the family founded on marriage is so great as to call for full pastoral commitment to this particular area. Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself" (Sacramentum Caritatis, 29).

I hope we in the Philippines learn from the experience of "progressive" and "liberal" nations who have embraced "liberal" ideas which are now manifesting their consequences not only in the life of the Church and Christians, but even, in the society at large.

God bless us. Kyrie eleison.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Second Sunday of Lent

From the First Sunday of Lent's desert, the readings of the Second Sunday bring us to the mountains. In our figures of speech we speak of mountains as obstacles, something we have to rise above, overcome, or flatten. In the Scriptures, mountains are a privileged place of encounter with God. Mountains are a privileged place of God’s revelation.

In the first reading, we could be horrified with the test God gives Abraham – he asked Abraham to offer his son as a holocaust, as a burnt offering. I remember from our class in Old Testament Historical Books, how the story unfolds in drama and intensity. Only a part of the story is read to us, but still, we could have a feel of the intensity. God called Abraham to test him. At one shout, Abraham responds immediately, “Here I am.” Abraham was always attentive to God, and he responds quickly. Maybe we should also ask ourselves, how quick we are to respond to God.

Then God tells Abraham, “Take your son, Isaac.” We could just imagine Abraham light up with joy at the mention of his son. Then God adds, “Isaac, your only son, whom you love.” We could just imagine Abraham’s love and affection for his son show up in his face. I always see this in my father’s face when he talks about us his children, all nine of us. But then there is more to God’s message: “Take you son, Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” We could just imagine Abraham’s face drop in anguish. But he does not complain. Early the next day, he sets everything up, and as commanded, he obeys. It is not included in today’s selection, but at one point, while they going to the mountain, there was a conversation between Isaac and Abraham. “Father,” Isaac began. Affectionately, Abraham answered, “Yes, my son?” Isaac innocently asks, “I see that you have the coals and wood, but where is the lamb for sacrifice?” We could only imagine, this breaks Abraham’s heart, but not his faith, and he responds, “God himself will provide one.” And we know the rest of the story. God did not intend to have Isaac sacrificed. He was asking Abraham to sacrifice himself totally. Abraham obeyed, and for this he becomes the source of blessing for all nations.

Abraham here is a figure of God the Father who, as the Gospel of John tells us, “so loved the world that he sent his only Son so that all who will believe in him will have life.” At the same time, Abraham too is a figure of Jesus, who obeyed God’s will, even if it meant giving up what is most precious as Paul’s letter to the Philippians attest to: “Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God, something to grasped at. Rather, he emptied himself, took the form of a slave, and accepted even death, death on the cross.”

Jesus accepted the will of God, not without human struggle. Remember that in the Garden of Gethsemane, he prayed, “Father, if possible, let this cup pass me.” But in the end, he submitted and obeyed, as he prayed, “But not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus knew what he was facing and so he intimated this to his disciples, who were of course incredulous, shocked and confused. “How can this man, whom we have followed and whom we think will lead us to defeat our oppressors talk about being arrested, tortured and killed? What is this all about? Where can we pin our hopes now?” These and many others could have been the confused questions of the disciples. And so Jesus brings three of them to a mountain. There, he transfigures before them. He shows them a glimpse of his glory. This was a revelation of who he is – that he is divine. It is thus an encouragement to the disciples that even though he will suffer and die, it will not be the end. Rather, there is glory that will come with it. Having revealed the glory of the Son, the Father speaks – “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”

Peter would have wanted that they stay in glory. But then, Jesus tells him that they have to go down the mountain, and face the command of the Father. They were to go down the mountain and obey the command of God, which will entail much difficulty, even persecution and death, but not without hope.

Today, we too are faced with the command of God – to turn to Jesus and to listen to him. There are many other voices. Often they are loud, forceful and dominant. There are voices telling us that this or that is what life is about, that this or that is what love is about, that this or that is what marriage is about, that this or that is what freedom is about, that this or that is the new and better way, that this or that is what consists of happiness, that this or that is what we should be and do. But there is only one voice that matters – Jesus. And this is what the Church echoes. It may be drowned, muffled, jammed, ridiculed by some, or even by many, but it still does not change the imperative. Jesus is God’s beloved Son. It is to him alone that we should listen. It is him alone whom we should obey.

As we continue with our Lenten journey, we pray for the gift of obedience – that we may listen to Jesus and obey only God’s will – even when unpopular, even when marginalized, even when ridiculed or labeled as outmoded, even when threatened by powers that be. We may be disdained by those whose values are of the world, but we know that true blessing can come only with obedience to God. Those who hold to the values of the world may consider us out of touch with trends, but what matters is that we are in touch with God’s will, and in the forthcoming, which is eternal, we will be justified.

The words of Paul in the second reading encourages us – “If God is with us, who can be against us? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? Jesus, who is at the right hand of God intercedes for us.”

Have a holy Lent.