Thursday, September 30, 2010

October in Nueva Segovia

We received this from the Chancery of Nueva Segovia in Vigan City, Philippines, thanks to Fr. Ferdinand Ragasa, the Chancellor and Manang Malyn Salvador, member of the Chancery staff.

Please include the Archbishop and the Clergy and Religious of the Archdiocese in your prayers. I offer my prayers for all who visit this blog.



REMINDERS FROM THE CHANCERY

MONTH OF OCTOBER 2010

1 - Friday: St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Virgin and Doctor: Patroness of all Missions. White.
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 7AM – Concelebrated Mass, Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, Vigan City

ORDINATION: REV.GARRET ALFONSO ULANIMO (2004)

2 - Saturday: Guardian Angels. White.
ORDINATION: REV.MICHAEL TOLENTINO (2004)

3 - 27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. GREEN
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 9 AM – Mass for the La Naval
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, Vigan City

4 - Monday: St Francis of Assisi. WHITE.
ORDINATION: REV.ALEN VILLAREAL (2004)
BIRTHDAY: REV. EDGAR SERRANO (1961)

5 - Tuesday: 27th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN

NECROLOGY: 2006 Rev. Angel Cruces

6 - Wednesday: 27th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN or m of St. Bruno, Priest, WHITE
NECROLOGY: 1880 Fr. Geronimo Reyes

7 - Thursday: Our Lady of the Rosary. White.

8 - Friday: 27th Week, Ordinary Time. GREEN.

9 - Saturday: 27th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN or m of St. Denis, bishop, and Companions, martyrs, RED or m of St. John Leonardi, priest, WHITE or m of the BVM on Saturday, WHITE.

10 - 28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. GREEN
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S SUNDAY (Special Collection to be made)
Extreme Poverty Day

ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: Golden Jubilee of Most Rev. Francisco C. San Diego, DD
Pasig City
BIRTHDAY: REV.FLORENCIO REBEBES (1951)

NECROLOGY: 1927 Fr. Agustin Rosario

11 - Monday: 28th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: October 11 – 12, 2010
Northern Luzon Bishops’ Meeting, San Pablo Seminary, Baguio

12 - Tuesday: 28th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN

Regular Schedule: VICARIAL MEETING

NECROLOGY: 1821 Fr. Joseph Pichay
1966 Archbishop Santiago Sancho

13 - Wednesday: 28th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 7:30 AM – Mass in Commemoration of the Apparition of
Our Lady of Fatima
Immaculate Heart of Mary Abbey, Fatima, Vigan City
BIRTHDAY: REV.MARCELO CANTORNA (1938)

14 - Thursday: 28th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN or m of St. Callixtus, Pope and Martyr, Red.

15 - Friday: St Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor. WHITE.

16 - Saturday: 28th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN or m of St. Hedwig, religious, WHITE or m of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin, WHITE or m of the BVM on Saturday, WHITE.
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 11AM – Holy Mass, CWL Archdiocesan Loyalty Day
Aula de Caridad, Archbishop’s Compound, Vigan City
BIRTHDAY: REV.FLORENTINO ESCALONA (1964)

17 - 29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. GREEN
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
“Go…make disciples of all nations…baptize them…teach them all I have commanded to you”
(Mt. 28:19-20)
(Special Collection to be made)
(A special homily on the missions should be preached today. The collections of all masses are for the missions and should be sent to the Most Reverend Ordinaries within 15 days. Where special celebrations for the mission work of the Church are held, the mass for the spread of the Gospel may be said today)

ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 8:30AM, Pastoral Visit
St. James the Greater Parish, Santiago, Ilocos Sur
NECROLOGY: 1966 Msgr. Daniel Cortez

18 - Monday: St. Luke, Evangelist. RED.

Regular Schedule: PRIESTS’ ASSEMBLY
October 18 – 19

19 - Tuesday: 29th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN or m. of St. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests and Companions, martyrs, RED or m of St. Paul of the Cross, priest, WHITE.

20 - Wednesday: 29th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN.
NECROLOGY: 1932 Fr. Segundo Urbi

21 - Thursday: 29th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN.

22 - Friday: 29th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN
BIRTHDAY: REV. RONALD DO√ĎA (1981)

23 - Saturday: 29th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN or m of St. John Capistrano, priest, WHITE or m of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop, WHITE.
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 9AM – Confirmation
St. Isidore the Farmer Parish, San Isidro, San Juan, Ilocos Sur

3 PM – Confirmation
Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary, Vigan City

24 - 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. GREEN
PRISON AWARENESS SUNDAY

VOCATION ANIMATION SUNDAY
(Special Collection to be made)

ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 9AM, Pastoral Visit
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Banayoyo, Ilocos Sur

25 - Monday: 30th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN.
BIRTHDAY: REV. REY URMENETA (1953)
REV. PASCUAL ABAYA IV (1969)
NECROLOGY: 1847 Fr. Vicente Rivera

26 - Tuesday: 30th Week, Ordinary Time, GREEN.
BIRTHDAY: REV. FELICISIMO FERRER (1955)
ORDINATION: REV. ALOYSIUS MALCABA (1991)

27 - Wednesday: 30th Week, Ordinary Time. GREEN.
ORDINATION: REV. RAY SABALBURO (1983)
BIRTHDAY : REV. SHERWIN AQUINO (1977)

28 - Thursday: Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles. Red
BIRTHDAY: REV. RAMELLE RIGUNAY (1981)

29 - Friday: 30th Week, Ordinary Time. GREEN.
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 9AM – Confirmation
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur
BIRTHDAY: REV. ORLANDO FULLER (1947)
REV. ALEN VILLAREAL (1973)
ORDINATION: REV. ALBERT RABE (1983)

30 - Saturday: 30th Week, Ordinary Time. GREEN.
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 2:30 PM – Solemn Investiture Mass of ICMS
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, Vigan City

31 - 31st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. GREEN
ARCHBISHOP’S SCHEDULE: 8:30 AM – Mass for the La Naval
St. Ildefonse Parish, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Why a new template

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An Email Brigade

I received this through e-mail today. If I am not mistaken (which I could be), this was already published by Fr. Reuter earlier. Still, the message is ever relevant.

We pray for an integral renewal of Pilipinas, and ating Bayang Mahal, Lupang Hinirang. And also, we also pray, resolve, and act on our own personal renewal. As once said (thanks to the wisecracker), "Become the change you want to happen."



THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES

by Father James Reuter, S.J.

Our republic has become one of the weakest nations, steadily left
behind by its more progressive neighbors.

The signs are clear. Our nation is headed towards an irreversible path
of economic decline and moral decadence. It is not for lack of effort.
We've seen many men and women of integrity in and out of government,
NGOs, church groups & people's organization devote themselves to the
task of nation-building, often times against insurmountable odds. Not
even people's revolutions, bloodless as they may be, have made a dent
in reversing this trend. At best, we have moved one step forward, but
three steps backward.

We need a force far greater than our collective efforts, as a people,
can ever hope to muster. It is time to move the battle to the
spiritual realm... It's time to gather GOD's people to pray for the
economic recovery and moral reformation of our nation.

Is prayer really the answer?

Before you dismiss this as just another rambling, I'd like you to
consider some lessons we can glean from history.

England 's ascendancy to world power was preceded by the Reformation,
a spiritual revival fueled by intense prayers.

The early American settlers built the foundation that would make it
the most powerful nation today --- a strong faith in GOD and a
disciplined prayer life. Throughout its history, and especially at its
major turning points, waves of revival and prayer movement swept
across the land.

In recent times, we see Korea as a nation experiencing revival and in
the process producing the largest Christian church in the world today,
led by Rev. Paul Yongi Cho.. No wonder it has emerged as a strong
nation when other economies around it are faltering.

Even from a purely secular viewpoint, it makes a lot of sense. For here,
there is genuine humbling & seeking of GOD through prayer, moral
reformation necessarily follows. And this, in turn, will lead to
general prosperity. YES, we believe prayer can make a difference.
It's our only hope.

Today, we launch this email brigade, to inform Filipinos from all over
the world to pray, as a people, for the economic recovery and moral
reformation of our nation. We do not ask for much. We only ask of
you to fwd this email to your close friends and relatives.

This is the kind of resolve and unity which can make a big difference.
Of course, if you feel strongly, as I do, about the power of prayer,
you can be more involved by starting a prayer group or prayer center.

We have tried people power twice before; inboth cases, it fell short.
Maybe it's time to try prayer power. GOD never fails. Is there hope?
YES! We can rely on God's promise, but we have to do our part. If we
humble ourselves and pray as a people, GOD will hear and heal our land.
By GOD's grace, we may still see a chance of a better future for our
country..

'If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I
hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their
land...

(2 Chronicles 7:14).

If you care for your children and grandchildren, let's not abandon the
Philippines .

PLEASE, pass this on.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Triumph of the Cross: The Triumph of a Far Greater Love

The Triumph of the Cross

The cross was an ancient form of punishment which dates back to the Persians. It was later adopted by the Greeks, then also by the Romans. Crucifixion was considered the worst of all punishment, not only because of the pain felt by the crucified, and the slow and excruciating cause of death on the cross, which is asphyxiation – characterized by the loss of oxygen causing severe muscle paralysis among others. It was considered the worst punishment because of what it meant – the person is exposed, stripped naked which means the person is stripped of his dignity, and then he is hanged on the cross between heaven and earth which mean he is deprived of both heaven and earth – he is deprived of everything. The cross was not only a painful death, but a sentence of ultimate humiliation and of total deprivation. The cross is by no means then a beautiful symbol. It is actually an ugly sign of cruelty. Triumph of the Cross then would be an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. The cross is anything but triumphant.

What changed it all is when Jesus gave himself over to be crucified. The authorities meant to humiliate, deprive, defeat Jesus. On the contrary, on the cross, Jesus was exalted, fulfilled, triumphant. On the cross, Jesus was exalted, raised up high, and just as the serpent lifted up on the pole symbolized, all who look on Jesus Crucified will be saved. On the cross, Jesus fulfilled his mission to be Messiah, whose suffering and death won the healing and life of broken humanity. On the cross, Jesus triumphed over violence, over sin, over death, over evil, over hatred. The cross is the triumph of Peace, of Grace, of Life, of Goodness, of Love.

The cross was a sign of defeat and of weakness. But the self-giving of Christ, which the letter of Paul to the Philippians sing about transformed it into a statement of triumph and strength. Very beautifully, Hans Urs Von Balthasar wrote that the divinity of Jesus shone most eminently in the cross. Jesus, was most God when he was there hanging on the cross – for only God can be capable of such great love. True, because God is love.

As the Church grew, the cross became a central symbol of the faith, and rightly so. We sign ourselves with the sign of the cross. The cross is central in the symbols of the Churches. We hang the cross in our homes, rooms, schools, workplaces, even in our cars. Some have the cross in their pocket. Some wear them as pendants, rings, or sometimes even as earrings. But more than just symbols, more than fashion accessories, let us remember that when we sign ourselves with the cross, when we hang the cross, or when we bring the cross, or wear the cross,

- We are reminding ourselves of the great love of God – For God so loved the world, that he gave us his only son, so that all who would believe in him might have eternal life.
- We are making a statement of faith – that we believe that Jesus Christ has saved us, that Jesus Christ has freed us.
- And we are saying yes to cross – to take up our cross daily, to embrace the cross and let the cross triumph in our lives. The cross triumphs in our lives when we defeat violence, sin, death, evil and hatred, and let Peace, Grace, Life, Goodness, Love be concrete in our daily lives.

May we be always grateful for the immense love of God, proud of our Christian heritage of the cross, and aware of our responsibility to take up the cross daily.

Let us adore Christ and bless him because by his holy cross he has redeemed the world.