Liturgical Bible Study Seminar

Credit: Fr. Arlo Bernardo Yap, SVD

 

The Divine Word Biblical Center and the Family Disciples of the Word will be conducting Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) Seminar on June 24-25, 2017 at Janssen Hall, Christ the King Seminary, E. Rodriguez Ave., QC. Aimed at training facilitators, the Liturgical Bible Study is proven to be an effective methodology to feed your family or your community (BEC) with the Word of God. You may watch YouTube posts on Litugical Bible Study. For further inquiries, you may call Sis. Dayday 0928 453 1002. Praise the Lord tayo dyan!

IEC 2016 Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony

Welcome to the International Eucharistic Congress 2016 Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony

Welcome to the International Eucharistic Congress 2016 Pavilion Groundbreaking Ceremony

This is what I like most about being involved in media ministry. You get invited in press conferences and most important events. Today, I would like to inform everyone that I was there during the groundbreaking ceremony of the  International Eucharistic Congress 2016 Pavilion last February 15 at the grounds of Seminario Mayor de San Carlos in Mabolo, Cebu City. Yes, the Archdiocese of Cebu will host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress.

Cardinal Vidal Remembers His Participation in 1933 International Eucharistic Congress

Cardinal Vidal Remembers His Participation in 1933 International Eucharistic Congress

 

An International Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of people aimed at the promotion and awareness of the centrality of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. This event normally takes places every four years. The last time it landed on Philippine soil was in 1933 and the 37th edition. On a side note, Cardinal Vidal was only 6 years old at this time and he remembered with joy that he was one of the first communicants at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Congress.

 

The 2016 theme will be “Christ in You, our Hope and Glory” (Col. 1:27). It shall involve significant catechesis and engaging testimonies, cultural and social events, moments of friendship and gathering of people who recognize that the risen Christ, celebrated and prayed, is the heart of their life experience.

The Pavilion Model

The Pavilion Model

The Pavilion will have the following features:

15,500 seating capacity

250 parking slots

200 comfort rooms

Tile floor and walls comfort room

60’ X 60’ glaze ceramic floor tile

Painted interior and exterior smooth cement wall finish

Large conference hall

6 function rooms in different sizes

250 seating capacity theater

Large and multiple exhibit rooms

Service area

31,023 square meters building area including basement, ground floor and second floor

Multiple access emergency unit.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

 

And here’s the bomb!

The Pope will possibly come! Better book your flights now.

Na-corner ko si Archbishop for the Radio Interview! Thank you po!

Na-corner ko si Archbishop for the Radio Interview! Thank you po!

 

 

 

PHILIPPINE SVD @ 100

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The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) is now celebrating our one hundred years of missionary presence in the Philippines. On August 15, 1909, the first two SVD missionaries arrived in Manila and began their long journey to Abra, a landlocked province in Northern part of Luzon. With only a bamboo raft, Fr. Juan Scheiermann, SVD and Fr. Ludwig Beckert, SVD journeyed on Abra River to Bangued, the capital. They reached Pilar, Cagotungan, Abra — their mission station, by horse — in their full black cassocks! Perhaps they never thought that one hundred years after, the SVD mission in the Philippines will be this big and this successful. We owe all to the grace of God.

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It seems young priests are more comfortable in front of the camera

Last August 17, I arrived in Cebu for the Centennial Celebration of the SVD Philippine Southern Province. More than 100 of my confreres came to celebrate this significant occassion.

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Hehe Parang Mag-Ama! Puros Hubag!

With the theme “We Remember, We Rejoice, We Renew”, we were delighted to hear anecdotes about the SVD in the Philippines. Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD shared to us never-been-heard-nor-published stories about the Divine Word Missionaries in the Philippines (Sample: Did you know that the SVD owned all the Church properties in one of the Archdioceses in the country after the World War II? Mahabang istorya ito!) I was really thankful to the good bishop who happened to be the ordaining prelate during my priestly ordination. So, i also took the opportunity to have photo op with him.

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Fr. Tony Pernia, SVD shared about the facts and figures in the Philippine SVD. FYI, Fr. Tony is the Superior General of the SVD worldwide!!! Not only that, he is a Filipino!!! During our time with him, somebody made a remark, “100 years of the SVD in the Philippines is not enough to produce a saint, but enough to produce a Superior General.”

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The SVD together with the Blue Sisters and the Pink Sisters

GEDC5264The Pink Sisters are praying for me! Ssshhh, wag maingay!

Our sister congregations also celebrated with us. The Centennial Mass was celebrated at the Pink Sisters Convent together with our lay mission partners, XVDs and the Blue and Pink Sisters. The presider and the mass homilist was Fr. Tony. Agape meal followed.

We also had basketball exhibition game: SVD vs. XVD (ex-SVD seminarians). Did I mention the SVD won? We were on the Sports page of the Sunstar Magazine the following day, and the whole of Cebu knew about it.

Ricardo Cardinal Vidal also joined us for the prayer before the clergy religious night. He also expressed his appreciations for the missionary work done by the SVDs in the Archdiocese of Cebu.

GEDC5344The SVDs listened to a fisherman from Cordova

The last day of the Centennial Celebration proved to be the most memorable and most meaningful for me. Perhaps all my other confreres will also agree. We went to Cordova, where one of the housing projects of the SVD is located. Father Max Abalos, SVD, who spearheaded the project said that it is geared toward the development and liberation of the people from poverty and oppression. The Cordova fisherfolk village has now a cooperative business and will soon establish their dried danggit business.

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Mabenta ang mais ng mga fisher folks. Mga pari nag-enjoy!

Our last stop was the Janssenville in Bangkal, Soong, Lapu-Lapu City. Janssenville is another housing project of the SVD. It is a compound of 100 houses with a gate and a chapel for the housing recipients. Together with NGOs, our mission partners, fisherfolks, street children, XVDs, students, visitors, Janssenville settlers and many others, we were given a tour in the area. Fr. Anthony Salas, SVD, JPIC-IDC director, said the houses were built through the consolidated effort of the SVD and the University of San Carlos (USC) community and the beneficiaries.

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Fr. Tony is given a tour in the Janssenville Compound

The Holy Mass in the afternoon was presided by Bishop Bastes. He also gave the homily in flawless Visayan language. Hehe Bol-anon man pod diay siya mao nga hasler kaayo mobisaya. Paka-paka oy!

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After that, Fr. Tony led the blessing of the whole village. We blest the 100 houses, one priest per house. (siyempre sama ako doon). It was very touching…ang bawat pamilya may isa-isang paring dala papunta sa kanilang mga bahay. Masaya ang naging kwentuhan ko with the family na nakasama ko.

Fellowship meal followed. It was like a feast. I was happy and thankful to be part of that celebration. Indeed, it was a piece of heaven. More pictures HERE!!!

Congrats SVD and may the Triune God live in the hearts of all.

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ASH WEDNESDAY TRIVIA

I noticed even as a young child that some of the largest crowds in the year will show up to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, even if it is not a holy day of obligation. Many Filipinos could not afford to let go of Ash Wednesday without a trip to church to be marked with an ashen cross on their foreheads. Even people who seldom come to Church for the rest of the year make a concerted effort to come for ashes (which is good!).

And how would you know if the person seated next to you in the jeepney is not a Catholic? He or she makes a point of telling you that you have something on your forehead, assuming you would want to wash it off. Hehe. But many Catholics wear that smudge faithfully all day. Happy Ash Wednesday!!!

1. The origin of the custom of using ashes in religious ritual can be found in the Old Testament. The prophet Jeremiah, for example, calls for repentance this way: “O daughter of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes” (Jer 6:26). The prophet Isaiah, on the other hand, critiques the use of sackcloth and ashes as inadequate to please God (Is 58:5). (Perhaps) the best known example of repentance in the Old Testament is that of the King of Nineveh: “He rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes” (Jon 3:6).

2.In the New Testament, Jesus refers to the use of sackcloth and ashes as signs of repentance: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes” (Mt 11:21, Lk 10:13).

3.Thomas Talley, an expert on the history of the liturgical year, says that the first clearly datable liturgy for Ash Wednesday that provides for sprinkling ashes is in the Romano-Germanic pontifical of 960. Before that time, ashes had been used as a sign of admission to the Order of Penitents.

4.As early as the sixth century, the Spanish Mozarabic rite calls for signing the forehead with ashes when admitting a gravely ill person to the Order of Penitents.

5. At the beginning of the 11th century, Abbot Aelfric notes that it was customary for all the faithful to take part in a ceremony on the Wednesday before Lent that included the imposition of ashes. Near the end of that century, Pope Urban II called for the general use of ashes on that day. Only later did this day come to be called Ash Wednesday.

6. At first, clerics and men had ashes sprinkled on their heads, while women had the sign of the cross made with ashes on their foreheads. Eventually, of course, the ritual used with women came to be used for men as well.

7. In the 12th century the rule developed that the ashes were to be created by burning palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday. Many parishes today invite parishioners to bring such palms to church before Lent begins and have a ritual burning of the palms after Mass.

8. Originally, the marking of ashes is related with baptism. Those who had committed serious sins confessed their sins to the bishop or his representative and were assigned a penance that was to be carried out over a period of time. Penance this time was called “second baptism.” With the gradual disappearance of the Order of Penitents, the use of ashes became detached from its original context. The focus on personal penance and the Sacrament of Penance continued in Lent, but the connection to Baptism was no longer obvious to most people. This is reflected in the formula that came to be associated with the distribution of ashes: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.”

9. The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) called for the renewal of Lent, recovering its ancient baptismal character. Since Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, it naturally is also the beginning to recover a baptismal focus. One hint of this is the second formula that is offered for the imposition of ashes: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” Though it doesn’t explicitly mention Baptism, it recalls our baptismal promises to reject sin and profess our faith. It is a clear call to conversion, to that movement away from sin and toward Christ that we have to embrace over and over again through our lives.

10. There is a certain irony in the gospel reading for today, which tells us to wash our faces so that we do not appear to be doing penance on the day that we go around with “dirt” on our foreheads. This is just another way Jesus is telling us not to perform religious acts for public recognition. We don’t wear the ashes to proclaim our holiness but to acknowledge that we are a community of sinners in need of repentance and renewal.

When we receive ashes on our foreheads, we remember who we are.
We remember that we are creatures of the earth (“Remember that you are dust”).
We remember that we are mortal beings (“and to dust you will return”).

We remember that we are baptized.

We remember that we are people on a journey of conversion (“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel”).

We remember that we are members of the body of Christ (and that smudge on our foreheads will proclaim that identity to others, too).

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WORD ALIVE ON DZMM


Last Sunday, Feast of Christ the King, Rev. Aris Martin, SVD and I, together with veteran Pinoy missionary (to Brazil, Argentina and Angola) Father Manuel Gatchalian, SVD were invited over as guests by Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD in his radio program “Salitang Buhay” (Word Alive) at DZMM.

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Rev. Aris Martin, Fr. Manuel Gatchalian, Miss Ilsa Reyes, Me, Fr. Bel San Luis
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Salitang Buhay is a religious program anchored on God’s Word which applies to various sectors of society: spiritual, moral, economic, and political. It is inspired by Christ’s words: “Everyone who listens to my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Matthew 7:24).

It was my second time to guest on “Salitang Buhay”. I arrived earlier than the call time. I immediately saw “Salitang Buhay” anchors Miss Ilsa Reyes and Fr. Jerome Marquez, SVD, and we immediately went inside the studio.

The topic that evening was all about our vocation story.The jokes of Fr. Bel are all new to me and he delivered them on the spot. Ang galing! I enjoyed the evening.

Fr. Manuel Gatchalian, SVD was also a very inspiring guest. I met him before when I was still a college seminarian in Christ the King. I could not forget him because he cried during his homily when he talked about his experience of being with the poor. Even during our interview, I noticed he was teary-eyed while sharing on air his experience with the poor in Angola during the civil war.

Thank you to Father Bel, Father Jerome and Miss Ilsa Reyes!

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Fr. Bel and Fr. Jerome took turns in taking souvenir photos. Hehe.
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As expected, Rev. Aris and me took time to pose at the ABS-CBN lobby after the program.


The beautiful and towering Christmas Tree at the main entrance of DZMM.

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Siyempre, look at the Kapamilya logo at the background…In the service of the Filipino worldwide.

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LOVING THE GOD I DON’T FULLY UNDERSTAND

No, it’s not my birthday today! But my mind keeps wondering on that moment when once upon an eternity, God said, “Let there be Felmar Castrodes Fiel!” Ah, wonder of all wonders.

I had really no plans of entering the seminary. I had seminarian friends in high school but I was not really attracted to their calling. I felt that entering the seminary would be like becoming a modern martyr. Imagine, they had to undergo ten years of formation!

But when God calls, He is really irresistible! A Persistent Suitor I would say. A religious missionary priest came to our school to conduct an entrance exam. My intention of taking that exam was only the guarantee of our Values Education Professor that I would be exempted for the midterm exams. Wahahaha.

Perhaps God was really serious with me. I passed the exam and I find myself availing of the search-in in Davao City. All of a sudden, I realized I wanted to enter the seminary. What a twist, the years of formation in the SVD congregation is not only ten years but eleven years!

In my many years of serving God, I have been into several troubles and confusions. Two weeks before entering the seminary, my mother got an accident. I was so sad because she was the one I asked to prepare all the things necessary for me to bring to the seminary. I thought God was so cruel and not supportive! He might have other plans for me than entering the seminary. But no, I felt something different with this call. So, I wrestled day and night with my convictions. I then worked all things out to prepare the necessary documents needed for my entrance in the SVD. On that rainy day of May 14, 1998, I went to the Divine Word Formation Center of Davao alone and yet convinced of my calling. That memory was very vivid to me.

One thing I learn through the years is to love the God I don’t fully understand. His ways are not my ways. I have other plans but His plans are bigger. Ah, several times I experienced the dark nights of my soul. But thanks be to God, I always wake up each morning knowing that I have a bright future full of hope. I know that everyday heaven is stormed by prayers of people praying for me. Thanks for that!

Friends, I already applied for the perpetualist program of my congregation. Through your prayers, I concretely feel God’s faithfulness in my life. Bahagi kayo ng bokasyon ko. Salamat ha. May the Heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all. Amen.

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