453rd Anniversary of the Finding of the Child Jesus

Photo Credit: Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu FB Page

 

On April 28, 2018, the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu will commemorate the 453rd Kaplag or the Finding of the Image of the Holy Child by one of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi’s soldier by the name of Juan Camus. The Basilica Community would like to invite you for the various activities of the Kaplag, especially the novena masses. Included here is the schedule of the activities.

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USC at the Basilica Pilgrim Center

The Holy Child devotees during the 2:30 pm Novena Mass

The 2:30 pm Novena Mass at the Pilgrim Center of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu was sponsored by the University of San Carlos. Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, the President of the University presided the liturgical celebration in Cebuano language. More than 50 priests also concelebrated, more than half of them SVDs.

Photo Credit: Fr. John Cruz, SVD

 

The Altar of the Pilgrim Center

The homilist was Fr. Romy Cagatin, SVD, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Incorporated (JPIC-IDC) coordinator of the Philippine SVD Southern Province.

 

Photo Credit: Fr. John Cruz, SVD

 

There was a slight rain and suddenly the Pilgrim Center was filled with umbrellas.

 

This year’s theme for the celebration is “Sto. Niño: Inspiration of Renewed Disciples for the New Evangelization.” This is patterned after the pastoral thrust of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.

I did not concelebrate. I was at the Media Center for the live coverage of the Holy Mass.

Free Week-long Bible Study

In view of the National Bible Month and its Annual Fiesta,

the Shrine of Jesus, the Divine Word would like

to invite everyone for a week-long

BIBLE STUDY

to be held at the Shrine Church, inside Christ the King Mission Seminary

E. Rodriguez Sr. Blvd. Avenue, Quezon City

From January 22-26, 2018

7 pm after the 6 pm weekday Holy Masses.

Check out the poster below for more details.

 

 

Sinulog 2018 Official Schedule of Activities

Photo Credit: Fr. Semei Rebayla, SVD

SINULOG 2018 SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

#Sinulog2018 #38thSinulogFestival #VivaPitSeñor#453rdFiestaSeñor #CebuCityPIO

December 01, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Sinulog Street Fair @ Osmeña Boulevard #

January 7, 2018 (Sunday)
5:00AM–Sinulog Fun Run by Philippine Sports Commission
4:00PM–Kick Off ( Route: same as Sinulog Grand Parade)
Sinulog Dance Crew 2018 Elimination @ Mall #

January 11, 2018 (Thursday)
Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00AM–Assembly @ Fuente Osmeña (Fuente Osmeña-Osmeña Blvd.-Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño)
4:30AM–Start of walk from Fuente Osmeña to Basilica Minore Del Santo Niño
5:30AM–Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2017 #


January 12, 2018 (Friday)
Sinulog 2018 Kick Off
10:00AM–Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by The Department of Trade and Industry
2:00PM–Solemn Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño – Opening Salvo Sinulog 2018
3:00PM–Sinulog 2018 Launching Parade (Basilica to Fuente Circle to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00PM–Opening & Launching Program @ Plaza Independencia; Presentation of: Sinulog Festival Queen ; Sinulog Idol ; Sinulog Dance Crew #

January 13, 2018 (Saturday)
Sinulog sa Lalawigan
1:00PM–Parade of Participants from Capitol Grounds to Cebu City Sports Complex
2:00PM–Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Department of Education – Cebu Province
8:00PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @Mall
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 14, 2018 (Sunday)
Sinulog sa Barangay
12:00PM–Parade of Participants from Legaspi Ext. Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Complex
1:00PM–Sinulog sa Barangay @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Cebu Technological University & Indiana Aerospace University
4:00PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Mall
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 15, 2018 (Monday)
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of Visayas & University of Cebu
4:00PM–Sinulog Idol Elimination @ Mall
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Mandaue City College & Mandaue School for the Arts
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 17, 2018 (Wednesday)
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by Salazar Institute of Technology and Cebu Doctors University
8:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 18, 2018 (Thursday)
10:00AM–Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 Photo Shoot @ SM City Cebu Events Center
6:00PM–Sinulog Festival Queen 2018 Parade of Costumes & Runway Competition @ SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of San Carlos
8:00PM–Sky Night @ Plaza Independencia c/o Sky Cable #

January 19, 2018 (Friday)
4:00AM–Walk with Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe Church-V. Rama Ave.-left to B. Rodriguez St.- Fuente Osmeña-Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
Cebu-Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
9:00AM–Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingents, Floats, Higante, & Puppeteers) @ Cebu City Sports Complex
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia by University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of San Jose Recoletos, and Cebu Institute Technology University
7:30PM–Sinulog Festival 2018 Festival Queen Coronation Night and Sinulog Dance Crew Grand Showdown @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia #

January 20, 2018 (Saturday)
2:00AM–Mass @ National Shrine of St. Joseph
Mandaue-Lapu-Lapu Traslacion
3:00AM–Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
9:00AM–Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana & Rajah Humabon @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
1:00PM–Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño
6:30PM–Cultural Show @ Plaza Independencia
Department of Education – Cebu City
Sinulog Idol 2018 Grand Finals @ Plaza Independencia
7:00PM–Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
9:00PM–Coke Studio Artists @ Plaza Independencia by Coca Cola #

January 21, 2018 (Sunday)
Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00AM–Mañanita Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
6:00AM–Pontifical Mass @ Basilica Del Santo Niño
7:00AM–Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Complex
8:00AM–Short Program
8:30AM–Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade Kick Off @ Cebu City Sports Complex
4:00PM–Sinulog 2018 Grand Finale @ Cebu City Sports Complex
6:00PM–Concert @ Plaza Independencia with Mofo Band
8:00PM–Parokya ni Edgar @ Plaza Independencia by Globe Telecom #

January 22, 2018 (Monday)
Awarding Ceremonies
1:00PM–Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center #

January 26, 2018 (Friday)
“HUBO Mass”
4:00AM–Mass @ Basilica Minore del Sto.Niño Pilgrim Center #

#Sinulog2018 #38thSinulogFestival #VivaPitSeñor #453rdFiestaSeñor

Source: Cebu City Public Information Office

 

Palm and Passion Sunday (A)

Palm and Passion Sunday

 

Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday (A)

Isaiah 50:4-7

Psalm: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Philippians 2:6-11

 

Matthew 26: 14-27,66

 

Welcome to the Palm and Passion Sunday!

 

Tandaan po ninyo, ang linggong ito ang isa sa mga may pinakamagandang second readings sa buong taon para sa akin. Ito ay galing sa book of St. Paul to the Philippians: at ang mensaheng ito ay produkto ng pagninilay ng first Christian communities. “Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be used for his own advantage.” (Philippians 2:6). Sa simula pa lamang, si Hesus ay talagang banal. Ngunit hindi tumigil si St. Paul doon. Sabi pa niya: “Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. Thus, he humbled himself, by becoming obedient to death, death on the cross!” (Philippians 2:7)

 

Ang Dios na banal ay naging tao, upang ang tao ay maging banal.

 

This is a special time of the year that we stop to remember and bring back the memories leading to our redemption and salvation. Yes, we remember Jesus’ dying and rising, but let us also remember our own dying and rising with him.

 

Let us ponder upon two questions for today:

 

  1. Do I have true sorrow for my sins?

 

Akin bang nararamdaman ang taus-pusong pagsisisi sa aking mga kasalanan? Ngunit hindi lamang iyan – ang pagsisisi ay hindi lamang iyong makaramdam ng kalungkutan, pananangis at pagtanggap ng parusa sa mga kasalanang nagawa ngunit ang pagbabagong-isip.

 

Ang tunay na pagsisisi ay yaong may kasamang paggawa ng  mabuti (Luke 3:8). Samakatuwid, kung ako’y magdarasal, hihingi ng tawad sa Dios, ako ay tunay na nagsisisi kung ang aral ni Hesus ay akin ng isinasabuhay. It is impossible to change if the person cannot and will not change. Change will come if you change. Imposible ang tunay na pagsisisi kung walang bungang pagbabago sa ugali.

 

  1. Am I willing to carry my own cross?

 

May story ako na naalala ko pa mula sa aking auntie na aking guro noong high school. Sabi niya, one day, a man complained to Christ dahil masyadong mabigat ang krus na kanyang dala. Then dinala siya ni Hesus sa isang lugar na puno ng krus. sabi ni Hesus, pili ka ng krus mo dyan.

 

So, ibinaba nya yong kanyang krus at nagsimula siyang umikot. He saw a very small cross, binuhat niya, then sabi niya: ang gaan naman. So ibinaba niya at naghanap ulit. May nakita siyang malaking krus, binuhat niya, ngunit sabi – sobrang bigat naman!

 

So, hanap siya ng hanap ng krus na babagay sa kanya. Naikot niya ang buong lugar ngunit wala siyang mahanap na krus na sakto lamang sa kanya.

 

Then, all of a sudden, in a corner, may nakita isang krus, hindi masyadong Malaki, hindi rin masyadong maliit. He carried it, not so heavy, not too light. Kaya sabi niya kay Hesus, “yes, Jesus, ito na ang napili kong krus!”

 

Jesus laughed at him. Sabi ni Hesus, that’s the same cross you complained about!

 

Brothers and sisters, while we ponder on the sufferings of Christ, let us also be mindful to accept our own sufferings, knowing that God never gives us trials beyond our capacity. (1 Corinthians 10:13). His grace is always enough for us.

 

Have a meaningful and prayerful holy week po.

 

This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD. Witness to the Word.

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday of Lent (A)

God desires that everybody will be saved and come to the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

Third Sunday of Lent (A)

Exodus 17:3-7

Psalm: If today, you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

John 4:5-42

 

Welcome to the third Sunday of Lent!

 

As we progress through our Lenten preparations, this Sunday is a reminder of God’s loving generosity, BIG TIME. Of all the things God can give, he gave His only Son, the living water that gives eternal life.

 

Our gospel for this Sunday is entitled Jesus and the Samaritan Woman – a story of: tragic sinner meets tender savior. While Jesus passed through a town of Samaria, he met the Samaritan woman at the well. When he talked to the woman, marami pong hindi nasunod si Hesus na mga protocol dito.

 

Una, mahigpit na magkalaban ang mga Jews at mga taga-Samaria; Second, kahit na ito ay isang “short-cut” na rota papuntang Judea to Galilee, ito ay iniiwasan ng mga Jews because this place is not considered to be part of the “holy land; Third, normally Jewish men would not talk to a woman in public.

 

Jesus broke the social customs of his time and after asking for water, he offered the woman the water of eternal life. At sabi ng babae, sir, give me this water, so that I may not thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:15)

 

What are the reminders for us today?

 

  1. Salvation is all grace!

 

Kadalasan sa mga Jews kapag sila ay pupunta sa Galilee from Judea, they are willing to travel for 6 days instead of  3 days para lamang maiwasang daanan ang Samaria. Jews hated the Samarians because Samarians descended from Jews who had intermarried with Gentiles or pagans! But Jesus did not operate like that: he didn’t care about heritage, he didn’t care about the other people’s ill perception, he just wanted to save this poor woman.

 

God operates through grace. Samakatuwid hindi lamang ang mga mabubuti o matutuwid ang pwedeng bigyan ng kaligtasan. Kung tatanggapin mo ang Diyos sa iyong buhay, sasaiyo ang kaligtasang kanyang alay.

 

Sometimes we are too concerned with how we dress up, or how we look like, or how we have followed our religious duties, when after all, God only wants our willing hearts. Mahal ka niya, maging sino ka man.

 

 

 

  1. True satisfaction comes in godly life.

 

Noong sinabi ni Hesus sa kanya na “Whoever drinks the water I shall give shall never be thirsty again” – wow, this must be very appealing to the woman! All her life, naghahanap ang girlalu na ito ng makakasatisy sa kanya. She tried physical relationships-wa epek! Naka-anim na asawa na nga siya, wa- epek pa rin. Hindi pa rin naibigay ang kanyang hinahanap-hanap.

 

Her encounter with Christ changed her whole life. She became a witness, and kahit na hindi pwedeng tumestigo ang mga babae during her time, many people came to believe. And Jesus stayed in Samaria for 2 days.

 

Interestingly, when the apostles started preaching after the stoning of the first Christian martyr St. Stephen, it was Philip who went to Samaria and proclaimed Christ (Acts 8:5). The people there listened to the message, accompanied with supernatural signs. Many were converted.

 

Lent is the time for us to see our mistakes that keep us from coming to the living waters of a right relationship with God.

 

Brothers and sisters, hindi ikaw lamang ang mahal ng Diyos! If we think we deserve more than others because of our righteousness, then we don’t see as God does. God desires that everybody will be saved and come to the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

 

This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD. Witness to the Word.

Second Sunday of Lent (A)

This is a Promise!

Second Sunday of Lent (A)

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

2 Timothy 1:8b-10

Matthew 17:1-9

 

Welcome to the second Sunday of Lent!

 

Recently I watched the movie Logan. The movie was in 2029 when the mutant population was already disbanded, and Wolverine was left to take good care of Charles Xavier or Professor X. Wolverine lived a hidden life, siya ay naging simpleng taxi driver na lamang. But everything changed when a young girl named Laura, a mutant, came into his life. This girl had his DNA, and she also possessed powers like Wolverine. He needs to help the girl cross the border. I will not mention spoilers, but in this movie, you will a transformed Wolverine, a wolverine with a heart. The greatest movie about Wolverine is not about the mutant, but about the man Logan.

 

Today’s readings center on transformations. In the first reading, Abram was called by God to leave his homeland. Nabago ang kanyang buhay ng sinunod niya ang Diyos. Abram became Abraham, the Father of Faith.

 

In the second reading, sabi ni St. Paul, “We are called to a holy life, not according to our works, but according to the grace bestowed in Christ.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

 

At ang ebanghelyo ay tungkol sa Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took Peter James and John into a high mountain and he was transfigured before them.

 

What are the reminders for us today?

 

  1. We have our vocation.

 

Andito tayo sa mundo hindi lamang para magkaroon ng career. Tayo ay may bokasyon. Tinawag tayo ng Dios upang maging bahagi sa Gawain ng paglikha. You are here for a reason, that reason is not only that you become a professional but that you contribute to the holiness of the world.

 

Masasabi mo bang ikaw ay may positibong naiambag sa kabutihan ng lipunan?

 

Father, sasabihin ninyo, mabait naman ako. Wala akong ginagawang masama. Ngunit hindi lamang mabait na walang ginawang masama, kundi ang kailangan natin ngayon ay yaong mabait na may ginagawang mabuti.

 

Sabi sa movie na Logan, “A soldier who will not fight is useless.” Ang sundalong hindi nakikipaglaban ay walang silbi. In the same way, “A Christian who doesn’t serve is useless.” Ang Kristyanong walang ginagawang masama at wala ring ginagawang  mabuti ay walang silbi.

 

I have a beautiful classmate at devcom. She is organizing an outreach program for the indigenous people of Pampanga. She is doing it this season of Lent.

What good will you do this season of Lent?

What sacrifices will you make for the benefit of others?

 

We have a vocation.

 

  1. We go down.

 

During the Transfiguration, sabi ni Peter, Lord, we shall build three tents: one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah. Sabi ba ni Jesus – go!

 

No, they went down the mountain. Because the living out of service is not in the mountain. Kailangang bumaba because the action is there in the lowland. They need to go back to reality. That is where the action is.

 

When we become knowledgeable, when we become leaders, when we achieve high status in the society – we go down. We serve.

 

As Christians, we cannot transform the world by mere prayers in our convents, in our chapels, in our churches. We go out, we move out, of our homes, of our comfort zones – to get in touch with the realities of the people in our families and communities.

 

We go down.

 

Brothers and sisters, in the second Sunday of lent, we are reminded that everybody has a vocation. What happened to Jesus in the mountain will also happen to us. But before that, like Jesus, we have to embrace first our realities, the realities of life, of suffering, of sacrifices, of joys, of pains. Then, if we share in the cross of Christ, we shall also share in his glory. That’s a promise!

 

This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD. Witness to the Word.