Second Sunday of Lent (A) March 11, 2017Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Communications Ministry, Diocese of San Pablo, Jesus, Lent, Pastoral, SVD, SVD Philippine Southern Province.
Tags: Homilies, Ikalawang Linggo ng Kwaresma, Second Sunday of Lent
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Second Sunday of Lent (A)
Psalm: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
2 Timothy 1:8b-10
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?
- 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.
- 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.
SVD Mission in Surigao Affected by Earthquake February 25, 2017Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of Surigao, OMG!, Pastoral, SVD Philippine Southern Province.
Tags: San Vicente Ferrer Parish of Sabang, Surigao City
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The lone SVD parish in Surigao was badly affected by the Northeastern Mindanao earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.7 and a maximum intensity VII (very strong) last February 10, 2017, 10:03 pm. “There are cracks all over the place,” reported by Fr. Yohanes Dua Dani Bao, the Indonesian parish priest.
Even the mission school founded by the parish back in 2003 was not spared. “Some of the cabinets fell flat, many of the academic materials destroyed,” he added.
Few weeks ago in a separate interview, Fr. Yohanes relayed his enthusiasm that many parents approached him wanting their children to enroll in the mission school. “Many of our pupils became outstanding students when they go to Surigao West, Pilot School, CV Diez and St. Paul College.”
At present, the parish mission school has 48 pupils composed of 3 levels of Nursery 1, Nursery 2 and Kindergarten.
Earlier, the Surigao City government had declared the entire city under the state of calamity.
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) February 18, 2017Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Diocese of San Pablo, Jesus, Pastoral, SVD Philippine Southern Province.
Tags: Enrique Gil, Homilies, Liza Soberano
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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Psalm: The Lord is kind and merciful!
I Cor 3:16-23
Welcome to the seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Noong May 13, 1981 binaril po si Pope John Paul II at himalang naka-survive sa assassination attempt. Sa kanyang paggaling, there was a feeling of wanting to meet his would-be-assasin. At noon pong December 27, 1983, nagulat ang buong mundo sa ginawang pagbisita ni Pope John Paul II sa selda ni Mehmet Ali Agca, ang taong bumaril sa kanya. Ang dalawa ay nag-usap, and personally, binigay ni Pope John Paul ang kanyang patawad kay Ali Agca. Wala pang social media noon, ngunit ang kanilang larawan, considered as historical moment of forgiveness, landed on the first pages of the newspapers around the world.
Our readings for today are very clear about their assertion on what truly makes us Christian
- Vengeance must not reign in the heart of a Christian. Love does.
Jesus in the gospel said that “you shall love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44) why? …ang sagot po nyan ay nasa karugtong lang nyan: “so that you may be children of your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:45)
Bulls-eye! Upang tayo’y maging anak ng Dios, vengeance must not reign in our heart. Love does. Instead of hatred, love; instead of retaliation, forgiveness; instead of cruelty, mercy. – for what??? “so that you may be children of your heavenly Father.”
Sabi nga ni Martin Luther King, “we shall learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or we shall perish together as fools.” Kung hahayaan natin ang karahasang manatili sa ating puso, karahasan din ang ating aanihin.Ngunit kung pag-ibig – laging mamayani ang pag-asa na sa dako pa roon, matatamo din natin ang kaligtasan.
Vengeance must not reign in the heart of a Christian. Love does.
- A Christian must not desire destruction, but perfection.
At the end of the gospel, Jesus said “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Question: Fr, di ba, only God is perfect? Why desire to be perfect?
The Greek word na ginamit dito ay telios, which means “brought to its end or completed.” So, to be perfect in this sense means to be completed in Christ. Philippians 1:6 says that completion is the work of God. He created us, saved us, and is faithful to perfect us.
Question: when you look at yourself, what do you see?
Nakikita nyo ba ng inyong mga eye-bugs?
Nakikita nyo ba ng inyong mga wrinkles?
Nakikita nyo ba na ang taba-taba nyo na?
Minsan baka naitanong nyo na rin sa inyong mga sarili:
Pangit ba ako? Kapalit-palit ba ako?
How do you feel about it?
The good news is – that is not the way God sees us.
St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians said: “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God dwells in you.” (1 Corinthians 3:16) Templo ka ng Espiritu Santo. Ang Espiritu ng Dios ay nananahan sa iyo.”
With Christ, we are complete. Complete forgiveness. Pinatawad ka ng Dios. Matutuo ka ring magpatawad.
Brothers and sisters, ang kasabihang “lintik lang ang walang ganti” ay hindi gawaing Kristyano at hindi naayon sa layon ng Dios. God wants us to be brothers and sisters to each other. Not plotting revenge, but loving and praying for one another.
In reality, this is easier said than done. But, if we many Christians, and even non-Christians have done it, you and I can also do it. In God’s grace.
This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD – Witness to the Word!
Misericordia et Misera in Smokey Mountain December 15, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Manila, Communications Ministry, Mission Anecdotes, Pastoral, Pope Francis, Priesthood, SVD Philippine Central Province.
Tags: Fr. Jhonatan Letada SVD, Misericordia et Misera, Risen Christ Parish of Tondo
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Many thanks to the faithful of the Risen Christ Parish in Smokey Mountain, Tondo who came para sa aking talk on Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery), the latest apostolic letter of Pope Francis. Salamat din sa aking classmate na si Fr. Jhonatan Letada, the parish priest. The photo above was taken when I arrived before the 6 pm Holy Mass.
This is the first time for me to give a talk about the latest apostolic letter of Pope Francis within the Archdiocese of Manila. The deal started during the ordination last week when Fr. Jhonatan invited me to come to his parish so that we could celebrate our 8th sacerdotal anniversary together. However, I told him that I could not be available on December 6, our anniversary, because I would have a talk at the San Antonio de Padua Parish in Los Baňos on the same topic.
I then suggested to him that I give a talk about Misericordia et Misera. He immediately set the date: December 13. I said yes immediately with the condition that it must be free. #fortheSVD. And yes, the rest is history.
After the talk, we had dinner together. Then, he gave me a cellophane of chocolate as a token of appreciation. LIKE! I went back to Christ the King Seminary in the evening with a very wide smile. It was a very wonderful day.
Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan Circa 1969 December 5, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Davao, Diocese of Digos, Pastoral.
Tags: Father Francisco Lopez, Father George Courchesne, Father Jean-Louis Breault, Father Paul Gravel, Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan, Jose Oyanguren
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A rare photo of the old Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan (Davao del Sur), Circa 1969 during a seminar dated September 12-14. Encircled here is my uncle/lolo Bonifacio Fiel, cousin of my Lolo Feliciano, who became the vice-mayor of the town as a result of the snap election in the 80s. Pangitaa pod inyong mga lolo diria.
Kiblawan in the Christianization of Davao
1848 – The Recollect Fathers were the first missionaries who started the work for evangelization in the Davao region. Father Francisco Lopez, a Recoletos priest, with the aid of the Spanish lawyer and adventurer Jose Oyanguren, baptized many natives.
December 1949 – Davao became a Prelature Nullius.
1952 – Father Paul Gravel established St. Michael Parish of Padada.
1963 – Father Jean-Louis Breault founded the St. Michael Parish of Matanao.
1964 – The Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan was founded by Father George Courchesne.
1966 – The Prelature of Davao became a diocese.
1970 – The Diocese of Davao became an Archdiocese.
Nov. 8, 1979 – Digos became a diocese.
New Parish Erected in Cebu Archdiocese June 30, 2016Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu, Pastoral, Year of Mercy.
Tags: Archbishop Jose Palma, Argao, Colawin, Fr. Jaekel Solde SVD, Fr. Jingjong Rocha, Fr. Mario Villacastin, Hilario Davide, Immaculate Conception Parish, Romulo Davide
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Archbishop Jose S. Palma officiated the canonical erection of the Immaculate Conception Parish of Colawin last June 23, 2016. This new parish is located in the mountain barangay of the municipality of Argao, around 80 kilometers away from the city of Cebu. Part of the decree of canonical erection reads, “we hereby elevate the quasi-parish of Immaculate Conception into a parish with all its rights and privileges.”
In a solemn Eucharistic celebration, the first parish priest Fr. Mario Villacastin was also installed. Under the direction of Canon Law Canon 519, “he (parish priest) exercises the pastoral care of the community entrusted to him under the authority of the diocesan Bishop, whose ministry of Christ he is called to share, so that for this community he may carry out the offices of teaching, sanctifying and ruling with the cooperation of other priests or deacons and with the assistance of lay members of Christ’s faithful, in accordance with the law.” The new parish has an ecclesial territory of seven barangays.
In his homily, Archbishop Jose Palma reminded the people of God that: “ang pagtukod sa bag-ong parokya ug ang pag-instolar sa bag-ong kura paroko – kining tanan nindot nga pasalig nato pagpakita sa dakong gugma sa Dios natong tanan nga iyang banay, nga iyang mga tawo.” (The erection of the new parish and the installation of the first parish priest – all these are wonderful assurance of God’s love to us, his people).
Conversations with Brother Noe Dura July 28, 2015Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Lipa, Communications Ministry, International Eucharistic Congress, Mission Anecdotes, Pastoral, Priesthood, SVD, SVD Philippine Central Province, Year of the Poor.
Tags: Bro. Noe Dura, Fr. Jerry Orbos SVD, SVD Mission House
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Apologetics Formation in Manticao, Misamis Oriental June 10, 2015Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Communications Ministry, Jesus, Pastoral, Year of the Poor.
Tags: Christian Apologetics, Seminars
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Archbishop of Cebu Ordains 14 Seminarians for Diaconate December 18, 2014Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Archdiocese of Cebu, Communications Ministry, Diaconate, Pastoral, Year of the Poor.
Tags: Archbishop Jose Palma, Msgr. Boy Bataclan, Msgr. Tony Raňola, Rev. Andre Mikhael Sagarra Tabotabo, Rev. Arthur Goneda Manalo, Rev. Herbert Sarabia Deluao, Rev. John Timothy Carabio Jadulco, Rev. Jose Romero de Dios III, Rev. Joseph Paul Cabrera Pugasan, Rev. Josephus Castro Remonde, Rev. Moenil Palo Lapa, Rev. Nissan Balolot Toring, Rev. Rabi Nadera Mabala, Rev. Ralph Romero Argoncillo, Rev. Rogen Limotan Leyson, Rev. Roy Vincent Husain, Rev. Villy Jean Pelegrin Cortes, Samuel Navaja Photography
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Archbishop Jose S. Palma, the pastor of the Archdiocese of Cebu, the country’s largest archdiocese, ordained 14 seminarians for the order of Sacred Deacons on December 10. The event, witnessed by thousands of faithful from the different parishes and religious communities, was held at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
Those who were ordained deacons are the following: Rev. Ralph Romero Argoncillo, Rev. Villy Jean Pelegrin Cortes, Rev. Jose Romero de Dios III, Rev. John Timothy Carabio Jadulco, Rev. Moenil Palo Lapa, Rev. Rogen Limotan Leyson, Rev. Rabi Nadera Mabala, Rev. Arthur Goneda Manalo, Rev. Joseph Paul Cabrera Pugasan, Rev. Josephus Castro Remonde, Rev. Andre Mikhael Sagarra Tabotabo, Rev. Nissan Balolot Toring, Rev. Roy Vincent Husain and Rev. Herbert Sarabia Deluao. The last 2 are from the congregation of Mary’s Little Children while the rest belongs to the archdiocese.
The diaconate is one of the major orders in the Catholic Church. The other major orders are those of bishop and presbyter or priest. The ministry of the deacon is described as one of service in three areas: the Word, the Liturgy and Charity. The deacon’s ministry of the Word includes proclaiming the Gospel during the Mass, preaching and teaching. The deacon’s liturgical ministry includes various parts of the Mass proper to the deacon, including being an ordinary minister of Holy Communion and the proper minister of the chalice when Holy Communion is administered under both kinds. The ministry of charity involves service to the poor and marginalized and working with parishioners to help them become more involved in such ministry.
Bishop Palma reminded the faithful of God that the gathering is one of thanksgiving. He said, “labing nihayag ang gugma sa ginoo sa iyang panon” (The love of God shines even brighter for His flock). The 14 deacons will then be assigned to different parishes in the Archdiocese. In an interview over DYRF Radio Fuerza, Rev. Josephus Castro Remonde said that the Archbishop will talk to them individually regarding their respective parish assignments.