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Second Sunday of Lent (A) March 11, 2017

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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.

 

 

 

 

SVD Mission in Surigao Affected by Earthquake February 25, 2017

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Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

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.

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

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.

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

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.”

Photo Credit: Fr. John Dua, SVD

Photo Credit: Fr. John Dua, SVD

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.

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) February 18, 2017

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Because “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God dwells in you.” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Because “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God dwells in you.” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18

Psalm: The Lord is kind and merciful!

I Cor 3:16-23

Matthew 5:38-48

 

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

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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, 2016

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The Parish of Risen Christ

The Parish of Risen Christ

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.

 

Fr. Jhonatan Letada, SVD and some of the parishioners

Together with Fr. Jhonatan Letada, SVD and some of the parishioners

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, 2016

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Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan, Circa 1969

Immaculate Conception Parish of Kiblawan, Circa 1969

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, 2016

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Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro

Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro

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.”

Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro

Photo Credit: Marybeth Villacastin-Baricuatro

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.

Fr. Mario Villacastin leading the Profession of Faith

Fr. Mario Villacastin leading the Profession of Faith

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).

Some of the concelebrating priests

Some of the concelebrating priests

 

Archbishop Palma, the Presider of the Eucharistic celebration

Archbishop Palma, the Presider of the Eucharistic celebration

 

Photo Credit: Daryll Davide

Photo Credit: Daryll Davide

 

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

 

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

 

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

Photo Credit: Cherile Tapdasan

 

Photo Credit: Cebu Provincial Government FB Page

Photo Credit: Cebu Provincial Government FB Page

Conversations with Brother Noe Dura July 28, 2015

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With Brother Noe Dura

With Brother Noe Dura

 

My first time to see Bro. Noe Dura! He was a Protestant Pastor who converted to Catholicism. He was invited by the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) of the Manila District to share about his conversion story. Bro. Noe, who was once a resident of Olutanga Island (my former mission area), highlighted the shepherding role of priesthood, the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin. In my personal conversation with him, we initially plan out to have a radio program in Cebu over DYRF about “Convert’s Hour.” Hopefully, it shall be materialized.
 
 
Interestingly, he shared also that there are already 51 Protestant Pastors in our country today who embraced the Catholic faith – and counting. A good number of them from Mindanao asked him that they wanted to have Fr. Gerry Orbos, SVD talk to them in a retreat or a recollection. To his great surprise, Fr. Orbos was among us, listening to him. Such a blessed moment!
Brother Noe Dura together with the SVD Missionaries of Manila District

Brother Noe Dura together with the SVD Missionaries of Manila District

Apologetics Formation in Manticao, Misamis Oriental June 10, 2015

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Archbishop of Cebu Ordains 14 Seminarians for Diaconate December 18, 2014

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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.

 

The new deacons with Msgr. Boy Bataclan, Archbishop Palma and Msgr. Tony Raňola (Photo Credits: Kuya Samuel Navaja)

The new deacons with Msgr. Boy Bataclan, Archbishop Palma and Msgr. Tony Raňola (Photo Credits: Kuya Samuel Navaja)

 

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.

 (Photo Credits: Kuya Samuel Navaja)

(Photo Credits: Kuya Samuel Navaja)

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.

My Despedida Party February 13, 2014

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Goodbye. Good Health. God bless you.

Goodbye. Good Health. God bless you.

This post is actually overdue but I feel that I have to blog this anyway because I left my mission area in a so, so sudden manner. Early in December 2013, I received a call from Fr. Jingjong Rocha, our Philippine SVD South superior that I had to report in Cebu on January 2 for a “meeting.”

Fast-tract. January 1, I traveled 7 hours from Olutanga Island to Ozamis to catch up the boat bound for Cebu.  January 2 at six in the morning, I arrived in Cebu and was told that Fr. Bobby Ebisa, SVD and I would team up as manager and assistant manager of our SVD radio stations DYRF, Power FM, DYAJ and DYDW.

Things happened so fast. I found myself in front of Fr. Bobby and we immediately started planning out what to do with our stations, especially that DYDW (Radyo Diwa) was totally submerged and completely washed out in Tacloban due to the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

My one day “meeting” was extended for several days, and so I went back to my Parokya San Miguel in Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay for two reasons only: to attend my despedida party and second, to get my things so I can go back to Cebu the following day.

My despedida was bitter sweet. I planned to actually move out from the island this coming April, after Easter Sunday. But God had other plans.

Hawak-Kamay!

Hawak-Kamay!

 

If We Hold On Together

If We Hold On Together

 

Best Wishes for My Next Journey

Best Wishes for My Next Journey

 

Si Cha-Cha. Back-up mga Youth.

Si Cha-Cha. Back-up mga Youth.

 

Kab-ot jud Miray!

Kab-ot jud Miray!

 

Thanks to my many parishioners and friends who mingled with me.

Thanks to the Diocese of Ipil for being so accommodating whenever we visit the Bishop’s house.

Thank you to the parish pastoral council, catechists, Church workers of Parokya San Miguel of Mabuhay, Nuestra Seňora delos Remedios Parish of Subanipa, San Vicente Ferrer Parish of Talusan, Immaculate Conception Parish of Alicia and Saint Paul Parish of Payao. You are doing great things for the Lord!

Thank you to the Local government of Mabuhay headed by Mayor Bingbong Calonge and Vice Mayor Annam Dammang for supporting us in our Church projects. I pray for your tri-people projects.

Thank you to the many youth leaders who labored with me in Subanipa and Mabuhay. I shall miss you guys!

Thank you to the many families who invited us and welcomed us in their homes. In a special way, thank you to the Malig-on family; Ojales family;  Adlaon family, Zarate family, Sayco family, Nique family, Bacane family; Melano family; Maderal family; Toremotcha family; Alvarez family; Samonte family; Cole family, Dagayloan family; Mejares family; Sumicad family; Cenas family; Tolorio family; Momo family; Rosal family; Calonge family; Macapala family; Cosep family; Omamalin family; Taripe family; Vitamor family; Dipol family; Rabon family; Manuel family, Magdula family, Inso family, Jopson family, Cantina family, Vender family and Manggubat family.

Thanks to Mother Kiking Lim.

Thanks to Albert Bacane.

Thanks to Lingling and Flora.

Thanks to Joval Samonte.

Thanks to Sir Boy Momo and Doc Peregrina Momo.

Thanks to Madam Nina Toremotcha.

Thank you

Thank you Cha-cha! Winner jud ka sa sayaw-sayaw ug budots.

Thanks to Cecellen Cenes – you made my missionary work more special.

Thank you to my drivers and escorts who accompanied me, rain or shine.

Thank you to the Dominican sisters who were our partners in the missionary work.

Thank you to the students of Loyola High School, Xavier High School, Mabuhay Agro-industrial High School and Mabuhay National High School.

Thank you to all the donors and benefactors of our parishes.

Thank you to my confreres. I am proud to have worked with you.

Thank you to my assistant Fr. Manuel Mijares, SVD – your faithfulness to our missionary work is amazing.

Above all, I thank the Lord for all my blessings.

God ordains, God sustains.

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Photo Ops

 

Hulagway pa Jud

Hulagway pa Jud

 

With Props Para Lakaw na Jud Ni.

With Props Para Lakaw na Jud Ni.