Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Homiletic Tips for 16th Sunday in Ordinary time

by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D.

God forgives our sins and in our weakness.  He patiently allows us to grow in our love for him.

1) Reading from Wisdom: God's care for us is manifested in giving us hope by granting repentance after we sin; 

2) Resp. Psalm: Our Lord is good and forgiving; 

3) Reading from Romans: The proof of God's forgiving love and compassion is that the Spirit helps us in our weakness; 

4) Gospel of Matthew: Not immediately removing the weeds among the wheat is God's assurance of his mercy and love, giving us a chance to come back to him, to change and to become a better Christian; 

5) Mercy invites us to: M-eekness in humility, E-nter the heart of our compassionate God, R-epent of our sins, C-orrect our faults, and Y-earn for a life dedicated to God; 

6) A final thought: "God's face is that of a merciful Father/Mother who is always patient. A little bit of mercy will make the world less cold and more just." (from the book--A Year with Pope Francis)

Advise to preachers: May your preaching instill in the hearts of your hearers the mercifullove of Jesus.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Homiletic Tips for Corpus Christi Sunday

by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D.

The Eucharist assures us of God's providence, calls us to share what He provides for us and asks us to commune with Jesus, the living bread so that we will live forever.

1) Rdg from Exodus: God provided manna for the hungry Israelites in the wilderness; 

2) Resp Psalm: Praise the Lord for he fed his people with finest wheat; 

3) Rdg from Corinthians: We all share in the one cup and the one loaf; 

4) Gospel of John: When we eat Jesus as the living bread and drink his blood from the cup of wine he offers us, we live forever; 

5) Three lessons from the Eucharist: providence, sharing & eternal life; 

6) A final thought: "The Eucharist is at the apex of God’s action of salvation: the Lord Jesus, making himself broken bread for us, sheds on us in fact all His mercy and His love, so as to renew our heart, our existence and our way of relating to Him and to our brothers." (Pope Francis, Feb. 4, 2014)


Advise to preachers: Every time you preside over the Eucharist, break the Word well to feed God's people with the spiritual food to nourish their souls.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Homiletic Tips for Trinity Sunday

by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D.

"God so loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but mayhave eternal I life." (John 3:16).

Reflections:

1) The Triune God teaches us to love with the unique and distinct love of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit; 

2) The Father sent his only Son to us so that we will experience his loving presence: 'God-with-us'; 

3) The Son gave his life for us, his sacrificial love for our salvation: 'God-for us'; 

4) The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father as the fulfilled promise of the Son to dwell in us forever: 'God-in-us' (by virtue of baptism); 

5) The Trinity challenges us to 'be-with-others', 'be-for-others'; and 'be-in-community'; 

6) A final thought: The world promotes a culture of individualism and selfishness. The Blessed Trinity calls us to selfless love. In the words of St. Augustine: "if you see love, you see the Trinity." (De Trinitate, VII, 8, 12: CCL 50, 287). For Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: "To be able to love a great love, it is not in how much we give but how much loving is put in the giving."


Advise to preachers: "You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." (Oliver Goldsmith)

2014 Pasig Catholic Mass Media Awardees

by Fr. Joselito Jopson, priest-coordinator, Media Ministry

It is with great honor that I present to you the Bishop’s awardees for the 2014 Pasig Catholic Mass Media Awards.  These are the following:

1. BEST NEWSLETTER - TINIG - SAN GUILLERMO PARISH
2. BEST NEWS ARTICLE - “BISHOP SAN DIEGO CELEBRATES GOLDEN PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY” - CONRAD ALVEZ, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL
3. BEST FEATURE ARTICLE - “EMPLOYEES’ DAY” - EZRA MARIE A. PINTUCAN, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
4. BEST LONG FILM  - “427 YEARS OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL”  - CINEKATOLIKA, MEDIA AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS MINISTRY, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL
5. BEST SHORT FILM - “BASO” - SEM. DAN CHRISTOPHER R. MAGDANGAN; “PANGSIMBA” - CINEKATOLIKA, MEDIA AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS MINISTRY, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL
7. BEST WEBSITE - pateroscatholic.com - JOSEPH CONRADO S. JACER & MA. ESTRELLA PILAR O. BECARES, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

8. BEST SOCIAL NETWORK ACCOUNT - Faith and Light Colours of Asia - CLOYD VILLEGAS

Monday, May 26, 2014

FINALISTS OF THE PASIG CATHOLIC MASS AWARDS 2014

We are proud to announce the finalists of the PCMMA 2014

BEST NEWSLETTER

1.     THE CRUSADER, GRADE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT -  PASIG CATHOLIC  COLLEGE
2.     THE CRUSADER, HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT - PASIG CATHOLIC  COLLEGE
3.     PAMATNUBAY -  IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL PARISH
4.     TINIG - SAN GUILLERMO PARISH

BEST NEWS/OPINION/FEATURE ARTICLE

1.     “BISHOP SAN DIEGO CELEBRATES GOLDEN PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY” - CONRAD ALVEZ, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL
2.     “EMPLOYEES’ DAY” - EZRA MARIE A. PINTUCAN, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
3.     “INCREASE MY FAITH, LORD” - KAREN JAVIER, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
4.     “JOURNEYING WITH CHRIST IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL” - HAROLD ABEL B. MANALO, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
5.     “PCS ADVOCATES PONDO NG PINOY” - JAMIDAH DENIELLE I. LAPEÑA, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
6.     “SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES: THE NEW WAVE OF COMMUNICATION” - EMEL FRANCIS L. MARASIGAN, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
7.     “WYD 2013: RIO TO CUBAO” - THALIA JANINE V. COSTALES, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

BEST LONG FILM

1.     “427 YEARS OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL”  - CINEMAKATOLIKA, MEDIA AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS MINISTRY, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL
2.     “62 YEARS OF COMMITTED SERVICE TO CATHOLIC EDUCATION – THE MISSION CONTINUES” - JOSEPH JACER, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
3.     “FAITH” - SEM. DOMINIQUE DOARTE S. GAPAYAO
4.     “LOVE STORY” - MATTHEW RIVERA AND JP DACUTANAN

BEST SHORT FILM

1.     “BASO” - SEM. DAN CHRISTOPHER R. MAGDANGAN
2.     “PANGSIMBA” - CINEMAKATOLIKA, MEDIA AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS MINISTRY, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL

BEST NEWS PHOTO

1.     “TALIKDAN ANG IYONG KASALANAN AT MANIWALA SA MABUTING BALITA” - MINA M. ANORE, SAN GUILLERMO PARISH

BEST WEBSITE

1.     holyrosarytaguig.org - RIZALYN LLANETA & JOHN ROSS MALINAO, HOLY ROSARY PARISH
2.     lomsgp.weebly.com - LEGION OF MARY, SAN GUILLERMO PARISH
3.     pateroscatholic.com - JOSEPH CONRADO S. JACER & MA. ESTRELLA PILAR O. BECARES, PATEROS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

BEST SOCIAL NETWORK ACCOUNT

1.     Faith and Light Colours of Asia - CLOYD VILLEGAS
2.     Holy Rosary Official - JOHN PAUL DACUTANAN, HOLY ROSARY PARISH
3.     Pateros Catholic School Facebook Page - JOSEPH JACER, PASIC CATHOLIC SCHOOL
4.     Reach Youth Online - MICHAEL SEÑA

5.     Santo Rosario de Pasig Parish Page - MA. CRISTINA S. EVIDENTE, STO. ROSARIO DE PASIG PARISH

WATCH THE GIVING OF THE AWARDS BY BISHOP MYLO HUBERT VERGARA ON JUNE 7, 2014 - 2 TO 4 PM, AT THE PASIG CATHOLIC COLLEGE, AULA MINOR, PASIG CITY! MABUHAY PO ANG MEDIA PRACTITIONERS NG DIOCESE OF PASIG!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' Message of Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!
The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6).
This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.
That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.
With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!
Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you.
Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible.
Enable us to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned.
Enable us to care for our brothers and sisters struck by the Ebola epidemic in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and to care for those suffering from so many other diseases which are also spread through neglect and dire poverty.
Comfort all those who cannot celebrate this Easter with their loved ones because they have been unjustly torn from their affections, like the many persons, priests and laity, who in various parts of the world have been kidnapped.
Comfort those who have left their own lands to migrate to places offering hope for a better future and the possibility of living their lives in dignity and, not infrequently, of freely professing their faith.
We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent.
We pray in a particular way for Syria, beloved Syria, that all those suffering the effects of the conflict can receive needed humanitarian aid and that neither side will again use deadly force, especially against the defenseless civil population, but instead boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue!
Jesus, Lord of glory, we ask you to comfort the victims of fratricidal acts of violence in Iraq and to sustain the hopes raised by the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
We beg for an end to the conflicts in the Central African Republic and a halt to the brutal terrorist attacks in parts of Nigeria and the acts of violence in South Sudan.
We ask that hearts be turned to reconciliation and fraternal concord in Venezuela.
By your resurrection, which this year we celebrate together with the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, we ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence and, in a spirit of unity and dialogue, chart a path for the country’s future. On this day, may they be able to proclaim, as brothers and sisters, that Christ is risen, Khrystos voskres!
Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: you who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!
Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Isang Bukas na Liham sa Mga Pari ng Diyosesis ng Pasig

Binasa ng Lubhang Kagalang-galang Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D.
Misa ng Krisma
Huwebes Santo, Ika-17 ng Abril, 2014

Mga Minamahal kong Pari ng Diyosesis ng Pasig:


Kapayapaan sa Taon ng Laiko.

Ako po ay isang laiko na nagmamahal at nagpapasalamat sa mga pari na hinubog sa pagmamahal ng Diyos at inihanda upang  paglingkuran ang Kanyang bayan.  Batid ko po ang hirap ng inyong tungkulin hindi lamang kung araw ng Linggo para magmisa sa amin kundi pati na rin maging sa mga ordinaryong araw na  handa kayong gumanap sa mga tawag ng iba’t ibang tungkulin tulad ng pagbibigay ng mga panayam upang maghatid ng Mabuting Balita, ang pagtugon sa mga tawag upang dalawin ang mga maysakit para pahiran ng banal na langis, sa inyong pananalangin ng taimtim para sa mga maysakit, naulila at pumanaw.   Salamat po sa pagagawad ng iba pang mga sakramento sa amin tulad ng pagbibinyag at pagpapakumpisal.  Salamat din po sa pakikinig at pagpapayo sa mga taong may mabigat na dalahin sa buhay at napakarami pang ibang serbisyo na inyong buong pusong inaako bilang isang itinalagang pari ng Diyos.  Sa lahat ng ito ay sukdulan ang aking pagpupuri at pasasalamat sa Diyos na Dakila sa pagkakaloob sa amin ng mga paring banal at may mabubuting kalooban.

Bilang laikong lingkod ng aming parokya, ako po ay naging saksi sa mga naitalaga at naglingkod na pari sa aming parokya sa maraming taon simula pa ng aking kabataan.  Nasaksihan ko kung paano sila buong sipag, tiyaga at katapatang nag-alay ng pagkapari sa aming pamayanan.  Di ko nga makalimutan ang mga pagkakataon na sinamahan ko pa ang ilang pari sa pagbisita sa tahanan ng mga matatanda at maysakit, pagbibigay ng paghuhubog o formation programs sa mga kabataang laiko, pagtuturo ng Salita ng Diyos sa mga kasapi ng ilang ministries, organizations at sub-parishes, at pakikipag-ugnayan ng wasto sa Pamahalaang Lungsod.  Nakakatunaw ng puso kapag nakikita ko ang ilan naming pari na siya mismong namumuno sa pagtulong sa mga nasalanta ng kalamidad at biktima ng mga sakuna, sa pag-kumpuni ng mga nasirang gamit sa gusali ng aming parokya, sa pagkakaloob ng sariling salapi para sa pag-aaral ng mahihirap na mga bata at sa pakikinig sa mga hinaing ng mga kapus-palad.  Ako nga po’y natutuwa at naeenganyong maglingkod bilang katuwang na laiko sa aming mga paring nag-uukol ng panahon sa pagbubuo ng mga mumunting pamayanan sa parokya. Dahil po sa mga paring nasaksihan kong naging makatotohanang huwaran ni Kristo, ako po ay patuloy na naglilingkod sa Simbahan.

Bagaman ako ay saksi sa mga hindi matatawarang pagsasakripisyo ng sarili alang-alang sa paglilingkod ng ating mga hinirang na kaparian, batid ko po na ako man ay may tungkuling ipahayag ang aking saloobin hinggil sa kung papaano pa mapabubuti ang inyong pagganap sa mga tungkuling sinumpaan ninyo bilang pari ng Diyos at sambayanan.   Alam ko pong hindi ako karapat-dapat na humusga sa sino man sapagkat ako man ay isang makasalanan din at hindi perpekto sa paningin ng Diyos. Subalit para sa ikabubuti ng lahat mula sa mga pinaka-abang parokyano ng ating diyosesis hanggang sa mga pinaka-makapangyarihang nilalang sa ating lipunan na nangangailangan ng pagkalinga ng Diyos ay nakahanda akong magpahayag ng mga isinasamong kuro-kuro sa ating komunidad.

Sa inyo na mga minamahal kong pari, buong pakumbabang mungkahi ko na kayo’y patuloy na mag-ukol nang sapat na panahon sa pananalangin, pagsasabuhay ng Salita ng Diyos at pagbabahagi nito sa aming mga laiko.  Inaasam-asam ko na hindi lamang makita kayo sa pagdiriwang ng Banal na Misa kundi mas dalasan sana ang pagdalaw at pakikisalamuha sa mga munting pamayanan sa mga sub-parishes kung saan uhaw na uhaw ang mga tao sa presensya at personal na pag-aaruga ng mga pari sa parokya.   Maaaring bawasan ang mga personal na nakagawiang pampalipas-oras at ituon ang mas malaking bahagi ng libreng oras sa pagkalinga sa pagpapalawig ng relasyong espirituwal ng pari, laiko at mananampalataya.   Maaari ring bawasan o iwasan ang magarbong uri ng pamumuhay at palitan ang mga bisyo ng serbisyo sa bayan ng Diyos.  Hindi nakatutulong sa pagpapalalim ng pananampalataya ng isang ordinaryong tao ang mamalas niya na ang kanyang pari ay may hindi sinusunod sa sampung utos ng Diyos. Sa kanila ipinagkaloob ang liwanag na magliligtas sa sangkatauhan mula sa kadiliman at nasa kanila ang espiritwal na kapangyarihang mula sa Diyos upang akayin ang mga naliligaw ng landas patungo sa kaliwanagan. Buong tapang nawa ninyong harapin ang mga sigalot sa parokya na tangan ang hustisya ng Diyos sapagkat sa kanila unang inihabilin ng Panginoong HesuKristo ang pangangalaga sa kanyang pastulan tungo sa pagkakaisa ng pamayanan.  Nakatutuwang makita na ang ating Santo Papa mismo, si Pope Francis, ay sumasalamin sa mga halimbawa ni Kristo at patuloy na humihimok sa mga kaparian na mamuhay ng simple at ituon ang kanilang mga sarili sa mga gawaing inihabilin sa kanila ng Diyos.    

Ang pagpapari ay isang mahirap ng bokasyon sapagkat ito ay nangangailangan ng patuloy na maganda at malalim na relasyon sa Diyos.  Sa sandaling ang isang pari ay may nahanap na mas mahalaga kaysa sa kanyang relasyon sa Diyos, tao man ito o bagay, karangalan, yaman o kapangyarihan, ito ang magiging simula ng pagtataksil niya sa kanyang pinakasalan nung siya ay ordinahan.  Ito rin ang magiging daan upang unti-unting itakwil niya ang kanyang mga sinumpaang tungkulin.

Ang aking pong mataimtim na panalangin ay nawa’y maging matatag kayo, ang aming mga pari, sa mga pagsubok ng buhay sapagkat kayo ang inaasahan naming mga laiko na gagabay sa aming buhay espiritwal at maging instrumento upang mabahaginan kami ng lakas at pag-ibig ng Diyos.  Nawa’y magsilbi kayong inspirasyon namin at maging mabuting halimbawa sa aming buhay-pananampalataya.  Dalangin ko rin po sa ating Dakilang Ama na kaming mga laiko ay magsilbing tapat na katuwang ninyo sa paglilingkod sa Diyos at kapwa.
           
Ang lahat ng ito’y akin pong samo at dalangin sa matamis na pangalan ni Hesus. Amen.

Nagmamahal sa ngalan ni Hesus,

Isang Laikong Lingkod