Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pasig relief operations needed

BUTING, PASIG CITY - The whole community of Ulilang Kawayan, consisting of 900 families, continues to be flooded.

This was reported by Bro. Ito Manzano, Social Services Coordinator of the Parish of San Guillermo.

There was no relief in sight. The parish has just given "pamatid gutom" this morning. but they are in need of food and clothes.

Richard Buenaflor also reported that in Taguig, 24 out of 28 barangays are still flooded and the water keeps on rising. Very minimal to no relief operations at all were sighted.

Some areas in Pateros are not in the list of relief from big companies. Another typhoon "Pepeng" is threatening to enter the country in a day or two. We appreciate your help. Call 6428051 for your donations. Thank you. PYM ng San Guillermo, volunteer manpower if needed. Thanks!

All social action concerns, please direct to Fr. Joven Antique of Sto. Rosario Parish, 6410728.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mass for the 40th day of Tita Cory to be held in Pasig

Pasig City - A mass to be officiated by Pasig Bishop Francisco C. San Diego, D.D. will be held for the eternal repose of the soul of former President Corazon Aquino on the 40th day of the death on Sept. 9, 2009, 12:15 pm at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pasig City.

The Aquino family will be present. Parish delegations are requested to attend.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Invitation to write news

We have invited people from the Diocese of Pasig, who are members of "Daloy" to write articles on what is going on in their respective areas.

We would be greatly enriched with your articles. God bless!

"Higher Calling"

July 22, 2009

Just what exactly is the "higher calling" as Gov. Panlilio mentioned in the news?

This is not to react to his statement, but the "higher calling" is a highly theological concept that demands reflection. For there is no hierarchy of vocations, nor a civil position definitely be regarded as "higher" than an ecclesiastical position?

What exactly is the "higher calling"? This could be a prelude to opening one's heart to the call of the Divine Master to do His will and to pattern one's life after Him. Whether it be a street cleaner or a manager in a bank, as long as one knows it is God's calling, then he freely responds to the way of life.

There are three states as taught by the Church, each equally important based on the charism given to each of us by the Holy Spirit. These are the single-blessed life, the married life, and the priesthood. There could not be any calling higher than these because these are where God calls us to live a life of holiness and martyrdom.

How do we respond to God? This is our higher call. What do you think?

For information about the priestly vocation, click here.

Fr. Lito Jopson

Monday, July 20, 2009


Two major youth events will be held in Manila - the 5th Asian Youth Day on November 20-27 and Pilgrimage of Trust on February 3-7 next year.

This was announced by by John Carlo Perez, RSW, Asst. Coordinator of Pasig Diocesan Youth Ministry and noted by Fr. Juvi Coronel, PDYM Director.

The Fifth Asian Youth Day (SYD5) will focus on the Word of God and the Eucharist with the Theme "YAsia Fiesta! Young Asians: Come Together, Share the Word, Live the Eucharist".

A significant component of the AYD5 will be the Days in the Diocese where the delegates will stay with host-parishes and families. Pasig will host to about 200 delegates, both locals and foreigners.

Meanwhile, a meeting intended for young people from all over the world called the "Pilgrimage of Trust on earth" will be held in Manila on February 2010.

Begun by Taize's founder, the late Brother Roger, this will be the fifth meeting of its kind in Asia, and the second for the Philippines that hosted the event last 1991.

Dubbed with the theme "inner life and human solidarity, the meeting is aimed to support young people in their search for God and in their desire to commit themselves in the Church and society. Trust, peace, and reconciliation will be central themes of the meeting.

For more information regarding this meeting please contact the National Secretariat for Youth Apostolate at (632) 5279567 or email at ecy@info.com.ph. Their office is located at the CBCP building, 470 Gen. Luna St. Intramuros, Manila.

The PDYM would also like to remind the young people about the on-going Pilgrimage of the Youth Cross and Icon of Our Lady in the parishes as part of the awareness campaign for these momentous events. This started last April 2009 and will end on November 2009.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Third BEC Assembly

The Diocesan B.E.C. team calls on all parishes to send 20 B.E.C. leaders / representatives to a half-day General Assembly on June 20, 2009, Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Pateros Catholic School Grounds. The theme of the third general assembly is: "B.E.C.s: responding to the Challenges of the Environment". The assembly will commence with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration to be presided by Pasig Bishop Francisco C. San Diego. Each parish should provide for the snacks of their respective delegates.


June 6, 2009 - Pasig Bishop Francisco San Diego issued 5 guidelines to prevent the rapid transmission of the H1N1 virus. These are as follows:

1. Sunday obligation - the obligation to attend Sunday Masses and other holy days of obligation (Canon 1247) is the ordinary expectation of Catholics; extraordinary circumstances such as sickness, travel or bad weather excuse the faithful from this obligation. If you are not feeling well, especially during this time of concern, please stay at home and do not risk spreading the infection to others. You may just attend mass telecast in your television.

2. Good Hygiene - the priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to practice good hygiene. They are encouraged to wash their hand before the mass or use alcohol-based antibacterial solution before and after distributing Holy Communion.

3. Sign of peace - instead of shaking hands, kissing or embracing, it would best to simply nod your head and avoid bodily contact.

4. Our Father - when praying the Our Father, do not hold hands, as may be practiced in some parishes, but simply extend hands toward heaven or fold your hands.

5. Reception of Holy Communion - we highly encourage all to receive communion by the hand instead of your mouth.

The situation will be kept under review and these guidelines revoked when the situation improves.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


MAY 27, 2009 - "Effective today, all priests in the diocese of Pasig, whether incardinated or guest priests, should always wear clerical attire when they go to their office and other official functions in or outside the parish."

This was announced by Pasig Bishop Francisco C. San Diego, D.D. in circular 2009 005.

Invoking Canon 284, "Clerics are to wear suitable ecclesiastical dress in accordance with the norms established by by the Episcopal conference and legitimate customs", the bishop also announced that during liturgical celebrations, priests should always wear the sotana or alb with the chasuble as demanded by proper church decorum.

"I pray that all will be properly guided by this policy, all for the greater glory of God that all may be one!" the bishop said.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


MAY 21 - Each year, the Catholic Church celebrates the World Communications Day on Ascension Sunday. This year, it shall celebrate its 43rd anniversary with the theme “New Technologies, New Relationships, Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue, and Friendship”. Among the highlights of the message of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI are:

1. That the new culture of communications fosters connectedness, communications and understanding between individuals and communities, reflective of the desire of God to communicate and to communion;
2. That every dialogue must be in constant search for truth, not just a succession of experiences;
3. That online friendships may isolate us from the real social interaction; rather, the new digital networks should seek to promote human solidarity, peace and justice, human rights and respect for human rights and the good of creation;
4. All Catholics especially the young, are encouraged to bring witness to the faith through the digital world, known now as “the digital continent.”

Click here for the full text of the Holy Father's message.

The Diocese of Pasig Ministry of Media and Public Affairs calls on all parishes to support the Diocesan Media Ministry by taking up a second collection for the apostolate of Media. The proceeds will be used to fund the production of our own diocesan newspaper, “Daloy” which will be out very soon. If you are using check deposits, please remit it in the name of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Pasig.

I thank you wholeheartedly for your support and assistance to a worthy cause that always seeks to update the faithful on the language of mass media as a super potent tool for information, formation, and transformation.

- Fr. Lito Jopson, Minister, Ministry of Media and Public Affairs

Saint Joseph: A Model of Obedience in our Priesthood

By: Rev. Fr. Hernandez P. Mendoza

Vocations Director

When I was in the seminary, a priest told us that in times of personal difficulties and problems even that of financial scarceness, we need to pray through the intercessions of the wonder worker and providing foster father of the Lord – St. Joseph. Indeed, I proved it, that faith in God through the intercessions of the saints; in this case, Joseph is efficient. I had problems regarding the date of my ordination and with patience; I called the assistance of St. Joseph. Through the mercy of God, I was finally ordained to the diaconate coincidentally in the feast of St. Joseph and everything went smooth and well including all the expenses. This is truly an experience of awe in the goodness of God through the intercession of St. Joseph.

We know only little about the life of St. Joseph. We heard about him what is written in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. It is in the Genealogy of both accounts that we know that he descended from the line of David. Although, he was from the line of royalty because of the mentioning of the name of David and lineage of Solomon, it was still suggested that he was poor like for instance, the offering of the turtle doves at the temple. He was from Bethlehem of Judea where his family said to lived there also. He moved to Nazareth of Galilee to work as a carpenter. In tradition, it has been said that he was around 20-25 when he wed Mary, who was between 15-20 years old also. The Gospel of Matthew at least mentioned the role of Joseph in the salvation history such as the visit of the Magi, the flight to Egypt and their return to Nazareth of our Lord. On the other hand, Luke also mentioned him during the birth of Jesus, the presentation and also the loss and finding of our Lord in Jerusalem at the age of twelve. After that event, we lost sight of his life and it is said that because he was not anymore present in the public ministry and the passion of the Lord, it is assumed that it is possible that he died already.

There are other stories and accounts about the life of St. Joseph; however the Gospels are the only reliable source of his life. Though we have very brief accounts about him, it gives us the overview of Joseph as a faithful, patient man, obedient to the will of God, providing father to our Lord and a loving chaste spouse of Mary. In 1870, Pope Pius IX declared Joseph as the Patron of Universal Church honoring his role of support, protection and guidance of the Holy Family. His feast day is March 19 as the heavenly birthday. Pope Pius XII added May 1st as the second feast honouring him as patron of labourer.

As priests, we are always challenged to be obedient to our superior. St. Joseph indeed is a perfect model of obedience to the will of God. In our case, as diocesan priests, we need always to be obedient to our Bishop because obeying him entails obeying the will of God. An obedient priest bears much fruits in his ministries than to those disobedient ministers. Obedient is not synonymous to cowardice but rather simply a source of our strength because even the three evangelical counsels (poverty, obedience and chastity) can be summed up with obedience. Though it’s hard, but we need to do it because we chose this kind of life – a life of service to God and his people. Our vocation is in fact obedience to the will of God though we are not worthy at all. We hope through the grace of God and the intercessions of St. Joseph, we may become truly obedient, humble and zealous workers in the vineyard of Christ.


We have at least 10 applicants who would like to join the seminary for the coming school year. however, only 7 who finally passed all the screening and examinations necessary in the seminary formation. They will be joining the formation year at the San Carlos Seminary this coming June. Most of our seminarians in San Carlos, San Jose, and UST Central Seminary are doing well, in fact they are in dean's lists. I hope somehow we can support them in any possible means. Remember they are our future priests in the diocese. Let us make efforts to promote vocations.

Seminar on good governance

I would welcome any feedback regarding the seminar given by Mayor Joey Medina on good governance. How did you find it? What are your feedback and suggestions?

The next seminar is scheduled on July 11 at the Aula Minor Auditorium, Pasig Catholic College from 8 am to 12 noon. Invited to speak is Msgr. Danny Sta. Maria on the the Church good governance.

Installation of Fr. Jhun Sanchez

The installation of Fr. Loreto Sanchez, Jr. as parish priest of Sagrada Familia Parish will be on the 22nd of May 2009 at 6:30 p.m. The Eucharistic celebration will be officiated by Pasig Bishop Francisco C. San Diego, D.D.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Maria, Reyna ng mga Apostoles

The Parish of Maria, Reyna ng mga apostoles will hold its parish fiesta this May 17, 2009, with a mass to be celebrated by Pasig Bishop Francisco C. San Diego, D.D. at 10 in the morning. The parish priest is Fr. Betbet Rabonza.

B.E.C. Seminar for Parish Pastoral Councils

A half day seminar on Basic Ecclesial Communities for Parish Pastoral Councils will be held on May 30, 2009, Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Aula Minor of the Pasig Catholic College. 10 members of the PPC are requested to attend.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Installation of Fr. Joven Antique

Fr. Joven Antique will be formally installed as Parish Priest of Sto. Rosario de Pasig Parish by his Excellency Most Rev. Francisco C. San Diego, D.D. on May 11, 2009, Monday, at 6 p.m. All priests are cordially invited.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ministry of Ecumenical and Inter-faith Affairs

The MInistry of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs is calling on all parishes to appoint their respective coordinators and have a meeting on May 30, 2009, Saturday, 8:30-12 noon at the Our Lady of the Poor Parish in Tenement, Western Bicutan, Taguig. Fr. Fil Tarroza, ministry coordinator, hopes to come up with a Directory, objectives and activities of the Ministry.

Pasig Diocese Office Communications Website: http://www.dioceseofpasig.co.cc

Pasig Diocesan School System

The PsDSS Center for Integral Evangelization calls on all Parish worship commitee heads to a meeting on May 9, 2009 at the Instructional Media Center of Pasig Catholic College at 9 a.m. The objective of the meeting is to brainstorm ideas and to solicit suggestions on how to strength school and parish relations in reference to the students' involvement in the Parish.

Monday, May 4, 2009


5 MAY - "The Laity is urged to be the primary agents of change toward honesty and integrity for good governance."

This was announced by the Pasig Bishop Francisco C. San Diego to all parish priests, chaplains, and administrators as well as PPC lay coordinators in a letter issued by the Council of Laity last April 21, 2009.

A Seminar sponsored by Council of the Laity will underscore the importance of Good Governance in Public service and in the Church on May 16 and July 11 at the Aula Minor Auditorium, Pasig Catholic College from 8 am to 12 noon. Invited to speak are Mayor Joey Medina and Msgr. Danny Sta. Maria.

A pre-registration process will be done in order to maximize the seating capacity. Registration forms are to be faxed on or before May 9, 2009 to the Chancery Office at tel. no. 6437038; or text your parish name and the number of your delegates to Dra. Luz Pagkalinawan at 0904516766. Deadline of submission is on May 16, 2009.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

April 26: Day of Professionals

22 APRIL - Mark your calendar this April 26: this is the Day of Professionals.

Announced by the Diocesan Family and Life Ministry, prayers will be offered for our professionals who have helped us in areas where we need professional help. The Panalangin para sa mga Propesyonal is given by the ministry to be recited in all masses this April 26. The prayer goes this way:

"O Lord, we pray for all professionals: doctors, lawyers, teachers, caregivers, engineers, architects, and all those trained to be of service to your people in various fields of human need and undertaking. They have undergone long years of study and education to perfect the skills you gave them. Thank you for all those years, particularly for the talent you have shared to us through them.

Help them realize that all their gifts are given for the good of the whole human race in the spirit of stewardship in Jesus' name. May they utilize their talents that others may see in them the reflection of your infinite perfection. May they be drawn to the wellspring of life that only you can give.

With the help of Mary our Mother, we ask you this in the name of your beloverd Son in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pasig Diocese joins Earth Day

15 APRIL - The ongoing climate change is a clear manifestation of the destruction of God's creation as a result of man's greed and apathy. If not reversed or mitigated, it will bring untold destruction and miseries specially to the vulnerable sector, the poor and the underprivileged.

It is in this regard that the Diocese of Pasig joins the world in observing "Earth Day" on April 22, 2009 to bring to the fore the issue of climate change to increase the awareness regarding this problem and for people to take concrete action to mitigate it.

Together with Balikatang Lingap Pamayanan, Inc. as the lead convener of Greensavers and Sinrisers net and CENRO of Pasig City, diocesan bishop Francisco San Diego announced that special masses will be held in all parishes on April 26 at 6:00 p.m. to highlight the call of caring for God's creation.

Friday, April 17, 2009

One-day accounting seminar

posted Apr 16, 2009 12:40 PM by Diocese Pasig

The Finance office of the Diocese of Pasig in coordination with the Audit department of the Archdiocese of Manila will be conduction a one-day Accounting Seminar in the Parish Management System of PIMs for Parish cashiers, bookkeepers and accountants. This is to introduce the new version of the accounting system to all parish finance personnel. It will be help on April 27, 2009, Monday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pasig Catholic College Computer Laboratory.


By: Mayet M. Avis

The parish was erected last September 10, 1969 and it indeed has a very colorful and magnificent history.

Not like other parishes who celebrate their patron’s feast day annually, Sta. Rosa de Lima Parish celebrates theirs every other year. In celebration of this tradition, the last feast day was celebrated in Bagong Ilog on August 24, 2008. This glorious tradition was already agreed upon by both barangay Bagong Ilog and Sumilang several decades ago which was unanimously discussed by the elders of the barangays based on the history of the patron’s discovery.

More of the story is found at http://www.dioceseofpasig.co.cc

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Latest announcements

Holy Week second collections

posted Apr 3, 2009 10:22 AM by Diocese Pasig

This is to remind all parishes of the second collections this Holy week:
April 5 (Palm Sunday) - Alay Kapwa
April 10 (Good Friday) - Holy Land
April 12 (Easter Sunday) - St. Peter's Sunday
Kindly remit the second collections to the curia not later than 15 days from the date of collection.

5th Asian Youth Day launch

posted Apr 1, 2009 1:53 PM by Diocese Pasig [ updated Apr 1, 2009 1:59 PM ]

As a kick-off activity for the Asian Youth Day which will be held on November 20-27, 2009 here in the Philippines, the Pasig Diocesan Youth Ministry will launch its AYDS - Days in the Diocese on April 26, 2009 at San Roque Parish, Pateros. There will be a Eucharistic Celebration at 3:30 p.m. followed by a short program and the delegation of the Diocesan Youth Cross to go to all parishes in the Diocese until November. For more information, contact Peter Capistrano at 09062351185, Mr. JC Perez at 09215422346 or Ms. Liberty anne Cana at 09228318403.

St. Jude Thaddeus Parish Fiesta

posted Mar 29, 2009 10:46 AM by Diocese Pasig

The St. Jude Thaddeus Parish is preparing for its 10th year anniversary this May 8, 2009. Its parish administrator is Fr. Vic Virtudazo.

Bishop of Pasig endorses "Padre de Pamilya"

MARCH 26 - Pasig bishop Francisco San Diego, D.D. followed the stream of bishops in the Metropolitan See of Manila in endorsing "Padre de Pamilya" as a mode for families to obtain a free bible for every household.

In a letter sent to all the priests in the diocese of Pasig, bishop Francisco likened having a bible to having a crucifix in every home. "Just like the crucifix, every Catholic home must have a bible in which the family life is centered and where they receive spiritual nourishment," announced the bishop.

For every ticket bought, a bible will be provided for every family in the program "Isang Biblia, Bawat Pamilya."

According the the letter endorsed by the Archbishop and the bishops of the Metropolitan See, "Padre de Pamilya" is an independent film about a Catholic family struggling to survive in a corrupt-laden society. It stars Ariel Rivera and Jacklyn Jose.

It will be shown in the SM Theaters from April 29 to May 5, 2009. Tickets will be sold at P130 each.

The Archbishop and bishops of the Metropolitan See of Manila are composed of Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Cubao Bishop Hoonesto Ongtioco, Kalookan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Jr., Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Roderick Pabillo, Novaliches Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, Paranaque Bishop Jesse Mercado, and our Pasig Bishop Francisco C. San Diego.

Paschal Mystery and the integrity of creation

MARCH 31 - "One of the big issues we have to face in our time is that of the environment: the destruction of God's creation."

This was revealed by Fr. John Leydon in a recollection given to the Clergy of the Diocese of Pasig last March 31.

Dr. Leydon indicated that something catastrophic will happen in the next 50 years unless people change their ways.

Unfortunately, this issue is not connected with our faith in Jesus, Christ crucified.
"Unlike the people of indigenous culture who are connected to the elements and all beings and there is a sense of the Sacred in creation all around them, we have lost that connectedness; nature for us is just a bunch of objects to be processed for human use. We have lost our sense of the sacred in god's creation. Worse, we have labeled it "progress" and "development."

Fr. Leydon connected creation with the paschal mystery. "Jesus is the second person of hte Trinity, but he is also the flowering of God's creation. The modern story of creation tells us of a single unfinished event from energy, to matter, to the first life cell, to mulitcellular life, to humanity. Jesus emerges out of this process not as an infividual human being but as representing all of humanity and all of creation."

Fr. Joven Antique is the minister for the newly created Ministry of Ecology of the Diocese of Pasig.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Welcome, new Media and Public Affairs ministers!

Congratulations to our media and public affairs ministers in the parish level:

1. San Sebastian Parish - Precila Bacsa
2. Our Lady of the Poor Parish - Felly Villa
3. Sta. Rosa de Lima - Bayani Ibalan
4. St. John the Baptist - Seny Aborque
5. St. Anne Shrine - Agnes Neri Esteban
6. Sto. Rosario de Pasig - Mely Halili
7. St. Michael Parish - Almond Culaban
8. Natthan Dublin

Please submit your emails to dioceseofpasig@gmail.com


Clergy Recollection

The Clergy Lenten Recollection will be held on March 31, 2009, Tuesday, at the Multipurpose Hall of the Bishop's Residence, Immaculate Conception Cathedral Compound, Pasig City. The speaker is Rev. Fr. John Leydon, MSSC, pastor of the Our Lady of Remedies Parish, Malate Manila. He will be talking about Creation and the Paschal Mystery. The recollection starts at 9 a.m.