Thursday, May 28, 2009

DIOCESAN POLICY ON CLERICAL ATTIRE BARED

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

NEW TECHNOLOGIES: PROMOTING A CULTURE OF RESPECT, DIALOGUE, AND FRIENDSHIP

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.


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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

KNOWLEDGE ON GOOD GOVERNANCE URGED

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.