Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pasig in search of part-time Diocesan Catechists

PASIG - To address the scarcity of volunteer catechists teaching in public schools in the Diocese of Pasig, The Catechetical Ministry is calling on all parishes to actively recruit volunteers from the last week of May till June 26. Orientation starts on June 27, 2011, 8:30 a.m. at the Diocesan Formation Center.

Qualifications for Diocesan Part-time catechists include practicing Catholics, sacramentally alive and involved in community activities, males or females, 18 to 50 years old, at least second year college, possessing good moral standing in the community, expect no salaries or allowances, must pass the qualifications exam and are willing to undergo formation every week from 1 year.

They should submit a recommendation letter by of the Parish Priest, baptismal certificate, and marriage contract if married.

The Diocese only has a total of 71 volunteer catechists teaching in public schools, according to Fr. Daniel Estacio, Priest Director of the Ministry.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Warning to the Catholic faithful

PASIG CITY - A letter was forwarded by Fr. Noel Ormenita, Episcopal Vicar of the the Catholic Church of East (Holy Family Catholic Church) at Imus, Cavite to Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, informing that "Jose Mark Robinson Bunag, also known as Mark Bunag or Fr. Mark Bunag, residing at Kruz na Ligas, U.P. Diliman, is not a validly ordained priest and is not incardinated neither with us in the Catholic Church of the East nor is he incardinated in any Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church."

Further explained in the letter, "We are sending this letter for your information and for the information and guidance of the Roman Catholic faithful and those who belong in our Church. We fervently request your Eminence to this information be disseminated in the parishes, schools, and religious institutes, as Mark Bunag carries with him an invalid celebret, and according to the last report, "offers Masses"

The circular was sent by Pasig Chancellor Fr. Mar Baranda to all clergy, religious, and school heads in the Diocese of Pasig.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Prayer of thanksgiving for the grace of having a new bishop

PASIG CITY - The Chancery has released a thanksgiving prayer for the new Bishop of Pasig, Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D., to be read as a post communion prayer in all Sunday masses starting May 1, 2011.

The prayer goes as follows:

Mapagmahal na Ama,
nagpapasalamat kami sa pagkakaloob mo sa amin
ng isang dakilang biyaya ng bagong Obispo
sa katauhan ng Lubhang Kagalang-galang
Mylo Hubert Caludio Vergara.

Siya'y iyong hinirang upang aming maging mabuting pastol
na gagabay at mag-aakay sa amin
sa landas ng kabanalan at kaganapan ng buhay.

Tulungan mo po siya na magampanan
ang tungkuling iniatang mo sa kanya
nang may matibay na pananampalataya at dalisay na pag-ibig.

Habang kami ay naghahanda
para sa pagtatalaga sa kanya,
pag-alabin mo sa aming mga puso
ang diwa ng pagpapasalamat, pagkakaisa, at pagmamahalan
bilang isang Sambayanan ng Diyosesis ng Pasig.

Lahat ng ito ay aming isinasamo at idinadalangin
sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristo
kasama ng Espiritu Santo
sa tulong at panalangin ni Maria, na aming Ina,
ngayon at magpasawalang hanggan.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pope appoints Bishop Mylo Vergara new Bishop of Pasig

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Claudio Vergara, previously the Bishop of San Jose, Nueva Ecija as the new Bishop of Pasig.

Bishop Mylo Hubert Claudio Vergara was born in Manila last October 23, 1962. He finished his studies at the Ateneo de Manila High School, B.S. Management Engineering and Masters in Philosophy at the Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Loyola School of Theology and Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the University of Santo Tomas.

After his ordination to the priesthood last March 24, 1990 for the Archdiocese of Manila, at the end of 1994, he became Dean of Studies and Professor of Philosophy of the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. He also served as parochial vicar of the Parish of St. Andrew the Apostle.

From 1994 to 2001, he became Rector of the same Seminary and at the same time, a member of the Presbyteral Council and head Chaplain of associations. He became Parish Priest at the Santa Rita de Cascia Parish, Philamlife Homes, Quezon City from 2001 to 2004, President of Radio Veritas Global Broadcasting System in 2002, and Chancellor of the the New Diocese of Cubao last 2003. In 2004, he was appointed Parish Priest of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Last Feb. 12, 2005 he was appointed Bishop of San Jose, Nueva Ecija and was consecrated last April 30.

He is currently the CBCP President of the Episcopal Commission on Seminaries. (Vatican News Services bulletin no. 00584-01.01)

Bishop Vergara replaces Bishop Emeritus Francisco C. San Diego, D.D. who retired last December 23, 2010, becoming the second Bishop of Pasig.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chrism mass to be held on a Wednesday

The Renewal of Priestly vows and the Chrism mass with Apostolic Administrator for Pasig Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales will be held on Holy Wednesday, April 20, 6 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

This was announced by Diocesan Chancellor Fr. Mar Baranda.

There will also be a second collection for the upkeep of the Holy Land on Good Friday during the celebration of the Veneration of the Cross.

Letter from His Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, D.D.

28 March 2011

Dear Bishops, Brother Priests, Religious Men and Women and Lay Faithful,


I am writing to thank all of you for responding to the invitation to gather at the Quirino Grandstand last Friday, March 25 and stand for God’s gift of LIFE.

As I witnessed the tens of thousands of you filling up the huge space that extended out into the park and beyond, my heart swelled with gratitude at the commitment to the cause of life that you expressed with your presence. Parish priests and parishioners, leaders and members, young people, office workers, fellow Bishops, Priests Religious—you heeded the call to prayer, albeit made with such short notice and trooped to Luneta, by foot, in buses and jeepneys alone and in groups.

The Lord sees the fervor and zeal in your hearts, and I am sure He is pleased. Thank you, too, to all who couldn’t be with us physically but were with us through radio and internet live streaming, and who played with us.

Thank you to all the people who worked for the event: the Bishops and Priests who organized their parishioners, the Lay Organizations and Movement, the Family and Life Commissions and Transparochial Communities. Thank you, too, to our brothers and sisters of different faiths, denominations and sects who joined in our prayer.

Let us continue to allow God’s grace to work in us a firm resolve to always celebrate life, protect life from conception to natural death/ Our battle is not for votes but for a change of heart, to build in each person, a strong Christian character that is moral and guided by the right conscience.

We continue to pray for our lawmakers. We also pray that the proposed law—and all other laws that could henceforth come—in our legislature that does not contribute to the building up of the human person to his or her full integral and moral development may be thwarted.

Once again, thank you very much! God Love and Bless you always!

In Jesus and Mary,


Archbishop of Manila

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Prayer Hour against RH Bill

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales is calling on all Catholics to take a stand against the RH bill on March 25, Feast of the Annunciation.

Seeing the RH bill as a directly attacking "our valued culture of life", the Cardinal invites everyone valuing family and life to a Prayer Hour at the Quirino Grandstand starting 4:30 p.m.

Here is the full text of the letter of His Eminence:

The fundamental love of Filipinos for family and life is under serious threat today. Being the last country standing against the vicious attacks of powers in connivance with law makers, we see the urgent need now to stop the attack by the proposed RH bill on our valued culture of life. The orchestration instigated by those against life, local and foreign, has to be stopped. We shall all stand united against the assault on life and its values.

On March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, also the Day of the Unborn Children, we invite all who value life, family and life values to join the Prayer hour at the Quirino Grandstand (Luneta). We all believe that you will be one to deliver the message that our country will never allow the repressive RH bill to be passed. The CBCP has made it clear in its Pastoral letter that the RH bill does not promote reproduction nor maternal health and destroys the family.

the Mass starts at 4:30 in the afternoon. We invite you to come and pray for unity of hearts in faith and love.

In the love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, my paternal blessings.

(Sgd.) + Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, D.D.
Archbishop of Manila

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Seminars for the Clergy

A seminar on Normae de Gravioribus Selitis will be held on February 16, 2011 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the San Carlos Auditorium.

Also, the Second National Clergy Discernment will be held at the Lay Formation Center of the San Carlos Complex from March 14 to 17, 2011. This is in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II).

25th National Migrants' Sunday

The Ministry of Migrants and their families announces the holding of the 25th Migrants' Sunday on March 13, 2011.

Hosted by the Archdiocese of Manila with its suffragan dioceses, this celebration will be held at the Cuneta Astrodome with a mass to be officiated by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales at 8:30 a.m. followed by a program till the afternoon. 20 delegates from every parish are requested to attend the celebration.

A 15-page pamphlet containing relevant data, information, and reflection on Filipino migration as well as the message of Pope Benedict XVI on the 97th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be distributed to parishes.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Liturgical Conference

The Ministry of Liturgical Affairs of the Diocese of Pasig announces the holding of a liturgical conference on the seasons of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter on February 26, 2011, Saturday, 8 am until 12 noon at the 3rd floor, Diocesan Pastoral Center, Pope john Paul II Building. Seven delegates per parish comprising the Worship Committee are requested to attend: the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Liturgical Music, Greeters and Collectors, Altar Servers, and Mother Butler Guild.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Seminar on Natural Family Planning

Dear Fathers, brothers, and sisters,

There will be an NFP Orientation seminar for all the clergy and religious of the Archdiocese of Manila including the Diocese of Pasig on February 8 and 22, 2 - 7 p.m. at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium.

This was announced by his Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop of Manila and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Pasig.

Dubbed with the theme "Appreciating the gift of Natural Family Planning," the seminar intends to be a proactive response to the challenge of fostering a genuine civilization of life and love.

The seminar will be facilitated by the Commission of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Promote vocations for the Diocese of Pasig

The Vocations Ministry of the Diocese of Pasig is in the process of recruiting new seminarians for the Diocese.

This is announced by Vocations Director Fr. Loreto Sanchez, Jr.

In his letter addressed to the parish priests and school administrators, he appealed for a concerted effort to foster the campaign for more priestly vocations.

The Vocations Ministry is coming up with an official poster to serve as a guide for applicants, parish secretaries and guidance counselors. He also appealed to include the campaign in the Sunday masses.

"Truly, the message of the Lord continues to resonate to our time," Fr. Sanchez mentioned in his letter.