Sunday, September 28, 2014

Parents of priests join hands in a 1-day meet

Parents of Priests Association (PAPA) will hold a gathering of parents, siblings, relatives, and benefactors of priests on October 18, 2014, starting 1 p.m. at the San Carlos Seminary, EDSA, Makati City.

Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J. will be the main speaker and ParaƱaque Bishop Jesse Mercado will be the Mass presider and homilist.

This event is part of the celebration of the Year of the Laity and an invitation to all lay people, especially parents and relatives of priests, to be brave and heroic in the living out of their faith.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asks the bishops to inform the parents, relatives, and benefactors of the priests in their dioceses and encourage them to participate.

"I fully endorse this activity," he said.

All parishes to prepare for the Pope's visit in January

PASIG - Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara instructed all parishes to prepare for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines on January 15 - 19, 2014 by using the Catechetical reflection and formation modules that are distributed by the Central and Steering Committees of the Papal Visit.

These modules could be used in schools, BECs, bible sharing, prayer meetings and other such gatherings.

The Programs Committee of the Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization (PCNE) of the Archdiocese of Manila offered its services in developing the modules.  CBCP President and Steering Committee Chairman of the Papal Visit Archbishop Socrates Villegas accepted the offer.

There are four sessions in the kit: one module for each of the four months leading up to January 2015.  The first session started last September 2014.

Manila Archbishop and Chair of the Central Committee for the Papal Visit Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminds all Archbishops, Bishops and Diocesan Administrators to entrust the program to any person or body that could best disseminate and implement it.

Bishop Mylo responded by entrusting the modules to all parishes in the Diocese.

"As we pray for the spiritual and pastoral fruitfulness of the Pope's visit, let us also explore it as a catechetical moment," Cardinal Tagle said in his endorsement letter.

Pasig to officially close the Diocesan Year of the Laity

PASIG - The Diocese of Pasig will officially close the Year of the Laity on October 25, 2014, 7:30 - 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pasig City.

The activities will include a video presentation on the different diocesan activities for the Year of the Laity, sharing from the four vicariates, the Eucharistic celebration to be officiated by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, and the awarding of inspiring lay leaders for Diocesan Commissions or Ministries.

Chancellor Fr. Mar Baranda reminds parishes to sent at least fifty parish delegates and 20 school delegates to the event.

Pasig Bishop endorses YUPPEACE

PASIG - Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara endorsed the Young Upbeat for Professionals for Peace (YUPPEACE), a community born under the inspiration of the 1995 World Youth Day.

YUPPEACE Spiritual director Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB will be conducting a seminar based on the code of Champions authored by him and endorsed by the Episcopal Commission on Youth.

The seminar is about life and its challenges, how the youth are to deal with it and emerge champions.  It shows how life can be an enchanting experience when lived with and for others, leading to fulfillment and transformation.

"Aware of the many problems, hardships, and difficulties that cause worries and fears, I strongly endorse the seminar and hope it will make of us instruments of peace," said Bishop Mylo in his endorsement letter.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Biblical Apostolate to Host Bible Seminar on St. John

The Pasig Diocesan Biblical Apostolate will host its 8th Bible Seminar on the "Gospel of St. John" to be given by Fr. Gil Alinsangan, SSP on September 27, 2014, 8 a.m. at the St. John Paul II formation center at the Cathedral compound.

The Biblical apostolate is requesting for five delegates per parish.

It hopes that the Word of God may continually bless and inspire the people of Pasig.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Homiletic Tips for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D.

How deep is your concern for your others? What are you willing to do to show your love for them?

1) Reading from Ezekiel: Try your best to warn them of doing wicked deeds; 

2) Responsorial psalm: Motivate them to soften their hearts and listen to the voice of God; 

3) Reading from Romans: Follow the command of the Lord to love your neighbor as yourself; 

4) Gospel of Matthew: Do fraternal correction in a loving way; 

5) Three steps to a fruitful dialogue: truthful confrontation, sincere communication, loving compassion;   

6) A final thought: When in dialogue with a person, remember Steven Covey's 5th habit-- 'Seek first to understand, then be understood.'

Advise to preachers: Your homily should confront people about evil, communicate God's love and, above all, show the compassion of Christ.