February 21, 2020

Gospel mt 5:38-48

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do t...

February 21, 2020

On February 26, the church will again observe Ash Wednesday.  Marking the start of Lenten season, it is a day of reflection and repentance from sin. It’s possible that you may see some people walking around with black marks on their foreheads on this particular day, as some Catholics and other Christians who observe this holiday mark their foreheads with ashes in the shape of a cross, publicly showing remorse for their sins.

Lent 2020 is a six-week period leading up to Easter. Lent begins 46 days before the Saturday of Easter weekend (Easter Sunday falls on Sunday, April 12, 2020), but is only observed Monday-Saturday each week because every Sunday is viewed as a celebration. Therefore, Lent is observed a total of 40 days.

The word “Lent” comes from the longer Old English word “lencten,” which means “Spring.”

Lent and Ash Wednesday presuppose “giving things up” and don’t necessarily sound like celebratory events, but has solemn components to it, it’s also filled with hope, faith, and s...

February 21, 2020

Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon of Daet said that “good manners and right conduct” is actually at the “core” of education. 

“The best schools in the world begin with the education of the young in manners, values, virtues,” said Alarcon, who chairs the bishops’ Commission on Youth. 

“Institutionalizing GMRC in education will hopefully reinforce the message that real progress can only be achieved by forming the human person first and foremost,” he said. 

The prelate also said that the move in Congress couldn’t have come at a better time when people are becoming more reliant on technology. 

“At the time of digital transformation and artificial intelligence, all the more we realize the need to focus on being more human,” said Alarcon. 

The Senate on Monday approved a bill that seeks to establish GMRC classes as mandatory and core subjects under the K to 12 program.

Last month, the House of Representatives also passed the same measure — one that would also require the subject for kindergarten stud...

February 21, 2020

The Caritas Caceres thanks DTI - Cam Sur for the Banana/Camote Chips Production Equipments to be awarded to Caritas - assisted community in Sto.Niño, Bula. They also conducted Skills Training for Chips Processing

February 21, 2020

The La Consolacion College Rinconada-Baao Campus, formerly Sta. Monica Academy joyfully celebrates the 80th foundation anniversary from February 19-22,2020.

The only Catholic school in Baao was founded by Fr. Florencio Gonzales and Mo. Consuelo y Pages, OSA in 1949.

This year’s theme “Celebration of Gratitude and Mission: a Way of Looking Back and Moving Forward.” The La Consolacion College Baao is a learning institution that provides high quality catholic education molding the next generation of leaders. They offer a complete and comprehensive Catholic Education Curriculum from Kindergarten, Elementary Education, Junior High School, Senior High School at their main campus. At present, Sr. Flolyn S. Catungal OSA is the school president.

The 80th Founding anniversary is a weeklong activity which from February 17 to February 22, 2020 will be featuring varied activities e.g. funrun, concert, as well as field demonstrations from all the different grade levels from grade 1 to 12.  The campu...

February 13, 2020

Gospel: Mt 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.But I say to you, whoever is angry with brother will be liable to judgment.

“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

“Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors, Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow. But I say to you, do not swear at all. Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.”

February 13, 2020

The Archdiocese prayed last February 11 (on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes) for all the victims of Novel Corona Virus and asked to spare our region from this dreaded epidemic. 

Pope Francis last Sunday gave special prayers for those sickened and killed by the coronavirus, praising the “great commitment” to contain the virus that is sparking global panic.

February 11 is also the World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.

People around the world take the time to pray for the sick and for those who work very hard to alleviate the sufferings of the sick on this day. Faith organisations mark this day especially to provide the sick with medicines, food, and spiritual guidance.

Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. The Pope himself had...

February 13, 2020

A circular was issued by Caceres Archbishop Rolando J Tirona, OCD, announcing the passing away of + REV. FR. JESUS A. ALARTE JR last February 7, 2020 (Friday) at the Mother Seton Hospital, Naga City due to massive GI bleeding secondary to LIVER CIRRHOSIS.

+ Fr. Jesus was born in Tabgon, Caramoan, Camarines Sur. He took his Elementary Education at Tabgon Elementary School and Secondary Studies at Tabgon High School. He finished his College Degree at Partido College, Goa, Camarines Sur and took his Philosophical studies at Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, Naga City and Theological Studies at Holy Rosary Major Seminary, Concepcion Pequeña, Naga City.

He was ordained priest on June 8, 2006 at the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel, Caramoan, Camarines Sur for the Archdiocese of Caceres. His previous parish assignments were as parish priest of Sibaguan Lagonoy and in St. Therese of Liseux Parish, Sta Teresita, Iriga City. The Funeral Mass is on February 13, 2020 at the Resurrection Chapel at the...

February 13, 2020

With the departure of Cardinal Tagle going to Rome last Sunday night, a lot of Filipino Catholics took pride in his new assignment in Rome. Though he is not the first Filipino to be assigned as a top ranking official in the Roman Curia, that honor of being first belongs to the late José Tomás Cardinal Sánchez, who seems to be unknown to many. 

Sanchez was a native of Catanduanes and a clergy of the Diocese of Sorsogon. He served as Auxiliary Bishop of Nueva Caceres, Bishop of Lucena, and Archbishop of Nueva Segovia before his appointment to the Roman Curia. 

In 1985 he was appointed as Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (where Cardinal Tagle will now serve as Prefect). Then in 1991 he was elevated by Saint John Paul II to the College of Cardinals (the fifth Filipino) and was also appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See until 1996.

Cardinal Sánchez died on March 9, 2012, at...

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