September 25, 2020

Gospel Mt 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘ but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order.


He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.


When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.”

September 25, 2020

For the first time in its history, a woman will lead the country’s largest organization of Catholic schools, colleges and universities. 


The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) on Tuesday elected Sr. Marissa Viri of the Religious of the Virgin Mary congregation as its new President. 


Sr. Viri, who is currently CEAP’s Vice President, will succeed Fr. Elmer Dizon of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, who served the post since September 2019. 


The nun, who is currently the President of the University of the Immaculate Conception in Davao City, was elected on Tuesday during the CEAP’s organizational meeting. 


Also elected as the new Vice President is Fr. Thadeu Enrique Balongag, a trustee of the CEAP Negros Island.


CEAP also named Fr. Gilbert Sales as its new corporate secretary, and reelected Fr. Albert Delvo as Treasurer.


Fr. Sales is the president of the St. Louis University in Baguio City, while Fr. Delvo is currently the Superintendent of the Diocesan Schools of N...

September 25, 2020

Continuing in his series of catecheses on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in light of the Church’s teachings, Pope Francis said, “Every one of us is called to assume responsibility for his or her part,” and he highlighted the fact that we must look to the future working for a social order in which the dignity and the gifts of all of its members are respected.


Speaking during the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, the Pope reflected on the principle of subsidiarity.


From top to bottom and from bottom to top


To better explain its meaning, he recalled how after the great economic depression of 1929, Pope Pius XI explained that “this principle has a double movement: from top to bottom and from bottom to top.”


“To emerge better from a crisis, the principle of subsidiarity must be enacted, respecting the autonomy and the capacity to take initiative that everyone has, especially the least,” the Pope said elaborating on the fact that this principle “allows everyone to assume his or h...

Steeler here is entirely teeming with gratitude to the Archdiocese of Caceres , Bicol, Philippines, for every and all religious undertaking it has summoned and executed with circumspect in view of the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of the quarantines and lockdowns, but especially during this year’s Peñafrancia Celebration. Because of  its “listening,” (oft quoted metaphor which was a major ingredient in this year’s theme of “Fostering Dialogue and Harmony in Spirit  of Mary’s Gentleness and Humility) that is to illustrate the need to zip the mouth up for once, Oops! and  interact with the aroma of what the other is saying, in the matter of the holding of devout activities especially,  breaking away with the olden tradition of Traslacion and Pagsacay or Fluvial Procession, Naga City was able to block a potentially health delirium of massive hospitalization. This is something admirable of the humility and gentleness that the head of the Archdiocese have time and again, shown. I...

September 18, 2020

Luke 2:27-35

He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:


“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”


The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradictedl  (and you yourself a sword will pierce)* so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

September 18, 2020

OMG is the new face of the supposed 11th Bishop Francisco Gainza Trade Fair. The pandemic crisis did not halt our advocacy to help the micro, small and medium enterprises. Together with Department of Trade and Industry, Caritas Caceres is braving the e-commerce playing field to build a digital farm-to-market road for small but hopeful enterpreneurs. Last September 15, OMG (Online Market ni Bishop Gainza) was officially launched at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary. 

Fr. Marcel Real, the Caritas Caceres Director said, “Looking back, this annual fair started during the Tercentenary celebration of the devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia as a revival of the agro-industrial fair pioneered by Bishop Gainza himself in September 1875. Incidentally, we are gathered here and now in this building, the Obra Nueva of the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary that was constructed by the same Bishop Francisco Gainza”. 


OMG!!! What should we do next?!  Despite all these uncertainties, one thing remains constant…  Th...

September 18, 2020

With the Covid19 pandemic, the Archdiocese of Caceres has cancelled all the major religious activities of the upcoming Peñafrancia Celebrations this year. Several other activities like the Union Bicol Clergy and the usual diocesan masses during the feast of INA are also cancelled. Such decision, though difficult, is the most practical to reduce our chances of being infected or spreading the virus.


The Caceres Commission on Communications (CCCOM) together with the Bicol Diocesan Social Communications Directors came up with a daily online program dubbed as “Sa Lindong kan Manto ni INA” a Peñafrancia Special from September 11 – 19, 2020 every 4:00pm at the Archdiocese of Caceres FB Page. The said 30min program features the Bicol Bishops’ reflection on the teachings and examples of Our INA with a purpose of leading the devotees to prayer on our present situation.


The program hopes to draw all devotees around the world to pray to Our Lord, the Divino Rostro, through the intercessions of Our...

September 18, 2020

We remember today the Colgante Bridge Tragedy, which claimed the lives of 138 devotees after the collapse of the said bridge collapsed on 16 September 1972. The tragedy occurred during the aforementioned year’s Fluvial Procession, wherein the miraculous images of the Divino Rostro and Our Lady of Peñafrancia were being brought back to the Peñafrancia Shrine through the Naga River, following the nine-day novena at the Metropolitan Cathedral. 

In the book “Ina: Little Stories of Faith,” the tragedy is recounted with narratives of some survivors. Most of them say that innumerable devotees and onlookers gathered on the then-wooden bridge to get a better view of the procession below. With authorities unable to control the large crowd, the bridge eventually collapsed. When the bridge collapsed, many people were hit by debris. Some others were hit by fellow devotees and onlookers. Victims were immediately rushed to the Colegio de Sta. Isabel, and other nearby hospitals for treatment. Bodies of...

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