November 28, 2019

1st Sunday of Advent

Gospel: Mt 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.

So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left.

Therefore, stay awake!

For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

November 28, 2019

Delegates from the Archdiocese of Caceres, and the dioceses of Libmanan, Legazpi, Virac and Sorsogon represented the Bikol sub-region in the 4th BEC National Assembly in Davao City.

The Episcopal Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-BEC) convened the 4th National Assembly on November 11 to 14, 2019 at Davao City. Hosted by the Archdiocese of Davao, in cooperation with the suffragan Dioceses of Digos, Tagum and Mati, the convention welcomed close to 800 attendees composed of bishops, priests, religious and lay leaders from all over the country. From Bikol, the Archdiocese of Caceres, and the dioceses of Libmanan, Legazpi, Virac and Sorsogon were represented. 

Talks, homilies and testimonies focused on the theme “Discerning the Challenges of the BEC Journey in the Light of the New Evangelization.”  

CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, D.D., in his homily during the opening Mass on November 11 at th...

November 28, 2019

SING AND DANCE FOR THE LORD. The delegates of the CEACAL Youth Leaders’ Congress 2019 participated in an Animation, as part of the activities of the Congress.  (Photo by Charlene Bellen)

NAGA CITY --- As a culminating celebration for the Year of the Youth, around 300 students from different Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Caceres and Diocese of Libmanan gathered for the First CEACAL Youth Leaders’ Congress 2019. Spearheaded by the Catholic Educational Association of Caceres and Libmanan (CEACAL) Youth Council, the Congress was held on Saturday, 23 November 2019, at the Holy Rosary Major Seminary, this City.

Themed “CEACAL Youth: Doing Christ’s Mission with Youthful Hearts, with Mary”, the Congress served as an avenue for CEACAL students to unite beyond Sports; and to build a community of leadership, understanding, cooperation, and camaraderie. It also provided opportunities for students to mingle with others in order to expand their horizon with other teenagers.

The Congress bega...

November 28, 2019

NAGA CITY - More than 350 liturgical music ministers coming from different parishes, schools, and institutions within the Archdiocese of Caceres and the Dioceses of Sorsogon and Virac attended the “Seminar on Music in the Liturgy during Advent and Christmas” which was organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on Liturgical Music (ComLitMus), on November 23, this year, at the Good Shepherd Chapel, Holy Rosary Major Seminary.

The said event began with the registration at 7:00 o’clock in the morning and followed by a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Xavier R. Amoroso, the Director of ComLitMus.

After the Mass followed two plenary talks on “Music in the Liturgy during Advent” and “Music in the Liturgy during Christmas” given by Rev. Fr. Jed Anthony Peña, Formator of the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, and Rev. Fr. Rolando Canonce, Parish Priest of St Therese Parish, Pili, CamSur, respectively.

The said event ended with some liturgical notes from Fr. Amoroso and the singing of the “Hi...

November 21, 2019

Christ the King Sunday

Gospel     Lk 23:35-43

The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

November 21, 2019

Italian Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia is the new representative of the Holy See to the United Nations. 

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia as the new Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.  He succeeds Philippine Archbishop Bernardito Auza, who on October 1, 2019 was named by Pope Francis as Apostolic Nuncio to Spain and Andorra. 

Since September 12, 2017, Archbishop Caccia has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

Born in Milan, northern Italy, on 24 February 1958, he has ordained to the priesthood on 11 June 1983.  After serving in a parish for three years, he was sent to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome where obtained a Doctorate in Theology and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Upon graduation in 1991, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See.  His first assignment was at the Apostolic Nunciature in Tanzania, where he served for two years, until in...

November 21, 2019

A group of Pilgrims, headed by the Penafrancia Young Professionals (PYP) is joining the 40th Intramuros Grand Marian Procession on December 1, 2019.

The Peñafrancia Basilica based group is inviting other devotees to join the bus that will leave Naga on Nov. 30 (Saturday) at 10pm and to return on Dec. 1 (Sunday) after the procession at around 11pm. 

Efren Abarientos, PYP main organizer, said we join the image of Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia of the Peñafrancia Devotees Association of Manila, in one of the grandest marian procession in the Philippines.

Madya asin ibanan po niato an Reina kan Bicolandia sa pinaka Engrandeng prusisyon sa Bansa kan gabos na Titulo ni Maria. 

For more information: send messenger PM  to JC Sahurda, Efren Malana Abarientos.


November 21, 2019

Pope Francis has praised Thailand for promoting harmony and peace as he prepares to make his first visit to the kingdom.

In a video message from the Vatican, he said that “in this world that too frequently experiences discord, division and exclusion,” Thailand has shown commitment to work hard “to promote harmony and a peaceful coexistence.” 

The pope said he is hoping to “strengthen the bonds of friendship that we share with many Buddhist brothers and sisters” during his visit to Thailand from Nov. 20-23, 2019

November 21, 2019

The annual gathering Minor Seminaries, “Isang Angkan Kay Kristo (Sangkan), was held at last Nov 20-22 at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, Naga City. The theme was: Imitating Mary’s Fiat as Seminarians Called to Follow Christ.

The gathering is an opportunity for all the seminarians, including teachers and priests formators, to promote camaraderie and friendship with other seminaries from other dioceses, likewise share best practices of seminary life. Ball games and cultural presentations are also among the highlights of the gathering.

There were 485 seminarians and 37 priests from 14 minor seminaries who participated the event. Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tirona, OCD together with Fr Mario Gaite and the entire Holy Rosary Minor Seminary community warmly welcomed the guests.

November 21, 2019

This Sunday November 24, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It is one of many opportunities the Catholic Liturgical Church year offers to each of us consider the creature which is called time, receive it as a gift and begin to really live differently. Yet, for many Catholics who commemorate the Feast, it is just one more somewhat esoteric celebration which we go through every year at this time. This mistake is at least right on one count, it really is all about time.  The Catholic Christian notion of receiving time as a gift from God is one of the many things which make us counter-cultural. In fact, the number of things which make us counter-cultural is increasing as the West abandons its foundations in Christendom and embraces a secularist delusion.

Pope Pius hoped the institution of the feast would have various effects. They were:

1. That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the state (Quas Primas, 32).

2. That leaders and nations would...

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