November 20, 2020

Gospel Mt 25:31-46

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’

And the king will say to them in reply...

November 20, 2020

A total of 9, 487 families, typhoon evacuees from seventy (70) parishes of the Archdiocese of Caceres were recipients of food packs from Caritas-Caceres, the social action commission of the archdiocese.

Caritas-Caceres and its network has continuously provided humanitarian response to communities severely affected by typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses.

Loading sacks of rice, boxes of sardines, corned beef, drinking water and clothes in trucks, pick-up vans and service vehicles of various parishes and volunteer private individuals has been a non-stop activity at the Caritas-Caceres Development Center (CCDC) at Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur since Typhoon Quinta.

Fr. Marc Real, Director of Caritas- Caceres, Inc and his assistant, Fr. Erwin Bismonte, take turns in bringing quick response to the parishes hardest hit by the typhoons. Quick response teams went to the coastal Parish of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, in Balaton, Lagonoy, the Parish of Holy Cross in Nabua, Camarines Sur, Parish of St. P...

November 20, 2020

“Let us learn how to kneel once again. Successive emergencies makes it more difficult for individuals and families already struggling amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. This situation has forced us to bow our heads and fold our knees, “ says Bishop Rex Andrew C. Alarcon, DD, Bishop of Daet in an interview over the radio.

Bishop Alarcon said that as of November 16, 2020, Camarines Norte suffered a partial total damage of Php464, 885,168.00. Coastal barangays, towns and parishes in the Diocese of Daet were severely hit by Typhoon Ulysses. Most of the parishes in Camarines Norte are in the coastal areas along the Pacific Ocean. Many houses were severely destroyed, storm surges were experienced in Panganiban and Vinzons, while there was flood in Labo and Daet. Hard hit were Panganiban, Mercedes, Vinzons, Capalonga, Paracale.

Relief operations is now on-ongoing as they try to reach out and make quick response to those most in need. The diocese has received donations from NASSA, Caritas Philippin...

November 20, 2020

Caritas Manila is warning against scammers using its name to raise money supposedly for victims of recent calamities. 

Its executive director Fr. Anton Pascual said some people are posing as Caritas workers asking for donations. 

“Beware of fake donation drives,” Pascual said. “Let’s help our fellow Filipinos and not take advantage of the calamity. Keep spreading the charity virus.” 

The charitable agency is currently gathering aid for the victims of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses that devastated several parts of the country. 

Caritas Manila also announced that its Covid-19 charity response in partnership with “Project Ugnayan” has reached P1.7 billion. 

Project Ugnayan is a fund raising initiative led by the country’s leading corporations and business families in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation. It is headed by Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

The project tapped the vast network of parishes and volunteers under Caritas Manila to d...

November 13, 2020

Gospel Mt 25:14-15, 19-21

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one–to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’”

November 13, 2020

Evacuees at Bula, Camarines Sur and other towns affected by strong winds and flood appeal for drinking water, mats and housing materials

“Be ready to open our churches, chapels, schools and convents for evacuees and provide assistance and strength to them. It is good to work jointly with Caritas-Caceres, our Social Action Commission and also coordinate with the Local Government Units (LGU) for their assistance for the evacuees,” says Caceres Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD, in a Pastoral Letter issued on October 29, 2020 in view of the coming super typhoon. 

As in the past, evacuees usually find sanctuary in parish churches whenever there is a calamity. During typhoon Quinta and super typhoon Rolly, local government units bring evacuated families to the churches.

Evacuees were served goto by parish volunteers at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, Ombao, Bula, Camarines Sur. Photo: FB page of St.Vicente Ferrer

As of November 10, 2020, based on the data reported to Caritas - Caceres, In...

November 13, 2020

Almost half of Caceres Parishes suffered severe damages due to TS Rolly, mostly in Rinconada & Partido areas especially those in the coastlines.

Super Typhoon Rolly left 3 casualties.

A total of 125,023 families in Caceres were affected. 

115,078 of them had their houses damaged.

62,294 of which are totally damaged.

Caritas Caceres visits Tambo Buhi Parish with some volunteers distributing foodpacks.

Before, during & after the onslaught of typhoon, 28,000 families were recorded to have evacuated inside the Evacuation Centers while another 12,958 were accommodated in other places outside ECs.

More or less 4,000 of them were taken in by different Parishes/Rel or Church institutions in the Archdiocese.
According to Fr. Marc Real, Director of Caceres-Caritas, since the day after the typhoon, Caritas-Caceres teams have visited and given food packs (relief) to 31 Parishes:

In Partido - Sabang, Goa, San Jose, Sangay, Omalo, Maangas, Presentacion, Guijalo, Bikal, Caramoan, Tabgon, San Rafael T,...

October 30, 2020

Gospel – Matthew 5:1-12A

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.

He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.

A Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

October 30, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed 13 new cardinals including Filipino Archbishop Jose Advincula.
The pope made the announcement during his Sunday Angelus in the Vatican and said the new cardinals would be elevated at a consistory on Nov. 28. 

Advincula becomes the ninth Filipino cardinal, following cardinals Orlando Quevedo, Luis Antonio Tagle, Gaudencio Rosales, Jose Sanchez, Ricardo Vidal, Jaime Sin, Julio Rosales and Rufino Santos.

At 68, he is among the nine new cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave. The four others are over 80s.

He will also be the fourth living Filipino cardinals, alongside with Rosales, Quevedo and Tagle, who is the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. 

Both Rosales and Quevedo are over 80 and are no longer eligible to take part in a conclave when the time comes to elect a new pope. 

The cardinal-elect has been serving as archbishop of Capiz since January 2012. 

Born in Dumalag, Capiz, he was ordained priest for the Capiz archdioc...

October 30, 2020

“It is payback time. Before, we are recipients of missionary activities, now, after almost 500 years, we are sending missionaries, “ says Fr. Gerome Pelagio, Director of the Archdiocesan Commission on Mission and Evangelization (ARCOM).

Under the program Caceres Mission Aid, thirty-three (33) missionaries from the Archdiocese of Caceres are now serving seven missionary areas, namely: United States of America (13 Missionaries), American Samoa (1), Taiwan (1), Caribbean (4), Canada (2), Rome (1), New Zealand (6).

When asked why developed countries are now requesting missionaries, Fr. Pelagio said that these countries are slowly becoming de-Christianized. Although they are Christian nations, there is a growing number among the Christian population that no longer practice their faith. For most of them, God is irrelevant due to secularization. New secularization, according to Fr. Pelagio, means believing without belonging. Thus, mass attendance has greatly decreased and some parish churches...

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