August 1, 2020

Gospel Mt 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.


When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.”


But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.


They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left ove...

August 1, 2020

A Catholic bishop has refuted President Rodrigo Duterte that the death penalty deter criminals. 


Bishop Joey Baylon of Legazpi said that the alleged deterrent effect of execution has been repeatedly debunked in various studies. 


“The Church has always maintained that capital punishment, in whatever form it comes, is never a deterrent to crime. Studies have proven this time and again,” said Baylon, who heads the bishops’ Commission on Prison Pastoral Care.

The prelate was reacting to Duterte’s State of the Nation Address on Monday, where the president called for the return of the the death penalty by lethal injection. 


For the third time, he again used his SONA to make another push for the death penalty revival for drug-related crimes. 


“This law will not only help us deter criminality but also save our children from the dangers posed by illegal and dangerous drugs,” Duterte said. 


He also renewed a threat to kill drug dealers, admitting that drug syndicates continue to operate in the co...

August 1, 2020

NAGA CITY – The Naga Parochial School opened its 73rd academic year on Monday, 20 July 2020, utilizing both online and modular instruction under the school’s Flexible Learning Experience or NPS FLEX.


Heeding the invitation of Jesus


In a live broadcast marking the start of the school year on Monday, Rev. Fr. Dario I. Echipare, School Director, expounded on the school’s motto, “let the little children come to Me” (Mk 10:14), saying that in response to such call, the school stands as an avenue where every child is given importance in the pursuit of their integral development.”

Addressing the students, he encouraged them to excel and take pride in achievement, while maintaining respect and appreciation for the hard work and sacrifices of their families, teachers, and classmates. He also challenged them to be productive despite the pandemic, exhorting them to “make every opportunity an avenue for growth. Grow up to be responsible citizens. Success cannot be measured by material achievement a...

August 1, 2020

Several churches of the archdiocese have suspended masses after two priests were infected with Covid19 last week.


Fr. Domingo Florida, parish priest of Immaculate Concepcion Parish posted this on Facebook: “As precautionary measure for the safety of our Mass goers, with the approval of our City Covid Officials and by our Archbishop, Most Rev. Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD, the Parish of the Immaculate Conception, Concepcion Pequeña, Naga City, ON ITS OWN INITIATIVE, is temporarily suspending all Masses starting this Saturday afternoon (July 25) until Tuesday (July 28).


The allotted period will allow us to thoroughly disinfect our Parish Church.  We do not want to compromise the safety and health of our Parishioners and Mass goers, thus, this decision.


Be assured of our prayers and let us not put down our guard against this novel corona virus.  Please strictly observe the health protocol of our beloved City and of the Parish”.


Fr Romel Dacoco of Quipayo Parish Calabanga and Fr Rolando...

July 24, 2020

Gospel  Mt. 13:44-52

Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.


“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new...

July 24, 2020

Last Wednesday, 22 July 2020, we celebrated the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene and the 74th Birthday of His Grace, Most Rev. Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD, Archbishop of Caceres.


In thanksgiving to God, the Archbishop celebrated a Thanksgiving Mass at the Carmelite Monastery Chapel, Concepcion Pequeña, Naga City, at 06:30 am.


He  also celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit, as the Naga Parochial School commenced a new Flexible Learning Experience this S/Y 2020-2021. The said Mass was held at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, at 09:00 am.


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July 24, 2020

Fr. Jay Jacinto, the new Rector of the Holy Rosary Preparatory Seminary in San Jose CS announced that the seminary is now open for enrollment.


The qualified applicants are the following:


A. Senior High School Graduate
B. College Level
C. Young Professional


The Requirements needed:


A. Copy of Grades of the last school year attended.
B. Certificate of Good Moral Character or Recommendation Letter from the School Principal.
C. Baptismal Certificate
D. Confirmation Certificate
E. Medical Certificate
F. Recommendation from the Parish Priest
G. Biodata


Procedure:


A. Send via email scanned copy / picture of the requirements. frjacinto2016@gmail.com
B. Wait for the schedule of online interview.
C. After interview, letter to parish priest and parents will be sent via email together with the list of requirements for the entrance to the seminary and the schedule.


For more details contact: Fr. Jay L. Jacinto
09173220350
frjacinto2016@gmail.com
 

July 24, 2020

A PASTORAL LETTER AND A CALL TO PRAYER

“Sow for yourselves justice, reap in mercy. Break up for yourselves a new field, for it is time to seek the Lord, till he comes and rains justice upon you.” (Hosea 10:12)

Dear Fellow Filipinos,


A few days ago, we received a letter from His Eminence, Charles Cardinal Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. It was an ardent request for prayers for Hongkong, on account of the signing into law of a new National Security Act. He explained in his letter how this new law poses a threat to the basic freedoms and human rights of the people of Hongkong, and how it potentially undermines especially their freedom of expression.


Apparently, the Chinese government assures the people of Hongkong that they have nothing to be afraid of, as long as “they don’t get involved in any activity that threatens national security.” Why does this sound eerily familiar to us Filipinos? Because we are in a similar si...

July 17, 2020

Gospel Mt 13:24-43

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”


He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when fu...

July 17, 2020

Saying that the coronavirus pandemic is increasing psychological suffering, a Church official stressed that now is the time to prioritize mental health. 


Camillian Father Dan Cancino, Executive Secretary of the Church’s Episcopal Commission on Health Care, said that the pandemic is not only attacking physical health but also mental health. 


He said the past few months of quarantine has led to mental health issues, especially to the young generation.


The priest, who is also a medical doctor specializing in public health and infectious diseases, stressed the need for a “collective” effort to improve access to mental health services and support. 


“It is high time to also focus our attention on mental health and give importance to it,” Fr. Cancino said in a webinar for teachers and school administrators on Tuesday. 


“Let’s bring this commitment forward to really increase the awareness and the value of mental health at all levels of society,” he said.

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