Lamdag April-May 2012 by MaryAnnePadilla


                                                                                                                                                                                           Day 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                        “Silence and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Word: Path of
Volume 4, Number 2                                     |                                April 15 - May 15, 2012                                      Page 5

                                                                                                                                                    ceremonies promise
                                                                                                                                                       new homes for
                                                                                                                                                     Sendong survivors
                                                                                                                                                       New homes will be provided for
                                                                                                                                                   families displaced by Sendong in
                                                                                                                                                   Indahag and Calaanan, Cagayan de Oro
                                                                                                                                                   City, as revealed during two ceremonies
                                                                                                                                                   that took place in a single week.
                                                                                                                                                       In Indahag, construction at the
                                                                                                                                                   NASSA & SAC - ACDO Caritas Village
                                                                                                                                                   Shelter Project commenced with a
                                                                                                                                                   groundbreaking ceremony on April 25,
                                                                                                                                                   2012. The project is jointly undertaken by
                                                                                                                                                   the Social Action Center – Archdiocese
                                                                                                                                                   of Cagayan de Oro (SAC-ACDO), the
                                                                                                                                                   Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
                                                                                                                                                   Philippines National Secretariat for
                                                                                                                                                   Social Action (CBCP-NASSA), and Caritas.
                                                                                                                                                   Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.,
                                                                                                                                                   D.D. officiated at the groundbreaking,
                                                                                                                                                   assisted by Msgr. Eutiquiano Legitimas
                                                                                                                                                   and Ad Extra Director Fr. Nathaniel Lerio.
                                                                                                                                                       A Memorandum of Agreement
                                                                                                                                                   between the SAC-ACDO and CBCP-
                                                                                                                                                   NASSA stipulated that both parties “have
                                                                                                                                                   agreed to jointly assist the affected
An ecumenical gathering was held at Gaston Park on April 21, 2012, the eve of Earth Day. Among the religious leaders speaking during               families in Cagayan de Oro City, whose
the event were Iglesia Filipina Independiente Bishop Felixberto Calang (above) and CDO Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D. (inset)           residences were destroyed by typhoon

Ecumenical bishops: be
                                                                                                                                                   ‘Sendong’ on 16 – 17 December 2011, to
                                                                                                                                                   be provided decent housing facilities.”
                                                                                                                                                       On April 27, Msgr. Legitimas,
                                                                                                                                                   representing Archbishop Ledesma, led
                                                                                                                                                   the invocation during the turnover of

stewards, not destroyers
                                                                                                                                                   permanent shelter units to Sendong
                                                                                                                                                   survivors at the Calaanan resettlement
                                                                                                                                                   site phase III, in which he described the
                                                                                                                                                   occasion as the “rebirth of a community”.
                                                                                                                                                   The guest of honor during the event was
By Louise Dumas                                             advance of Earth Day which was on the       heads were hopeful, giving importance      President Benigno S. Aquino III, who led
                                                            22nd, to allow the clergy time to include   to the immediate unified response of       the turnover ceremony. The President
  The mid-summer rain                                       it in their homilies on the actual day of   the people of Cagayan de Oro.              was accompanied by Vice President
                                                            celebration. The statement recalls the          “Even now, we are trying to give the   Jejomar Binay and Department of Social
that poured that afternoon                                  lessons we learned from Sendong, the        opportunity to everyone to own a new       Welfare and Development Secretary
seemed to remind each of the                                consequences of man’s abuse on nature.      home so that our city would improve        Corazon Soliman.
participants of the tragedy                                 It reminds the people that human            and progress in the future, and we             The beneficiaries, who formerly
                                                            beings are stewards of creation and not     will all be united in a new society here   resided at the nearby Tent City, also
that fell on Cagayan de Oro                                 its destroyer. The natural calamity was     in Cagayan de Oro,” said Archbishop        received kitchen kits, family food packs,
and Iligan last December.                                   aggravated by the work of man which         Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. in his message    family starter kits and livelihood checks.
  An Ecumenical Bishops’ statement                          caused the intensity of destruction.        to the assembled group.                        “Apat na buwan nga lang po
was released on April 21, 2012, in                          However, the messages of the church                                   ECUMENICAL/3                                CEREMONIES/3

                                                                                                                                                                                     Year of Grace
                                                                                                                                                                                     Four priests of the the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
                                                                                                                                                                                     - three of whom are retired -
                                                                                                                                                                                     have had their jubilees in the
                                                                                                                                                                                     month of April this year.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Fr.     Perseus       Cabunoc,
                                                                                                                                                                                     celebrated his silver jubilee on
                                                                                                                                                                                     April 23 (Story on page 3).
                                                                                                                                                                                         On April 25, Fr. Leo Cervantes,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Fr. Auxentius Pañares, and Fr.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Gonzalo Pimentel (seated left to
                                                                                                                                                                                     right) commemorated 50 years
                                                                                                                                                                                     as priests in a grand celebration
                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Fr. Elvin Simene

                                                                                                                                                                                     at Sta. Rita Parish in Balingasag,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Misamis Oriental. Fr. Cervantes
                                                                                                                                                                                     and Fr. Pañares have spent their
                                        Photo by Mike Sia

                                                                                                                                                                                     respective retirements abroad.
                                                                                                                                                                                         A reception for the three
                                                                                                                                                                                     golden jubilarians was held
                                                                                                                                                                                     at the neighboring Sta. Rita’s
2                                                 Pastoral Message                                                                 LAMDAG
                                                                                                                                      April 15 - May 15, 2012

                   Cagayan de Oro Ecumenical Bishops’ Statement on Earth Day
                                                  21 April 2012, Cagayan de Oro City

                     EARTH DAY vs. DOOMSDAY
                                         “When you send forth your breath,
                                      they are created, and you renew the         2) We call for a comprehensive scientific study of the river basin and
                                      face of the earth.” (Ps. 104:30)         watersheds of Cagayan de Oro and adjoining tributaries. In particular we
                                                                               need an impact assessment of mining and logging, including large-scale
                                         This year we observe Earth Day in upland plantations, on environmentally-fragile areas within a proximate
                                      Cagayan de Oro in the aftermath of the radius from the city center; the implications of a ridge-river-reef approach
                                      calamity wrought by Typhoon Sendong in conserving our waterways; and how extractive activities impact on an
                                      last Dec. 16-17, 2011. More than four island ecology.
                                      months have passed. At present
                                      more than 5,000 evacuee families            3) We need to broaden the meaning of “free, prior, and informed
                                      are still living in transitional shelter consent” (FPIC) to include not only the upland communities but also the
  Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. arrangements in our city as they await downstream communities that will be affected by mining and logging
                                      the construction of permanent housing activities. In some areas, the FPIC process has reportedly only served to
units.                                                                         divide the indigenous communities and adversely altered their way of life.
   The loss of more than a thousand lives and the washed-out destruction
of more than 10,000 homes in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities are grim            4) The issue of environmental governance has to be clarified – e.g., in
reminders of the other side of Earth Day: how the earth itself groans and terms of the prior role of the Department of Environment and Natural
weeps in the face of man’s abuse of the environment.                           Resources in issuing clearances, the collective responsibility of city
   Sacred Scripture tells us that God created the world in an orderly councilors and the chief executive, and the need for transparency and
manner and “found it very good.” (Gen. 1) The integrity of creation was accountability in the wake of the Typhoon Sendong tragedy. Could the loss
Yahweh’s gift to the first man and woman in paradise. In its cosmic of so many lives and extensive damage to property have been avoided
harmony, nature itself became the first book of revelation to God’s infinite with proper foresight and planning? Should “disaster risk reduction” not
goodness to humankind.                                                         start with a moratorium on mining and logging activities that have a direct
   In this light, human beings were given “dominion over all other impact on the environment?”
creatures” – not to abuse nature, but to become stewards of creation.
We are also reminded that in our efforts at sustainable development, we           5) Finally, we invoke the precautionary principle – that in the face of
should engage in inter-generational justice – namely, that our present so many unresolved issues, the more prudent recourse is safety first for
generation should not deprive succeeding generations of the bounty of the larger community. With the recent experiences of Cagayan de Oro
nature’s resources. Our Christian faith impels us to uphold the dignity of residents form the severe flooding in January 2009 and the widespread
every human person and the supremacy of the common good over the calamity caused by Typhoon Sendong in December 2011, we can even say
individual interests of a few.                                                 that mining and logging activities pose a “clear and present danger” to our
   The widespread destruction brought about by Typhoon Sendong was City of Golden Friendship.
due not only to natural causes but also largely to man-made malpractices
– such as indiscriminate logging in the watershed areas over the past             On the part of our Christian communities, we appeal to everyone
decades, and more recently irresponsible mining practices, whether to treasure gratefully God’s gift of our natural resources, to be vigilant
small-scale or disguisedly large-scale, on the upland and riverside areas of stewards of the environment, and to initiate conservation practices such as
Cagayan de Oro.                                                                solid waste management, tree growing, and safeguarding the biodiversity
   Aerial photographs and first-hand reports by residents in the more of our surroundings.
remote areas attest to the extensive damage already done to the                   We invite every concerned citizen to affix his/her signature to this
environment. This is brought about by practices such as hydraulic flush statement as a sign of our collective resolution to prevent another
mining, dynamiting of hillsides, and massive excavations of the topsoil. doomsday in our midst. May our observance of Earth Day this year be a
There are also confirmed reports that the unprocessed soil is then shipped renewal of our commitment to build a better and safer Cagayan de Oro. n
to another country – a stark example of how our country compromises its
                                                                               Archbishop Antoinio J. Ledesma, S.J.   Bishop Genesis T. Udang
own territorial integrity, leaving the landscape scarred and depleted.         Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro          Deputy Director for Mindanao
   It is in this light that we, your Christian pastors, call for a moratorium Roman Catholic Church                   Philippine Council of Evangelical
on all mining and logging activities in the watershed and ecologically-                                               Churches (PCEC)
threatened areas of Cagayan de Oro until all these issues are resolved:        Bishop Felixberto Z. Calang
                                                                              Diocese of Misamis Oriental,           Bishop Melzar Labuntog
   1) We call for an independent, multi-sectoral monitoring body to           Bukidnon and Camiguin                  United Church of Christ in the
                                                                              Iglesia Filipina Independiente         Philippines
periodically examine the actual state of mining and logging activities in
                                                                                                                     Northwest Mindanao Jurisdiction
the watershed areas of Cagayan de Oro. This multi-sectoral body should Bishop Rudy Juliada
include representatives of civil society organizations, upland and lowland Diocese of Libertad                       Rev. Samuel Domingo
communities, church leaders and academe. This body should engage Iglesia Fililpina Independiente                     District Superintendent
government agencies and local government units.                                                                      United Methodist Church

    World Communications Week 2012 will be held in July for public and private high school students, also
  open for parishioners, youth and parents. This year’s theme is “Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization”.
    Mobile media literacy educator Sr. Clothilde de las Llagas, FSP, who has degrees from Appalachian State
  University in North Carolina and the University of Dayton in Ohio, will be coming over as facilitator and keynote
  speaker on Media Literacy/Media Awareness. Activities for students include poster-making and essay-writing
  contests and the formation of a media club that will collaborate with the MTRCB through Local Regulatory
  Council to be created in Cagayan de Oro soon.
    For further details, contact the Daughters of St. Paul/Social Communication Apostolate at 856-4392 or
April 15 - May 15, 2012
                                                Archdiocesan News                        3
Ecumenical from p. 1                          Church fees to Ad Intra Director celebrates
    Other church leaders who were
                                              be waived for
                                                             25 years of priestly ministry
there were Bishop Felixberto Z. Calang
from the Iglesia Filipina Independiente
and Rev. Samuel Domingo, the
District Superintendent of the United
                                            homeless Sendong                                “The Lord did not make a
Methodist Church. Imam Macabangkit
Macarimbon from the similarly wrecked
                                                      survivors                         mistake when He bestowed
                                                                                        upon Father Perseus his
community of Mandulog shared a                  In a letter dated April 16, 2012,       vocation,” Fr. Gil Escalante
prayer, representing the Islamic faith      Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.,        said in Cebuano in his
community of Iligan who were also           D.D. requested parish priests, workers,     homily during the Mass
there to show their unified survivors’      and religious communities to “waive the     celebrated on the 25th
collectives.                                charging of stole fees or any other fees    sacerdotal anniversary of Fr.
    Other signatories of the statement      from Sendong survivors, particularly        Perseus Cabunoc on April
were Bishop Genesis T. Udang, Deputy        those staying in evacuation centers or      23, 2012. Fr. Cabunoc is the
Director for Mindanao of the Philippine     in makeshift homes on site.” Archbishop     current director of the Ad
Council of Evangelical Churches, Bishop     Ledesma believes that such fees could       Intra Ministries and parish
Melzar Labuntog of the United Church        be financially burdensome to Catholic       priest of Our Lady of Mount
of Christ in the Philippines, and Bishop    families who may have lost their church     Carmel Parish in Carmen,
Rudy Juliada of the Iglesia Filipina        documents in the flood.                     where he celebrated his Ad Intra Director Fr. Perseus Cabunoc celebrates
Independiente. The statement calls              Parishes may be reimbursed for these    jubilee with his fellow Mass at his parish on the occasion of his 25th
for a moratorium ‘on all mining and         services from the archdiocesan Sendong      clergymen from Cagayan de sacerdotal anniversary.
logging activities in the watershed         fund or voluntary contributions, the        Oro and Malaybalay Bishop               1982 before matriculating to the St.
and ecologically-threatened areas of        archbishop added. The waiving of fees       Jose A. Cabantan.                       Francis Xavier Regional Major Seminary
Cagayan de Oro’ until the following         will continue until May 2013, subject           Fr. Escalante described Fr. Cabunoc of Mindanao in Davao City. He was
specific actions are taken:                 to review. The prelate also encouraged      as a man who, despite his humble ordained to the diaconate on December
    The ecumenical service was mainly       parishes to arrange for mass baptisms       beginnings, fulfilled his vocation 10, 1986 and was made a priest on April
attended by Sendong survivors who,          and weddings for affected families, as a    through hard work and a very 23, 1987 at St. John the Baptist Parish in
prior to the solemn affair, held a mass     “proactive way of making them feel part     supportive family.                      Lagonglong.
action at the Misamis Oriental provincial   of our Christian community”.                    Fr. Cabunoc’s jubilee was attended      Prior to being assigned to Carmen
grounds. Headed by Balsa Mindanao,              “We may not be able to offer            by parishioners, family, friends and in 2007, Fr. Perseus served as parochial
the group demands for environmental         substantial help to Sendong survivors       acquaintances      from     Lagonglong, vicar in the parishes of Anakan, Medina,
justice. Rhodora Bulosan, the women’s       in the form of land or housing units, but   Misamis Oriental (his hometown) and and Nazareth, and as parish priest in
leader of the survivors’ collectives said   more crucially we can help them face the    his previous parish assignments, and the churches of Sagay, Balingasag, and
that they are continuing to do protest      future with hope through our spiritual      sisters of the Religious of the Virgin Claveria. Fr. Cabunoc is famous for his
actions because they believe that the       accompaniment in their period of grief      Mary, who run St. John the Baptist High practice of building and renovating
damage of Sendong was primarily             and loss of homes and loved ones,” he       School in Lagonglong, his alma mater.   church buildings wherever he is
caused by wrong decisions made by the       concluded. [Lamdag News CDO] n                  Fr. Cabunoc studied at the San Jose assigned as adminstrator. [Lamdag
government. The group continues to                                                      de Mindanao Seminary from 1977 to News CDO] n
call for the cancellation of large-scale
mining permits and for the stop of the
                                            Tagoloan parish WAF-CDO celebrates 25th anniversary
conversion of lands into agro-industrial
plantations which are extensive in          holds fundraiser (WAF) inWorld Apostolate celebrated President and attended byYouth
                                                                                     Cagayan de Oro
                                                                                                      of Fatima
                                                                                                                  Coordinator and
Bukidnon, the source of both Cagayan
de Oro River and Mandulog River in
Iligan City. [Lamdag News CDO] n
                                             To raise funds for a proposed
                                                                           25 years of presence on April 28, 2012 following   Chapters:    Immaculate
                                                                           at the San Antonio de Padua Parish, Conception Parish, Bulua; Nuestra
                                                                                        where the first WAF Seminar was held Señora del Rosario Parish, Consolacion;
                                            renovation of its premises, Sta. Maria de
                                                                                        in 1987, with Fr. Rodolfo C. Roa as the Fatima Chapel Chapter, Isla de Oro; San
Ceremonies from p. 1                        la Candelaria Parish in Tagoloan, Misamis
                                                                                        spiritual director appointed by the late Antonio de Padua Parish, Nazareth;
                                            Oriental held an evening concert titled
ang lumipas, at ito na ang ating                                                        Archbishop Patrick Cronin.                    Holy Rosary Parish, Agusan; Sta. Maria
                                            “Easter Choral Concert” on April 14,
napagtagumpayan. Ulitin ko po, ating                                                        The gathering was organized by the de la Candelaria Parish, Tagoloan; and
                                            2012. The concert is the brainchild of
napagtagumpayan. Hindi po isang tao,                                                    CDO Archdiocesan Division officers and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Parish,
                                            Candelaria parish priest Msgr. Jacinto
hindi po isang grupo; tayong lahat po                                                   held at the parish’s K of C and CWL Villanueva.
                                            Abelardo Cabillan.
ang dahilan nito. Baka ang tanong na                                                    Hall and participated by members of              The World Apostolate of Fatima is
                                                Performing choral groups include the
po ng ilan: sino ang mga superhero kaya                                                 the World Apostolate of Fatima and its a Public International Association of
                                            Lourdes College Music Ambassadors,
ang gumawa nito? Eh di syempre, tayong                                                  affiliates, the Youth Apostolate of Fatima the Faithful whose mission includes
                                            the Sta. Maria de la Candelaria Parish
lahat po ‘yan. Paano naisakatuparan                                                     and the Children Apostolate of Fatima.        the promotion of authentic Catholic
                                            Choir, the Charismatic Singing Ministry,
ang tila pambihirang trabahong ito?”                                                        The celebration began with a teaching and the living out and
                                            the Singles for Christ Choir, the
the President said in his speech.                                                       Meditative Rosary, followed by spreading of the message revealed by
                                            Tagoloan Children’s Choir, the Tagoloan
   The 500 new housing units in                                                         testimonies from WAF-CDO’s first the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three
                                            Community College Minstrels, and
Calaanan were built by volunteers                                                       members. Regional Spiritual Director little shepherds at Fatima, Portugal in
                                            the San Felipe Chamber Singers, who
from Gawad Kalinga and Habitat for                                                      Msgr. Eutiquiano M. Legitimas, PC, SSJV 1917. It was founded as the Blue Army in
                                            in addition to singing famous Catholic
Humanity, with funding provided by                                                      presided at the Eucharistic Celebration, 1947 in the United States by Fr. Harold
                                            hymns also performed renditions of
Berjaya, San Miguel Corporation, Shell,                                                 in which he reminded members of the Colgan and Mr. John Haffert, and has
                                            popular songs such as “The Prayer”,
SM City Cagayan de Oro, and the Filipino-                                               value and power of prayer and to trust since spread quickly to other countries,
                                            “The Wind Beneath My Wings”,
Chinese community with Mr. Lucio                                                        in the loving care of Jesus and the including the Philippines. Its Decree of
                                            “Tagumpay ng Lahi”, and musical pieces
Tan. Residents are entitled to TESDA                                                    intercession of Our Lady. The monsignor Erection was signed on October 7, 2005,
                                            by composer Ryan Cayabyab.
scholarships for vocational courses such                                                also called members to respond to and on February 3, 2006, an official
                                                Msgr. Cabillan commented this
as welding, heavy equipment operation,                                                  the invitation of Archbishop Antonio ceremony for the consignment of this
                                            concert also aimed to determine whether
electric installation and maintenance,                                                  Ledesma to bring their apostolic works, decree and the approval of its statues
                                            the sampling of music presented would
masonry, carpentry, and hollow block                                                    especially the Block Rosary to every was held at the Pontifical Council of the
                                            be a hit among Tagoloanons, especially
making.                                                                                 evacuation center in the city. The day Laity in Rome. [Lamdag News CDO] n
                                            the youth, who tend to prefer pop
   Secretary Soliman reported that                                                      ended with a Q&A
                                            music above all other genres. He also
by August this year, 8,000 Sendong                                                      session about the
                                            expressed the desire to organize similar
survivors will have been provided with                                                  Blessed         Virgin
                                            fundraiser concerts for larger venues in
new houses. [Lamdag News CDO] n                                                         Mary and a closing
                                            the future. [Lamdag News CDO] n
                                                                                            The event was
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              parish/congregation to;                                 second WAF-CDO WAF-CDO members present Regional Spiritual Director Msgr.
                                                                                        A r c h d i o c e s a n Tex Legitimas with a token of appreciation.
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                                                                                                                                       April 15 - May 15, 2012

                                                                                                                      Xavier Ecoville
                                                                                                                    kids receive school
                                                                                                                    supplies, VitaMeal
                                                                                                                        This summer, young children at
                                                                                                                    Xavier Ecoville, a relocation area for
                                                                                                                    Sendong victims located in Lumbia,
                                                                                                                    Cagayan de Oro City, have received
                                                                                                                    assistance in the form of school kits and
                                                                                                                    VitaMeal, a food supplement developed
                                                                                                                    by Nu Skin enterprises.
                                                                                                                        On April 23, 2012, Happy Soles, a
                                                                                                                    group founded by 5 student volunteers
                                                                                                                    from Xavier University, handed out
                                                                                                                    packs of school supplies to grade school
                                                                                                                    pupils residing at the aforementioned
                                                                                                                    resettlement site. These children will

The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications 3rd Media Assembly was held on April 17-19,
                                                                                                                    also participate in a Happy Soles project

2012 at LayForce in San Carlos Seminary, Makati City. Rev. Fr. Casi Quiacao (front row, rightmost) attended
                                                                                                                    named “Sending Sendong Kids to

                                     as assistant director for CDO.
                                                                                                                    Summer Camp”, in which they can take
                                                                                                                    part in fun activities such as art, sports,
                                                                                                                    and reading. Happy Soles intends to

           Groundbreaking at Indahag                                                                                launch similar initiatives in 5 more
                                                                                                                    relocation areas.
                                                                                                                        Feed the Children, an international
                                              April 25, 2012                                                        organization affiliated with Nu Skin
                                                                                                                    Enterprises, provided a cooking
                                                                                                                    demonstration for Xavier Ecoville
                                                                                                                    mothers in which they learned how
                                                                                                                    to prepare VitaMeal, a meal package
                                                                                                                    mixed with rice, barley and lentils and
                                                                                                                    fortified with vitamins and minerals.
                                                                                                                    The mothers were taught how to use
                                                                                                                    Vitameal as an ingredient in recipes
                                                                                                                    such as champorado and binignit.
                                                                                                                    According to Feed the Children national
                                                                                                                    coordinator Celso Lumaad, each pack of
                                                                                                                    VitaMeal can feed up to 100 children,
                                                                                                                    and that Feed the Children checks on
                                                                                                                    children by the end of every month for
                                                                                                                    weight gains. [Lamdag News CDO] n

    Archbishop Ledesma unveils a tarp bearing the           Archbishop Ledesma recites the blessing as the time
       perspective of a proposed housing unit.             capsule is lowered into the groundbreaking excavation.
                                                                                                                      Evac centers and
                                                                                                                    resettlement sites to
Turnover of Calaanan shelters                                                                                       receive pastoral care
                                                                                                                        A meeting to discuss means to
                                              April 28, 2012                                                        provide pastoral care at evacuation
                                                                                                                    centers and resettlement sites populated
                                                                                                                    by Sendong survivors was convened by
                                                                                                                    Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D.
                                                                                                                    at the Archbishop’s Residence on April
                                                                                                                    13, 2012. Those who attended includee
                                                                                                                    Ad Extra Director Fr. Nathaniel Lerio,
                                                                                                                    Bible Apostolate Director Fr. Michael
                                                                                                                    Fabello, Catechetics coordinator Sr.
                                                                                                                    Josie Alabado, TMM, representatives
                                                                                                                    from lay ecclesial movements including
                                                                                                                    the World Apostolate of Fatima – CDO
                                                                                                                    (WAF) and their spiritual director, Msgr.
                                                                                                                    Eutiquiano Legitimas, and more than 30
                                                                                                                    camp managers.
                                                                                                                        Pastoral activities to be conducted

Msgr. Eutiquiano Legitimas leads the invocation opening    President Benigno S. Aquino III presents a couple with
                                                                                                                    include Bible study sessions and block

                the turnover ceremony.                                     financial assistance.
                                                                                                                    rosary meetings, wherein neighboring
                                                                                                                    families gather around an image of Mary
                                                                                                                    that is transferred from house to house
                                                                                                                    weekly to pray the rosary together, for
                                                                                                                    the intentions of the host family as well
                                                                                                                    as for the larger community. Fr. Lerio
                                                                                                                    advised that attendance ought not to be
                                                                                                                    compulsory – that is, families are free
                                                                                                                    to partake in these religious activities if
                                                                                                                    they desire to do so.
                                                                                                                        Instruction on praying the rosary as a
                                                                                                                    group will be provided by catechists, the
                                                                                                                    Legion of Mary, and the the WAF.
                                                                                                                        Furthermore, Fr. Fabello proposed
                                                                                                                    that Bibles ruined during the flood be
                                                                                                                    traded in for new copies courtesy of the
                                                                                                                    Bible Apostolate, since as holy books,

President Aquino delivers a speech promising hope and     Rowhouses at the Calaanan resettlement site provided by
                                                                                                                    damaged Bibles need to be disposed

         aid to the resettlement communities.                             Habitat for Humanity.
                                                                                                                    of in such a way that they are not
                                                                                                                    desecrated. [Lamdag News CDO] n
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Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization
20 May 2012                                             makes manifest the true measure and          often no longer
Ascension Sunday                                        nature of the relationships involved.        than a verse from
                                                        When messages and information are            the Bible, profound
Dear Brothers and Sisters,                              plentiful, silence becomes essential if      thoughts can be
                                                        we are to distinguish what is important      communicated,
    As we draw near to World                            from what is insignificant or secondary.     as long as those
Communications Day 2012, I would                        Deeper reflection helps us to discover       taking part in the
like to share with you some reflections                 the links between events that at first       conversation do not
concerning an aspect of the human                       sight seem unconnected, to make              neglect to cultivate
process of communication which,                         evaluations, to analyze messages; this       their own inner
despite its importance, is often                        makes it possible to share thoughtful        lives. It is hardly
overlooked and which, at the present                    and relevant opinions, giving rise to an     surprising         that
time, it would seem especially necessary                authentic body of shared knowledge.          different religious
to recall. It concerns the relationship                 For this to happen, it is necessary to       traditions consider
between silence and word: two aspects                   develop an appropriate environment,          solitude and silence
of communication which need to be                       a kind of ‘eco-system’ that maintains        as privileged states
kept in balance, to alternate and to be                 a just equilibrium between silence,          which help people
integrated with one another if authentic                words, images and sounds.                    to           rediscover
dialogue and deep closeness between                         The process of communication             themselves          and
people are to be achieved. When word                    nowadays is largely fuelled by               that Truth which
and silence become mutually exclusive,                  questions in search of answers.              gives meaning to all
communication breaks down, either                       Search engines and social networks           things. The God of
because it gives rise to confusion or                   have become the starting point of            biblical revelation
because, on the contrary, it creates an                 communication for many people                speaks also without
atmosphere of coldness; when they                       who are seeking advice, ideas,               words:       “As    the
complement one another, however,                        information and answers. In our time,        Cross       of    Christ
communication acquires value and                        the internet is becoming ever more           demonstrates,
meaning.                                                a forum for questions and answers –          God also speaks
    Silence is an integral element                      indeed, people today are frequently          by his silence. The
of communication; in its absence,                       bombarded with answers to questions          silence of God, the
words rich in content cannot exist. In                  they have never asked and to needs of        experience of the                           that God is accomplishing throughout
silence, we are better able to listen                   which they were unaware. If we are           distance of the almighty Father, is a       our history by word and deed. As the
to and understand ourselves; ideas                      to recognize and focus upon the truly        decisive stage in the earthly journey       Second Vatican Council reminds us,
come to birth and acquire depth; we                     important questions, then silence is         of the Son of God, the incarnate Word       divine revelation is fulfilled by “deeds
understand with greater clarity what it                 a precious commodity that enables            …. God’s silence prolongs his earlier       and words having an inner unity: the
is we want to say and what we expect                    us to exercise proper discernment in         words. In these moments of darkness,        deeds wrought by God in the history
from others; and we choose how to                       the face of the surcharge of stimuli         he speaks through the mystery of his        of salvation manifest and confirm the
express ourselves. By remaining silent                  and data that we receive. Amid the           silence” (Verbum Domini, 21). The           teaching and realities signified by
we allow the other person to speak,                     complexity and diversity of the world        eloquence of God’s love, lived to the       the words, while the words proclaim
to express him or herself; and we                       of communications, however, many             point of the supreme gift, speaks in        the deeds and clarify the mystery
avoid being tied simply to our own                      people find themselves confronted            the silence of the Cross. After Christ’s    contained in them” (Dei Verbum,
words and ideas without them being                      with the ultimate questions of human         death there is a great silence over the     2). This plan of salvation culminates
adequately tested. In this way, space                   existence: Who am I? What can I              earth, and on Holy Saturday, when “the      in the person of Jesus of Nazareth,
is created for mutual listening, and                    know? What ought I to do? What               King sleeps and God slept in the flesh      the mediator and the fullness of all
deeper human relationships become                       may I hope? It is important to affirm        and raised up those who were sleeping       revelation. He has made known to us
possible. It is often in silence, for                   those who ask these questions, and to        from the ages” (cf. Office of Readings,     the true face of God the Father and
example, that we observe the most                       open up the possibility of a profound        Holy Saturday), God’s voice resounds,       by his Cross and Resurrection has
authentic      communication      taking                dialogue, by means of words and              filled with love for humanity.              brought us from the slavery of sin and
place between people who are in                         interchange, but also through the call            If God speaks to us even in silence,   death to the freedom of the children
love: gestures, facial expressions and                  to silent reflection, something that         we in turn discover in silence the          of God. The fundamental question of
body language are signs by which                        is often more eloquent than a hasty          possibility of speaking with God and        the meaning of human existence finds
they reveal themselves to each other.                   answer and permits seekers to reach          about God. “We need that silence            in the mystery of Christ an answer
Joy, anxiety, and suffering can all be                  into the depths of their being and           which becomes contemplation, which          capable of bringing peace to the
communicated in silence – indeed                        open themselves to the path towards          introduces us into God’s silence and        restless human heart. The Church’s
it provides them with a particularly                    knowledge that God has inscribed in          brings us to the point where the            mission springs from this mystery;
powerful mode of expression. Silence,                   human hearts.                                Word, the redeeming Word, is born”          and it is this mystery which impels
then, gives rise to even more active                        Ultimately, this constant flow           (Homily,       Eucharistic  Celebration     Christians to become heralds of hope
communication, requiring sensitivity                    of questions demonstrates the                with Members of the International           and salvation, witnesses of that love
and a capacity to listen that often                     restlessness of human beings,                Theological Commission, 6 October           which promotes human dignity and
                                                        ceaselessly searching for truths, of         2006). In speaking of God’s grandeur,       builds justice and peace.
                                                        greater or lesser import, that can offer     our language will always prove                  Word and silence: learning to
                                                        meaning and hope to their lives. Men         inadequate and must make space              communicate is learning to listen
          LAMDAG                                        and women cannot rest content with a         for silent contemplation. Out of such       and contemplate as well as speak.
            Editorial Consultant                        superficial and unquestioning exchange       contemplation springs forth, with all       This is especially important for those
    Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD                                                                                                        engaged in the task of evangelization:
               Managing Editor
                                                        of skeptical opinions and experiences        its inner power, the urgent sense of
             Mary Anne Padilla, FSP                     of life – all of us are in search of truth   mission, the compelling obligation          both silence and word are essential
                                                        and we share this profound yearning          “to communicate that which we have          elements, integral to the Church’s
                  Staff Writers
                  Louise Dumas                          today more than ever: “When people           seen and heard” so that all may be          work of communication for the sake
                 Charlito Lorzano                       exchange information, they are               in communion with God (1 Jn 1:3).           of a renewed proclamation of Christ in
       Lay-out and graphic design                       already sharing themselves, their view       Silent contemplation immerses us in         today’s world. To Mary, whose silence
             James Edgar T. Sia                         of the world, their hopes, their ideals”     the source of that Love who directs         “listens to the Word and causes it to
          Marketing & Circulation                       (Message for the 2011 World Day of           us towards our neighbours so that we        blossom” (Private Prayer at the Holy
    Association of Pauline Grace Fernan                 Communications).                             may feel their suffering and offer them     House, Loreto, 1 September 2007), I
                                                            Attention should be paid to the          the light of Christ, his message of life    entrust all the work of evangelization
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6                                                                          Feature                                                                     LAMDAG
                                                                                                                                                           April 15 - May 15, 2012

  Archbishop Ledesma to CABUSTAM                                                            Unearthing the Roots of
   Youth: authentically serve others
     In a homily delivered in Butuan
 on April 12, 2012, the second day of
                                             hope that the young people currently
                                             housed at the evacuation centers and
                                                                                           Our Environmental Crisis
                                                                                                      (First in a series)              as persons desire to follow and attach
 the 2012 CABUSTAM Youth Congress,           relocation areas would “continue their
 Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.,        schooling, to continue their preparation                                                  ourselves to the Person of Jesus Christ
 D.D. urged the 465 youth ministers          to serve a community that needs             By Fr. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD         the Savior. And it is precisely as disciples
 and leaders in attendance to “be our        better housing and better community         Impact Magazine                               of Jesus Christ that we relate and
                                                                                                                                       behave towards our environment and
 authentic selves to others and to share     development.”
                                                                                             Is our collective conversion crucial to   the ecological reality the way we must.
 our time and resources with them,”              The 7th CABUSTAM (Cagayan de Oro,
                                                                                         saving the environment? Blessed John          This relationship is, in turn, shaped by
 citing as an example the Sendong relief     Butuan, Surigao, Tandag, Malaybalay)        Paul II would think so. In Redemptor          convictions and principles rooted in the
 efforts of the youth in Cagayan de Oro.     Youth Congress was held at the Father       Hominis, his first encyclical, when he        Gospel of the Master. If we are truly
     Referring to the day’s Gospel reading   Saturnino Urios University – Abp.           speaks of the necessary change in the         converted to the Master, it will show in
 on the resurrected Christ, Archbishop       Morelos Campus in Libertad, Butuan          distribution of wealth and economic           our commitment to and a living out of
 Ledesma referred to CDO’s ongoing           City from April 11-15, 2012. Ninety-seven   transformations in the world, he sees         these convictions, as I hereunder set to
 recovery as a resurrection of sorts,        youth delegates from Cagayan de Oro         a component which is as necessary             clarify.
 stating that “Even here, we can rebuild     were in attendance, headed by Youth         to the economy as to the restoration
 and start our lives again.” The prelate     Director Fr. Remel Mag-usara, who           or positive transformation of our             The Environment is Creation Pointing to
 commended the outreach activities at        gave a testimony of his life, conversion    environment. He holds that the “difficult     the Good Creator
 the relocation areas conducted by the       to Catholicism and the challenges of        road of the indispensable transformation          Genesis 1 tells us that God is the
 catechists and members of the Bible         heeding a vocation to the priesthood        of the structures of economic life is         Creator, the source and origin of all
 and youth apostolates.                      prior to Archbishop Ledesma’s Mass.         one on which it will not be easy to go        things, living and non-living. This is a
     Archbishop Ledesma expressed            [Lamdag News CDO]n                          forward without the intervention of           conviction that pervades the Scriptures.
                                                                                         a true conversion of mind, will and           The psalmist exclaims: “How varied
                                                                                         heart” (RH 16). Then in his apostolic         are your works, Lord! In wisdom you
     MOGCHS Conducts Regular                                                             exhortation Redemptionis Donum,
                                                                                         he speaks of a greater transformation
                                                                                                                                       have wrought them all, the earth is full
                                                                                                                                       of your creatures” (Ps 104:24). Even

     Formation Starting this June                                                        of another economy, namely that of
                                                                                         salvation covering the cosmos or the
                                                                                                                                       the prophet Isaiah gives voice to the
                                                                                                                                       Lord’s own protestation of his absolute
By Benie Sy                                regarding our views and insights in life.     universe which defines our relationship       causality over creation: “Thus says the
                                           We can be ourselves to express it as          to our environment: “Essential to this        Lord, your redeemer, who formed you
    Due to the shortage of catechists to we develop our friendship with other            ‘economy’ is the transformation of the        from the womb: ‘I am the Lord who
take care of MOGCHS’s spiritual needs, participants.” -Keith Axel-                       entire cosmos through the heart of man,       made all things, who alone stretched
Alpha-Tukod Volunteers were challenged         “I am overwhelmed with God’s love         from within: ‘For the creation waits with     out the heavens; when I spread out the
by the Most Rev. Antonio Ledesma S.J., for me and I know deep in my heart that           eager longing for the revealing of the        earth, who was with me?” (Is 44:24).
DD, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, to He is an amazing God.” - Mhira –                    sons of God… (Rom 8:19) [RD 9]”.              In the very next chapter he repeats the
help.                                          “Because of Alpha Course I find close         The roots of the environmental crisis,    assertion: “Thus says the Lord, the Holy
    “My prayer was answered after some friendship among my classmates.” –                like its political counterpart, are moral.    One of Israel, his maker: ‘You question
time of waiting.” This was related by the Melissa-                                       For our moral malaise is easily seen in the   me about my children, or prescribe the
excited Mrs. Helen E. Maasin, Values           “I am grateful to Alpha Course            ‘collective selfishness, disregard for the    work of my hands for me! It was I who
                                                                                         other and dishonesty’ that characterize       made the earth and created mankind
Education Head, when the Campus because I am now very open not like
                                                                                         environmental degradation. If this is so,     upon it; it was my hands that stretched
Alpha Team first visited her office.       before, I am very shy.” -Crissan-
                                                                                         then the solution must be moral. The first    out the heavens; I gave the order to all
    Alpha Course was preferred because         After the focus group planning last       step to the moral solution is conversion.     their host” (Is 45:11-12).
students are coming from mixed Nov. 19, 2011, Archbishop Antonio                         Consequently, we must aim at our own              God’s causality over all creation comes
denominations, aside from Alpha being J. Ledesma, SJ, DD assigned Rev. Fr.               conversion and, if we have already            with another message: Creation is good,
accepted by most of the churches Erdman “Dodong” Pandero to celebrate                    entered this process, we must aim at          it being a reflection of the God who is
worldwide.                                 noon time regular mass during school          our conversion to be continuing. But          good. St. Bonaventure calls God as Bonum
    Mrs. Maasin arranged with the class days at the Fatima Chapel and also the           why, we must ask. The Savior’s action is      diffisivum sui, the (highest/supreme)
advisers and gave the two (2) third year archbishop formed the support group to          enlightening. Before he goes proclaiming      Good that overflows out of itself. The
science sections, Dalton and Lewis to be headed by Mrs. Maasin, to support               the kingdom, he first summons people          constant refrain of the first chapter of
pilot run the course for 8 weeks at 1 hour the continuous spiritual formation of         to conversion. “This is the time of           Genesis supports this. “And God saw how
per session, every Thursday during their MOGCHS starting this June, 2012.                fulfillment,” he says in the gospel of        good it was” (Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 17, 22, 24)
values classes.                                The first and second year students’       Mark. Then he outlines the necessary          speaks volumes of the goodness in God
    A one day Holy Spirit retreat followed annual recollections are assigned to          response. “Repent and believe in the          and for this goodness having been shared
to culminate the weekly sessions. XU-URO, ACCMA and Lourdes College                      Good News” (Mk 1:15). Conversion or, in       by his creatures to a lesser or greater
This retreat includes the inner healing through Mr. Jong Pimentel, Mr. Michael           Greek, metanoia, means a total about-         degree. Only after the creation of man and
session, Holy Spirit empowerment, Acenas, Mr. Gaspar Caluna and Sr.                      face of mind and heart which ultimately       woman does Genesis make a commentary
and confession and Holy Eucharist for Rose Celestial, RVM. This also includes            shows in new behavior. It is a military       as God views his works: “God looked at
Catholics, if priests are available. These the yearly recollections of MOGCHS            word which encapsulates a command to          everything he had made and found it very
are some of their testimonies:             teachers.                                     turn around from a direction which, in        good” (Gen 1:31). God is most pleased with
                                                                                         Christian viewpoint, leads us away from       his creation with man in it.
    “Alpha Course really helps the             Alpha-Tukod Team on the other
                                                                                         God in order to return to the Way who             That all of creation is God’s has
students not to be led astray but to be hand, is assigned to give the Alpha
                                                                                         is Jesus Christ who alone leads us to the     very important consequences for the
led to the right path to Jesus Christ.” Course to the third year. And because            Father (Jn 14:6). There are therefore two     environment. First, it means that only
– Hazel –                                  of this big task, Alpha will be assisted by   moments to conversion we must aim at.         God has absolute ownership of creation.
    “Alpha Course really helps a lot. We teams from the focus group and other            The first is putting a stop to sin which in   No creature, not even man himself, can
learned so many things… especially the interested volunteers from individual             our case means all environmental abuse        claim the same absolute ownership over
group discussion. It helps us articulate and religious organizations.                    we engage in, to follow the exhortation       creation since only God is responsible
                                                              There will be a Global     from the letter to the Hebrews, “Let us be    for everything coming into being and
                                                          Alpha Training (GAT) that      rid of every encumbrance and especially       for everything being maintained in its
                                                          will be conducted for          of sin” (Heb 12:1). The second moment         existence and destiny. Second, human
                                                          these volunteers on May        is that we must renew our discipleship.       beings therefore are only stewards of
                                                          19 & 20 at Kahayag sa          As we leave sin, we must not leave a          creation, tasked not only to “subdue the
                                                          Diyos Community Center,        vacuum. The only way to do this is to put     earth” (Gen 1:28) but also “to cultivate
                                                          Vamenta Blvd, Carmen,          Christ where he belongs—at the center         and care for it” (Gen 2:15). When man acts
                                                          Cagayan de 0ro City. For       of our life again. Again, to follow the       as though he is absolute owner of any or
                                                          those interested, email        letter to the Hebrews, “Let us fix our eyes   part of God’s creation such that he does
                                                 or          on Jesus the founder of our faith and who     with it as he pleases and not according to
                                                          txt at 09209548582.            will bring it to completion” (Heb 12:2).      God’s plan and purpose, he turns his back
                                                              Finally,    St.     John                                                 on himself and does a disservice to God.
                                                          Vianney         Theological    Pillars and Signposts of Conversion to        Third, if creation reflects the goodness of
                                                                                         Christian Eco-Discipleship                    the Creator, no one and nothing has the
                                                          Seminary is assigned
                                                                                             Conversion is not abstract. It is         right to destroy or deface this goodness
                                                          to give the fourth year
                                                                                         concrete because it involves real and         as, for example, through pollution and
MOGCHS students with Msgr. Rodolfo Roa, Alpha’s annual                   recollections   specific acts and behavior. It is personal    mindless exploitation of the environment.
Dr. Benie Sy, and MOGCHS Values Education head Mrs. particularly on vocations.
                                                                                         because it involves us as individuals,
Helen Maasin at the Our Lady of Fatima Chapel.            n                              as families and as communities who                                    (To be continued)
April 15 - May 15, 2012                                                                                                                                                          7
Verbal Communication: Part 3                   stupid, unworthy. It evokes counter-
                                                                                                SOCIAL ACTION NEWS UPDATES
                                                                                             By Astrid Jose A. Bana                      officials,
                                                                                                                                         - that safeguards the public commons
                 (Tenth in a series)           criticism. It makes them to hide things
                                                                                            The inequality of income has not             and the environment.
                                               from their parents. They hate to be
                                                                                        changed since EDSA. The top 1% of
                                               judged negatively.
                 By J. Maurus                                                           the families (185,000 persons) have                  We call on our leaders to effect real
                                               7. Praising, agreeing:                   an income equal to the income of the             change. But this time let it go beyond
               In Parents Effectiveness            It offers a positive evaluation of bottom 30% of the families (5,500,000              unseating leaders or changing faces
Training, Dr. Thomas Gordon says               judgement:                               persons)!                                        at the helm of our government. Let
that there are a few categories into               “Well, I think you’re pretty!”           Successive governments since EDSA            us go beyond stop-gap measures and
which parents fall in their verbal                 “I agree with you!”                  have not fully implemented, for lack             short-term interests. It is high time
communication:                                     Praise is not always beneficial. The of political will, the four asset reform         we make fundamental changes to our
                                               child infers that parents judge him programs of government that are                       development paradigm.
1. Ordering, directing, commanding:            positively. He may feel embarrassed and meant to help to bring equity and to lift              The vision of fairness and equality is
    Telling the child to do something,         uncomfortable, when praise is given in the poorest of the poor from poverty –             beyond conditional cash transfers being
giving him an order or command:                front of friends.                        agrarian reform (CARPER), urban land             espoused by the government, beyond
    “Don’t talk to your mother like that!”                                              reform and housing (UDHA), ancestral             lip-service and mediocre corporate
    “Stop complaining!”                        8. Name calling, ridiculing, shaming, domain reform (IPRA), and fisheries                 social responsibility programs being
    The unacceptance of the command            making the child feel foolish:           reform (FISHERIES CODE).                         trumpeted by the business sector,
produces fear of the parents’ power. It            “You are a spoiled brat!”                The “security of tenure” provision           beyond the soup kitchens or charitable
makes him feel resentful or angry. Parent          “Okay, little boy!”                  on labor in our Constitution is not being        birthday celebrations being favored by
does not trust the child’s judgement.              The devastating effect on the self- honored and enforced. The lack of                 the wealthy and the privileged.
                                               image of a child rebound on parents.     quality education and health care for                    Anti-corruption      drives    are
2. Warning, admonishing, threatening:
                                                                                        the poor, especially the young, condemn          important—but          worthless     when
    Telling the child the consequences he      9. Interpreting, analyzing, diagnosing:
                                                                                        them to the vicious cycle of poverty.            unjust structures and policies are not
will incur if he does something:                   Telling the child the motives is
    “If you do that, you will be sorry!”       communicating that you have him              Twenty-five years after the promise          dismantled. The promise to take us
    These messages can make the child          figured out:                             of EDSA, poverty and gross inequalities          to a “daang matuwid” is not enough.
submissive, but it evokes hostility, invites       “You’re jealous!”                    continue to confront us. Our society             Even a straight path, when it leads us
him to taste the firmness of parent’s              “You say that to bug me!”            is still feudalistic, dominated by a             to a dead end, can be dangerous and
threat.                                            It gives the message that the parent leadership class that manages to rotate          counter-productive. What we need is a
                                               has figured him out, and the child feels among themselves the levers of power             new path to development. A new path
3. Advising, giving solutions or               frustrated and exposed. He picks up an through changes in administration.                 that puts people first, not profit. A path
suggestions:                                   attitude of superiority.                     Thus we call for a new paradigm:             that restores power to the people, not
    Telling the child how to solve a                                                                                                     concentrates power to just a few. A path
problem, giving advice or suggestions,         10.       Reassuring,        sympathizing,    - where the poor are the center of our      that is sustainable, not a short-sighted
providing answers or solutions for             consoling, supporting:                        development,                                and looks at only economic gains. A path
him, shows that parents do not have                It is trying to make the child feel       - that restores dignity and power to the    that promotes peace, not war. What we
confidence in the child’s judgement or         better, talking to him of his feeling,        people,                                     need is “bagong landas” not just “daang
ability.                                       trying to make his feeling go away.           - that makes social reform and social       matuwid.”
    He may resent parents’ ideas or their          “You will feel different tomorrow!”       justice a national agenda,
attitude of superiority.                           Such messages are not helpful as          - that exacts accountability from public                           (To be continued)
                                               most parents believe. The child feels
4. Exhorting, moralizing, preaching:
    “You shouldn’t act like that!”
                                               that they try to manipulate him and he
                                               stops further communication.                    Gingoog City CFLA launches Systematic
    It makes the child feel the power of
external authority, and feel guilty.
    It shows that parents do not trust
                                               11. Probing, questioning, interrogating:
                                                   Parents try to find reasons, motives,
                                                                                                   Training for Effective Parenting
                                                                                             By Nilda U. Villegas                        the STEP program include Bal-ason
others’ values.                                causes, or search for more information                                                    National High School and Mimbunga
                                               to help themselves solve the problems.            The Systematic Training for Effective   National High School. The facilitators
5. Lecturing, teaching, giving logical             “Why do you suppose you hate
                                                                                             Parenting (STEP) for Parent-Teacher         of the program are Mrs. Flordelis M.
arguments:                                     school?”
                                                                                             Associations of secondary schools in        Aguilor, Mrs. Susan C. Seit, Mr. Conrado
    Parents try to influence the child             It conveys lack of trust and the child
with facts, counter-arguments or their         feels threatened by the question. It limits   Gingoog City was launched in Gingoog        Soria, Mr. and Mrs. Jesus and Merlin
own opinion: “When I was your age, I           his freedom to talk about whatever he         City Comprehensive National High            Villamor, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry and Sonia
had twice as much to do as you.”               wants.                                        School on March 10, 2012. The STEP          Apugan, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfredo and
    This attitude makes the child feel                                                       program, which is a program of the          Susana Labial, Mr. and Mrs. Rene and
inferior, inadequate. Children do not like     12. Withdrawing, distating, humouring,        Christian Family and Life Apostolate        Emma Caingles, and Mrs. Teresita U.
to be shown that they are wrong.               diverting:                                    (CFLA) and encouraged by Sta. Rita          Edarango. This author currently serves
                                                   It is trying to get the child away from   de Cascia parish priest Fr. Joel Lusat      as STEP coordinator for the parish and
6. Judging, criticizing, disagreeing,          the problem, kidding him out of it.           was held in chapels and schools and         district level.
blaming:                                           “Let’s talk about it at table!”           attended by parents, teachers, and              STEP will be extended to Gingoog
    Parents make a negative judgement              “How is it going with your                barangay officials.                         elementary schools in School Year
or evaluation of the child:                    basketball?”                                      Other venues in Gingoog City for        2012-2013. n
    “You are not thinking clearly!”                This attitude doesn’t interest the
    “That’s an immature point of view!”        child or right down rejects him.
    It makes the children feel inferior,                                 (To be continued)

 Calungsod’s canonization is a fount of grace, Palma says
    MANILA, April 28, 2012—The                 but a fountain of grace because
canonization of Pedro Calungsod is             celebrations like this is a gift of faith.
a wellspring of grace for the faithful             The archbishop invited all Filipinos
because it is a gift of faith, Catholic        to participate in the canonization
Bishops Conference of the Philippines          process on October 21 which will be
president and Cebu Archbishop Jose             held in Rome and on November 30
Palma said.                                    for the national thanksgiving Mass
    “I am excited on the upcoming              slated in Cebu.
canonization of San Pedro Calungsod,               “After the canonization in Rome,
it’s not only for the Visayan people,          the image of San Pedro Calungsod
but for all of us Filipinos, that on           will visit the country. His visit will
October 2, Pedro Calungsod will be             start in Vigan, in the North down to                 Parents attend a STEP session conducted in a school in Gingoog City.
canonized together with 6 others,”             the South, passing by Bicol, Samar,
Palma said during the send-off mass            Leyte and Mindanao,” he said.                                 Do you have something to announce?
for lay missionaries on the occasion
of the Grand Mission Festival, April
                                                   “San Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro
                                               Calungsod are lay people, the reason
                                                                                               will be more than happy to print greetings and announcements at reasonable rates.
20.                                            why mission is especially for the lay                                  Soft copies are especially welcome.
    He    emphasized       that    the         people,” the archbishop further said.                 To find out more, call the Social Communication Apostolate
canonization is not just an event              (CBCP News) n                                                                   ( 856-4392
                                                                                                                           Holy Week 2012
                                                                                                                                On Holy Tuesday, April 2, 2012,
                                                                                                                            Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.
                                                                                                                            Officiated at the annual Chrism Mass.
                                                                                                                            The celebration was attended by over
                                                                                                                            160 priests, 88 of whom are diocesan
                                                                                                                            clergy, according to Vice-Chancellor
                                                                                                                            Fr. Erdman Pandero. Whereas the
                                                                                                                            attending priests reaffirm their
                                                                                                                            priestly vows to their bishop, the
                                                                                                                            presiding bishop blesses three holy
                                                                                                                            oils: the Oil of Catechumens, the
                                                                                                                            Oil of the Blessing of the Sick and
Palm Sunday: Fr. Hawthorne Galas blesses the palms held by Chrism Mass (Holy Tuesday) The clergy of Cagayan de Oro renew the Oil of Chrism, used whenever
members of the congregation.                                their vows before Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, S.J.              their corresponding sacraments are
                                                                                                                                In his homily, Archbishop Ledesma
                                                                                                                            remembered the victims of Sendong
                                                                                                                            – both those who perished and those
                                                                                                                            who survive but remain deprived of
                                                                                                                            basic needs, especially permanent
                                                                                                                            homes. The prelate added that
                                                                                                                            the Resurrection of Jesus after His
                                                                                                                            Passion and Death on the cross
                                                                                                                            signifies that there is renewal and
                                                                                                                            revival for us, too. The prelate also
                                                                                                                            reminded the congregation to reflect
                                                                                                                            and pray for God’s mercy as they
                                                                                                                            attend to the needs of those whose
                                                                                                                            lives were affected by last year’s
Holy Thursday: Msgr. Columbus Villamil washes the feet of a Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday): Abp. Ledesma recites the blessing devastating tropical storm. (Photos

  The Social Communication Apostolate has published a special commemorative
man roleplaying as one of the Twelve Apostles.              of the Paschal Candle.
                                                                                                                            by Eldon Bravo)

  issue to remember the tragedy wrought by Sendong and the kindness of those who
  have assisted in the healing of Cagayan de Oro City.

  Copies are available at the Paulines Media Center, Fatima Chapel, A. Velez Street,
  Cagayan de Oro City.

  For further details, call us at 856-4392 or 72-24-20.
                                                            Bishop Romulo de la Cruz, Diocese of Kidapawan

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