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					                                                                                                                                            Happy Feast of

                                                                                                                                            August 28, 2012
Volume 4, Number 4                   |                            July 15 - August 30, 2012

Gener rips through Camiguin
          Church requests donations for distressed inhabitants
                                                                                                                               With reports from Fr. Jose Villamil, Carl
                                                                                                                                   Less than a year after Sendong,
                                                                                                                               Northern Mindanao was hit again by
                                                                                                                               another storm.
                                                                                                                                   Typhoon Gener swept through
                                                                                                                               Camiguin Island’s five towns –
                                                                                                                               Mambajao, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay,
                                                                                                                               and Catarman – on July 27, 2012, bringing
                                                                                                                               with it heavy flash floods that caused
                                                                                                                               extensive property damage especially in
                                                                                                                               Sagay and Mahinog. With the exception
                                                                                                                               of Mambajao, the entire island’s water
                                                                                                                               system has been effectively crippled.
                                                                                                                               One fatality was reported in Guinsiliban.
                                                                                                                                   According to a dispatch from Sagay
                                                                                                                               parish priest Fr. Jose Isagani Villamil, 26
                                                                                                                               houses were totally damaged, another
                                                                                                                               22 houses were only partly damaged,
                                                                                                                               and 1,683 families have been affected
                                                                                                                               by Gener. Furthermore, the storm has
                                                                                                                               laid waste to farms across the island,
                                                                                                                               stripping a good number of locals of
                                                                                                                               their livelihood.
                                                                                                                                   Fr. Villamil, the priests of Camiguin
                                                                                                                               and the Social Action Center of Cagayan
                                                                                                                               de Oro are appealing for supplies such as
                                                                                                                               food, potable water, medicines, cooking
                                                                                                                               utensils, blankets, sleeping mats, and
                                                                                                                               possibly assistance in rehabilitating
                                                                                                                               farmlands damaged by the storm.
                                                                                                                               Donations may be forwarded to Our
 On July 27, 2012, Typhoon Gener swept through the island of Camiguin, strewing rubble across key thoroughfares (above) and    Lady of Fatima Parish in Camaman-an,
 uprooting houses. The priests of Camiguin are appealing for donations for the residents.                                      Cagayan de Oro City. n

  New altar of Sta. Maria dela                                                           CDO Prelate endorses
 Candelaria Parish consecrated                                                          SDM to counter RH Bill
By Pinky Lim                              and was assisted by Parish Priest,
                                          Rev. Msgr. Abelardo Cabillan, H.P.,       By James Sia                               Oro (CLEMOACO).
    The newly renovated altar and         SSJV. Visitor-priests concelebrated                                                     With the release of the pamphlet,
sanctuary of Sta.Maria dela Candelaria    at the Eucharistic celebration. The           “We are resurrecting the calendar      Archbishop Ledesma hoped to address
in Tagoloan was consecrated on July       celebration was attended by a large       method, but with more precision,” said     concerns regarding the method,
30, 2012, as part of its celebration      number of parishioners led by the         Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio J.       especially since the original paper
for the feast of its second patron,       officers of the Councils and Chapels.     Ledesma, S.J. regarding the Standard
                                                                                    Days Method (SDM) of Natural Family                                      SDM / 3
St.Ignatius of Loyola. His Excellency        In his Introduction, Abp. Ledesma
Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., Archbishop      said, “ania kita nagkatigum aron sa       Planning, discussed in a
of Cagayan de Oro was the presider        pagkonsagrar niining karaan nga           pamphlet which he co-edited
of the Solemn Rite of Dedication          simbahan ug bag-o nga altar” (we are      with Rev. Fr. James McTavish,
and the Eucharistic celebration                                  NEW ALTAR / 3      FMVD, a moral theologian
                                                                                    and medical doctor currently
                                                                                    based in the Diocese of
                                                                                        The pamphlet, which
                                                                                    presents the method as an
                                                                                    alternative to the artificial
                                                                                    contraceptives encouraged
                                                                                    by      the      controversial
                                                                                    Reproductive Health (RH)
                                                                                    Bill, was launched at the
                                                                                    Patrick Cronin Formation
                                                                                    Hall on August 21, 2012,
                                                                                    with members of the local
                                                                                    government, media, and
                                                                                    academe in attendance,
                                                                                    as well as members of the
                                                                                    Catholic Women’s League and
                                                                                    other member organizations
                                                                                                                   Archbishop Ledesma holds the pamphlet “The
                                                                                    of the Commission on Lay
The renovation of the sanctuary of Sta. Maria dela Candelaria Parish in Tagoloan,                                  Standard Days Method of Natural Family Planning:
                                                                                    Ecclesial Movements of the
Misamis Oriental was finally completed on July 28, 2012 and was consecrated by                                     Expert Opinions & Pastoral Perspectives” which
                                                                                    Archdiocese of Cagayan de
Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. on July 30, 2012. (Photo by Fr. Elvin Simene)                                  he co-edited. (Photo by Eldon Bravo)
2                                                    Pastoral Message                                                         LAMDAG
                                                                                                                                July 15 - August 30, 2012

St. John Vianney, All-NFP and the New Evangelization
                  (Homily at the Mass for the general assembly of the Archdiocesan Women Religious
                      Association of Cagayan de Oro (AWRACO), Lourdes College, 4 August 2012)

                                          Today is the feast of St. John        responsibility. The promotion of NFP should be initiated and led by
                                       Vianney, patron of all priests. I        these lay groups, not by priests or bishops because we are reminded
                                       should be addressing this homily         that NFP also means “Not for Priests.” NFP is a vital issue for the
                                       to a gathering of priests instead        laity and married couples, particularly for women. This is where
                                       of sisters. But you are actually the     religious sisters can better engage in woman-to-woman talk than
                                       principal co-workers with the priests    priests.
                                       in the mission of the Church so we
                                       can start our reflections by reviewing      At this assembly, we are giving each religious congregation
                                       his life.                                a complimentary copy of the pamphlet, “The Standard Days
                                                                                Method of Natural Family Planning: Expert Opinions and Pastoral
                                       I. St. John Vianney                      Perspectives.” We are also extending an invitation to all of you to
 Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.
                                    St. John Vianney was the example            join an Update Forum on All-NFP and the launching of this pamphlet
                                 of a “late vocation.” He entered               on SDM on Aug. 21 at the P. Cronin Formation Center. We hope that
the seminary at the age of 20. He had difficulties with his studies,            at this forum, we can go beyond the RH Bill issue. For whether or
particularly in coping with Latin. After ordination, he was not                 not the RH Bill is passed, there will always be a need for NFP as a
allowed for a while to hear confessions because of some deficiency              valid, viable, and vital option for many couples.
in moral theology. Yet, St. John Vianney came to be known as an
outstanding confessor, spending 12-16 hours in the confessional III. New Evangelization
everyday to attend to the many penitents that flocked to his church        Perhaps, we can consider our All-NFP program as part of the New
in the little village of Ars.                                           Evangelization often invoked by the late Pope John Paul II. “New
                                                                        Evangelization” will be the theme of the coming Synod of Bishops
    His biographers point out three qualities in St. John Vianney that in Rome on October 7-28. On October 11th, Pope Benedict will
we can relate to our own ministries today. First, serving the Lord declare the beginning of a Year of Faith. This commemorates the
is not based on having a high IQ or specialized training. What is 50th anniversary of the first session of the Second Vatican Council.
needed is more heart than mind.                                         On October 21, we will also be celebrating the canonization of the
                                                                        Visayan proto-martyr, Pedro Calungsod.
    Secondly, St. John Vianney persevered in his ministry in Ars for
41 years. I recall the example of Fr. Raymundo Argarate, an old            In line with all these events the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of
Spanish missionary Jesuit priest, who had been expelled from the Philippines, at our plenary assembly last July, agreed to observe
China and spent 48 years of his life on the island of Olutanga, a a novena of nine years in preparation for the 500th anniversary of
part of Ipil Prelature. There he founded two parishes and two high the First Mass and the first baptisms on Philippine soil in 1521. These
schools, Loyola and Xavier. When I checked the 15 baptismal books nine years will also highlight one by one the nine pastoral priorities
in Subanipa before his funeral Mass, I realized that Fr. Argarate of the Church in the Philippines – as described in the Second Plenary
must have baptized around 30,000 people, practically the entire Council of the Philippines (PCP II) in 1991 and further enumerated
population of the island over the years. In our own ministries today, in the National Pastoral Consultation on Church Renewal (NPCCR)
would some of us be willing to stay in one place for a longer period, in 2001.
perhaps even for the rest of our lives?
                                                                           This nine-year journey for the New Evangelization thus includes:
    Thirdly, St. John Vianney was concerned about the spiritual Integral Faith Formation (2013); the Laity (2014); the Poor (2015); the
welfare of his parishioners and the penitents who came to him. He Eucharist and the Family (2016) (when Cebu will be the site of the
would fast and undergo mortifications for their sake. Would we next International Eucharistic Congress); the Parish as a Communion
have the same kind of concern for the spiritual well-being of the of Communities (2017); the Clergy and Religious (2018); the Youth
people we serve?                                                        (2019); Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue (2020); and Missio
                                                                        ad gentes (2021). This final year will also be declared the Jubilee
II. All-Natural Family Planning                                         Year 2021.
    This spiritual concern brings us to the second event happening
today. In Manila this afternoon there will be a rally against the          As we continue with our ministries in the archdiocese, let us
Reproductive Health Bill. We too in Cagayan de Oro have been asked keep in mind these nine pastoral priorities – which can also be
about having a similar rally. My answer is that we have been rallying the framework for our coming Archdiocesan Synod. Last June
not only for a day, but continuously through our All-Natural Family 23-26 in Hua Hin, Thailand, the Office on Consecrated Life of the
Planning Program. We say No! to the RH Bill by saying a louder Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences held a seminar-workshop
Yes! To Natural Family Planning. Over the past six years, our All- on “Consecrated Life Towards a Collaborative Role in the Mission of
NFP program, with more than 6,500 couple-users, has convincingly the Church.” The final statement of the delegates highlighted the
shown that many couples today have three felt needs: (1) They many challenges confronting religious men and women in the most
want to plan their families; (2) They prefer NFP provided they are populous continent of the world.
given enough information; and (3) They also want to choose among
available scientific NFP methods.                                          Faithful to the charism of each one’s congregation, religious
                                                                        sisters have indeed played an indispensable role in many of our
    Hence, our All-NFP program has continued to grow with four existing ministries in the archdiocese, as well as in many local
meanings: (1) We promote all modern NFP methods, including churches throughout Asia. May you continue to personify the spirit
simplified ones; (2) We reach out to all parishes and kapilya of persevering service of St. John Vianney in your various ministries
communities; (3) We promote NFP all the way, without mixing it that address the nine priorities of the Church in the Philippines
with contraceptives; and (4) We involve all religious lay organizations today. n
and family-oriented groups to promote NFP as their right and
July 15 - August 30, 2012
                                                      Archdiocesan News                                                                                                     3
                                            but it should be yes to All-NFP’, because
SDM from p. 1                               the louder you say no and you do not
on the subject suggested the use of         say yes, it is half baked, it is not very
backup contraceptives during fertile        realistic”, he further stated.
periods, which Catholic groups find             Co-published by the Catholic
objectionable. “Here in Cagayan de Oro,     Women’s League and the Archdiocese of
we find that government workers are         Cagayan de Oro, the pamphlet contains
promoting SDM all the way, without          favorable opinions from Catholic
backup contraceptives,” the archbishop      experts based in the United States
said, reassuring those in attendance.       and Italy consulted by Fr. McTavish via
“SDM is the simplest method… You            correspondence, as well as Archbishop
can get it in 5 minutes,” he added,         Ledesma’s landmark essay on the
emphasizing the technique’s simple          subject, “Re-viewing the Standard Days
effectiveness as part of its appeal,        Method – Eight Perspectives” as well as
stating that approximately 6,500            letters of endorsement from both the
couples have adopted NFP over the           Vatican and former Apostolic Nuncio
6 years of its being promoted in the        to the Philippines Archbishop Edward
archdiocese.                                Joseph Adams.
    SDM, says the prelate, is an improved       Three wives representing the Iglesia
calendar rhythm method endorsed by          Filipina Independiente, Muslim, and
the classic encyclical Humanae Vitae        Catholic communities of Cagayan de
backed up by up-to-date scientific and      Oro, respectively, also came forward
statistical findings. “I was asked by       to give their testimonies on the
several groups here, ‘Do we have a rally    effectiveness of the method, in addition
again and say no to the RH Bill?’ I keep    to the updates presented by NFP heads
telling them, ‘It should not only be no     based in the archdiocese. n
                                            1960’s. The remaining improvements
New altar from p. 1                         and renovations were undertaken by the
here gathered together to consecrate        succeeding priests until its completion
this old church and new altar). It is       under the present administration of
indeed an old church having celebrated      Msgr. Cabillan.
its 268th Annual Feast last February 2,        The Church dedication was capped
2012. The first major renovation was        with the unveiling of the Dedication
undertaken during the administration        Marker at the entrance of the Church by      Above: Nora Ebonia of the CWL gives an update presentation on their NFP-promoting
of the first Diocesan Parish Priest,        Msgr. Cabillan, which was then blessed       efforts. Below: The audience during the launching of the pamphlet on the Standard
the late Rev. Fr. Peter Wang in the late    by Abp. Ledesma. n                           Days Method. (Photos by Eldon Bravo)

  AWRACO’s General Assembly underlines Church of the Poor
By Sr. Rose Celestial, RVM                  Family Planning in families; 2) Year of      poor and the socio-culturally poor but       not only be the one listened to but
                                            Faith, Pope Benedict XVI’s thrust for the    also the ecologically poor.                  also the groaning of the earth since
    The Association of Women Religious year 2012; 3) PCP II’s 9 Priorities to be             Raluto also referred the socio-          the problems of poverty and ecological
in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro observed for the nine years preparation             culturally poor, as among the oppressed      crisis are inseparable. Ecological crisis
(AWRACO) held its annual general for the 500th Anniversary of the First                  sectors in society. This group includes      creates social consequences.
assembly last August 4, 2012 at the Baptism in the Philippines.                          the indigenous peoples who are                   The assembly ended with Sr. Maria
Lourdes College Audio Visual Room,              The prelate added that the priorities    suffering economically and racially and      Aida Mariano, RVM, a substitute of Sr.
Cagayan de Oro City. The religious mentioned will serve as the themes/                   the women who are treated second             Maria Lorina Jumawan, RVM reminding
congregations were gathered to reflect thrusts for the coming nine years                 class citizens and are physically and        the 80 Sisters present to fulfill AWRACO’s
on the theme, “50 Years after Vatican II: namely: 1)Integral Faith Formation in          sexually harassed and abused.                obligations to the archdiocese and
Our Constant Struggle To Be the Church 2013; 2) Laity, 2014; 3) The Poor, 2015;              Furthermore, Raluto underlined that      submit the report of the association’s
of the Poor.”                               4) The Eucharist and the Family, 2016;       the kind of poverty often ruled out is the   annual accomplishments and financial
    The assembly began with a 5) The Parish and Communion, 2017;                         poverty brought by the environmental         status. The Sisters also made revisions
Eucharistic celebration presided by the 6) Clergy and Religious, 2018; 7) Youth,         destruction. He went further to say that     and comments to the AWRACO’s
Most Reverend Antonio J. Ledesma, 2019; 8) Ecumenism and Inter-religious                 the cry of the human beings should           Constitution and By-Laws. n
SJ, DD, Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. Dialogue, 2020; 9) Missio Ad Gentes,
During his homily, the archbishop 2021.
reminded the Sisters of three important         With the last priority, the Philippine
points: 1) To say YES to Life and No to Church can show to the world that
RH Bill and help promote All-Natural Filipinos are no longer the “Receiving
                                                             Church,” instead, it
                                                             is now the “Sharing
                                                             Church, the Church
                                                             who has come of age, a
                                                             maturing Church,” the
                                                             archbishop added.
                                                                 The         AWRACO
                                                             members on the other
                                                             hand have widened
                                                             their concept of the
                                                             Church of the Poor
                                                             as Rev. Rey Raluto,
                                                             STD,     who      earned
                                                             his     doctorate      in
                                                             theology from Louvain
                                                             University in Belgium,
                                                             shared excerpts of his
                                                             dissertation. As the
                                                             keynote presentation
                                                             of the gathering, it
                                                             gave an in-depth            Sr. Clothilde de las Llagas, FSP of the Paulines Institute for Communication in Asia
                                                             overview of the theme,      Foundation (PICA) was in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro to give a series of
 Above: AWRACO members attend the Mass celebrated citing the types of                    lectures from July 30 to August 7, 2012 for the benefit of students, teachers and
 by Archbishop Ledesma. Below: Fr. Rey Raluto shares poverty confronting                 church workers. Top: At a session with MOGCHS students at Fatima Chapel, Sr. de
 excerpts from his dissertation on the concept of beingthe Filipinos today. Poverty      las Llagas discusses how the various forms of media affect how young people think,
 Church of the Poor 50 years after the Vatican II Council has to include not only        behave, and perceive themselves and the rest of the world. Bottom: Sr. Mary Anne
 during the AWRACO annual general assembly.                  the socio-economically      Padilla, FSP helps facilitate students at Fatima College in Mambajao, Camiguin.
4                                                                Sendong Updates                                                                                     LAMDAG
                                                                                                                                                                       July 15 - August 30, 2012

       New life at Balangaw sa Kalinaw Village
                                                                                                                                                 near future another twelve homes will
                                                                                                                                                 be ready, with the remainder possibly
                                                                                                                                                 being ready in time for the City Fiesta.
                                                                                                                                                     The project still faces many
                                                                                                                                                 challenges to complete the basic
                                                                                                                                                 facilities. That is running water,
                                                                                                                                                 electricity, drainage system and roads.
                                                                                                                                                 The construction committee at present
                                                                                                                                                 is addressing these problems, but it
                                                                                                                                                 is going to take time to resolve these
                                                                                                                                                 issues. At present, the community has
                                                                                                                                                 access to water for washing and other
                                                                                                                                                 needs, but no potable water.
                                                                                                                                                     Prior to the transfer to their new
                                                                                                                                                 homes, Fr. Salvador and Fr. Casi Quiacao
                                                                                                                                                 concelebrated a Holy Mass at Saint
                                                                                                                                                 Francis Xavier Chapel on Saturday 14
                                                                                                                                                 July 2012. The families receiving keys,
Left: The new Balangaw sa Kalinaw Village; Right: Fr. Salvador and Fr. Quiacao turn over the key to a house at the new village                   plus representatives from Habitat for
to a resident-to-be and her child. (Photos by David Ribbans)                                                                                     Humanity, Couples for Christ and other
By David Ribbans                             Cagayan De Oro City.                    communities and where necessary                             members of the Chaplaincy, attended
                                                The inspiration for the name of this set up new ones. In addition, they had                      the Mass. After the Mass, the keys
    Saint Francis Xavier Chaplaincy village came after Fr. Florencio Salvador, sessions on how to live as a peaceful                             for the new homes were blessed and
(SFXC) is a partner in building a new Jr. saw a rainbow across the location and responsible community. The                                       distributed to each family.
community of Typhoon Sendong of BSK Village on three successive recipients had sessions on how to face                                               On Sunday, July 15, 2012, the first
victims, located in a new village called occasions. This was the also the sign their experiences to enable them to                               36 families officially moved to their
Balangaw Sa Kalinaw (BSK) Village, given to Noah and his family by God as rebuild, restore and recover their lives.                              new homes, with Fr. Salvador blessing
situated near Taguanao Bridge, high a covenant that he would never again                A social contract was crafted by                         water to each family together with salt
above the Cagayan River. The chaplaincy send floods to destroy all living beings.    SFXC together with the leaders of the                       and rice, the traditional gifts for moving
foresees a community that will form             The chaplaincy has been holding a BECs within the communities. This has                          into a new home. In attendance to
its own identity based on its own series of formation classes beginning in two faces, the legal side, and social                                 greet the families were representatives
choices with guidance from SFXC. The April 2012 to June 2012, in preparation responsibility, signed by all families of                           from Habitat for Humanity, DSWD
community will consist of thirty-four for their relocation to BSK Village. The the community.                                                    and members from St Francis Xavier
families from the stone crusher area formation classes took the format                  On July 15, 2012, thirty-six homes                       Chaplaincy. Also donated for each
near Taguanao Bridge, and thirty-one of strengthening existing Basic were ready to be handed over to selected                                    family was a welcome meal to enjoy in
families from different barangays in Ecclesial Communities (BECs) in these families. It is anticipated that in the                               their new home. n

   CFC, others assist mass wedding of Amakan couples                                                                                                        Do you have
By John A. Banaynal                                Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.                and with one another so that, together,                    something to
                                                       The mass wedding, held at Our             lives are renewed by the power of the Holy                  announce?
    Rather than being ominous, Friday, July        Lady of Fatima Parish in Camaman-an           Spirit. As such, the wedding ceremonies
13, was an auspicious and cheerful day
for five Sendong couples - then in “live-
in” partnerships – walking delightedly
                                                   and solemnized by the parish priest Fr.
                                                   Nathaniel Lerio, SSJV, who is also the
                                                   Archdiocese’s Social Action director, was a
                                                                                                 gave away what awaits a wholesome joy
                                                                                                 of living a repowered Christian life, as the
                                                                                                 newly-wed couples and their CLP batch-
                                                                                                                                                    will be more than
down the aisle in a mass wedding after             wonderful gift. Like a delectable dish, all   mates reinforced their “new-found lives”
their batch’s successful completion                the “ingredients” miraculously blended,       in the Holy Spirit with vows to live the           happy to print greetings
of the Christian Life Program (CLP), a             as The Chef’s Unseen Hand directed the        Covenant of Couples for Christ.                    and announcements at
values reorientation course conducted              “cookery” for the evacuees’ spiritual and          Indeed, in the evening of Friday, the
by Couples for Christ (CFC) in response            physical nourishment: joy, faith, and love    13th of July, 2012, during the COHARA-
                                                                                                                                                       reasonable rates.
to the call of Archbishop Antonio J.               of the volunteers comprising the CFC          sponsored Fellowship Dinner at the                Soft copies are especially welcome.
Ledesma, S.J., D.D., for the spiritual relief of   Service Team; endearing participation of      basement of OLF Parish Church following               To find out more, call the
thousands of homeless families in tents            the evacuee-families; unqualified support     the Rotary-sponsored Mass Wedding,                    Social Communication
and temporary shelters consequent to the           extended by Our Lady of Fatima Parish,        Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the God of                     Apostolate
horrible devastation that the infamous             the Administration of the two Seminaries      Love, crowned CFC’s Catholic spiritual
tropical storm Sendong brought in the              and the City DSWD; kind sponsorship as        relief effort for Sendong family-victims
                                                                                                                                                             ( 856-4392
City in December last year.                        wedding organizer taken on by the Rotary      with a “miraculous wedding reception”
    The newly-wed couples belong to a              Club of Cagayan de Oro that provided the      that happened through the prayerful                 Bag-ong
batch of CLP participants from Amakan              basic wedding paraphernalia – wedding         intercession of Our Lady of Fatima.
evacuation camps inside the campuses               rings, gowns and shoes – along with                May the Lord God bless and keep
of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary           the make-up artists; and certainly not        in His embrace, the DSWD workers                       Editorial Consultant
and San Jose de Mindanao. CFC chapters             the least, the mouth-watering food for        headed by Camp Managers Alice Acha                   Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD
in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis                      the wedding reception donated by the          and Eden Verano; Abp. Ledesma and the                    Managing Editor
Oriental have been implementing                    Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant           CDO Archdiocese’s Social Action Center                  Mary Anne Padilla, FSP
the CLP among the evacuees in Bgys.                Association (COHARA).                         under Rev. Fr. Nathan Lerio, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                  Copy Editor
Bulua, Camaman-an, Macanhan, and                       As a Christian family renewal program,    Rev. Fr. Raul Dael and Rev. Fr. Renato                              Louise Dumas
Calaanan, in coordination with the                 the CLP ends during the 12th Session with     Lomonsod, overseers of Amakan 2 and 3,                               Writers
CDO City Department of Social Welfare              an exhortation to live, grow and transform    respectively; Rev. Fr. Cel Reyes, Rector, and      Sr. Rose Celestial, RVM
                                                                                                                                                                                  Mike Baños
and Development (DSWD) and the                     one’s life in deeper relationship with God    Rev. Fr. Manny Perez, Administrator, of                Astrid Jose Bana
                                                                                                                                                                                 Cong Corrales
                                                                                                                                                         John Banaynal
                                                                                                 St. John Vianney Theological Seminary,                  David Ribbans
                                                                                                                                                                                  Nef Luczon
                                                                                                 whose chapel was the venue for the                                               Bong Fabe
                                                                                                                                                          Fe D. Rodrigo
                                                                                                                                                                                   Pinky Lim
                                                                                                 CLP Sessions; CFC CDO-MisOr Area                    Maria Teresa Serrano
                                                                                                 Governance Team headed by Bro. Jun                    Lay-out and graphic design
                                                                                                                                                                 James Edgar T. Sia
                                                                                                 Waga, the CLP Team headed by Bro.
                                                                                                                                                        Marketing & Circulation
                                                                                                 Ethel Magto under supervision of Bro.              Association of Pauline      Grace Fernan
                                                                                                 Randy Cosme, Unit Head, Bro. Dodong                    Cooperators
                                                                                                 Padla, Chapter Head, Bro. John Banaynal          Bag-ong Lamdag is a newsletter published monthly
                                                                                                                                                  by the Social Communication Apostolate of the
                                                                                                 Cluster Head, and Bro. Gratz Redoble,            Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, whose aim is to link
                                                                                                 Sector Head; the Rotary Club of Cagayan          the various parishes, ministries, and apostolates
                                                                                                 de Oro; the COHARA through Bro. Manny            within this archdiocese. For inquiries and feedback,
                                                                                                                                                  send us an email at You may
                                                                                                 and Sis. Josie Aliñabon; and most of             visit us online and leave a comment at lamdagcdo.
                                                                                                 all, the victims of Sendong who are    
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                                                                                                 rebuilding their lives in Christ. n
     Sendong couples recite their vows at their mass wedding in Camaman-an.                                                                              “Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro”
LAMDAG              Sendong Updates
July 15 - August 30, 2012                             5
   Forum on EO 97 reiterates Unearthing the Roots of
  need for mining moratorium Our Environmental Crisis
    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – If anything,        impose a blanket moratorium on mining
the recent forum on President Benigno         that includes suspension of processing                   (Third in a series)              triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, he
Aquino III’s Executive Order no.79            of submitted mining applications, and                                                     answers the Pharisees’ command that
has only served to stress the need for        not only for cleansing of dormant or         By Fr. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD        he “rebuke” his rejoicing disciples: “I
a government moratorium on the                defective applications because the           Impact Magazine                              tell you, if they were to keep silent, the
processing of all mining applications.        country is not yet capable of accurately                                                  rocks and stones themselves will sing”
    Lawyer Christian Monsod, Climate          measuring the real benefits and costs of     Jesus Christ is Redeemer of Man and          (Lk 19:39-40). In other words, the joy
Change Committee Chairman of the              mining.                                      all Creation                                 of his disciples at his definitive action
National Agricultural and Fishery                 The prelate cited the study’s                The coming of the Redeemer is            to go through his saving death and
Council Committee (NAFC), presented           findings which showed how the                announced not only by Genesis. Even          resurrection in Jerusalem is the joy of
the salient points of the EO            to    government’s limitations in accounting       the prophet Isaiah declares what he          the environment as well. Both man and
stakeholders including government             for verifiable economic benefits versus      foresees would be the fruit of his           the environment will reap the fruits of
officials, indigenous peoples, non-           environmental, social, cultural and          work: “Then the wolf will dwell with         redemption. In the theology of St. Paul
                                                                                           the lamb, the leopard will take rest         we learn that all creatures, humans
government organizations at the               economic costs are so serious that
                                                                                           with the kid, the calf and lion cub will     and nonhumans, are interconnected
Archbishop Patrick Cronin Formation           we are effectively gambling away our
                                                                                           feed together with a little child to lead    in the fall as well as in the rising and
Center of the St. Augustine Metropolitan      future against the possible adverse
                                                                                           them. Befriending each other, the cow        restoration. “For creation awaits with
Cathedral compound last August 2.             economic displacement in imposing            and the bear will see their young ones       eager expectation the revelation of
    EO 79 outlines a general framework        a moratorium today, which is at worst        lie down together” (Is 11:6-7). That is to   the children of God, for creation was
for sustainable, environmentally and          temporary.                                   say, the Messiah will restore creation’s     made subject to futility, not of its own
socially responsible mining and calls for         Fr. Nathan Lerio, director of the        original harmony. He will, of course,        accord but because of the one who
a bigger share of the mining revenues         ACDO’s Social Action Center, asked why       first restore man’s relationship with        subjected it, in hope that creation
from the industry for all stakeholders,       there was no mention at all among the        God and with fellow human beings.            itself would be set free from slavery
including government.                         reactors to Atty. Monsod’s presentation      But the Messiah’s work of redemption         to corruption and share in the glorious
    Mr. Monsod said statistics fail to        of the 36,000 families in the city who       also has awesome consequences                freedom of the children of God” (Rom
show that mining has improved the             continue to reside in identified “no-        on nature and the environment.               8:19-21).
quality of life of the communities which      build zones” and need to be moved to         For instance, from the lips of Jesus
host them.                                    safer grounds.                               the Master we hear how, during his                                  (To be continued)
    “Figures derived from FIES (Family            “Why is there no implementation of
Income and Expenditure Survey)
1988-2009 (show that) mining has
                                              the ordinance which prohibits people
                                              from residing in these areas?” he asked.          Committee formed to step up
the highest poverty incidence at 48.7         This, despite the collective concurrence
percent of any sector in the country. It is
the only sector where poverty incidence
                                              that illegal mining and logging as an
                                              offshoot of these operations were cited
                                                                                             Calaanan post-Sendong operations
increased between 1988 and 2009,”             by residents and experts as among the            Due to the new demands placed            or confirmed due to lack of records,
Monsod said.                                  factors which worsened the effects of        on Calaanan’s Sta. Cruz Chaplaincy           additional Masses to accommodate
    The same survey placed the highest        the flash floods arising from Tropical       by about 2,000 resettled families,           the newcomers, and religious activities
poverty levels in regions that host large     Storm Sendong which killed and               a committee to address the new               conducted in the area by other sects.
mining operations such as Caraga (47.5        displaced thousands last December.           residents’ needs is currently in the            Archbishop Ledesma suggested
percent), Zamboanga Peninsula (42.75              Issued last July 6, EO 79 bans the       works. According to a previous tally,        that the seminarians conducting their
percent) and Bicol (44.92 percent).           issuance of new mining permits in            there are about 1,200 families residing      apostolate at the Amakan villages at
    At the municipality level (small          areas identified under the National          at the main resettlement site and more       the seminaries be reassigned, because
area poverty estimates 2003), Bataraza        Integrated Protected Areas System            than 800 families at the new Amakan          of the greater need at Calaanan.
in Palawan, where Rio Tuba has been           Act, prime agricultural lands and those      villages nearby.                             Furthermore, he recommended that
operating for 30 years, has a poverty         set for agrarian reform, in strategic            Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma,           the Catholic families be given priority
incidence (53 percent) double the             agriculture and fisheries development        S.J. called a meeting on July 25, 2012       before moving on to those of other
national rate (26 percent), he added.         zones, tourism areas, and other critical     to discuss these concerns with the St.       denominations.
    “The mining industry is correct           sanctuary sites.                             John Vianney Theological Seminary               At the meeting’s conclusion, it
in saying that the figures do not                 Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ, a staunch     fathers as well as priests, religious, and   was agreed that a committee should
establish causality. But they do show         advocate of responsible mining,              laypeople already ministering in the         be formed to address the spiritual,
an association between mining and             vehemently disagreed with the statistics     area. Some concerns expressed by the         psychological, and temporal needs of
poverty that at least raises questions        presented by Atty. Monsod and said the       new residents include their uncertainty      the resettled families. [Lamdag News
on the claim that mining substantially        relevant figures cited should be those       whether they have been baptized              CDO] n
improves life in their communities,” he       after 2010 and not before.
    Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of
                                                  “Mining is good, it is the only way to
                                              get out of poverty,” he said, adding that
                                                                                             Sendong... 7 Months After (a reflection)
the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro,            “in economies, you have to invest and        By Fe D. Rodrigo                             pain of losing their loved ones, or to
said these findings complement the            in order to invest you have to save, and                                                  steadfastly implant in their hearts
recent study by the Ateneo School of          we have our resources in order for us to         Did we ever meditate on this?            that we have but one short life to
Government, led by Dean Tony La Viña          save.” (With reports from Mike Baños,            “Truly I say to you… Whatever            glorify, praise and thank for: The
who hails from Cagayan de Oro, which          Cong Corrales, Nef Luczon and Bong           you did not do for one of these              Creator of everything that exists…
recommends that the government                Fabe) n                                      little ones, you did not do for me.”         our sovereign Lord.
                                                                                           Matthew 25:45                                    “Reap your reward in heaven,”
                                                                                               A tiny voice audibly told me: “…         Jesus whispers to me for the
                                                                                           the children, the children… Please           following:     HIS    golden-hearted
                                                                                           take care of them…”                          people: Ditas Ocaya, Mein Lagar,
                                                                                               Did we give ourselves to them…           Manny & Joy Araos, Atty. Grace
                                                                                           Be it TIME, TALENT, or TREASURE?             & Helen, Rogelio Go, Boy & Ann
                                                                                           We must remember that no one is              Cortes, Beng Guerra and her
                                                                                           too poor to give nor too rich not to         students, Marylee Macaraeg, Jobie
                                                                                           receive.                                     Dumapias, Imelda Obinger, FICCO,
                                                                                               One early morning after mass,            our Rev. Fathers, Jenny Abrenica,
                                                                                           a flitting visit to the TENT CITY            Cielo’s Bakeshop, Bumble Bee, Inday
                                                                                           became a full-time duty for me               Bacarenza, Donna, and last but not
                                                                                           until today, the 7th month after             the least, my son, Fitz.
                                                                                           SENDONG… Cheering the children                   Dear God, these duties are not
                                                                                           up, counseling them, catechizing             yet over for me… for when You
                                                                                           them… and begging for their basic            answered my prayer to make the
                                                                                           needs.                                       remaining years of my life fully
                                                                                               Now that they are all moving out,        meaningful, You did not tell me: “It
                                                                                           I can only cry in silence, how little        ends today.” n
                                                                                           I have done for them – to ease the
  “Pauyop” system of gold gathering at the Tumpagon side of the Iponan River.
6                                                                                                                                                               LAMDAG
                                                                                                                                                                  July 15 - August 30, 2012

           Live Christ, Share Christ
               Looking Forward to Our Five Hundredth
Ayala Museum

                                                                                                   Msgr. Rey Monsanto (behind altar) receives Fr. Erdman Pandero and Fr. Lino
                                                                                                   Macatol into the Society of St. John Vianney during the culminating Mass.

                                                                                                        Society of St. John Vianney
Archbishop Jose Palma, D.D.                    2012 until November 24, 2013 by the
                                                                                                         holds 3-day celebration
                                               Holy Father. The XIII Ordinary General                 The Society of St. John Vianney, the      fellow priests to emulate their patron
    We look forward with gratitude             Assembly of the Synod of Bishops with              sole association of diocesan priests of       by sincerely caring for one another,
and joy to March 16, 2021, the fifth           the theme “The New Evangelization for              the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, held       by delivering “life-giving” and “well-
centenary of the coming of Christianity        the Transmission of the Christian Faith”           a celebration on August 6-9, 2012 on          prepared” sermons, and by setting an
to our beloved land. We remember with          will take place in Rome from October 7 to          Seminary Hill, Camaman-an, Cagayan            example by leading an upright and
thanksgiving the first Mass celebrated in      28 this year.                                      de Oro City in honor of their patron, St.     exemplary life.
Limasawa Island on Easter Sunday March                                                            John Mary Vianney of Ars. The 3-day               Msgr. Rey Monsanto thanked
31 that same blessed year. We remember         FAITH AND EVANGELIZATION                           event culminated with a Mass held at          Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.,
the baptism of Rajah Humabon who was                All these events happening this               the Carmelite Monastery during which          who was absent at the culmination
given his Christian name Carlos and his        year are bound together by the                     the association received two new              but presided at the opening Mass, and
wife Hara Amihan who was baptized              themes of “faith” and “evangelization”.            members – Fr. Erdman Pandero and Fr.          the society’s friends and benefactors,
Juana in 1521. Our eyes gaze on the            Evangelization indicates proclamation,             Lino Macatol.                                 and urged them to pray for the late
Santo Niño de Cebu, the oldest religious       transmission and witnessing to the                     Prior to the swearing-in, Fr. Othelo      SSJV founder Coadjutor-Archbishop
icon in the Philippines, gift of Ferdinand     Gospel given to humanity by our Lord               Polinar shared a reflection in which he       Teofilo Camomot, whose cause for
Magellan to the first Filipino Catholics       Jesus Christ and the opening up of                 stressed the importance of having, as         canonization is currently under
that same year. Indeed the year 2021 will      people’s lives, society, culture and history       priests, convictions so strong that they      consideration.
be a year of great jubilee for the Church in   to the Person of Jesus Christ and to His           “show young people it is possible to              Other      activities    include    a
the Philippines.                               living community, the Church.                      live like this”.                              recollection on the first day facilitated
    We shall therefore embark on a nine-            This “New Evangelization” is primarily            Fr. Perseus Cabunoc delivered             by Fr. Rufino Cabatingan, who discussed
year spiritual journey that will culminate     addressed to those who have drifted                a homily during the culminating               the life and virtues of St. John Vianney,
with the great jubilee of 2021. It is a        from the Faith and from the Church in              Mass, attended by priests from other          handing out food to Sendong victims,
grace-filled event of blessings for the        traditionally Catholic countries, especially       congregations, women religious, and           a banquet, and some games. [Lamdag
Church starting October 21, 2012 until         in the West.                                       lay supporters. Fr. Cabunoc urged his         News CDO] n

                                                                                                     SusAg farmers to benefit from
March 16, 2021.                                     What we are being called to do by this
    How opportune indeed that on               task of “New Evangelization” in Asia is to
October 21 this year, the Holy Father Pope     consider anew “the new methods and
Benedict XVI will add another Filipino to
the canon of saints of the Church, our
                                               means for transmitting the Good News”
                                               more effectively to our people. We are                      new CRS program
very own Visayan proto-martyr Pedro            challenged anew to foster in the Church                A program seeking to increase             and knowledge to boost their yields
Calungsod who gave his life for the faith      in our country a renewed commitment                income for small-scale farmers was            and find better-paying markets for their
on the morning of April 2, 1672 in Guam.       and enthusiasm in living out the Gospel            launched at a special gathering held on       produce.
    The canonization of Pedro Calungsod        in all the diverse areas of our lives, in “real-   July 18, 2012 at the Our Lady of Lourdes          Mr. Randy Paler, agro-enterprise
will take place under the brilliant light of   life practice,” challenged anew to become          Parish in Claveria, Misamis Oriental,         coordinator for CRS, said that the project
the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of     more and more authentic witnesses of               home of the Sustainable Agriculture           was launched for Mindanao on June 8
the Second Vatican Council, the twentieth      our faith, especially to our Asian neighbors       Ministry and its model organic farm. The      in Davao, and includes the provinces
year of the publication of the Catechism of    as a fruit of our intensified intimacy with        event was attended by the program’s           of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, North
the Catholic Church, and the declaration       the Lord.                                          intended       beneficiaries:    farmers      Cotabato, Maguindanao, Davao del Sur,
of the Year of Faith from October 11,                                      (To be continued)      and stakeholders from the agrarian            Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani in its
                                                                                                  communities of Claveria, Balingasag,          scope. Private sector linkages have been

             Pedro Calungsod:
                                                                                                  and Malitbog.                                 established with food companies such
                                                                                                      The three-year program, called            as Jollibee, and locally CRS has partnered
                                                                                                  the Farmer Alliances for Resource-            with the Archdiocese of Cagayan de

         Young Visayan Proto-Martyr
                                                                                                  Strengthening and Marketing (FARM),           Oro’s Social Action Center and Xavier
                                                                                                  is an initiative of the Catholic Relief       University to provide assistance and
                                                                                                  Services (CRS) that “aims to increase         training.
         Pedro Calungsod was a young           in the Pacific. Pedro Calungsod’s death            farmer yields with a focus on rice as a           Fr. Rene Soldevilla of Claveria parish
      man born in the Visayas, (probably       preceded that of Blessed Diego Luis                farm staple and high value crops such as      called this new program a grace from
      Cebu) in the 17th century. He went       by a few minutes, on April 2, 1672.                coffee, cacao, and vegetable where there      God and reminded the farmers that
      as a mission assistant, catechist,       At the opening of the Third Christian              is high domestic demand,” according to        the program’s success rests on their
      sacristan, to Guam, part of the first    Millennium – on March 5, 2000 –                    a press release by the aforementioned         willingness to make it so. For lunch,
      Jesuit mission expedition to the         Pedro Calungsod was beatified at St.               organization. CRS will partner with           guests were treated to dishes prepared
      Marianas Islands. He was killed “in      Peter’s Square in Rome.                            government agencies, NGOs, and other          from organically-grown local meat and
      hatred of the faith” by the same             From Pedro Calungsod: Young                    entities to equip farmers with the skills     produce. [Lamdag News CDO] n
      men who were responsible for the         Visayan Proto-Martyr, by C.G.
      martyrdom of the Jesuit mission-         Arevalo, S.J., published by Paulines                                  Call for Articles
      superior, Father Diego Luis de San       Publications, now available at the                   We invite parishioners, ministries, clergy and religious to submit news stories. Just
      Vitores, declared blessed by Pope        Paulines Media Center, A. Velez St.,                        send us the details, and we’ll give you proper credit for your article.
      John Paul II on October 6, 1984 as the   Cagayan de Oro City. n                                Email your submissions, along with your name, phone number, and
      Proto-Martyr of the Marianas Islands                                                                     parish/congregation to
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    Social Action News Updates                                                                AYD cross tours MisOr, Camiguin
                                                                                              The Archdiocesan
  By Astrid Jose A. Bana                       political system changes and for an        Youth Day (AYD) Cross
                                               incorruptible justice system. It aims      will have visited a total
              (Last in a series)               to present a social agenda to replace      of 64 parishes across
                                               the existing economic paradigms that       the Archdiocese of
     We believe that these steps               are bereft of social justice and have      Cagayan de Oro by the
  can begin to correct the imbalance           spawned social inequities and much         launch of this year’s
  between the 1% on top and the 99%            suffering.                                 Archdiocesan Youth
  below. Social justice is not just a moral       Kilusan 99% takes inspiration           Day, whose theme is
  and constitutional mandate. It is also       from other movements around the            “Rejoice in the Lord
  an economic imperative. Empirical            world that call attention to the great     always” (Philippians
  evidences show that improved                 inequality of income, wealth and           4:4), on October 26,
                                                                                                                    Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, S.J. blesses the AYD Cross
  equality, especially in land assets, lead    political power between the masses         2012.
                                                                                                                    during the launching of the AYD Cross pilgrimage.
  to greater economic efficiency and           and the 1% who wield undue influence           The AYD cross
  faster growth.                               on the political development and           pilgrimage           was                   expert in youth Catholic ministry, an
     We are Kilusan 99%.                       economic policies of nations.              launched with a Mass on July 1 at the author of several youth-oriented books,
     Kilusan 99% is a multi-sectoral              We dream of a Philippines where         Archbishop’s Residence chapel. The and a former consultant to the Federation
  and non-partisan movement in the             the promise of EDSA will finally be a      cross was then taken to the Our Lady of of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, and Bishop
  Philippines composed of people’s             reality.                                   Peace and Good Voyage Parish in Lugait, Cornelius Sim of the Apostolic Vicariate
  organizations,      sectoral      groups,       We dream of a world where justice       Misamis Oriental, the first church on its of Brunei. Also visiting are Iligan Bishop
  church institutions, the academe and         and equality prevail and the 99% have      itinerary.                                 Elenito D. Galido and Malaybalay Bishop
  individuals who push for social and          power over their lives! n                      The Archdiocesan Youth Day, to be Jose A. Cabantan who will preside the
                                                                                          held at Sta. Rita Parish, Balingasag on Masses to be celebrated on the first and

  Legion of Mary celebrates 40 years in CDO                                               October 26-28, 2012, will have as featured second days, respectively. [Lamdag News
                                                                                          guest speakers Fr. Mario Baclig, SDB, an CDO] n
    The Legion of Mary celebrated the
40th anniversary of its presence in
                                              have key roles to play in the Church’s
                                              ministry as described by the Second              History of ACDO Prison Ministry
Cagayan de Oro City on July 14, 2012,         Plenary Council of the Philippines,
at the St. Mary’s Academy gymnasium           especially in the areas of integral lay     By Maria Teresa V. Serrano                 conducted in coordination with the
in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. The           formation, the youth, and the poor.                                                    office on Parole and Probation and the
event was attended by members                     The prelate was assisted in the             Realizing the need for more            Mindanao Polytechnic State College of
from all over the archdiocese and             Mass by priests currently serving and       volunteers, the archdiocesan group         Technology who provided the facilities
from elsewhere in the Philippines,            who have served as the organization’s       started to conduct seminars and            and human resources for the trainings.
and was graced by Msgr. Rodolfo               spiritual directors: Msgr. Roa, Msgr.       orientation in        different parishes       The livelihood trainings produced 36
Roa, who was the Legion of Mary’s             Tex Legitimas, Mgsr. Cirilo Isnani, Fr.     which now resulted to the increase         graduates on Basic Household Appliance
first spiritual director for Mindanao,        Gil Escalante, Fr. Raul Ricacho, Fr. Bong   of membership level to 13 parishes,        Repair and 28 graduates on Basic
and Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma,            Polinar, Fr. Medallo Valmores, Fr. Steve    which included Camaman-an, Carmen,         Automotive Mechanic courses. Such
S.J., who presided at the noontime            Olario, Fr. Francis Burlat, Fr. Roger       Eco-Church, Bulua, Opol, Iponan, Bugo,     trainings were deemed necessary to
Thanksgiving Mass.                            Almonia, and Fr. Jun Balsamo, who           Villanueva, Lumbia, Initao, Tagoloan,      equip the inmates with knowledge and
    Archbishop Ledesma thanked the            was already a member of the Legion of       Medina, and Gingoog.                       skills for possible employment and source
Legion of Mary in his sermon, stating         Mary before the entered the seminary.           As the ministry’s membership           of income to make them productive as
that as a lay ecclesial movement, they        [Lamdag News CDO] n                         increased, it has made remarkable          they joined the mainstream society.
                                                                                          accomplishments geared towards the             The ministry also contributed to the

Eucharistic miracles celebrated                                                           enrichment and welfare of the inmates.
                                                                                          The Volunteers in Prison Service (VIPS)
                                                                                          has extended paralegal assistance
                                                                                                                                     realization of the inmates’ right to vote
                                                                                                                                     last May 10, 2010 National Election.
                                                                                                                                     It had also extended medical, dental

at RER with exhibit, conference                                                           by closely coordinating with Xavier
                                                                                          University Center for Legal Assistance
                                                                                          (XUCLA), thus, facilitating the release
                                                                                                                                     and possible hospitalization needs of
                                                                                                                                     the inmates by inviting medical team
                                                                                                                                     for free services. It had also promoted
    The Archdiocesan Shrine of the                In addition, Dr. Gomez also
Holy Eucharist at RER, Cagayan de Oro         briefly touched on how living out the       of some inmates who have long been         the inmates spiritual enrichment thru
City organized an exhibit on July 24-         Commandment of Love clinically benefits     detained due to slow judicial process.     attendance in their scheduled Holy
29, 2012, and a two-day conference on         the human mind and body, and how we             The ministry also added to its         Masses, recollections and spiritual
Eucharistic miracles with the theme           should pray for the holiness of priests     programs the livelihood trainings for      counseling.
“Eucharistic miracles, the triumph of         and for more vocations to priesthood        released inmates and for those who             Inmates submitted themselves for
faith over science” on July 27 and 28.        because they bring the Eucharist.           are still on parole and probation. These   Baptism and Confirmation to express
Dr. Ricardo Castañon Gomez, a Bolivian            The week-long exhibit featured          sponsored livelihood trainings were        their faith and love for God. Mass
clinical psychologist by profession           paintings, photos and accounts of           financed through solicited amount          weddings had likewise strengthened the
and an expert on Eucharistic miracles         Eucharistic miracles throughout history     initiated by the VIPS members and          matrimonial bond among the inmates
recognized by the Vatican, was invited        from all over the world. The exhibit was    monetary donations extended by the         and their spouses which have given the
as speaker.                                   the life work of Carlo Acutis, an Italian   VIPS members themselves. Trainings         inmates the inspiration to strive for a
    “Central to our faith is Christ present   youth from Milan who dedicated his          on Household appliance repair and          change of hearts.
in the Eucharist,” said Dr. Gomez, who        years to living a fervently devout life     Basic Automotive mechanics were also                                 (To be continued)
regularly travels around the world to         and researching on Eucharistic miracles
share his convictions regarding the Real
Presence and proof thereof from forensic
                                              before dying of leukemia in 2006 at
                                              the age of 15. The Church has recently
                                                                                          MOGCHS parents attend Saturday recollection
analysis of transfigured hosts. A former      opened Acutis’s cause for canonization.         About 50 parents and guardians of      S.J., who supported the idea and agreed
atheist, he attributes his conversion to      [Lamdag News CDO] n                         highschoolers studying at the Misamis      to have Masses said for the students
his mother, who never ceased to pray for                                                  Oriental    General     Comprehensive      at noontime during schooldays. Atty.
his return to the Church.                                                                 High School (MOGCHS) attended a            Erlington Pimentel, a member of
    Dr. Gomez related how in recent                                                       morning recollection on June 30, 2012      San Antonio de Padua Parish known
years a number of consecrated hosts                                                       sponsored by the school’s campus           for his experience in raising children
from various parts of the world have                                                      ministry federation composed of            according to Catholic values, accepted
mysteriously started bleeding human                                                       personnel from MOGCHS’s Values             XU’s invitation to share his ideas on
blood or turning into human flesh after                                                   Education Department, the campus           Christian living with the MOGCHS
being mishandled by communicants,                                                         ministry offices of Xavier University      parents.
and how these hosts still remain fresh                                                    and Lourdes College, and Alpha                  Also present were Mr. Michael
even after several years. Even more                                                       Philippines – Cagayan de Oro.              Acenas of XU Campus Ministry, one of
remarkable, Dr. Gomez said, was that the                                                      Dr. Helen Maasin of the Values         the morning recollection’s organizers,
blood samples taken from the bleeding                                                     Education Department related how           and Sr. Rose Celestial, RVM of Lourdes
hosts, regardless of origin, was type AB                                                  their public school is the only one she    College, who gave the welcome address.
– matching the results taken from the                                                     knows with an active Catholic campus            The morning gathering concluded
Shroud of Turin. Furthermore, the flesh                                                   ministry, which came to fruition after     with a Holy Mass presided by Archbishop
samples were described by the testing                                                     a long period of prayer and a meeting      Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D. [Lamdag
laboratory as belonging to “someone                                                       with Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma,        News CDO] n
who is wounded”.                                    Dr. Ricardo Castañon Gomez
                                                                                                                                         In the wake
                                                                                                                                           of Gener
                                                                                                                                         in Camiguin
                                                                                                                                        Left: A wooden house is toppled by
                                                                                                                                        Gener’s strong winds; Right: Bystanders
                                                                                                                                        survey the fallen branches and rubble
                                                                                                                                        strewn all over a major Camiguin road.

   Eucharistic Miracles of the World

 Visitors view the exhibit on Eucharistic miracles at the grounds of Archdiocesan The new sanctuary of Sta. Maria de la Candelaria Parish in Tagoloan was completed in late
 Shrine of the Holy Eucharist.                                                    July, shortly before it was consecrated a few days later. (Photo by Fr. Elvin Simene)

In cooperation with the Social Communication Apostolate, Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC (in yellow) of the Communication Foundation for Asia gave a seminar-workshop on Social Media for
Evangelization on August 2, 2012, at the Philtown Hotel. Fr. Cuyos also gave hands-on instruction for the 30 participants in attendance, who found the whole-day session enjoyable.

   New media tools for evangelization amaze Church workers and volunteers
 By Mary Anne Padilla, FSP                     Training Specialist at Communication         presence online,” said, Fr. Cuyos. He        videos, and how to download and
                                               Foundation for Asia (CFA) in Manila.         said further that failing to be actively     embed videos; how to engage young
      Tsada     kaayo...    informative...         Fr. Cuyos’ overview and discussion       present online affirms the notion that       people through digital Christian games
 educational...        enjoyable….sulit…..     on social media and how it can be            the Church is always behind when it          and understand games as agents of
 useful! These were the words most             used for evangelization enlightened          comes to the use of the modern means         social change; and to show participants
 participants used to describe the             the participants on the challenges           in proclaiming God’s Word.                   the Church needs to use and promote
 seminar-workshop on Social Media for          the Church is facing today regarding             The workshop offered five steps          FOSS by downloading and installing
 Evangelization conducted by the Social        group life of youth and adults who           to be effective in fostering solidarity      that is easy, intuitive and money saving.
 Communication Apostolate of the               often gather in internet cafés. Group        and co-responsibility among online               In the end the speaker encouraged
 Archdiocese last August 2, 2012. The          life has already entered the online          communities for the sake of the Gospel       the participants to learn more about
 seminar was held from 9:00 AM to 5:30         environment, and online communities          through social media. These are: Social      social media. Wherever possible, the
 PM at the Philtown Hotel, Cagayan de          will continue to increase in number          Networking, Visual Storytelling and          Church should strive to create her own
 Oro City, with thirty (30) participants,      and influence. Furthermore, he also          PhotoSharing, VideoSharing, Social           content or applications in order to
 all from the Archdiocese of Cagayan de        explained the risk of developing an          Gaming and the use of the Free/open          really share it in the global chat offered
 Oro.                                          attitude of self-centeredness due to         Space software.                              by social media tools. He also reiterated
      The whole-day training workshop          overuse of social media, or “ME-dia”,            These steps taught participants          that the online landscape has changed
 has broadened the participants’               as well as the danger of making one’s        to manage and use an account with            paradigm in presenting the Word of
 understanding of social media and             personal details available online to         Facebook and Twitter as a digital            God, and that it has made it crucial for
 has taught them the mechanism                 identity thieves.                            shepherding tool to connect and              the Church to sustain a dynamic online
 of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and                 “Most people nowadays go to              dialogue with the online world and           presence.
 other social network devices through          internet cafés. If people are not any        to create visual stories using online            The workshop was one of
 presentation and hands-on training.           more going to Church, the Church             comic-creating applications, share           the activities organized by the
 It was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Cuyos,         should be where they are. The                self-generated     photobooks        and     communication apostolate of the
 a Missionary of the Sacred Heart              online Church should augment the             photoalbums. They also learned why           archdiocese during the weeklong
 (MSC). Fr. Cuyos works full-time in           experience, since most people are            videos are essential in telling the world    celebration of the 46th World
 media ministry as Production and              online, we must maintain an active           of God’s love; where to find relevant        Communications Week. n

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