Lamdag Sept-Oct 2012 by MaryAnnePadilla


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Volume 4, Number 5                                                                                          September 1 - October 15, 2012

 Pope entrusts Year of Faith,
  Synod of Bishops to Mary
                                                                                                              During a visit the Shrine of Our Lady of
                                                                                                            Loreto on October 4, 2012, where about
                                                                                                            10,000 people gathered for the morning
                                                                                                            Mass, Pope Benedict XVI entrusted to
                                                                                                            Mary two momentous events to take place
                                                                                                            this October: the world Synod of Bishops
                                                                                                            dedicated to the New Evangelization,
                                                                                                            which opens on October 7, and the Year
                                                                                                            of Faith, which begins on October 11, the
                                                                                                            50th anniversary of the opening of the
                                                                                                            Second Vatican Council in 1962.
                                                                                                                 The Holy Father also petitioned Our Lady of Loreto,
                                                                                                             entrusting to her intercession “all the difficulties
                                                                                                             affecting our world as it seeks serenity and peace”, the
                                                                                                             “problems of the many families who look anxiously to
                                                                                                             the future”, young people starting out as adults, the
                                                                                                             poor and suffering, and finally the Year of Faith and the
                                                                                                             aforementioned synod, once more, describing them as
                                                                                                             “this special time of grace for the Church, now opening
                                                                                                             up before us.”
                                                                                                                 Furthermore, the Pope presented Mary as the best
                                                                                                             possible example of faithfulness to God’s will. “She
                                                                                                             placed her entire being at the disposal of God’s will,
                                                                                                             becoming the ‘place’ of his presence, a ‘place’ of dwelling
                                                                                                             for the Son of God,” he stated. [details from CNS] n

                                                                                                             Brunei bishop to speak at AYD
                                                                                                             By Sweet Adorio; James Sia

                                                                                                                 Bishop Cornelius Sim, Vicar Apostolic of Brunei, has accepted
                                                                                                             an invitation by Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. to speak at
                                                                                                             the Archdiocesan Youth Day (AYD) held on October 26-28, 2012
                                                                                                             at St. Rita’s Parish in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. Bishop Sim is
                                                                                                             known for his youth work, and currently heads the Commission
                                                                                                             for Social Communications for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference
                                                                                                             of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
                                                                                                                 “We welcome him, we’re glad he’ll be joining the
                                                                                                             archdiocesan youth assembly,” Archbishop Ledesma said. “He
                                                                                                             knows some of our youth leaders from other youth congresses
                                                                                                             before... It will be good for him to meet the young people here,”
                                                                                                             he added.
 Blessed Pedro Calungsod, the young sacristan and catechist who was martyred during a mission to                 Previously, the Bruneian prelate was in the Philippines
 Guam in 1672, will be declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI on World Mission Sunday, October 21,            together with a delegation of ten in November 2009 to deliver
 2012. Calungsod will be the second Filipino and the first Visayan to be canonized by the Catholic           the opening message for the Asian Youth Day held in Imus,
                                                                                                             Cavite. He was also a guest at the SIGNIS Asia Assembly 2012
 Church. (Turn to centerfold for Calungsod’s story)
                                                                                                             held in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia on October 1-5, 2012.

 CDO Prelate announces first Archdiocesan Synod                                                                                                                    BISHOP / 3

    By Mary Anne Padilla, FSP                         for the past decades in response to the bold call
                                                      of Vatican II, to re-evangelize the modern world.
     In a High Mass homily in honor of the feast of   The prelate’s call for a synod also aims to respond
 St. Augustine last August 28, 2012, Archbishop       Pope Benedict XVI’s call for New Evangelization,
 Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD, archbishop of            as the universal Church opens the Year of Faith on
 the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, officially        October 11 this year and the 50th anniversary of
 announced that the First Archdiocesan Synod will     the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
 take place in March of next year.                        “Ang tuyo niining unang archdiocesan synod
     A special preparatory commission composed of     mao gayod ang pagbalik-lantaw, sa pagsusi sa
 Vicars General, Vicars Forane, Commission Heads,     atong mga pamaagi bahin sa ebanghelisasyon, ug
 representatives from various sectors was created     sa atong kabahin, tingali magmugna, magpadayon
 to do the preparations. The commission is headed     sa gitawag nga bag-ong ebanghelisasyon (New
 by the Archbishop himself.                           Evangelization) nga ang buot ipasabot mga bag-
     Archbishop Ledesma, in his homily pointed        ong pamaagi, bag-ong pagpadayag, bag-ong
 out the importance of the Synod in reviewing the     kadasig sa pagpaambit sa pulong ug sa Maayong           Vicar Apostolic of Brunei Bishop Cornelius Sim be joining
 ways and means of evangelization that took place                                              SYNOD / 2      this year’s AYD as a guest speaker.
2                                                          Pastoral Message                                                                             LAMDAG
                                                                                                                                                   September 1 - October 15, 2012

St. Augustine Fiesta Message
       August 28, 2012
                                              Malipayong fiesta sa tanan.
                                              Sa wala pa magsugod ang Misa, miuban
                                          kita sa Fluvial Procession. Nindot kaayo tan-
                                          awon ang pipila ka mga Imahen sa atong mga
                                          kapilya nga gi-apil sa prosesyon. Apil usab sa
                                          maong prosesyon ang Imahen sa atong Mahal
                                          nga Inahan sa Kinaiyahan, Ang Mahal nga
                                          Birhen nga nanalipod sa atong katedral, sa
                                          atong dakbayan, sa atong arkidiyosesis.
                                              Ania     kita   karong     panahona     sa
                                          pagpangandam sa umaabot nga Tuig sa
                                          Pagtuo, A Year of Faith nga sigon sa gipadayag
                                          sa atong Santo Papa, magsugod karong bulan
                                                                                            Archbishop Ledesma delivers a homily at the High Mass following the fluvial
  Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. sa Oktubre. Uban sa atong mga ka-obispohan            procession at the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral. [Photo by Eldon Bravo]
                                          sa Pilipinas, nakapagawas na kami og usa ka

                                                                                            CDO fluvial procession campaigns
sulat pastoral nga gitawag, “Live Christ, Share Christ.” Magpuyo kita kang Kristo, ug
ipaambit nato si Kristo. Kini ang pagpangandam sa Bag-ong Ebanghelisasyon, The New
    Karong umaabot nga bulan sa Oktubre, daghan ang mga anibersaryo nga atong
saulogon. Una sa tanan, ang Oktubre 11 - nga sigon sa deklarasyon sa atong Santo Papa          environmental protection
mao ang pagsugod sa Tuig sa Pagtuo, nga natumong usab sa ika-50 nga anibersaryo
                                                                                           By Michael Andrew W. Yu                          Hundreds of Cagayanons in their
sa pagsugod sa Ikaduhang Konseho sa Vaticano nga gitawag nato, Second Vatican
                                                                                                                                        pump boats witnessed and joined in
Council, 50 ka tuig na ang nilabay. Usa kini ka importante gayod nga Ecumenical
                                                                                                THE FLUVIAL Procession on the           prayer the fluvial procession. Different
Council, kay dinhi nabag-o, ug nadasig pag-usab ang atong Simbahang Katoliko sa
                                                                                           feast day of Saint Augustine was             barangays in the city participated. They
atong kapanahunan. Ania usab kita karon sa ika-20 ka anibersaryo sa paggawas sa
                                                                                           held to show the importance and              brought with them the images of their
nabag-o ug nausab nga Catechism of the Catholic Church. Sa Oktubre 7 hangtud sa
                                                                                           care for the Cagayan de Oro River            saints, like the St. Augustine, Blessed
28, ipahigayon ang sinodo sa mga obispo bahin sa tema sa bag-ong ebanghelisasyon.
                                                                                           and the environment, to uphold the           Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, Sto. Niño and
Ang Oktubre 21 mao usab ang petsa sa pagkanonisar kang Pedro Calungsod. Sa
                                                                                           importance of Cagayan de Oro City and        others images. Another group went,
iyang kanonisasyon, siya na ang mahimong ikaduhang santos sa Pilipinas. Si San
                                                                                           to encourage the people to take care of      in their boats, to Sitio Cala-cala, a
Pedro Calungsod ang matawag nato nga patron sa mga batan-on, ang patron sa mga
                                                                                           it, says Cagayan de Oro City Archbishop      delta devastated by typhoon Sendong,
katekista, ang patron sa tanan nga nagboluntaryo karon sa pagkamisyonero ngadto sa
                                                                                           Antonio Ledesma SJ. DD.                      for floral offering while some threw
nagka laing-laing nasod sa kalibutan.
                                                                                                A thanksgiving mass was held            flowers in the river.
    Kita dinhi sa atong Arkidiyosesis nangandam na usab alang sa atong ipahigayon nga
                                                                                           at Barangay Macabalan before                     The procession ended at the
unang archdiocesan synod. Kini nahisgotan na sa atong mga kaparian dinhi. Kabahin
                                                                                           the procession concelebrated by              riverside of the city hall where Dr.
niini, aduna na kita’y natukod nga usa ka preparatory commission. Kini ang unang
                                                                                           Archbishop Ledesma and Macabalan             Rosalina Huerbana of Safer River-Life
Synod nga mahitabo dinhi sa atong Arkidiyosesis nga ang katuyoan mao ang pagbalik-
                                                                                           Parish Priest Fr. Juliano Retiquez, SSJV     Saver Foundation delivered a message.
lantaw ug pagsusi sa atong mga pamaagi bahin sa ebanghelisasyon, ug dayon ang
                                                                                           and other diocesan and religious             She said the fluvial procession was to
pagmugna sa mga bag-ong pamaagi, bag-ong pagpadayag, ug pagpahigayon sa bag-
                                                                                           priests. According to Fr. Retiquez, the      honor and thank St. Augustine and also
ong kadasig sa pagpaambit sa pulong ug sa Maayong Balita. Kini man ang kahulogan
                                                                                           challenge for the people in Cagayan          to promote eco-tourism after Sendong.
sa bag-ong ebanghelisasyon - ang pagpasabot og pagproklamar, pagpadayag, pagsaksi
                                                                                           de Oro, taking the idea from St.                 “We should be aware and give
ug pagpa-ambit sa ebanghelyo - ang maayong balita gikan sa atong Ginoong Jesukristo
                                                                                           Augustine’s book “City of God,” is to        attention in caring for our river which is
ngadto sa tanang katawhan. Ug sa kabahin sa katawhan sa pag-abli sa atong mga
                                                                                           be God-fearing. “In celebrating the          one big grace that comes from the Lord…
kasingkasing, sa pag-abli sa katilingban, sa pag-abli sa atong kultura ug kasaysayan
                                                                                           feast, we should welcome every action        the river is our environment, we should
alang sa persona ni Jesukristo ug sa iyang komunidad, ang atong Simbahang Katoliko.
                                                                                           of God that is always full of love with      take care of it, plant trees and clean it,”
    Atong gilantaw nga kining pagpahigayon nato sa Archdiocesan Synod mahasulod
                                                                                           reverence and respect,” he said.             Dr. Huerbana said. The message was
usab sa siyam ka tuig nga pagpangandam sa umaabot nga ika 500th anniversary sa
                                                                                                The procession started in Barangay      followed by an ecumenical prayer from
pag-abot sa Kristiyanismo sa Pilipinas sa tuig 2021. Sa atong kabahin, gisugyot ko ang
                                                                                           Macabalan with the boat carrying the         representatives of the Catholic Church
4 ka prioridad nga mahisgotan, mapamalandongan, ug i-apil nato sa atong umaabot
                                                                                           image of St. Augustine and followed by       and the Iglesia Independiente Filipina.
nga archdiocesan synod.
                                                                                           the image of St. Monica (the mother of       The prayer was dedicated significantly
    1. Pag-umol sa katawhan sa kinatibuk-an. Apil niini ang hagit ug imbitasyon
                                                                                           St. Augustine) and the image of Birhen       for thanksgiving and for the victims,
         kanatong tanan nga motabang pagsuta kung kinsa sa atong mga kaigsoonan
                                                                                           sa Kota or the Virgin of the Fortress.       both those who have died and survived
         ang wala pa makadawat sa sacramento sa Bunyag, Kumpirma ug Kasal, sa
                                                                                                “We ask the Blessed Virgin of Kota      the wrath of typhoon Sendong.
         pagpadasig ug pagpalig-on sa atong ministerio sa katesismo, ug ang pagmugna
                                                                                           (Fortress) and our (Blessed) Mother of           The event was attended by different
         ug pagpalig-on sa gagmayng kristohanong katilingban, o basic ecclesial
                                                                                           Environment to help us in taking care        local government units especially in
         communities diha sa atong mga kapilya.
                                                                                           of our natural resources,” Archbishop        the barangay level, private sectors,
    2. Ang pagpakabana alang sa mga laygo. Apil niini ang atong gisugdan
                                                                                           Ledesma said. “We are happy that with        institutions,     academe,     Philippine
         pagpahigayon nga census aron mailhan gayod nato ang tanan natong mga
                                                                                           this feast we become aware or give           National Police, 4th Infantry Division
         miyembro dinhi sa atong Kristohanong katilingban. Kabahin sa kalihokan sa
                                                                                           attention to the conservation of our         of the Philippine Army and other local
         mga laygo ang pagpakabana alang sa pagpanalipod sa atong kinaiyahan, ang
                                                                                           environment.”                                Parishes in the archdiocese. n
         ecological challenge of climate change ug ang pagkab-ot ug pagmugna sa
         kultura sa kalinaw, ang peacebuilding, pinaagi sa gitawag nga interreligious
                                                                                                                                            Archbishop Ledesma also made an
         dialogue.                                                                         Synod from p. 1                              open call to any chapel or parish, group
    3. Ang pagkahimo natong tinuoray nga Simbahan sa mga kabus. Mao man kini
                                                                                           Balita sa Dios,” Archbishop Ledesma          or individual to submit any issue or
         nga hulagway ang gihatag sa atong Second Plenary Council sa Pilipinas. Ang
                                                                                           said.                                        concern with recommendations to be
         hagit mao ang pagtabang sa pagpalambo sa atong mga isigkaingon aron dili
                                                                                               To be celebrated also in October         discussed at the synod.
         sila magpadayon sa materyal nga kapobrehon. Apan labaw pa gayud niini nga
                                                                                           are the 20th anniversary of the                  Msgr. Rey Monsanto, the Synod
         pagpakabana, nga ang tanan unta molambo diha sa gitawag nga evangelical
                                                                                           promulgation of the Catechism of the         judicial vicar, explained during the
         poverty, ang poverty of spirit sumala sa ebanghelyo.
                                                                                           Catholic Church and the canonization         first meeting of the preparatory
    4. Ang pagpakabana alang sa pamilya. Ang matag pamilya unta mamahimong
                                                                                           of the second Filipino and first Visayan     commission that the Synod is an
         usa ka Eucharistic community diin ang presensya sa Ginoo mopabilin gayod
                                                                                           saint, Pedro Calungsod.                      official canonical assembly of official
         sulod sa matag pamilya kay ang atong kinabuhi mismo gikan sa grasya sa
                                                                                               The Archbishop suggested four            delegates from among the clergy, the
         atong Mahal nga Dios. Nalipay ako nga daghan karon sa mga family-oriented
                                                                                           priorities to be taken up during the         lay and religious called by the diocesan
         organizations andam na moapil niini nga ministeryo tungod kay kamo ang mas
                                                                                           celebration and observance of the            bishop so that he can evaluate with
         nakahibalo sa sitwasyon sa matag pamilya ug kamo unta ang makapaambit
                                                                                           said archdiocesan synod in line with         them what has been happening to the
         sa mas igo nga pamaagi, ug mga impormasyon kabahin sa atong tumong sa
                                                                                           the Philippine church’ preparation for       diocese and hear from the delegates
         responsible parenthood ug natural family planning.
                                                                                           its 500 years of Christianity in 2021,       what should be the program of the
    Sa katapusan mga igsoon, ang akong panghinaut sa atong kahiusahan ug
                                                                                           namely: The Integral Faith Formation of      diocese for the future. It is a canonical
pagtinabangay sa pagplano alang sa atong mga ministeryo, kay ang mga ministeryo
                                                                                           the Faithful, The Role of the Laity in the   entity different from an ordinary
nato sa simbahan, mga pamaagi usab sa pag alagad, sa atong isigkaingon.
                                                                                           Church, The Church of the Poor, and The      assembly that can suggest possible
    Malipayong Piyesta pag-usab kaninyong tanan. n
                                                                                           Concern for Families.                        laws to the bishop. n
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       Bag-ong Ebanghelisasyon
                                                                                                                                       Patrick Cronin Formation Hall, Cathedral
                                                                                         Bishop from p. 1                              Compound, Cagayan de Oro City, which
                                                                                            Furthermore, in preparation for the        also served to celebrate and promote the

            giduso sa CBCP                                                               AYD proper, the Archdiocesan Youth
                                                                                         Coordinating Council held an Archdiocesan
                                                                                                                                       upcoming canonization of the young
                                                                                                                                       martyr Blessed Pedro Calungsod with a
                                                                                         Youth Leaders and Minister Forum              short video, a discussion, and a poster-
    Tali sa panawagan sa Santo              sila si Archbishop Jose Palma sa Cebu,
                                                                                         (AYLMF) on September 22, 2012 at the          making contest.n
Papa Benedicto XVI sa pagbag-o sa           ang presidente sa CBCP, si Archbishop

                                                                                            CDO liturgists join 27th
ebangehelisasyon, ang Catholic Bishops’     Socrates Villegas sa Ligayen ug si
Conference of the Philippines nag-          Archbishop Romulo Valles sa Davao.
aghat sa mga tumotuo sa mas mainiton        Sila ang napili sa CBCP niadtong ilang

                                                                                         national liturgical convention
ug madasigon nga pagpuyo sa ilang           plenary assembly sa Enero niining tuiga
Kristohanong pagtuo agi’g pagsugod sa       isip opisyal nga delegado. Si Archbishop
kasaulogan sa Tuig sa Pagtuo nga mao        Antonio Ledesma, SJ sa Cagayan de Oro
usab ang pagsugod sa siyam ka tuig nga      ang napili usab nga alternate delegate.
nobena sa atong nasudnong pagsaulog                                                          A delegation from Cagayan de Oro              Giving a talk titled “The Eucharist
sa ika 500 ka tuig sa Kristiyanismo sa      Pedro Calungsod                              composed of liturgical director Msgr.         in the Philippines: Lay Minister and
Pilipinas.                                      Usa sa mga puno sa grasyang              Florencio Salvador Jr., Fr. Casibjorn         Active Participation”, Msgr. Salvador
    Ang Santo Papa, sa iyang                panghitabo sa atong Simbahan karong          Quiacao, and Pinky Lim flew to Bacolod        described the Philippine Church’s
mensahe ngadto sa mga katolikong            tuiga mao ang Kanonisasyon sa                to attend the 27th National Meeting           response to Vatican II’s call for renewal
kaobispohan, sa pagsugod gayud sa           ikaduhang Pilipino nga Santos, si Pedro      of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy, whose       as being “not always faithfully, not
ilang midyear plenary assembly, ni-         Calungsod, usa ka batan-ong Katekista        theme was “The Constitution on the            always wholeheartedly... But it did,
awhag sa kagamhanan sa Simbahan             nga na martir didto sa nasud sa Guam         Liturgy and its Impact on the Philippine      and it has grown”, also mentioning
sa      pagsangyaw     sa     “bag-ong      niadtong 1672.                               Church”. Held at the Bacolod Pavilion         liturgical changes such as active lay
ebanghelisasyon.”                               Ang Kanonisasyon karong Oktubre          Hotel on September 10-13, 2012, the           participation, the celebrant’s facing the
    Ang Papa mahinauton nga ang mga         21, mahitabo        “ubos sa masilak         event discussed the ongoing influence of      congregation, and the use of vernacular
paningkamot sa mga kaobispohan              nga kasanag” sa ika 50 ka tuig nga           the Vatican II Document Sacrosanctum          in saying Mass. Msgr. Salvador will also
sa Pilipinas magmabungahon ug               anibersaryo sa pagsugod sa Second            Concilium on Philippine liturgy.              be sharing these insights at the 16th
modala sa tumutuo ngadto sa pagtuo,         Vatican Council, sa ika-20 ka tuig sukad         The 3-day convention opened               Asian Liturgy Forum in Miri, Malaysia on
kagawasan, ug kalinaw ni Kristo.            sa pagkamantala sa Catechism of the          with a keynote address by Episcopal           October 14-19, 2012.
                                            Catholic Church ug ang deklarasyon sa        Commission on Liturgy chairman and Ipil           The convention was attended by
Ang Tuig sa Hubiliya                        Tuig sa Pagtuo sa Oktubre 11 ngadto sa       bishop Most Rev. Julius Tonel, discussing     around 200 delegates from all over
    Agi’g tuman sa aghat sa Santo Papa,     Nobyembre 24, 2013.                          the roles of Popes John XXIII and Paul        the Philippines, including alumni of
ang CBCP nagpahibalo na sa ipahigayon           Niadtong July 14, ang mga lideres sa     VI in Vatican II. Other featured speakers     the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy and San
sa Simbahan nga siyam ka tuig nga           Simbahang Katoliko nga gipangunahan          include renowned liturgists Fr. Anscar J.     Beda College. Other activities during the
espirituhanong paglawig ngadto sa           nila ni Archbishop Jose Palma sa Cebu        Chupungco, OSB of the Paul VI Institute       3-day event include open forums and
atong pagsaulog sa ika 500 ka tuig nga      ug si Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle          of Liturgy and Fr. Genaro Diwa of the         cultural tours of Bacolod’s heritage sites.
anibersaryo sa Kristiyanismo sa Pilipinas   sa Manila nagdungan paglunsad                Archdiocese of Manila, among others.          [Lamdag News CDO] n

                                                                                         Opol parish consecrated
sa tuig 2021.                               sa countdown paingon sa adlaw sa
    Sa Sulat Pastoral sa Kapanahunan        kanonisasyon ni Pedro Calungsod.
sa Bag-ong Ebanghelisasyon, ang mga             Usa ka dakong kampanya ang
Obispo nakapangandam na sa mga              gipahigayon karon aron sa mas lawom

                                                                                             on town fiesta
buluhaton alang sa pagpadasig sa            nga pag-ila kang Pedro Calungsod ug pag
Kristohanong pagtuo. Dunay lain-laing       dasig sa mga kabatan-onan sa pagtuon
punting ang matag tuig hangtud sa           sa iyang mga mithi. Ang katawhan
2021. Sa 2013, ang tutokan mao ang          gidasig sa pagtuon mahitungod kaniya         By Nie Coleen S. Ebajay                       flowers of various colors, followed by
Integral Faith Formation. Sa 2014, ang      ug ang mga buluhaton nga mahitabo                                                          local parishioners and devotees from the
Laygo. Sa 2015, ang mga Kabus. Sa           hangtud sa iyang kanonisasyon                     The faithful Catholics of Opol           hinterland and coastal chapels carrying
2016, Ang Eyukaristiya ug ang Pamilya.      pinaagi sa pag log-on sa iyang official      celebrated the feast day of Our Lady          their own patron saints.
Sa 2017, Ang Parokya isip Kahiusahan        sites :            of Consolation, Opol’s patron saint,              Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, S.J., D.D.
sa Katilingban. Sa 2018, Ang nga            sa facebook, Saint Pedro Calungsod;          on September 1-2, 2012 with fun-              presided at the consecration, with Rev. Fr.
Kaparian ug mga Relihiyoso. Sa 2019,        sa twitter @SPCalungsod; ug www.             filled activities prepared by the church      Ronald Ledesma and Rev. Fr. Roy Barros
Ang mga Kabatan-onan. Sa 2020, Ang                         organizers, but most importantly, the         concelebrating. They were assisted by
Ecumenism ug Inter-religious Dialogue.                                                   consecration of the newly-constructed         Rev. Joseph Montemayor and Sem. Bryan
Ug sa 2021, ang Misyon Ad Gentes.           Tuig sa Misyon                               church building, which represents a           Suarez.
    Ang     Bag-ong     Ebanghelisasyon         Sa pagtapos sa atong pagsaulog sa        time of new vitality and life for worship,        Other highlights include an Agro-Trade
nag-aghat sa tanang tumotuo sa              “Year of Pontifical Mission Societies” ang   fellowship and mission.                       Fair organized by different BEC cells, an
pagpalawom sa ilang pagtuo, sa pagtuo       kinatibuk-ang Simbahan magsugod                   The consecration was preceded by         early-morning bandwagon that traveled
sa Maayong Balita ug sa pagsangyaw          usab sa pagsaulog sa “Tuig sa Pagtuo.”       a procession of the statue of Our Lady        across town on the day of the fiesta itself,
niini.                                          Ang CBCP nagpahayag usab nga             of Consolation, which was carried on          and a banquet for those who attended
    Dinhi sa Bag-ong Ebanghelisasyon,       ang tuig 2012 mao ang Tuig sa Misyon         a four-wheeled cart embellished with          the event. [Lamdag News CDO] n
gihatagan usab og pagtagad ang              isip paghandum sa ika 80 ka tuig
pagsangyaw sa Maayong Balita ngadto         nga anibersaryo sa Pontifical Mission
sa nakasinati sa krisis sa ilang pagtuo     Societies.
tungod sa mga kalibutanong kabag-               Diha sa usa ka pag-awhag pastoral,
ohan.                                       gipakita ang lawom nga pagkalambigit
                                            sa duha ka gimbuhaton nga atong
Sinodo sa mga Obispo                        saulogon sa duha ka magkasunod
    “Ang Bag-ong Ebanghelisasyon            nga tuig:        Ang Pagtuo ug ang
Alang sa Pagpasanay sa Kristohanong         ebangehelisasyon.
Pagtuo” mao ang punting sa umaabot              Sa paglunsad sa tuig sa PMS, ang mga
nga XIII General Assembly of the            kadagkuan sa Simbahan nagtinguha
Ordinary Synod of Bishops didto sa          usab sa “pagpadilaab diha sa Pilipino
Roma sa Oktubre 7 ngadto sa 28.             sa     usa ka maabtikong pagbuhat
    Sa maong Sinodo, sa Oktubre 11,         sa mabungahong pagsangyaw sa
solemne nga ilunsad sa Santo Papa           Maayong Balita ni Hesukristo – hangtud
ang pagsaulog sa Tuig sa Pagtuo atol        sa katapusan sa kalibutan” (cf. Buhat
usab sa ika 50 ka tuig nga anibersaryo      1:8; 13:47).
sa pagsugod sa Second Vatican Council.          Ang PMS mao ang “Pope’s Mission
                                                                                         Archbishop Ledesma consecrates the altar at Our Lady of Consolation Parish with
    Dinhi sa maong Sinodo, magkatigom       Societies” nga gitahasan sa pagdala sa
                                                                                         the assistance of parish priest Fr. Ronald Ledesma and parochial vicar Fr. Roy Barros.
ang mga kaobispohan sa nagkalain-           mga buluhaton alang sa pagpalambo
laing dapit sa tibuok kalibutan aron sa     sa misyon sa Katolikong Simbahan.
pagtuki sa mga pamaagi sa pagpalambo            Ang     mga      mission     societies                      Call for Articles
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     4                                                                     Special Feature                                                                                        LAMDAG
                                                                                                                                                                            September 1 - October 15, 2012

                                                                                                                  Pedro Ca
                                                                                                                  Sacristan, Catechist, Miss
                                                                                                      Southern Leyte, and Molo district in Iloilo as probable      customs were being replaced. Chamorro deaths had
                                                                                                      places of origin. Loboc in Bohol also makes a claim.         foreign-borne illnesses.
                                                                                                          Moreover, no one even really knows how                       Very soon, a Chinese quack, named Choco, envio
                                                                                                      Calungsod looked like. Calungsod is often depicted           the missionaries were gaining among the Chamorros,
                                                                                                      as a young man wearing a camisa de chino. He holds           talk that the baptismal water of the missionaries was p
                                                                                                      the martyr’s palm, indicating his death, or sometimes        some sickly Chamorro infants who were baptized die
                                                                                                      a crucifix, catechism book or rosary, representing his       calumniator and eventually apostatized. The evil cam
                                                                                                      missionary work.                                             readily supported by the Macanjas who were supe
                                                                                                          Few details of his early life prior to missionary        medicine men, and by the Urritaos, the young native
                                                                                                      work and death are known. It is probable that he             into some immoral practices. These, along with the
                                                                                                      came to one of the schools run by Jesuits, where he          persecute the missionaries, many of whom were kille
                                                                                                      learned Catechism and Spanish language.                          The most unforgettable assault happened on Ap
                                                                                                          Nevertheless, we can be certain of Calungsod’s           just before the Passion Sunday of that year. At arou
                                                                                                      ecclesiastical provenance since the entire Visayas           the morning, Pedro – by then already about seventeen
                                                                                                      region was under the old Diocese (now Archdiocese)           gleaned from the written testimonies of his companio

                                                                                                      of the Most Holy Name (Cebu).                                San Vitores came to the village of Tomhom [Tumhon
            lessed Pedro Calungsod (c. 1654 – April 2, 1672) was a young                                                                                           There, they were told that a baby girl was recently b
            Roman Catholic Filipino sacristan and missionary catechist,        Missionary Work                                                                     they went to ask the child’s father, named Matapang, t
            who along with Spanish Jesuit missionary Blessed Diego Luis             Pedro was just one of the boy catechists who went with San Vitores             for baptism. Matapang was a Christian and a friend of
            de San Vitores, suffered religious persecution and martyrdom       from the Philippines to the Ladrones Islands in the western North Pacific           having apostatized, he angrily refused to have his bab
on Guam for their missionary work in 1672. Calungsod was beatified on          Ocean in 1668 to evangelize the Chamorros. In that century, the Jesuits                 Meanwhile, despite the growing distrust and
March 5, 2000 by Blessed Pope John Paul II. On February 18, 2012, Pope         in the Philippines used to train and employ young boys as competent                 Chamorros and the Spanish, San Vitores and Calungso
Benedict XVI officially announced at Saint Peter’s Basilica that Calungsod     catechists and versatile assistants in their missions. The Ladrones at that         home and baptized Matapang’s daughter. It is unclear
will be canonized on October 21, 2012.                                         time was part of the old Diocese of Cebu.                                           came unannounced or if he had been invited into the
    Very little is known about Pedro Calungsod. Historical records never            Calungsod, then around 14, was among the young exemplary catechists            wife.
mentioned his exact place of origin or who his parents were. He was merely     chosen to accompany the Jesuits in their mission to the Ladrones Islands                To give Matapang some time to cool down, Pad
identified as a teenage native of the Visayas in the Philippines. Historical   (Islas de los Ladrones or “Islands of Thieves”). Around 1667, these were            gathered the children and some adults of the village at
research identifies Ginatilan in Cebu, Hinunangan and Hinundayan in            later named Marianas (Las Islas de Mariana) in honor of Queen Maria Ana             started chanting with them the truths of the Catholic
                                                                               of Austria who supported the mission.                                               Matapang to join them, but the apostate shouted bac
                                                                                           Life in the Ladrones was hard. The provisions for the Mission           with God and was already fed up with the Christian te
                                                                                       did not arrive regularly; the jungles were too thick to cross; the cliffs       Determined to kill the missionaries, Matapang w
                                                                                       were very stiff to climb, and the islands were frequently visited           enlist in his cause another villager, named Hirao, who
                                                                                       by devastating typhoons. Despite the hardships, the missionaries            At first, Hirao refused, mindful of the kindness of the
                                                                                       persevered, and the Mission was blessed with many conversions.              the natives; but, when Matapang branded him a cowa
                                                                                       The first mission residence and church were built in the town of            so he consented.
                                                                                       Hagåtña in the island of Guam.                                                  When Matapang learned of the baptism, he becam
                                                                                                                                                                   He violently hurled spears first at Pedro. The lad skirt
                                                         Martyrdom                                                                                                 with remarkable dexterity. Witnesses said that Pedro
                                                              According to Jesuit Martyrs in Micronesia written by Francis X.                                      to escape because he was very agile, but he did not
                                                         Hezel, SJ, the Jesuit mission in the Mariana Islands was the first in                                     Diego alone. Those who personally knew Pedro be
                                                         Oceania; it soon also proved to be one of the bloodiest. On 15 June                                       have defeated his fierce aggressors and would have fr
                                                         1668, San Vitores and a band of five other Jesuits arrived on Guam,                                       Padre Diego if only he had some weapon because he w
                                                         the southernmost and largest island in a cordillera of fifteen volcanic                                   Padre Diego never allowed his companions to carry
                                                         islands. With the missionaries came a garrison of thirty soldiers,                                        got hit by a spear at the chest and he fell to the ground
                                                         many of them colonials from the Philippines, whose responsibility                                         charged towards him and finished him off with a blo
                                                         was to protect the missionaries and to pacify the local people if need                                    head. Padre Diego could not do anything except to rai
                                                         should arise.                                                                                             Pedro the final sacramental absolution. After that, the
                                                              At this time, Spanish missionaries were actively converting                                          Padre Diego.
                                                         Chamorros to Roman Catholicism. This relationship was peaceful                                                Matapang took the crucifix of Padre Diego and po
                                                         at the beginning with the Spaniards, who were led by San Vitores.                                         while blaspheming God. Then, both assassins denude
                                                         The initial reception of the missionaries by the Chamorro people                                          and Padre Diego, dragged them to the edge of the sh
  A map of the Pacific region indicating the location of was enthusiastic and reassuring. However, that changed over time                                          to their feet, brought them on a proa to sea and threw
Guam, where Pedro Calungsod served and was martyred. when Chamorros grew resentful of the way their language and other                                             Those remains of the martyrs were never to be found

                            This special section courtesy of:
                                                                                                                                          Other Resources:
                            San Antonio de
                                                                                                                           Pedro Calungsod: Young Visayan Protomartyr, by Catalino Arevalo, S.J.
                                                                                                                           Available at Paulines Media Center, A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City

                             Padua Parish                                                                                  Websites:
                                           Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City                                         

                                                                                                                           Archbishop Tagle on Calungsod:

                                                                                                                           Vatican TV report on Calungsod’s upcoming canonization:

                                                                                                                           Calungsod movie trailer:

                                                                                                                           “Kuya Pedro”, a song by Jamie Rivera:
           September 1 - October 15, 2012                                           Special Feature                                                                                              5

sionary, and Boy Saint
 also increased due to         The companion missionaries of Pedro remembered him to be a boy
                           with a very good disposition, a virtuous catechist, a faithful assistant, a good
ous of the prestige that   Catholic whose perseverance in the Faith even to the point of martyrdom
s, started to spread the   proved him to be a good soldier of Christ.
 poisonous. And since
ed, many believed the      Beatification
mpaign of Choco was            A year after the martyrdom of San Vitores and Calungsod, a process for
erstitious local herbal    beatification was initiated but only for San Vitores. Political and religious
  men who were given       turmoil, however, delayed and eventually killed the process. In 1981,
 e apostates, began to     when Agaña was preparing for its 20th anniversary as a diocese, the 1673
ed.                        beatification cause of Padre Diego Luís de San Vitores was rediscovered
pril 2, 1672, Saturday     in the old manuscripts and taken up anew until Padre Diego was finally
 und seven o’clock in      beatified on October 6, 1985. It was his beatification that brought the
 n years old, as can be    memory of Pedro to our day.
 on missionaries – and         Beatification is the act by which the Church, through papal decree,
 n; Tumon], in Guam.       permits a specified diocese, region, nation, or religious institute to honor
born in the village; so    with public cult under the title “Blessed” a Christian person who has died
 to bring out the infant   with a reputation for holiness.
 f the missionaries, but       In 1994, then Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal asked permission
by christened.             from the Vatican to initiate a cause for beatification and canonization of
d animosity between        Pedro Calungsod. In March 1997, the Sacred Congregation for the Causes
 od visited Matapang’s     of Saints approved the Acta of the Diocesan Process for the Beatification of
 r whether San Vitores     Pedro Calungsod. That same year, Cardinal Vidal appointed Fr. Ildebrando
  home by Matapang’s       Jesus A. Leyson as vice-postulator for the cause and was tasked with the
                           compilation of a Positio Super Martyrio to be scrutinized by the Sacred
 dre Diego and Pedro       Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. The positio, which relied
 t the nearby shore and    heavily on the documentation of San Vitores’s beatification, was completed
 c Faith. They invited     in 1999.
 ck that he was angry          Blessed John Paul II, wanting to include young Asian laypersons in
 eachings.                 his first beatification for the Jubilee Year 2000, paid particular attention to
went away and tried to     the cause of Calungsod. In January 2000, he approved the decree super              Exterior (top) and interior (bottom) of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Blessed
 o was not a Christian.    martyrio (concerning the martyrdom) of Calungsod, setting his beatification          Pedro Calungsod along Jakosalem Street, Cebu City, built 2001-2002.
  missionaries towards     on March 5, 2000 at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome.
ard, he got piqued and

me even more furious.
                                On December 19, 2011, the Holy See officially approved the miracle
                                                                                                              Calungsod image to visit
                                                                                                              CDO, other PH dioceses
rted the darting spears    qualifying Calungsod for sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church. The
 o had all the chances     recognized miracle dates from 2002, when a Leyte woman who was
 t want to leave Padre     pronounced clinically dead by accredited physicians two hours after a heart
elieved that he would      attack was revived when a doctor prayed for Calungsod’s intercession.
 reed both himself and          Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over the declaration ceremony on               According to CBCP assistant secretary general Fr. Marvin Mejia, Pedro Calungsod’s official
 was a valiant boy; but    behalf of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He later revealed that        image will arrive in Manila from Rome on October 25, 2012 and will tour select dioceses
y arms. Finally, Pedro     Pope Benedict XVI approved and signed the official promulgation decrees            across the Philippines beginning with the Archdiocese of Manila on October 26. Dubbed
nd. Hirao immediately      recognizing the miracles as authentic and worthy of belief. The College of         “Duaw-Nasud”, the tour will see the image returned to the Archdiocese of Cebu just in
ow of a cutlass on the     Cardinals were then sent a dossier on the new saints, and they were asked          time for a Triduum before the National Thanksgiving Mass on November 30, 2012. The
 ise a crucifix and give   to indicate their approval. On 18 February 2012, after the Consistory for the      tour’s schedule is as follows:
 e assassins also killed   Creation of Cardinals, Cardinal Amato formally petitioned Pope Benedict
                           XVI to announce the canonization of the new saints. The Pope set the date          MANILA                       Oct 25 (Thu)     ILIGAN/PAGADIAN/OZAMIZ           Nov 19 (Mon)
ounded it with a stone     for 21 October 2012 (World Mission Sunday).                                        PARANAQUE                    Oct 26 (Fri)     DIPOLOG                          Nov 20 (Tue)
ed the bodies of Pedro          After Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, Calungsod will be the second Filipino
                                                                                                              PASIG                        Oct 27 (Sat)     DUMAGUETE                        Nov 21 (Wed)
hore, tied large stones    declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic
w them into the deep.      calendar of Martyrology celebrates Calungsod’s feast along with Blessed            CUBAO                        Oct 28 (Sun)     KABANKALAN BACOLOD               Nov 22 (Thu)
 again.                    Diego Luis de San Vitores every 2 April. []                          NOVALICHES                   Oct 29 (Mon)     JARO                             Nov 23 (Fri)
                                                                                                              ANTIPOLO                     Oct 30 (Tue)     SAN CARLOS                       Nov 24 (Sat)
                                                                                                              MILITARY ORDINARIATE         Oct 31 (Wed)     TAGBILARAN                       Nov 25 (Sun)
                                                                                                              MANILA                       Nov 1-2          TALIBON                          Nov 26 (Mon)
                                                                                                              VIGAN                        Nov 3 (Sat)
                                                                                                              LINGAYEN-DAGUPAN             Nov 4 (Sun)
                                                                                                              SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA Nov 5 (Mon)
                                                                                                              MALOLOS                      Nov 6 (Tue)
                                                                                                              CALOOCAN                     Nov 7 (Wed)
                                                                                                              CAVITE                       Nov 8 (Thu)
                                                                                                              LIPA                         Nov 9 (Fri)
                                                                                                              LUCENA                       Nov 10 (Sat)
                                                                                                              DAET/NAGA                    Nov 11 (Sun)
                                                                                                              LEGASPI                      Nov 12 (Mon)
                                                                                                              CATARMAN                     Nov 13 (Tue)
                                                                                                              PALO                         Nov 14 (Wed)
                                                                                                              MAASIN                       Nov 15 (Thu)
                                                                                                              SURIGAO                      Nov 16 (Fri)
     On November 30, 2012, the national thanksgiving Mass for the                                             BUTUAN                       Nov 17 (Sat)
   canonization of Pedro Calungsod will be celebrated in Cebu City’s                                          CAGAYAN DE ORO               Nov 18 (Sun)             Ricardo Cardinal Vidal with the
        SRP at a templete whose perspective is shown above.                                                                                                        official statue of Pedro Calungsod.
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                                                                                                                                                       September 1 - October 15, 2012

  Alpha Course delivered for                                                                  Unearthing the Roots of
Balangaw sa Kalinaw residents
By Benie Sy                                   sa akong kinabuhi karon ug naangkon
                                              nako ang kapasayloan sa akong mga
                                                                                              Our Environmental Crisis
                                                                                                        (Fourth in a series)               sources of life-sustaining goods. One
    Fr. Casi Quiacao, the formation in- sala.” - Marnie Japay                                                                              thing is clear therefore. That is to say,
charge of St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy           ”Sa wala pa ako naka seminar sa             By Fr. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD        the environmental abuser violates
at Pueblo de Oro, invited the Alpha- Alpha lahi ang akong pagsabot sa                         Impact Magazine                              human life in the same degree that,
Tukod      Volunteers’     Network      to akong pagtuo ug panglantaw sa akong                                                             as John the evangelist teaches, “he
conduct the Alpha Course as an initial pagka kristiyanos apan dako kaayo ang                  Respect for Human Life and Dignity           who has no love for his brother is a
formation for “Sendong” recipients of kabag-ohan nga karon naka-apil ako                      Also Serves the Ecology                      murderer” (1 Jn 4:15). On the other
the “Balangaw sa Kalinaw” houses at ani ilabina ang una dili ko                     In Genesis God assigns to the            hand, one who truly loves, respects
the chaplaincy’s Taguanao relocation hinimbahon karon gapanimba na kami                       lower forms of creation man’s                human life and human dignity, and
site.                                         ug nabag-o pod ang akong panglantaw             sustenance. This we gather indirectly        one who does so, serves the well-
    This 10-week course, consisting of sa simbahan. Karon sa pray-over, kabalo                from his words to man: “See, I give you      being of the environment.
one session per week, was chosen as ko nga ako daghan ug kasaypanan sa                        every seed-bearing plant all over the
the initial formation program because kinabuhi ug nangayo ko sa Ginoo sa                      earth and every tree that has seed-          Integrity of Creation Requires
of its simple and friendly approach. kapasayloan ug human sa pray over                        bearing fruit on it to be your food,         Integral Development
The River Flows band led by Omar nadawat ko ang kapasayloan sa akong                          and to all the animals of the land, all          Integrity    means      wholeness,
Reyes performed secular and Christian mga sala, ug dili nako mapugngan ang                    the birds of the air, and all the living     perfection, flawlessness. Applied
songs during the long duration course akong mga luha sa pagtulo.” - Gina                      creatures that crawl on the ground,          to creation, it means serving the
sessions.                                     Arsolon                                         I give all the green plants for food”        environment’s well-being and over-
    This course was succeeded by the              ”Kalinaw ang akong gibati human             (Gen 1:29-30). The existence and             all health so that it may continue
Christian Life Program (CLP) of the ako nila gi pray-over. Ug nabati nako                     well-being of these lower creatures          its purpose of being life’s source of
Couples for Christ Foundation for ang gugma ug kapasayloan sa Ginoo sa                        within the entire environment have           sustenance. When greed, selfishness,
Family & Life, Inc. (CFC-FFL), through akong kinabuhi.” - Angeles Galdo                       a direct co-relation to human life           disregard for others and dishonesty
which participants – called guests –              ”Dihang ila akong gipandungan sa            and its sustenance. That is to say, if       enter the picture of environmental
were then to be organized into BECs as pag-ampo, nabati nako ang kapasayloan                  the environment suffers, human life          dynamics, the integrity of creation
soon as they occupied their new homes sa akong mga sala ug nasinati ko ang                    is put in peril. One therefore sees as       suffers and is directly threatened.
and community.                                kalinaw sa akong kasingkasing. ” - Roger        perfectly logical Blessed John Paul II’s     Only when people aim at total human
    Mr. Geno Bengzon of the chaplaincy’s Gaa & Christopher Timbal                             teaching that: “Respect for life and,        development is the integrity of
social action ministry facilitated this           ”Ang Alpha Course usa ka kasinatian         above all for the dignity of the human       creation also served. Total or integral
activity with the Alpha-Tukod youth nga na review balik ang among mga                         person, is the ultimate guiding norm         development is so called because
coordinators, Mr. Angelo Rodriguez, Jr. nakat-onan sa kristohanong kasinatian.                for any sound economic, industrial           it covers not only the economic or
and Ms. Joy Babaran.                          Gaan siya dal-on nga seminar ug dili            or scientific progress” and that “no         material welfare of peoples but also
    Aside from the regular Alpha-Tukod bug-at ug sayon sabton ug puede nato                   peaceful society can neglect either          of the other dimensions of their life
speakers and volunteers, the following gamiton kang bisan kinsa nga tawo                      respect for life or the fact that there is   as well, such as the spiritual, cultural,
volunteer facilitators also helped make sa katilingban nga nanginahanglan sa                  an integrity to creation” (1990 World        psychological and social aspects. It
the Alpha Course sessions a success: Ginoo.” - Rudolfo/Jonna Fugoso                           Day of Peace Message, no. 7). Another        includes not only the individual but
Ms. Neneth Frias, Elvin Oliveros, Joana           ”Dako kaayo ang kabalhinan nga              consequence is the insight that              also the community for the “good
Roa, and Gingging Sy (KSD); Mr. Ben kami naka-apil sa Alpha Course. Sa una                    human abuse of the environment               of one and the good of all” intersect
Reyes and Ms. Luz Villarente (CFC- mosimba lang kong ganahan apan wala                        also means disrespect for human              (Solicitudo Rei Socialis, nn. 29, 38).
Gawad Kalinga); Mr. Ramel Andrade natisok sa kasingkasing. Karon aduna                        life and human dignity. For example,         If mining and logging help add
and Pat Mortola (CFC-FFL); Carlo Ellezo nay dakong bili ang pagsimba ug natino                he who pollutes and over-quarries            more income to some poor workers
and Alysa Reyes (XU); Jaylyn Mendog na namo karon ang among pagtoo                            the Suribao River may be trying to           but destroy the rivers, forests and
and Glaiza Galacio (Lourdes College); sa Ginoo ug ang among kristihanong                      earn a living for his family through         mountains that they share with all
and from other parishes, Ms. Cheri kasinatian. Gani dako kaayo ang                            copra-making or maintaining a                other people, it is a one-dimensional
Reyes, Ms. Annabelle Frias and Ms. kabalhinan sa pagdala ug relasyon                          gravel-and-sand business. But his            development, and a one-dimensional
Rocsan Reyes.                                 namo sa among pamilya ug kami ga                action directly causes contamination         development is fake.
    Finally last June 2, 2012, some 65 ampo na ug gamanimba.” - Edan/                         of the river’s fish food and habitats
guest families were able to complete Lucrecia Edrote                                          as well as soil erosion that destroys                                    (To be continued)
the course after a whole day Holy Spirit          ”Layo ra gyud kaayo ang among               farms and the river itself which are
retreat and culmination activity held at nahibal-an kabahin sa kristohanong
the Morning Mist Clubhouse at Pueblo pagtoo gani mapasalamaton kami
de Oro, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro ug dako kay naila namo ang Ginoo                         Sendong survivors                                Bag-ong
City. The following testimonies from the pinaagi ani nga “formation” ug dako
guests showed how the course affected kaayo ang among nakat-onan sa
and transformed their lives:                  among pagtoo gani nadugangan
                                                                                               offer reflexology
                                                                                                                                                Editorial Consultant
    ”Gaan kaayo ang akong gibati ug ako ang among pagsabot ug pag-ila sa
malipayon nga nasinati nako ang Ginoo simbahan ug karon manimba na kami
                                                                                                   sessions                                   Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., DD
                                                               nga adunay dakong                  Survivors of Sendong hailing                      Managing Editor
                                                               bili ang pagsimba              from St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy’s                   Mary Anne Padilla, FSP
                                                               kay sauna dili gyud            Balangaw sa Kalinaw (BSK) Village and                          Writers
                                                               mi tig-simba ug                elsewhere have received reflexology                          Sweet Adorio
                                                               tingale okasyon lang           training and are now offering their                        Dodong Arellano
                                                               nga mosulod ug                 services at the chaplaincy’s grounds.                     Nie Coleen S. Ebajay
                                                               simbahan.”                     This livelihood initiative was set in                    Maria Teresa Serrano
                                                                   “ K a m i                  motion during the last week of August                    Michael Andrew W. Yu
                                                               mapasalamaton                  2012.                                                    Pinky Barrientos, FSP
                                                               sa Ginoo nga iyang                 Fr. Casibjorn Quiacao, St. Francis                    Mapet Bulawan, DC
                                                               gipadala kanato kini           Xavier’s parochial vicar, said that these
                                                                                              services are available week-long, but
                                                                                                                                             Lay-out and graphic design
                                                               nga seminar tungod
                                                                                              are available for the whole day only                       James Edgar T. Sia
                                                               kay dako kaayo ang
                                                                                              on Sundays. Fr. Quiacao described the               Marketing & Circulation
                                                               kabalhinan sa among
                                                                                              initiative as BSK’s “livelihood aspect”         Association of Pauline      Grace Fernan
                                                               pagtoong kristohanon                                                               Cooperators
                                                               ug gani nadugangan             in which the reflexologists charge a
                                                                                              low fee for their services; however,           Bag-ong Lamdag is a newsletter published
                                                               ang among nakat-                                                              monthly by the Social Communication
                                                               onan kabahin sa                patrons are also encouraged to give            Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Cagayan
                                                               among pagtoo ug                additional aid for their ongoing               de Oro, whose aim is to link the various
                                                                                              recovery from last year’s devastating          parishes, ministries, and apostolates within
                                                               pag-ila sa simbahan                                                           this archdiocese. For inquiries and feedback,
                                                               karon bilihon na ang           tropical storm.                                send us an email at You
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   The CBCP-NASSA & ACDO                                                                 Live Christ, Share Christ
Caritas Village Shelter Project                                                           Looking Forward to Our Five Hundredth
By Dodong Arellano & Sr. Mapet             conducted, followed by the signing                        (Last in a series)                 Dialogue (2020); Missio ad gentes (2021).
                                                                                                                                        These are the nine pastoral priorities of
Bulawan, DC                                of Attestation of Commitment to the
                                                                                       WHAT WILL THIS ERA OF NEW                        the Church in the Philippines.
                                                                                       EVANGELIZATION FOR THE PHILIPPINES                   In the time before us, we will focus on
    In response to TS Sendong                 First level of selection was based
                                                                                       CONSIST OF?                                      these dimensions of faith, evangelization
Relocation Program, the Catholic           on the criteria set by NASSA and the            The task stands on four pillars:             and discipleship, one by one. And it is
Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines     partner DSAC. Upon arriving at the              First, fostering and fulfilling the          most propitious that as we received the
– National Secretariat for Social Action   1st phase of selection, performance         “mission ad gentes”, as a special                faith 500 years ago, so with the Year 2021
(CBCP-NASSA) / Caritas Philippines,        on their sweat equity was constantly        vocation of the Church in our country,           we envision to become a truly sending
in cooperation with the Archdiocese        monitored, which was the ground for         effectively involving our lay people, our        Church.
of Cagayan de Oro is currently             the 2nd level screening succeeding the      “Christifideles” brothers and sisters; our           In the face of a secularism which in
implementing its CARITAS VILLAGE           turn over ceremony.                         priests and seminarians; men and women           some parts of our present world has itself
SHELTER PROJECT – a permanent shelter                                                  in consecrated life.                             become a kind of a “dominant religion”,
project in a one-hectare lot it has        Participation                                   Secondly, “bringing Good News to the         in the face of the reality of billions who
purchased at Brgy. Indahag, Cagayan de        Sweat equity is a major aspect           poor.” Again and again, Filipino Catholics       live in the our tie and who have not truly
Oro City, and the construction of the 90   being considered at the start towards       coming together to discern priorities have       encountered Jesus Christ nor heard of
units it can accommodate is currently      the end of the construction period to       seen that the Church here must become            His Gospel, how challenged we are, how
on progress. This shelter project is a     confirm the sense of ownership among        genuinely “a Church for and with the             challenged we must be, to enter into the
fruit of the Emergency Appeal of CBCP-     beneficiaries identified. Each family       poor.”                                           endeavor of the “New Evangelization”!
NASSA to its international Caritas         beneficiary is required 500 hours of            Thirdly, reaching out to those               We for whom Jesus has been and is truly
Partners thru Caritas Internationalis.     sweat equity. The time spent by each        among us whose faith-life has been               the Way, the Truth and the Life, -how can
    On the feast of Blessed Mother         family beneficiary to be counted as         largely eroded and even lost due to the          we not want and long and share Him
                                                                                       surrounding confusion, moral relativism,         with brothers and sisters around us who
Mary’s Nativity on 08 September 2012,      sweat equity is regulated thru proper
                                                                                       doubt, agnosticism; reaching out to those        are yet to know and love Him, who are
CBCP-NASSA and the Archdiocese             monitoring and recording of the Area
                                                                                       who have drifted from the Faith and the          yet to receive the fullness of Life for which
of Cagayan de Oro started to award         Coordinator. Likewise, at a higher level
                                                                                       Church, and have joined other religious          we have all been created, and without
the first 31 Units to their qualified      of ensuring community participation,        sects.                                           which their hearts will be ever restless –
beneficiaries. It commenced with a         value formation workshops and                   Lastly, awakening or reawakening in          until they find Jesus and His heart which
thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration       sessions are conducted by the Area          faith, forming and animating in Christian        awaits them?
at 9:00 AM, officiated by Most Rev.        Coordinator with the beneficiaries.         life our young people and youth sector               May Our Lady, Mary Mother of Our
Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD, the                                                        groups, in both urban and rural settings.        Lord, lead us all in our longing and labors
Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. After        Coordination and Collaboration                  A nine-year journey for the New              to bring her son Jesus Christ into our time
the Mass, the Awarding Ceremonies              Coordination served as a good           Evangelization has already been charted          and our world, our Emmanuel –our God
followed: the signing of Core Shelter      avenue to share information on              climaxing with the Jubilee Year 2021:            who remains with us now and yet whose
Unit Award Contract by the couple          targeting beneficiaries, in preparing       Integral Faith Formation (2013); the Laity       coming again in glory we await.
beneficiaries; and the blessing of each    the site, and in responding to the other    (2014) the Poor (2015); the Eucharist                Maranatha, Amen.
unit and family to be awarded. The said    needs and concerns of the incoming          and of the Family (2016); the Parish as a
activities were facilitated by the Area    beneficiaries. CBCP-NASSA is grateful       Communion of Communities (2017); the                                          For the CBCP
Coordinator, Mr. Dodong Arellano with      to the NHA of CDO for preparing the         Clergy and Religious (2018); the Youth                          Archbishop Jose Palma, D.D.
CBCP-NASSA Administrative Officer, Sr.     site development plan; the Barangay         (2019); Ecumenism and Inter-Religious                                       CBCP President
Mapet P. Bulawan, DC. Agape followed       Council of Indahag for facilitating the
as a sign of fellowship and sharing of
                                           requested needs of the beneficiaries;
                                           and the City Mayor of Cagayan de Oro        History of ACDO Prison Ministry
                                           for providing the needed backfilling        By Maria Teresa V. Serrano                       inmates’ needs.
Screening of Beneficiaries                 materials for each unit. Currently, Mayor                                                        Rev. Fr. Benjamin Angelo Durana served
   To arrive at the most vulnerable        Emano is providing for the installation                   (Last in a series)                 as the Volunteers and Inmates spiritual
beneficiaries, families were identified    and connection of the water system for                                                       adviser and overall chairman. He really
                                                                                            VIPS visits to the inmates’ respective      has a big heart for the inmates. The prison
through a basic intake form. Each family   the entire village.                         families have bridged the much needed            ministry has little budget allocation from
has a profile collated in a summary form       Towards the end of October 2012,        communication between them and                   the finance council, so the group has been
as basis of the general information for    NASSA remains committed to complete         their families. Where visits may not be          moving with their own resources from
deliberation by a screening committee.     the targeted units, as they anticipate      possible, communication can still take           the VIPs members’ personal pocket but
   Identified couple beneficiaries were    with ardent faith and hope the              place through sent messages, care-of             mostly from the chairman. The stipend
                                                                                       VIPs cellphones! Even in cases of inmates’       he received from masses, baptism, house
interviewed and a general orientation      immediate transfer of the expectant TS      death, VIPS had largely contributed to the       blessings and even the collections given by
on the project implementation was          Washi survivor beneficiaries. n             spiritual preparation of a dying inmate by       the inmates during his masses in jail were
                                                                                       facilitating confession, communion and           deposited in the ministry bank account.
                                                                                       Extreme Unction through the presence                 The Volunteers in prison service has
                                                                                       of a priest. Assistance had been likewise        been recognized by the diocese when
                                                                                       extended in funeral services.                    the good Bishop created the Ad Extra
                                                                                            The VIPS had also lobbied with jail         committee (Social Action) , which has
                                                                                       management for the improvement and               not failed in its support to all the VIPS
                                                                                       maintenance of the safety and sanitation         undertakings. Mrs. Ester Serina has also
                                                                                       of the inmates’ cells. As a result, the Bureau   been so generous in her time and effort to
                                                                                       of Fire Management led and conducted             identify and come up with resources that
                                                                                       the general cleaning of all the cells. To        largely contributed to the realization and
                                                                                       maintain the steady supply of water, VIPS        success of our VIPS projects and activities.
                                                                                       also provided big drums to serve as water        Mrs. Ester Abaday selflessly commits
                                                                                       containers.                                      herself to the VIPS service for her untiring
                                                                                            The above-mentioned development             efforts in putting up the pieces together
                                                                                       is just a part of the Ministry’s volunteer       in order to attain the mission, goals and
                                                                                       works. It has been very challenging but          objectives of VIPS.
                                                                                       sometimes depressing. Nevertheless, we               Presently, the Prison Ministry of this
                                                                                       still found ourselves actively involved in       Archdiocese has been entrusted to the
                                                                                       this ministry. We may ask ourselves WHY?         care of its new Director and Chaplain of
                                                                                       Why are we still here? Maybe it is because       Cagayan de Oro City Jail, Fr. Amie P. Balacuit
                                                                                       we love and enjoy our work. We are deeply        generously embracing the advocacy of this
                                                                                       inspired with this ministry for the least of     ministry.
                                                                                       our brothers and sisters behind bars. We
 Prospective residents for Caritas Village are screened at one of the temporary        truly believe God works in mysterious ways,      Nota Bene:
 amakan shelter villages.                                                              because we have reached a milestone.                  The Volunteers in Prison Services of the
                                                                                            Ms. Gilda Pates started the Bulua           entire Archdiocese held its first fellowship
                                                                                       group of volunteers. She is gifted with          last May 26, 2012 at San Pedro, Opol,
                Do you have something to announce?                                     the spirit of leadership and advocacy for a      Misamis Oriental. The said event was
                             LAMDAG                                                    cause and is one of those who has inspired
                                                                                       and encouraged us to keep going even
                                                                                                                                        graced with the presence of the Most Rev.
                                                                                                                                        Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, D.D. who presided
 will be more than happy to print greetings and announcements at reasonable rates.     when the sailing is rough. Fr. Joel Lusat,       the mass as the opening of the said
                        Soft copies are especially welcome.                            supported it fully with his generosity and       activity. It was well attended with the
                                                                                       encouragement to start the ministry way          presence of Hon. Dexter Yasay, and Rev.
        To find out more, call the Social Communication Apostolate                     back in 2001 which included gasoline             Fr. Ronald Ledesma, the Mayor and Parish
                                  ( 856-4392                                           allowance, fare snacks, and even the             Priest of Opol, respectively. n
                                                                            Turnover of houses at Caritas Village
                                                                                Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City
                                                                                      September 8, 2012
                                                                           Counter-clockwise, from left: Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio J.
                                                                           Ledesma, S.J., D.D. turns over the contract to a housing unit in Caritas
                                                                           Village to a man whose family was displaced during last year’s Tropical
                                                                           Storm Sendong; a family looks on as Archbishop Ledesma blesses their
                                                                           new house; a row of new houses for survivors, provided courtesy of
                                                                           the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat
                                                                           for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) and the Social Action Center of the
                                                                           Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (SAC-ACDO). Currently, a number of
                                                                           these basic housing units are still awaiting completion. [Photos by
                                                                           Eldon Bravo]

More than 50 boats participated in this year’s fluvial procession, organized by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and the Safer River Life Saver
Foundation in cooperation with city hall, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industrial Authority. The river parade aimed to pay veneration
to St. Augustine, the Birhen sa Kota, and patron saints of riverside parishes as well as to remember those who were swept away by the Cagayan
de Oro River’s waters on the night of Sendong last year. Clockwise, from left: A replica of the Birhen sa Kota statuette carried on one of the boats
during the procession; Msgr. Tex Legitimas officiates at the floral offering ceremony at Sitio Cala-Cala to remember those who died during Sendong;
RER parish priest Fr. Joel Lasutaz, SSS aboard a motorboat with a small statue of St. Augustine; Participating boats decked with colorful ornaments
make their way underneath the Ysalina Bridge as spectators watch from atop the bridge and the riverbanks. [Photos by Eldon Bravo]

                                           San Agustin Fiesta
          Fluvial Procession 2012
                                                        August 28, 2012

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