Introducing the Barnabite missionaries firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com page 5 Volume 4, Number 6 October 16 - November 20, 2012 From L-R: Rev. Melvin Abejero, Rev. Sanchito Ricarde and Rev. Joseph Montemayor. Above: The candidates for the diaconate. Ledesma to ordain 3 deacons to the priesthood; Bagaforo to ordain 4 to the diaconate By Mary Anne Padilla, FSP Rev. Melvin B. Abejero at Sacred at 2:00PM on the day of their Cagayan de Oro; Sem. Marvin Heart of Jesus Parish, Bugo on ordination in the parish where Fordan Nadala of Basilan, Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, November 20, 2012 at 9:00AM; they were ordained. North Cotabato; Sem. Alain S.J., D.D. will ordain three deacons and Rev. Joseph T. Montemayor Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, Durano Nocete of Villanueva, to the Sacred Order of Presbyters at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help D.D. Auxiliary Bishop of Cotabato, Mis. Oriental; and Sem. Bryan for the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Parish, Baliwagan on November on the other hand will ordain Madeja Suarez of Sultan Kudarat, Oro on three separate dates: Rev. 22, 2012 at 9:00AM. 4 seminarians of Saint John Cotabato to the diaconate on Sanchito N. Ricarde at St. John The newest priests of the Vianney Theological Seminary November 21, 2012, 9AM at the the Baptist Parish, Lagonglong on archdiocese will celebrate their to the Diaconate: Sem. Der John St. Augustine Cathedral, Cagayan November 19, 2012 at 9:00AM; first and thanksgiving Masses Ranan Faborada of Canitoan, de Oro City. n Archdiocese set for the 1st Archdiocesan Synod By Rev. Fr. Erdman Pandero, SSJV expressed support for the proposed parishes, communities were gathered synod. The next day, May 8, the regular to have an actual picture of the Months before the Feast of St. monthly Clergy meeting, the plan archdiocese for the past (5) years and Augustine High Mass, when the first was formally announced to the entire to evaluate actual needs, issues and archdiocesan synod was officially Presbyterium. concerns. The “judging” phase takes announced by Archbishop Antonio During the Council of Priests place from October to December. J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D to the faithful, meeting, Archbishop Ledesma Ministry heads and directors are the archbishop met the Council of presented the three phases of the also asked to submit written reports Priests on May 7, 2012, to formally Synod following the same manner in of their ministries to serve as working state his intention to call for the first“doing theology” – see, judge and act. papers for the actual synod. The paper Archdiocesan Synod. It was positively The “seeing” phase took place from covers the past five (5) years of the accepted by the Council and they June to September. Data from chapels, ministry as well as their mission and vision, goals, objectives, action plan, indicators, and persons- in-charge. The Holy Scriptures and Church documents such as the Vatican II, documents of the PCP II, Pastoral Plan of 2001, and the Code of Canon Law are to be consulted in the writing of the working paper. Lastly, the “doing” phase will be the actual synod scheduled on the first quarter of 2013. In the meantime, a Pre-Synod Strategic Planning Workshop is scheduled on November 26-28, 2012. The Synod Preparatory Commission chosen by the bishop is composed of the Vicars General, Episcopal Vicar, Vicars The official image of St. Pedro Calungsod Forane, Six (6) Commission Heads, Young people at the Archdiocesan Youth Day in Balingasag join in the Taize prayer brought to St. Peter’s Square for his Council of priests, members of around a large crucifix. Story on page 8. [Photo by Eldon Bravo] Canonization last October 21, will visit SYNOD / 3 Cagayan de Oro on November 18, 2012. 2 Pastoral Message LAMDAG October 16 - November 20, 2012 The Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II, the Tridentine Mass and the Society of Saint Pius X Mass. My first two instructions dealt with and the authentic ministerial priesthood Tridentine Mass, forming a hybrid liturgy. This the Holy Father’s motu propio, Summorum preserved, their meaning un-obscured. movement is called Reform of the Reform, Pontificum, and the Clarificatory Letter by the We reject out-of-hand this erroneous which regards the medieval liturgy as more Episcopal Commission on Liturgy, explaining judgment and unjust accusation; we prayerful and traditionally-sourced than the the conditions under which the Tridentine cannot permit the divine Eucharist, modern form introduced by Vatican II. Mass can be celebrated. This time, however, sacrament of unity, to be made the Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged we wish to respond to the confusion among source of division (see 1 Cor 11:18); we that a very great number of local churches— the faithful regarding this “extraordinary cannot permit you to make use of it foremost among them our own Church in form” of the Mass which is now clandestinely as an instrument and symbol of your the Philippines—have immensely benefited promoted in the archdiocese by some priests rebellion. (Paul VI, Letter to Archbishop spiritually, pastorally, and doctrinally from of the Society of Saint Pius X. Lefevre, October 11, 1976) the reform. The use of the vernacular, the Pope Benedict XVI, by his supreme introduction of cultural elements, the clarity authority, has granted a kind of general Archbishop Lefèbvre, we could say, was of the rites, and the active interest and permission, quite freely more than did his one who could not accept the fact that involvement of the laity: all these are gifts of Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D. predecessors, to celebrate Mass using times and culture have changed even for the Council over which Church leaders and and the Tridentine rite. The legitimacy of the the Catholic Church and that the Holy Spirit members alike rejoice. The Philippine Church Fr. Florencio Salvador Jr., priestly ministry to preside at such Mass continues to guide it after the Council of would not be as liturgically vibrant today Director, Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission has remained an absolute requirement. We Trent. were it not for the active participation of lay need to clarify the status of the Fraternité To facilitate dialogue, Pope Benedict men and women in the life of their parishes On Oct. 11, 2012, the Year of Faith was sacerdotale, known today as the Society of XVI has lifted the excommunication of and dioceses. proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, marking St. Pius X. Archbishop Lefèbvre and his followers. The As to the new English translation of the the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the The liturgical reforms of Vatican II did removal of the sanction, however, does Roman Missal, we follow the date set by Second Vatican Council. The first document of not proceed without opposition. The most not mean that the priests of the Society of the CBCP as the start of its implementation, that ecumenical council was the Constitution insidious opposition came from Archbishop Saint Pius X can now exercise a canonically i.e., on the coming first Sunday of Advent - on the Liturgy that provided the directives on Marcel Lefèbvre, a council father himself, legitimate ministry in the Catholic Church. December 2, 2012. Between then and now, a the reform of the liturgy. The council fathers who founded the Society of Saint Pius X. The To date, the fundamental problems of thorough catechesis, not just on the notable saw the intimate connection between the Archbishop accused Rome of embracing a ecclesiological and liturgical significance have changes but on the whole rite of the Mass, renewal of the Church and the reform of the “neo-Protestant” tendency at Vatican II and not yet been resolved. is to be promoted. It is also required that we liturgy. in all the postconciliar reforms. We would like to make it clear that the use the new missal proper to the Philippines, Similarly, the Catholic Bishops’ Pope Paul VI realized the ecclesiological Latin Masses celebrated in the archdiocese i.e., the Philippine edition approved by the Conference of the Philippines, in response to significance of such dissent in his letter to the by some priests of the Society of Saint Pius CBCP and recognized by the Hole See. the Holy Father’s call for New Evangelization Archbishop in 1976, incidentally also on an X are not in communion with the Roman We thank God for Vatican II’s Constitution and looking forward to the fifth centenary anniversary of the opening of Vatican II: Catholic Church. The Catholic faithful in the on the Liturgy in which the council fathers of the coming of Christianity to our land, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro are therefore set forth the directives on the reform of the underlined particular faith imperatives as As for you, the former rite of the enjoined not to take part in any of their liturgy. We thank Pope Paul VI who zealously absolutely necessary for our evangelizing Mass is a sign of your false ecclesiology Masses and other rites. and faithfully brought to fulfilment the efforts to be fruitful. Of primary importance and a matter on which to assail the There are voices being raised questioning conciliar mandate of the liturgical reform. We is the centrality of the Eucharist. (cf. Pastoral Council and its work of reform. You the legitimacy of some postconciliar reforms, are resolved to uphold the conciliar decrees Exhortation “Live Christ, Share Christ”) take as a pretext or as your alleged especially in the Roman Missal. There are on the liturgy and to welcome with deep We deem it opportune, therefore, to issue justification that only in the former rite some who long to see the day when the faith and joyful obedience the changes that a third clarificatory letter on the Tridentine are the authentic sacrifice of the Mass Mass of Vatican II will be fused with the the Church has instituted after the council. n Towards Building a Just and Lasting Peace in Mindanao (Statement of Catholic Bishops in Mindanao on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro) We view with vigilant optimism practices in the present Autonomous Region channels could provide a venue for people’s fruit. Mainstream the peace lens in local the announcement of a coming peace of Muslim Mindanao could be highlighted as participation. Mass media, schools for governance. Professionalize peace efforts. agreement between the government and a prelude to the creation of a new political peace, and Civil Society peace movements Strengthen the NCIP and the Indigenous the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as entity. can all contribute towards forging solidarity. People’s Movement. Correct discriminatory the first steps towards forging “a just and A second value is Security. Mindanao has We need to build social infrastructure that practices in the Justice System. Strengthen lasting peace in Mindanao.” We believe that been depicted for a long time as a theatre for connects communities rather than divides peace education. Make knowledge and continuing consultations with all stakeholders war and intermittent local conflicts. People’s them. We should pay special attention to the imagination work for human development are necessary to bring the peace process fears and insecurity have to be addressed. needs of IDPs in conflict-affected areas. and social cohesion. forward. The proliferation of armed groups has to be Spirituality is a fifth value. Konsult A formal peace agreement is not the We recall the rejection in August 2008 checked. To enhance security, authorities Mindanaw participants envision a peaceful end of peacebuilding; rather it is just the of the Memo of Agreement on Ancestral should intensify humanitarian work and Mindanao where Muslims, Lumads, Christians beginning of much hard work in concretizing Domain (MOA-AD) due to its lack of the reintegration program, radically reduce and members of other faith traditions live the meaning of Sincerity, Security, Sensitivity, transparency and certain provisions that were arms and war profiteers, strengthen localized together in harmony and religious freedom. Solidarity, Spirituality, and Sustainability in deemed unconstitutional. In the aftermath security strategies, and align economic and The religious traditions of both Islam and our various communities in Mindanao. May of that rejection, we recall the efforts of the environmental projects with peacebuilding Christianity as well as of indigenous people the two highest values in all our religious Bishops-Ulama Conference to sponsor a year- efforts. can bring about both internal and external traditions – love of God and love of neighbor long series of multi-sectoral consultations to A third value is Sensitivity. Many peace. Peace as spirituality and as religious – be our constant guide in working for uncover the underlying factors for promoting communities in Mindanao are suffering tolerance can flow into society. Some reconciliation and building a Culture of Peace a culture of peace in Mindanao. under layers of hurts and biases as a result concrete measures would be: to integrate in Mindanao. n Konsult Mindanaw thus outlined six of a long history of colonization and conflict. peace and religious instruction in schools; (14 October 2012) values that constitute a “people’s platform For some, this has resulted in losing their to apply Islamic teachings in Muslim society; for Peace in Mindanao.” We reiterate these ancestral domain and in being looked down to promote interreligious and intercultural visions and voices for peace coming from upon. Many indigenous people (Lumad) understanding; and to promote intrafaith Muslim, Lumad, Catholic and Protestant communities feel left out of the peace dialogue leading to forgiveness and Signatories: participants in these consultations. process. To counter these adverse factors, reconciliation. There is also a call for more Bp. Guillermo Afable (Digos) The first value is Sincerity – to dispel there is need for respecting the people’s active participation of religious leaders on Bp. Colin Bagaforo (Cotabato) the atmosphere of mistrust and confusion right to self-determination, multi-cultural peace and good governance. Ritual healings Bp. Jose Cabantan (Malaybalay) in many communities. There is need for sensitivity in education, and healing of can provide definitive closure of conflict Bp. Edwin de la Peña (Marawi) policy cohesion among the various agencies trauma for internally-displaced persons and situations. Abp. Jesus Dosado (Ozamis) of the Philippine Government as well as communities. A final value is Sustainability. For the Bp. Elenito Galido (Iligan) transparency through public consultation and A fourth value is Solidarity. A sense of long-term viability of the peace process, Bp. Dinualdo Gutierrez (Marbel) communication. Previous agreements should oneness among the tri-people population government and social institutions have to Bp. Martin Jumoad (Isabela) Abp. Antonio Ledesma (CDO) be honored and a consistent mandate should of Mindanao can only come about when be harnessed to work for the people. Among Abp. Orlando Quevedo (Cotabato) be given for the credibility of the peace panels. ordinary people can meaningfully participate the initiatives that need to be institutionalized and others The Bangsamoro groups should also strive to in the building of peace. It is in this sense are the following: Legislate new structures act with one voice while good governance that information and communication as needed for the peace accord to bear LAMDAG October 16 - November 20, 2012 Archdiocesan News 3 Synod from p. 1 CDO preparing a Jubilee Yearbook Local pro-life group hosts symposium on to sound 80 years as Diocese the faithful, Ministry Heads and co- workers, Directors of two diocesan Seminaries, one presbyter elected by the members of the vicariate – (City Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ second part of the book will tell about RH Bill, automated East, City West, Balingasag, Gingoog, Initao and Camiguin). In General, one has formed a committee to prepare the Jubilee Yearbook to commemorate the parish profiles, photos and bio-data of diocesan priests and group photos of elections the 80th anniversary of the Church of religious communities. The third part of A symposium on pro-life and delegate elected by the District Fathers Cagayan de Oro as Diocese coinciding the the book is the synod decrees and reports electoral concerns was held at the San and the other delegate to alternate in case of incapacity. The Bishop can also year of synod and the 62nd year of CdO as coming from six commissions. Lorenzo Ruiz Community Formation call others to an Archdiocesan Synod as Archdiocese. This Jubilee book also aims The members of Jubilee Yearbook Center in Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City on members. to thank and acknowledge people who Committee headed by Archbishop October 10, 2012. Hosted by Serve Life The first Archdiocesan Synod of worked and labor for the archdiocese Ledesma are Fr. Boy Salvador, Fr. Alan CDO, Inc., the conference featured guest Cagayan de Oro aims to establish whether priests, lay people and religious Pulgo, Fr. Leo Pabayo, SJ, Fr. Paul Glynn, SSC, speakers Dr. Ligaya Acosta, director of a common ground of the pastoral communities. Fr. Raul Ricacho, Sr. Rosa Celestial, RVM, Human Life International – Asia and activities and directives and lends The content of this book primarily Sr. Mary Anne Padilla, FSP, Dr. Antonio Fr. Romeo J. Intengan, S.J., professor of continuity to our liturgical, spiritual and consists of history, current situation and Montalvan, PhD, Ms. Mayette Rivera and Moral Theology at the Loyola House canonical traditions. It will also strive synod decrees. The history will narrate Charlito Lorzano. of Studies, Ateneo de Manila, who at evaluating the existing Pastoral Plan from the time of the Recoletos to the The committee is calling for pictures gave talks regarding these concerns, of 2001 and with the help of divine Jesuits, the Columbans, the RVMs and of parishes, from the past to the present, respectively. grace, propose new pastoral activities the turning over of the archdiocese to to be featured in the yearbook. [Lamdag A former pro-choice employee of the and directives that will respond to the the diocesan clergy. Current situation, the News CDO] n Department of Health, Acosta argued present particular needs of the local Healing Caravan visits CDO, that contraceptives were actually church of the Archdiocese of Cagayan unsafe to the very women who use de Oro. them. “They kill. They cause a lot of side Canon No. 460 of The Code of Canon neighboring dioceses effects”, she said. She added that the Law of 1983 describes the diocesan movement to put the RH Bill into effect Synod as an “assembly” of selected is funded by tremendous amounts of priests and other members of Christ’s foreign money, and that the statistics faithful of a particular Church which, A Healing Caravan visited the Alubijid, Pueblo de Oro, and El Salvador. for the good of the whole diocesan cited by leftist legislators in favor of it, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and the Luz Prieto, who belongs to the Order community, assists the diocesan such as the massive deaths of women neighboring dioceses of Malaybalay and of Discalced Carmelites Secular whose Bishop. The purpose of the diocesan Iligan on October 16 to October 29, 2012. apostolate is to bring the healing Christ due to childbirth annually, are entirely Synod is to assist the Bishop in the The caravan is spearheaded by Healing to the sick and suffering through Father fictitious. exercise of the office proper to him, Priest Father Nelson Osorio, who belongs Nelson Osorio, OSJ and serve the poorest During the afternoon talk on election namely, that of governing the Christian to the Oblates of Saint Joseph (OSJ) which of the poor, said the pilgrim relic of St. concerns, Fr. Intengan demonstrated community. he will officiate the series masses and Joseph Marello will arrive is coming from that the purportedly more secure “In the process of the Synod, the healing sessions. A relic of St. Joseph bone part of his finger. “This is a privilege automated elections of 2010 have been Bishop exercises the office of governing Marello, founder of the OSJ will be present and opportunity for everyone that the tampered with on a massive scale. One the Church entrusted to his care. He in the caravan which will be venerated pilgrim relic of St. Joseph Marello will visit of several anomalies noted was that determines its convocation, proposes during the mass and healing sessions. and we hope and support the people to Smartmatic, the IT company contracted the questions to be discussed in the A motorcade was held around 6am join the event (mass, healing session and by the COMELEC to provide precinct Synod and presides at the Synodal prior to the Mass at Archdiocesan Shrine veneration of the pilgrim relic)”, Prieto count optical scan (PCOS) machines, did sessions. Moreover, it is the Bishop of the Black Nazarene in Cagayan de Oro said. She added that one of St. Joseph not mention that the machines came who, as sole legislator, signs the City on Tuesday, October 16. Other local Marello’s inspiring quotes is, “I cannot with a backdoor port that could allow synodal declarations and decrees and parishes visited by the Healing Caravan say No to those who come to me because election results recorded in the machine orders their publication.” (Introduction are those of Claveria, Villanueva, Gusa, God will never say No to me”. [Lamdag to be compromised. Other peculiarities on Diocesan Synod, 1997) n Kauswagan, Nazareth, Jasaan, Tagoloan, News CDO] n include glitches in the machines’ operating system and the multiplication LST prof urges of ballots counted by a factor of 5 – that is, about 250 million ballots were tallied respect for individual when there were only about 50 million conscience regarding registered voters at the time. Also striking was the present pro-life issues administration’s unwillingness investigate the matter further. “The to Pro-lifers ought to “respect the sincere current president owes his position to conscience decision of a person”, according the election... Ayaw niyang ma-question”, to Fr. Eric Genilo, who gave a lecture titled Fr. Intengan said. [Lamdag News CDO] n “Moral Issues Regarding Contraceptives and Family Planning” at the Patrick Cronin Bag-ong Formation Hall on October 10, 2012. Fr. Genilo is a professor of Moral Theology at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de LAMDAG Editorial Consultant Manila and has visited Cagayan de Oro in Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD previous years to deliver similar lectures. Managing Editor Fr. Genilo stated that a number of Mary Anne Padilla, FSP couples use artificial contraceptives not Copy Editor because they want to sin, but because they Louise Dumas are not aware of the Church’s teachings Writers Rev. Fr. Florencio Salvador, SLD, SSJV Assisted by Fr. Renerio Sabuga (left), Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. confirms regarding the matter, or that they believe Rev. Fr. Erdman Pandero, SSJV Catholic Lumad children in Malitbog on September 12-13, 2012. they have no alternative. Fr. Genilo gave Rev. Fr. Arvin A. Dagalea, CRSP a few examples wherein attempts to Rev. Rosauro A. Valmores, CRSP Sem. James Puracan Do you have something to announce? use NFP may be impractical, as available Venus Guibone LAMDAG time for intimacy may not coincide with a woman’s “safe” days – for instance, prison Charlito Lorzano Michael Andrew W. Yu Lay-out and graphic design will be more than happy to print greetings and announcements at reasonable rates. visits for inmates, or vacation leaves for James Edgar T. Sia Soft copies are especially welcome. OFWs. 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Email your submissions, along with your name, phone number, and Church’s teachings.” [Lamdag News CDO] Find us on Facebook: Search for parish/congregation to email@example.com n “Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro” 4 Special Feature LAMDAG October 16 - November 20, 2012 Duaw-Nasud Visayas-Mindanao Schedule Nov 13 (Tue) Catarman-Calbayog Nov 21 (Wed) Dumaguete 0300H ETD from Matnog to Allen 0800H ETD Dipolog to Dapitan 0900H ETA Catarman 1030H ETD Dapitan to Dumaguete 1300H ETD Catarman 1500H ETA Dumaguete 1500H ETA Calbayog Nov 22 (Thu) Nov 14 (Wed) Palo Kabankalan/Bacolod 0800H ETD Calbayog 0600H ETD Dumaguete 0900H ETA Catbalogan 1000H ETA Kabankalan 1300H ETD Catbalogan 1300H ETD Kabankalan 1500H ETA Palo 1600H ETA Bacolod Nov 15 (Thu) Maasin Nov 23 (Fri) Jaro 0700H ETD Palo 0800H ETD Bacolod 1000H ETA Ormoc 1000H ETA Jaro 1300H ETD Ormoc Nov 24 (Sat) San Carlos 1600H ETA Maasin 0600H ETD Jaro Nov 16 (Fri) Surigao 0800H ETD Bacolod to San Carlos 0300H ETD Maasin to San Ricardo, 1100H ETA San Carlos Southern Leyte Nov 25 (Sun) Tagbilaran 0800H ETD San Ricardo to Surigao 0800H ETD San Carlos to Tagbilaran 1000H ETA Surigao (Option # 1: Airlift) Nov 17 (Sat) Butuan 1000H ETA Tagbilaran 0700H ETD Surigao 0500H ETD from San Carlos 1100H ETA Butuan (Option # 2: RORO) 0700H ETA in Toledo Nov 18 (Sun) Cagayan de Oro 1000H ETA in Cebu City Canonization tapestry of St. Pedro Calungsod at the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica. 0700H ETD Butuan 1500H ETA in Tagbilaran The Holy Father on Pedro Calungsod 1000H ETA Cagayan de Oro Nov 26 (Mon) Talibon Pedro Calungsod was born around the year 1654, in the Visayas region of the Nov 19 (Mon) Philippines. His love for Christ inspired him to train as a catechist with the Jesuit 0700H ETD Tagbilaran missionaries there. In 1668, along with other young catechists, he accompanied Father Iligan/Pagadian/Ozamiz 1100H ETA Talibon Diego Luís de San Vitores to the Marianas Islands in order to evangelize the Chamorro 0400H ETD Cagayan de Oro people. Life there was hard and the missionaries also faced persecution arising from 0700H ETA Iligan Nov 27 (Tue) Cebu-Triduum envy and slander. Pedro, however, displayed deep faith and charity and continued to 1000H ETD Iligan 1500H ETA at Pier 1, Cebu City catechize his many converts, giving witness to Christ by a life of purity and dedication to the Gospel. Uppermost was his desire to win souls for Christ, and this made him resolute 1200H ETA Pagadian Nov 28 (Wed) Cebu-Triduum in accepting martyrdom. He died on the April 2nd 1672. Witnesses record that Pedro 1400H ETD Pagadian Nov 29 (Thu) Cebu-Triduum could have fled for safety but chose to stay at Father Diego’s side. The priest was able to give Pedro absolution before he himself was killed. May the example and courageous 1700H ETA Ozamiz Nov 30 (Fri) National Thanksgiving witness of Pedro Calungsod inspire the dear people of the Philippines to announce the Mass Kingdom bravely and to win souls for God! Nov 20 (Tue) Dipolog Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral: 10:30 am Nov 18 0800H ETD Ozamiz Vigil until 4:00 am Nov 19 - Pope Benedict XVI on the Canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod Source: National Commission on the Canonization of 1000H ETA Dipolog World Mission Sunday, October 21, 2012 Pedro Calungsod (sanpedrocalungsod.com) October 26: Official Summary of the Final Message of the Synod of Bishops first of all, and sends out a plea – starting At the beginning of the document, the existence, and the parishes as centers for Word of God, and service to the poor, in the with herself – for conversion, because the bishops recalled the evangelical passage evangelization; it recalls the importance view of recognizing Christ in their faces. weaknesses of Jesus’ disciples weigh upon from John which tells about the encounter of permanent formation for priests and In the last part, the Message looks at the the credibility of the mission. Conscious of of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the religious men and women and invites Church in the various regions of the world the fact that the Lord is the guide of history well: this is the image of contemporary the laity (movements and new ecclesial and addresses a word of encouragement and therefore that evil will not have the man with an empty vessel, who is thirsting realities) to evangelize, remaining in for the proclamation of the Gospel to each last word, the bishops invite the Christians and is nostalgic for God, and to whom the communion with the Church. New of them: to the Eastern Churches wishing to overcome fear with faith and to look at Church must turn to make the Lord present evangelization finds a welcome cooperation to be able to practice faith in conditions of the world with serene courage because, to him. And just like the Samaritan woman, with the other Churches and ecclesial peace and religious freedom; to the African while full of contradictions and challenges, who encounters Jesus, he can but become a communities, they too moved by the same Church asking for develop evangelization in this is still the world God loves. Therefore witness of the proclamation of salvation and spirit of proclamation of the Gospel. Special the encounter of ancient and new cultures, hope of the Gospel. no pessimism: globalization, secularization attention is focused on the young persons calling then upon the governments to cease and the new scenarios of society, migration, Looking specifically at the context of new in a perspective of listening and dialogue to the conflicts and violence. The Christians even with the difficulties and suffering they evangelization, the Synod therefore reminds redeem and not mortify their enthusiasm. of North America, who live in a culture entail; they must be seen as opportunities of the necessity to revive faith, which risks Then, the Message looks at dialogue, with many expressions distant from the for evangelization. Because this is not a being made obscure in the context of today’s seen in many ways: with culture, which Gospel, must look towards conversion, question of finding new strategies as if cultures, also faced with the weakening of needs a new alliance between faith and to being open to welcoming immigrants the Gospel was to be spread like a market the faith by many baptized persons. The reason; with education; with science which, and refugees. Latin America is invited to product, but rediscovering the ways in encounter with the Lord, which reveals God when it doesn’t close man in materialism live the permanent mission to face today’s which individuals come close to Jesus. as love, can only come about in the Church, it becomes an ally for the humanization of challenges such as poverty, violence, even as the form of receptive community and The Message looks at the family as life; with art; with the world of economy the new conditions of religious pluralism. the natural place for evangelization and experience of communion; from this, then, and work; with the ill and the suffering; The Church in Asia, even while being a reasserts that it should be supported by the Christians become its witnesses also in with politics, where an uninterested and small minority, often placed at the edges Church, by politics and by society. Within other places. However, the Church reasserts transparent involvement towards the of society and persecuted, is encouraged the family, the special role of women is that to evangelize one must be evangelized common good is asked for; with other and exhorted to the steadfastness of faith. underlined and there is a reminder religions. In particular, the Synod emphasizes Europe, marked by an even aggressive This special section courtesy of: about the painful situation of that interreligious dialogue contributes secularization and wounded by past regimes, divorced and remarried persons: to peace, refutes fundamentalism and has nevertheless created a humanistic while reconfirming the discipline denounces any violence against believers. culture capable of giving a face to the dignity with regards to access to the The Message recalls the possibilities of man and to the building of the common sacraments, it is reasserted that offered by the Year of the Faith, by the good; today’s difficulties therefore must not they are in no way abandoned memory of Vatican Council II and by the dishearten the European Christians, but by the Lord and that the Church Catechism of the Catholic Church. Finally, must be perceived as a challenge. Oceania is is the welcoming house for all. it indicates two expressions of a life of asked to feel once again the involvement of The Message also mentions faith, which are especially meaningful for preaching the Gospel. Finally, the Message consecrated life, witness of the new evangelization: contemplation, where closes with trust in Mary, the Star of New ultra-earthly sense of human silence allows for the better reception of the Evangelization. (Zenit) LAMDAG October 16 - November 20, 2012 Special Feature 5 The Barnabite Mission in the South: the Typhoon Sendong Relocation Area By Rev. Fr. Arvin A. Dagalea, CRSP, Rev. Rosauro A. Valmores, CRSP First Barnabite Missionaries in Calaanan Relocation Area Twenty-three years ago, Fr. Hernan Hennings, CRSP, Assistant Father General, and Fr. Frank Papa, CRSP arrived in Manila in January 1989 to look at the possibility of the Philippines as the next Barnabite Mission Area in Southeast Asia. Earlier in May 1988, Fr. Giuseppi Bassotti, the Father General of the Clerics Regular of Saint Paul, popularly known as the Barnabite Fathers, visited the country to solemnly bless the newly finished Angelic Sisters’ Formation House at Marikina City. This event was providential for the congregation because the Father General himself became interested in the idea of planting a seed for the congregation in the Philippines. In 1989 the aforementioned fathers returned and founded the seminary in Marikina. At first, only five young men entered the seminary in 1989; only one became a priest in 1998. Today, despite the attractiveness of secular life, we would like to say however that there are still The Barnabite community of the Philippines. Fr. Arvin Dagalea, CRSP (front row, seated, first from left) and Rev. Rosauro lots of young men who wish to answer Valmores, CRSP (second row, seventh from left) are currently assigned to the Calaanan resettlement site. the call. Knowing that although many are called but only few are chosen, they In addition to these, a third the first Barnabite Missionaries arrived come with the work. do their best to remain enthusiastic in community was established in Silangan, in Cagayan de Oro City to answer the As of this time, we say Holy Mass the face of their rigorous studies at St. San Mateo, Rizal. The Bishop of Antipolo archbishop’s call for more assistance. at the temporary chapel here at the Camillus College Seminary. had assigned the Barnabite Fathers to a Even though a number of victims have permanent resettlement site at 5:00 pm Life in the seminary is bittersweet: rich missionary area therein, and until already been resettled in permanent daily. The other camp areas also have today they continue to evangelize there one has to live by the strict rules of self- dwelling units, we believe that the Sunday Masses, with the exception of from the Parish of St. Anthony Maria discipline, study, prayer and selflessness, spiritual rearing and growth of the the XU Farm with its anticipated Mass for they prepare him for an eventual life Zaccaria, named after our founder. various communities at the relocation every Saturday afternoon due to our in the community, should he persevere. Out of a desire to establish more area should not be neglected. These hectic schedules. In fact, Archbishop From then on, the congregation missions, our community wrote people, who have survived thanks to Ledesma celebrates a Holy Mass every has been able to produce priests, some Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, S.J. in the grace of God, have a sense of hope Sunday in any given relocation camp of whom finished their theological 2011 expressing our willingness to that must continue to be nurtured by here despite his busy schedule, and is studies in Rome. Since 2003, however, extend our apostolate to Cagayan the Church for their spiritual recovery. considering purchasing a nearby lot for theologians would instead obtain de Oro if he needed us. We were also a future Catholic chapel for our area. their sacerdotal degree at the SVD in grateful that some of the archdiocese’s The Barnabite Mission: Our work here as Barnabites includes Tagaytay City. young men have joined the Barnabites, To us, the South means Mindanao organizing choirs, and more importantly some of whom are in general and Cagayan de Oro City in Basic Ecclesial Communities, as well as now priests. particular. giving regular catechism to draw people A year after that, We, a priest and a deacon of nearer to the Church. We are blessed the unprecedented the Barnabites, first stayed at the to be assigned by the archdiocese to calamity Sendong Archbishop’s Palace for two weeks to this area as parochial vicars, working hit Cagayan de Oro be directly oriented by the archbishop alongside congregations of nuns, City, and many lives before ultimately being deployed in non-government organizations, the were lost. Generally, the resettlement area. Sitio Calaanan local government of this city, and the all communities is a chaplaincy community and the Department of Social Welfare and along the riverbanks Sendong resettlement area, comprised Development to rehabilitate these were severely of roughly 4,000 families, is part of the people in more ways than one. Due to hit like Calacala, chaplaincy, hence the need for full- the presence of other sects working in Macasandig , time ministers to take care of their this same area, we must mention here Balulang, Macanhan, spiritual needs and development. that our approach is an ecumenical one. Sitio Acacia and Isla Sendong Calaanan would be the fourth Right here, many things have yet to de Oro, which was community of the Barnabites in the be accomplished for the greater glory inhabited by poor Philippines and the first in the South; of God. The families in this missionary residents of the city, and may the archdiocese accept the area have tales to tell, tales of despair some of whom were congregation’s humble apostolate this and sadness. Nonetheless, there is swept away during early on. always hope, and with this we fix our the tragedy. There There are 7 relocation camps in hearts and minds in prayer so that we was a great need to Calaanan alone, including those at can achieve what we have envisioned. relocate, rehabilitate, the Xavier University Farm, headed by We look forward with much optimism and debrief the a camp manager who oversees every that, ultimately, we could bring our victims, who have activity of the camp, who also announces brothers and sisters back to the sunny lost their homes, upcoming religious activities to their side of life, with their total trust and possessions, and members. The Barnabites live nearby reliance to God, Who is the Ultimate loved ones. for them to get to know the people they Confessor and Great Provider not only Hence, on are ministering to and respond better of temporal things, but of peace and St. Anthony Maria Zaccaria, founder of the Barnabites September 24, 2012, to their needs and the challenges that happiness. n 6 Sendong Updates LAMDAG October 16 - November 20, 2012 IDPs grateful for Psychosocial Cluster’s Duaw Calaanan By Venus Guibone activities. Duaw Calaanan is an outreach For two consecutive Sundays, Oct. 7 program of the Psychosocial Cluster and 14, the psychosocial cluster made of the archdiocese for the victims of a synchronized visit to Amakan 6 and the recent killer typhoon. The program Camp 6 in Calaanan, Cagayan de Oro includes community building activities, City. games, creative presentations, short More than fifty adults and youth input, facilitated small group sharing, volunteers turned up for the said event. recollection, and the Holy Eucharist. Many of them came from Calaanan and Feedback on the two recent visits has Lumbia parishes. The adult volunteers been very positive. The camp managers stayed with the adult IDPs (Internally were equally grateful for the experience Displaced Persons) in their makeshift which according to them was what halls while the youth volunteers held they and the IDPs just needed. It gave Msgr. Columbus Villamil baptizes an infant of one of the couples joined together in Holy separate activities for children and them a break from the usual problems Matrimony during the Mass Wedding for Sendong victims. (Photo by Eldon Bravo) young people at the Calaanan covered and concerns that weigh on them. They Sendong couples, children receive court. They were treated to various said there has never been any activity in activities related to music, theater and the camp as joyful as this one. Similar visual arts. programs have been planned for other sacraments in Mass Wedding For about two hours the IDPs had fun with various psychosocial activities relocation sites. The psychosocial team would like which culminated with the Holy to continue to connect with them in By Michael Andrew W. Yu “The mass wedding is one rare Eucharist presided by Fr. Raul Dael, SSJV. a spirit of faith, hope and joy. A praise event,” Archbishop Ledesma said. The Rosaries courtesy of Carmel Malaybalay and worship concert to be led by the At least 52 couples are now ceremony, according to him, is to prepare were given away on Oct. 7 to mark the Divine Mercy Youth Band will be held consecrated into married life after the couples and families in the new feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Snack at the Calaanan covered court on a mass wedding ceremony last housing facilities not only physically but and fellowship followed. The IDPs November 11, 2012. During the season Saturday, October 27, at the Xavier also put them in a state where they can expressed their joy and gratitude to of Advent, there will be opportunities University Immaculate Conception receive the church’s sacraments and the the group for their visit and the lovely for recollection. n Chapel. graces of God. WAF-CDO spearheads Block The ceremony, which started at “This marks the presence of God in around 9 in the morning, was intended their family and society. I am very happy to bring the blessings of matrimony that other ministries - like the Family and primarily to survivors of the Tropical Storm Sendong. The mass wedding was presided by Cagayan de Oro Life, Natural Family Planning Program, Prison ministry and the (community of) St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral – Rosary at Brgy. Balulang Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ. DD helped in preparing the celebration,” he By Charlito Lorzano Pimentel. and concelebrated by three other priest added. On October 7, feast of the Our Lady from the Archdiocese. A reception followed right after the The Block Rosary Team of the of the Holy Rosary, the images of the The celebration was not just a simple mass wedding at the Xavier University Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro through Our Lady of Fatima were distributed ceremony since two other sacraments Covered Court. A second batch of couples the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) to those who requested for the Block were given in the whole-day event. which numbers at least a hundred CDO Division conducted an orientation Rosary program of the Archdiocese. A Confirmation rite was held prior to will be consecrated into married on and proper implementation of the On September 1, the viewing of the wedding rite. After the wedding, November 17, same place and time. The Block Rosary in the Holy Cross, Balulang Marian films took place after the Block children of the married couples were event was also attended by government upon the invitation of its chaplain, Fr. Rosary program has ended. The viewing also baptized and brought into the fold officials of Cagayan de Oro and the Glenn P. Pimentel on September 15, was an added form of evangelization of Roman Catholicism. province of Misamis Oriental. n 2012. that won the interests of children and The groups oriented were the parents. Non-Catholics were also free CDO prelate blesses occupants of Amakans, residents of to view the films when there is Block Orozena and Carinugan, Balongis, and Rosary in the area. This activity is an ongoing project of the team. Sendong Memorial Balulang proper. The orientation which was held in Sitio Balongis to Centro The World Apostolate of Fatima Balulang ended mid of October, 2012. has always been active in propagating Last October 6, the World Apostolate the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Ten months after Tropical Storm recognition and remembrance of the Mary through the Block Rosary since of Fatima sponsored the Scapular Sendong struck Cagayan de Oro City and names of those who perished, but most May of this year upon the request of Investiture to all typhoon Sendong Iligan City and claimed lives, a Sendong importantly, we are interested in their Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ. Two survivors who embraced the Block memorial constructed at Golden Haven eternal salvation. We are sure our God is Religious Congregations collaborating Rosary devotion. Hundreds of people Memorial Park at Barangay Bulua was more than willing to give such spiritual with WAF to this Apostolate are the attended the procession around formally blessed and dedicated to all favor.” Theresian Missionaries of Mary (TMM) Barangay Balulang which culminated victims on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Fr. Magtrayo said the mass was and the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) n with the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Cagayan de Oro City Archbishop offered for the purpose of “storming Antonio Ledesma, SJ, DD led the prayer the heavens” with the petitions for in the rite of blessing. A Eucharistic the eternal repose of the souls of the celebration was held before the blessing Sendong victims. and was celebrated by Fr. Eddie V. Cynthia Villar, in her speech, said Magtrayo, SSJV, Immaculate Conception they built the memorial not to prolong Parish Priest in barangay Bulua. the sadness of losing loved ones or Fr. Magtrayo, in his homily, expressed the hardships after losing homes and his gratitude to the people behind livelihoods. Rather, they built it so that this monument for, according to him, “we and the future generation will it is indeed a remarkable and noble always remember those who we lost endeavor. The Sendong memorial was and those who risk their own lives to completed through the donation of the help others survive.” Villar Foundation headed by Senator “We built the memorial to also Manny Villar and former Las Piñas remind us of our important role as Representative Cynthia Villar. stewards of our environment,” Ms. Villar “It somehow tells us that we are said. really connected with one another, we The Sendong memorial comprises of care for one another, and we share the 13 pillars bearing the names of people grief of our brothers and sisters who identified and confirmed to have died in had encountered misfortunes in life,” the disaster. A circular marker engraved he said. “Moreover, the message is clear with a dedication is in the center of the WAF and chapel block rosary unit leaders with Balulang chaplain Fr. Glenn Pimentel that we are not simply interested in the memorial. n (center, in white t-shirt) and images of Our Lady of Fatima. (Photo by Leonora Alinsub) LAMDAG Reflections October 16 - November 20, 2012 7 Unearthing the Roots of Sacramental Presence A reflection based on the talk of Bishop knows and performs his role well yet Our Environmental Crisis Pablo David, DD, during the 23th Alumni Homecoming of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary at the same time conscious of his limitation. He shows great humility in accepting his task, acknowledging himself as unworthy before the Lord by Sem. James Puracan (Fifth in a series) nations”, that is, to be a founder of even in performing the lowly work of a the community of the human family. (First in a series) servant, that is, untying the strap of his By Fr. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD This vision God tries to realize in sandals. Impact Magazine Israel when he calls Moses to form a Throughout the long history of the This is the one virtue priests should people of his own choosing through Church, her very nature has always been emulate as sacramental leaders. Saving the Environment is Only whom he would call all nations, as missionary. Her basic identity is that of Whatever the priests do should always Possible Through Solidarity Isaiah would say (Is 56:6-8). Jesus a pilgrim Church that continually works point to Christ whom they represent. (Realization of Community Among continues the dream and the task for the mission that Christ started. One Presbyters should be mindful that Humankind and God’s Creation) when calls the Twelve as his inner important aspect of this missionary they are not called for themselves but circle, his own model community (Mt Church is the constant recognition of rather sent in the name of Christ and I always remember a haunting 10:2-5), sinners all but whom he calls the role of the priest, who facilitates the for the service of the Kingdom. They song of the 1960s by Peter and to “love one another as I have loved ongoing mission as sacramental leader. are to exercise their leadership in a way Gordon (Peter Asher and Gordon you” (Jn 15:12). It is imperative to perceive the ordained that serves the mission of the Church Waller), attributed originally to Paul The other and more secular minister as a sacramental leader whose and not their own personal agenda. work is to serve and lead the people of The tension emerges when ministerial McCartney and John Lennon but name for community is ‘solidarity’. God, the Church. obligations and personal concerns which they entrusted to Peter and This is what the salvation of the Bishop David in his talk to the compete, and when their will, vision Gordon. It was titled ‘World Without environment calls for. It means rich alumni of St. John Vianney Theological and authority are further challenged Love’. The first verse is unforgettable: nations and poor nations working by increasing pastoral demands and Seminary during their 23rd Alumni “Please lock me away/ And don’t hand in hand to protect and care for personal issues to face. Priests are Homecoming focused on sacramental allow the day/ Here inside where I the earth, the rich not imposing on not strangers to this reality, thus, they leadership as one very important aspect hide with my loneliness/ I don’t care the poor more stringent laws that should all the more focus their gaze on of priesthood. He anchored this idea on what they say I won’t stay in a world they had previously violated, the poor Vatican II’s definition of sacrament as a Jesus, whom they seek to follow, and without love.” I would tell myself: not committing the errors of the rich sign and instrument of salvation, a sign learn how he responded to the many “You won’t stay in a world without when their insatiable drive for wealth and instrument of the sacred. Priesthood contradicting issues of his time rather love? Neither will I.” A world without resulted in damaged nature. That is therefore, according to him, is a sign than take initiatives that are driven by love is a world in which every man to say, it is creating out of nations a and instrument of God’s leadership. an over-assertive ego. lives only for himself, with little or real, working community, concerned The recognition of this reality creates “Buhata sa imong kinabuhi ang no concern for others or even for the with their common wealth which a difference in how priests regard misteryo nga imong gisaulog.” These world around him. This is the haven is the earth and the welfare of the themselves and look at the way they live words of exhortation during ordination for environmental degradation. This environment, concerned with fellow and exercise their sacred priesthood. are uttered by the ordaining prelate is the world without a community. It humans in their needs as well as This awareness helps priests realize addressed to the candidate during is a place no one wants because it is in protecting the natural resources that their priesthood is an indicative the giving of the sacred vessels. The a situation totally opposite to God’s that supply those needs. This can sign that represents God’s presence in celebration of the Holy Eucharist can purpose and plan for all creation. only happen if Christ is recognized the world. Their leadership role in the shed new light in understanding the community of the faithful is such that call for authentic leadership in the lift When God created the world, with as the center and Savior of all it is God who leads. This sacramental of a priest. The Eucharist as a sacrament man in it, he saw that it was “very creation. St. Paul portrays the vision leadership was further emphasized by of love reveals the total self-giving of good” (Gen 1:31) because there was of a community of man and creation Bishop David using the three distinct Christ. Priests should live their lives not only order and harmony; there centered in Christ: “He is the image constantly in the service of the Church, yet interconnected facets in the life of was a community of man with man, of the invisible God, the first born of wholly and without reserve. To die so the ordained minister, namely, Kingly, and man with the rest of creation. We all creation. For in him were created that others may simply live. This is the Priestly, and Prophetic. hear of Adam’s joy-filled exclamation all things in heaven and on earth, kind of leadership that is deeply rooted Such sacramental role is made when he meets Eve: “Here at last is the visible and the invisible, whether concrete through humility and in the heart of the Eucharist. Ang pari the bone of my bone and the flesh of thrones or dominions or principalities truthfulness as manifested in the life kinahanglan nga andam mohatag my flesh” (Gen 2:23). That is the first or powers, all things were created of St. John the Baptist. “I baptize you sa kaugalingon aron ang katawhan human community where human through him and for him” (Col 1:15- with water for repentance but one mahibalik ug mahiduol ngadto sa Ginoo persons discover love and the love 16). who is more powerful than I is coming nga iyang girepresentar. discovered generates joy. Then God after me; I am not worthy to carry his calls Abraham to be a “father of many (To be continued) sandals” (Mt. 3:11). John the Baptist (To be continued) Human trafficking: a modern-day slavery By Mary Anne Padilla, FSP These women, mostly coming from the our Christian teaching as Catholics, religious sisters have developed social southern part of the Philippines, were we are called to come to the aide and service programs and partnered with My visit to Kuala Lumpur together promised of a good job in Malaysia protection of the poor and vulnerable, other concerned groups to serve and with 50 Asian delegates to attend but landed in forced prostitution. They to give voice to the voiceless, and protect the survivors. Signis Asia Assembly 2012 last October are kept in a condominium in Kuala to uphold the dignity of the human I believe that we are all called to be 1-4, was fascinating. This country that Lumpur and at night are brought to person. We need also to collaborate aware of the injustices in our country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural pub houses to work as prostitutes. with the Government and NGOs to and across our nation. We are also called now called Asian tiger has grown to a At first, I felt humiliated. However, stop the traffickers who seek only to to act upon injustices wherever we find modern and bustling city radiating an when facts were told that majority exploit them. it. We can help the poor, the vulnerable enticing charm and fantastic people of these women and children were The Social Communications and the oppressed, who are housed that stimulate interests to visitors.. deceived and swindled by recruiters, Apostolate of the Archdiocese of at social service agencies through our But amidst the bustling streets even worst, by fellow Filipinas with Cagayan de Oro joined Signis Asia and apostolate. We can also pray for law of KL are young women and children foreign husbands in Malaysia, I felt other religious leaders in condemning enforcers and for the conversion of the trafficked for the purpose of a great sympathy, for they are like a human trafficking. Institutions and traffickers themselves. n commercial sexual exploitation and sheep without a shepherd. forced labor. Women and children They are caught up in a from Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, dreadful practice that China, Philippines, Burma, Cambodia, could make them suffer Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and alienation, disease, torture Vietnam are subsequently subjected to and even death. these enslaving conditions. As a member of The information was completed Signis, the international when a documentary film was shown association of Catholic on the third day of the Signis meeting media professionals, I held at Petaling Jaya, Malaysia last support the statement of October. Surprisingly, among the this year’s assembly to give Asian countries that were presented visibility to the vulnerable. to the assembly were Filipino women As Church Media who believe in the practice of at the SIGNIS Asia Assembly 2012 view a documentary on sex trafficking and Delegates identified by the people as “Bisaya”. forced prostitution in Malaysia. 30 more housing units awarded in Indahag The NASSA & SAC-ACDO Caritas Village Shelter Project in Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City held another Thanksgiving Mass, blessing and awarding of 30 more units to families displaced by Tropical Storm sendong on September 29, 2012, the Feast of the archangels Saints Michael, Rafael, and Gabriel. Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. is pictured handing over a unit’s ownership documents to a family. [Photo by Eldon Bravo] Healing Caravan visits CDO, neighboring dioceses October 16-29, 2012 At Eco-Church in Kauswagan, a young girl kisses the relic of St. [Photos by Eldon Bravo] Joseph Marello. Fr. Nelson Osorio, OSJ prays over a man at the Healing Caravan. Bishop Cornelius Sim to the youth: proclaim the message of joy in faith Vicar Apostolic of Brunei Bishop the process of paying the prize that the World Youth Day in 2008. It is an planned with the leadership of the Cornelius Sim, D.D., delivered a talk needs surrendering of one’s self, with all activity of the Archdiocesan Youth new AYA Director, Rev. Fr. Remel O. Mag- to 1,825 young people during the our understanding, will and feelings. In Apostolate (AYA) held every two years. usara, SSJV. Archdiocesan Youth Day (AYD) held at moments of trials and difficulties one The Archdiocesan Youth Coordinating Inspired by the second Filipino and St. Rita Parish, Balingasag on October can still stand up with joy. Council (AYCC) prepares the AYD first Visayan Saint Pedro Calungsod 27, 2012, in which he encouraged them “If you have come to experience conceptual plan and proposes activities and his values and principles, the to proclaim Jesus’ mission of joy in faith, his love it is impossible not to share it, adopted from the World Youth Day AYD organizers hosted the “St. Pedro a joy that is not outer happiness rather a because the impact is so powerful and (WYD) celebrations and other national Calungsod Poster Making Contest”, joy that is in the inner heart. you want it to share it to people,” the and regional youth gatherings. AYD whose winners awarded by the “Joy is deeper than happiness. It is prelate said. activities are based on themes chosen Social Communication Apostolate lasting even when things are not going “Joy is the essence of our Christian by the Holy Father for every celebration are: Balingasag District (1st Prize), well. Happiness is what happens to you. faith, without joy there is no faith. If we of the World Youth Day. It is a jubilant West District (2nd Prize), and the Joy is what is produced in you,” said say we are Christians, we must carry gathering for young people to exchange Transparochial Group - youth from Bishop Sim. joy in us. Hence, we have a mission to experiences and to deepen their faith religious groups and schools mainly The Prelate explained that joy is a accomplish, a responsibility is to witness through catechisms, animations, games, in the campus ministry (3rd Prize). personal experience of God’s love to us the joy of Christ,” Bishop Sim further social affairs, community involvement Consolation Prizes were given to City that one has to undergo the process of stressed. activities, and alike. East District, Initao District, and Gingoog finding what God has in a person, and AYD began in 2010, inspired by This year’s AYD was crafted and District. [Lamdag News CDO] n Archdiocesan Youth Day 2012 October 27, 2012 Vicar Apostolic of Brunei Bishop Cornelius Sim presides at a Mass assisted by AYA director Fr. Remel Mag-usara, right (above left) attended by over 1,825 young people from all over the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro at St. Rita’s Parish in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental (above right). [Photos by Eldon Bravo] AYD participants gather in a circle for prayer (lower left) [Photo courtesy of AYA].