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Volume 3, Number 5                                                                                                                                              May 8 - June 5, 2011

    CDO holds symposium to mark 45th
       World Communications Day
By Mary Anne Padilla, FSP and James Sia
    The Archdiocese of Cagayan
de Oro celebrated the 45th World
Communications Day with a mini-
symposium for media practitioners and
representatives from various sectors,
including the youth, seminary and
    The event began with the celebration
of the Holy Eucharist presided by
Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. with
Ad Extra Director Fr. Nathaniel Lerio and
Rev. Erdman Pandero, assisting deacon.
    Themed “Truth, Proclamation and
Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age,” the
affair was held at the Our Lady of Fatima
Chapel, Cagayan de Oro City on June 5,
    The event’s keynote speaker was Sr.
Consolata Manding, FSP, PhD, Directress
of Paulines Institute of Communication
in Asia (PICA), and Professor of Graduate
Courses in Media Literacy Education
(MLE). She is also the managing editor of
Paulines Magazine, a quarterly publication
of the Daughters of St. Paul.
    Her pastoral involvements include
teaching Media & Ministry at St. Vincent
Seminary of Theology (SVST); as a Board
member of CBCP Catholic Initiative
for Enlightened Movie Appreciation
(CINEMA), and reviewing films for
                                                 Photo by Eldon Bravo

    Sr. Manding gave a two-part talk
centering on the concept and principles
of communication titled “The Media
Culture Today vis-à-vis The Culture of
Communication”. She likewise gave
an exposition on the message of
Pope Benedict XVI for the 45th World
Communications Day.
    In the first talk, she briefly explained
the basics of communication and how                                     Guests during the 45th World Communications Day celebration inside Fatima Chapel listen as Sr. Consolata Manding, FSP, delivers
                        WORLD COM DAY/3                                 a talk on media culture, the culture of communication, and the proper use of new media.

RP-NFP marks 5th year of
service to family building                                              XU, SPC, Archdiocese team up behind Maria Reyna hospital
By Christian E. Baunillo                                                By Louise Dumas                                            specializations that Maria Reyna had not       the rest of the services during the operation
                                                                                                                                   been able to cater fully before,” she said.    are at the same price, the total bill would be
     The archdiocese’s program for natural                                  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY―Three Church                           But despite the new buildings and bigger   increased,” she added.
family planning has celebrated its 5th year                             institutions in the city are trying to change              wards, the administration does not see a           The new operating rooms, she said will
of significant service to family building. The                          the commercial orientation of many health                  need to raise the prices of their services.    start functioning after a month since the
Responsible Parenthood and All Natural                                  institutions by collaborating with one                         “The rates will be maintained but          equipment are still to be delivered from
Family Planning Program (RP-NFP) marked                                 another in serving the local population.                   patients, however, might see some              Germany.
its’ 5th year of existence on June 4 with a
concelebrated mass led by Most Rev, Antonio                                 The Maria Reyna Xavier University                      increases in their bills with the additional       The Maria Reyna Hospital was founded
J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D. as the main celebrant                            Hospital, formerly Maria Reyna Hospital                    services,” Sr. Sarnillo explained.             by a Jesuit, the Most Rev. James T.G. Hayes,
and Rev. Fr. Nathan Lerio as the homilist. The                          is now under the collaboration of Xavier                       “For example, if we add a cardio monitor   the first Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro who
anniversary celebration began at 8 a.m. with                            University, Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres,               during an operation, of course, we would       also spearheaded the founding of Xavier
a motorcade from the Bishop’s House, going                              and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro                      charge for the use of the machine. Even if                 MARIA REYNA/3
through the city’s major thoroughfares and                              City.
ending at City Hall’s Tourism Hall, where the                               The premier Catholic hospital
program proper took place.                                              in the city remains true to its
     Roughly 400 participants from the                                  commitment of serving its patients
different districts of the archdiocese                                  not only to heal the broken body,
attended the event themed “Mapadayong
Panaghupong Alang sa Pagalagad sa                                       but the spirit as well.
Pamilya”.                                                                   “Likewise, when we work for
     Also part of the celebration was the                               the dignity of the human person,
awarding of the Most Outstanding Volunteers                             we can start by working for the
and Top 5 NFP Counselors of the program’s                               dignity of the human body,” said
most involved districts.                                                Sr. Zeta Caridad Rivero, provincial
     Rev. Fr. Erdman Pandero gave the                                   superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of
welcome remarks while Ms. Ana Lea C.                                    Chartres (SPC).
Pielago, RP-NFP’s Program Coordinator, gave                                 On May 8, the new Emergency
updates on the activities and achievements                              and Operating Rooms of the
of RP-NFP program. Archbishop Ledesma
delivered an inspiring message to members                               hospital were blessed and a banner
and participants followed by the final                                  bearing its new name was officially
awarding ceremonies.                                                    unveiled.
     Awardees for Most Outstanding                                          Sr. Arcelita S. Sarnillo, SPC
                                                                                                            Photo by Eldon Bravo

Volunteers of RP-NFP were Mr. and Mrs. Ben                              Provincial Assistant for Health Care,
and Norma Barcelita, Mr. and Mrs. Rene and                              said the new facilities were are just
Susan Pahente, Mrs. Claire Cainhug, Mrs.                                a prelude to bigger plans, such as
Elizabeth Lozada, Tita Rita Carpentero and                              the construction of a Medical Arts
Mrs. Nora Iboña. Meanwhile, chosen Top 5                                Building.
RP-NFP Counselors were Mrs. Susan Pahente                                   “The building will be a specialty
(Talisayan), Mrs. Joy Paborita (Lumbia), Mrs.
Anunsacion G. Abian (Mambajao), Mrs.                                    center for cancer, orthopedic, Accompanied by sisters, hospital workers, and others, Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. blesses the premises of
Isabel Luciano (Lugait) and Mrs. Oroma. n                               maternal and other such Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital’s newly-constructed emergency wing.
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                                                                                                                                            May 8 - Jun 5, 2011

                  St. Pedro Poveda and the Teresians
                                               This year we celebrate the                                                II
                                          one hundredth anniversary of
                                          the founding of the Teresian                 And yet today, we can ask ourselves, whether this focus on the role of
                                          Association. In Cagayan de Oro we        women has indeed been attained. Reading a current book entitled “Half
                                          have perhaps come to know the            the Sky” by two authors, a couple, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, we
                                          Teresians from their involvement in      are told that we are still confronted with many global issues pertaining to
                                          the Poveda University Residence of       women’s rights and women’s plight. Sex slavery, the trafficking of women,
                                          Xavier University and in St. Mary’s      and forced prostitution are still widespread today. One estimate by the
                                          School in Aluba.                         authors is that there are about half a million every year that are trafficked
                                               I have also met Teresians           in sex slavery throughout the world, in contrast to the 18th and 19th
                                          working in rural areas in                centuries, when African slaves numbering 50,000 to 80,000 were shipped
                                          Calabugao, Bukidnon, and in the          annually from Africa to the New World. So the numbers today are more
                                          Davao area. In the archdiocese,          staggering.
                                          several Teresians have helped us             Indeed, as the authors point out, even as we say that there is no more
                                          with an interreligious seminar on        open slavery of African slaves, there is still this hidden, widespread, sex
                                          Natural Family Planning, and in the      slavery in many countries of Asia, and Africa, including the Middle East.
                                          ongoing formation of teachers in         A second widespread problem today with regard to the role of women is
                                          our parochial high schools.              what the authors point out as “gender-based violence,” including honor
                                               As a lay association of the         killings and mass rape happening in these developing continents. Likewise,
faithful, mostly women, the Institucion Teresiana has spread to 30 countries       there is the sad issue of maternal mortality that victimizes one woman per
throughout the world. It is in this light that we can pay tribute to its           minute in our world today.
founder, Fr. Pedro Poveda, who was canonized a saint in 2003. There are                Here in Cagayan de Oro, we have been confronting the issues of cybersex,
three qualities we can reflect on in his life.                                     the ongoing charges of rape of four high school students by a police officer,
                                                                                   and the challenges of family planning vis-à-vis the high incidence of
                                       I                                           maternal mortality.
                                                                                       The authors point out practically the same solution that Pedro Poveda
    First of all, he was a Christian humanist of his time. He exerted efforts to   had already pioneered in. The first one is education, and especially,
promote Christian culture in an age of growing liberalism and secularism.          education of girls. There is one interesting section in this book where
He was deeply committed to Jesus Christ in that sense. In fact, reflecting         the authors point out that in Mexico, following the program called
on our own Philippine history, the life of Pedro Poveda intersected with the       Oportunidades, which today we are talking about here as the “conditional
momentous events of our own coming to birth as a nation along with the             cash transfer program,” there has been, in fact, a significant change in the
influence of many secular liberals from Spain on our own national heroes.          income levels of many poor households. Oportunidades meant that the
But this was only part of the wider context wherein Pedro Poveda found             Mexican government would set aside roughly 500 pesos per month for a
his own vocation.                                                                  grade 3 child and upwards, and it could even be increased to as much as
     “We must add virtue to the faith we have, and to that virtue add              3,000 pesos per month for a high school female student. But the strategy
learning,” he wrote taking the cue from the Letter of St. Peter. Likewise,         was really to make sure that girls and young women would stay in school.
he left behind the basic principles for the Teresian Association’s formation:      In the process, as the authors point out, when you teach a woman, you
“Virtue because it is the most tested, culture because it is the instrument        teach the whole family, and when you teach a group of women, you teach
of evangelization, and example because we can be seen by anybody.” In              a whole village. Development thus starts from the role of women, in the
that sense, the vocation of a member of the Teresian Association also              home and in their own small communities.
personifies the quest for virtue, for culture, and Christian witness by                The second alternative mentioned in this book is what is now called
example. His own efforts from the very beginning as an educator, from the          “micro-credit.” Here again we are told that women are better able to make
time he was setting up the academies for women teachers up to the end of           use of micro-credit. Mr. Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank, was
his life, focused on how to integrate virtue and science, faith and learning,      once asked, “Why is micro-credit focused mostly on women?” His reply
study and spirituality, knowledge and prayer, culture itself and the Gospel        was simple: “When you give money to men, they spend it for drinks and
message. It was with this particular goal that Pedro Poveda, the Christian         for entertainment, but when you give a little money to women, they think
humanist, was exerting to form, “deeply human people entirely given to             of the future of their children.” That is wise counsel, because even today
God.”                                                                              microeconomists would estimate that even in poor households, the average
    The second outstanding quality in Pedro Poveda that we can keep in mind        spending habits of male heads of these households would result in about
was his role as an educator. One could even say that he was essentially an         15-20% of the total income being spent simply for drinks and for what we
educator of educators. For him, starting from his own experience in setting        would consider the minor vices. So it is part of this strategy that to teach a
up the school for gypsy children of the cave district in Guadix, until the         woman is indeed to teach the next generation.
setting up of the teachers’ academies in Covadonga and Madrid, it was                  And so, Pedro Poveda’s dream continues – a concern for education and
always this goal to form teachers who would in turn teach young people.            culture, and how to integrate the Gospel message in our culture today;
“The school will only be as good as the teacher,” he stressed. In terms            likewise, the formation of women teachers who can take their role in
of how the teacher approaches her students, he pointed out, “Christian             educating a nation; and finally, the continuing challenge of the emancipation
charity attracts in uniting and drawing together social classes.” In his own       of girls and women today. Quoting a Chinese proverb, we are reminded
role as a teacher, he would always counsel self-sacrifice: “In order to cure,      that indeed “women hold half the sky.”
salt must dissolve; that is, lose itself for the benefit of others.” Salt that         Before his death, Pedro Poveda wrote, “Don’t be afraid of losing your
cannot give a taste is useless, and all of this was offered to the Lord: “When     life, but of wasting it. If you have to die, you die, but you die in battle,
we do everything for the Lord, it is all the same to us, because whether we        with honor and glory, with Christ, and in Christ’s name and for the glory of
receive praise or disappointment, it is meant for the Lord.”                       Christ.” And that is how Pedro Poveda himself died. He was executed at
    Finally, we can reflect on the role of Pedro Poveda as a firm believer in      the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, but before the offering of his own
the role of women in education and culture. In that sense, he was a pioneer        life, he had already sown the seeds of the education of women, and of
of his time, when women were still seen as second-class citizens, relegated        future generations, in Spain and in other parts of the world, including the
to the homes. He had, as his biographer points out, a great faith in women,        Philippines. And so, we thank the Lord for a hundred years of the Teresian
and after his earlier attempts to set up the academies with male teachers          Association; and for the hundredfold in grace – all this because of Pedro
failed, he finally arrived at the conclusion that women were more reliable         Poveda, the gentle warrior in Christ’s Kingdom.
and sustainable in their work. In this regard, after a hundred years, we can
attest to that. So the academies in the teacher-training colleges that were
set up by Pedro Poveda and his confreres became discussion circles, where
women teachers themselves, either as students or practitioners, started to
engage in the conversations of the day, and to publish weekly publications
that would also share their thoughts and opinions about current issues.
The breakthrough came when women in Spain were allowed to enter the                                                    Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.
May 8 - Jun 5, 2011                        Archdiocesan News                                                                                                                               3
World Com Day from p. 1 Archdiocese discusses                                                   Construction of Divine Mercy Shrine
modern life is shaped and conditioned
by media, however calling to mind that                                                           Church to commence this month
the culture of communication the Church
is promoting is the giving and receiving
                                                  with business heads                               Work is expected to begin this month          the San Lorenzo Ruiz Filipino-Chinese
of information that aims to promote             By James Sia                                    on the much-anticipated church at the             Catholic Church. Serving as the project’s
common         understanding,     harmony,                                                      Divine Mercy Hills in El Salvador, says Fr.       structural engineer is Engr. Jose “Boy” Sy
justice, and communion between and
among people.                                       A handful of leaders from Cagayan de        Medallo Valmores, the shrine’s vice rector        from Manila, who has offered to share his
     Sr. Manding also challenged the            Oro’s business sector attended a forum          and chairman on temporalities.                    expertise with the Church free of charge.
church workers gathered by pointing             hosted by the Social Action Center of the           The new church, which is described by             The new church’s cost of construction is
out that the effectiveness in our effort        Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro on May 12,        Fr. Valmores as having a roof resembling          estimated at P60 million and has received
to communicate the Word of God is also
conditioned by our way and manner of            2011 at the Patrick Cronin Formation Hall       Christ’s Crown of Thorns, has a seating           funding from the Divine Mercy Foundation,
communicating.                                  in Cagayan de Oro City to “explore possible     capacity of approximately 3,000 and shall         the Congregation of the Marians of the
     “What we say, verbal and non-verbal        linkages between business enterprises and       be located behind the famous 50-foot              Immaculate Conception of the Most
communication can touch the heart of            our ministries,” according to Abp. Antonio J.
the person in as much as we show our                                                            statue of Christ.                                 Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Archdiocese
respect for the dignity of the person, after    Ledesma, S.J. in his welcoming address.             The church is designed by Architect           of Cagayan de Oro, as well as from other
all Life is Communication,” she said.               Abp. Ledesma also remarked that             Richard Tan, whose previous work includes         sources. n
     In the talk that followed, she gave a      successful businesses based within
blow-by-blow discussion on the key points       archdiocesan borders can share their
of the pope’s message, pointing out that
new media bring out new possibilities;          resources in building up social enterprises
both for good and evil, and that special        with the local Church, with her “preferential
care must be taken in handling new              option for the poor.” Ad Extra Director Fr.
media, which includes social networking.        Nathaniel Lerio then briefly explained the
     The pope, Sr. Manding reiterated,
encouraged all producers and consumers          mission and vision of each ministry, and
of media to make good use of our                invited business sector guests to share their
presence in the digital world by fostering      opinions.
truth, honesty and authenticity of life.            Mr. Francis Osorio, president of
     Rev. Pandero delivered a synthesis of
the talk in lieu of Abp. Ledesma. Guests        Axent Wood Corporation in Tagoloan,
were invited to lunch on chapel premises        enthusiastically proposed to all present that
after the event. n                              those with capital to spare should go into
                                                business with the Catholic Church, assuring
Maria Reyna from p. 1                           that they can also turn profits while helping
                                                the Church in her mission. “Money is a tool,
University.                                     not merely an end in itself. When you use
    Still administered by the SPC, the          money to make more money, you generate
hospital is now the base of XU’s Dr. Jose       jobs... But let’s go beyond the concept
P. Rizal School of Medicine and College of      of Corporate Social Responsibility... Let’s
Nursing.                                        share our expertise with the Church.” He
    For XU to finally have its own hospital     concluded by stating his desire to work         Concept art of the proposed church building to be constructed behind the 50-foot statue of Jesus
is the fulfillment of then XU President, Fr.                                                    Christ of the Divine Mercy in El Salvador.
Ernesto O. Javier’s training health workers     closely with the Enterprise Ministry.
for the region’s poor.                              Other companies represented during
    Although XU’s medical school opened
in 1983, it is only now that both the
                                                the forum include Honda Cars CDO,
                                                Philippine Sinter Corporation, Lorenzo
                                                                                                Ad Extra launches                                     Jesus Nazareno
instruction and practical training grounds of
the students aspire for the same outcome
                                                Shipping Corporation, Bank of the Philippine
                                                Islands – Ayala Life, and the Del Monte         parish drugstore                                        Parish holds
– the molding of Christ-oriented health         Foundation, all of whom have adopted
practitioners who will heal not only the
body but strive to bring to the patients the    practices associated with the notion of
                                                                                                     The parish office building of Our
                                                                                                Lady of Fatima Parish in Camaman-                    catechism on the
                                                Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). n
healing of the soul. n                                                                          an, Cagayan de Oro City is now home
                                                                                                to the first outlet of a network of                     sacraments
      Unang synod ipahigayon sa                                                                 drugstores to be owned and operated
                                                                                                by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro,
                                                                                                                                                      Msgr. Rey Manuel S. Monsanto,
                                                                                                                                                  Director of Canon Law, has offered
    arkidiyosesis sa Cagayan de Oro                                                             registered with the Department of Trade
                                                                                                and Industry as “Ad Extra Drugstore”.
                                                                                                                                                  catechists from the City East District a
                                                                                                                                                  series of free summer lessons entitled
                                                                                                Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. blessed
Ni Maristela Camaddo                            sukad masukad, sulod sa kapin sa kalim-                                                           “Canon Law on the Sacraments” at
                                                an kon Singkuwenta ka tuig sa pagka tukod       the drugstore premises on the morning
                                                                                                                                                  Jesus Nazareno Parish, Cagayan de
    Sa usa ka      bag-ohay pa lamang           sa Katolikong Simbahan sa Cagayan de Oro        of Sunday, May 8, 2011, after presiding
                                                                                                                                                  Oro City. The crash course, which
gipahigayon nga panagtigom sa mga               nga aduna kitay gipahigayon nga Synod.          over Mass in Fatima Church. Ad Extra
                                                                                                                                                  started on the first week of May and
kaparian ug mga laygo, gipahibalo ni            Sigon sa atong Lagda’ng Simbahanon kon          Director and Fatima parish priest Fr.
                                                                                                                                                  ends early June, aims “to educate
Arsobispo Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.,             Canon Law, ang Obispo o Arsobispo lamang        Nathaniel Lerio was present to assist the
                                                                                                                                                  catechists on Church Law as it relates
D.D. ang iyang laraw sa pagpatawag              ang makapatawag ug makapahigayon                archbishop during both the Mass and
ug pagpahigayon sa usa ka synod kon             ug usa ka Synod. Siya lamang ang                                                                  to the sacraments”.
                                                                                                the blessing.
katiguman kansang tumong ug tinguha             bugtong magbabalaod ug tiglagda sa                                                                    Every Monday afternoon from
                                                                                                     According to Fr. Lerio, the drugstore
mao ang pagpanday sa mga palakat                mga balaodnong nga mapanday unya ug                                                               early May to the beginning of
                                                                                                still lacks two key components: a licensed
sa pangagamhanan sa Arkidiyosesis sa            mapasangyaw sa Arkidiyosesis.                                                                     June, catechists from the City East
                                                                                                pharmacist to oversee the drugstore’s
Cagayan de Oro. Ang mga butang nga                  Kasamtangang gipahimutang ang mga                                                             District have received instruction on
pagatun-an ug pagatuki-on sa maong              pagpangandam alang sa among umaabot             operations, and a BFAD license. A
                                                                                                                                                  General Canons as they relate to the
Synod magsumikad sa mga kasinatian sa           nga Synod. Guisugdan na sa pagtukod             negotiation with Maria Reyna Xavier
                                                                                                                                                  sanctifying office of the Church and the
mga nagkalain-laing hut-ong ug sectoral         ang nga gambalay nga mopahigayon sa             University Hospital is being considered
                                                                                                                                                  Sacraments, with particular emphasis
nga mga pundok dinhi sa atong Simbahan.         mga nagkalain-laing mga pagpangandam            to gain the services of at least one
                                                                                                                                                  on the Sacrament of Baptism.
    Tinguha sa maong Synod nga                  aron matutukan ang mga gikinahanglang           licensed pharmacist.
                                                                                                                                                      Family Life workers have also been
kahatagan ug tukmang pagtagad ang               buluhaton. Guihinay-hinay na sa pagtigom             Ad Extra Drugstore is closely modeled
mga mulo ug alatubangon sa matag                ang mga dokumento nga mamahimong
                                                                                                                                                  attending similar Canon Law instruction
                                                                                                on the Archdiocese of Jaro’s “Botika sa
binunyagan sa Arkidiyosesis ug alang usab       basehan kon sumbanan sa mga punto                                                                 sessions given by Msgr. Monsanto on
                                                                                                Parokya” (Parish Pharmacy) program,
sa hiniusang pagtubag sa Simbahan sa            nga tuki-on sa maong Synod. Gisugdan na                                                           Wednesday and Thursday nights, with
                                                                                                which provides both branded and
hagit sa kapanahunan ug kabag-ohan. Sa          usab ang usa ka survey kon pag-aninaw sa                                                          more weight placed this time on the
                                                                                                generic medicines at prices affordable
kasamtangan, wala pa kaayo nasiguro kung        tukma gayud nga mga impormasyon ug                                                                Sacrament of Marriage. n
kanus-a gayud ang ensaktong panahon nga         mga kondisyon sa Kristohanong kinabuhi          by the poor. n
ipahigayon ang maong Synod tungod sa            ug pagkinabuhi sa mga magtutuo sa matag

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                                                                                                                                                                         May 8 - Jun 5, 2011

          Pope sees opportunities,                                                                                                                               OBITUARY

         dangers in social networks                                                                    To counteract the temptation toward
                                                                                                  superficiality in communications, the Pope
                                                                                                  reminded Catholics that they should hold
                                                                                                  fast to the principles of their faith. Moreover,
                                                                                                  in seeking to share that faith, Catholics
                                                                                                  engaged in discussions on social networks
                                                                                                  must avoid the temptation to measure their
                                                                                                  success by immediate results. “We must
                                                                                                  be aware,” he said, “that the truth which
                                                                                                  we long to share does not derive its worth
                                                                                                  from its ‘popularity’ or from the amount of
                                                                                                  attention it receives.”
                                                                                                       Despite the inherent dangers of this              Sem. Dulcenar Montante, an
                                                                                                  means of communication, Pope Benedict              incoming second year seminarian
                                                                                                  urged young Catholics to use the social            at the St. John Vianney Theological
                                                                                                  networks as a means to promote the Gospel
                                                                                                                                                     Seminary from the Diocese of
                                                                                                  message. The presence of faithful Christians
                                                                                                  on these networks, he said, should                 Butuan, passed away on Friday, June
                                                                                                  counteract their dangers. He explained:            3, 2011. He was 23 years old.
                                                                                                       Believers who bear witness to their most          A wake was held at the Vianney
                                                                                                  profound convictions greatly help prevent          Chapel on the evening of Saturday,
    Pope Benedict XVI strongly endorsed          interior world, the risk of constructing a       the web from becoming an instrument
                                                                                                                                                     June 4, 2011. His body was taken
Christians participation in online social        false image of oneself, which can become a       which depersonalizes people, attempts to
networks, but also strongly cautioned against    form of self-indulgence.”                        manipulate them emotionally or allows              home by relatives the morning after.
the dangers of superficial relationships, in         The papal message, entitled “Truth,          those who are powerful to monopolize the
his message for the 45th World Day of Social     Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the     opinions of others.                                         Requiescat in pace.
Communications.                                  Digital Age,” was released by the Vatican on          At a press conference in Rome
    “New horizons are now open that were         January 24: the feast of St. Francis de Sales,   introducing the papal message, Archbishop
until recently unimaginable,” the Pope said;     the patron saint of journalists.                 Claudio Maria Celli, the president of the
“they stir our wonder at the possibilities           The Pope observed that modern                Pontifical Council for Social Communications,      LETTER TO THE EDITOR
offered by these new media and, at the same      technology is changing not only the means        observed that new internet options “alter
time, urgently demand a serious reflection       of communication but also its content. The       not only the way we communicate, but                 Personal Request to
on the significance of communication in the
digital age.”
                                                 result raises a host of serious questions, he
                                                 said, listing a number of them:
                                                                                                  communication itself.” The result, he said, is
                                                                                                  “an authentic cultural transformation.”
                                                                                                                                                       Heal My Aching Leg
    Pope Benedict observed that the new              Who is my ‘neighbor’ in this new world?           During the press conference, Archbishop         was Granted by the
possibilities of electronic communication        Does the danger exist that we may be less        Celli was questioned about the Pope’s calls
create extraordinary possibilities for           present to those whom we encounter in            for “respectful and sensitive” communication        Newly Beatified Saint,
apostolic work: “If used wisely, they can        our everyday life? Is there is a risk of being   on the internet. Was this a reference to the
contribute to the satisfaction of the desire     more distracted because our attention is         often acerbic tone of many blogs, he was              Pope John Paul II
for meaning, truth and unity which remain        fragmented and absorbed in a world ‘other’       asked? “The risk is there, no doubt,” the              In February, 1995, I, along with
the most profound aspirations of each            than the one in which we live? Do we have        archbishop replied. An AP report took that         my wife Delma and some members
human being.”                                    time to reflect critically on our choices        mild and general response as evidence              of the Holy Face of Jesus, Cagayan
    However, the Pope warned users—              and to foster human relationships which          that the papal statement was intended as a         de Oro Chapter went to Manila to
and especially young people—that social          are truly deep and lasting? It is important      reproach to conservative Catholic bloggers--       attend the feast celebration of the said
networks suffer from “the limits typical         always to remember that virtual contact          disregarding the obvious fact that the Pope’s      congregation at the Holy Face Center in
of digital communication: the one-               cannot and must not take the place of direct     words apply with equal force to dissident          Hidalgo St., Quiapo, Manila. That was
sidedness of the interaction, the tendency       human contact with people at every level of      Catholic liberals, and to non-Catholics as         also the time that the Blessed Pope was
to communicate only some parts of one’s          our lives.                                       well. n (Catholic Culture)                         processioned around Metro Manila. It
                                                                                                                                                     was on this occasion too that I bought
                                   Maria Reyna - Xavier University Hospital                                                                          one poster-sized picture of the Holy
                                                                                                                                                     Father, brought it home to Cagayan de

Emergency and Operating Room Blessing                                                                                                                Oro City and placed it on the wall in
                                                                                                                                                     front of my bed.
                                                                                                                                                         Last Holy Thursday, April 21, 2011,
                                                                                                                                                     at around 6:00 am, I noticed that I could
                                                                                                                                                     no longer move my body and my left leg
                                                                                                                                                     was terribly in pain. Early in the morning
                                                                                                                                                     on Good Friday, April 22, 2011, I failed to
                                                                                                                                                     join the 14th mystery at Mount Carmel
                                                                                                                                                     in Camaman-an because aside from the
                                                                                                                                                     fact that all members of our family had
                                                                                                                                                     gone to Guadalupe shrine in Barangay
                                                                                                                                                     Tablon, only my wife Delma and I were
                                                                                                                                                     left in the house. Even in going to the
                                                                                                                                                     toilet I needed somebody to assist me
                                                                                                                                                     in walking.
                                                                                                                                                         On April 30, 2011, at around 8:00
                                                                                                                                                     pm, I asked my wife to remove the
                                                                                                                                                     picture of the blessed pope from the
                                                                                                                                                     wall and give it to me. I then cleaned it
Outdoor Mass outside of the new emergency wing, presided by               Outgoing XU President Fr. Jose Villarin, S.J., SPC Provincial Superior     thoroughly and placed it gently on the
                                                                                                                                                     altar and whispered, “Blessed Pope... I
Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.                                             Sr. Zeta Caridad Rivero, and Abp. Ledesma cut the ceremonial ribbon.
                                                                                                                                                     know how kind-hearted you are, please
                                                                                                                                                     cure this extreme pain in my leg so that
                                                                                                                                                     I can walk again and attend our Sunday
                                                                                                                                                     prayer meeting with the Holy Spirit
                                                                                                                                                     Community tomorrow.”
                                                                                                                                                         The following morning, May 1, 2011,
                                                                                                                                                     while different radio stations and TV
                                                                                                                                                     channels were so busy announcing and
                                                                                                                                                     broadcasting the beatification of the
                                                                                                                                                     Holy Pope, I noticed that I could already
                                                                                                                                                     walk without the help of anyone in the
                                                                                                                                                     house, the extreme pain was gone and at
                                                                                                                                                     2:00 pm I attended our prayer meeting.
                                                                                                                                                     I was really healed by the Blessed Pope
                                                                                                                                                     on the day of his Beatification.

                                                                                                                                                              - Florendo “Dondo” Tabasan
Outgoing hospital administrator Sr. Elvira Ibardolasa receives a plaque   Workers slowly unravel a huge tarp bearing the hospital’s new name and           #209 Justo Ramonal St., Brgy. 32
of appreciation from Abp. Ledesma and Fr. Villarin.                                                                                                            Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City
                                                                          logo over its old designation.
May 8 - Jun 5, 2011                                                       Features                                                                                                                                          5
           The beginnings of the Carmelite Missionary
                Communities in Cagayan de Oro
By Sr. Lourdes B. Dizon, CM                     wonders through people.                                                         Sr. Pilar Bunol,
                                                    On May 9, of the same year, other                                           Sr. Salvacion
    “When God closes a door, He opens a Sisters completed the new community: Sr.                                                Palomo and
window,” a song goes. The opening of a new Cecilia Javier, Sr. Lourdes B. Dizon and Sr.                                         Sr.     Therese
community of the Carmelite Missionaries Ma. Xenia Salle. The purpose of the new                                                 Helen Tallafer.
in Cagayan de Oro was an offshoot of the foundation is to promote vocations through                                             Through their
closure of our community in Baler, Aurora pastoral and campus ministry in private                                               combined
Province. Upon arriving at the port on April and governmental schools in the city. In                                           e f f o r t ,
25, 1982, and finding no one to fetch them, one of the pre-foundation visits to CDO, on                                         Manresa was
our Provincial superior, Sr. Primitiva Sobredo, Feb.19-25, 1982, the Provincial Superior, Sr.                                   converted into
together with Sisters Sofia Ledesma and Primitiva Sobredo and a councilor, Sr. Ma.                                              a Retreat and
Dolores Dañas decided to head directly to Fely Covacha, met with Fr. Rafael Borromeo,                                           Conference
Nazareno Parish to meet the parish priest, SJ, of Xavier University, who proposed to the                                        Center where
Fr. Vincent Robles, a Vincentian priest. Two Sisters to teach in the Theology Dept. as well                                     people who
parishioners were tasked to accompany the as do Campus Ministry work.                                                           wanted        to
newcomers to their new home at Osmeña               Sr. Cecilia T. Javier was assigned as                                       experience
Street, where they were warmly welcomed Catechetical Coordinator of the parish of                                               spiritual              Seminarians of St. Joseph Major Seminary of Jaro-Iloilo made their
by the children in the neighborhood. Nazareno. She gave weekly formation to                                                     renewal were                               retreat in Manresa, June 1984
This would be the first proof of the city’s the catechists who were assigned in the                                             welcomed,
                                                                                                                                                                                    catechetical coordinators of Holy Rosary
characteristic trait as the City of Golden public schools within the parish. Sisters                                            with priority to the faculty, staff and students
                                                                                                                                                                                    Parish in Agusan, CDO, as well as the
Friendship. A neighbor, by the name of Dr. Sofia Ledesma and Dolores Dañas took care                                            of Xavier University.
                                                                                                                                                                                    ministry with the youth in that parish. We
Iluminador Escalona, graciously invited of the liturgy and the sacristy of the Church,                                              This community was placed under the
                                                                                                                                                                                    have organized the Carmelite Missionaries
them over for lunch and dinner, another and at the same time the ones responsible                                               patronage of St. Teresa of Avila, on the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Secular, our lay collaborators, who assist us
sign of admirable hospitality.                  for the upkeep of the community. Sr. Xenia                                      account of the Centenary of her birth at the
                                                                                                                                                                                    in our prison ministry and the apostolate
    In another occasion, a couple who Salle was assigned in the Treasurer’s Office                                              same time the Center for Conference and
                                                                                                                                                                                    with women and children.
attended Mass at Nazareno parish heard of the Archdiocese in the morning and in                                                 Spirituality.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Our hearts are filled with love and
that the Sisters needed assistance for the the afternoon did counseling work at Xavier                                              After two years, two Sisters from
                                                                                                                                                                                    gratitude as we contemplate the marvels
water and electric installation. Mr. & Mrs. University, and had part time job at the                                            this community pioneered St. Joseph’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    that the Lord has done for us here in
Frank Salcedo offered to facilitate the said school Treasurer’s office. Sr. Lourdes Dizon,                                      Community in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cagayan de Oro. We will always remember
installation. Some youngsters volunteered the Junior, was assigned as Religion and                                              We felt that we should reside in the city
                                                                                                                                                                                    the generosity and support of all our friends
to clean their backyard; a few girls offered to Math Coordinator at Xavier University Grade                                     because of the demands of the apostolate
                                                                                                                                                                                    and benefactors whose friendship and
clean the interior part of the rented house; School Department in the morning and as                                            and our desire to be closer to the people
                                                                                                                                                                                    spiritual and material support sustained us
a youth brought a dozen of drinking glasses Instructor at the Theology Department in                                            whom we were serving. On August 2,
                                                                                                                                                                                    in keeping the “fire burning” for the love of
while some brought rice, sugar, a bunch of the afternoon. She was also designated as                                            1986, Sisters Cecilia Javier and Lourdes
                                                                                                                                                                                    Christ and the Church.
bananas and a few fish. The donated supply Counselor of the College of Engineering.                                             Dizon moved to the new community. Later
lasted about a week. Indeed, God works From time to time, Srs. Xenia and Lourdes                                                on, Sisters Therese Helen Tallafer and Fe
                                                      were called to facilitate Retreats and                                    Lourdes Borromeo joined the community.
                                                                                                                                                                                         NB: The community of Lapasan
                                                      Recollections under the Campus                                            Sisters Cecilia Javier and Lourdes Dizon
                                                                                                                                                                                    celebrated the 25th anniversary of
                                                      Ministry of the University.                                               kept their ministry. Upon the request of the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Foundation, on April 13, 2011, at 6:30
                                                          The community stayed at this                                          late Archbishop Patrick Cronin, Sr. Lourdes
                                                                                                                                                                                    AM, to take advantage of the presence of
                                                      rented house in #59 Osmena St. for                                        helped in giving counseling and spiritual
                                                                                                                                                                                    numerous CM Sisters who are finishing their
                                                      two years. The Sisters found it difficult                                 direction to the seminarians in San Jose
                                                                                                                                                                                    Annual Retreat in Manresa, to join them in
                                                      to live in this house longer because                                      de Mindanao Seminary in Camaman-an,
                                                                                                                                                                                    this festivity.
                                                      every time it rained heavily, the house                                   Cagayan de Oro. She also assisted in the
                                                                                                                                                                                         We wish to inform too, that the Carmelite
                                                      was flooded. Besides, the rental fee                                      monthly formation of the Tertiaries of the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Missionaries worldwide celebrated last
                                                      of the house kept increasing; hence,                                      Discalced Carmelites, OCDS. Sr. Fe Lourdes
                                                                                                                                                                                    year the Bicentenary of the Birth of their
                                                      they decided to accept the offer of Fr.                                   was assigned as Librarian in St. John Mary
                                                                                                                                                                                    Founder Francisco Palau y Quer, OCD
                                                      Ernesto D. Javier, president of Xavier                                    Vianney Seminary, while Sr. Therese Helen
                                                                                                                                                                                    (1811-2011). The communities of Manresa,
                                                      University, to administer the four                                        Tallafer assumed the responsibility of
                                                                                                                                                                                    Lapasan and Siay (Zamboanga Sibugay)
                                                      dormitories of Agricultural students                                      attending to the community needs at home.
                                                                                                                                                                                    gathered on December 29, 2010 at Manresa
                                                      at Manresa, Carmen Hill, Cagayan                                          This community was placed under the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Retreat-Conference Center, in a Eucharistic
                                                      de Oro. So, on May 15, 1984, the                                          patronage of St. Joseph the Worker.
                                                                                                                                                                                    celebration presided by the Archbishop of
                                                      community transferred to Manresa.                                             Realizing the needs and the demands
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cagayan de Oro, Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD,
                                                      The community enjoyed the silence                                         of the various ministries we got involved
                                                                                                                                                                                    for the opening of the Bicentenary. We were
                                                      and solitude of the place. For the                                        in, we decided to expand our presence.
                                                                                                                                                                                    joined during this joyful event by a number
                                                      Sisters who were assigned in the                                          We joined the Campus Ministry of Cagayan
                                                                                                                                                                                    of religious sisters, Priests, friends, members
                                                      schools and the parish, coming back                                       Capitol College (now Capitol University) and
                                                                                                                                                                                    of our families and Lay collaborators. To
                                                      home after the day’s work was a big                                       taught catechism in St. Francis Learning
                                                                                                                                                                                    highlight one of the characteristic traits of
                                                      help in recharging the energy spent in                                    Center in Gusa (now Capitol University Basic
                                                                                                                                                                                    Fr. Palau, that is, as exorcist, we distributed
                                                      their respective ministry.                                                Education Department) and Sacred Heart
                                                                                                                                                                                    small bottle containers filled with holy water
                                                          Since the administration of the four                                  Montesori. We also attended to the dietary
 CM founder Bl. Francisco Palau y Quer, OCD,                                                                                                                                        as souvenirs.
                                                      dormitories became a new ministry,                                        needs of the seminarians, priests and staff
   whose bicentenary of birth was celebrated on there were some Sisters who formed                                              at St. John Vianney Seminary for 12 years.
                                                                                                                                                                                         The Carmelite Missionaries are present
                December 29, 2010.                                                                                                                                                  in 42 countries in five continents. n
                                                      part of the community. They were:                                         We have responded to the invitation to be

                   WAF Phils holds biennial convention in Malaybalay
                                                                                                                                By Charlito Lorzano                                Ramon Arguelles of Lipa, Bp. Jose Cabantan
                                                                                              Photo by Debrey Design Services

                                                                                                                                                                                   of Malaybalay, WAF Malaybalay Spiritual
                                                                                                                                    Members of the World Apostolate of             Director Fr. Jose Sumastre, WAF Lipa Spiritual
                                                                                                                                Fatima (WAF) of the Philippines gathered           Director Fr. Romy Mendoza, and WAF Talibon
                                                                                                                                at the Diocesan Formation Center 1 in              Spiritual Director Fr. Reynald Evangelista. Bp.
                                                                                                                                Malaybalay, Bukidnon for their 18th National       Cabantan delivered the homily, in which
                                                                                                                                Biennial Convention on May 19-22, 2011. The        he explained how the experience of the
                                                                                                                                4-day convention carried the theme: “Fatima        Eucharist and missionary outreach go hand-
                                                                                                                                Message and Eucharistic Reparation.”               in-hand.
                                                                                                                                    On May 19, the first day of the convention,        In addition, the Youth Apostolate of
                                                                                                                                Abp. Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, Iloilo was            Fatima of the Philippines held its 13th
                                                                                                                                unable to attend personally. However,              Biennial Convention in Malaybalay City at
                                                                                                                                he sent a video in which he recorded his           the Canossa Youth Fortmation Center, from
                                                                                                                                keynote address regarding the relevance of         May 21-22, 2011, with the theme “Y.E.S.
Malaybalay Bishop Jose Cabantan delivers the homily during a Mass celebrated for the World                                      the message of Fatima in our times, followed       (Youth Evangelization and Sanctification) to
Apostolate of Fatima of the Philippines during their convention.                                                                by a Holy Mass concelebrated by Abp.               Mary”. n
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                                                                                                                                                                           May 8 - Jun 5, 2011

Intrapersonalin Communication: these outburst
         (Fourth a series) became so urgent that
                                                 Part 2                                             15 May 2011

                                                                                                    To:                 Archdiocesan clergy & faithful
                                                     occurred daily, sometimes hourly.
                      By J. Maurus                                                                  From:               Abp. A. Ledesma
                                                      These experiences reveal the strength         Re:                 Assignments for Pastoral Year 2011-13
                      Enhance Your Self-          of the personal needs that drives an                                  (June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013)
                      concept                     individual to communicate with others.
                          A person with a                                                           After consultations with the Human Resource Board and the individual priests
                      positive self-concept       Importance of Feelings in Communication
                    is able to communicate             In communication “even more                  concerned, I am making the following pastoral assignments for the coming
               more               effectively,    important than knowledge is the life of the       pastoral year.
while negative feelings usually block             emotions” (Bertrand Russell). We cannot
communication at all levels.                      communicate well without consciously              Deacons are assigned for one to two months. Parochial vicars are assigned for
    Dale Oldham writes, “Many people do           responding to our feelings as well as to
                                                                                                    one year, subject to change or renewal. Parish priests are assigned for the next
not realize that a real and healthy love for      those of others.
others begins with understanding yourself,             To respond to another’s feelings, we         two years until the next general re-shuffling by June 1, 2013.
being able to accept and respect yourself.        must first of all, observe the behaviour of
If you do not like yourself because of what       the other person. In particular, we must           Alubijid                                    Msgr. Elmer Abacahin, Parish Priest
you know about yourself, if you do not have       pay careful attention to his delivery or           Lumbia                                      Fr. Lourdesio Armstrong Balacuit,
confidence in your own moral integrity, you       presentation. His tone of voice, his gestures                                                  Parish Priest
are going to have difficulty with people.         and his facial expression, all are valuable
    “No person can despise himself without        clues to his inner feelings. Next, we must         Talisayan                                   Fr. Ricardo Pagatpatan, Parish Priest
this dislike creeping into all his social         listen attentively to the other’s words.           Consolacion                                 Fr. Ed Bugna, SSS, Parish Priest
relationships.”                                        Another word for this communication
    Of course only a person who has               of understanding is “empathy”. We must             Aluba                                       Fr. Janusz Burzawa, SCJ, Parish Priest
experience such as Helen Keller’s can             ask ourselves: “What he feels to say what                                                      Fr. Marcial Aguirre, SCJ, Parochial Vicar
describe the effort involved in learning          he says, the way he says it.”
communication.                                         One of the critical ways that the other       Dansolihon                                  Fr. Robertus Sutopo, SCJ, Chaplain
    Helen who was deprived of her sight           person has of telling whether or not we                                                        Fr. Bala Showe Reddy Nekkanti, SCJ,
and hearing in her early childhood,               have understood him is by checking the
describes in her autobiography the                feeling words that we use in our responses.                                                    Assistant Chaplain
groping, the frustration inherent in a desire     We may say that we have responded to the           Manticao                                    Fr. Jobel Gulisao, Parochial Vicar
to communicate and an inability to do so.         other’s feelings when we have captured
    Yet, it must be remembered that               the essence of his feelings in one or more         Initao                                      Fr. Ramon Francis Burlat, Parochial Vicar
although she could not see or hear, she           feeling words.                                     Eco-Church                                  Fr. Domino Olango, Parochial Vicar
could feel and smell, and in these ways she            We need to know a lot about feeling
could achieve some degree of contact with         words. We need to develop a feeling                Pueblo                                      Fr. Casibjorn Guy Quiacao, Parochial Vicar
persons about her.                                vocabulary, for it is not enough to                Pueblo & Calaanan Team Ministry Fr. Florencio Salvador, Team Leader
    Helen describes her reactions during          understand what the other is saying, we
early childhood, before she learned               must also be able to communicate our               Cathedral                                   Fr. Julian Guinit, Jr., Parochial Vicar
to communicate by use of the manual               understanding of his feelings.                                                                 Rev. Santiago Panilagao, Deacon
alphabet:                                              Feelings may be grouped as happy, sad,
                                                  angry, frightened and confused. And they           Bishop’s House                              Rev. Erdman Pandero, Deacon
       Soon I felt the need of some               may be ranked as strong, mild, weak. For           Nazareth                                    Fr. Luisito Quidet, Parochial Vicar
  communication with others and began             example, angry has other feeling words as
  to make crude signs. A shake of the head        agitated, seething, furious, enraged, put          Nazareno                                    Fr. Cleto Tañajura, Parochial Vicar
  meant “No” and a nod, “Yes”, a pull meant       out, frustrated, uptight, dismayed.                                                            Rev. Lino Macatol, Deacon
  “Come” and a push “Go”. Was it bread that
  I wanted. Then I would imitate the acts of          Ranking them:                                  Tagoloan                                    Fr. Pete Ubalde, Parochial Vicar
  cutting the slices and buttering them. If I                                                        Balingasag                                  Fr. Eleuterio Datoy, Parochial Vicar
  wanted my mother to make ice-cream for              strong, furious, seething, enraged
  dinner I made the sign for working the                                                             Gingoog                                     Fr. Marlo Acenas, Parochial Vicar
  freezer and shivered, indicating cold...            mild, annoyed, frustrated, agitated                                                        Fr. Wilfredo Tuquib, Parochial Vicar
       Meanwhile the desire to express
  myself grew. The few signs I made became            weak, uptight, dismayed, put out               Magsaysay                                   Rev. Noel Carbayas, Deacon
  less and less adequate, and my failures to
                                                                                                     Anakan                                      Fr. Roger Almonia, Parish Priest
  make myself understood were invariably          Feelings Can Be an Obstacle to
  followed by outbursts of passion. I felt        Communication                                                                                  (Ongoing formation program, July-Sept.)
  as if invisible hands were holding me,              Good communication may deteriorate                                                         Fr. Roger Gabac, Parochial Vicar
  and I made frantic efforts to free myself.      for some reason while poor communication                                                       (Parish Administrator, July-Sept.)
  I struggled – not that struggling helped        can be improved. Much depends upon
  matters, but the spirit of resistance was       personal feelings.
  strong within me; I generally broke down            Feelings simply are. They are neither         New assignments to be made after Sept.
  in tears and physical exhaustion. If my         right nor wrong, but they can be an obstacle
  mother happened to be near I crept into         or a wall to communication. n                      Mambajao                                    Fr. Nemesio Pacaña, Parochial Vicar
  her arms, too miserable even to remember                                                           Ipil Diocese                                Fr. Benecio Andohon, Parochial Vicar
  the cause of the tempest. After a while the                                (To be continued)
  need of some means of communication                                                                Special Studies                             Fr. Harren Salon (Manila)
                                                                                                    I would like to thank the parish priests, parochial vicars, and deacons for their
 Ang natural nga pamaagi sa pagpamuhi sa                                                            services in their previous assignments. It is good to keep in mind that any new
                                                                                                    assignment is a privileged moment of continuing service in the Lord’s vineyard.
baboy ha-um alang sa gagmay’ng katilingban
                                                  Enterprise Ministry                               The change of assignments should be done during the last week of May.

                                                                (third in a series)

                                                  Ang kan-anan sa baboy                                              Bag-ong
                                                      Ang pagmugna sa kan-anan magdepende
                                                  kini sa kadaghanon sa baboy nga ibutang.
                                                  Mas maayo kung kini ipahiluna gawas
                                                  sa tankal, aron sayon ang paglimpyo ug
                                                  pagbahog.                                                                          Senior consultant
                                                      Pwede usab mogamit sa kahoy isip                                              Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD
                                                  himoong kan-anan ug pwede usab ang
                                                  sementado.                                                                        Managing Editor
                                                      Mas maayo nga ang kan-anan adunay                                                  Mary Anne Padilla, FSP
                                                  partisyon para makakaon tanan ang mga
                                                                                                                Contributors                           Marketing & Circulation
                                                  Pag-instolar sa imnanan sa baboy                      Rev. Fr. Florencio Salvador, SSJV, SLD                        Albert Camaddo
                                                            Ang Tubig sa imnanan kinahanglan                    Rev. Fr. Alberto Uy, STD                               Grace Fernan,
                                                        kanunay’ng limpyo, adunay pig drinker                  Sr. Lourdes B. Dizon, CM                      Association of Pauline Cooperators
                                                        nga ibutan aron maka-inom ang baboy sa                                                                         Gloria Lagura
                                                        panahon nga gustong moinom.
                                                            Ang pagmugna sa imnanan magdepende                   Christian E. Baunillo
                                                        kini sa kadaghanon sa baboy nga ibutang.                 Maristela Camaddo                    Lay-out and graphic design
                                                        Sa kada lima ka baboy pwede na ang 3 ka                    Louise Dumas                                        James Sia
                                                                                                                  Charlito Lorzano
                                                        drinkers, Mas maayo kung kini ipahiluna
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     “Gibuhat kita sa Diyos alang sa                                                         Kontrasepsyon ug Aborsyon: May
       Kabanhawan ug Kinabuhi”                                                                      Kalambigitan Ba?
                                               kasaulogan – diha sa panagtigum diin
                                                                                                 Usa sa mga pangatarungan nga gigamit
                                               anaa ang mga katilingban nga maoy             pabor sa RH Bill mao nga kon mahatagan
                                               modawat sa bag-ong sakop. Niini               og mga pamugong sa panganak (artificial
                                               nga pagsabot, tataw kaayo nga ang             contraceptives) ang mga babaye,
                                               gitawag “private baptism,” gawas kon          malikayan ang pagmabdos nga wala
                                               kini emerhensiya, dili mao ang haum           sa plano (unplanned or unwanted
                                               nga paagi ug sukwahi sa kahulugan sa          pregnancy), ug tungod niini, mogamay,
                                               pagbunyag!                                    kon di man gani maundang, ang kaso sa
          (second in a series)                                                                                                                  Pananglitan, dili nato ikalimod nga
                                                                                             pagpanglaglag og bata (abortion). Daghan
                                               c) Ang timaan sa Krus sa agtang sa                                                          ang artificial contraception makadani sa
                                                                                             ang uyon ning maong argumento ug busa
II. Kasaulogan sa Pagbunyag                    pagabunyagan                                                                                daghang mga tawo nga makighilawas
                                                                                             ilang giduso ang RH Bill nga maoy magdasig
     Aron nato mapamalandungan ang                 Ang pari, dayon ang mga ginikanan                                                       bisan wala pa sila magminyo (premarital
                                                                                             sa mga tawo sa paggamit og artificial
kabililhon sa atong pagkabinunyagan,           ug nangugos mokurus sa agtang sa                                                            sex), ug makighilawas sa laing tawo nga
                                                                                             contraceptives. Aduna bay kamatuoran
tan-awon nato ang pipila ka mga                pagabunyagan. Kini nagpasabot sa                                                            dili ilang kapikas (extramarital sex). Dili sila
                                                                                             kining maong pangatarungan? Tinuod ba
elemento (dili tanan) sa kasaulogan sa         pagkahimo sa pagabunyagan nga                                                               mahadlok nga magbuhat sa ingon tungod
                                                                                             nga kon adunay magamit nga artificial
maong Sakramento.                              iyaha na ni Kristo; gikulit kaniya ang                                                      kay sa ilang hunahuna dili man mamunga
                                                                                             contraceptives ang mga tawo mawala
                                               mahinungdanong simbolo sa atong                                                             og bata ang ilang gibuhat. Sex without
                                                                                             na ang unwanted pregnancy? Tinuod ba
a) Ang kaseryoso sa kahulugan sa                                                                                                           responsibility – mao kini ang mentalidad
                                               kaluwasan, ang krus. Ang binunyagan           nga kon adunay artificial contraceptives
Pagbunyag                                                                                                                                  sa kadaghanan nga nagpatuyang og gamit
                                               nahiusa na diha ni Kristo; “gilansang”        mohunong na ang pagpanglaglag og
    Si Tertullian sa karaan nag-ingon nga                                                                                                  sa artificial contraceptives. Apan, nasayod
                                               siya sa krus ni Kristo ug wala na gayu’y      bata?
ang mga pari- “kinahanglan gayud nga                                                                                                       kita nga ang artificial contraceptives dili
                                               makabulag kaniya gikan kang Kristo!               Kon tinuod ang naunang argumento,
dili magdali-dali sa pagbunyag niadtong                                                                                                    makapugong sa pagmabdos sa tanang
                                               Dinhi atong makita ang kaanindot sa           magdahum kita nga ang nasud o katawhan
nagpanuktok sa pultahan sa Simbahan                                                                                                        higayon. Matag pamaagi adunay gitawag
                                               batasan natong mga Pilipino nga ang           nga mogamit pag-ayo og artificial
sa paghangyo niini; kon nasabtan pa                                                                                                        og “failure rate”. Kon mamunga og kinabuhi
                                               minatay nga gihaya gipakapot sa krus,         contraceptives magpakita og pagkunhod
nila ang kahulugan sa pagbunyag, inay                                                                                                      ang usa ka “bawal nga relasyon”, dako ang
                                               o sa rosaryohan; bisan ang kabus,             sa kaso sa aborsyon. Apan, sa kasinatian
nga mahadlok sila sa pagkalangan sa                                                                                                        puruhan nga ipalaglag sa hingtungdan
                                               gipahawid sa krus nga hinimo sa ramos.        sa Europe ug sa US , ang makanunayong
pagbunyag, mas mahadlok pa gayud sila                                                                                                      ang iyang gisabak. Busa, ang argumento
                                               Bisan ang kamatayon dili makahimulag          paggamit sa artificial contraceptives
sa pagdawat niini mismo.” Gipasidaan                                                                                                       mao kini: Ang kontrasepyon magdani
                                               kanato sa gugma sa Diyos, nga gipadayag       nakapadaghan hinuon sa kaso sa
                                                                                                                                           og daghang “bawal nga relasyon;” ang
dinhi ang “kabug-at” sa kaakuhan nga           diha sa krus! Maingon nato nga diha sa        pagpanglaglag og mga bata. Pananglitan,
                                                                                                                                           gidili nga relasyon moresulta sa daghang
gihatag ngadto sa pagabunyagan. Sa             pagbunyag, gilansang kita diha sa krus        didto sa Espanya, napamatud-an sa usa
                                                                                                                                           pagmabdos nga wala dahoma; ang
atong rito karon sa pagbunyag, ang             ni Jesus ug wala gayud unta bisan unsa        ka pagtuon nga gikan sa 1997 hangtud
                                                                                                                                           pagmabdos nga wala gustoha maoy
pari sa pagsugod, bisan kon nasayud na         nga makaugkang kanato gikan kaniya.           sa 2007 ang kadaghanon sa mga babaye
                                                                                                                                           makaingon sa daghang aborsyon.
siya sa hinungdan sa pagduol sa mga                Nga ang mga ginikanan ug nangugos         nga migamit sa artificial contraceptives
                                                                                                                                                Bisan sulod sa kaminyoon, ang
ginikanan sa Simbahan, mangutana               mohimo sa timaan sa krus sa agtang            mitubo gikan sa 49.1% ngadto sa 79.9%.
                                                                                                                                           paggamit og artificial contraceptives
pa gayud sa dayag – “Unsay inyong              sa bata nagpasabot usab nga ang bata          Apan sulod ning panahona, misaka usab
                                                                                                                                           posible nga mahimong hinungdan sa
gipangayo sa Simbahan alang niining                                                          ang kaso sa aborsyon sa maong lugar gikan
                                               pagabunyagan diha sa ilang pagtuo.                                                          pagpalaglag og bata. Ang magtiayon dili
inyong anak?” Gipatin-aw pag-ayo                                                             sa 5 kada 1000 ka babaye ngadto sa 12
                                               Dayag na lang, kining maong rito walay                                                      dayon makabantay niini. Apan luyo sa
niining pangutana kon nasayran ug                                                            kada 1000 (Contraception, January 2011
                                               kahulugan kon ang mga ginikanan ug                                                          ilang kasayoran, ang paggamit og artificial
nasabtan ba gayud nila unsa kining                                                           issue). Susama niini ang nahitabo didto
                                               nangugos nagmakulang diha sa ilang                                                          contraceptives hinayhinay nga makahulma
ilang gihangyo sa Simbahan. Daw ang                                                          sa Estados Unidos diin adunay 1.3 milyon
                                               kaugalingong pagtuo. Unsaon man nila                                                        og mentalidad nga walay respeto ug
pari nagpasidaan sa mga ginikanan ug                                                         ka kaso sa aborsyon kada tuig, ug kini
                                               paghatag nianang pagtuo kon sila mismo                                                      gugma sa bata sa sabakan, ug gani kon
nangugos nga tininuod gayud kining                                                           nagkadaghan pa (British Medical Journal,
                                               mga walay pagtuo? Ang Simbahan                                                              muabot kini, sayon ra nila nga laglagon.
atong gihimo. (= “we mean business                                                           August 18, 2000). Kon ingon niini ang
                                               adunay katungod sa pagbalibad sa                                                            Para sa mga magtiayon nga nagagamit og
here !”)                                                                                     nagakahitabo, motoo pa ba kita nga ang
                                               pagbunyag kon walay kasegurohan                                                             artificial contraceptives, ang mahimugso
                                                                                             artificial contraceptives makapahunong
                                               ang Kristuhanong pagtubo sa bata diha                                                       nga bata dili usa ka gasa sa Dios kondili
b) Ang Pagbunyag usa ka katilingbanon                                                        sa aborsyon?
                                               sa usa ka matuohong palibot! Dinhi                                                          usa ka disgrasya o sipyat nga makadaot
                                                                                                 Pinaagi sa matinud-anong pagtukituki
kasaulogan                                     atong masabtan nganong balibaran                                                            sa ilang kinabuhi. Ang pagpalaglag sa bata
                                                                                             atong masabtan nga ang kontrasepsyon
   Ang pagbunyag, ingon og labing              ang pagpabunyag sa bata kansang mga                                                         maoy “back-up” o ikaduhang pamaagi sa
                                                                                             adunay      dakong       kalambigitan   sa
unang sakramento, nagtimaan sa                 ginikanan, bisan kon walay kabilingan,                                                      ilang paggamit og artificial contraception.
                                                                                             aborsyon. Imbis nga makapahunong, ang
pagkahimong anak sa Diyos ug sakop             magdumili sa pagpakasal sa Simbahan.                                                             Aduna      bay     kalambigitan       ang
                                                                                             kontrasepsyon makapadaghan hinuon sa
sa katilingban sa mga matuohon o                                                                                                           kontrasepsyon ug aborsyon? Sa walay
                                                                                             kaso sa pagpanglaglag og bata. Adunay
Simbahan. Ang labing haum nga paagi sa                                (To be continued)                                                    pagduhaduha ang atong tubag “Anaa
                                                                                             lig-ong mga argumento nga magpakita
pagbunyag mao usa ka katilingbanong                                                                                                        Gayud!” n

    Ad Extra Ministry Reports for Pastoral Year 2010-2011: Part 1
 House of Hope Foundation                                                                    Regulatory Commission in Cagayan de           the Catholic Relief Service team from
      House of Hope has permitted Lourdes          Administrator Sr. Rebecca A. Loquias,     Oro by Ms. Grace Poe Llamanzares,             Pakistan and Taiwan, as well as donors.
 College nursing students to conduct their     MCM and Assistant Administrator Sr.           MTRCB chairman.
 psychiatric duty there from January to        Bernadette Periodico, MCM are to be                                                         The Balay Canossa Foundation
 March; however, students from other           succeeded by incoming Administrator Sr.       Indigenous People Apostolate (IPA)                The House of Friendship run by
 schools, such as Xavier University, Blessed   Felicisima L. Daguinotas, MCM and new             Activities conducted by the IPA           the Canossian Sisters currently serves
 Mother College, Capitol University,           Assistant Administrator Sr. Mila Luangco,     include: the ancestral domain sustainable     as an orphanage mainly for neglected
 Cagayan de Oro College, Camiguin              MCM.                                          development protection plan, which            and abandoned children, as well as
 Polytechnic State College, St. Mary’s                                                       employs       sustainable       agriculture   “special” adults. The House of Friendship
 Iligan, Mapandi Memorial College Marawi,      Social Communication                          technology as well as the cultivation of      provides for its wards basic needs, such
 and Lanao Islamic Paramedical College             Social Com has adopted a new tabloid      non-timber products such as abaca, coffee,    as food clothing and shelter; educational
 in Marawi City, among other schools. Fr.      format for Lamdag (11” x 17”), which has      banana, rattan, bamboo, and others;           assistance; health and medical assistance;
 Nathaniel Lerio also accompanied the          has increased the circulation from 2,000      the strengthening of IP communities           recreational activities, including leisure
 Youth Apostolate there on a visitation        copies per issue to 2,500. For the benefit    and council of elders; and an immersion       trips and regular outings; skills training
 dated February 26, 2011.                      of those online, Lamdag is also available     activity at an IP community in Malitbog       such as cooking and sewing; and mission
      According to outgoing administrator      on the “Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro”        by the Holy Spirit Sisters from Cebu.         activities, such as prayer groups, group
 Sr. Rebecca A. Loquias, MCM, the House        page. Social com has also started to upload       Problems listed by the IPA are: (1)       dynamics, and mission prayers.
 of Hope Foundation has two major              church events in video/audio on Youtube,      poverty/food security, (2) irresponsible          This year, the Balay Canossa
 concerns:                                     Gloria.TV, and Dailymotion, which can         mining/environment, (3) illegal logging,      foundation is happy to announce that
                                               also be viewed on our Facebook account.       (4) fragmented communities, and (5)           10 of their wards have garnered honors
 1) House of Hope’s two vehicles are               The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro         weak IP governance.                           and that 5 have finished the elementary
 owned by the City Government and have         through Social com has also become an                                                       level, thanks in no small part to the
 been used for more than a decade. New         official member of Signis Philippines,        Sustainable Agriculture Ministry              materials donated to the foundation,
 vehicles are needed, specifically L-300       joining the association’s first General           The Sustainable Agriculture Ministry      including, dictionaries, thesauruses, and
 vans. A letter requesting said vehicle(s)     Assembly to participate in the ratification   has conducted training seminars at the        other books. However, they have only
 has been submitted to the office of Mayor     of its constitution and bylaws at the San     following areas: Wahiman Clinic in Gusa,      2 computers for the children to use for
 Vicente Emano in December 2010, but           Carlos Seminary on May 21, 2011, in           Claveria, Tuod, Mantica, Taglimao, Opol,      their schoolwork.
 the request has yet to be granted.            Manila.                                       and Talisayan, among others. The demo             Furthermore, the children have also
 2) House of Hope also lacks psychotic             Furthermore, Social Com head Sr.          farm in Claveria has also served as a venue   attended the annual Summer Camp,
 drugs, as German Doctors does not have        Mary Anne Padilla, FSP was recently           for the exposure of participants from the     during which the children showcased
 enough free medicines to spare.               appointed member of the MTRCB Local           National Volunteer Service Convention,        their talents. n
Brief History of San Guillermo Chaplaincy,
       Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City
The image of San Guillermo de Maleval was brought to Iponan, a thriving barangay along a river of the same name,
by the Spaniards. During the second world war, the Japanese burned the chapel to ashes and only the ruins of the
steeple and the cross, aside from the image of the Patron Saint, were left standing.

In 1937, the Chapel of San Guillermo de Maleval of Iponan came under the supervision of St. Augustine Cathedral.
This was so until 1971 when it became one of the chapels under the chaplaincy of Our Lady of Consolacion, Opol,
Misamis Oriental, the first municipality to the West of Cagayan de Oro. It was put under the supervision of St.
Augustine Cathedral again in 2000.

Finally, on January 1, 2001, due to its increasing patrons and dynamic church leaders, the humble chapel became a
Chaplaincy under the west district of Cagayan de Oro.

Announcement: San Guillermo Chaplaincy will be elevated to parish status
on July 16, 2011, at 9:00 am. Abp. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. will be presiding
at the Eucharistic Celebration to be held on this occasion.

     San Guillermo de Maleval                                  Iponan Church exterior

                                             Iponan Church sanctuary

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