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Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Flower Marian Devotion Facilitators

May flower Marian devotion is fast approaching. We will be giving catechesis for children as they congregate to honor Mary as the disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. An example of humility and simplicity.

Before we could teach the children, we have to prepare the facilitators so that they can effectively impart the teaching of our faith.

. This year they will also prepare the children who were not been able to participate on the First Communion scheduled last December and January. They will also help our Catechist for those who will undergo the seminar for Kumpilang Bayan.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mobile blogging

Mobile blogging was been a realm not yet behind my grasp. However, I am starting to study it. This is the first time of trying it.

I am better of the desktop guy rather than with a more slim and handy gadget. One of the advantage of the desktop is a more organized presentation. I don't know how to align the paragraph without knowing the html codes.

However, it seems to express myself while writing and it is closes to when I am doing it through gadgets than through keyboard laptop. Maybe I can do both hoping that I can used it for the continuance of blogging.

One important thing is the right application to use for my easy access. So far the one that suits me is the Bloggeroid for blogger using android phones and gadgets.

Summer apostolate preparation

It was just recently that Fr. Christian Nalda inform me of the possibility of adopting 2 seminarians for their apostolate. There is no question about parishes adopting seminarians for apostolate this summer however there is a more advance information for.the priest they would like to stay. Some priest are wondering of the program because the program was usually on vicariate level and not on the parish level. Parishioners are wondering of their presence in the parish if their work is situated in other parishes. If ever that will be the case they are better to be housed in the parish of which they will undertake their apostolate.

This has some bearing because we have to analyze even the programs of our apostolate. Are we giving the formation of the apostolate to the ideals of which the problem of our parishes are encountering or are we inserting some global problems that might not be present in our situation? Are we not adoptive to the needs of the parishes of which they will be serving. Are we specializing in some aspects of which we have no need of in our situations? Are we sending our "armies" into a battlefield in full gear, overburden with so much load of equipments and knowledge when they will only need a bag of chocolates to do the job? One of the good things religious have is that they have specific charism to undertake that narrowed their quest for understanding and pursuit of knowledge based on their chosen congregations that defines their charism. On the other hand diocesan priests have a broad horizon that can be presented in a droplets that makes an ocean.That is also the reason why that we have to cover everything in small quantity and I believe that the parish based programs can be of great help because in itself situates one on the question at hand that will translate it even to the near future of that parish.

Every priest, we are told, in the diocese are formandi of the future priests in the diocese. Well, this one is just one of the many thoughts that comprises the droplets in the ocean.

Translating to Vernacular!

I am being reminded that blogs should be updated regularly. One of my shortcomings. There a lot in my minds that has to be shared. Even if this will entail that nobody might be on the receiving end. Facebook has eaten my time and it has been my platform for sometime. However, this spot must not be compromise.

One of the things I admire in Vietnam since our seminar on Summer Catechetical Institute for Priest hosted by Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines, Episcopal Commission for Catechetics and Catholic Education last April 20-24 is they translated the whole of the Divine Office in the Vietnamese Language. yes, we have translated a part of the Morning prayer, Noon prayer, Evening Prayer and Night prayer for a week in our native tongue but not the whole Divine Office.

There is much to be done in Philippine situation. What can I do. I can pray that those who have expertise may be able to do something about it or hoping that there will be bishops who can see the need for it commission it for those who can. if the Vietnam catholic can do it, We can also do it,   

It is also legit to ask the reason for such an endeavor. I believe that we would like to penetrate to the masses, we also need to do it in our and in their native tongue. Secondly, though it might take a bulk of pages than English but it will be better be understood even of those who cannot understand English and lastly it is on the spirit of the second Vatican Council's inculturation.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


And the Lord turned and looked at Peter… (Lk 22:61)
Love and Compassion, Forgiveness and Challenge
CBCP Message
Opening of the Year of the Poor 2015
When you gaze into the eyes of the Crucified Lord, and he gazes into yours, you encounter the love of the Resurrected Lord.  Many prefer not to look.  Many recoil at looking into the eyes of a man in deadly pain.  Many balk at having to respond to love.  But these are not the eyes of a defeated man, condemned for criminal insurrection.  They are the eyes of an unlikely King, who in dealing death its death blow, still looks into our eyes with challenge.   In his love is his call to the Kingdom of his Father, his Kingdom of justice, compassion, peace and life to the full.
In the sign of this crucified Lord, now resurrected, we your Pastors, invite you to the celebration of the Year of the Poor.   Behold Jesus, poor.  No image of Jesus, poor, surpasses this one. Jesus hangs from his Cross stripped of his clothes, his dignity, his possessions, his power, his strength.  He is fully one with the unwashed, the oppressed, the scorned, the powerless, the miserable, the outcaste.  In the Year of the Poor, look into the eyes of the crucified Lord.  There is no experience richer.
You who are poor…
In those eyes, you who are poor, feel his suffering-with-you. From his Cross, he walks with you through crowded alleys, stumbles on mud, recoils at the stench of unmoved sewerage.  He bows to enter your makeshift home hobbled together from salvaged materials; it is for your family, but you share it perforce with rats and cockroaches, an oven in the hot season, a waterfall when rainy.
On his Cross, he is with you – God with you.  He has taken on your nakedness, your vulnerability, your hunger, your illness, your shame.  You once thought you could escape the hardship of your rural beginnings.  But your suffering only increased.  Here, you cannot find the camote to chase the hunger from your belly; you cannot find the herbs to stop your baby’s vomiting and diarrhea; you cannot find money even to keep your single bulb burning.  Here, though amidst thousands, neighbors are distant.
You were once grateful for the backbreaking work you finally found; your work continues to break your back, and bend you.  But your debts just continue to grow. The clothes and shoes you bought last year to send your children to school are already worn out. In your home you have an altar.  Mary is there.  The Nazareno is there. So is the Sto. Niño.  You pray.  But you tremble when you hear the shouts of the demolition crews approaching.  You cry out for mercy.  You look into the eyes of your crucified King.
Looking into his eyes, you feel his gaze into your soul. You do not understand.  Why the love for you, but a poor man?  Why the energy from the Cross to convince you: you are loved?  Why the persisting message like a mantra in the sign of the Cross:  “I have come to bring life, and bring life to the full,”  and, “Blessed are you who are poor….  Blessed are you who hunger now… Blessed are you when men hate you…”
Why his silent acceptance of abuse, hatred, rejection, oppression and death in rejection of yours? Why his abiding identification with you, as he calls on his disciples to act in your aid? “Whatever you do for this poor person, that you do for me. …  Whatever you do not do for this poor person, that you do not do for me?”  Why, on your behalf, to any who follow him, his mandate to works of mercy?  “Feed the hungry.  Give drink to the thirsty.  Clothe the naked.  Shelter the homeless.  Visit the sick.  Ransom the captive.  Bury the dead.” For the answers to these questions… look into his eyes, and search within.
You who are weary…
In the Year of the Poor, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, we your Pastors invite you, as Jesus himself did: come to Jesus.  “Come to me,” Jesus said, “and I will give you rest.”  Life has not reduced you to penury, but life has not lifted you to wealth.  To you also Jesus has said, “I have come to give life, and to give it to the full.”
Thinking of your families, your spouses, your children, the relatives who run to you for help in their unending need, you work long hours, you work overtime, you even take on second and third jobs, just to make ends meet.  Often ends don’t meet; demands exhaust you; your taskmasters overstress you; worries distress you.
But you labor on in love.  Thinking of the smiles on your children’s faces and the promises you have made your spouse to provide adequately, you work on, hoping your sacrifice will bring the full life that Jesus brings.  Whenever you can, whenever you remember, you pray.  You ask him to help.  You ask his mother for help.  He does help.  She does come to your aid. You know that.  Now, coming to Jesus hanging from his Cross, look into his eyes as he looks into yours with love.
You who are rich…
“I have come to bring life,” he said, “life to the full.”  Some of you, sadly, are unmoved by this.  You do not believe this.  You do not believe Jesus brings anything. You say you do, but you don’t.
For you, the fullness of life is the good life: your doing.  It is not gifted, but taken.  It is not brought to you as a blessing from above, but seized as a result of pushing and shoving from below.  It is not selfless, but selfish.  It is fueled by pride, scheming ambition, the exhilaration of power, the taste of blood.  For this you work harder than hard, you push yourselves to the limit, you even push beyond the limit.  To achieve “the sweet life,” to outdo your ambitions, to over satiate your sycophants, to make them applaud without end, you abuse your bodies, you break the law, you violate your conscience; you ravage Creation.  Your social life is your needy ego.  You manipulate people, exploit their skills; take advantage of their weaknesses; pay them poorly.  What is rightly theirs, you steal; what rightly belongs to society, you conceal.   What is there for all, you horde for yourself.  For you, there is no common good, only your good!
You build your first house, then your second houses; you provide for your family, then for your second families.  You fill your lives with deceit, hypocrisy, and misery, and so glory in your “good life.”  You take great satisfaction in that you are not like the rest of the rabble. You have no need for prayer; you have no need for God.
In this Year of the Poor, we your Pastors invite you, step back from the rat race, the pressure, the din.  Step back, and look into the eyes of the King.
His gaze penetrates through your eyes to your heart.  It is the same gaze of compassion as his gaze into the eyes of the poor.  But it is a gaze altered by your own arrogance and cynicism.  It is a gaze marked by concern.  You may not wish to hear his message, but he says it again for you: “Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.  Woe when society speaks well of you, for your fathers did the same to false prophets.”
He doesn’t thunder this from loudspeakers, nor embarrass you with this in the media, for you are well-respected and honorable persons.  He says it simply in his gaze, knowing fully you can reject it, as you have rejected it before.
But in the Year of the Poor, where so many poor are poor because of your decisions, he also reminds you that over concern with your humungous investments, your corporate takeovers, your capture of political power and your fine reputations to the detriment or negligence of the poor may have serious consequences.   “Whatever you have done or not done to one of these the least of my brothers and sisters, that you have done or not done to me.” For not feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, succoring the sick, sheltering the stranger, visiting the imprisoned, the Lord, the Just Judge, may say to you, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire…” for I was poor, and you did not care.
If you have trouble believing this, look into his eyes gazing at you from the Cross.
Behold Jesus poor…
If that gaze, filled will love, brings you to confusion, shame and repentance in this Year of the Poor, then consider its urgent challenge for you:
With God’s grace, turn away from your haughtiness, your pride, your selfishness, your idolatry of money, your all-consuming fascination with power.  In love, work to build the Kingdom of God on earth!
In the Philippines, this means, urgently: stop the corruption.
Stop the misuse of the People’s funds.  Stop the wanton destruction of the environment.  Fight the poverty of the poor.  Build vibrant companies that use our resources to create wealth for our people, but distribute that wealth equitably.   Build an economy that responds to the unconscionable poverty of the fishermen, the tillers of the soil, the urban laborers.  Build an economy that is open to the world, but whose benefits do not exclude the poor.   Provide jobs.
Provide education that respects all our people as human beings and children of God, not just cogs in a global production machine.  But provide education relevant to the fight against dehumanizing poverty: basic education to all, and higher education to all who desire it. Build a society of dialogue in our diversity, and especially for our poor, build a society of peace.  No more war, for the greatest victims of war are the poor!
Behold Jesus, hope of the poor…
If that gaze, filled with love, brings you in poverty to consolation, encouragement and peace, take heart in Jesus’ love.  He strengthens you, encourages you, and calls the Christian community to help you progress from destitution to the fullness of life.
But help the community in helping yourselves.  Should you have no work, look for work.  Should you have work, work well.  Cultivate a personal sense of industry, self-respect and social responsibility.  As the economy allows, continue to provide well for your family in love: nutritious food, adequate clothing, medical care, good education, wholesome recreation.  Strive for conditions of work that are humane and just.  Continue to contribute to the welfare of your neighbors, your barangay, your municipality, your city, your nation.  Always be helpful.  Vote as the common good demands.  Together with your spouse, lead your children to the love and respect the Lord through our Catholic communion.  Be active in your parish and in your basic ecclesiastical community.  Love, as you are loved by God.  Share courageously of your faith in love!  You are not just receivers of the Gospel.  You are its bearers!
Shepherds looking into the eyes of the Good Shepherd…
Finally, in the year of the poor, we your pastors, and with us, all priests and religious, look with you into the eyes of the crucified Lord.  How often it is that we have look into those tortured eyes and failed to notice their twinkle!  We have seen only embarrassing defeat, jaded suffering and obvious dying, but failed to notice the light that pierces the gloom in our hearts.
In the void that loneliness and isolation brought by our distance from Crucified, we can be misled to fill the gaping abyss with new phones and ipads. We can cover the gaping vacuum with another luxury car or designer jeans or more fashionable shoes more than our shoe racks can contain; with a vacation out of the country or another gadget for the bedroom. We can hold on to the whisky bottle and hope that the bottled spirit will exorcise the spirit of boredom in us. It can also be filled up by working like a horse to impress the people, to create a fans’ club and move you up higher to a better assignment. It can also increase our interest in bank savings, the stock market and the accumulation of more properties. Church funds and personal funds are deliberately mixed up. The parish crawls in financial difficulties while we sprint and jump with financial security. Our easy and comfortable lifestyles can make us numb to the peril of worldliness. It can make us at ease with ecclesiastical vanities.
How often have we reduced his living eyes to painted plastic on a wall, and deprived ourselves of feeling what those eyes twinkling in passion convey:  that we are noticed, appreciated, valued, and sent forth.  In so doing, we have cheated ourselves of the only treasure in our calling: the felt certainty from the Cross that we are each individually and totally loved.
We have exchanged this prize, this pearl of great price, for the compulsive conservation of conceptual castles, for the anxious pettiness of rules and regulations, for the obsessive preservation of a pecking order, for the selfish defense of private space, for the eccentric collection of quaint things, as well as for the lifelong preparation for our retirement.
Or, we have exchanged this self-emptied Messiah for self-established messiahs on distinguished thrones, ourselves rejecting the folly of the Cross, preferring the authority of feared prelates or the renown of pious celebrity or the fashionable cynicism of the insecure.  For these recognized spiritual professionals, there is really no need for prayer, no need for prophets, and certainly no need for the unlettered and unwashed, for all ultimately is about themselves.
Look at Jesus…
In this year of the poor, we too are being asked in silence to peer into the eyes of the crucified Lord, not plastic, nor wooden, nor closed, but open for me, confusing me, disturbing me, returning me to an original inspiration, healing me, raising me up, making me whole and surprising me anew with unaccustomed joy.  In those twinkling eyes, we consider the quiet invitation to be actually poor, one with him, stripped of his clothes, his dignity, his possessions, his power, his strength, one with the unwashed, the oppressed, the scorned, the powerless, the miserable, the outcast.  Of course, we can say no.  We can repeat the valid, reasonable excuses. But we can also say yes.
In this Year of the Poor, may our neediness be turned to sanctity, and may our arrogance be turned to service.    In all, may the love of the Crucified Lord triumph as he gazes into our hearts and we dare to look into his.
Amen. Amen.
For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, November 30, 2014 First Sunday of Advent
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
CBCP President


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Diocesan Shrine

This is the norms of the Diocese of San Pablo concerning the establishment of a Diocesan Shrine. This is to facilitate or help those parishes in the Diocese who wishes to be a shrine, a place of pilgrimage of the people of God. Personally, what has surprised me is the provision that states that no two parishes will be made a shrine within a vicariate.

So far, the existing approved diocesan shrines are the following:

1. Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre, Landayan, San Pedro, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Pedro
2. Shrine of Saint Vincent Parish, Mamatid, Cabuyao, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Isidro
3. Shrine of Saint Anthony de Padua, Pila, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Antonio de Padua
4. Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pagsanjan, Laguna, belongs to the vicariate of Mahal na Birhen ng Guadalupe.
5. Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows (Turumba), Pakil, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of St. James the Apostle
Here is the copy of the Norms on establishing a Diocesan Shrine. You could also find a copy in Scribd or from Google

Diocese of San Pablo


I.          Preliminaries (From the Code of Canon Law)

Can.  1230 By the term shrine is understood a church or other sacred place to which numerous members of the faithful make pilgrimage for a special reason of piety, with the approval of the local ordinary.
Can.  1231 For a shrine to be called a national shrine, the conference of bishops must give its approval; for it to be called an international shrine, the approval of the Holy See is required.
Can.  1232 §1. The local ordinary is competent to approve the statutes of a diocesan shrine; the conference of bishops for the statutes of a national shrine; the Holy See alone for the statutes of an international shrine.
§2. The statutes are to determine especially the purpose, the authority of the rector, and the ownership and administration of goods.
Can.  1233 Certain privileges can be granted to shrines whenever local circumstances, the large number of pilgrims, and especially the good of the faithful seem to suggest it.
Can.  1234 §1. At shrines the means of salvation are to be supplied more abundantly to the faithful by the diligent proclamation of the word of God, the suitable promotion of liturgical life especially through the celebration of the Eucharist and of penance, and the cultivation of approved forms of popular piety.
§2. Votive offerings of popular art and piety are to be kept on display in the shrines or nearby places and guarded securely.
Can.  1205 Sacred places are those which are designated for divine worship or for the burial of the faithful by a dedication or a blessing which the liturgical books prescribe for this purpose.

II.        Basic Criteria for the Establishment of a Diocesan Shrine

1.      It must be a Church intended for divine worship (Can. 1214).
2.      It must be a place of historical significance.
3.      It must be a place where there is extraordinary devotion to God, to our Lord Jesus Christ, patron saint of the Church or to another saint.
4.      It must be a site of pilgrimage.  The place must be frequented by pilgrims, not only by the parishioners but also from other parts of the diocese and the nearby dioceses.
5.      It must have the proven capacity to accommodate a large number of pilgrims.
6.      It must have the existence of a special social dimension of the devotion of the place, that is, a social action program that promotes the full human development of people.[1]
7.      It must be located at a place which has significant distance from an already existing diocesan shrine.  No shrine will be established within the same vicariate.

III.       Liturgical Requirements

1.      It should be a center for worthy and exemplary celebrations of the liturgy, especially celebrations of the Eucharist and penance (Can. 1234).
2.      The sacrament of Confession should be available to the pilgrims all the time or at least during the day of devotion to the Shrine.  Thus, there must be enough confessionals in the premises of the Shrine.
3.      Those who administer the place are encouraged to develop and utilize some form of common prayer, such as the liturgy of the hours and celebrations of the Word of God (SC 35,4).
4.      Liturgical and devotional celebrations should faithfully observe their respective norms and promote the active participation of the Christian faithful, with due consideration for associations that have been approved by the Church.
5.      The various elements required for liturgical celebrations (alter, ambo, presidential chair) should be situated according to the requirements of the reformed liturgy (cf. GIRM, 295-318).
6.      Great care must be given to the observance of the principal celebrations of the liturgical year and to the ministry of preaching, both in liturgical homilies and in connection with popular devotions.
7.      A sufficient number of liturgical ministers should be available to provide adequate pastoral care of pilgrims, especially for various language groups.
8.      To enhance active participation of the entire assembly of the faithful, liturgical worship should be accompanied by sacred music which “adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites”. (SC 112).

IV.       Statute of the Proposed Shrine

Churches and sacred places applying to be Diocesan Shrines, must submit their statutes to be approved by the Bishop. “The statutes are to determine especially the purpose, the authority of the rector, and the ownership and administration of goods” (Can. 1232, §2).
Other required documents are indicated in section V.

V.        Procedures

1.      Application for the designation as a shrine may be initiated by the parish priest.
2.      Prepare the following documents:
a.      Application Letter signed by the Parish Priest.
b.      Resolution of the Parish Pastoral Council.
c.       Statutes of the proposed shrine (Can. 1232, §2).
d.     Pastoral activities and schedule of liturgical services.
e.      Documents showing the ownership and administration of its site, building and other properties, that clearly follows both the ecclesiastical and civil laws.
f.        Documentations (history, testimonies, pictures, etc.) that show the extraordinary devotion to the saint.


1.      The vicariate submits a resolution, containing the signatures of all the priests, recommending to the Bishop the designation of the Church as a Diocesan Shrine.
2.      The Vicar Forane gives his written opinion on the proposal.
3.      The Episcopal Vicar of the district gives his written recommendation of the proposal.
1.      The Diocesan Commission on Liturgy studies and evaluates the proposal.
2.      Ocular inspection by the Bishop or by his representative.
3.      The proposal is submitted to the Presbyteral Council for consultation (cf. Statues, Presbyteral Council, Art. V, Sec. 1, e).
4.      Approval of the proposal by the Bishop.
5.      The Bishop issues the Decree of Establishment.

Diocese of San Pablo


1.       Application Letter signed by the Parish Priest.

2.       Resolution of the Parish Pastoral Council.

3.       Statutes of the proposed shrine (Can. 1232, §2).

4.       Pastoral activities and schedule of liturgical services.

5.       Documents showing the ownership and administration of its site, building and other properties.

6.       Documentations (history, testimonies, pictures, etc.) that show the extraordinary devotion to the saint. 


1.       Resolution of the vicariate(containing the signatures of all the priests)

2.       Opinion of the Vicar Forane.

3.       Recommendation of the District Episcopal Vicar.


1.       The Diocesan Commission on Liturgy studies and evaluates the proposal. 

2.       Ocular inspection by the Bishop or by his representative.

3.       The proposal is submitted to the Presbyteral Council for consultation (cf. Statues, Presbyteral Council, Art. V, Sec. 1, e).

4.       Decision of the Bishop.




Signature                   Date

[1] When Landayan and Pagsanjan applied for the establishments of their Churches as Shrines, they were required to do something about the beerhouses, abortion clinics existing within their territorial jurisdiction.  After complying with these requirements, their petitions were granted.



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