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Santuario Delivered “Pahalipay sa Pasko” packages to Tacloban

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Social Apostolate | 0 comments

Last December 27, 2013, we delivered our “Pahalipay sa Pasko” packages to the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tacloban. This was given to 4000 families that belong to this parish. They are survivors of the super typhoon Yolanda. In the previous years, we packed the usual food packs of rice, canned goods, noodles and used clothing and toys for just 300 indigent families in our parish here in Cagayan de Oro. But, this time, we packed spaghetti packages for 4000 families in Tacloban. The intention was for the victims to have something special for their media noche at New Year’s Eve. We rented a winged van truck for the goods and a passenger van. With me are 3 soldiers that belonged to the Armor unit stationed at 4th ID in Patag [1Lt Daisyree Lyn V. Martos (CAV) PA, Sgt Regie P. Patoy (CAV)PA, and PFC Jojenino R. Buque (CAV) PA], an office staff[Zuziez J. Rosete] and Ondoy our driver and the 2 drivers of the truck. We brought with us 2000 spaghetti packages (from the generosity of our parishioners and Mass-goers who gave in kind  and cash donations, second collections and envelopes) and 900 boxes of canned pineapple chunks donated by Del Monte. Each box contains 12 cans. We left for Tacloban at around 7 in the evening of December 27 and arrived at the Blessed Sacrament Parish Church in Tacloban11pm of December 28. It was only in the morning of the next day that we destributed 640 spaghetti packs to the residents of Barangay 3 Nulatula. They were overjoyed at receiving their gifts. One resident even made a comment that, “if you did not give us this package, we would only have canned sardines for our New Year media noche.” They truly grateful. The Barangay Captain who facilitated the distribution was so thankful as well. Br. Joseph, who is a seminarian of our Congregation on Pastoral Exposure at this parish, expressed an observation that it was the first time that all goods were claimed unlike their previous deliveries. He said that it was because we gave them spaghetti which they received for the first time since the relief operation started. For the other barangays, the parish priest, Fr. Muriel Uy, SSS himself, delivered the goods. Right after lunch of that day, we left for Cagayan de Oro at 2 in the afternoon and arrived here at 5:45 in the morning of December 30. It was long and tiring trip, yet truly inspiring and invigorating. For us, we just delivered the joy, the donors shared for the survivors. It was a great joy for the team as well. Just a note that we had 2 other deliveries before this one: November 18 and December 4, 2013. The “Pahalipay sa Pasko”, translated as “Gift of Joy at Christmas”, is a yearly gift giving activity of Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish during Christmas. This was started in 2003 when the administration of the then Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Sacred Heart was turned over to the Congregation of Blessed Sacrament. It was Fr. Mark del Rosario, SSS, who was the chapel chaplain at that time who started this. Since then, every year, the “Pahalipay sa Pasko” has seen so many smiling faces and joyful hearts of the beneficiaries. This time, the 10th “Pahalipay sa Pasko”, the number of beneficiaries was doubled more than the total number of recipients put together in 9 years. This first decade anniversary of “Pahalipay sa Pasko” is exceptionally remarkable and justly historical. And I am truly touched by the generosity of our parishioners and benefactors who have never...

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HELPING TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS–FR. KENNY, SSS, DELIVERS RELIEF GOODS TO TACLOBAN

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Social Apostolate | 0 comments

NOV. 23, 2013– One of our SSS-priests, Fr. Kenny, with the Archdiocese caravan, went to Leyte to deliver relief goods between November 17 to 22. He had a chance to visit our community at Tigbao, Tacloban City which administers the Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM), who also have a community at the center of Tacloban City were with Fr. Kenny and the Archdioce’s caravan.  Upon Fr. Kenny’s return here at Cagayan de Oro on Nov. 23, he started to recall his experiences. The Blessed Sacrament Parish Church, which is administered by the SSS-Tacloban Community was dilapidated. Roofs were gone exposing the steel frame system with entangled electrical wirings. The Parish Church was forcefully ravaged by the storm Yolanda (typhoon Haiyan), the worst in the entire written human history. For now, a temporary tarpaulin plastic sheet,  not big enough to cover the entire roof and covers only their common area , shelters them underneath. Looking around, you can see immediately that the entire neighborhood was devastated. Many parishioners, including Nanay Sarah and her sister, were trapped and drowned inside their bungalow-type houses due to storm surge. The storm surge rose up to more than three-story-high-building and has killed so many people. Some villagers from the higher ground were forced to go down for fear of landslide; but they failed to anticipate the magnanimity of the storm surge. Like Nanay Sarah and her sister, they died also from the sudden rising of the ocean waters. During the height of the typhoon Yolanda, most parishioners stayed inside the Blessed Sacrament Parish Church. After some few days, they decided to go back to their respective places. The people started to scavenged some materials from the debris to build their temporary shanties. You can still see ‘body bags’ containing  victims’ rotting cadavers all over the place. They are still waiting on the street to be hauled and be buried. Almost everywhere, you can smell death. Many are still missing and the Philippine government already tasked the local governments to do the retrieval operations. It is already two weeks now… food and safe-drinking water are too limited. People here were thankful for it is raining most of of the time. Many people collect rainwater to wash their clothes and to take their bath. Some, like in our community, are still lucky to have a water-well where they collect their potable drinking water. Diseases are now starting to affect the people, especially, children. People are now getting weaker and more prone to illness since they seldom eat. They are now malnourished. Fr. Kenny recounted that other Parishes already took their own initiatives to save the living from further contamination. A coastal Parish Church in Tanauan, Leyte, approximately eighteen (18) kilometers south of Tacloban City[1], already buried their retrieved deceased parishioners  in a makeshift mass grave in a vacant lot in front of their Parish Church. Upon passing there, Fr. Kenny had a chance to chat with some of the Philippine Army Soldiers, they told him that after the retrieval operations for the dead bodies, people were still reporting decaying bodies. One of the soldiers also told him, “the smell of the rotting human body is very distinct from animal carcasses. We believe that there were still left uncollected among the mangroves there at the creek because they were covered by typhoons debris.” On other cases due to dire need,  Fr. Kenny also got a report that he was saddened to hear that there was a community who preferred to burn the collected dead bodies instead of burying them because they were too many and were already decomposing,...

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Donate Blood, Save Lives

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Blog, Social Apostolate | 0 comments

Donate Blood, Save Lives

Once again, Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish successfully conducted its monthly life-saving activity. The bloodletting program is held every 4th Saturday of the month from 8 until 11 in the morning. It is made possible with the help of the Philippine Red Cross and its volunteers, and of course, with the heartfelt participation of the donors, men and women. Those who donated last September 28, 2013 were mostly parishioners and soldiers from the Light Armor Cavalry Troop (S), Philippine Army, Camp Evangelista, Patag led by their Commanding Officer, Major Edmon Bandilla.

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Ten Points on “How to be a Good Catholic Youth Preacher”

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation– Dei Verbum[1], (DV), which was solemnly promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on November 18, 1865– is an authentic doctrine on proclaiming our faith based on the divine revelation[2]. As a Catholic preacher of God’s word, I found Dei Verbum helpful for it gives guidelines not only to those who are priests, deacons and seminarians but also to catechists, apologists, parents and youth ministers on how to proclaim with faith the word of God.

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Youth Ministry: Managing Your Time Wisely

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Youth Ministry: Managing Your Time Wisely

For some, it is true for them that it is hard to organize their day– most especially, during Sundays. It is weekend and opportunities are countless. But hey, for us Catholic Christians, Sunday is the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As a youth, to manage your time wisely is always a challenge. There would be some times that you would find yourself doing a lazy ‘couch potato’ (doing almost nothing at all) while watching TV or getting totally hooked with your celfon, in the internet or playing a sport that you really love instead of doing your tasks because of the thought of them worries you. Your tendency as a youth is to entertain things that make you happy. Youths have a tendency to set aside burdensome tasks– like assignments and project in school and always find time to enjoy.

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Youth Ministry: On Talk Giving

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Youth Ministry: On Talk Giving

Ate Icaa, one of the Youth-Leaders of Sanctuario Eucaristico Youth Ministry has developed a 30-minute-orientation talk about the identity of their Youth Organization within their respective Parish Church, Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish, Cagayan de Oro City.

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