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CBCP Pastoral Exhortation: Rejoice and be glad!

Jul 17, 2018 | [post_view] Views

“Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called sons and daughters of God.” -Matthew 5:9   Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, do we not all aspire for the grace to be called “sons and daughters of God?” If we do so, then we must constantly strive to be peacemakers in these troubled times in our country. And that means to always strive to bring love where there is hatred, pardon where there is injury, faith where there is doubt, hope where there’s despair, light where there is darkness, and joy where there is sadness (from the prayer for peace attributed to St. Francis of Assisi). PEACE: OUR COMMON VOCATION AND MISSION Our enemies in this world are not fellow human beings, not “flesh and blood” (Eph 6:12). We do not fight our battles with guns and bullets. We do not seek protection from those who might wish to harm us by wearing bullet-proof vests, because the battles that we fight are spiritual. In these times of darkness, when there’s so much hatred and violence, when murder has become an almost daily occurrence, when people have gotten so used to exchanging insults and hurting words in the social media, we admonish the faithful to remain steadfast in our common vocation and mission to actively work for peace. But make no mistake about it; even the master said, “Not as the world gives peace do I give you peace.” (Jn 14:27). His peace is never the peace of compromise or capitulation to evil; it is also not about the absence of conflict and turmoil. Was he not rejected by his own townsfolk in Nazareth? (Lk 4:16-30) Was he not called crazy by his own relatives? (Mk 3:20-22). Was he not called a “prince of demons”? (Mk 3:22-30). Was he not called a drunkard and a lover of tax collectors and sinners? (Mt 11:19) Did he not show us how to deal with adversities when he slept in the boat, or walked on water even in the midst of a storm? (Mk 4:35-40; Mk 6:45-52) But like the apostles, we are often so easily overcome by fear and panic. Even when we’re already making baby steps on troubled waters like St. Peter, we find ourselves sinking because of our “little faith” (Mt14:31). There is nothing that can calm us down in these turbulent times except the quiet recognition of him who assured us of his abiding presence — “Be not afraid; it is I!” (Mt 14:27) THE COST OF WITNESSING TO CHRIST What is new about priests being murdered for witnessing to Christ? What is new about modern prophets being silenced by the treacherous bullets of assassins? What is new about servant leaders who are maligned because they have carried out their duties as shepherds configured to the person of their Chief Shepherd? Have you forgotten that…

LITES Ministry Team CDO Conducts Life In The Eucharist Seminar

Jun 16, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Last June 15-16, 2018, the LITES Ministry Team – CDO conducted a two-day Life in the Eucharist Seminar (LITES) for the members of the Oasis of Love Community at the Formation Center of Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish. LITES has six (6) modules centered on the Holy Eucharist, and is always culminated with the celebration of the Holy Mass. It is open to all adult Catholics especially those who want to know more about the Eucharist and to deepen their relationship with Jesus, the Eucharist. The air-conditioned and furnished venue was helpful to dispose the participants to listen to the talks and to move about during the activities. After the two days seminar, many of the participants from the community of Oasis of Love thankfully expressed that they learned many things about the Eucharist and that they were touched by their experiences during the prayers before the Blessed Sacrament and the Eucharistic Celebration that was led and presided by Fr. Muriel A. Uy, SSS, the Spiritual Director of LITES Team-CDO. We continue to fulfill the mission of the Church through Eucharistic Evangelization. The LITES Team looks forward to conducting more LITE Seminars to different groups/organizations in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro especially now that the Parish Formation Center can comfortably accommodate seminars, meetings, and other similar activities. For more information about LITES you may contact Leah N. Delute, our LITES Coordinator, through this number: 09158547565. Written by: Leah N. Delute SE-SHP LITES Coordinator

Parish Pastoral Assembly 2018

Jun 12, 2018 | [post_view] Views

The Santuario Eucharistco – Sacred Heart Parish held their Parish Pastoral Assembly last June 12, 2018 at Parish Center. It was participated by the different organizations, and leaders of the parish. The participants arrived at eight in the morning. The event started with the community singing and welcome remarks of our beloved Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Froilan R. Briones, SSS and followed by the talk of Ms. Venus Guibone. She emphasized the real value and purpose of the parish assembly as collaboration of the priests and the parishioners which they share each other’s gifts and talents in the parish. Likewise, she highlighted that everyone is called to be a servant of the gospel. She also presented the different activities done in the parish. She made a survey of the parish regarding the progress and growth of the parishioners in their spiritual life. There were sixty three respondents who answered the survey. In the end, a group sharing was done. The parish provided the lunch of the participants. Fr. Froilan, our parish priest delivered a State of the Parish Report about the improvements of the parish, the renovation of the formation center building, parish financial situation, and the enhancement of the convent of the fathers. Lastly, the most awaited part of the participants was the election of the New Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Coordinating Council. These are our new Parish Pastoral Council members: PPC Chair: Sis. Cecile Kionisala PPC Vice Chair: Sis. Imee Teves PPC Secretary: Sis. Inday Ababao PPC Asst. Secretary: Sis. Leah Delute These are our new Parish Coordinating Coucil members: PCC Chair: Sis. Norma Serrada PCC Vice Chair: Bro. Edmund Valdez PCC Secretary: Sis. Aida Vallinas PCC Asst. Secretary: Sis. Gliceria Valencia The event ended at four in the afternoon with the community pictorial. Truly, it was successful and meaningful Parish Pastoral Assembly this year. We would like to thank each and everyone for all the support and cooperation. Written by: Br. Victor Clemence Posadas, SSS

Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 2018 Celebrations

Jun 8, 2018 | [post_view] Views

The parishioners of Santuario Eucaristico celebrated the Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in a manner of Concelebrated Mass and Lay Collaborators’ Night last June 8, 2018. This year’s Fiesta Theme is inspired by the 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons’ theme: “Renewed Servant-Leaders for the New Evangelization.” We had our preparatory Triduum Masses last June 5-7, 2018 graced by generous sponsors from different ministries and parishioners of the parish. Our community in RER Phase 2 Kauswagan also had their advance celebration of the Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus last June 7, 2018 at RER Phase 2 Clubhouse presided by Fr. Froilan R. A. Briones, SSS. On the feast day, our parish had its Concelebrated Fiesta Mass at 6:00pm presided by His Excellency, Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD together with the newly ordained Bishop of Tandag, Most Rev. Raul B. Dael, DD, Fr. Benjamin Mkeri, CCSP and our very own priests, Fr. Froilan R. A. Briones, SSS, Fr. Muriel A. Uy, SSS and Fr. Clifford B. Barrios, SSS and Rev. Kim Cabingas. During Bishop Raul’s homily, he shared that Jesus’ love is sustained and a beautiful Tagalog song of Rey Valera captures the nature of His love: “At kung hindi man dumating sa 'kin ang panahon na ako ay mahalin mo rin, asahan mong 'di ako magdaramdam kahit ako ay nasasaktan. Huwag mo lang ipagkait na ikaw ay aking mahalin.” That even in times where we find it difficult to love Him, let us still allow God to love us. As we celebrate the Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jeus, may we realize that the love of Sacred Heart will provide us the capacity and teach us to love continually even if love is not reciprocated. May we all be inspired to share and love unconditionally. After the Mass followed our 2nd Lay Collaborators’ Night and Thanksgiving Party of more than 150 ministers and volunteers at the Formation Center of the parish in gratitude to their love, service and commitment to Santuario Eucaristico. A Happy Fiesta to all! We thank God for the gift of priceless volunteers here at Santuario Eucaristico. Our prayers are always with you! Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Corpus Christi Celebration with 1st Procession of the 12 Stations of the Eucharist

Jun 2, 2018 | [post_view] Views

In celebration to the Parish Patronal Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we had our Fiesta Mass and 1st Eucharistic Procession of the 12 Stations of the Eucharist around the parish last June 2, 2018. Our fiesta celebration started with a Novena Mass last May 25 and ended with an Anticipated Concelebrated Mass on June 2 presided by Fr. Muriel A. Uy, SSS together with Fr. Froilan R. A. Briones, SSS and Fr. Clifford B. Barrios, SSS. After the mass, we had our 1st Procession of the 12 Stations of the Eucharist from the parish to our areas: Zone 2 Carmen, Calamansi Drive, San Roque and St. Joseph Chapels in Patag and RER Kauswagan. The 12 Stations of the Eucharist were installed in the parish last September 2016. The main purpose of this project is to promote greater devotion and understanding to the Holy Eucharist. We in Santuario Eucaristico, being the Holy Eucharist Shrine, are very much happy to provide our parish and the whole Archdiocese more information about the Holy Eucharist which is the source and summit of our Christian lives. This is living through the inspiration of this year’s Theme of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons which is “Renewed Servant-Leaders for the New Evangelization,” where we continue to evangelize people and through our 1st Procession, we introduce them to a new way and deeper understanding of the Holy Eucharist. May the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus inspire us to help each other deepen both our understanding and appreciation of the Source and Summit of our Faith: The Most Holy Eucharist. For more details about the Statiosn of the Eucharist, please click here.

Flores de Mayo 2018 Culmination

May 31, 2018 | [post_view] Views

This year, after a month-long Flores de Mayo activity, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary brings the successful Flores de Mayo Culmination of Santuario Eucaristico through a Eucharistic Celebration and Culmination Program last May 31, 2018. The month of May allows us to give honor and homage that is proper to a woman who has chosen to be the Mother of the Savior. It is a time to show appreciation that our devotion to the Blessed Virgin is a necessary part of our Christian worship. In this year's Flores de Mayo, the daily activities were done by four (4) of our areas of the parish, namely: Oro Chain, St. Joseph and San Roque Chapels and Calamansi Drive, Agoho. Together with the assigned Catechists and youth volunteers in each area, children had their catechesis, an offering of the AVE MARIA letters and flowers to Mama Mary, games and other activities, and, most especially children were taught how to pray the Holy Rosary. Recognition followed two days before the culmination, each child was given an award/ribbons and school supplies. By the grace of God, we reach the final end of this month's activity in celebration of the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We had our Holy Rosary, an offering of AVE MARIA letters and flowers. At exactly 8:00am we had our celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by our parish priest, Rev. Fr. Froilan Renato A. Briones, SSS. There were about 225 children, 42 youth assistants, and 15 catechists with the presence of Fr. Clifford Barrios, SSS, and two brothers: Br. Victor Clemence Posadas, SSS and Br. Michael Ian Abad, SSS in our "Salo-Salo" at McDonalds Highway Kauswagan. It was indeed a joyful end of the activity. Mary, through her example and intercession, helps us become more caring in love and more generous in service. Our deepest gratitude to all our volunteers, sponsors and for all those who become instruments for the success of this whole month activity. With our Mother Mary, your support, and willingness to share, inspires us to soar higher, on to the heights of true Christian love. Ad Jesum Per Mariam! (To Jesus through Mary). Written by: Jen Bacurnay Parish Catechist

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel Celebrates 6th Feast with Mass Baptism

May 20, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Happy Fiesta! Last May 12, 2018, we had our Fiesta Celebration and Mass Baptism of 3 children in honor of the Feast of the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, the Patron of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Zone 1B Calamansi Drive, Carmen. The 6th year fiesta celebration started with the enthronement of the Image of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to the chapel led by Areopagita Recabo and our Parish Apostleship of Prayer team. Then followed the Fiesta Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Froilan Renato A. Briones, SSS assisted by Br. Ian Michael C. Abad, SSS where we had the Mass Baptism of three (3) children. It was indeed a festive and meaningful celebration in honoring Mother Mary under the title of “Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.” Congratulations to our Chapel Workers and Volunteers, Parish Apostleship of Prayer Team and Jen Bacurnay, our Catechist for a successful fiesta celebration. May the Lord bless your chapel through the intercession of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.

Santuario CFLA Conducted its 1st Parochial Value Orientation Seminar

May 20, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Our Parish Christian Family and Life Apostolate (CFLA) conducted its 1st Value Orientation Seminar in partnership with the Archdiocesan VOS Facilitators last April 27-29 and May 4-6 2018 with 20 participants from different ministries in our parish. Value Orientation Seminar is a process seminar that value, emotional, psychological and spiritual energy that lies at the root or core of every person. Born with inherent spiritual task each has to learn to use the personal power responsively, wisely and lovingly. It is a process of value formation in search of God in human life. This year, we had our 1st parochial Value Orientation Seminar hosted by the parish and facilitated by the Archdiocese VOS facilitators led by the Archdiocesan VOS Coordinator, Mrs. Lucia A. Laroga at the parish formation center. The seminar had two (2) phases, Phase 1 was conducted last April 27-29, 2018 and Phase 2 last May 4-6 2018. The seminar had 20 participants from different ministries and organization of the parish. The participants were encouraged to journey in a self-reflective mood in search of truth and answer to important questions in life. Throughout Phase 1 and 2, we had 13 sessions given by our VOS Facilitators and guest speakers including Fr. Froilan Briones, SSS, our rector and parish priest and Fr. Garry Igot, SSJV, the Archdiocesan CFLA Director. They also presided the masses during phases. In Phase 1, they had Orientation and Grouping and series of sessions from our VOS facilitators. During the Phase 2, they had Social Night with Group Presentation and Evening Reflection. By the end of Phase 2, they had an activity called Encounter with Jesus, Tearing and Burying of False Values and a Closing Liturgy. The seminar itself paves way to a deeper relationship with all the participants as they share their life experiences and learn from one another, especially for the married couples. They became a support system of each other knowing that they are not alone in this journey towards attaining quality life from deep sense of Christian values, interiorizing inner convection and living the attitudes, ideas and values of Christ to become a “Whole Person “ with respect to love and life. Congratulations to our Parish Christian Family and Life Apostolate (CFLA) for a successful 1st Value Orientation Seminar in our parish! Article Contributor: Etchel Valdez

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