Seminars and Orientation on
Principles of Liturgical Music was held on the following
vicariates, parishes and quasi-parishes from July to
first week of August, 2004: Our Lady of Fatima Parish in
Valenzuela City on July 10 with speakers Bro. Francis
Jason Perez and Bro. Orven Cataniag; Vicariate of
Hagonoy on July 17 with speaker Bro. John John Dorega;
Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish in San Pedro, Hagonoy on
July 24 with speaker Bro. John John Dorega while Bro.
Danny Isidro and Bro, Peddie Medina taught chanting for
Responsorial Psalms; Holy Family Parish in Karuhatan,
Valenzuela City on July 25 with speakers Bro. John John
Dorega and Bro. Angelo Logo; Holy family Quasi-Parish in
Violeta Subdivision, Sta. Cruz, Guiguinto on August 6
with speaker Bro. John John Dorega; and San Juan Parish
in San Juan, Hagonoy on August 7 with speakers Bro. John
John Dorega and Bro. Danny Isidro.
By GAUDENCIO ROSALES
Archbishop of Manila
Ash Wednesday marks the
beginning of the sacred Lenten season for us Christians. These forty
days of Lent are as sacred to us as Ramadan is to our Muslim brothers
and sisters. Let us, therefore, prepare to enter this holy season in the
spirit of prayer and generosity to take on sacrifice and the discipline
For some, sacrifice begins
slowly as an attitude of the heart, and then as a willingness to do
better, or just yielding to the prompting to give a little bit more for
the cause of the poor. For very many of our brothers and sisters life
already is sacrifice. And yet beyond fasting as inflicting pain to one’s
self, God looks at freeing the oppressed, sharing one’s food with the
hungry, sheltering the homeless as the special forms of fasting and
sacrifice (Isaiah 58: 5-7).
We can still find prayer
in the Church, in our hearts, in the moments of quiet, in the Sacrament,
in the Eucharist, in reading or singing of the Pasyon ng Panginoon.
Our Lord Jesus Christ went
to His own forty days and forty nights in the desert to pray, to fast
and to be tempted (Matthew 4: 1-11).
The Lenten season is the
closest most of us, Christians, can make the spiritual exercises. Let us
make it at least in spirit, that in accompanying Jesus Christ through
these forty days, we may—as better Christians and citizens—share in His
Glory and the Joy at the Resurrection. This time of Lent let us pray and
care for one another.
God love and bless us all.
January 4, 2005
sets Jan. 9 as Day for Prayer
The Permanent Council
of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has set
January 9, Sunday, as a Day for Prayer for the victims of tsunamis that
recently hit South Asia.
In a statement of
appeal released yesterday, CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Fernando
Capalla urged all dioceses to have a special collection on the day to
help the tsunami victims.
The collection, he
said, will then be coursed through the Caritas Philippines or the
National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (NASSA), CBCP’s
social action arm.
The archbishop also
appealed to all Filipinos to continue praying for the souls of those who
perished in the disaster and their surviving families.
In November, CBCP-NASSA
also spearheaded the collection of donations for the victims of four
typhoons that hit the country.
Monsignor Hernando Coronel said that aside from collecting donations
here and abroad, NASSA also helps in the reconstruction of houses and
the rebuilding the lives of disaster victims.
Coronel saod that the
Vatican and other European countries also donated a huge amount for the
typhoon victims in the Philippines.
The Archdiocese of
Manila headed by Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales also appealed recently for
prayers and donations for the tsunami victims for whom a portion of the
Sunday mass collections will also go. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)
Pope John Paul II has died
Apr. 02 (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II died late on Saturday night,
April 2, ending one of the longest and most influential pontificates in
the history of the Catholic Church.
The Holy Father remained "extraordinarily serene" during his final
illness, according to his spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls. He had
suffered heart failure the previous evening while being treated for an
infection of his urinary tract. As his condition deteriorated rapidly
during the day on Friday and then Saturday, with his body wracked by
septic shock and kidney failure, the Pope remained in prayer with his
closest aides, losing consciousness only late in the evening before his
Pope John Paul was 84 years old at the time of his death. He had been
afflicted by Parkinson's disease, causing a serious curtailment of his
activities, for several years. In February 2005, he was hospitalized
twice for severe respiratory problems. Doctors at the Gemelli Hospital
had inserted a tube in his throat to ease his breathing, and earlier
this week the Vatican had disclosed that a feeding tube had also been
inserted to provide him with supplementary nourishment because of his
difficulty in swallowing.
The Pope's last public appearance came on Easter Sunday, when he came to
the balcony of his apartment in the apostolic palace to deliver the
traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing. During that public appearance
the Pope was in obvious pain, and unable to speak.
In October 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, Poland, was elected
the 264th Roman Pontiff-- the youngest Pope of the 20th century and the
first non-Italian to serve as leader of the Catholic world in over 400
years. He took the name John Paul II, and in a memorable first
appearance as Pope, immediately won the hearts of the Roman crowd as he
greeted them with the words of Jesus, which would echo throughout his
26-year pontificate: "Be not afraid!"
Only two Popes-- Blessed Pius IX, who served over 31 years, and St.
Peter himself-- have held the papacy for longer than John Paul II.
During his extraordinary pontificate, he became the most widely
recognized man in human history, traveling to greet millions of people
all around the world, and earning credit as one of the principal
architects of the fall of Soviet Communism. His years in the papacy saw
a series of "firsts," and an astonishing output of encyclicals,
apostolic letters, and other writings.
Born in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920, Karol Wojtyla was raised
primarily by his father, a military officer also named Karol, after his
mother's death in 1929. When his father died in 1941, he was left alone,
as a student in Krakow's Jagiellonian Unversity. During the occupation
of Poland by Nazi forces in World War II, he was pressed into labor as a
stonecutter, then in a chemical factory, but worked with the Polish
underground and maintained an avid interest in theater.
In 1942 the young Wojtyla entered a clandestine seminary, and after the
war, in 1946, he was ordained by Cardinal Adam Sapieha of Krakow. He
continued his studies in Rome under the famous French Dominican, Father
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, and earned degrees in theology and
philosophy, with a dissertation on the mystical works of St. John of the
Cross. He returned to Poland to teach at the Krakow seminary, while also
serving as a parish priest, and forming friendships with a number of
young families-- friendships that remained intact throughout his life.
At the age of just 38 he was named an auxiliary bishop of Krakow by Pope
Pius XII, and in 1962 he became the city's archbishop. He was raised to
the College of Cardinals by Pope Paul VI at the age of 47.
The scholarly young Polish prelate was an influential figure in the
deliberations of the Second Vatican Council, taking a particularly
active role in the writing of Gaudium et Spes (doc)
, the dogmatic constitution on the Church and the modern world.
In August 1978, he took part in the conclave that elected Cardinal
Albino Luciani of Venice to become Pope John Paul I; when that Pontiff
died abruptly after just 33 days, he again entered the conclave-- to
emerge as Pope John Paul II.
During visits to his native Poland, John Paul II proved to be a
lightning-rod for the growing opposition to the country's Communist
regime. On May 13, 1981, he was shot and severely wounded by Mehmet Ali
Agca in an assassination attempt that took place immediately after a
public audience in St. Peter's Square. Vatican officials immediately
suspected that the leaders of the Soviet Union had authorized the
attempt on the Pope's life-- a hypothesis that appears to have been
confirmed by documents recently discovered in the archives of the East
German secret service.
Alongside his historic role in the fall of Communism, John Paul II has
also been the world's most influential defender of the dignity of human
life; his memorable calls for the development of a "culture of life"--
and his parallel denunciations of the "culture of death"-- have been
instrumental in rallying opposition to abortion, contraception,
euthanasia, and embryonic-tissue research.
The Polish Pontiff was an ardent exponent of Christian unity, who made
special efforts to reach out to other Christian churches. He was
especially insistent on the need to bring together the Eastern and
Western Christian traditions, saying that the Church must "breathe with
By far the most traveled Pontiff in history, John Paul II made 104 trips
outside Italy during his pontificate, as well as 146 inside the country.
His long papacy saw a huge increase in the number of saints formally
recognized by the Church; he beatified 1,338 people, and canonized 482.
He was the author of 14 encyclicals, 15 apostolic exhortations, 11
apostolic constitutions, 45 apostolic letters, and five books that
appeared during the time he served as Pope.
Statement on the Pope’s Condition
According to the Vatican the situation is serious. The Holy Father
has infection. This morning he already feel a little better but the
condition remains a little serious so for us is to pray more for the
Holy Father. We love him and we pray for him and we hope that we would
be with him at this difficult moment. We appeal for prayers. We keep
praying and hoping for the best.
Archbishop ANTONIO FRANCO, D.D.
Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines
Let us entrust our Holy Father to the Lord of life. We pray for God’s
guidance and strength at this difficult time. We continue to pray for
+JAIME CARDINAL SIN
Archbishop-Emeritus of Manila
At this peculiar need of the Holy Father, let us gain be one in the
spirit of prayer for his health. Let us entrust him to the loving
embrace of our Blessed Virgin Mary. We all love the Holy Father and we,
Filipinos, have a very special place in his heart. Let this be an
expression of our deep love for the Holy Father and for the Church he
has generously and courageously guided and served.
+ GAUDENCIO B. ROSALES, D.D.
Archbishop of Manila
We enjoin all of the Catholic faithful in praying fervently for the Holy
Father, Pope John Paul II. This first Friday we learned from the Vatican
the news that the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, the last rites
were given to the Holy Father. Our Masses and novenas are offered for
his intention. We have been praying since last month a formulary for the
parishes a prayer prepared by the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy for
the health of the Pope. The first Friday of last month was a prayer
rally mass for the Pope led by the Archbishop of Manila, Most Rev.
Gaudencio Rosales at San Carlos Seminary. We entrust the Pope whom
Filipinos love with special affection to the will of God. The sufferings
he patiently undertook are most valued as he united his pain with the
Paschal Mystery of Christ for the Catholic flock and the rest of the
world. We enjoin all to be vigilant and watchful, offering prayers for
the pope we care for.
MSGR. HERNANDO M. CORONEL
Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Ratzinger
qui sibi nomen imposuit Benedictum XVI
Urbi et Orbi Blessing
brothers and sisters,
after our great
Pope, John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble
worker in God's vineyard.
I am consoled by
the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with
insufficient tools, and I especially trust in your prayers.
In the joy of
the resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead,
sure that God will help. And Mary, his most beloved Mother, stands
on our side. Thank you.
HABEMUS PAPAM, CARDINAL JOSEPH
RATZINGER, POPE BENEDICT XVI
Rome , 19 - Cardinal
Joseph Ratzinger has been elected the new Bishop of Rome , 265th
Successor to St. Peter. The name he has chosen is: Benedict XVI.
At 17:56 in Rome , white
smoke rose from the chimney atop of the Sistine Chapel. The tolling of
the bells ten minutes after the smoke confirmed the affirmative signal.
About an hour afterwards Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina appeared from the
balcony of St. Peter´s, saying “Habemos Papam”. Thousands of people had
already gathered at St. Peter's Square.
Soon afterwards the new
Pope made his first appearance, amid an enthusiastic applause from the
multitude. His first words, in Italian, were:
“Dear brothers and
sisters, after our great pope, John Paul II, the cardinals have elected
me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard. I am consoled by the fact
that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient
tools, and I especially trust in your prayers. In the joy of the
resurrected Lord, trustful of his permanent help, we go ahead, sure that
God will help. And Mary, his most beloved mother, stands on our side.
After his words, the new
Pope gave his first blessing Urbi et Orbi, while the multitude acclaimed
him shouting “Benedict, Benedict”.
WELCOME BENEDICT XVI!
Vatican City, Apr. 19, 2005 (CNA)
- The 265th. Pontiff of the Church comes from Germany and he is Pope
Benedict XVI. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected today as the new successor
of Peter. Thousands from all around the world celebrated the
announcement at St. Peter´s Square.
The Cardinal Protodeacon Jorge Medina Estévez introduced the new
Pontiff with the much awaited "Habemus Papam", in midst of the joyful
acclamation of a vast multitude that packed the vatican Square and the
"Via da Conciliazzione". The crowd was waiting, under a sudden rain, the
first blessing of the new Pope.
Diocesan Eucharistic Congress
This is an invitation to all our choirs in
the Diocese to join our upcoming Diocesan Eucharistic Congress on Nov.
5, 2005 to be held at the Immaculate conception Seminary. There will be
a pre-congress seminar for all the liturgical ministers
including the choirs on Sept. 17 7am ICMS, guiguinto. Also, we would
like to invite you to join our Diocesan grand choir for our Nov. 5
congress. Signify your intention to join the grand choir so we can
enlist you now to join in the practices and rehearsals. Sali na
po!Thanks more power!!!
INA NG BULACAN II
Maria, Ina ng Bulacan (MIB) is a Marian
Choral Festival annually celebrated by the Bulacan Master Chorale (BMC)
in partnership with the Diocese of Malolos, the Diocesan Committee on
Liturgical Music (DCLM) and the Parish of the Immaculate Conception.
This project aims to gather a community of singers that will offer
flowers and songs to the Blessed Mother in honor of the occasion her
birthday in September. It is an event that also aims to uplift choral
music appreciation through sharing of the gift of music amongst
MarIa, Ina ng Bulacan II will be held this September 10, 2005, Saturday
in the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Malolos City at
8 oclock in the evening.
All interested parties may contact the Bulacan
Master Chorale through MIB II Project Heads
Orvn Cataniag at 0917-9905162 or Dem Canlapan
at 0920-9234536. For your inquiries, you may also
write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pope Benedict saddened by
death of Cardinal Sin
06/21 9:37:34 PM
VATICAN (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI said he was
"deeply saddened" by the death of Cardinal Jaime Sin, in a telegram sent
to the archbishop of Manila.
The pope recalled "with gratitude Cardinal Sin's unfailing commitment
to the spread of the Gospel and to the promotion of the dignity, common
good and national unity of the Philippine people," he said in the
telegram, written in English, to Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales and
released by the Vatican.
"I join with you in praying that God, our merciful father, will grant
him the reward of his labors and welcome his noble soul into the joy and
peace of his eternal kingdom."
Cardinal Sin dead at 76
Cardinal Jaime Sin, who played a leading
role in the 1986 "People Power" uprising that forced longtime President
Ferdinand Marcos from power, died Tuesday at age 76, the Roman Catholic
archdiocese of Manila said.
Sin had been in ill health for about a year and was unable to take
part in the April conclave in Rome, Italy that named Pope Benedict XVI
as the church's new leader.
The Cardinal suffered kidney problems and diabetes and is reported on
Philippine radio to have died of multiple organ failure.
Sin died about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday (10:30 p.m. Monday GMT), church
"History will mark its day of sadness when a great liberator of the
Filipino people and a champion of God passed away," President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo said in a statement, adding she was guided many times
by "his wisdom and profound love for the poor and oppressed."
"Cardinal Sin leaves a legacy of freedom and justice forged in deep
personal courage," she said.
Sin, who was named a cardinal in 1976, called his followers in the
predominantly Catholic nation onto the streets in 1986 to support
anti-government protests after Marcos declared himself the winner of a
disputed presidential election.
The cardinal's support for the protests helped bring down Marcos, who
had ruled the country for 21 years with U.S. backing under a decree of
Independent counts gave the win to Corazon Aquino, the widow of
long-time Marcos rival Benigno Aquino, who had been assassinated in
But the country's problems continued, partly because of the endemic
corruption that blossomed under Marcos. "We got rid of Ali Baba, but the
40 thieves remained," Sin once quipped.
Sin also had a prominent role in the 2001 ouster of President Joseph
Estrada, who resigned amid allegations of widespread corruption.
He declared that Estrada had "lost the moral ascendancy to govern"
and led protests demanding Estrada's resignation.
"As I enter a new chapter in my twilight years, I can say with
gratitude that I have given my very best to God and country," Sin was
reported saying after the late Pope John Paul II accepted his
"I beg pardon from those I might have led astray or hurt. Please
remember me kindly."
Church leaders were consulting with Sin's family on funeral
arrangements. His body was to be taken to Manila Cathedral, The
Associated Press reports.
The 14th of 16 children of a Chinese merchant and a Filipino woman,
Sin had a sense of humor about his name, often referring to his
residence as "the house of Sin."
Journalist Maria Ressa contributed to this report
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IN LAWA, MEYCAUAYAN
June 3, 2005, the Muling Pagkabuhay Quasi-Parish in Lawa, Meycauayan
sponsored the choir seminar conducted by DCLM chairman Fr. GBoi A.
Samonte and Mr. Tony Manaog, DCLM Treasurer. The seminar was
attended by representatives from the 9 choirs of the quasi-parish
and a guest choir from the nearby parish in Malhacan, Meycauayan.
The seminar started at around
7:30 pm and Fr. GBoi discussed the basic principles of liturgical
music. He also reminded some guidelines for the choirs. Before the
short seminar ended, Fr. GBoi practiced the Sunday songs to be sung
for the month of June particularly the psalms and alleluia.
Fr. Roman Caleon, the priest in
charge of the quasi parish, attended the first part of the seminar
and approved of the new songs to be introduced by the choir
specifically the modified version of Fr. Hontiveros' Papuri sa Diyos.
The seminar ended at 10:00 pm. It
was a short session but everyone agreed it was substantial.
Election of Abp. Rosales to the College of Cardinals
February 2006 --- Philippine Catholic Bishops� Conference President,
Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo today warmly welcomed the election of
Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales as a new cardinal.
appointment was formally announced by outgoing Papal Nuncio Antonio
Franco at a Pontifical Mass held last night at the Manila Cathedral.
Archbishop Lagdameo, in a statement, said the CBCP joined everyone in
praying for the new Cardinal as he took on the awesome responsibility of
leading his new ministry in the Church.
CBCP profoundly thanks His Holiness Pope Benedict XI for honoring on of
its members, the Archbishop of Manila, with the dignity of a Cardinal,�
CBCP joins the Archdiocese of Manila in its rejoicing over the promotion
of Archbishop Rosales.�
Rosales, 73, was one the 15 new cardinals announced by the Vatican.
will now be joining the line of Filipino Cardinals which includes Rufino
Cardinal Santos, Julio Cardinal Rosales and Jaime Cardinal Sin. he two
living Cardinals are Jose Cardinal Sanchez, who is retired in the
Vatican, and Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, the Archbishop of Cebu.
cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical official in the Roman Catholic
Church, ranking just below the Pope and appointed by him as a member of
the College of Cardinals during a consistory.
duties of the cardinals are to attend the meetings of the Sacred College
and to make themselves available individually if the Pope desires their
counsel. Cardinals have additional duties either leading many of the
church's dioceses and archdioceses or running the Roman Curia.
most important function of Cardinals in the Church is to elect the Roman
Pontiff who usually comes from their rank.
Rosales was born on August 10, 1932. He was ordained as a priest on
March 23, 1958.
August 1974, he was appointed by the late Pope Paul VI as Auxiliary
Bishop of Manila. While in that capacity he also served as Bishop
in-Charge of Antipolo (East Antipolo, Rizal) and Director of the
Pontifical Mission Society. In 1980-1982 he took charge of San Carlos
Seminary as Rector.
June 1982, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the then Prelature
(later) Diocese of Malaybalay, Bukidnon, and shortly assumed as the
December 1992, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II assigned him to the
Archdiocese of Lipa, his home and original Diocese.
was formally installed Archbishop of Manila on November 21, 2003. *
Sa Batong Ito by Rev. Fr.
Benny Justiniano won in Bayan Umawit Song Writing
Rev. Fr. Allan Antonio
2nd Place in CBCP Himig Sambayanan
Song Writing Contest