Newly-ordained REV. FR. ALEXANDER ARELLANO, CP imparting God's blessing on all the faithful who witnessed his ordination at Holy Cross Parish, Calumpang, General Santos City last January 28, 2014. Fr. Alex was ordained to the priestly ministry by the Most Rev. Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, D.D. , Bishop of Marbel.
The schedule of the visitation is as follows: JANUARY 2-5: St. Paul of the Cross Pastoral Center Community, JANUARY 6-11: Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Community, JANUARY 12-18: St. Gabriel Seminary, JANUARY 21-25: Postulancy Community, JANUARY 26-31: Holy Cross Spiritual Center Community, FEBRUARY 1-8: Immaculate Conception Community, FEBRUARY 9-15: San Isidro Labrador Community, FEBRUARY 16-22: Sto. Niño Community, FEBRUARY 23-28: St.Vincent Strambi Seminary, MARCH 1-8: St. Paul of the Cross Theologate Community, MARCH 9-15: St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Community, MARCH 16-22: Holy Rosary Community, OCTOBER 18-25: Korea and the PASPAC areas where we have brethren, OCTOBER 2015: Synod in Rome which I hope to visit Sweden and Israel afterwards.
BLESSING OF NEW NOVITIATE BUILDING (photo below)
The blessing of the new Novitiate Building in Alabel was done yesterday (January 28, 2014) at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Fr. Evan Esmade, CP, Director of Novices, and Fr. Meliton Aparece, CP, assistant Director, took charge of the preparation.
TYPHOON AND EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE
As our community response to the devastation and misery brought about by the recent calamities, especially Typhoon Yolanda, we asked each one to forego his month’s allowance and donated them to the Archdiocese of Palo or to any parish in the area in order to help rebuild a school or a medical clinic. In this way our help will be long–lasting and more permanent.
The collected amount was added to the donations given by our Congregation’s (international) Solidarity Fund, from our Sweden Community, and from various local communities both here and abroad. Our Vietnamese brethren has already sent their donation to the Archdiocese of Palo, through Fr. Roño, CP, who personally went there to help in the debriefing of the traumatized survivors.
We are also thinking of helping our very own brethren who have also lost their houses in the recent earthquake and the typhoon. We commended Fr. Roño, CP, Bro. Tyron, CP and Bro. Gilbert, CP for volunteering to help in the rehabilitation of lives and relief operations in Tacloban. We thank everyone who offered prayers and material help for our brothers and sisters who are in dire need.
Indeed, this Christmas is very special for us in the Philippines although we have our share of misery, pain and sorrow; we also received from you a great expression of love and solidarity. Indeed despite the negative experiences we had, we have also great reason to rejoice and thank the God of love for sending us alter Christi to celebrate with us the joy of Christmas.
Many of us maybe homeless but not hopeless. With your help, we will slowly rise. Despite our destroyed Churches our faith is strong as ever, our nine days of Novena Masses are all filled and well attended, and sometimes despite of the rain over roofless Churches, we believe in the power of the Cross, bear our suffering courageously and offer them for the growth of the Church.
Once again, thank you for the solidarity. It is easier to rise when hands are offered for support and comfort. God bless us all, especially the victims of natural calamities and man-made tragedies.
This is all for the moment. Let me take this opportunity to greet everyone A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS, TYPHOON-FREE, EARTHQUAKE-FREE, VIOLENCE-FREE, CORRUPTION-FREE, AND A SCANDAL-FREE NEW YEAR, 2014. GOD BLESS US ALL!
Fr. Pol Plaza, CP