25th Sunday C

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25th Sunday C

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Who is your master – God or mammon? Who is the master in charge of your life? Our “master” is whatever governs our thoughts, shapes our ideals, and controls the desires of our heart and the values we choose to live by… in fact, our whole life.

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We can be ruled or governed by so many different things – the love of money and possessions, the power of position and prestige, the glamor of wealth and fame, and the driving force of unruly passions, harmful desires, and addictive cravings.

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Ultimately the choice of who is our master boils down to two: God or “mammon”. What is mammon? “Mammon” stands for “material wealth or possessions” or whatever tends to “control our appetites and desires.”

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             There is one master alone who has the power to set us free from slavery to sin, fear, pride, and greed, and a host of other hurtful desires. That master is the Lord Jesus Christ who alone can save us from all that would keep us bound up in fear and anxiety.

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             Today’s parable challenges us to be smart in the pursuit of the kingdom of God. More often godless people are smart in their pursuit of selfish goals and ambitions. Jesus uses the example of a smart manager in his master’s business to teach us the need to be smart in the Lord’s service. We are challenged to imitate the manager’s shrewdness, not his dishonesty. “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly” (Luke 16:8).

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              Our task as followers of Christ is to help bring about the kingdom of God starting from our own selves. We have all been given the necessary resources to do this. We have been gifted with the truth of faith, we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts, and we have been given time. Sooner or later we shall all be called upon to render an account of how we have capitalized and managed these resources.

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Let me end with a story:

A tourist went to see a monk. For many years the tourist had heard about this monk, had fallen in deep love with his words, his message. Finally he decided to see him. When he entered the monk’s room he was surprised — it was an utterly empty room! The monk was sitting; there was no furniture at all! The tourist could not conceive of a living space without any furniture.

He immediately asked, “Where is your furniture?”

And the monk laughed and said, “And where is yours?”

And the tourist said, “Of course I am a tourist here. I cannot go on carrying my furniture!”

And the monk said, “So am I a tourist. For only just a few days and then I will be gone.”

 

This worls is just a pilgrimage — of great significance, but not a place to belong to forever, not a place to become part of forever.

You waste your life accumulating wealth, and plan to enjoy your accumulation at a later date. But life passes on. Life has to be enjoyed truly like a tourist. Tourist don’t carry assets with him. He just travels and enjoys with self. The minimum the baggage, the more fun and freedom. Think about it.

 

–slightly adapted

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  • All day
    September 1, 2023

    WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

    Pope Francis’ Message: https://www.vatican.va/content/ francesco/en/messages/pont-messages/2023/documents/20230513- messaggio-giornata-curacreato.html

    NOVENA TO ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO BEGINS

    APOSTOLIC VISIT TO MONGOLIA
    (August 31-September 3, 2023)

    Day 2: Ulaanbaatar
    1000       Arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar and official welcome.

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Alicia Bañares, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Amellory Jopia, SAR (Urbiztondo Chapter)
    Laurice Kathleen Barizo (RAY-Cavite)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Francisca de Sta. Maria, AR
    +Sr. Placida Patrimonio, AR
    +Sis. Primitiva Ayuda, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Pilar Betinol, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

2
  • All day
    September 2, 2023

    APOSTOLIC VISIT TO MONGOLIA

    Day 3: Rome – Ulaanbaatar

    0900    Welcome ceremony at Sükhbaatar Square
    0930    Courtesy visit with President Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh at the State Palace
    1020     Meeting with authorities, members of the diplomatic corps and local representatives in the Ikh Mongol hall at the palace. Speech by pope.
    1100     Meeting with Gombojavyn Zandanshatar, chairman of Mongolia’s parliament, the State Great Khural.
    1110      Meeting with Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun- Erdene.
    1600     Meeting with bishops, priests, religious, missionaries and pastoral workers at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. Speech by pope.

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Federico Gregorio
    Sis. Maxima Malalay, SAR (Cebu Chapter) Maynard Negre (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Aurora Cordova, SAR (Laray Chapter)

3
  • All day
    September 3, 2023

    APOSTOLIC VISIT TO MONGOLIA
    Day 4: Ulaanbaatar

    1000     Ecumenical and interreligious meeting at the Hun Theater. Speech by pope.
    1600     Mass at the Steppe Arena. Homily by pope.

    OLCP- MIRANILA FIESTA MASS
    Time: 11:00 a.m.
    Presider & Homilist: Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, D.D.

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray James Erold Gatinao
    Sr. Annielyn Alejado, AR
    Sis. Salvacion Alonzo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Venus Corazon Maturan, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Bro. Arnel Ortega (Tondo Chapter / Trial)
    Jay Warren Oberes (RAY-Balamban)
    Regina Kyle Regonas (RAY-Balamban)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION

    (1969-2023)
    Fray Hernando Coja

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ma. Rosario Padilla, AR
    + Sis. Luzonica del Rosario, SAR (Manila Chapter)

     

4
  • All day
    September 4, 2023

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION

    SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    APOSTOLIC VISIT TO MONGOLIA
    Day 5: Ulaanbaatar, Rome

    0930     Meeting with charity workers and the inauguration of the House of Mercy. Speech by pope.
    1130     Farewell ceremony at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar.
    1200     Departure by plane for Rome.
    1720     Arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.

    OLCP- LARAY FIESTA MASS
    Time: 5:00 p.m.
    Presider & Homilist: Most Rev. Emilio Bataclan, D.D.

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Mary Grace Morales, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Eufrocina Estanislao, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Marianne Burgos, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Rosario Claver, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Ms. Brenda Saliendra, Sister General of the OAR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (1993-2023 / 30th)
    Fray Emilio Jaruda, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Melchora de Sta. Teresita de Jesus, AR
    +Sis. Dorotea Magallon, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Nonita Gingoyon, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

5
  • All day
    September 5, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Sixto Ciriaco Bitangjol
    Fray Tomokatsu Yamaguchi
    Sis. Marilyn Pariñas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Luz Virginia Mapalo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Camila Doctor (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Antonia Dinsay, AR
    +Sis. Genoveva Deligero, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

6
  • All day
    September 6, 2023

    INSTALLATION OF MOST REV. MOISES M. CUEVAS AS VICAR APOSTOLIC OF CALAPAN (Mindoro Oriental)
    [Hence, cession of the appointment of Rev. Fr. Nestor Adalia as Apostolic Administrator of Calapan]

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Michael Catama
    Fray Rellyric Delos Santos
    Fray John Zachary Haguisan
    Bro. Jimi Paolo Valeza, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Nimfa Ramirez, SAR (Manila Chapter)

7
  • All day
    September 7, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Regino Bangcaya
    Sr. Anita Manigo, AR
    Sis. Charito Muñoz, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Cynthia Lata, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Rosalina Dumdum, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Osita Atotubo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Estela Pahilanga, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Regina Babao, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

8
  • All day
    September 8, 2023

    BIRTHDAY OF MAMA MARY

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray René Paglinawan
    Fray Monday Benjamine Edobor
    Sr. Alejandra Bendoval, AR
    Sis. Gregoria Torion, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Lota Ignacio, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE & SOLEMN PROFESSION

    Sr. Loraine Lechago, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Lourdes Lolita Caballero, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    +Sis. Leticia Jacinto, SAR (Manila Chapter)

9
  • All day
    September 9, 2023

    SECRETARIAT ON INITIAL FORMATION MEETING
    9:00 a.m. / Recoletos Formation Center

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Arlyn de la Cruz, AR
    Br. Ramon Bancal (aspirant)
    Sis. Maria Corazon Sigua, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Laurence Canillo (RAY-Balamban)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (1985-2023)
    Fray Dionisio Selma

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Gloria Donato, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

10
  • All day
    September 10, 2023

    SOLEMNITY OF ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINE
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    53nd FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOLETOS DE PROVINCIALATE AS A COMMUNITY (Est. 1970)

    BEATIFICATION OF THE ULMA FAMILY [Josef & Wiktoria and their seven children, including the unborn]
    Place of beatification: Markowa, Poland

    FIESTA MASS @ SNT ORATORY– UNO-R BACOLOD

    FIESTA MASS @ SNTP – TALISAY CITY, NEGROSOCCIDENTAL
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Presider:  Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, D.D.

    FIESTA MASS @ SNTP – QUEZON CITY
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, D.D.

    FIESTA MASS @ SNDT MISSION CENTER – LOS ARCOS, AGUSAN DEL SUR
    Time: 9:00 a.m.
    Presider: Msgr. Isaleo Madelo (Vicar General for Pastoral Affairs)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Eufrocina Rusiana, AR
    Sr. Mary Grace Judith Alamares, AR
    Bro. Inocencio Sayo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Ruperto Santos, D.D. (Bishop of Antipolo)

    (1989-2023)
    Fray Francisco Antonio
    Fray Amadeo Lucero

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Josefina Alegata, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

11
  • All day
    September 11, 2023

    Conference of Major Superiors in the Philippines– Men Assembly / September 11 – 15, 2023
    Venue: St. Ezekiel Moreno Spirituality and Development Center, Brgy. San Jose, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
    Theme: “Enlarge the space of your tent” (Is 54:2)

    BOT MEETING – USJ-R MAIN, CEBU
    Venue: USJ-R Main, Cebu / 2:00 p.m.

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Emilio Edgardo Quilatan
    Br. John Marco Daniel (postulant)
    Br. Christian Julag-ay (aspirant)
    Br. Francis Cortez, SAR (Manila Chapter / diocesan priest)
    Sis. Herminigilda Hernandez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Davic James Cabatingan (RAY-Valencia)
    Dianne Morales (RAY-Provincialate)

    SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (1998-2023)
    Fray Randolph Castulo Castillo
    Fray Charlito Orobia
    Fray Amado Emmanuel Bolilia
    Fray Jonathan Caballero

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Emilia Cruz, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

12
  • All day
    September 12, 2023

    BOT MEETING – USJ-R BALAMBAN
    Venue: USJ-R Main, Cebu / 9:00 AM

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Jorr Rabacal
    Br. Eivan Earl Martinez (postulant)
    Br. Ramon Jayson Valdez (aspirant)
    Sis. Esmalita Amigable, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Gerald Artates (RAY-Provincialate)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY

    (1992-2023)
    Fray Leander Barrot
    Fray Paulino Dacanay

13
  • All day
    September 13, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Rosario Gaspar, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Aida Lopez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Pacita Cisneros, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Robert John Navarro (RAY-Miranila)
    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez, Brother General of the Order

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION

    (1970-2023)
    Fray Dionisio Cachero

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (1997-2023)
    Fray Jose Ernil Almayo

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Emilio Larlar Jr. (2020-2023)
    +Sis. Paz Garciano, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

14
  • All day
    September 14, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Lourdes Piccio, AR
    Sr. Floramae Lanuza, AR
    Sis. Catalina Marzon, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Rizalina Poblete, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    +Bro. Paulino de la Cerna, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

15
  • All day
    September 15, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Anthony Morillo
    Fray James Bumangabang
    Bro. John Bumangabang, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Leonida Tejada, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Patria Laguna, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Beah Marie Ganarias (RAY-Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Lolita Jara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    +Sis. Josefina Villa, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

16
  • All day
    September 16, 2023

    111th ANNIVERSARY (1912-2023) OF RELIGIOSAS FAMILIAS

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan
    Fray Robin Ross Plata
    Sr. Mary Ann Lumactao, AR
    Bro. Nestor Paredes, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Angeles Gabutina, AR
    +Sis. Maxima Barrera, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

17
  • All day
    September 17, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Ma. Nimfa Garganta, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Aurora Guilaran, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Anita Luces, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Julia Tamsi (RAY-Baguio)
    Most Rev. Socrates Mesiona, D.D. (Apost. Vicariate of Puerto Princesa)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Regina Morales, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

18
  • All day
    September 18, 2023

    BOT MEETING – UNO-R BACOLOD
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod / 2:00 p.m.

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Henry Santiago
    Br. Sean Cass Alvarez (postulant)
    Sr. Ma. Ruth Gulane, AR
    Sis. Mary Ann Cabanes, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Demetria Bayona, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Lourdes Donayre, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

19
  • All day
    September 19, 2023

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK

    FEAST OF ST. ALONSO DE OROZCO

    5TH ANNIVERSARY (1918-2023) OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE PIONEER RECOLETOS IN INDONESIA

    BOT MEETING – CST-R SAN CARLOS
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod / 8:00 a.m.

    BOT MEETING – SPA-R CAIDIOCAN
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod / 10:00 a.m.

    BOT MEETING – CSP-R VALENCIA
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod /2:00 p.m.

    BOT MEETING – CSNT-R TALISAY
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod / 4:00 p.m.

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Joseph Philip Trayvilla
    Fray Joel Alve
    Bro. Leonaldrin Ostia, SAR (Tondo Chapter / Trial)

20
  • All day
    September 20, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Nena Labrague, AR
    Sr. Kristine Ignacio, AR
    Sis. Corazon Catindig, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Normita Pleno, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Estella Marie Andador (RAY-Talisay)

21
  • All day
    September 21, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Sis. Carmencita Estillore, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Estrelleta Alao, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Sis. Normita Pleno, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Efigenia Itong, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Isabel Pantoja, AR
    +Sr. Salvacion Olalo, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Susana Quiñones, AR
    +Sis. Aquilina Gonzales, SAR (Manila Chapter)

22
  • All day
    September 22, 2023

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO MARSEILLE

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Marietta Angelica Gunayan, AR
    Sr. Nancy Macaraig, AR
    Sr. Sheryl Garcia, AR
    Sis. Mauricia Romero, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Pilar Gomez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Lebron Jay Bantog (RAY-Valencia)

23
  • All day
    September 23, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Vicente Ramon, Jr.
    Sis. Julia Sonsona, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSAY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Roberto Gaa (Diocese of Novaliches)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Sebastiana Jaropojop, AR
    +Sr. Agustina Salcedo, AR
    +Sis. Florencia Velarde, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Dolores Romarate, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

24
  • 3:40 PM
    September 24, 2023

    109th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

    Pope Francis’ Message: https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/migration/documents/20230511-world-migrants-day-2023.html

    BIRTHDAY

    Br. Christian Jay Manalo (aspirant)
    Sis. Bernadita Campos, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Dinah Espino, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Aura Mae Salanap, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sugarrey Rendajae (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (1967-2023)
    Fray Emeterio Buñao

25
  • All day
    September 25, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Lucita Mingueto, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Esperanza Heffler, AR

26
  • All day
    September 26, 2023

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Socorro Ladim, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    +Sis. Belen Osorio, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

27
  • All day
    September 27, 2023

    44TH WORLD TOURISM DAY

    Theme: “Tourism and Green Investment”

    Pope Francis’ Message: http://www.evangelizatio.va/ content/dam/pcpne/pdf/PastoraledelTurismo/44Messaggio/ Messaggio%20GMT%202023%20-%20Inglese.pdf

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Rafaela Paras, AR
    Sr. Damiana Tafalla, AR
    Sr. Ma. Melodina Ramirez, AR
    Sis. Encarnacion Cinco, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Susan Manalon, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Ruth Miralles, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:

    +Sr. Genoveva del Santísimo Sacramento, AR

28
  • All day
    September 28, 2023

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSION BLESSED MARTYRS OF JAPAN

    1ST FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF RECOLETOS DE LOS ARCOS

    MEETING OF PROVINCIAL PROCURATORS
    Sept. 28-30, 2023 / Rome

    BIRTHDAY

    Bro. Ruel Alcedo, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Salome Mapili, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Iluminada Apurillo, AR
    +Sis. Concesa da Silva, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

29
  • All day
    September 29, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Roderick Deguit
    Br. Joseph Alladen Lagare (aspirant)
    Sis. Mercedita Macabihag, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Rodelin Oredina (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Maria Acuña, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Elvira Birondo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

30
  • All day
    September 30, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Ferdinand Fornilos
    Sis. Teresita Labos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (2017-2023)
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Fray Mark Saludes

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Fabiana Gimongala, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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