Reflection on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

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Is 58:7-10; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Mt 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth.” The salt gives flavor to food and is also a food preservative. Do I give flavor to the life of my brothers and sisters? Or do I make life distasteful, or even bitter for others? Do I make life enjoyable for my parents and siblings by helping out in the house chores: washing the plates, sweeping the floor, arranging furniture, chairs and tables, putting cups and glasses and silverware in proper places? Do I show respect and affection to my parents and elders? Am I helpful to my siblings? In the working place, am I courteous to superiors and other employees? Am I kind to everyone? Am I helpful to those in need? Am I compassionate as my Heavenly Father is compassionate? There are many facets in life where we can be the salt of the earth and make life easier and enjoyable for those around us, as well as keep our family closely knit and our neighborhood a truly Christian community. In the Mosaic Law the salt is sprinkled on two offerings: on the daily cereal offerings and on the bull and ram offering for the holocaust, as though it were a flavoring for the food offered to God. Thus our offering to God must contain a flavoring of good conduct and loving affection for the Lord and our neighbor.

“You are the light of the world.” In the Old Testament, we read many affirmations that the Lord is our light: “You are my lamp, O Lord” (2 Sm 22:29). “The Lord shall be your everlasting light” (Is 60:20). “The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps 27:1). “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). When the Lord enlightens our life, then we in turn become light for others. Before his Ascension the Lord commanded that we “make disciples of all nations … teaching them to obey his commands” (Mt 28:19-20). We make disciples not by teaching with words, but by teaching with our actions, our witnessing by the way we live. This is what Isaiah 58 tells us in the first reading: “Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless, clothe the naked (v7)… Remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech” (v9b) “Then your light shall break forth like the dawn (v8)… then your light shall rise for you in the darkness” (v10). The early Christian community in Jerusalem lived like this and many other Jews who saw them admired them and joined them. That is why within a short period of time, the community of believers grew: “Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). In our days we see many Catholics disobey the commandments of God. Stealing through corruption in government is well known. Enriched with the money of the people, many practice adultery having a second or even a third family. Policemen and other government officials use their position to oppress others and set up their opponents in courts and imprison them. The case of the Korean Mr. Jee is still fresh in our minds, and I categorize this crime as demonic: to kidnap, take the ransom and still kill the victim, even cremate the body and pour  down the ashes into the toilet drain is most evil. The bereaved family cannot even give its loved one a decent burial. Think of it as done to yourself, how would you feel? Only a devil can do such a thing to his fellowman. We should ask ourselves: have Filipinos lost their Christian faith? Then there is the homosexuality among us and they are the stars in our media. Are we people who believe in God? Do we honor the commandments of God? Do we accept the Bible as the Word of God? Then why do we disobey God’s word? As I see it, we Filipinos are not yet a Light to the world. There is so much we lack in following Jesus. How can we make disciples of other nations? There is a lot of praying we still have to do. There is a lot of penance and intercession we still have to do as a people. Let us ask the Sacred Heart of Jesus to make our hearts like his. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to renew the Pentecost among us. Let us ask Mama Mary to intercede for our nation, to pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR

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    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)

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    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)

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  • 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)

     

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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  • 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)

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    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)

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    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)

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  • 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

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    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)

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  • 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)

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    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)

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    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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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    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)

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  • 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)

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    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)

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    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)

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  • 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

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    September 25, 2023

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Lucita Mingueto, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Esperanza Heffler, AR

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  • All day
    September 26, 2023

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

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

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    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

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    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)

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    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)

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    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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