26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Gospel Reading (Mk 9:38-48)

38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”

39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.  40Whoever is not against us is for us.

41For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

42“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.  43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.  47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,  48where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

Pointers for Sunday Reflection

This Sunday’s gospel reading is one of the explanations of Mark on the conundrum of the little-child image that Jesus placed in the midst of his disciples who, on the road back home, had been arguing with one another who was the greatest (9:33-34).    Taking the child in His arms, Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me” (vv. 36-37).  What does this child really represent? How can one accept the child and become the greatest?

Tolerance and Non-Exclusivist Attitude. The first child-like attitude is explained by Mark in vv. 38-41.  These verses talk of other exorcists who, in the name of Jesus were casting out demons.  However, these were not members of the company of the twelve.  It is interesting to note that the actions of the disciples toward these were to stop them because they were not following them (v.38).  On the contrary, Jesus’ advise was more of an inclusivist mentality, a recognition of a shared responsibility, an appreciation of the goodness in others.  He forbade his disciples from stopping them, for if indeed they perform deeds of power in His name, they will never speak ill of Jesus.

This is a cross section of the heart of Jesus in contrast to the attitude of his disciples.  While on the one hand the disciples were thinking of a privileged in- group mentality, an exclusivist, distinctive and separate behavior, on the other hand Jesus speaks of a shared responsibility, a collective and empowered many.  A recognition that God’s grace is not necessarily limited to the few.

Not a Stumbling-block to Believers.  The second metaphor that interprets the child conundrum is the imperative not to become a stumbling- block or a cause of scandal to the believers (the little ones).   There are two possibilities one can do if one is already a scandal to the believers and thus causing these to sin.  The first is the cutting ties with the community by means of acceptance of exile or self banishment “…better for you that a millstone were hung around your neck and you were throne into the sea” (v.42).  It would be a great act of service for one not to be the cause of the sinning of others.   The second, the better option is to cut oneself off from the root causes of scandal, to decisively root out within one’s life the causes of being a stumbling block—if your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off… if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off… if your eye causes you to stumble… (vv. 43-48).    Surely these cannot be taken literally for if even, both hands were cut, and both eyes were gauged out, or both feet are gone, yet one can still become a scandal and cause of the sinning to the believers.

Interesting in this exhortation of Jesus is that the turning away from being a cause of sin is a personal decision.  It is a personal choice to “cut off” oneself, so to say, from scandalous lifestyles, attitudes and mentality. The “cutting off” symbolizes a painful and long process.  Indeed, it is not an easy effort to correct oneself from pride, arrogance, injustice specially if these have become almost second nature and a form of a life style.  There is no easy way out from a mentality of corruption and having acquired a throw-away culture, or a culture of death.   A long, painful and tedious conversion process is necessary.  The least a believer can do is not to be a cause of sin, and the best one can become is to be an example for faithfulness, humility and graciousness to all believers.

To be child the Challenge

To become a child is not an easy process.  It is not about age.  It is about becoming and having the mind and the heart of Christ once more even at what physical age one is.  To be open to others, to see in others God’s goodness and graciousness, not to envy others that usually leads to destroying others—these are ways of becoming like a child dear to Jesus and greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Likewise, not to be the cause of sins for others, to become a model of humility, goodness, fidelity and a mirror of the very life of Jesus for others is another way of becoming the greatest in the Kingdom of God.

Are we ready to become a child of God once again?

Fr.’der, oar

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    3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER

    *DAY OF THE RELIGIOUS BROTHERS SIMPLE PROFESSION OF VOWS
    OF SR. FLORAMAE CANETE, OAR (OAR Nuns Monastery, Bacolod City) Time: 3:00 p.m.
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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Evelyn Leongas, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2010-2022)
    Fray Mark Ryan Prado

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Mamerta Filipino, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Monica Legaspi, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2009-2022)
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    Fray Hector Gonzales
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan
    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Margarita Ponce, AR
    +Sis. Eulalia Kabajar, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roland Cepe
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Sr. Myrna Gimena, AR
    Sis. Alejandra Arnaiz, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Jovencia Savilla, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Bro. Samuel Pascua, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Felicitas Lucinario, AR
    +Sis. Lourdes Tupas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    May 4, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Elvira Ignacio, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Lydia Rivera, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Jasmin Parreño, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1991-2022)
    Fray Sixto Bitangjol
    Fray Reynaldo Jaranilla
    Fray Antonio Zabala, Jr.

    (2008-2022)
    Fray Ken Oliver Lao

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Maria Abellanosa, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Bro. Remedio Alugar, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 5, 2022

    WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

    49TH PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    CSNT-R: MOVING-UP CEREMONY (KINDER & GRADE 10)

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Don Carlos Fernandez (postulant)
    Sr. Araceli de Vera, AR
    Sis. Dalia Santos, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Myrna Montejo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Bro. Danielito Davis Diesta, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Ronald Capulong (RAY-Urbiztondo)

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    May 6, 2022

    CSNT-R:  COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES (GRADE 6 & GRADE 12)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Bendicta Rodriguez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Libbie Badenas (Brooke’s Point Chapter / Trial)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Angustias del Divino Amor, AR

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    May 7, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leopoldo Estioko
    Bro. Elmar Malvar, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Julieta Liagao, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Urbana Panit, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Nathaniel Jade Riego (RAY-Cavite)
    Lourdes Isabella Corpuz (RAY-Cebu)

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    May 8, 2022

    GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. (Diocese of Imus)
    Fray Dionisio Cachero
    Sr. Honey Mae Boquila, AR
    Bro. Wilson Sy, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Victoria Baluran, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Reyes, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Gloria Arroyo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Violeta Taring, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Norberto Vingson, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    PHILIPPINE NATIONAL & LOCAL ELECTIONS

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Teresita Caballero, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Alain Gallego, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Gina Fernandez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Kenneleen Slam Alvarado (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Fortunato dela Rosa, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Bro. Alfredo Panelo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    +Sis. Isabel Ursal, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

10
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    May 10, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Cañete, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Rodolfo Dayag, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Andrea Sonsona, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Sylvia Selda, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Lonie Silang, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Soledad Pacita Requiena, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Restituta Torres, AR
    +Sis. Emerencia Espeña, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Letecia Alemania, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Luz Kilayko, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    May 12, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Granada
    Sis. Lilibeth Layumas, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Josefina Lanase, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Blancia, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Loreta De Castro, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Lido Cerna (RAY-Miranila)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2007-2022)
    Fray James Castelo
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Fray Nestor Raras
    Fray Rellyric Delos Santos

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Eduviges de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    +Sr. Amanda de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    +Sr. Paz Reandelar, AR
    +Bro. Manuel Magalona, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    May 13, 2022

    7TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (2015-2022) OF RECOLETOS DE TAMBO COMMUNITY

    BIRTHDAY
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung, D.D. (Archdiocese of Kaohsiung)
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Sr. Ma. Gracelda Bendoval, AR
    Sr. Loraine Lechago, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Aurora Sison, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Lucrecia de la Cerna, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    ST. MATTHIAS

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Lina Guevara, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Nicolasa del Espiritu Santo, AR
    +Sr. Escolastica Calsado, AR
    +Sr. Natalia Paunil, AR
    +Mo. Ma. Bibiana Vendiola, AR
    +Sis. Bonifacia Ancajas, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 15, 2022

    5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    CANONIZATION OF 10 BLESSED
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    – Titus Brandsma
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    FIESTA – SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH,CASIAN ISLAND, TAYTAY, PALAWAN
    Fluvial Procession and Blessing of Boats- 7:00 a.m. Fiesta Mass: 10:00 a.m.
    Main Celebrant: Fray Louie Gabinete

     

    FIESTA – OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE PARISH, TONDO

    Fiesta Mass: 9:00 a.m.

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Isidore Vincent Adolfo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Mildred Mutia, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Corazon Treyes, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Ma. Señora Agbuya (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Gertrudes del Espiritu Santo, AR
    +Sis. Remedios Querubin, SAR (Manila Chapter)
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    +Sis. Rosario Amores, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 16, 2022

    OPENING OF THE 8TH PROVINCIAL CHAPTER

    13TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (2009-2022) OF RECOLETOS DE CASIAN COMMUNITY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Marilou Labrador, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Gracia Pil, AR
    +Sis. Ma. Aurora Hong, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    May 17, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Glenda Arañez, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Margarita Parro (Miranila Chapter / Trial)
    Mark Lorenzo Negre (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Lucina Cabili, AR
    +Sis. Gliceria Enriquez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Clarita Matanoza, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 18, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Ma. Belma Agrava, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Precilla Loor, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Mababangloob, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Mildred Carlos, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Ella Jabagat (RAY-Talisay)
    Rose Ann Dag-um (RAY-Provincialate)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Prudencia Martinez, AR

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    May 19, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Nigel Cabigon (aspirant)
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Bongcawel, AR
    Bro. Sergio Javillo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Lolita Caabay, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    En Sueno (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Paula de la Purisima Concepcion, AR
    +Sis. Juliet Tano, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

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    May 20, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Don Besana
    Sis. Evelyn Abutin, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Dolores Cañeda, AR
    +Sis. Andrea Rabillas, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 21, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Christian Joseph Codilla (aspirant)
    Sr. Victoria Sandiego, AR
    Sr. Sulpicia Geronimo, AR
    Sr. Cynthia Camuta, AR
    Sr. Maria Flor Mejarito, AR
    Sis. Virginia Cosca, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Vicenta Abanggan, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Mary Ann Cayabyab (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Francisco Pacabis, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    +Sis. Celerina Velarde, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 22, 2022

    6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Alvin Laserna Jr. (postulant)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR
    Sis. Encarnacion Campomanes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Potenciana Gomez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Estela Taburada, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    May 23, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Antonio Diesta, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Desideria Quinto, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Epetecia Tonggoy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Alita Garcia, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Carmelina Villasor, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Anna Cristina Sta. Marina, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Marites Regala (Miranila Chapter / Trial)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Caridad de la Virgen del Rosario, AR
    +Sis. Eva Sy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 24, 2022

    DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Justina de Leon, AR
    Sr. Vicenta Climacosa, AR
    Bro. Jose Ely Honrado, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Christine Salabsab (RAY-Laray)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1986-2021)
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Fray Emilio Edgardo Quilatan

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Dulcessima Arellano, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

25
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    May 25, 2022

    60th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1962-2022) OF THE RECOLETOS DE BACOLOD COMMUNITY

    37th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (1985-2022) OF THE RECOLETOS DE MIRANILA COMMUNITY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Nicholasa Sabado, AR
    Ella Aiza Jabagat (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Auxiliadora Somosot, AR
    +Sis. Virginia Auman, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

26
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    May 26, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Avelina Tatel, AR
    Sis. Leah Espacio, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Angustias Librea, AR
    +Bro. Norberto Tancino, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Carmila Puyat, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Dolores Nipales, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    May 27, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Lobitaña, AR
    Sis. Menchie Bautista, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Corazon Miranda, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda de Guzman, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Milagros Comahig, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Jocelyn Nengasca, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Julita Asubar, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Maila de Rivera (Baguio Chapter / Trial)

28
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    May 28, 2022

    WORLD DAY OF HUNGER (cf. LAMP 52)

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Emilio Marquez, D.D. (Diocese of Lucena)
    Sr. Emilia Buenaseda, AR
    Sis. Delia Española, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Jean Blanco, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Carmen Bolaños, AR
    +Sis. Esmeralda Degamo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    May 29, 2022

    ASCENSION

    56th WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
    Theme: “Listening with the ear of the heart”

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Salome Paderogo, AR
    Sis. Elsa Claver, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Leontina Mira, AR

30
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    May 30, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cristituto Rey Tepace (deacon)
    Sis. Josefina Parentela, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Teresita Salada, AR

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    May 31, 2022

    VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION PARISH
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    Fiesta Mass & Procession of Sagala – 5:00 p.m.
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    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Nestor Lloren Jr. (postulant)
    Sis. Priscilla Salazar, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Violeta Taring, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
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