3rd Sunday of Advent

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Gospel Reading

Luke 3: 10-18

10The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?”

11He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none.  And whoever has food should do likewise.”
12Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?”  13He answered them, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?” He told them, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”

15Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. 16John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
17His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.

 

Sunday Reflection

The Challenge of John the Baptist

Our gospel reading this Sunday is the response of John the Baptist to his own challenge addressed to the people when he declared, “Bear fruit worthy of repentance” (3:8).   This challenge or change, is a contrast to the attitude to religious complacency of becoming self-justified because they have Abraham for their father, Yahweh as their God, and have the Torah in their favor.   This religious confidence would surely not be enough to face the judgment seat of God.  Thus, the need to show in their very own lives the faith they profess–“to bear fruit worthy of repentance.”

Four Forms of Bearing Fruit “Worthy of Repentance”

Our Sunday gospel depicts four forms of “bearing fruit worthy of repentance.”

First is the genuine charity and compassion to people in need and the marginalized.  This is cast in the language of sharing the second cloak to those who do not have, and giving food to those who are greatly in need (cf. v. 11).  The language of clothing and food points to the basic needs of human person.  He who reaches out to those who are deprived of these basic needs by genuine charity, thoughtfulness, and goodness shows in his very own life a form of repentance.  Today we realize that there is just so much need humanity has—the need to be listened to, the need of presence, the need for companionship, the need to be forgiven, the need for mercy and compassion.  In whatever way a believer can extend a helping hand is a form of bearing fruit worthy of repentance.

Second is honesty and uprightness in dealing with people.  Tax collectors have the privileged place of enriching themselves at the expense of others.  They can collect more than they could if only to supplement exorbitantly their own earnings.  John’s challenge is a call to sobriety, truthfulness, and honesty (cf. v.13).  It is a call not to defraud others, not to make a source for ostentatious living the honest earning of others.

Third is service-oriented authority.  Soldiers who have power and authority were addressed not to use such power and authority to extort people, or to give faulty accusations against people (cf. v. 14).   This is the negative definition of what authority and power is about.  In the life of Jesus, he has shown the true sense of authority and power.  He cured the sick, the lepers he healed, those possessed by demons he gave freedom, He taught with authority the love, mercy, and compassion of the God especially for the marginalized and the oppressed.  These are the real manifestations of authority.  In truth authority makes only sense if it is directed for service for others.  Jesus’ greatest manifestation of authority is the authority of the cross.  It is a life giving sacrifice and service for humanity.

The fourth is condescending humility.  It is not enough that John the Baptist demands authenticity only from people.  He, as one of the esteemed preachers, has to show the way.  This is showing “fruit worthy of repentance” by example.  People could easily have mistook the messenger for the message, but this was not the case of John the Baptist—“one mightier than I am is coming, I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals” (v.16).

This condescending humility of John the Baptist is what galvanizes these other three forms of repentance and makes real sense to these values.  Imagine charity and compassion without humility, or honesty and uprightness in business without humility, or authority and power without humility?  All these mean nothing.

John the Baptist is presented to us this third Sunday of advent as the epitome of discipleship to follow and become like the child-King Jesus Christ.

Fr.’der, oar

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    September 1, 2021

    WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

    NOVENA TO ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO BEGINS

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Francisco de Leon, D.D.
    (Bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Alicia Bañares, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Laurice Kathleen Barizon (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, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Miguel Miró (72nd)
    Fray Federico Gregorio
    Maynard Negre (RAY-Talisay)

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    September 3, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray James Erold Gatinao (simply prof.)
    Sr. Annielyn Alejado, AR
    Sis. Salvacion Alonzo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Venus Maturan, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Jay Warren Oberes (RAY-Balamban)
    Regina Kyle Regonas (RAY-Balamban)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1969-2021)
    Fray Hernando Coja

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Rosario Padilla, AR

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    September 4, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

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

    OLCP- LARAY FIESTA MASS
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Presider & Homilist: Fr. Cresenciano Ubod

    PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF FRAY DAVID ENRIQUE CONEJO RAMIREZ, OAR
    (Alajuela, Mexico / Province of San Nicolas)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Mary Grace Morales, 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
    (1993-2021)
    Fray Emilio Jaruda

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Melchora de Sta. Teresita de Jesus, AR
    +Sis. Dorotea Magallon, SAR (Cebu Chapter

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    September 5, 2021

    52nd INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
    Budapest, Hungary / Sept. 5-12, 2021

    OLCP- MIRANILA FIESTA MASS
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Presider & Homilist: Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, D.D.

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

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Antonia Dinsay, AR

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    September 6, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Michael Catama
    Fray Rellyric Delos Santos
    Fray John Zachary Haguisan
    Sis. Nimfa Ramirez, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    September 7, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Regino Bangcaya
    Sr. Anita Manigo, AR
    Sis. Charito Muñoz, SAR (Manila Chapter / Trial)
    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, 2021

    BIRTHDAY OF MAMA MARY

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    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)

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    September 9, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Arlyn de la Cruz, AR
    Laurence Canillo (RAY-Balamban)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1985-2021)
    Fray Dionisio Selma (Prior Provincial)

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    September 10, 2021

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

    51st FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
    OF THE RECOLETOS DE PROVINCIALATE
    AS A COMMUNITY IN QUEZON CITY (Est. 1970)

    OAR STORY LECTURE SERIES / 8:00-12:00 A.M. / via Zoom & FB accounts
    “The Birth of the Augustinian Recollection”
    In celebration of the 400th Founding Anniversary of the Province of San Nicolas de Tolentino

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SNTP-DALIAO, KAOHSIUNG CITY, TAIWAN
    Time: 8:00 PM
    Presider: Fray Corvin Maturan, OAR

    FIESTA MASS @ SNT ORATORY – UNO-R BACOLOD

    FIESTA MASS @ SNTP – TALISAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
    Time: 10:00AM
    Presider: Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, D.D. (Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod)

    FIESTA MASS @ SNTP – QUEZON CITY
    Time: 6:00PM

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eufrocina Rusiana, AR
    Sr. Mary Grace Judith Alamares, AR
    Sis. Dulcessima Arellano, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Bro. Inocencio Sayo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1989-2021)
    Fray Francisco Antonio
    Fray Amadeo Lucero

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

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    September 11, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Edgardo Quilatan
    Fr. Francis Cortez, SAR (Manila Chapter / diocesan priest)
    Sis. Emalyn del Mundo, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Herminigilda Hernandez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Davic James Cabatingan (RAY-Valencia)
    Dianne Morales (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1998-2021)
    Fray Randolph Castulo Castillo
    Fray Charlito Orobia
    Fray Amado Emmanuel Bolilia
    Fray Jonathan Caballero

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    September 12, 2021

    FIESTA MASS @ HOLY CROSS PARISH, TALIAO, KAOHSIUNG CITY, TAIWAN
    Time: 3:00 PM
    Presider: Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos, OAR

    PAPAL VISIT TO HUNGARY & SLOVAKIA
    September 12-15, 2021

    DAY 1: ROME – BUDAPEST – BRATISLAVA

    06:00Departure by airplane from

    Rome/Fiumicino International Airport for

    Budapest

    07:45Arrival at Budapest International Airport
    07:45OFFICIAL WELCOME at Budapest

    International Airport

    08:45MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF

    THE REPUBLIC AND THE PRIME MINISTER at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

    09:15MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS at the

    Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

    10:00MEETING WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND SOME JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN HUNGARY at the

    Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

    11:30HOLY MASS at Heroes’ Square in Budapest
    14:30FAREWELL CEREMONY at Budapest

    International Airport

    14:40Departure by airplane for Bratislava
    15:30Arrival at Bratislava International Airport
    15:30OFFICIAL WELCOME at Bratislava

    International Airport

    16:30ECUMENICAL MEETING at the Apostolic

    Nunciature in Bratislava

    17:30PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE

    MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava


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    IRTHDAY
    Fray Jorr Rabacal
    Gerald Artates (RAY-Provincialate)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1992-2021)
    Fray Leander Barrot
    Fray Paulino Dacanay

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    September 13, 2021

    PAPAL VISIT TO HUNGARY & SLOVAKIA

    DAY 2:  BRATISLAVA

    09:15WELCOME CEREMONY at the Presidential

    Palace in Bratislava

    09:30    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the “Golden Hall” of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava
    10:00     MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava
    10:45     MEETING WITH BISHOPS, PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED PERSONS, SEMINARIANS, CATECHISTS at the Cathedral of Saint Martin in Bratislava
    16:00     PRIVATE VISIT TO THE “BETHLEHEM CENTER” in Bratislava
    16:45      MEETING WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY at Rybné námestie Square in Bratislava
    18:00     VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENT at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava
    18:15      VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava


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    IRTHDAY

    Sis. Aida Lopez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Azela Kilayko, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Robert John Navarro (RAY-Miranila)
    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez, Brother General of the Order

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Fray Dionisio Cachero (1970-2021)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1997-2021)
    Fray Jose Ernil Almayo

    FIRST DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Emilio Larlar Jr. [Attention! Recoletos de Provincialate Community: cf. Add. Code
    94ª: “When a brother dies, whether a novice or professed, the community to which he
    belongs will celebrate … Mass on the first anniversary of his death.”]

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    September 14, 2021

    PAPAL VISIT TO HUNGARY & SLOVAKIA

    DAY 3: BRATISLAVA – KOŠICE – PREŠOV – KOŠICE – BRATISLAVA
    Departure by airplane for Košice

    08:10
    09:00    Arrival at Košice Airport
    10:30     BYZANTINE DIVINE LITURGY OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM PRESIDED BY THE HOLY FATHER in the square of the Mestská športová hala in Prešov
    16:00     MEETING WITH THE ROMA COMMUNITY at Luník IX district in Košice
    17:00     MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice
    18:30     Departure by airplane for Bratislava
    19:30     Arrival at Bratislava International Airport

    BIRTHDAY

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

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Rizalina Poblete, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

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    September 15, 2021

    PAPAL VISIT TO HUNGARY & SLOVAKIA

    DAY 4: BRATISLAVA – ŠAŠTIN – BRATISLAVA – ROME
    10:00    HOLY MASS at the National Shrine in Šaštin
    13:30    FAREWELL CEREMONY at Bratislava International Airport
    13:45     Departure by airplane for Rome
    15:30    Arrival at Rome/Ciampino International Airport

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Anthony Morillo
    Fray James Bumangabang
    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, 2021

    108th ANNIVERSARY
    OF RELIGIOSAS FAMILIAS

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan
    Fray Robin Ross Plata
    Sr. Mary Ann Lumactao, AR
    Bro. Nestor Paredes, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Bro. Almario de la Cerna, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Angeles Gabutina, AR

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    September 17, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Rosalina Derain, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Anita Luces, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Aurora Guilaran, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Julia Tamsi (RAY-Baguio)
    Most Rev. Socrates Mesiona, D.D. (Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa)

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    September 18, 2021

    OAR STORY LECTURE SERIES / 9:00-12:00 A.M. / via Zoom & FB accounts
    “The Recollect Contributions to Philippine Culture and Society”

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Henry Santiago
    Sr. Ma. Ruth Gulane, AR
    Sis. Mary Ann Cabanes, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Demetria Bayona, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Josefina Tampus, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Lourdes Donayre, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

     

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    September 19, 2021

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

    FEAST – ST. ALONSO DE OROZCO

    3rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE
    PIONEER RECOLETOS MISSIONARIES IN INDONESIA

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Philip Trayvilla
    Fray Joel Alve

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    September 20, 2021

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

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    September 21, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Sis. Carmencita Estillore, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Estewrlita Alao, SAR (Laray 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, 2021

    BIRTHDAY

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

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    September 23, 2021

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

    ANNIVERSAY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Roberto Gaa (Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Sebastiana Jaropojop, AR
    +Sr. Agustina Salcedo, AR
    +Sis. Florencia Velarde, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    September 24, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Bernadita Campos, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Dinah Espino, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sugarrey Rendajae (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1967-2021)
    Fray Emeterio Buñao

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    September 25, 2021

    OAR STORY LECTURE SERIES / 9:00-12:00 A.M. / via Zoom & FB accounts
    “The Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno”

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lucita Mingueto, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Esperanza Heffler, AR

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    September 26, 2021

    107th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
    Theme: Towards an Ever Wider “We”

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Concesa da Silva, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Lourdes Mirasol, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Socorro Ladim, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    September 27, 2021

    2021 WORLD TOURISM DAY
    (cf. Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Rafaela Paras, AR
    Sr. Damiana Tafalla, AR
    Sr. Ma. Melodina Ramirez, AR
    Sis. Estrella Buelo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Teresa Fuertes, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Rosita Lacao, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Susan Manalon, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Ruth Miralles, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Encarnacion Cinco, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:
    +Sr. Genoveva del Santissimo Sacramento, AR

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    September 28, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BLESSED MARTYRS OF JAPAN

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Bp. Peter Liu of Kaohsiung (Taiwan) [1994-2021]

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Salome Mapili, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Iluminada Apurillo, AR

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    September 29, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roderick Deguit
    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, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ferdinand Fornilos
    Sr. Crisanta Lerios, AR
    Sis. Teresita Labos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2017-2021)
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Fray Mark Saludes

  

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