31st Sunday Pointers

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31st Sunday Pointers       

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Today the story of Zacchaeus is presented to us. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was so short that he had to climb up a sycamore tree to get a better view of Jesus as he was passing by—somehow this small man climbs up the tree because of his great desire to see Jesus. Everyone including Zacchaeus himself is completely surprised when Jesus announces that he intends to stay at Zacchaeus’ house that day.

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“Come down, Zacchaeus,” Jesus calls out to him.  The crowds that recognized him must have boiled with hatred.  But Jesus showed him compassion, “I must stay in your house.” While no upright Jew would have dared enter the home of a public sinner, an unclean person, Jesus crushed through their borders and invited himself to the home of Zacchaeus.

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For people the incident was an opportunity to condemn the tax collector; but for Jesus, it was an opportunity to invite the tax collector to repentance. .  It is the Lord who reaches out to and embraces a man ostracized and condemned by society.  By expressing His wish to eat with Zacchaeus, the tax collector spontaneously repents of his sins and offers to make quadruple restitution to those he has wronged. Clearly, Zacchaeus was converted by his experience of God’s mercy.

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The aftermath:

  1. After giving up his ill-gotten wealth, Zacchaeus , in a way, became poor but found his true wealth in Jesus.
  2. Before his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus  was a social outcast.  And being forbidden to enter any place of worship, he must have felt cast out of God’s circle.  Now he felt included in God’s embrace.
  3. While he was previously miserable and desperate spiritually, now he was reborn and filled with joy and zeal — not because of what he had done for God, but because of what God had done for him.  Because God reached out to him and entered his home, God made a home in him.  As a result, Zacchaeus found himself finally at home in God.

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Life Situation and Application

  Like the crowds, we rightfully detest the corruption and sinfulness of people. Like the crowds we judge certain individuals as being beyond redemption—without the slightest compassion for them proudly and confidently proclaiming to the world that we are the insiders and they outsiders, that we are hold in God’s arms and sinners as beyond divine mercy.

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 At some moments in our life we too are like Zacchaeus—involved in questionable act.  But like Zacchaeus , having received God’s mercy, can truly repent and turn away from our sinful patterns of acting.  And strive to live a virtuous life. As we approach the end of the liturgical year and reflect on the Second Coming of Christ, we are invited to be reborn in Christ.  May Christ, King of the Universe, invite himself to our homes, win our hearts and in the process redeem us not out of this world but while in the world.

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The story of Zacchaeus is our own story as well. The God who searches for the tax collector, searches for us as well. In each of us there lives a sinner and the Lord who is too willing to give us a fresh start. We are all important in the eyes of God. When we accept our own sinfulness and the grace of God, we begin to live a new life.

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    June 1, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Raul Buhay Fray Russell Lapidez
    Sis. Susana Batin, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Felina Chiong, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Dawag, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Estella Buelo, SAR (Manila Chapter)

2
  • All day
    June 2, 2022

    BLESSING & DEDICATION OF THE ALTAR OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO QUASI-PARISH
    Inayawan, Cebu City
    Time: 4:00 p.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Jose Palma, D.D.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Constantino Real
    Carl Veloso (RAY-Cavite)

3
  • All day
    June 3, 2022

    RST: COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Roy Baluarte
    Fray Ramon Bitancor III
    Br. Roque James Sabas (postulant)
    Sis. Clothie Canoy, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Olivia Alicante, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Corazon Ranoa, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Bro. Edgar Bond Jr., SAR (Baguio Chapter)

4
  • All day
    June 4, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Milagros Lagan, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

5
  • All day
    June 5, 2022

    PENTECOST SUNDAY

    CARES, BAGUIO: TRANSITIO ET FORMATIO / COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Purita Crom, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Herminigilda Claver, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1985-2022)

    Fray Francisco Antonio
    Fray Amadeo Lucero

6
  • All day
    June 6, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Ma. Asuncion Zorilla, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Jennifer Sibayan, SAR (Urbiztondo Chapter / Trial)
    Christine Joy Euraba (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Agustinus Agus (Archdiocese of Pontianak, Indonesia)

7
  • All day
    June 7, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Teresita Aurigue, AR
    Sis. Roberta Legaspi, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL & EPISCOPAL ORDINATIONS

    Most Rev. Raul Dael, D.D.  (Diocese of Tandag)

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  • All day
    June 8, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Mary Joy Dula, AR
    Sis. Cristina Crosland, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Yolanda Apacible, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Corazon Layumas, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Ryan Jimenez, D.D. (Diocese of Chalan Kanoa, CNMI)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Amparo del Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR
    +Sis. Rosita Climaco, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

9
  • All day
    June 9, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Purificacion Glimada, AR
    Sr. Ma. Lea Eseo, AR
    Sr. Evangeline Pejano, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Porferia Georpe, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

10
  • All day
    June 10, 2022

    USJ-R MAIN: GRADUATION CEREMONY (GRADE 6)

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Joel Villaruel
    Br. Heljen Lance Acha (aspirant)
    Bro. Arturo Catindig, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Bro. John Kamara, SAR (Kamalo Chapter / Trial)
    Sis. Violeta Villamin, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Cossete Villanueva, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1984-2022)

    Fray Raul Buhay
    Fray Domingo Saladaga
    Fray William Emilito Villaflor

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Carmela Garcia, AR
    +Sr. Soledad Cañete, AR
    +Sis. Estela Taburada, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Daisy Soguilon, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    +Bro. Rodolfo Mijares, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    June 11, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Most Rev. Francisco de Leon, D.D.  (Diocese of Antipolo)
    Fray Bernabe Dosdos
    Br. Kenneth Quitaleg (postulant)
    Sr. Ma. Divina Caabay, AR
    Sis. Rosalinda Rios, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1983-2022)

    Fray Bernard Amparado
    Fray Joseph Granada
    Fray Cristituto Palomar
    Fray Jorge Peligro

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Bro. Abraham Caballes, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

12
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    June 12, 2022

    HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY

    [Philippine’s 124th Independence Day]

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Lucita Anareta, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Adelaida Tanchico, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Micaela de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    +Sis. Felicidad Delalamon, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

13
  • All day
    June 13, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Br. Mark Anthony Zion Madrona (aspirant)
    Mo. Lucena Antipala, AR (General Superior of the CARS)
    Sr. Antonia Pono, AR
    Sis. Herminia Ishii, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Antonieta Lorna Cepe, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Antonia Lauron, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION (Religious Brother)
    (1998-2022)

    Fray Jaazeal Jakosalem

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Fe de la Sgda. Familia, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Amparo Serra, AR
    +Sis. Victoria Caturay, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

14
  • All day
    June 14, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Natividad Remitera, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1972-2022)

    Fray Federico Gregorio
    Fray Lauro Larlar
    Fray Ceferino Añez

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Michaela de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    +Mo. Maria Josefa Borces, AR
    +Sis. Angelina Yap, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

15
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    June 15, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Nelson Plohimon
    Sr. Ma. Clotilde Edora, AR
    Sr. Adoracion Pagsisihan, AR
    Sr. Isis Vita Villagonzalo, AR
    Sis. Hilda Socrates, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Rosario Mamon, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Bro. Leo Calimutan, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Bro. Leonardo Erojo (Cebu Chapter)
    Ma. Sophia Navarro (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Manuela de San Agustin, AR
    +Sis. Amalia Gatuslao, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

16
  • All day
    June 16, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Aurelia Pastidio, AR
    Sis. Miriam Ruiz, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Rosalina Mangaoil, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Mary Jane Eranista, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Salvacion Rubia, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Sis. Roselyn Ubag, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1974-2022)

    Fray Enrico Peter Silab

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Encarnacion Hynson, AR

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    June 18, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Corazon Barroca, AR
    Sis. Lourdes Florendo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Aida Tambis, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1978-2022)

    Fray Joseph Philip Trayvilla

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, D.D. (Diocese of Cubao)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Victor Jose Lluch (2004-2022)
    +Sis. Erlinda Dacalos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Ma. Celia Setias, SAR (Brooke’s PointChapter)

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    June 19, 2022

    SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK UNO-R: GRADUATION CEREMONY (COLLEGE)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Rizalina Salera, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1977-2022)

    Fray René Paglinawan
    Fray Leonardo Pauligue
    Fray Samson Silloriquez

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. (Diocese of Imus)

    (2010-2022)
    Fray Leo Alaras
    Fray Michael Catama
    Fray Kenneth Joseph Onda
    Fray James Dexter Tanquis

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD (Diocese of San Pablo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Rosa de Padua, AR

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    June 20, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Renier Alviola
    Fray Enrico Nacorda
    Sis. Fe Enilog, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Macaria Salgado, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Reyson Valerio (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Leilani Alejandro, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    +Sis. Carina Juan, SAR (Manila Chapter)

21
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    June 21, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Luis Antonio Card. Tagle (Prefect, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples)
    Sr. Ma. Luisa Borces, AR
    Sis. Angelita de Guzman, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2005-2022)

    +Jaime Cardinal Sin (Brother General of the Order)

22
  • All day
    June 22, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Paulino Dacanay

23
  • All day
    June 23, 2022

    SSC-R MANILA: GRADUATION CEREMONY (SHS)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Joan Marie Ubag, AR
    Sis. Elenora Tubiona, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Remegia Lopez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Marilyn Semense, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

24
  • All day
    June 24, 2022

    SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

    DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

    USJ-R MAIN: MOVING UP CEREMONY (JHS)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Jesusa Pedrez, AR Sr. Juanita Payawal, AR
    Sis. Juanita Payawal, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Calderon, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Baby Rich Pajares (RAY-Caidiocan)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ma. Presentacion Ramirez, AR

25
  • All day
    June 25, 2022

    IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray William Emilito Villaflor
    Sis. Asuncion Magalona, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Prospera Jabagat, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Sis. Vivien Oquindo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sean Feauna Narvasa (RAY-Balamban)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ma. Luisa Padilla, AR

26
  • All day
    June 26, 2022

    13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    START OF THE 5-DAY SPIRITUAL RETREAT OF THE CANDIDATES FOR NOVITIATE (cf. Add. Code 207.3)

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Julius Marcos
    Fray Virgilio Calalang, Jr.
    Fray Mark Joseph Quirante (simply prof.)
    Sis. Melinda Camero, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Whagie Saronillo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Winifreda Pahilanga, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Jamaicha Lapinid (RAY-Miranila)

27
  • All day
    June 27, 2022

    SSC-R MANILA: MOVING UP CEREMONY (JHS)

    BIRTHDAY

    Br. Jos Albert Aguana (postulant)
    Sr. Elvira Vergara, AR
    Bro. Manuel Martinez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Bro. David de la Torre, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Lucita Dimaano, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2020-2022)

    Fray Joseph Neil Baygan
    Fray James Esplanada F
    ray Judd Galinato
    Fray Mc Ariel Capinpin
    Fray Mark Joseph Quirante

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Ma. Catalina del Amor Misericordioso, AR
    +Sr. Crisanta Lerio, AR

28
  • All day
    June 28, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSION

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Enrico Peter Silab
    Fray Samson Silloriquez
    Sis. Sonia Ramos, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1990-2022)

    Fray Bernabe Dosdos

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Francisco de Leon, D.D.  (Diocese of Antipolo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Margarita de Lumbania, AR

29
  • All day
    June 29, 2022

    SOLEMNITY OF STS. PETER & PAUL, APOSTLES

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Pablicita Palatino, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Bro. Peter Sesay, SAR (Kamalo Chapter / Trial)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1967-2022)

    Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, D.D. (Diocese of Bacolod)

    (2019-2022)
    Fray Neil Robert Alilain

    (2018-2022)
    Fray Helfrid Palmis
    Fray Rey Jay Quevedo
    Fray Jhoben Rodriguez
    Fray Renz Calex Soriano

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Neriza Hernandez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    +Sis. Aleja Abellar, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    +Sis. Remedios Vitangcol, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

30
  • All day
    June 30, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Br. Danielle Nadal (postulant)
    Bro. Aquilino Cariño Jr., SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Leticia Tayao, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Teresita Bilbao, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Liberty Batayola, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Adelina Sacapano, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    +Sis. Laureana Quijano, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    +Sis. Amancia Gagui, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

  

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