SARF-Vicariate of the USA Newsletter (May 2020)

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May greetings to all of our Secular Augustinian Recollects, Guild members, and the Hispanic Committee!

We are into our third month of trying to survive a world changed by a deadly virus. All of us know family members or friends who have become sick or even died as a result of this illness. We are tired, anxious, and sad. People are hurting from the loss of jobs and the restrictions on school, on family gatherings, and on coming together to pray and celebrate the Sacraments of our Catholic faith. Graduations, Confirmations, First Communion, Marriages: everything is on hold for now. Does anyone remember that old song by Ann Murray: “[We sure could use] a little good news today”? Well, it still applies: the circumstances may have changed since 1983, but unfortunately, not that much. We still need and always will need a little bit of good news. Our Christian faith gives us a future to hope in; a promise that better days are coming. We continue our prayers for all the members of our Tagaste Monastery/Sacred Heart and Augustinian Recollect family, and especially for all of those who are helping others during these difficult days. God bless and keep all of you safe! Please stay connected to us in the Mass we offer at Sacred Heart Church each day, except Saturdays, at 12 pm; and on Sundays in Spanish at 10 am at www.sacredheartparish.org. We have had some technical problems from time to time but things are definitely improving, so stay with us!


Unrecognizable: Patt Chester, secretary at Sacred Heart Parish (l) and Fr. John Gruben, both with protective masks, raise a new flag in front of Tagaste, a gift from Lenny Scarr of Scarr Funeral Home in Suffern [Larry Chester, photographer]

A Deer’s Tale [A remedy for cabin fever!] Last Sunday after Fr. Michael Rafferty and I had finished the 12:00 pm Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern and I had returned to Tagaste, I thought I would be in for a quiet afternoon. I was awaiting the arrival of Connie Montanye (our Guild president) who had kindly made some Sunday lunch for me and Fr. Mike. Just as she was pulling into the monastery by the kitchen door, a mother deer and two fauns, obviously newborns, appeared and were panicked by the approaching car. The doe wheeled around wildly and leaped against one of the windows in the old guild hall, completely shattering it. Apparently unhurt, she escaped along with one of the fauns, leaving the other behind, confused and frightened. I waited to see if mama would come back for her offspring but she did not, at least not then. After several hours had gone by and the faun had not budged, I decided to call our local animal shelter for help. They simply advised me to wait until dusk when they believed the doe would probably return. They also discouraged me from putting out water or milk, advising me that if the deer picked up a human scent on the baby, she would abandon it. Well, it was just getting dark when our security alarm warned me that there was movement in the back yard. When I looked out the window there was the mama deer bravely charging a red fox that, no doubt, had come after her baby, intending to make a meal of it. The fox was persistent but so was the mother; she did not let down her guard for a moment, but kept charging until the fox gave up and left. Then she and her kid ambled off into the darkness. I couldn’t see any more and presumed they were safe, at least for the time being. What a beautiful display of family spirit and bravery in the animal world. That was a great sermon: I got the message!


Faun leans against recycling bin outside kitchen at Tagaste waiting to get rescued by mama deer

Update from the Cardinal. In a message to the priests and people of the Archdiocese of New York on the Solemnity of the Ascension (May 21), Cardinal Timothy Dolan outlined a plan for the gradual reopening of Catholic churches, expressing both the ongoing need to be safe and comply with necessary health regulations, and the need for our people to once again receive the Sacraments of the Church as well as to participate in the educational and pastoral activities that have been on hold for so long. The first step is the reopening of churches for private devotion, which is already in effect at Sacred Heart parish (1-5 pm, daily). More details should be available over the next few weeks.

Please pray for recovery of health for: Elias and Marina del Castillo, Marie Hiltz, Lily Klaver, Marylou Oldfield, and Sr. Mary John of St. Zita’s Villa  

Into eternal life: We recently received word of the deaths of Sr. Ellen Margaret Staiger of the Srs. of Charity, Convent Station, a long friend of Tagaste, as well as Joan Beck and Susan Casasola, friends from St. John Parish in the Bronx where the Recollects worked for many years.

Fr. John Gruben, OAR, prior
Theresa Giampaglia, SAR president
Connie Montanye, Guild president

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    August 1, 2020

    BUWAN NG WIKA STARTS

    PARISH FIESTA (31ST FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY) OF OLCP-R, LARAY, TALISAY CITY, CEBU
    5:00 p.m. / Presider & Homilist Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Gideon Antolin Lagrimas

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    August 2, 2020

    ST. JOHN MARIE VIANNEY SUNDAY

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Amada de Ramos, AR

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    August 3, 2020

    RST: START OF ENROLMENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jay Parilla
    Sr. Felma Elbanbuena, AR
    Carlos Benedict Rizaga (RAY-Balamban)

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    August 4, 2020

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (Diocese of San Carlos)
    Sr. Felisa Costonera, AR
    Sr. Eleuteria Lao, AR
    Sr. Yvette Galabo, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (Diocese of San Carlos)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Zenaida Ty, AR

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    August 5, 2020

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Mark Ryan Prado

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2007-2020)
    +Fray Oscar de la Rosa

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    August 6, 2020

    TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

    CHARTER DAY OF CEBU PROVINCE

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Consuelo de San Agustin, AR

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    August 7, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Concepcion Reston, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Concepcion Balin, AR

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    August 8, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Chrislean Rey Pamilaga (novice)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:
    +Sr. Regina Bianes, AR

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    August 9, 2020

    WORLD DAY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (cf. LAMP 52)

    BIRTHDAY
    Mayenne Flores (RAY-Baguio)

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    August 10, 2020

    START OF NOVENA TO ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Yolanda Navea, AR
    Sr. Myrna Arcegono, AR
    Daniela Barong (RAY-Tambo)

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    August 12, 2020

    3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE QUASI PARISH OF N.S. DEL CARMEN IN HINATUAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR

    REPORTING OF “OLDPHYTE” SEMINARIANS IN CARES, BAGUIO

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    REPORTING OF “NEOPHYTE” SEMINARIANS IN CARES, BAGUIO

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    August 15, 2020

    SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Mo. Ma. del Carmen, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Mamerta de San Agustin AR

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    August 16, 2020

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF SAN ROQUE PARISH
    Saipan, CNMI
    Time: 9:00 A.M. (Saipan Time) Presider: Most Rev. Ryan Jimenez, D.D.

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Church,
    Fanhua, Zhangzhi Township, Pingtung County (Diocese of Kaohsiung), Taiwan Time: 10:00 A.M.
    Presider: Fray Nimrod Launio

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1980-2020)
    Fray Constantino Real

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Adoracion Bonto, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Tomasa de San Jose, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Leonila Pesado, AR

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    August 17, 2020

    ST. CLARE OF MONTEFALCO

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Mashyll Entac, AR

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    August 18, 2020

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION OF A RELIGIOUS BROTHER
    (2001-2020)
    Fray Raymund Alcedo

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    August 19, 2020

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP II, 5c) SOLEMNITY OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS OF THE ST. EZEKIEL MORENO QUASI- PARISH, CAIDIOCAN, VALENCIA, NEGROS ORIENTAL
    Time: 10:00 A.M.
    Presider: Fray Jay Parilla

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Monastery
    25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLESSING AND INAUGURATION OF THE CHAPEL AND MONASTERY (Bacolod City)
    Time: 8:00 A.M.
    Presider: Most Rev. Vicente Navarra, D.D.

    FIESTA MASS IN HONOR OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    @ San Roque Parish, Saipan, CNMI Time: 6:00 A.M. (Saipan Time)

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SNTP Church (Quezon City) Time: 6:00 P.M.
    (Presider: —to be communicated later)

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Chapel (near Balon-Pari), Inagawan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Time & Presider: —to be communicated later)

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SEMONORE (Antipolo City) (Time & Presider: —to be communicated later)

    2ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RECOLETOS DE BALAMBAN COMMUNITY

    START OF THE NOVENA TO ST. AUGUSTINE

    QUEZON CITY DAY

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2002-2020)
    Fray Louie Gabinete
    Fray Jerome Virtudazo

    (2007-2020)
    Fray Ian Anthony Espartero
    Fray Allan Jacinto

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Judd Galinato (simply prof.)

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    August 21, 2020

    ST. POPE PIUS X

    NINOY AQUINO DAY

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archdiocese of Cebu)

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    August 22, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leander Barrot Fray
    Paul Demillones

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Lino Agunod (2007-2020)
    +Sr. Ma. Fe Luna, AR
    +Sr. Matilde del Rosario, AR

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    August 23, 2020

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH
    Linyuan, Kaohsiung
    Time: 3:00 P.M.
    Presider: Fray Corvin Maturan

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Benecia Olaño, AR
    Sr. Gecel Polestico, AR

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    August 24, 2020

    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF AUXILIARY BISHOP-ELECT MOISES CUEVAS (Diocese of Zamboanga)

    START OF REGULAR CLASSES IN RECOLETOS SCHOOLS

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1963-2020)
    Fray Emeterio Buñao
    Fray Dunstan Hubert Decena

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    August 25, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Angelika Perez (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1991-2020)
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Fray Carmelo Borces
    Fray Leopoldo Estioko
    Fray Gaudencio Geronimo de Mesa
    Fray Nemesio Tolentin

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Veronica de los Santos, AR
    +Sr. Andrea Cabunilas, AR

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    August 26, 2020

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO QUASI PARISH- RECOLETOS, Inayawan, Cebu City
    (Time & Presider: —to be communicated later)

    BIRTHDAY
    Mikaela Loraine Toro (RAY-Valencia)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1967-2020)
    Fray Rafael Cabarles

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Afra Medillo, AR

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    August 27, 2020

    FEAST OF ST. MONICA
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Genoveva de Asis, AR
    Judy Ann Mediavillo (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2009-2020)
    Fray Bob Cabanag

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Felicidad de Sto. Niño, AR
    +Sr. Geronima Ruiz, AR

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    August 28, 2020

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE OAR MISSION (cf. LAMP II, 5c) SOLEMNITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    25TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOLLECT AUGUSTINIAN YOUTH

    INSTALLATION OF MOST REV. JOSE CABANTAN AS ARCHBISHOP OF CAGAYAN DE ORO

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Agustin Culaton

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1988-2020)
    Fray Raul Buhay

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Monica de San Joaquin, AR

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    August 29, 2020

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

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    August 30, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Shiela Flores (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Sr. Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Consuelo Dangan, AR

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    August 31, 2020

    NATIONAL HEROES’ DAY

     

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