2020 Marian Pilgrimage

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Kaohsiung, TAIWAN—The month of October is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary specifically to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Hence, to manifest their deep devotion to the Mother of God, forty parishioners of St. Joseph Parish (聖若瑟堂) and Queen of Victory Parish (勝利之后堂), both in Xiaogang District, Kaohsiung City (高雄市,小港區)participated in a two days weekend  pilgrimage to the Catholic Sanctuary of Our Lady of Wufongci (天主 教五峰旗聖母朝聖地) in Yilan County (宜蘭縣) on October 24 to 25. Fray Joel Dequilla, OAR, the Parish priest of the aforesaid Churches accompanied the pilgrims, who departed from Kaohsiung City at around 7 in the morning of October 24. On the way to the final destination, the group visited the Carmelite Monastery of nuns (加爾默羅聖母聖衣隱修院) in Hsinchu County (新竹縣) to pray and talk briefly with the nuns. Soon after, the pilgrims went to Mount Carmel Parish (加爾默羅聖母堂), also in Hsinchu  to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and eat lunch.  Fr. James Yeh, OCD (葉元良神父) concelebrated with Fray Dequilla during the Mass and delivered a mirthful but inspiring homily to the pilgrims.

Having been feed in soul and body, the group continued its journey towards the pilgrimage site and arrived there 15 minutes past 7 in the evening. The RVM Sisters (Religious of the Virgin Mary) who are currently managing the Catholic Sanctuary of Our Lady of Wufongci warmly welcomed the pilgrims to the place. An hour after everyone has rested and settled down, the pilgrims gathered inside the Church where a short liturgy of the Word was held. Then, the group made a human rosary formation at the façade of the Church. Coincidentally, a group of Filipinos (Overseas Filipino Workers) from St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Nantze, Kaohsiung city were also present at the same pilgrimage site. Hence, they joined the rosary formation bearing candles in their hands. Interestingly, the participants spoke different languages and dialects. Hence, the holy rosary was recited in Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese, Amis, and English.  An ardent devotee of the BVM brought along her statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue, beautifully decorated with flowers, was placed at the center of the human rosary formation and afterward carried in procession towards the big grotto of the BVM where the final blessing was done.

Early at dawn the following day, around 3:30am, we started to walk towards the top of the mountain where the Stations of the Cross can be found. The trek was about 4.8 km from the main sanctuary where we stayed overnight. On our way, we recited the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Interestingly, this Catholic pilgrim site has now evolved as a famous destination for hiking aficionados due to its well developed trails and its captivating beauty. Along the way, one can see pristine rivers and waterfalls. If one is lucky, sometimes monkeys and different kinds of birds, and other wild animals can be sighted. This pilgrim site was originally discovered and developed with ample help from Catholic faithful all over Taiwan by Bro. Luigi Pavan 巴瑞士修士, an Italian Camillian Brother who was a missionary in Yilan county. Catholic faithful donated money and even manually brought materials such as cement, sand, timber, nails, etc. to the mountaintop to build the structures currently present there. It took many years to build and develop the site which include the stations of the Cross, the statues, the resting place for pilgrims and even the hiking trails leading towards the top, but with perseverance and tenacity of Catholic volunteers and the generosity of donors, the place is now a destination not only for Catholic pilgrims but to thousands of people from all over Taiwan.

Upon reaching our final destination, we were all brimming with  pride and some shed copious tears of joy for overcoming the difficulties of the trek and reaching the Golgotha, the apex of the mountain where the crucifix stand. Many among our group, with misty eyes embraced the crucified Jesus  perched at the top of the mountain. Drenched in our own sweat and the soft drizzle pouring over our bodies, we all huddled together around the Cross and prayed fervently. Filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, we poured our hearts, souls and minds to God in praise and thanksgiving. Then a little while later, we headed back to the Church and celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Fr. Joseph Tzao 鄒正義神父 joined Fray Dequilla at the altar and delivered the homily. October 25, 2020 was a memorable day for everyone, but most especially for Fray Joel Dequilla, OAR戴健福神父, who on that very same day celebrated the 25th Anniversary of his simple profession of vows as a religious of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. A couple in our group named Willi and Laura were also celebrating on that day their 44th wedding anniversary. So, we held a simple ceremony of the renewal of their marriage vows.

After the Mass, we headed back to Kaohsiung reinvigorated and with hearts full of joy.

Pilgrims visit a Carmelite Monastery

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    November 1, 2020

    ALL SAINTS’ DAY
    “The Solemnity of All Saints is ‘our’ feast not because we are good, but because the holiness of God touches our lives.” (Pope Francis)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marjorie Palacat, AR

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    November 2, 2020

    +ALL SOULS’ DAY

    As we prayerfully remember our beloved dead, we are reminded that eternal life “is not an unending succession of days, but an immersion of oneself in the ocean of infinite love, in which time, before and after, no longer exists.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

    Note: The customary celebration of the mass on this day at Himlayang Pilipino by the Recoletos Family members in Luzon is canceled. (cf. IATF Resolution No. 72, dated Sept. 17, 2020)

    NOTE: PLENARY INDULGENCE is extended beyond Nov. 1-8, 2020. Cf. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-10/decree-plenary-indulgence- faithful-departed-november.html

    BIRTHDAY
    Jovert Jimenez (RAY-Caidiocan)

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    November 3, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lolita Esteves, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1971-2020)
    Fray Regino Bangcaya

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Bernardita Villamor, AR

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    November 4, 2020

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP I,5c) GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING / Rome / November 4-6

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Zenaida Cabanes, AR
    Sr. Ma. Esperanza Mae Valmores, AR

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    November 5, 2020

    NEGROS DAY / AL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio, Jr.
    Fray Rey Jay Quevedo (simply prof.)
    Andrei John Ea (RAY-Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2000-2020)
    Fray Federico de la Rosa

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  • All day
    November 6, 2020

    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Leoncia Bandal, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR
    Sr. Liezl Palabrica, AR
    Jeaseamaine Genelaso (RAY-Provincialate)

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    November 7, 2020

    SOLEMN PROFESSION OF FRAY RAMON B. BITANCOR III, OAR
    Venue: OLCP Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City Time: 10:00 A.M.

    BLD. GRATIA OF KOTOR, Religious (Patron of OAR Lay Collaborators)

    9th CATHOLIC SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT
    VISIT: https://catholicsocialmediasummit.com/

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Palomo, AR

8
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    November 8, 2020

    START OF THE NOVENA TO NUESTRA SRA. DE LA SALUD

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Galinato, AR

9
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    November 9, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Jaruda, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Jesus Pastor Paloma (1996-2020)

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    November 10, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Hermosilla Torreon, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Lourdes de San Agustin, AR

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    November 11, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Gemma Netollama, AR
    Sr. Christie Maquiling, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Fernanda Balaba, AR

12
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    November 12, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristine Tenio, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Corazon Nartia, AR

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    November 13, 2020

    ST. AUGUSTINE’S 1,666th BIRTHDAY

    ALL SAINTS OF THE ORDER

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Remedios de la Cruz, AR
    Sr. Rechilda Llorando, AR

14
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    November 14, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Clementina Galve, AR
    Sr. Luzviminda Escal, AR

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    November 15, 2020

    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR (Tangub Monastery)
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Abellaniza, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Encarnacion del Santissimo Sacramento, AR
    Sr. Consolacion Salamanca, AR
    Sr. Ma. Belen Muñez, AR
    Sr. Juana Mirasol, AR

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  • All day
    November 16, 2020

    DEDICATION AND CONSECRATION of the newly-renovated church of OLMCP-R, Cebu City
    Mass Presider: Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D.
    Live streaming at 4:00 P.M

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roldan Benemerito (novice)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Carmen Alba, AR

17
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    November 17, 2020

    SOLEMNITY OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA SALUD
    Fiesta Mass of La Salud @ SNDTP Quezon City|
    Live streaming @ 6:00 P.M.

    Fiesta Mass of La Salud @ OLMCP-R Cebu

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nestor Raras
    Fray James Francis Bago (novice)

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    November 18, 2020

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ricarda Raganas, AR

19
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    November 19, 2020

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Dolores Diana, AR
    Sr. Nobie Noman, AR
    Sr. Ma. Jeanne Partosa, AR
    Sr. Josephine Tanio, AR

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    November 20, 2020

    50th ANNIVERSARY OF POPE PAUL VIs “DECRETUM LAUDIS” granted to the Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters
    Mass Presider: Bp. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
    Time: 10:00 A.M.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Mo. Eufemia Lauzon, AR
    Rea Mae Avila (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (2001-2020)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Celestina de San Nicolas de Tolentino, AR

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    November 21, 2020

    ANNIVERSARY OF APPOINTMENT AS ARCHBISHOP
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung (Diocese of Kaoshiung, Taiwan)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1998-2020)
    Mo. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Santos Serato (2003-2020)
    Sr. Ma. Clara Flores, AR

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    November 22, 2020

    SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Consejo de Santa Monica, AR
    Sr. Ma. Paulita Llacer, AR

23
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    November 23, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Erika Nicole Fruylan (RAY-Bacolod)

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    November 24, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Sr. Fulgencia Relos, AR
    Sr. Cathryn Nove Vila, AR
    Sherwin Louie Laserna (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Imelda Lachica, AR
    Sr. Mary Bernard Matanguihan, AR

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    November 25, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes, Jr
    Sr. Ma. Ninfa Inzon, AR
    Kate Lynn Alvarado (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Carmela de Santa Teresita, AR
    Sr. Francisca Abad, AR

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    November 27, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ivan Cuison (simply prof.)
    Sr. Antonietta Castañares, AR
    Sr. Rhiza Eltanal, AR

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    November 28, 2020

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

    CONSISTORY FOR THE CREATION OF 13 NEW CARDINALS
    [Cardinals wear the color red which indicates their willingness to sacrifice themselves usque ad sanguinis effusionem, that is, to the point of shedding their own blood, in the service of the Successor of Peter]

    Below 80:

    • Maltese Mario Grech (Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops)
    • Italian Marcello Semeraro (new Prefect for the Congregation of Saints’ Causes)
    • Archbishop of Kilgali, Rwanda, Antoine Kambanda
    •  Archbishop of Washington, United States, Wilton Gregory
    • Archbishop of Capiz, Philippines, Jose Fuerte Advincula
    •  Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, Celestino Aós Braco
    • Apostolic Vicar of Brunei, Cornelius Sim
    • Archbishop of Siena, Italia, Augusto Paolo Lojudice
    •  Italian Fr. Mauro Gambetti (Guardian of the Franciscan Sacro Convento in Assisi)

     

    Above 80:

    • Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, Archbishop Emeritus of San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Mexico)
    •  former Apostolic Nuncio Silvano Tomasi, former permanent observer at the United Nations in Geneva who then worked in the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
    •  Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Papal Household
    • Pastor of the Shrine of Divine Love, Msgr. Enrico Feroci

     

    XXII FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY of the PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO (1998-2020)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eva Grace Cadungog, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2013-2020)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan

    9th ANNIVERSARY (2011-2020) OF ACCEPTANCE AS BROTHERS/SISTER GENERAL OF THE ORDER (OAR)
    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton
    Dr. Milagros Espina

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    November 29, 2020

    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Glynn Ortega

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Ester Anacleto, AR

30
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    November 30, 2020

    ST. ANDREW, apostle

    Holiday: BONIFACIO DAY

     

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