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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    ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER / LABOR DAY

    * DAY OF THE RELIGIOUS BROTHERS

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2010-2020)
    Fray Mark Ryan Prado

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    May 2, 2020

    LA CORONACIÓN CANÓNICA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOURDES
    National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
    Brgy. Maharlika, Quezon City
    Officiating Minister: Bishop Honesto Ongtioco (Diocese of Cubao)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2015-2020)
    Fray Julius James Tinapao
    Fray Cristituto Rey Tepace
    Fray Virgilio Calalang, Jr.

    (2009-2020)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Hector Gonzales
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan
    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Margarita Ponce, AR

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    May 3, 2020

    57th WORLD DAY FOR VOCATIONS

    (Cf. Pope Francis’ Message, in English: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations/documents/papa- francesco_20200308_57-messaggio-giornata-mondiale-vocazioni.html)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roland Cepe
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Sr. Myrna Gimena, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Felicitas Lucinario, AR

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    May 4, 2020

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

    INSTITUTION OF LECTORATE AND ACOLYTHATE
    Recoletos Formation Center

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1991-2020)
    Fray Sixto Bitangjol
    Fray Reynaldo Jaranilla
    Fray Antonio Zabala, Jr.

    (2008-2020)
    Fray Jose Teodulfo Jadulco
    Fray Ken Oliver Lao

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    May 5, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Araceli de Vera, AR

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    May 6, 2020

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Angustias del Divino Amor, AR

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    May 7, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leopoldo Estioko
    Nathaniel Jade Riego (RAY-Cavite)
    Lourdes Isabella Corpuz (RAY-Cebu)

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    May 8, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D.
    (Diocese of Imus)
    Fray Dionisio Cachero
    Sr. Honey Mae Boquila, AR

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    May 9, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Kenneleen Slam Alvarado (RAY-Talisay)

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    May 10, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Cañete, AR

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    May 11, 2020

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Restituta Torres, AR

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    May 12, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Granada

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2007-2020)
    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

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    May 13, 2020

    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)

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    May 14, 2020

    ST. MATTHIAS

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Nicolasa del Espiritu Santo, AR
    Sr. Escolastica Calsado, AR
    Sr. Natalia Paunil, AR
    Mo. Ma. Bibiana Vendiola, AR

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    May 15, 2020

    PATRONAL FIESTA – SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH, CASIAN ISLAND, TAYTAY, PALAWAN

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Gertrudes del Espiritu Santo, AR

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    May 16, 2020

    STS. ALYPIUS & POSSIDIUS

    11TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF RECOLETOS DE CASIAN COMMUNITY & SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH, CASIAN ISLAND, TAYTAY, PALAWAN (2009-2020)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Carmelo Borces

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Gracia Pil, AR

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    May 17, 2020

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Mark Lorenzo Negre (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Lucina Cabili, AR

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    May 18, 2020

    CENTENARY OF ST. JOHN PAUL II’s BIRTH (1920)

    BIRTHDAY
    Ella Jabagat (RAY-Talisay)
    Rose Ann Dag-um (RAY-Provincialate)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Prudencia Martinez, AR

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    May 19, 2020

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

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Bongcawel, AR
    En Sueno (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Paula de la Purisima Concepcion, AR

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    May 20, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Don Besana

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Dolores Cañeda, AR

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    May 21, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Victoria Sandiego, AR
    Sr. Sulpicia Geronimo, AR
    Sr. Cynthia Camuta, AR
    Sr. Maria Flor Mejarito, AR

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    May 22, 2020

    FEAST OF ST. RITA OF CASCIA

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

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    May 23, 2020

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Caridad de la Virgen del Rosario, AR

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    May 24, 2020

    ASCENSION OF THE LORD

    54th WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
    Theme: DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA 5th ANNIVERSARY OF LAUDATO SI’

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Justina de Leon, AR
    Sr. Vicenta Climacosa, AR
    Christine Salabsab (RAY-Laray)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1986-2020)
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Fray Joel Naranja
    Fray Emilio Edgardo Quilatan

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    May 25, 2020

    FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOLETOS DE BACOLOD COMMUNITY (1962-2020)

    FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOLETOS DE MIRANILA COMMUNITY (1985-2020)

    2ND APAC AUGUSTINIAN SPIRITUALITY COURSE
    (on St. Augustine’s City of God)
    Villa Consuelo Retreat House, Novaliches, Caloocan City
    Fee: Php 8,000

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Rey Tripulca
    Sr. Ma. Nicholasa Sabado, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Auxiliadora Somosot, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Avelina Tatel, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Angustias Librea, AR

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    May 27, 2020

    PERPETUAL PROFESSION OF SR. GECEL POLESTICO, AR
    AR Generalate Chapel / 10:00 AM
    Presider: Father Provincial

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Lobitaña, AR

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    May 28, 2020

    DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS

    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

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Carmen Bolaños, AR

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    May 29, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Salome Paderogo, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Leontina Mira, AR

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    May 30, 2020

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION PARISH
    (Pasibi East, Urbiztondo, Pangasinan)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cristituto Rey Tepace [deacon]

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Teresita Salada, AR

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    May 31, 2020

    PENTECOST SUNDAY

    FIRST PROFESSION (AR SISTERS)
    Tagaste Chapel, Tagaytay City

      

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