Reflection: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Cycle B

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Is 61:1-2a, 10-11; 1 Thess. 5:16-24; Jn1:6-8, 19-28.

Feeling oppressed by the Roman occupation, the Jews of Jesus’ time were anxious to know if the Messiah had already come. Seeing John the Baptist preaching and baptizing they immediately wanted to verify if indeed he was the Messiah or not. It gave John the Baptist a chance to testify for Jesus. The outright assertion of John is: “I am not the Christ.” When forced to give his testimony about himself he declared: “I am the voice…” A voice is simply a movement of the vocal cords throwing out air and sound; when the blowing of air stops, the voice also stops to exist. That was how transitory John considered himself. When his mission of pointing out the “Lamb of God” was finished, he also vanished into prison and was beheaded by Herod. What about us? We do not want to disappear; we want to exist in the lips of people, to be spoken of, remembered and admired for a long time. And yet when John fully embraced his transitoriness, the longer is he remembered from generation to generation. What does he cry out? “Make straight the way of the Lord.” How is this done? By the baptism of water for repentance is the process to make straight the way of the Lord. We see two qualities John lives and requires: 1) humility – I am only a voice; and 2) repentance for the forgiveness of sins. John further shows his humility when he affirms that he was not worthy to untie the strap of the sandals of the Messiah. This was the work of a slave, but even this John said he was not worthy to do, knowing full well that the Messiah was no mere man but truly the Son of God. Do we want to be exalted by God as John was? Then we need to be repentant and humble as he was. Only by humility and repentance can we testify to the Light of Christ like John the Baptist did.

Then we shall be able to “Rejoice always,” as St. Paul invites us to do. Why? Because he who comes is the “anointed” of the Lord. ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon him; he brings glad tidings to the poor; he heals the brokenhearted; proclaims liberty to captives; release to the prisoners, and announces a year of favor from the Lord and a day of redemption by our God.’ These are the many gifts we receive from the Lord at Christmas. These are the many graces we receive from the Lord at his coming in our human nature. That is why we experience so much joy at this season because it is a season of many gifts from God. God gives us so much gift and we also feel giving out gifts to each other. Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit as our Sanctifier. The poor begins to realize that man does not live by bread alone; that happiness is not in money and material possessions but in the love of God and of one another. Our hearts may be broken by illness and by fellowmen, but our God heals us as we cling to him. We may be held captives and imprisoned by our own vices and sinful desires but if we turn to Jesus he sets us free. The tiny Baby Jesus in that manger fills us with many graces and redeems us; he alone gives us true freedom as children of God. This Baby Jesus is our ‘God of peace who alone can make us perfectly holy in spirit, soul and body.’ That is why Christmas is the time when we are all united in family reunions because we become one with the Lord by repentance and we renew our love for him and for one another. That is why we do not say “Happy Holidays” but “Merry Christmas” because it is Jesus’ birthday we celebrate and he is the cause of our joy and happiness. Brothers and sisters, let us put Jesus in the center of our Christmas celebration and let us claim his gift of redemption. Amen.

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Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR

Priest/Religious/Bible Professor of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.

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    August 1, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Gideon Antolin Lagrimas
    Bro. Rolando Dulaca, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Mildred Parentela, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Antonia Canete, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Maria Fajarda, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    August 2, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Bro. Alejandro Leongas Jr., SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Bro. Hector Jardinero, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Vivas, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Amada de Ramos, AR
    +Bro. Armand Commandante, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    August 3, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Jay Parilla
    Sr. Felma Elbanbuena, AR
    Bro. Christopher Taclobos, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Carlos Benedict Rizaga (RAY-Balamban)

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    August 4, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION

    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
    Sis. Rodora Sienes, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Ofelia Rojo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Flora Doldol, SAR (Urbiztondo Chapter / Trial)

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION

    Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, D.D. (Diocese of San Carlos)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Zenaida Ty, AR
    +Sis. Rosalina Derain, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    +Sis. Evelyn Caballero, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    +Sis. Lourdes Alvarez, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

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    August 5, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Mark Ryan Prado
    Sis. Nieves Corpuz, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Gloria Ricarte, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Angela Cegegilla, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Rose Lamasan, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Juanita Macalinao, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Oscar de la Rosa (2007-2022)
    +Sis. Felicisima Pinca, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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  • All day
    August 6, 2022

    TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

    PARISH FIESTA (33rd FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY) OF OLCP-R (Laray, Talisay City, Cebu)
    Time: 4:30 p.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Midyphil Billones, DD

    CHARTER DAY OF CEBU PROVINCE

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Augustina Sapid, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Dumas, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Anita Buenavista, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Winnie Sumbillo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Susan Kamara, SAR (Kamalo Chapter / Trial)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Consuelo de San Agustin, AR
    +Bro. Nicolas Pelegro, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    +Sis. Estella Buelo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Francisca Capistrano, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    No exact day of the month in the record book:
    +Sis. Fortunata Castañeda, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Lilia de la Paz, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Amancia Gagui, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Rosario Manese, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    August 7, 2022

    19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Norma Onda, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Concepcion Balin, AR
    +Sis. Encarnacion Aranez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    August 8, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Chrislean Rey Pamilaga (simply prof.)
    Fray Leonardo Queaño II (novice)
    Bro. Jaime Manrique, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

    1st DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Joel Naranja

    [NOTE: Although he belonged to the Recoletos de Cuba community at the time of his death, the Recoletos de Provincialate will also assume the responsibility of celebrating the Mass for him (in compliance with Add. Code 94a).]

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:

    +Sr. Regina Bianes, AR

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    August 9, 2022

    WORLD DAY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

    BIRTHDAY

    Mayenne Flores (RAY-Baguio)
    Sis. Alegria Rivera, SAR (Urbiztondo Chapter / Trial)

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  • All day
    August 10, 2022

    START OF NOVENA TO ST. EZEKIEL MORENO

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Yolanda Navea, AR Sr. Myrna Arcegono, AR
    Bro. Lorenzo Vincoy, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Patrocinia Santos, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Norma dela Cruz, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Ana Mae Gajete, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis. Marivic Kee, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Bro. Rowel Padul, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter / Trial)
    Daniela Barong (RAY-Tambo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Filomena Yu, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

11
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    August 11, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Maribel Catungal (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Adelaida Pua, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    +Sis. Rosario Bandal, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    August 12, 2022

    5TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE QUASI-PARISH OF N.S. DEL CARMEN (Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Elena Cheng, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Margiolina Macariola, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    August 13, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Jurinda Gamao, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    August 14, 2022

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS IN HONOR OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Church, Fanhua, Zhangzhi Township, Pingtung County (Diocese of Kaohsiung)
    Time: 4:00 p.m.
    Presider: Fray Nimrod Launio

    BIRTHDAY

    Ross Mabel Polangco (RAY-Cavite)

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    August 15, 2022

    SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

    SSC-R CANLUBANG: OPENING OF CLASSES (JHS & SHS)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Collan Claire Bagaporo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Rover Vincent Nahil (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION

    Mo. Ma. del Carmen, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Mamerta de San Agustin AR
    +Sis. Matilde Chuntic, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    August 16, 2022

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1980-2022)

    Fray Constantino Real

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Tomasa de San Jose, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Leonila Pesado, AR
    +Sis. Cinderila Aleri, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    August 17, 2022

    ST. CLARE OF MONTEFALCO

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Mashyll Entac, AR
    Sis. Dionisia Cabrera, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Ciriaca Dagoc, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Lourdes Reinoso, SAR (Baguio Chapter)

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    August 18, 2022

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION OF A RELIGIOUS BROTHER
    (2001-2022)

    Fray Raymund Alcedo

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Elena Culaton, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Carmenda Leonoras, SAR (BacolodChapter)
    Sis. Laura Medalle, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Rosario Ostia, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    August 19, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK

    SOLEMNITY OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ ST. EZEKIEL MORENO QUASI- PARISH (Caidiocan, Valencia, Negros Oriental)
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Presider: Msgr. Glenn Corsiga, VG

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Monastery
    (Bacolod City) Time: 8:00 a.m.
    Presider: Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB DD

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SNTP Church (Quezon City)

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ St. Ezekiel Moreno Chapel
    (near Balon-Pari), Inagawan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SEMONORE (Antipolo City) Time: 9:30 a.m.

    4TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY (2018-2022) OF RECOLETOS DE BALAMBAN COMMUNITY

    START OF THE NOVENA TO ST. AUGUSTINE QUEZON CITY DAY

    BIRTHDAY

    Prof. Emmanuel Luis Romanillos (Brother-General of the Order)
    Sis. Salvacion Granada, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Quenne Palisoc (Cavite Chapter / Trial)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (2002-2022)
    Fray Louie Gabinete
    Fray Jerome Virtudazo

    (2007-2022)
    Fray Ian Anthony Espartero
    Fray Allan Jacinto

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION

    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Bro. Esdras Init, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    +Sis. Evangeline dela Cerna, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    August 20, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Judd Galinato (simply prof.)
    Sis. Bernarda Villa, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Elena Cheng, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    August 21, 2022

    21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    NINOY AQUINO DAY

    ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY FOR THE CREATION OF 21 NEW CARDINALS
    = Ordinaries of territories entrusted to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples:

    Msgr. Peter Ebere Okpaleke, Bishop of Ekwulobia (Nigeria);
    Msgr. Filipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão, Archbishop of Goa and Damão (India);
    Msgr. Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, S.D.B., Archbishop of Díli (East Timor); Msgr. Anthony Poola, Archbishop of Hyderabad (India);
    Msgr. Richard Kuuia Baawobr, M. Afr., Bishop of Wa (Ghana);
    Msgr. William Seng Chye Goh, Archbishop of Singapore (Singapore);
    Msgr. Giorgio Marengo, I.M.C., Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia);

    = Other Cardinals:
    Msgr. Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments;
    Msgr. Lazzaro You Heung-sik, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy;
    Msgr. Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, L.C., President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and President of the Vatican City State’s Governorate;
    Msgr. Jean-Marc Aveline, Metropolitan Archbishop of Marseille (France);
    Msgr. Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, O.F.M., Metropolitan Archbishop of Manaus (Brazil);
    Msgr. Robert Walter McElroy, Bishop of San Diego (U.S.A); Msgr. Oscar Cantoni, Bishop of Como (Italy);
    Msgr. Paulo Cezar Costa, Metropolitan Archbishop of Brasília (Brazil);
    Msgr. Adalberto Martínez Flores, Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay)

    BIRTHDAY

    Bro. Miller Lim, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Bro. Rolando Cariño, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Teresita Barba, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Jean del Rosario, SAR (Miranila Chapter / Trial)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archdiocese of Cebu)

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    August 22, 2022

    SSC-R MANILA: OPENING OF CLASSES (COLLEGE OF LAW)

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Leander Barrot
    Fray Paul Demillones
    Sis. Carmencita Onda, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Shiela Mae Catungal (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION

    Bishop Roberto Gaa, D.D. (Diocese of Novaliches)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Fray Lino Agunod (2007-2022)
    +Sr. Ma. Fe Luna, AR
    +Sr. Matilde del Rosario, AR

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  • All day
    August 23, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Benecia Olaño, AR Sr. Gecel Polestico, AR
    Bro. Eustaquio Claver Jr., SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Milagros Pruna, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Bro. Francis Bangura, SAR (Kamalo Chapter / Trial)

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    August 24, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Aurea Santos, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION

    (1963-2022)
    Fray Emeterio Buñao
    Fray Dunstan Hubert Decena

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Soledad Escultos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Esperanza Yung, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    +Sis. Natalia Negrin, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

25
  • All day
    August 25, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Ma. Luisa Gemongala, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Ercilla Ampil, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Agnes Opeda, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Angelika Perez (RAY-Urbiztondo

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (1991-2022)
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr. Fray Leopoldo Estioko
    Fray Gaudencio Geronimo de Mesa

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Veronica de los Santos, AR
    +Sr. Andrea Cabunilas, AR
    +Bro. Fermin Alambra, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    +Sis. Honoria Yu, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    August 26, 2022

    RST: MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
    Time: 8:00 a.m.

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Zenaida Lapuz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Pacita Lazo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Marichu Alcantara, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Mikaela Loraine Toro (RAY-Valencia)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Afra Medillo, AR
    +Sis. Edna Genete, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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  • All day
    August 27, 2022

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

    INSTALLATION OF FRAY NIÑO CESAR RUIZ AS PARISH PRIEST OF SNDT PARISH (Q.C.)
    Time: 6:00 p.m.

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Genoveva de Asis, AR
    Sis. Adela Torcedo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Judy Ann Mediavillo (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (2009-2022)
    Fray Bob Cabanag

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Felicidad de Sto. Niño, AR
    +Sr. Geronima Ruiz, AR
    +Sis. Josefina Reyes, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Bro. Wilfredo Alonzo, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    August 28, 2022

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE OAR MISSION

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

    OFFICIAL ESTABLISHMENT OF ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO PARISH
    (Ledo, Bengkayang, West Kalimantan Indonesia)
    by Most Rev. Agustinus Agus, DD. (Archbishop of Pontianak)

    LAUNCHING OF THE 400 YEARS OF CHRISTIANITY IN PALAWAN St. Augustine Parish, Cuyo, Palawan

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH
    Linyuan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    Time: 3:00 p.m.
    Presider: Fray Nimrod Launio

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO QUASI-PARISH-RECOLETOS
    Inayawan, Cebu City

    BIRTHDAY

    Fray Agustin Culaton
    Sis. Digna Pacis, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Emily Cuyahon, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Eva Yubuco, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ruperta Marcelo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Elenita Mahinay, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION

    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (1988-2022)
    Fray Raul Buhay

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    (2021-2022)
    Fray Robin Ross Plata
    Fray Virgilio Calalang, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Mo. Monica de San Joaquin, AR

     

     

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    August 29, 2022

    13TH EXTRAORDINARY CONSISTORY OF CARDINALS / August 29-30
    [to discuss the constitution, Praedicate evangelium]

    NATIONAL HEROES’ DAY

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Maribel Arbis, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION

    Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Nieves Atilano, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Victoria Galan, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

30
  • All day
    August 30, 2022

    SSC-R MANILA: OPENING OF CLASSES (BASIC ED & JHS)

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Rose Rebecca Esteban, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Rosita Javillo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Lourdes Soneja, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Shiela Flores (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION

    Mo. Lourdes Eizaguirre, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sr. Consuelo Dangan, AR
    +Sis. Virginia Pintor, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    +Sis. Carmen Loot, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    August 31, 2022

    UNO-R: MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

    BIRTHDAY

    Sis. Marina Batalla, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    +Sis. Angela Cruz, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

   

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