Reflection: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

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Immaculate Conception refers to Mary as free from any stain of sin from the moment of being conceived in her mother’s womb. Therefore, throughout her existence she is untouched by sin. Why is this necessary? The Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation said that the Baby to be conceived by Mary was the “Son of the Most High” and “Son Of God.” In the Book of Genesis Abraham’s God was called “The Most High,” therefore, Jesus, the Son of Mary, is God. Since the baby in the womb sucks in the blood of the mother, then Jesus in the womb would suck in any sin in the blood of Mary. Since Jesus is God and is sinless, the mother must be without sin. Therefore, Mary, the Mother of Jesus who is God made Man, must be completely free from any contact with sin. Thus the need of Mary being the Immaculate Conception. Pope Blessed Pius IX on Dec. 8, 1854, proclaimed as dogma of truth Mary’s Immaculate Conception, she was conceived free from the stain of original sin. Mary’s freedom from all sin is the most beautiful fruit of the work of redemption accomplished by her Son. Chosen as mother of the Savior, Mary received the benefits of salvation from the moment of her conception. Christ came to take away the sin of the world, he did not allow that sin to contaminate Mary whom he has chosen to be his Mother. This was confirmed by Our Lady herself telling Bernadette Soubirous  at Lourdes, on July 16, 1858: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

At the Annunciation the Archangel Gabriel greeted Mary: “Rejoice, full of grace.” If full of grace, then there is no space for sin; neither is there a moment of time in her life that can be occupied by sin. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus calls his Mother “Woman” two times. At the wedding in Cana, he said “Woman, … my hour has not yet come.” We read in Jn. 7:30 “They tried to arrest him but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.” Again in Jn. 8:20 we read “No one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.” But then in Jn.12:23-24 Jesus says, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified….unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies…” And in Jn 13:1 we read, “Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father,” Jn 17:1 quotes Jesus as praying, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son.” As he was hanging on the cross he said to his Mother, “Woman, behold your son.” It was his hour and he called Mary “Woman”. What is Jesus telling us? We must go back to Gen. 3:15 where God tells the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” The ‘woman’ is Mary, the offspring is Jesus who strikes the serpent at the head, by his death on the cross, the hour. God speaks of “enmity” between the woman and the serpent. Enmity means no friendship. Friendship with the devil is sin. Therefore, no friendship means no sin. Therefore, Mary has no sin. “Im” means “no”, “macula” means “sin”; immaculate means “no sin”.

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Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena, OAR

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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    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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    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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    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)

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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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    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
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    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)

27
  • 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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