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Novena marathon to mark Baclaran feast

Parañaque City, June 17, 2014—With just a few weeks ahead of its patroness’ feast day, Baclaran Church prepares for the important annual occasion through a series of daily novena masses with different guest priests presiding each day. While customarily the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help holds novena masses only on Wednesdays, this [...]

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Valenzuela church celebrates 38 years as shrine

VALENZUELA City, June 15, 2014—While the country recently marked its 116th year of independence with the usual raising of flags from Batanes to Jolo, a church in Valenzuela had an extra reason to party: its 38th anniversary as a national shrine. “The most important decree of recognition to the devotion to Our Lady of Fátima [...]

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Bacolod holds Bible workshop

BACOLOD, City, June 15, 2014 — The Bacolod Diocesan Commission on Biblical Apostolate (DCBA) conducted a week-long “Pastoral–Biblical Workshop” for lay people on May 26 – 31 in Manresa, Bacolod. The week-long workshop focused on Verbum Domini as presented by Fr. Rene Gaylon, MAT, and the Pentateuch, which was discussed by Sr. Miriam Alejandrino, OSB, [...]

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Malolos cathedral school burns down

MALOLOS City, Bulacan, June 13, 2014 —A raging fire burned beyond recognition large portions of Malolos cathedral’s Immaculate Conception School for Boys (ICSB) in Barangay Santo Rosario Friday at past 3 a.m., but the centuries-old church itself is safely intact.  In an interview over radio station DZMM, Malolos Cathedral’s Monsignor Pablo Legaspi shared that the old school building [...]

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Manila Corpus Christi celebration set

MANILA, June 11, 2014—The Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) invites the faithful to take part in the yearly observance of the “Feast of Corpus Christi” on June 22, Sunday, at the Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church in Santa Cruz in honor of the “Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord”. The schedule of [...]

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‘We need spiritual direction, not 1Direction’ – youth leaders

ILOILO City, June 11, 2014 – “More spiritual direction, not One Direction.” This is the collective sentiment expressed by leaders of an Iloilo parish youth ministry who spoke up recently amidst the controversy surrounding the British music group One Direction. Rising to the Year of the Laity’s challenge “Choose to be Brave” Frances Isabel “Isa” [...]

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Good Governance Forum set to tackle laity as ‘agents of change’

MANILA, June 10, 2014 — Giving prime emphasis to the role played by lay people in the country’s secular affairs, the Diocese of Novaliches will be holding a good governance forum for lay leaders and good governance advocates at the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul Shrine on June 14. Dubbed the “We Choose To [...]

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Bacolod bishop declares ‘Day of Prayer’ for PDAF scam

BACOLOD City, June 6, 2014 — In view of the conflicting and confusing scenarios brought about by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, the Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, D.D., declared June 8, 2014, the Feast of Pentecost, as the “Diocesan Day of Prayer for Enlightenment and Conversion”. The Bacolod Bishop issued the pastoral [...]

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San Carlos diocese rejoices at bishop appointment of ‘son’

MANILA, June 6, 2014 — The Bishop of San Carlos, Negros Occidental, Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, DD, together with the clergy, the religious and the lay faithful of the diocese, rejoiced upon the wonderful news of Msgr. Patrick Daniel Y. Parcon’s appointment as Bishop of the diocese of Talibon in Bohol. Proud diocese In expressing [...]

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Antipolo commissions social comm officers

MANILA, June 4, 2014 – The diocese of Antipolo commissioned a handpicked mix of lay and religious men and women on June 1 to head the social communications efforts of the diocese. Arnel Yango (asst. coordinator); Marites Barbieto (secretary general); Rosana Paguia (asst. secretary general); Tessie dela Cruz (consultant); Fr. Lawrence C. Paz (director); and [...]

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PARAÑAQUE City, June 3, 2014—The Diocese of Parañaque, through its Ministry of the Pastoral Spiritual Companions/Counsellors (PSC Ministry), invites representatives from affiliate parishes to a basic counselling course set for various dates in June, July, and August 2014. Diocesan Lay Coordinator Zoilo Gabriel said the Diocesan Basic Counselling Formation Program is designed to equip parish [...]

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Rain ‘waits’ for popes’ relics

MARIKINA City, June 2, 2014 – In what appears to be the pope saints’ intervention, dark clouds ‘waited’ for the arrival of St. John XXIII’s and St. John Paul II’s relics before pouring down rain during a scheduled visit to a parish in Marikina City from May 31 to June 1. “It was about to [...]

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Baclaran shrine Youtube video out

PARAÑAQUE City, June 2, 2014—True to its mission of “making Her known”, the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Baclaran Church), led by its Redemptorist Multimedia Committee, recently had the YouTube premiere of its new “Shrine ID” which presented the shrine for what it is: “a church of compassion, a shrine of solace, [...]

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Priest calls for “correct” popular devotions

JARO, Iloilo, June 2, 2014—In a bid to lead the faithful to a correct understanding of worship, Msgr. Alejandro P. Esperancilla, special assistant for liturgical affairs of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles in Jaro, Iloilo pointed out the many defects inherent in the practice of popular devotions, which he believes can endanger [...]

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Joy is key to ‘true encounter’ – priest

BACOLOD, May 29, 2014 — As the Church prepares to celebrate World Communications Day, a priest in Bacolod said joy and enthusiasm — more than modern gadgets or new technologies — are the keys to fostering an “authentic culture of encounter.” “This is what Pope Bene¬dict XVI and Pope Francis has been telling us about [...]

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JARO, Iloilo, May 27, 2014 — As a literal response to the Year of the Laity challenge “Choose to be Brave!” thousands of Catholic faithful from Iloilo and neighboring provinces braved strong rains and sweltering heat recently to stand in line for an opportunity to venerate the relics of St. John XXIII and St. John [...]

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