Dehonian Youth Missionaries Summer Mission 2018

In celebration of its annual summer youth mission, the Dehonian Youth Missionaries blissfully accepted the challenge to share the good news to the people of Sitio Man-ai, Tignapoloan under the Chaplaincy of Jesus Nazareno in Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro City. In unity with the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, this year’s theme of the mission is: “Renewed Young Dehonians for the New Evangelization”.

The summer mission was joyfully participated by 20 young missionaries from different parishes and chapels of Cagayan de Oro. The summer mission started with a Three (3) day formation seminar last May 16 – 18, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Formation House, Aluba. During the seminar, the missionaries underwent spiritual, human and community formations. Inputs on Missiology, Catechism and Flores de Mayo were given for the spiritual formation. They joined the daily communal prayers in the community which includes the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, morning & evening prayers, recollection and Taizé Prayer. They have also undergone through a team building activities before they were sent off in the mission area at “Sagrado Corazon de Jesus” chapel in Man – ai last May 19 – 27, 2018.

The missionaries happily arrived in Man-ai last May 19, 2018 in the afternoon and they were then able to meet the people in the area. The missionaries were divided in three groups to handle the kids, youth and adults. Every morning, the missionaries visited and spent time with the families in the area through blessing their homes and having a bible sharing. In the afternoon, they conducted activities that could help community in Man – ai. The missionaries facilitated recollection and Taizé Prayer for the youth and adult. Activities given for the kids focused on catechizing and teaching them the basic prayers and the Holy Rosary and sharing unto them several biblical stories.

The missionaries assigned in the youth facilitated team building, leadership training, catechism, BEC and Youth Formation session while the group assigned in the adults engaged themselves by being with them through BEC sharing.

The Lay Dehonians also participated in the mission by giving some snacks and toiletries for the children which made them very happy as well.

Having experienced the life in Man-ai with God and with the community, the missionaries were inspired and encouraged to appreciate what they have at present and to extend their hands to the needy and to be fully renewed for the goodness of His people.

Vivat Cor Jesu!

By: Junas Malana & Alver Mark Tabunda

Edited by: Emmalyn Bizar Uayan

19th Foundation Day of KDFI

On May 26, 2018, the Kasanag Daughters Foundation, Inc., (KDFI) celebrated its 19th Foundation Day. It is always celebrated on the last Saturday of May. As usual, the celebration started with the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, the main celebrant, was accompanied by Mons. Rey Monsanto, the parish priest of Kauswagan, where the KDFI is located, Fr. Thomas Cassidy, SCJ, a member of the US Province, and Fr. Joseph Butlig, SCJ, the coordinator of the program.

After the Mass, Mons. Rey Monsanto and Mrs. Wilma Gomez, the Board Member of Kasanag, cut the ribbon at the entrance to the exhibit room containing the art works of the residents of Kasanag Foundation. The cutting of the ribbon was followed by a short program prepared by the girls with help of  Mr. Michael “music wizard”Auxilio.

The singing continued after the supper. The celebration which lasted longer than usual was attended by the Board Members of Kasanag, SCJ priests and seminarians, old Kasanag daughters, benefactors and friends. The atmosphere was very nice and alive.

Outreach Program by Lay Dehonians

On May 26, 2018, the Lay Dehonians from Cagayan de Oro City, held their Outreach Program  in sitio Man-ai, barangay Tignapoloan, Dansolihon Chaplaincy. The main activity was feeding of the children, who in the remote area have not always enough nutritious food. Besides the lunch prepared by Lay Dehonians, games and other catechetical activities, the children could enjoy donuts, donated partially by Dunkin Donuts Corporation. The Lay Dehonians accompanied by Fr. Khoa Nguyen, SCJ, their spiritual adviser,  joined the Dehonian Youth Missionaries, who have been doing their mission there since May 19, 2018.

Youth Mission in Talisay Accomplished

Thirty seven (37) young missionaries from the Miraculous Medal Quasi-Parish in Talisay, Hilongos, Southern Leyte, completed the 12-day summer youth mission in the Christian communities of Capudlusan and Hitudpan. The mission, held on May 1 – 12, 2018, was first in the history of the parish and the Diocese of Maasin. The missionaries commit themselves to continue what the Lord has started in them from their generation to the next. God be praised! Thanks to all the parishioners who, in various ways, supported them in both their material and spiritual needs.

Vivat Cor Iesu, Per Cor Mariae!

Parish Feast in Dumalinao and Kumalarang

On May 15, 2018, the two SCJ parishes celebrated their Patronal Feast of St. Isidore, the Farmer. In Dumalinao, the Holy Eucharist started at 9:30 am. The main celebrant was Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, the Regional Superior and Parish Priest. The celebration was attended by a number of SCJs, who will attend the SCJ meeting on May 17, 2018. The celebration of the Eucharist was followed by a common meal, including some “lechons” (roasted pigs).

In Kumalarang, the main celebrant was Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ, the Master of Novices. The celebration of the Eucharist was followed by a common meal and after that cultural show prepared by different zones. Some SCJs were able to attend the second part of the celebration.

In both cases the celebration was very well prepared, so the people from different chapels could enjoy the feast of their patron, St. Isidore the Farmer.

Parish Feast in Bukal, Tandang Kutyo

The Holy Cross Parish (Parokya ng Banal na Krus) in Sitio Bukal, Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal (Diocese of Antipolo) has a long history of the devotion to the Holy Cross, the symbol of our salvation. Every second Monday of May, many people would gather there to celebrate the titular feast of the chapel not excluding the day of elections, which is also held on this day. The particular date has a special meaning for the local people as it commemorates the date of finding again the cross after it disappeared from the chapel in mysterious circumstances.This year, the Parish Feast was celebrated on May 14, 2018, which was the day of Philippine Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. The two main elements of the celebration were procession with the Holy Cross and Holy Eucharist presided by the Bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo, Most Rev. Francisco M. De Leon, DD..

The parish was officially erected on June 26, 2016, and was entrusted to the Priests of the Sacred Heart. As of now, the parish is run by three SCJs: Fr. Marcial Aguirre, SCJFr. Sergio Matumoto, SCJ and Dn. Nathaniel Robilla, SCJ.

Acceptance of New Novices

On May 13, 2018, on the Feast of Ascension and Our Lady of Fatima, nine young men (three Filipino and six Vietnamese) were officially accepted to the Novitiate. In this way, they started their direct preparation for the first profession of vows that will be held on June 28, 2019. During this thirteen month journey,under the supervision of the Novice Master Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ, they will learn many things about the nature of religious and community life, the Founder, the Congregation and most of all about the vows they will be going to profess.

The ceremony of acceptance was held in the afternoon in the the Novitiate Fr. Dehon in Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao, Zambonga del Sur. The new novices were accepted by the Superior of the SCJ Philippine Region, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ. The ceremony was attended by the members of the neighbour community in Dumalinao, Fr. Tom Cassidy from the US Province, Fr. Patro Gier working in Finland and Fr. Khoa Nguyen, the formator of Aspirants in Cagayan de Oro.

Anticipated Parish Feast and Confirmation in Kumalarang

On May 13, 2018, the St. Isidore Parish in Kumalarang celebrated its anticipated Feast of the Patron Saint, which actually falls on May 15. The main celebrant was the Bishop of Ipil, Most Rev. Julius S. Tonel, D.D., who also administered to the 171 young people the Sacrament of Confirmation . The celebration  was attended by Fr. Khoa Nguyen from Cagayan de Oro.

Month of May activities in the Philippine Region

The month of May is one of the busiest months in the entire year. Besides, the Flores de Mayo held in every parish, three SCJ parishes celebrate their Feast of the Patron: Bukal Ng Krus in Tandang Kutyo, Tanay on second Monday and Kumalarang and Dumalinao on May 15. Also, this is a month of graduations, renewal of vows, youth missions and barangay elections.

Here, is what had happened or will happen during the month of May:

May 1 – 31, 2018 – Flores de Mayo.

May 1 – 12, 2018 – Youth Mission in Hitudpan and Kapudlusan, Medalla Milagrosa Quasi Parish in Talisay, Hilongos, Southern Leyte.

May 9, 2018 – the Commencement Exercises oF Loyola School oF Theology (LST). The Baccalaureate Mass was followed by the Commencement Exercises. The two members of the Dehon House community were graduating; Fr. Delio Ruiz and Bro. Joel Bolo. Fr. Delio Ruiz graduated with the degree of Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) with Magna Cum Laude. And Fra. Joel Bolo obtained the degree of Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) and Master of Arts Major in Pastoral Ministry (MA). Congratulations to both of them. Job well done!

May 10, 2018 – Renewal of Vows in Cagayan de Oro of Fra. Victor Lingasa and Fra. Julius Socorro.

May 10 – 13, 2018 – Visit of Medalla Milagrosa in Dumalinao Parish.

May 11, 2018 – Renewal of Vows of Fra. Ruel Paalisbo in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon, Lower Lucoban, Dumalinao and Fra. Joel J. Bolo and Fra. Reneboy D. Soccoro in Dehon House, Quezon City. The renewals of vows were accepted by Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, the Regional Superior and Fr. Delio Ruiz, SCJ, the councilor respectively.

May 12, 2018 – Medical Mission in Kumalarang.

May 13, 2018 – Acceptance of new Novices.

May 14, 2018Bukal Ng Krus Parish Feast in Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Diocese of Antipolo.

May 15, 2018 – Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer in Kumalarang and Dumalinao.

May 17, 2018 – Regional meeting in the Novitiate Fr. Dehon.

May 19 – 27, 2018 Youth Mission in Man-ai, Dansolihon Chaplaincy, Cagayan de Oro

May 31, 2018 – Culmination of Flores de Mayo.