On September 28, 2019, the parish community of San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Quezon City, Diocese of Novaliches, celebrated its Feast of the Patron – San Lorenzo Ruiz, martyr and first Filipino saint.
The celebration started at 4:00 PM with the solemn procession and was followed by the Holy Eucharist presided by Most Reverend Bishop Emeritus Antonio R. Tobias, DD, at 6:00 PM, and community diner at 7:30 in the evening. Prior to this event the community held a special novena that was held on 9 consecutive Sundays at 10:00 in the morning. The celebration was attended by the members of the Dehon House community and the Regional Superior, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ.
The parish was officially established on August 15, 1987. Since 2016, the parish is being served by the SCJ community.
On September 23, 2019, the formation community in Cagayan de Oro City has officially welcomed Fr. Sergio Matumoto, SCJ, as its new member. Fr. Sergio is a Brazilian. He arrived in the Philippines in 2011 as a scholastic. He studied Theology at the Ateneo de Manila University and was ordained priest in 2016 in Brazil. His first assignment was at the Holy Cross Parish (Parokya ng Banal na Krus) in Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal (Diocese of Antipolo) as an assistant parish priest. In 2018 he went to Rome to prepare himself to be a formator. In Cagayan de Oro he will be in charge of the Senior High and Pre-College students.
The welcome ceremony was joined with the birthday celebration of one seminarian Allen Fornis and Miss Norelyn T. Novabos, the secretary in the fundraising office.
From September 9 to 13, 2019, 34 members of the SCJ Philippines Region participated in the spiritual retreat conducted by Fr. Eugene Cañete, MJ.
The theme of the retreat was “Rejoice & Be Glad” – Celebrating 30 years of Missionary Presence in the Philippines, and was held at the Redemptorist Retreat House of the Holy Family in Lahug, Cebu.
Besides personal questions, the participants were invited by the facilitator to examine anew the challenges of their ministry in the changing reality in order to become the Heart of Jesus to the people to whom they are called to serve.
Fr. Eugene Cañete, MJ, has been founding member of the Missionaries of Jesus (MJ). From 1996 until 2001, he has been serving in Zambia, Africa, as a member of CICM Congregation. Presently is working as a professor at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Maryhill School of Theology, and ICLA, and is involved in Formation of Missionaries of Jesus in Antipolo City.