On December 2, 2017, the Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Aluba, Cagayan de Oro City, celebrated the dedication of its newly constructed church. The construction of the new parish church officialy started on February 28, 2015, and in less than three years has been completed. It looks impressive! All the details has been studied and implemented by the construction committee under the supervision of the parish priest Fr. Janusz Burzawa, SCJ, who was the initiator of this project and also fundraiser. By the way, this is the third project that Fr. Burzawa is involved. In his past assignments he built a new church in Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur and prepared complete plans for the new church in Dumalinao, also in Zamboanga del Sur, which now is in its final stage of completion.
The construction of the new church went in pair in building of the local Christian Community, which Fr. Burzawa considers as the most important. There is a number of pastoral initiatives introduced by him such as home visitations, special catechesis, pledges, retreats and recollections for all the faithful, and recently “Parade of Saints” replacing the pagan Halloween.
The ceremony of dedication was presided by Fr. Florencio Salvador, SSJV, a former pastor of this parish and delegate of the archbishop Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ,DD, who was assisted by several diocesan priests from the vicariate and SCJs from the neighbor communities.
After the Eucharistic celebration and lunch together, the parish community celebrated its “Family Day”, which in the future will be held on the first Saturday of December.
Each November 26 is a special day of remembrance of all SCJs who have died in the field as martyrs. Since November 26 this year falls on Sunday, the SCJ community in Cagayan de Oro celebrated the SCJ Memorial Day on November 25, 2017. The main celebrant and homilist was superior of the community Fr. Patrick Gutib, SCJ. The celebration was attended by the SCJs from the area of Cagayan de Oro, members of the Dehonian Family and friends. At the end of the Holy Mass took place a 10 minute presentation about the SCJ martyrs. As usual the celebration concluded with a common meal.
On November 20, 2017, seven (7) SCJ scholastics were installed to the ministry of Lector. Three (3) of them belong to the SCJ Philippines Region and four (4) to the District of Vietnam.
The new lectors were installed during the Holy Eucharist by the Regional Superior Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, which was attended by SCJs from the Philippines Region and District of Vietnam. The ceremony took place between the meeting of formators of both entities and regular meeting of the Philippine Region.
From October 23 – 27, 2017, all Novice and Postulant Masters of the Priests of the Sacred Heart around the world have assembled in Rome to evaluate and discuss the matters of formation. The Philippine Region is represented by Fr. Indra Pamungkas, SCJ, the Novice Master and Fr. Patrick L. Gutib, SCJ, in charge of Postulants. Among the participants is also Fr. Andrzej Sudoł, SCJ, a former master of postulants in the Philippines and now representing formators from the US Province.
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On October 15, 2017, the Christian Community of Tigbao Sub-Parish celebrated its 23rd patronal feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The main celebrant and homilist was Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, the parish priest of St. Isidore, the Farmer Parish in Dumalinao, where the sub-parish belongs to. He was accompanied by Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ and Fr. Joseph Butlig, SCJ from Cagayan de Oro and Fr. Joseph Muego, SCJ, the present administrator of the sub-parish.
The Eucharist was clebrated in the local Visayan dialect and was followed by the Sacrament of Baptism of 39 infants. As usual the celebration was preceded by nine-day novena, organized and sponsored by different chapels, members of the sub-parish.
On September 24, 2017, the parish community of San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Quezon City, Diocese of Novaliches, celebrated two important events: 30th Foundation Anniversary and Feast of the Patron – San Lorenzo Ruiz, martyr and first Filipino saint. The parish was officially established on August 15, 1987. Since 2016, the parish is being served by the SCJ community.
The Eucharistic Celebration was presided by Rev. Fr. JERRY ORBOS, SVD. During the homily, the celebrant reminded the parish community that martyrdom is a part of the Church. Recalling the model of Mother Mary, Queen of the Martyrs, and the heroic martyrdom of San Lorenzo Ruiz, he urged the people to help and love everyone instead of hurting them. May San Lorenzo Ruiz become the lively example for all of us to be martyrs in serving God and people.
By: Fra. Vincent Do
From September 18 to 22, 2017, 29 members of the SCJ Philippines Region participated in the retreat conducted by the Director of the Centro Studi Dehoniani (CSD) in Rome, Fr. Stefan Tertünte, SCJ.
Among the main topics of the retreat were the SCJ Identity and Community Life.
The retreat was held at the Don Bosco Batulao Retreat House, also known as Mary Help of Christians Center of Spirituality in Nasugbu, Batangas, about 20 km from Tagaytay City, the capital of retreat centers in the Philippines.
The participants, besides the spiritual nourishment, were able to enjoy the cool weather and hospitality of the staff of the retreat center.
Fr. Marty M. Macasaet, SDB, the Rector, in his welcome message said: Don Bosco’s original mission actually was a “business,” as it were. Certainly not just to run or operate a retreat house — although also that has nowadays become a veritable industry as well, not so much different from running a hotel or a restaurant (complete with competition!). It’s really no other than “soul-biz.” This is the noble, God-appointed ministry of the salvation of the souls — those of the young, primarily. For sure the retreat ministry goes a long way in this important endeavor. And so in this wonderful venture of ours, we all strive to collaborate and cooperate — with God, first and foremost, and with one another. We look forward to a fruitful and fertile undertaking. As Don Bosco’s great motto captures it, “Give me souls, take away the rest.” And of course we also have the motto of Don Bosco Batulao, “Do whatever He tells you.” That’s Mary, of course, instructing us her children, to be obedient and docile to the urgings of her Son Jesus Christ. May these sayings serve as our guide and inspiration in all that we do”.
August 12, 2017 – More than 40 members of the “Apostleship of Prayer” from the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, members of Lay Dehonians and Dehonian Youth, Staff from Kasanag Daughters Foundation (KDF), TMM Sisters, SCJ seminarians and friends of the Congregation, attended the celebration of 92nd Death Anniversary of Fr. Leo John Dehon and Thanksgiving Mass of Fr. Dennis Macasero, SCJ.
The celebration was held at the Sacred Heart Formation House Chapel in Cagayan de Oro City. The main celebrant was Fr. Dennis Macasero, SCJ, assisted by Dn. Nathaniel Robilla, SCJ and members of the Aluba I Community and Dansolihon Chaplaincy.
After, the post communion prayer there was a video presentation for all those who attended the celebration to give them an idea about the Vision and Mission of the SCJ Philippine Region that lasted for 25 minutes. The celebration ended with simple dinner as an expression of thanksgiving for all those who participated the activity.
By: Fr. Joseph Butlig, SCJ
On June 29, 2017, on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Dn. Dennis Macasero, SCJ, was ordained priest. The ceremony of ordination took place at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Buug, Zamboanga Sibuguey, his parish of origin and was presided by the Bishop of Ipil, Most Reverend Julius S. Tonel, D.D.
Fr. Dennis Macasero is the 18th SCJ Filipino priest and 2nd SCJ ordained by Bishop Tonel. His vocation story goes back to the year 2000 when became a “convent boy” in his parish. Helping for four years in the rectory, he was able not only to finish his high school education, but also observe the life of a priest, which attracted him very much. It was during that time that he met an SCJ priest assigned in the nearby parish in Kumalarang. As a result of that, after graduating from St. Paul School in Buug, he applied to the SCJ Formation Program in Cagayan de Oro City. In 2011 he made his first profession of vows in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and proceeded to study Theology at the Loyola School of Theology (LST) in Manila. On June 29, 2016, he was ordained deacon and was assigned first in Tanay, Diocese of Antipolo and later in Bagong Silang, Diocese of Novaliches.
The ceremony of ordination was beautifully prepared by the Buug Parish and was attended by almost all SCjs, diocesan priests from the Diocese of Ipil and Pagadian, religious sisters, parishioners and friends.
The ordination of Fr. Dennis was the culmination of the three-day activities, which included ordination to the Diaconate and First Profession of Vows.