Benefactors’ Day 2018 in Cagayan de Oro

It is already a tradition that on the Sunday, after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the formation community of Cagayan de Oro celebrates Benefactors’ Day. It is the way to let the benefactors know more about the congregation and its activities and also an opportunity to thank them for their support and generosity.

This year, the celebration of Benefactors’ Day was held on June 10, 2018. As usual, it started with the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Francis Pupkowski, scj, who is in charge of the Benefactors and Fundraising Office. At the end of the Mass, the benefactors could watch a 20-minute video presentation entitled “With Open Heart and Mind”, containing information about the Congregation and activities of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in the Philippines.

It was noticed that every year there are more and more benefactors joining this celebration.

The celebration was culminated with a common meal.

Celebrations in Manila and Cagayan de Oro

The Feast of the Sacred Heart, the patronal feast of the Priests of the Sacred Heart on June 8, 2018, was celebrated in all formation houses in the Philippines. Many friends of the Congregation, associates, and benefactors, had joined the celebration, especially in Metro Manila and Cagayan de Oro.

In Manila, during the Eucharist. presided by the Regional Superior Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, six scholastics: four Filipino and two Vietnamese, had renewed their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Also, all the SCJs attending this celebration renewed their commitment as religious.

A good number of benefactors from Quezon City, Mandaluyong and Makati City were able to attend this event and to meet personally Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ and Sr. Yolly C. Novabos, TMM, from the fundraising office in Cagayan de Oro City. The oldest participant of the celebration was 97 years old.

The benefactors and guests were given a chance to know more about the congregation and its works through the video presentation, entitled “With open heart and Mind”, that was played just after the Mass.

In Cagayan de Oro City, the Holy Eucharist was presided by Fr. Joseph C. Butlig, SCJ, a member of the community. As usual, besides friends of the Congregation, the celebration was attended by members of the Dehonian Family: Dehonian Youth and Lay Dehonians. After the Holy Communion, five new members of the Dehonian Youth made their commitment and the old members renewed their commitment as well. The commitments were accepted by Fr. Janusz Burzawa, SCJ, the councilor of the Philippine Region, who ealier accepted six new Postulants: five Vietnamese and one Filipino.

In both events, the celebrations were very nice and attended by many people, and SCJs from the area, who were not only able to enjoy the celebration, but also the delicious food served afterwards.

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart

I have loved you from all eternity and will love you eternally if, on your side, you never cease to love me. I will never forget you. Deeply, carefully and lovingly have I written you in the wounds of my feet and hands. I have gone further. As though I were not satisfied with this, I have had my side pierced by a soldier’s spear to open wide for you the entrance to my Heart and to show you how great was the love which led me to die for you. (Henry Arnoldi +1487)

Final Vows Preparation in Indonesia

From June 3 – July 2, 2018, fifteen  young SCJs from Asian Zone, takes part in preparation for final vows in Indonesia. Seven participants are from India, six from Indonesia and two from the Philippines: Fra Victor Lingasa and Fra Julius Socorro. The preparation for final vows is organized each year in a different entity of Asia. The program includes the following topics:  Dehonian perspective of the Religious Vows,  Apostolic and Social dimension of the Dehonian Religious, and Affective maturity and Religious Life. As usual the activities will end with five day Spiritual Retreat.

2nd Regional Assembly Chapter

27 SCJs, after final vows, took part in the 2nd Regional Assembly Chapter, held on June 5 – 6, 2018, at the Sacred Heart Formation House in Cagayan de Oro City. The participants were welcomed by Fr. Rico Lapinig, SCJ, and after that by the Regional Superior Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, who officially declared start of the Chapter. As usual, the first part was a spiritual preparation for the main activity. Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ, led a reflection based on the theme “With open Heart and Mind to the urgent needs of the Church and the World”, which was followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation.

After the break, Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, delivered the “State of the Region Address” (SORA), summarizing the main activities and achievements, that had happened since the 1st Regional Chapter in 2014. Following this, Fr. Delio Ruiz, SCJ, the chairman of the Preparatory Commission, explained the goal and procedures of a workshop that was going to be held, in five groups, in the afternoon. The purpose of this was to come out with some concrete proposals for the next six years, based on the last and this year conclusions of the assemblies.

On the following day, June 6, 2018, the assembly discussed the proposed motions, coming from the working groups, and voted on it. The last activity of the Chapter was election of the delegate for the XXIV General Chapter in Rome and his substitute, who will accompany the Regional Superior in July 2018.

The 2nd Regional Assembly Chapter was well prepared and conducted in a very fraternal atmosphere.

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!