Building A Communion of Communities


Shepherding the Flock
by Rev Fr Fidel G. Fabile

by Bro Mar Santos

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” [Mark 6:30-34] Traffic noise. Endless talks on TV. Blaring radios. Big crowds. Deadlines to meet. Parties to attend. These are glaring signs that we live in a very stressful and noisy world. Left and right, forward or backward, we needed to keep up with the world’s fast and frantic pace. In the middle of all the noise, we crave for some silence and peace. Hence, we save up for expensive vacations, seeking to go to places where we can find some solitude or else go crazy. Still, it is not easy to stop the “motor of our being.” Even at night when we should be sleeping, we are visited with never ending thoughts about issues in our present or in the future. No wonder there is an uptrend in cases of insomnia, depression and other manias. When was the last time you had a moment of silence? a moment of solitude? When was the last time you went to a “deserted” place and “rested for a while?” Our Gospel tells us of an indispensable need to have a “time out” in life. We all need to stop a moment, forget everything for a while and take a moment to pray. Here, Mondays are regarded as a “priest’s day off.” Well, not really. But Fr Benedict, Fr Joseph and I usually take a chance to pray together around 9am as a community. We meditate together as we feel the need to quiet ourselves after a hectic week. Praying and resting give us much more purpose and energy to face the days ahead. Humans are social in nature, but we also have to “socialize” with God if we
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On May 20, Rev Fr Fidel Fabile announced to the General Parish Pastoral Council that our parish will begin to gradually implement the New English Translation of the Roman Missal [NETRM] in accordance with Circular No. 201230 issued by the Diocese of Parañaque. “The revised translation is a more literal (version) and closer in style to the original version written in (the) Latin language,” according to Fr Fidel. The changes were according to Liturgiam authenticam issued by the Holy See in 2001 requiring translations of the liturgical texts from the official Latin originals to be done “integrally and in the most exact manner,” in contrast to the “dynamic” translations which came out after Vatican II. The following are the gradual monthly implementation of the different responses: JUNE 2012. After the priest says “the Lord be with you” — during the Greeting, Gospel, the Preface/Eucharistic Prayer, Greeting of Peace and Final Blessing — our response is “And with your spirit” (replacing: And also with you). ‘Spirit’ here represents what is noblest in a person and it is to this that the greeting is returned. JULY 2012. The revised Penitential Act reads: “I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault (striking the breast once). Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.” This translation is closer to the original Latin: “Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa” in order for the faithful to be made
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aware of the pervading presence of sin in their personal lives as well as in society as large. However, the triple repetition should not minimize its gravity. AUGUST 2012. The new translation of the ‘Gloria’ [see below] will be used. The phrase ‘people of good will’ in the opening line of the Gloria came from Luke 2:14. It refers to God’s gracious gift, His Divine Favor to humankind on account of Christ’s birth and not for peace to be just a reward given by God to people who possess good will. Changes in the other parts of the mass (sung or spoken) will be tackled as follows: the Profession of Faith/Apostle’s Creed (September 2012); the Prayer over the Gifts and the Memorial Acclamation (October 2012); and the Invitation to Communion (November 2012). The full implementation of the changes will take place on the first Sunday of Advent 2012 (02 December 2012). The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) voted for the adoption of the New English Translation of the Roman Missal during its plenary assembly held on January 2011. In addition to the revised translation of some Mass prayers, the new Missal contains prayers for the observance of recently canonized saints, additional prefaces for the Eucharistic Prayers, additional Votive Masses & Masses and Prayers for Various Needs/Occasions, and some updated/revised rubrics for the celebration of the Mass.
(Ref: A Catechetical Primer on the New English Translation of the Roman Missal by Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB published by the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy.)

want to know Him. With prayer, we acknowledge the presence of God in our lives and learn to accept His Holy Will. Secondly, we need to find peace and quiet. The modern world makes it difficult to find the needed silence, where God resides. Jesus showed us His example of going off by Himself and spending nights in prayer in solitude and silence. We, too, must at times go to a deserted place to pray alone with Jesus in quiet and recollection. And lastly, we must learn to enjoy ourselves, either in sports or in relaxation. We must have a healthy source of recreation. For me, I go around looking for good restaurants. That’s because we also do not have a cook on Mondays. A moment to pray, a moment of silence and a moment of recreation. Jesus Himself found it important to rest awhile so as to regain strength, sanity and health. It is likewise a must for us to find our moments with God. Remember, the best vacations include true rest — alone — in prayer — with God. Amen.

The Mary Immaculate Parish commissioned a new batch of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers who attended the Basic Formation Seminar given by the Diocese of Parañaque last June. Ten [10] additional lectors would now be serving in the parish and in the liturgical secretariat of Royal South The new lectors being blessed by Fr Fidel last 15 July 2012. Townhomes. They are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Alicia Rosario D. Aristan Consolacion B. Brusas Susan A. Colobong Marian P. de Guia John Patrick T. dela Cruz 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Belinda N. Nares Christine V. Venerayan Pamela L. Enriquez [RST] Willian SA Frias [RST] Evelyn C. Garcia [RST]

Gl o r i a
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth

peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory. Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father; Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.”
(changes are in boldface)

Meanwhile, the new Eucharistic Ministers are Arturo Bautista, Romulo Fuentes Jr and Alven Maitem.

Editor-in-Chief: Rev. Fr. Fidel G. Fabile Communication Team: Sis Linda Bagalay Sis Jeany de Rama Sis Dolly Bunoan Bro Celso Ilao Sis Dina Contreras Sis Tes Roldan Sis Vida Cuaresma Bro Mar Santos Bro Rei Santos

The NET Staff

The Ongoing Formation and Renewal Seminar for active members of both ministries will start this Saturday, 28 July at the Diocesan Center in Please send your comments/suggestions to: Parañaque for the Eucharistic Ministers and on 04 August at the Mary, Visit our website at Mother of the Church Parish in BFRV for the Lectors.


by Sis Dolly Bunoan June 30, 2012 was a day to remember. It is the date when the Vicariate of the Holy Family, under the leadership of Vicar Forane Fr Fidel Fabile, took some time off their various duties to have a day of fun in the sun. As a lover of nature, Fr Fidel suggested the Submarine Garden Resort in Lobo, Batangas to be the activity venue — a sanctuary where fish and corals are left untouched by human hands, a quiet and serene place to rest from the outside world. Around 60 people from the seven parishes and one quasi-parish within the vicariate joined the event. For the first ever Vicariate Team Building & Fellowship, Mary Immaculate Parish played host. The MIP Communication team spearheaded by PGK Rei Santos prepared some games for the participants. Aside from Fr Fidel, three other priests were in attendance: Our Lady of the Pillar’s parish priest Msgr Boy Villarruz and Fr Jesus Guinging; and Fr Vir Pedregosa, parish priest of Santo Cristo. Everyone was so cooperative and actively participated in all the games. There were four teams with 8 members each. The team headed by Bro Ariel Caacbay won 1st place and the team headed by Bro Joel Abellanosa got 2nd place. Special thanks to LP Councilor Bro Ruben Ramos and his wife Sis Malou for the major prizes and the MIP for the minor prizes. When the day was almost over and the MIP Team was resting, one observation came up…all the participants were leaders and how they performed in the events simply showed the way they promote leadership in their respective parishes.

MIP Youth to join Genfest 2012 in Budapest
Mary Immaculate Parish’s very own June Santos and Fatima Mbengue are among the 94-person Philippine Youth delegation who will take part in the 10th edition of the Genfest — the Focolare’s celebration of the youth. June is the present head of the MIP Commission on Youth while Fatima is an active member of the MIP Youth Council. Both ladies are members of the Focolare movement in the Philippines. LET’S BRIDGE, the title of this year’s Genfest, will be held in Budapest, Hungary from August 31 to September 02, 2012. Genfest 2012 Social Media records show that as of July, there are already 12,000 booked participants, representing 150 countries. Various themes will be tackled during this 3-day festival with activities aimed at building bridges of fraternity: a concert, choreographies, exchanging daily life experiences, sharing of current initiatives, and launching the first stage of the United World Project. Born from a prophetic intuition of Focolare founder, Chiara Lubich, Genfest is a meeting of young people who want to show the world that universal brotherhood — a united world — is an ideal worth living for. It is a product of the Gen Movement, founded in 1967 with the motto “Young people of the world unite!” This movement quickly spread throughout the world with the members committing to live out the spirituality of unity with everyone. The Gen Movement is a “revolution of love” with Jesus’ testament as its ultimate goal, “That all may be one”. Two other young people from our parish, Monique Guioguio and Frances Tamayo, are likewise joining the Genfest 2012 under the auspices of the Gen Movement.
(Please visit the official Genfest website [] for more information.)

K of C 7618 Elects New Grand Knight

Deputy Grand Knight SK Jerry O. Vega was elected Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 7618 during the June 20 elections held at the KC Chamber at the MIP compound. Vega formally accepted the Council’s symbolic gavel of leadership from outgoing Grand Knight Reynaldo T. Santos who served from 2011-2012. With his experiences and achievement in business management and civic organization, Vega has much to contribute to the challenges of transformation in 20122013. “I know each one of you will find time in spite of your busy schedule and active lives to support our Council’s undertakings. Fully aware of our moral and social responsibility, we will try to maintain utmost flexibility in meeting the demands of the times, under the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism,” Vega said. Among the key officers elected were: SK Ruby B. Lumampao, Deputy Grand Knight; SK Francisco S. de Rama Jr, Chancellor; SK Brian B. Rebustillo, Recorder; SK Salvador C. Elli, Treasurer; SK Filemon G. dela Cruz, Financial Secretary; SK Justino M. Luminario, Warden; SK Edgar Rosana, Advocate; SK Charlie C. Baltazar, Inside Guard; SK Rogelio Bandojo and Bro Manuel N. Tapia, Outside Guards; PGK Reynaldo T. Santos, 3-year Trustee; PGK Julian C. Calaro, 2-year Trustee; and PGK Ramon T. Tapel, 1-year Trustee. Rev Fr Fidel G. Fabile was re-appointed as KC Council 7618’s Chaplain.

Financial Report as of 17 July 2012

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PWeDeng PWeDe — Make Rights Real! Special Voters Registration and Updating of Records Day for PWDs
by Sis Linda Bagalay (with Sis Vida Cuaresma)

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Spurred by the need to have a current and accurate database for “People with Disabilities” [PWDs], the Commission on Elections [COMELEC], the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting [PPCRV], AKAP Pinoy, other NGOs and ministries joined together to launch “PWeDeng PWeDe — Make Rights Real!” Project to cater to the political needs of PWD voters. Bro Ariel Caacbay, PPCRV Coordinator of Las Pinas City, said one of the primary tasks is to coordinate with all the parishes in the city to come up with an updated PWD list. This is for purposes of the Special Registration Day (SRD) which will give the PWDs who are entitled to vote a chance to register and update their records in time for the 2013 elections. The project was set in motion during the recent observance of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. To attain the objective of creating a PWD database, it was necessary to have a strong and good coordination between the PPCRV, the respective cities/municipalities, the Department of Social Welfare & Development [DSWD], COMELEC, Election Officers, Barangay Officials, Homeowners Associations, and the Basic Ecclesial Communities [BEC]. The PWD project was launched in February 2012 and since then Bro Ariel has been meeting with the Las Piñas PWD Federation Inc. headed by Ms Anna Fe Marabella. From these meetings, it became evident that the needs of our PWD brethren were not just political. From the national level down to the community level – what can we do as a community to respond to the needs of the PWDs? Bro Ariel feels that aside from the election requirements, the PWDs may gain more from involvement in parish activities and organizations such as the BEC and parish livelihood projects. He adds that it was necessary to involve the parish leaders, especially the Commission on Services to Human Promotion (COSHP). COSHP will help determine, analyze, and suggest possible assistance programs that can be extended to the PWD sector, going beyond the political and into other human concerns — spiritual, financial, economical, educational, logistical, health and so on. The Vicariate of the Holy Family agreed to the creation of a Ministry for PWDs at the Mary Immaculate Parish. Some activities that are already being done are: extending the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion to those who are no longer able to leave their homes; referring children with special

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needs to the Mary Immaculate Parish Special School; teaching basic communication skills; and providing assistance in livelihood projects and material support. The challenge is bridging the gap — whether it is a lack of time, talent or treasure. The gap can be filled by having the right people on board; these are people who are not only willing to help but also have the knowledge, experience or expertise to do the job. It is not disability, but ability that matters — and we are all capable of compassion. The PWDs are not just digits or figures — they are first and foremost brothers and sisters in the community who, like us, are in need of empathy and companionship. They don’t need our pity. What they need is LAW (Love, Action and expressed in Words). August 11, 2012 is the schedule for the National PWD Registration Day per COMELEC Resolution NO. 12-0624.

Paalam, Bro. Ed
Edgardo R. Hernandez
12 August 1942 - 16 July 2012

A life well lived for God’s greater glory. Night Adorer Lay Minister Cursillista  Knight Parish Volunteer Husband Father
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