Building A Communion of Communities

AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MARY IMMACULATE PARISH, LAS PIÑAS CITY August-September 2012

Shepherding the Flock
by Rev Fr Fidel G. Fabile

TIPS TO CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN LIVING: 3RD MIP QUARTER FELLOWSHIP
by Sis Vida Cuaresma

Living by God’s Law
Jesus responded: “You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” (Mk 7: 1 -18, 14-15, 21-23)

Name some common Filipino “traditions:”  When one is leaving the house while another is eating, we ask them to rotate their plates so that no one will meet an accident;  When a family member passes away, children are hoisted above his coffin so that they will not be visited by the dead;  One should not “take home” food being passed around during wakes; Why are most of our “traditions” connected with death? Does it mean that Filipinos are afraid of death and dying? Most of these socalled “traditions” are attributed to an older generation but we still keep on doing them to be on the “safe” side. Segurista, ika nga. But why do we keep doing them if we are not even sure if it is “guaranteed” to happen? In this Gospel passage, Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees for not observing Jewish purification traditions and customs. But Jesus condemned them of their hypocrisy and dishonesty for they were very strict when it came to observance of human traditions but disregarded God’s commandments. Jesus is asking us to be more concerned of cleansing our hearts than our hands. For what really matters is not what people say, but what God says. We are therefore invited to examine our “mga nakaugaliang mga bagay.” Do they point to our belief in God or to the follies of man?
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At night during this rainy season, as the cold creep its way into our bones, many find comfort in their cozy beds. But on this dark, wet and chilly September 15 evening, the Mary Immaculate Parish community was wide awake! For it was a night when Catholic Christians danced, praised, prayed, and testified together – as ONE Family of God! The MIP was holding its 3rd Quarterly Fellowship and even as the streets were filled with rain, our church was flooded with God’s grace. The festivities began with the usual roll call of participants/organizations, followed by opening remarks from Bro Ariel Caacbay, head of the parish Executive Committee. Bro Ariel spoke of the Spirit of Unity in Christ. He one must be bold in testifying spoke passionately about this fellowship being a God’s love, says Sis Eunice Areola. reunion of people who untiringly worked together to serve the Lord. True, we may come from different backgrounds and organizations, but we respect each other’s diversity and we are bound together by our love of God. We are all called to become MIP co-partners and comissioners. This was later followed by Praise and Worship led by Sis Diding Guiriba and animated by the Charismatic and Charismatic-Youth groups. The MIP Youth Dancers interpreted Bukas Palad’s Humayo’t Ihayag and I Will Sing Forever. After which we listened to testaments of how our brothers and sisters in MIP live God’s Word. Among the sharers were: Sis Charo Broqueza of the Handmaids of the Lord, Sis Grace Masibag of Singles for Christ, Sis Lina Villaflor of Alay Kay Maria, Bro Jojo Adille of the Family Life Commission and Bro Vic Pocot of the Knights of Columbus. Bro Dan Lumbres, Couples for Christ South A3 Cluster Head introduced the main speaker for the evening – former South A3 Cluster leader – Sis Eunice Areola. She has 20+ years of professional experience in the Education Industry and is currently Executive Director for Professional Development at the Manila Tytana Colleges. Sis Eunice shares that she brings God’s Word into her life through --- first and foremost, being a mother to her 3 sons and 1 daughter, and a dutiful wife to Bro Farley Areola for the past 19 years (and counting!). Continued on page 5...
To live a Catholic Christian Life,

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Prepared by Sis Nitz Liban

‘Shepherding the Flock’

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MARY IMMACULATE PARISH CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS FROM JANUARY 31, 2012 TO JUNE 30, 2012 CASH RECEIPTS: BALANCE BEGINNING Mass collection Office collections Donation - Alay Kay Maria - MIPSS TOTAL CASH RECEIPTS

Since the beginning of time, man has been proven to seek different paths if the path to God does not conform to what he wants to do. He seeks answers from nature, from ordinary things on earth to the heavenly bodies in the universe, to justify the very things that the Lord has pointed to us in truth. He gave Moses the Twelve Commandments but what did the people do? They tried to seek other gods just because they did not like what it contained. Jesus gave us only two commandments: Love God above all things and Love your neighbor. Yet, look around you. The way man is living is not in answer to what God has commanded us to live. In the Commandments, God has supplied us with a powerful defense that protects us from destructive passions and enables us to live a life of harmony, cooperation and fulfillment. Our task, therefore, is to take God’s commandments seriously and make them the foundation of our moral life. For Jesus, truth has to be said and proclaimed in season and out of season. The challenge for us is to cling to His words, and in doing so, cling to Him. We believe in His teachings because we believe in Him – Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life. Let us all sincerely ask the Holy Spirit to remove from our hearts “evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, and folly,” which defile us. Let us sincerely pray to obtain the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, which should define us. Let us pray for the grace to appreciate God’s law and live by it not only as individuals but also as a community and as a nation. Let us not be like the scribes and Pharisees who gave greater importance to legal subtleties rather than the essence of God’s law which is love and mercy. Amen. 

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118,773.41 1,960,842.00 391,791.45 250,000.00 40,000.00

P 2,761,406.86

LESS:CASH DISBURSEMENTS Salaries and Wages/SSS,ECC P Priest Stipend Light and water Telephone Expense Security Expense Food allowance - convent Transportation/Gasoline Expense Office supplies Postage Expense Repairs & maintenance - various General miscellaneous Communication Expense (The Net) Liturgical paraphernalia RCBP Quota (Jan.2012 to June 2012) MIPLAI payables (various events) Donations Solidarity Fund (Vicariate of the Holy Family) BEC Formation (Tagaytay) Catechists allowance/donation 2nd collection - (Diocese & Flood Victims) Medical Assistance Furniture & Equipment (Washing Machine) Office Equipment Parish Planning (Tagaytay) Parish Green Day Vicariate of the Holy Family Green Day Youth Team Building / Via Crucis TOTAL CASH DISBURSEMENTS BALANCE END P P

(756,954.63) (274,800.00) (489,479.04) (39,412.18) (126,000.00) (88,940.85) (15,539.15) (51,903.79) (248.00) (132,012.25) (25,295.50) (19,500.00) (60,853.75) (180,000.00) (108,128.49) (11,800.00) (6,000.00) (7,000.00) (19,000.00) (85,625.00) (41,572.90) (8,699.00) (975.00) (28,500.00) (72,005.50) (42,500.00) (21,000.00) (2,713,745.03) 47,661.83

Barya-Barya bottles being distributed by the KC every Sunday always run out of stock due to big demand.

“BARYA BARYA…”

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As of the end of September, the campaign has generated a total of Php 21,000 or the equivalent of 7 square meters. The Knights of Columbus is thankful for the positive and overwhelming response from the parishioners in this project. God loves a cheerful giver, save those coins!

Editor-in-Chief: Rev. Fr. Fidel G. Fabile Communication Team: Sis Linda Bagalay Sis Vida Cuaresma Sis Dolly Bunoan Sis Jeany de Rama Sis Dina Contreras Bro Celso Ilao Bro Mar Santos Sis Flor Crisol Sis Tes Roldan Bro Rei Santos Please send your comments/suggestions to: mipcom@ymail.com Visit our website at www.mipnatureschurch.com

The NET Staff

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BISHOP MERCADO MAKES PASTORAL VISIT TO MIP

In line with his annual pastoral visits to parishes within the diocese, Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, Bishop of Paranaque, made an official visit to Mary Immaculate Parish last August 3. Rev Fr Fidel Fabile, the Execom and members of the parish community were on hand to welcome the Bishop and Rev Fr Carmelo Estores from He cited in particular the the Chancery. work of COMCARE/ in realizing Various commission heads made their reports before Education cooperation and partnership the bishop such as Family Life, BEC Animation and the New Evangelization, Human Promotions, Worship, with the other commissions. Education, Youth, Lay Apostolate and Finance. Bro Ruben Ramos presented the “Thanks-a-Lot” Project Following the reports, Bishop Mercado voiced his desire that the parish should create dialogue with other faiths existing in the parish. He said the existing commissions can work to help bring the different communities together. and gave an overview of the various programs under it. Bishop Mercado said the 3,000 pesos/square meter visà-vis 8,000 families/donors is a realistic goal. He was very interested that the Knights of Columbus had their own version of Pondong Pinoy called the “Barya-Barya para sa Lote ni Inang Maria.” He said the Archdiocese of Manila was able to generate millions of pesos through the Pondong Pinoy program and hopes that the KC would also be successful in this endeavor. Another project that the Bishop commended was the “Alay Kalakal/Pabahay ni Maria.” He said this project can be easily replicated in other parishes. In closing, Bishop Mercado thanked all those present and hopes that when he comes back, he will continue to see sectors of renewal formation in the parish. He congratulated Fr Fidel and said may the sharing of communion remain to inspire the people and rise up to his challenge of working together in the light of the Gospel. 

Bishop Mercado also encouraged everyone to focus on the Scriptures in all activities. He said that this year’s theme of “Working Together In the Light of God’s Word” should serve as a challenge to each commission.

BARYA BARYA PARA SA LOTE NI INANG MARIA
by Bro Celso Ilao

Inspired by the Pondo ng Pinoy project launched by His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales in the Archdiocese of Manila in 2004, a parallel drive was initiated by the Knights of Columbus Council 7618 this August to further raise funds for the purchase of the lot adjacent to the MIP main church. Past Grand Knight Monet Roldan spearheaded the fund-raising campaign and enjoined every parishioner, young and old, rich and poor to participate, and the school children to share their excess daily “baon” to the project. To facilitate the collection, SK Roger Jordan volunteered to take charge of the distribution of Bishop Jess Mercado checks out the Barya-Barya bottle as Grand plastic bottles to the parishioners during Sunday masses.
Knight Jerry Vega explains its mechanics.

The drive also serves to help the Bangko Central in recovering the coins which gets lost in circulation. This in turn means savings for the country as reproduction of each of the coins cost a lot. The drive brings to mind the lesson of the widow’s mite (Lk 21:2-4) or the theology of the crumbs. In the Gospel, Jesus mentions the widow who gave her last coins to the temple despite having nothing else. He said that she gave more compared to those who gave just a pittance from their abundance. Continued on page 2...

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NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL
The Mary Immaculate Parish is now on its 4th month of gradual implementation of the New English Translation of the Roman Missal in accordance with Circular No. 2012030 dated 18 May 2012 of the Diocese of Paranaque. Changes in the parts of the mass (sung or spoken) are as follows: the Profession of Faith/Nicene Creed (September), and the Prayer over the Gifts, Eucharistic Prayer Opening Dialogue, Sanctus and the Memorial Acclamation (October). The full implementation of the changes will take place on the first Sunday of Advent 2012 (02 December 2012). PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS The new translation mentions “my sacrifice and yours” but it really means “our sacrifice” as in the former usage. There is only one sacrifice in the Mass - the sacrifice of Christ. The “my” and “yours” refer to the difference in the manner by which the priest and the faithful perform their share in that one sacrifice.

NICENE CREED In the Philippines, the Nicene Creed is reintroduced after decades of using the Apostles’ Creed. The Nicene Creed will be used at all Masses on Sundays and Solemnities while the Apostles’ Creed may be used during Lent and Easter. The Nicene Creed was originally adopted at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD and then updated at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD. It is therefore also referred to as the "Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed."

THE NICENE CREED
(changes in bold) I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
(At the words that follow, up to and including “and became man,” all BOW.)

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen!

Priest: Pray brethren THAT MY SACRIFICE AND YOURS may be acceptable to God the almighty Father People: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his HOLY Church.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER OPENING DIALOGUE

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God, People: IT IS RIGHT AND JUST.
SANCTUS (Holy, Holy) After the Sanctus, all should kneel as a sign of reverence. Those who cannot kneel but are able to stand shall remain standing. They should make a bow towards Christ on the altar after each elevation.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of HOSTS. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
(Ref: The New Translation of the Holy Mass: The Creed, Part I, Brian W. MacMichael, International Commission on English in the Liturgy; Bukal Bulletin Supplements, DoC)

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION (any of the three)   

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again. When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again. Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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“Tips to Catholic Christian Living…”

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To live a Catholic Christian Life – simply put - one must be bold in testifying God’s love. Wherever we are and whatever we do, we should always have God in our thoughts and words. External demonstrations of our faith are well and good, but our interiority is much more important. Daily personal decisions are how we can truly exercise our Catholic Christianity. Here are 5 tips to help us make decisions: a) Scriptural Guide – live and love God’s Word. (Remember this EXACT order: To know God, To Love God, To Serve The Charismatic Youth group and the MIP Youth Dancers interpret Bukas Palad’s Humayo’t Ihayag. God) b) Prayer and Special Revelation – asking for gifts of wisdom (John 1:5); courage (Matthew 22:36-46); and obedience (John 15:10). Prayer is communicating with God – it should be a TWO-WAY conversation. c) Community and Mature Counsel (Psalms 11:4) – Different perspectives helps us to avoid the same mistakes; it’s a support group that should LIFT us up rather than put us down. d) Personal Desires and Vision – there’s nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going after it, for as long as it is a God-given (blessed) vision. Though we might not always be faithful to God’s master plan for us, find comfort in knowing that God will always be faithful to us. d) Circumstances – these are description, not prescriptive. Not every open door is an opportunity. In closing, Sis Eunice says that each moment is a point to decide to live as a true Catholic Christian. Each aspect of our lives are intertwined, and every day is an opportunity to meet God and experience His love. When we Live in God’s Word, we Live Well. So let us begin by smiling (which is, after all, the mark of a child of God) and proudly state that we belong to a Catholic Christian Community whose main goal is to seek first His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). 

ALAY KAY MARIA: I AM A MESSENGER OF GOD
by Sis Linda Bagalay

On September 6, the Alay kay Maria (AKM) coordinators had a recollection at the MIP Retreat House. Topics reflected on were the following:  “I am God’s Masterpiece.” Sis Lina Villaflor shared that even if life is difficult, a person can succeed if he has lots of determination and a strong faith in the Lord. “I Am Blessed.” Sis Emma Pacis imparted a story of grace amid poverty and struggle through the guidance and help of the Lord Almighty. “I Can Make a Difference.” Sis Sylvia Rico bared her life as a single mom. She said it was not easy to raise her children and lead them toward God but she was able to do this through proper nurturing and education. Despite all the challenges, she knew that she will not be alone with God by her side.
Bantay Kalusugan is one of AKM’s annual projects since 2008. Held twice a year (Sept/Mar), this year’s batch had 150 patrons who availed the affordable laboratory examination package including FBS, Cholesterol, ECG, Urine, Stool, CBC and SGPT, among other tests. Courtesy of Luz Matanguihan

Masses: Nov 01 / Nov 02
All Saints Day: 6:00 am Main Church 830am/4pm Ossuary 7:00 pm Main Church All Souls Day: 6:00 am Main Church 4:00 pm Ossuary 7:00 pm Main Church

San Pedro Calungsod Triduum Nov 09 - 11: MIP Main Church
Nov 9, 4pm: Pilgrim Image Arrival from Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, BFRV Nov 11, 4pm: Departure for Sto. Cristo Parish, Soldiers II

Invited speakers were Bro Froilan Florentino of the Flames of Fire for Jesus and Sis Diding Guiriba of the Lay Apostolate Commission. Joyful songs led by Sis Rose Caoile were rendered and participated in by everyone. 

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BOTO KO, KARAPATAN KO!
PWeDeng PWeDe! Magparehistro Na Tayo!
by Nicole D. Bautista, PPCRV Volunteer

To reach out to Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and make sure the right to vote will be equally exercised by all Filipinos, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), together with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Department of Social Welfare and Development, Akap Pinoy and other NGOs, organized a Special Registration Day for qualified Persons with Disabilities nationwide. In line with this, PPCRV Las Piñas, headed by Ariel Caacbay, and the Las Piñas City Persons with Disabilities Federation, Inc. (LPCPWDFI) assisted the COMELEC in conducting the voters registration last August 11 at the SM Center Las Piñas.

A total of 130 voters (120 PWDs) were able to register and update their records, making Las Piñas City with the most number of PWD registrants nationwide. Some senior citizens were also given a chance to register and update their records. The MIP-PPCRV led by Dhon Dionisio manned the special registration day for the PWDs. At the closing ceremony, each of the organizations expressed gratitude for the efforts of all those involved and most especially, to the PPCRV volunteers for a job well done. Among those who gave their remarks were Ana Fe Maravillas and Nap ”Spock” Castillo, both of the LPCPWDFI; Atty. Anne Gonzales of COMELEC-LP; Mr Agcaoile of Akap Pinoy; and Angela Jimenez of SM Center Las Piñas.

FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE NATURE’S CHURCH EXTENSION LOT
Financial Report as of 18 September 2012

In retrospect, the MIP-PPCRV volunteers had a common realization — the unparalleled sense of fulfillment in extending a hand to those who are in need of guidance. They also realized that having a disability is neither of consequence nor a punishment. Instead of dwelling in our incapacities, it’s only a matter of counting our blessings. 
A fund-raising activity to build the new Pope John Paul II Hall and for "Operation: Thanks-a-Lot"

PROGRAM Isang Metro Kuwadrado, Alay Namin sa Iyo, Aming Diyos Munting Alay Ko, Lupang Banal Katumbas Nito P

AMOUNT 3,396,671.00 109,790.50

 1.5K run for kids & senior citizens  3K run for Males & Females  5K run for Males & Females

Ossuary Garden: Himlayan sa Hardin, Alay kay Mariang Birhen

30 November 2012 Time: 5am
8,388,693.14
Assembly: Barangay Hall Talon V, Moonwalk Village

REGISTRATION FEE: P 400
Organizing Committee: Call/text 0999-5082168 0917-8856312 In partnership with Couples for Christ South A3 Singles for Christ South A2

East West Bank Credit Card Mo, Sa Parokya Natin Makakatulong Ito

377,000.00

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord
INOCENCIO ‘Susing’ VALLE Barangay Captain, Talon Singko (1994-2007)  MIP Fiesta Hermano Mayor (1996) JOSE ‘Joey’ MANALANG , Sr. Eucharistic Minister  Member, Charismatic Community  UMVHAI Director/EVP
10 March 1943 - 09 September 2012 21 April 1933 - 30 August 2012

Total donations to date TOTAL AMOUNT STILL TO BE RAISED

12,272,154.64 P

11,727,845.36