Building A Communion of Communities


Shepherding the Flock
by Rev Fr Fidel G. Fabile

PEDRO CALUNGSOD: A Saint for Our Times
by Bro Mar Santos

No Greater Love
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15: 12-13)

In welcoming the image of San Pedro Calungsod in Manila, Archbishop Chito Tagle said that in order to better appreciate the blessing of having a second Filipino saint, we should study the life of the young Visayan martyr. Sino nga ba si San Pedro Calungsod? Sa napakamura niyang edad na 13-14, naging isang katekista si Pedro dito sa Pilipinas. Because of his desire to share the life of Jesus, pinili nyang mag-abroad noong late 1600s at magpunta sa Marianas Islands kasama ni Padre Diego Luis San Vitores, isang Jesuit, upang turuan ng Mabuting Balita ang mga Chamorros. Noong mga panahong iyon ay napakahirap ng biyahe at pumunta sa ibang lugar, ngunit ito ang pinili ni Pedro. Back then, he was dedicated in his mission to offer his life and self to be a catechist and evangelize in places where there is no Christianity. At his age, Pedro learned to put God at the center of his life. He knew the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus in his journey to God. It is important because in establishing this relationship, we are able to offer our love, our life unconditionally. Ilan sa atin ang makapagsasabi na kaya natin itong gawin? Pedro could have opted to stay here at home, to spend the rest of his life in the Philippines pero pinili nyang maging isang junior missionary at katekista sa Marianas Islands upang ipakilala si Hesus sa mga taong nakatira doon.
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Last November 9, devotees lined up along the Friendship Route from Mary Mother of the Church Parish in BF Resort to Mary Immaculate Parish to witness and pay respect to the image of the second Filipino saint canonized recently by Pope Benedict XVI. The procession was participated in by members of the different religious organizations, graders and high school students and villagers. Escorted by the Knights of Columbus honor guards, San Pedro Calungsod was welcomed by Rev Fr Fidel Fabile and the parishioners in short rites and a Living Rosary led by students coming from different schools in the parish. The visit will be a short one while it finishes its pilgrimage within the vicariate with last stops at Sto Cristo Parish in Soldiers II and Madonna del Divino Amore Quasi-parish in Portofino. Afterwards, the vicariate pilgrim image will be enshrined at MIP under the care of the Vicar Forane of the Holy Family, Fr Fidel. Who is San Pedro Calungsod? A 17-year-old Filipino missionary catechist and sacristan from the Visayan region, Pedro Calungsod died a martyr in Guam more than three centuries ago. He was among the first to serve in the evangelical mission to the Marianas Islands headed by Fr Diego Luis de San Vitores, SJ (now Blessed). He was proclaimed “Saint” on 21 October 2012 in canonization rites officiated by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. There are no existing pertinent documents, such as baptismal records, that could serve as basis for identifying his birthplace in the Visayan region. Documents written by his companion missionaries simply identify him as an “indio visaya” or a Visayan native. Pedro Calungsod was one of the boy catechists who went to Ladrones Islands in the North Pacific Ocean — part of the old Diocese of Cebu — in 1668 to evangelize the island with Fr Diego. They worked in these islands from 15 June 1668 until 02 April 1672 when they were both killed on account of the Christian Faith. Records of the martyrdom of Pedro Calungsod were discovered during the process of beatification for Fr Diego, which were kept in different archives in Spain, Mexico, France and Rome. Continued on page 2...


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The Archdiocese of Cebu started to process his beatification cause, inquiring about the authenticity of the documents pertinent to the martyrdom of Pedro and establishing the fact that he gave his life for the Christian Faith and that he was killed on account of the same Faith. Timeline The Diocesan process was opened on 21 November 1994 and concluded more than a month later. The Vatican recognized its validity on 21 March 1997. On 05 October 1999, Vatican historians gave an unanimous affirmative vote on the authenticity of the historical documents about Pedro while the Vatican theologians gave an unanimous affirmative vote on the authenticity of the martyrdom of Pedro on 04 January 2000. On 27 January 2000, Pope John Paul II promulgated the Decree on the Martyrdom of Pedro. He was beatified by the Pope on 05 March 2000. Twelve years later, Pedro Calungsod was proclaimed a “Saint” with six others during a public assembly presided over by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Square. Pope Benedict XVI declared that Blessed Pedro now reigns in eternal glory and decrees that the Universal Church show him the honor due to a saint. Thus, Blessed Pedro will henceforth be addressed as Saint Pedro Calungsod or San Pedro Calungsod. 

The success of San Pedro and his companions in ministering to the people was met with jealousy by some sectors. Even the chief of the village, o ang kanilang “barangay captain,” was envious of their achievements. To get back at them, he helped spread the rumor that the water used for baptism was poisoned. Then, they planned an ambush to kill the missionaries. He wanted to kill the priest first but Pedro put himself in harm’s way and died first. Because of his sacrifice, Pedro was declared a martyr and a saint. It was Jesus who said that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for his friends. Pedro not only offered his life in service but also offered his life to save his companions. Sa panahon natin ngayon, maraming tukso, maraming challenges na naglalayo sa atin sa ating paniniwala. Lalo na sa mga kabataan, mapangakit ang mundo sa kanilang isip. This is where we need San Pedro, to show his life as a model and example for the youth of today. Si Pedro ang isa sa pinakamagandang example na dapat tularan ng mga kabataan ngayon. Our challenge is to make them see the value of offering one’s life to God and for others. Isa sa mga naging Gospel nitong nakaraang buwan ay ang tungkol sa 2 commandments of Jesus – love God with all your heart and all your being; and “Love one another as I have loved you.” To love God and love your neighbor, unconditionally. Pedro knew and did both. In modern society, it is a different challenge to offer one’s life. It might not be as literal as having to die for others but to offer oneself in the service of others. We have to find our own way or method on how to bring about this “offering.” The lives of the saints should inspire us to be like them by first learning how they came to lead holy lives. Ang pagbisita ni San Pedro ay para ipakilala siya sa atin at kung paano siya magiging modelo ng ating Kristiyanong pamumuhay. We should not only venerate our saints but also know their relationship with God. So that as we journey in our own lives and struggle to be holy or love unconditionally, we can look up to their lives and be inspired. Kung sila nagawa nila, kaya ko ring gawin. If the saints can be holy – and they were also ordinary people like us – so can we. So take up the challenge of the saints: be FRUITFUL in our Christian lives; INSPIRE others; renew our COMMITMENT to the Word of God; desire to be HOLY and LOVE unconditionally. Amen.

As of November 2012, the Barya campaign has generated a total of Php 39,000 or the equivalent of 13 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, especially this Christmas season, 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

The NET Staff

LET’S BRIDGE. More than 12,000 young people from 80+ countries took part in the Genfest 2012 in Budapest, Hungary aiming to spread the spirituality of unity throughout the world. MIP youth Jom de Guzman, June Santos, Frances Tamayo, Monique Guioguio and Fatima Mbengue joined the 94-person delegation from the Philippines.
(photos courtesy of Jom de Guzman)

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The first Sunday of Advent signals the full implementation of the New English Translation of the Roman Missal in the Philippines as it joins the rest of the Catholic world in its use. Upon instruction from the Holy See which requires as much as possible a literal translation of the original Latin text of the liturgical books, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has decreed that the new Missal be used beginning 02 December 2012. To complete the series, the final set of changes in the people’s responses in the Mass (sung or spoken) are as follows: the Invitation to Communion/“Lord I am not worthy…” (November) and the Our Father/The Lord’s Prayer (December). The Apostles’ Creed is also provided herein. This prayer will be used during Lent and Easter, and in daily prayers such as the Rosary. INVITATION TO COMMUNION The invitation to communion directly quotes John 1:29 and Revelation 19:9. When John the Baptist sees Christ approaching, he exclaims “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” While in the Book of Revelation, “Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” The response of the people also better reflects the response of the centurion when Jesus agreed to heal his servant (Mt 8:8): “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” To have someone enter under one’s roof means to welcome that person into your home, to receive someone as a guest. In Holy Communion, we receive no less than the Body of Christ. We should therefore do this reverently and prayerfully. APOSTLES’ CREED "The Apostles' Creed is so called because it is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles' faith. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome. Its great authority arises from this fact: it is 'the Creed of the Roman Church, the See of Peter, the first of the apostles, to which he brought the common faith." (Catechism of the Catholic Church) The Apostles Creed was first used in baptisms in ancient Rome. We say “I believe” to remind us of the promises made at baptism when we became members of the family of the Church. We emphasize this at Easter when we renew our baptismal promises based on the Apostles’ Creed.

Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world. BLESSED ARE THOSE CALLED TO THE SUPPER OF THE LAMB. People: Lord, I am not worthy that YOU SHOULD ENTER UNDER MY ROOF, but only say the word and MY SOUL shall be healed.
The LORD’S PRAYER (Our Father) On 03 October, the CBCP issued a circular clarifying which version of The Lord’s Prayer to use. Reaffirming its approval of the NETRM in toto, the bishops adopted the sixteenth-century version it contained, replacing the ecumenical version in use since 1976.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; AND in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
(At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow)

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into HELL; on the third day He rose AGAIN from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of GOD, the Father ALMIGHTY; FROM THERE He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Other texts which deviate from the official ones as written in the new Roman Missal may no longer be used in the Mass.
(Ref: CBCP Circular N12-205 dated 3 October 2012 ; Catechism of the Catholic Church; NETRM series, CBCEW; Bukal Bulletin Supplements, DoC)


M I P F I E S TA : N O B Y E M B R E 2 9 - D I S Y E M B R E 8 Sama-samang Paglalakbay sa Liwanag ng Salita ng Diyos sa Gabay ni Inang Maria
UNANG ARAW, Nobyembre 29, Huwebes - ARAW NG PAGHIHILOM Tagapamahala: GPPC / Maintenance Commission / Sis Diding Guiriba / Lay Apostolate / MIP Charismatic Community 5:00 am 6:00 am 7:30 am 5:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm Djana Brass Band Misa General clean-up of MIP Grounds with Mandated Org’ns Mother Theresa School Brass Band Novena Novena Mass with Fr Teo S. Rustia Koro: MIPCC Mass Sponsors: Lay Apostolate & AKM Cluster 1
(Veraville Classic; Veraville 5/5A; Veraville Fremont; Veraville 3; Veraville 3A; Villa Luningning)

IKA-ANIM NA ARAW, Disyembre 4, Martes - ARAW NG KAPITBAHAYAN Tagapamahala: Sis Donna Caacbay / BEC 6:00 am 8:00 am 10:00 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 8:00 pm Misa BEC Cookfest Venue: Multipurpose Hall Community Bible Quiz Novena Novena Mass with Fr John Paul Y. del Rosario Mass Sponsors: BEC & AKM Cluster 5 (Mercury Atlas; Apollo 4;
Moonwalkers; No Name Club; Barangay Side; Ranger; Iris)

BEC Night: Kapitbahayan goes OPM-Retro

IKAPITONG ARAW, Disyembre 5, Miyerkules - KUMPISALANG BAYAN Tagapamahala: Bro Joel Abellanosa / CLPR 6:00 am 6:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm Misa Simula ng Kumpisalan (muli pagkatapos ng Misa*) Novena Novena Mass* with Msgr Armando V. Villarruz Koro: Tinig Mass Sponsors: AKM Cluster 6
(Hollero; Nimbus East, West & Central)

IKALAW AN G ARA W, No by e mbr e 3 0, Bi y ern es ARAW N G MG A MAN G GA GA WA / A RAW NG MG A Y UP PI E S Tagapamahala: Bro Kristoff Jongco / YPEW / EMHC / Execom 5:00 am 6:00 am 8:30 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm Takbo para kay Inang Maria 3 Assembly: Barangay Misa Pagbisita sa mga maysakit at may kapansanan Novena Novena Mass with Fr Rustico V. Cruz Mass Sponsors: YPEW & AKM Cluster 2
(Dona Leoncia; Sta. Rita; St Scholastica; Jarn Road; Mikesell)

IKAWALONG ARAW, Disyembre 6, Huwebes - ARAW NG MGA BATA Tagapamahala: Hermano/Hermana Mayor Antonio & Gloria Felipe 6:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 9:00 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm Misa Children’s Mass with Fr Jufer T. Lopez, CSS Mass Sponsors: Mga paaralang pampubliko at pribado sa MIP Parada ng mga Bata Venue: Multipurpose Hall Programa / Storytelling / Mascot Show / Palaro Novena Novena Mass with Msgr Benedicto S. Aquino Mass Sponsors: AKM Cluster 7 Koro: CCA

8:00 pm

“Thanks-a-Lot” Dinner Venue: Multipurpose Hall

IKATLONG ARAW, Disyembre 1, Sabado - ARAW NG MGA KABATAAN Tagapamahala: Sis June Santos / UYG / COY / COMCARE 6:00 am 7:00 am 2:30 pm 5:00 pm 5:45 pm 6:00 pm Misa (1st Saturday) - Block Rosary Groups OPLAN Linis Kabataan Kumpil Most Rev Roberto C. Mallari
Bishop of San Jose de Nueva Ecija

Youth Night Venue: Multipurpose Hall Novena Novena Mass with Fr Don Einar S. Cambe Koro: UYG Mass Sponsors: UYG/COY & AKM Cluster 3 (Skynet; Agro Homes 1 & 2; Explorer; Apollo 1, 2 & 3 ;Skylab;
Orbiter; Mariner; Veraville Townhomes 1)

(Phase 2; Emmaus; Sto Nino; Mooncraters; Villa Pangarap)

IKASIYAM NA ARAW, Disyembre 7, Biyernes - ARAW NG PAROKYA Tagapamahala: Hermano/Hermana Mayor Antonio & Gloria Felipe at Execom 6:00 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm Misa Novena Novena Mass with Fr Dennis L. Batacandolo, CSS Mass Sponsors: Execom & AKM Cluster 8 Gabi ng Parokya Venue: Multipurpose Hall

IKAAPAT NA ARAW, Disyembre 2, Linggo - ARAW NG MGA LOLO’T LOLA Tagapamahala: KC / CWL / AKM / MBG 5:00 am 6:45 am 7:00 am Medical Outreach Venue: Multipurpose Hall Novena Novena Mass with Msgr Roberto C. Guiuan Koro: KC Mass Sponsors: KC; CWL; MBG; Handmaids of the Lord; UMVHAI; Bgy Talon V; Senior Citizens 8:00 am Breakfast para kay Lolo at Lola Pagpapatuloy ng Medical Outreach 8:30 am / 10 am / 4 pm / 5:15 pm / 6:30 pm / 7:45 pm - Regular Sunday Mass 9:00 pm YugYugan sa Gabi hatid ng KC Venue: Multipurpose Hall IKALIMANG ARAW, Disyembre 3, Lunes - ARAW NG PAMILYA Tagapamahala: Bro Jojo Adille / Commission on Family and Life / CFC 6:00 am 6:30 pm 7:00 pm 8:00 pm Misa Novena Novena Mass with Fr Virginio B. Pedregosa Koro: FL Mass Sponsors: Family Life; CFC & AKM Cluster 4
(Soyuz & Extension; Titan; Luna; Vanguard & Extension; Proton)

(Early Bird; San Marco & Extension; Lunar Rover; Pegasus; Challenger; Moonstone)

8:00 pm

ARAW NG KAPISTAHAN NG IMMACULADA CONCEPCION Disyembre 8, Sabado - Pistang Pangilin [Holy Day of Obligation] 6:00 am 8:30 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Misa Misa Mass Sponsors: AKM Cluster 9 (Rainbow; Delnor; St Mark;
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Search for MIP Singing Stars Venue: Multipurpose Hall

FIESTA HIGH MASS Most Rev Jesse E. Mercado, Bishop of Paranaque Mass Sponsor: Hermano/Hermana Mayor Antonio & Gloria Felipe Baptism Misa Mass Sponsor at Koro: MIPSS Elem & High School Prusisyon Tagapamahala: Knights of Columbus, EMHC, Bgy Talon V at Legion of Mary Anticipated Sunday Mass Koro: Tinig Karakol Street Dance Competition Venue: Multipurpose Hall