All dioceses in the Philippines will simultaneously hold the “Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” on June 8 at 10 a.m. as mandated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
The faithful who will be at the cathedrals, parishes, chapels or even at home will make the “Act of Consecration to Mary” as one nation. Get a copy of the prayer from your parishes or be there for the 10 a.m Mass.
In Ermita Church, Fr. Sanny de Claro will preside over the Eucharistic celebration, while in Malate Church, Fr. John Leydon, parish priest, will be the celebrant.
The preface from the book of architect Marie Borromeo Cancio explains the rationale of the “Total Consecration” to Mary. It says: “The total consecration is the Blessed Trinity’s gift to us, the powerful means that will allow the Spirit of God to transform us. What we have not achieved through Edsa 1 and 2, God can now accomplish through a revolution of love.
“Our total surrender to God through Mama Mary opens us up to His great love and wisdom that transforms us without our knowing how, until our souls become so filled with love for God that it overflows into love for everyone.
“As our Mother has done, let us surrender ourselves entirely to God through the Total Consecration, as One People.”
To avail yourself of the book “Secret of Mary,” e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The office of the New Earth of Love, Peace and Joy Foundation is at Greimel Bldg., 7838 Makati Ave., Makati City.
The Marian Movement for Priests will hold a Marian Recollection on June 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marian Auditorium in Miriam College, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City.
Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, S.T.D., Ph.D, will do a theologian presentation of the “Coming of the New Era and Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.” Fr. Joseph is an exorcist and expert theologian from the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome.
For tickets, contact 0916-4350392 or 5057825. Reservations until tomorrow are on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your own baon.
‘A Century of Faith’
After celebrating the centenary of its foundation as a local church (April 10, 1910) and launching the “Decade of Evangelization and Renewal” (2012-2022) in preparation for the golden jubilee of its elevation into an ecclesiastical province (also called Metropolitan See), the Archdiocese of Lipa has published a coffee table book titled “A Century of Faith.”
The book was borne of the reflections of priests and lay faithful in the course of the special Jubilee year celebrated on April 10, 2010, to April 10, 2011. It contains facts gleaned from various documents, including testimonies from people which inspired Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles and his team of writers to discover the mighty hand of God in their history as a province and as a local church.
To order the book, call 043-7562573 or fax 043-7562964.
Sacred Heart month
June is the month of the Sacred Heart. This year, the activities which ushered in the feast started with the traditional nine-day Novena at the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Makati City last May 29 and will end on June 6.
The Solemnity of the Feast is on June 7, a First Friday. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Tanggapin ang Grasya” (Receive the Grace).
His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will officiate the Concelebrated Mass on June 7 at 6 p.m.
His Eminence Cardinal Emeritus Gaudencio Rosales will preside over the last of the Novena Masses at 6 p.m. on June 6.
The 12:15 p.m. Fiesta Mass on June 7 will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop of Manila His Excellency Most Reverend Broderick Pabillo, DD.
The traditional procession will be held on June 6, eve of the fiesta.
The National Shrine of the Sacred Heart is a pilgrim church in this Year of Faith. A visit to the shrine, together with Sacramental Confession and Holy Communion, and with prayers for our Holy Father of one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, will gain you a Plenary Indulgence which you can apply to a loved one.
The rector of the shrine is Rev. Fr. Victor Y. Apacible.
Feast of St. Anthony
The feast of St. Anthony de Padua, the miracle worker, falls on June 13.
Novena Masses at the Parish of St. Anthony de Padua in Singalong, Manila, will start on June 4 at 6 p.m.
Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will officiate the Concelebrated Mass on June 6.
Other Mass celebrants with their respective schedules are Fr. Dario Cabral, June 4; Msgr. Cesar Pagulayan, June 5; Fr. Michael Villaflor, June 7; Fr. Benny Tuazon, June 8; Fr. Jaime Bautista, June 9; Fr. John Barro, June 10; Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS, June 11; and Fr. Melvin Castro, June 12.
His Excellency Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, bishop of Novaliches, will celebrate the Fiesta Mass on June 13 at 6 p.m. Grand procession follows at 7 p.m.
The theme for this year’s fiesta is “San Antonio de Padua: Huwaran ng Kristiyanong Pamumuhay sa Taon ng Pananampalataya.” (St. Anthony de Padua: Model of Christian Living in This Year of Faith).
The Shrine of St. Anthony de Padua in Bustillos, Sampaloc, will hold its Fiesta Mass on June 13 at 10:45 a.m. with Fr. Gregorio Redoblado, OFM, Minister Provincial, as presider.
The rector of the shrine is Fr. Esmeraldo Enalpe, OFM.
New parish priest
At the Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned in Sta. Ana, Cardinal Tagle installed Fr. Willy Benito, OFM, as the new parish priest last May 31. Fr. Willy also celebrated his silver jubilee as a Religious Franciscan.
With Fr. Willy during the Mass were Fr. Gregorio Redoblado, OFM, and Fr. Albert Sekito, OFM, Vicar Provincial-Custody of St. Anthony de Padua.
Our column on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Cebu elicited generous response from our readers, according to Fr. Francis (0923-6637397). Ave Maria!
Let us continue helping while they pray for us, especially for our good health. Their convent is in Lahug, Cebu City. Adapting St. Maximilian Kolbe’s devotion to Mary Immaculate, the friars continue to offer prayers for us through the intercession of Mary.
Blessings to Fr. Roque “Yking” de la Peña who was ordained priest by Bishop Leonardo Medroso on May 18 during the vigil of Pentecost at Holy Name University Chapel in Janssen Heights, Dampas District in Tagbilaran City.
Fr. Yking thanked this column for writing about his need for help to pursue his studies for the priesthood in March 2002. He was then a seminarian at St. Camillus College Seminary in Marikina. Readers responded. God bless you, his benefactors, with good health.
St. Therese relic
The relic of St. Therese of the Child Jesus will be brought to the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Dao St., Makati City for the Masses on June 6, 7 and 8. Veneration will take place after the Mass.