The Philippine Embassy to the Vatican has announced that the mosaic image of San Pedro Calungsod, the second Filipino saint, will be blessed by Pope Francis on Nov. 21, 4:30 p.m., at the Crypt of the Basilica of St. Peter, next to the tomb of Pope Paul VI.
It is an honor for the Philippine Church to have Calungsod’s image in the crypt which is reserved only for the tombs of popes, said Philippine Ambassador Mercedes Tuason. The installation of the Calungsod mosaic in the crypt was made possible through the efforts of Ambassador Tuason.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will celebrate the Mass.
Next to be installed at St. Peter’s is the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes will officiate in the dedication of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Cambridge Midtown Floodway in Cainta, Rizal, on Oct. 4, Friday, 4 p.m. Fr. Jaime Padilla, parish priest, with 50 priests from the diocese will concelebrate with Reyes.
Our Lady of La Leche
Members of Our Lady of La Leche Movement will hold the fiesta of Nuestra Sra. de la Leche y Buen Parto (Our Lady of the Milk and Good Birth or Safe Delivery) on Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m., at the Chapel of St. Martha in Harrison Plaza.
Our Lady of La Leche is known as the breastfeeding Blessed Mother and patroness of mothers and mothers-to-be. A special blessing of pregnant and childless women, as well as mothers and children, will be given by the Mass presider, Fr. Nick Blanquisco.
Immediately after the Mass, a medical mission for pregnant women and babies up to three years old will be conducted at the chapel. Breastfeeding counseling will also be available. Those who wish to avail themselves of the services must register at the chapel office or call 0915-8831128.
Our Lady of the Pillar
Well-known character actress Lollie Mara, president of the La Hermandad de Zamboangueña Foundation, is confident that Our Lady of the Pillar, patroness of Zamboanga, “will see to it that the MNLF will be contained (in its war with government forces in Zamboanga City) as she has always done.”
With the war raging, prayers are being raised to Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Ruval Magpayo, a devotee, sent us a history of the devotion indicating how Our Lady of the Pillar saved Zamboanga from skirmishes with the Moros during Spanish times.
Our Lady of the Pillar was canonically crowned on her feast day on Oct. 12, 1960, and her shrine was established in what is now called Fort Pilar to show Zamboanga’s love and appreciation for her protection.
Fiesta Mass at Pius XII
La Hermandad will gather at the Sta. Maria Goretti Church at the Pius XII Catholic Center on Oct. 12, 8 a.m., for the Eucharistic celebration. Right now, they are sending relief goods through the Philippine Air Force C130 plane.
Last week, La Hermandad sent 1,000 blankets with help from actor John Estrada, a Zamboangueño, through the office of Mayor Beng Climaco, Mara said. Meanwhile, Bong Nuño sent 20 boxes of assorted medicines to the Taluksangay evacuation center.
Those who wish to donate relief goods may call Lollie Mara at 0917-3287732.
St. Therese Masses
Triduum of Masses in honor of St. Therese of the Child Jesus starts today at 6 p.m. at the Carmel of St. Therese Convent on 4 Gilmore Ave., QC. Celebrant is Fr. Haluendo Amit, OCD.
The two other Masses will be on Sept. 30, 6 p.m., with Pasig Bishop Mylo Vergara as celebrant; and Oct. 1, 6 p.m., with Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, OCD.
Conventual Masses are at 6:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Consolation
Parokya ng Santiago Apostol in Plaridel, Bulacan, marks the 25th anniversary of Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion y Correa as secondary patroness of the parish today with a Eucharistic celebration at 7 a.m.
Marking the anniversary is the Cofradia de la Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion y Correa. Parish priest is Fr. Dennis Espejo.
La Naval 2013
This year’s feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, La Naval de Manila will underscore the importance of preaching the Good News, said Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP, director of the Institute of Preaching of the Dominican Province of the Philippines.
Festivities will officially start Oct. 3 with the traditional coronation of the canonical image of La Naval at 5 p.m. Theme is, “Mary, Contemplation and Preaching of the Gospel.”
La Naval 2013 follows the decade-long run-up celebration to the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order in 2016, Marquez said.
The Dominicans are the foremost and most tireless propagators of the rosary devotion since legend has it that the Blessed Mother herself gave the rosary to St. Dominic.
He explained that the General Curia of the Order of Preachers in Rome has assigned for Dominican celebrations in 2013 the same theme, which draws inspiration from Mary’s fiat in the Annunciation passage in the New Testament, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38b).
“To celebrate novena Masses are Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco of Cubao; Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan; Fr. Emmanuel L. Alfonso, SJ, executive director of Jesuit Communications Foundation; Fr. Rogelio B. Alarcon, OP, and Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa Jr., OP, former prior provincials of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, OP; Fr. Marcelino E. Saria, OP; Fr. Paul Lovell G. Javier, and Father Marquez.
The grand procession will be on Oct. 13, 4 pm. The Act of Consecration will be led by lawyer Jo Aurea Imbong, executive secretary for the Legal Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, and consultant to the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, and the Office on Women.
La Naval is annually held at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City, which has been declared a National Cultural Treasure.