Palo Archbishop John Du will officiate Sunday at 3 p.m. the concelebrated Memorial Mass for those who were killed when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” swept through the province on Nov. 8.
Meanwhile, the Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls will hold a Mass of Remembrance tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of the Nativity below the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.
Prayers for victims
Some 1,500 Eucharistic adorers attended the half-day recollection last Nov. 30 at the Pink Sisters convent on Hemady Street, New Manila with Bishop Raul Martires, the speaker, emphasizing the importance of having Jesus present in one’s life.
The core group of 30, including Jane Irene Dee, committee chair of the recollection, went on a whole-day fast for the intentions of “Yolanda” victims.
The nuns prayed prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament from 12 midnight until 6 a.m. when the Holy Mass was celebrated. After the talk of Bishop Martires, Fr. Apolinario Ty, SSS led the prayers asking God for the rehabilitation of those affected by the typhoon.
Afterwards, Fr. Ty held the Blessed Sacrament in a procession around the chapel. Money saved from downsizing the Congress was donated to the Divine Word Hospital, whose roof was ripped off by the typhoon . It is run now by the Benedictine nuns of St. Scholastica.
Other beneficiaries include the Inmaculata Adoration Convent in Polo, New Washington and the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tigbao, Tacloban City. The roof of the Rectory was destroyed.
Order of Malta rushes aid to Cebu
Twenty volunteers, among them doctors, bankers and lawyers, helped repack relief goods for the Yolanda typhoon victims at the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the Philippines that were donated by the American Foundation USA and Malteser International, the humanitarian relief arm of the Order of Malta.
Ambassador Odelia Arroyo reports that they did 4,000 packs of food and nonfood item that were delivered to Sta. Fe and Bantayan in Cebu; San Antonio and Amandayehan in the municipality of Basey, Cebu. There were eight volunteers from Americares, including Lauren Camo and two representatives from Malteser, namely Cordelia Wasser and Dr. Mel Capistrano.
UST Medical Missions helps Aklan
The University of Santo Tomas Medical Missions, Inc., the oldest medical mission in the Philippines with doctors and health professionals from UST, the oldest medical school, aided the victims of Yolanda. Composed of 25 registered doctors and nurses, the UST mission ministered to those who suffered injuries as a result of the typhoon in New Washington in Aklan.
The town mayor requested for medical relief because of the injuries and ailments sustained in the area after the storm. This was made possible because of the partnership of the local government of New Washington and the Special Commission on Research and Education (Score)—Ohio, US.
The UST Medical Missions stayed in Aklan from Nov. 16-21.
The third patronal fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Barangay Jalavera in Gen. Trias, Cavite on Dec. 12 will begin with Novena Masses from Dec. 3-11. Theme is “Mary, the Strength and Inspiration of the Laity.”
Novenas begin with the praying of the Holy Rosary at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Novena proper at 5:45 p.m. and Holy Mass at 6 p.m.
Today, Dec. 8, there will be a procession at 7 p.m.
Fiesta day on Dec. 12 will begin with a Holy Mass at 8 a.m. followed by Baptism at 10 a.m.; another Mass at 12 noon; and Confirmation at 3 p.m.
Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista will officiate the Concelebrated Mass at 5:30 p.m.
There will be a free dental mission on Dec. 14.
Guadalupe Novena Masses
Fr. Maxell Aranilla, principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, has sent us the schedule of Novena Masses for Our Lady’s fiesta.
All Masses are at 6:30 p.m. from Dec. 3-11.
On Fiesta day, Dec. 12, the first Mass will be at 6 a.m. to be celebrated by Fr. Roderick Castro.
Other Masses and their celebrants are at 8 a.m., Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales; 12 nn, Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle ; 5 p.m., Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes; 6:30 p.m., Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr.; and 8 p.m., Fr. Roy Rexelle M. Decena.
Goodbye, engineer Mariano Balauag
St. Joseph Parish in Echague, Isabela lost a kind benefactor with the demise of engineer Mariano Ramos Balauag last Dec. 1. He was 93 years old.
Condolences to his wife Ana Benita Gumpal Balauag, his family that includes my dear friend Jojo Silvestre, his nephew and godson.
He will be buried in the family mausoleum at the Echague Catholic Cemetery after the Mass in St. Joseph Parish Church at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10.
Our Lady of Piat Mass
Tuguegarao Archbishop Emeritus Diosdado Talamayan will celebrate Mass today at 10 a.m. for Our Lady of Piat in the chapel built by lawyer Alfonso “Boy” Reyno at the Canyon Ranch in Carmona, Cavite. Bobby Caballero will give a talk on the Piat devotion among Cagayanos.
Leonor Kilayko plays for orphans
International concert pianist Leonor Kilayko will play for the orphans of Handumanan in Negros Occidental today at the Kilaykopresidence in Talisay. It is Leonor’s wish to reach out to the young with the hope that they will become the future audience of classical music.