Radio Veritas (RV) is inviting devotees of Saint Martha to visit her image and first-class relic until July 29 at the Veritas Chapel in Veritas Tower, 162 West Ave. and Edsa, Quezon City (tel. 9257932 to 39, loc. 129).
As described in the Gospels of Luke and John, Martha lived in the village of Bethany near Jerusalem with her siblings Mary and Lazarus, whom Christ would later raise from the dead.
Always pictured in the New Testament as offering hospitality to Christ, Martha was gently rebuked by him when she complained that Mary was not helping her with the house chores and just sat and listened to him. Jesus reminded Martha that the only thing that was truly important was listening to Him, and that was what Mary was doing.
Saint Martha’s feast is on July 29, during which a Mass will be said in her honor at the RV Chapel at 12 noon.
Martha is patron saint of cooks and servants.
New Bacolod bishop
Bishop Patricio Buzon will be installed new bishop of Bacolod on Aug. 9 at the Cathedral of San Sebastian.
Leading the installation is Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto. The Holy See announced last May that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Bishop Vicente Navarra, 77, and replaced him with Buzon, who was bishop of Kabankalan, Navarra’s posting before he became bishop of Bacolod.
A Salesian priest, Buzon took up his philosophical and theological studies at the University of Santo Tomas. He heads the UST Central Seminary Alumni Association.
Meanwhile Msgr. Elmer Mangalinao of the Diocese of Cabanatuan will be consecrated bishop on Aug. 22, 9 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas of Tolentino in Cabanatuan City and installed as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan on Aug. 29, 9 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Dagupan City.
Caritas Manila scholars
Graduate beneficiaries of Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) met recently to reaffirm their commitment to the ideals of the scholarship program. Theme of the assembly was “Moving our Nation through Faith, Excellence and Service.” Fr. Benito Tuazon, parish priest of St. Anthony of Padua Parish and a YSLEP graduate, celebrated the Mass.
YSLEP is a flagship program of Caritas Manila (CM). To date, it has produced over 10,000 graduates. Alumni help out by tithing or donating to CM for the education of new scholars.
CM (tel. 5620020) is the Archdiocese of Manila’s lead social services and development ministry.
Perpetual novenas in QC
In connection with the 800th anniversary of the OP, Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City is holding every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., the perpetual novena to Santo Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Dominican Order.
Santo Domingo Church is also holding the perpetual novena to the Santisimo Rosario de La Naval de Manila every Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Holy Mass follows at 6 p.m.