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The CHRONOS: Monthly Diocesan Schedule for FEBRUARY 2009

July 26: Laoag's foundation anniversary and St. Anne Parish fiesta

Today, the Diocese of Laoag celebrates her 48th birthday. Today, too, is the launching of activities in commemoration of the diocese's golden anniversary in 2011.

Let us pray for our diocese. Let us pray for the increase of faith and the deepening of love and commitment to God and the Church.

Happy fiesta to the Piddiguenos!

Click here to read CBCP news on the launching.

July 25: Fiesta greetings!

Today is the feast of St. James the Greater.

Happy fiesta to our brothers and sisters in Solsona and Pasuquin!

Cadaratan Church: A Miracle in Progress

Cadaratan Church: A Miracle in Progress

The Dream Church of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Cadaratan, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte

The Dream Church of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Cadaratan, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte

Foundation for the church-construction project in Cadaratan, Bacarra put up!

The construction of the OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISH CHURCH started anew, September 8, the birthday of Mama Mary. Very crucial in this project is the financial consideration being tacked by the whole parish community. To address this concern, we, the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils, together with our newly-appointed parish priest, Rev. Leonardo L. Ruiz, planned to put up a FOUNDATION for the continuation and completion of the construction of the parish church.

The Foundation is chaired by our beloved Bishop, Most Rev. Sergio L. Utleg, D.D. and the members of the Board include Victor R. Bolosan, M.D., Rosalina R. Javier, Flordelina T. Cadelina, Eugenia M. Mendoza, Emilia B. Agonoy and Dante Subia, all from Our Lady of Fatima Parish.

Registration of the Foundation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is under way.

Architects and Engineer: Arch. Coleen Cajigal and Arch. Joemar Bolosan, Engr. Eduardo Cid.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED. For those who wish to send their donations directly through the bank, this is our bank: PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK, Batac Branch, Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. DOLLAR ACCOUNT NUMBER: 158881300038; Account Name, Most Rev. Sergio L. Utleg, D.D., Victor R. Bolosan, M.D. and Flordelina T. Cadelina. PESO CHECKING ACCOUNT: 158881300020, with the same above-mentioned account name.

The Happy Priests

The Happy Priests
The clergy during their annual retreat with Bp. Mylo Vergara of the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija as retreat master at Betania Retreat House in Baguio City, November 10-13

HELP BUILD THE CHURCHES OF OUR YOUNG PARISHES!

ST. JOHN BOSCO (BARESBES, DINGRAS)
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER (CARASI)
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (DAVILA, PASUQUIN)
OUR LADY OF FATIMA (CADARATAN, BACARRA)
ST. ROSE (STA. ROSA, SARRAT)

OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP (PANCIAN, PAGUDPUD)

For financial assistance or donations in-kind, please contact the Bishop or the Curia at (077)770-5210, or Fr. Lorenzo Torreflores (Baresbes, Dingras) at 0917-5701085, Fr. Danny Devaras (Carasi) at 0920-5537806, Fr. Lester Menor (Davila, Pasuquin) at 0915-7879701, Fr. Leo Ruiz (Cadaratan, Bacarra) at (077)670-3801, and Fr. Anthony Dimagiba (Sta. Rosa, Sarrat) at (077)782-2031, Fr. Antonio Calautit, SVD (Pancian, Pagudpud) at 0918-5228902.


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Pray for your priests. They need your prayers as much as you need theirs.

Pray for your priests. They need your prayers as much as you need theirs.
The clergy of Laoag with the lone cardinal of Thailand and the bishop of Changmai

Becoming the Kingdom (Mt.13,31-35)

When a seed is sown, a miracle begins to take place. The seed undergoes changes within itself, and then it bursts forth from the earth. The metamorphosis is hidden from our eyes, but we are certain that that new plant is the same seed, which was sown earlier. Gradually, the new plant grows into a large shrub or a big tree. Ordinarily, we do not care whether it reaches this height or extends to that measure, but before we know it, the seed, that small seed, has ‘overcome’ us.

Flour does not rise or puff. But when it does, we are certain that leaven or yeast has been added to it.

The Lord Jesus used these similes to illustrate the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is like the mustard seed . . . is like the leaven that a woman kneads with flour. Certainly, the kingdom of God is here. In fact, at the start of his ministry, Jesus boldly proclaimed that, indeed, the kingdom of God has begun to reign. The people following him recognized this, for along his words came along amazing works that evidenced it. In other words, the people knew that the kingdom of God was at hand from what they heard him say and from what they witnessed him do. Having heard that the kingdom of God would certainly grow big like the mustard seed or rise like the leaven, the people probably began to expect more magnificent manifestations from Jesus. They had every reason to expect something big every time.

But Jesus died and left for heaven. What has become of his comparison? Has the mustard stopped growing and wilted away? Has the woman run out of yeast for her flour? Has the kingdom of God gradually faded away? Is God with us?
Those who have suffered so much pain would find it hard to believe that God continues to be present in their lives.
God is here! There is questioning about this. A priest sees God in every person he ministers to. A child feels the tenderness of God as the loving touch of her mother. A wife feels the warmth of God in the caring embrace of her husband. A patient recognizes the presence of God in the face of the doctor who gently touches him. One who looks after his father who is ill feels the comfort of God as a nun pays them a visit. God is here for us. The mustard has not stopped growing nor wilted away; it has taken root in every heart that believes. The woman has not run out of yeast for her flour; the bread is being warmed on the embers in the heart of him who believes. And the heart is charity.

When I was much younger, my father and I went to my aunt’s place to watch a movie from their betamax player; we didn’t have one until several years later. The movie, about which I can no longer recall, kept us to our seats even as our bellies were long growling for lunch. My aunt invited us to take something before we left, but we declined, thinking our lunch would be ready once we get home. We were wrong. My mother invited two beggars who came to our home, one of whom was blind, to fill themselves before leaving. She must have heard the moans from down their stomachs. Or did she hear the words of Jesus?

A good friend of mine came home from the US, and we made it a point to see each other. Before my friend and I parted ways that day when we met, he gifted me a good sum of money. I declined, but he forced it into my fist. Later that day, I met with my aunt, whose husband was under medication for cancer, and she confided to me, without intending to borrow from me (I was only a student!), that she needed an amount, exactly the sum of what my friend gave me, for my uncle’s chemotherapy the next day, and she did not know where to get it. Without hesitation, I brought out the money and gave it to her.

Small miracles like these happen in the world every day. A day does not pass without ‘growths’ and ‘puffs’ that issue from the hearts of people who await the fulfillment of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God unfolds from our hands that do charity. By becoming charity, we unroll the carpet on which God makes his way to live among us. (Fr. Tom Pascua)

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