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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

People Power

A Message from Most Rev. Sergio L. Utleg, DD

Somebody asked me one day, “Why are the bishops not calling for people power to our President Arroyo? “ I answered: It is not the job of the bishops to call for the toppling down of the Government because that is a political act.” “Yes that is true”, he replied, “but you bishops have been doing that in the past for morally bankrupt Presidents”.

Yes, that is also true. People Power has come to mean the massing of hundreds of thousands of people to rally for a particular cause and in EDSA I and EDSA II, the role of the Bishops, particularly of the Archbishop of Manila, Jaime Cardinal Sin, has been crucial in sending people to the streets.

The sad part of it is that, after the People Power in both EDSAs, where Presidents Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada were forcibly ousted from power, the situation remains the same. The same traditional politicians rule the country, the bane of the Politics of Patronage remains with us, and the Culture of Corruption is as deeply rooted in our nation’s psyche as before and perhaps even more so.

Why is this so? Because, as Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, the CBCP President has said, the driving force behind the EDSA brand of people power were not really the ordinary people but the elite, the businessmen, the political and religious leaders, the academe, civil society, popular personalities – all carrying their own political and personal agenda.

The real, effective people power that counts, according to the CBCP, is that which will transform each one of us from within, namely, from transcending our self-love to a love for the common good, so much so that we are ready to sacrifice our personal good for the good of our society as a whole. Our officials who take their share of the so-called “SOP” and the people who voted them into office do it for their own selfish interests. Bribes are accepted and given for the selfish interest of the receiver and the giver. The businessman would rather bribe the person who signs his permit rather than suffer delays in his business transactions – for his selfish interests. The government employee will overprice an item so that he can pocket the extra money – for his selfish interest.

The mere removal of President Arroyo will not change that Culture of Corruption. What will change it is real People Power. That happens when each one of us: the ordinary citizen, the senators, the brilliant lawyers from the opposition, the church people, civil society and the academe, all cultivate love for the common good. After purging ourselves of our inordinate love of self, it is the task of all of us to discover, prosecute and punish acts of corruption from all people and from all ranks of life, and help build a Culture of Integrity and Transparency in our society.

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