Saturday, October 31, 2015

KAKATHA NEWS 2015: KAKATHA President launches Christmas Homilies Book


Dated: October 29, 2015

HAGONOY, BULACAN - Last October 29, Rev. Msgr. Ranilo Santos Trillana, P.C. (Sta. Monica), President of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA) introduced his new book to the members of KAKATHA during the meeting of the  association after the concelebrated Mass in honor of the 24th anniversary of the elevation of the Church of Sta. Ana in Hagonoy as as national shrine.

 His book entitled, Halina, Jesus, Halina!: Pagmumuni-muni sa Salita ng Diyos sa mga Pangkaraniwang Araw ng Adbiyento at Pasko ng Pagsilang is a book on his own homilies and reflections on the spirit of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Advent is the 4-week liturgical and spiritual preparation within the Church in awaiting for Christ's coming. Christmas is our commemoration of the coming of Christ on earth. These seasons have been given much emphasis by Msgr. Trillana in this new book which has been released so that readers such as priests, religious, seminarians and even our lay faithful may read ahead and have reference material for more reflections on the seasons of Christmas and Advent.

   Msgr. Trillana plans to have this further announced during the Malolos Clergy Recollection this coming November. Msgr. Trillana has already produced three more books on homilies under the series title, Ang Tawag, Tagumpay sa Liwanag: Pagmumuni-muni sa mga Salita ng Diyos sa mga Araw ng Linggo (Books A, B at C). This shall now be his fourth book both as a writer and in his compilation of homilies. For further inquiries on the book, please contact Msgr. Trillana in his parish, La Purisima Concepcion Parish, Sta. Maria, Bulacan (Nos.: 044-641-4226, 044-896-2179, 09238167786) KAKATHA News Admin. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

KAKATHA News 2015: 114th Priest-Son ordained in Batangas


Dated: August 22, 2015

The clergy and confreres of the Oblates of St. Josepg (OSJ) with Rev. Fr. Ferdimagne Coronel Pascua, O.S.J. (third from right, first row), the new priest-son of the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan. Taken at the Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Joseph the Patriarch, San Jose, Batangas. (Source:

SAN JOSE BATANGAS- Last August 22, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, two priests and four deacons were ordained under the Oblates of St. Joseph (O.S.J.), a religious order founded by St. Joseph Martello in 1878 with the charism of work for the youth and the poor. One of the newly ordained priests is Rev. Fr. Ferdimagne Coronel Pascua, O.S.J. who took his perpetual profession in 2014. Fr. Pascua has roots in Hagonoy, Bulacan, making him the 114th son of the town to be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood.

The ordination took place at the Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of St. Joseph the Patriarch in San Jose, Batangas, a church handled by the O.S.J. confreres and one of the oldest ones they still handle. He was ordained together with Rev. Fr. Helbert E. Jadraque, O.S.J. and Reverends Aldrich Gamboa, O.S.J., Gilbert Aboyo Hervias, O.S.J., Rodrigo Pecto, O.S.J. and Niño Randolf Reyes Subiaco, O.S.J. They were ordained by Most Rev. Agustinus Agus, Archbishop of Pontianak, Indonesia. He is presently assigned at the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Joseph the Patriarch in San Jose, Batangas where he is Parochial Vicar. Previously, Fr. Pascua has been assigned in O.S.J. parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila and in the Diocese of Pasig. 

The officers of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. has invited Fr. Pascua to become the presider for the Eucharistic celebration for this year's anniversary of the Parish of St. Anne as a national shrine on October 29, 2015. KAKATHA News Admin.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hagonoeño installed as Rector of San Carlos Seminary


Dated: July 31, 2015

MAKATI CITY - Last July 31, the Royal and Conciliar San Carlos Seminary, the major seminary of the Archdiocese of Manila rejoiced with the installation of its Rector, Rev. Fr. Joselito Robles Martin. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist with the rite of Installation was presided over by His Eminence, Most Rev. Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, D.D., Archbishop of Manila with the formators and priests from other dioceses as concelebrants at 6:00 pm at San Carlos Seminary's Lay Force Chapel. Being a formator in San Carlos Seminary since 2002 with the late Jaime Cardinal Sin then as Archbishop of Manila, Fr. Martin served in the seminary first as Spiritual Director, then as Spiritual Director. Before being assigned to the highest post in this institute of formation, he was the Director for the Psycho-Spiritual Integration Year (PSIY) of the San Carlos Graduate School of Theology. He was assigned as Rector last July 2 during the general reshuffle of the clergy of the archdiocese. 

Fr. Martin, or Fr. Joey as his close companions and the seminarians call him, is the ninth of ten siblings of Jose Sebastian Martin of San Sebastian, Hagonoy, Bulacan and Feliza Arellano Robles of Abulalas, Hagonoy, Bulacan. He finished his elementary studies at St. Anne's Academy (now St. Mary's Academy of Hagonoy) under the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) sisters. He finished his high school at Immaculate Conception Seminary (Minor) in Guiguinto, Bulacan finishing Valedictorian. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Classical Philosophy at Immaculate Conception Major Seminary - School of Philosophy, also in Guiguinto, obtaining the Most Outstanding Seminarian of the Year Award. Transferring to the Archdiocese of Manila, he spent his theological formation at San Jose Major Seminary under the Jesuit Fathers at Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. He was ordained by Cardinal Sin on June 17, 1995 at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral - Basilica.

Before becoming a seminary formator, Fr. Martin was assigned as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Old Sta. Mesa, Manila; Parish Priest of Sta. Rita Parish in Novaliches, Quezon City and Parish Priest of Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, West Triangle, Quezon City. KAKATHA News Admin | Photo Courtesy: San Carlos Seminary and EDSA Shrine Twitter.

Friday, September 26, 2014

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: KAKATHA Former President celebrates Silver Sacerdotal Jubilee in Malolos City


Dated: September 12, 2014

Fr. Vicente Burayag Lina, Jr., Former President of the
Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA)
in joy for the celebrating of his 25 years in the priesthood.
MALOLOS CITY - Last September 12, one of Hagonoy's priest-sons celebrated 25 bountiful years in the priestly ministry. Rev. Fr. Vicente Burayag Lina, Jr. (Sto. Niño), former President of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA) offered his thanksgiving mass for the said jubilee at the Immaculate Conception Parish-Cathedral and Minor Basilica in Malolos City coinciding with the celebration of the Holy Name of Mary. Originally set on August 12, Fr. Lina decided to have the event a month after in respect to his mother Julita whose first death anniversary was held last September 7.

Before the Holy Eucharist, Fr. Lina with his family and friends held the procession starting from the ancestral house of the Tantocos in Sto. Niño to the minor basilica at 3:30 in the afternoon. The mass began at 4:00 with the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos and almost 50 priests from the Malolos clergy and from other dioceses as concelebrants.

In his homily, Rev. Msgr. Andres Santos Valera, H.P. (San Jose), Episcopal Vicar for the Northern District and a dear friend to Fr. Lina expressed his thanksgiving for the many things the celebrator has given in his 25 years. Fr. Lina has been recognized as an advocate of Church cultural heritage both in Bulacan and in other areas. He said of how the celebrator love Mary, whose images he would look after with other saints, some of whom are above a hundred years old. In his thanksgiving speech, Fr. Lina also expressed much joy for all that has been given to him. In his 25 years he thanked the parishes of the Immaculate Conception in Malolos, where he became part of the Team Ministry, Nuestra Señora del Santissimo Rosario in Hagonoy, San Pedro Apostol in Borol 2nd, Balagtas and the Sacred Heart Diocesan Shrine in Cruz na Daan, San Rafael where he is now Parish Priest and Rector.

After the celebration, the guests were welcomed to the Immaculate Conception Hall at the Diocesan Pastoral Center for supper with shades of blue, silver and gold adorning the venue. Indeed, 25 years has truly been a grace for the continuing service of Fr. Lina in working in God's vineyard, the Church. KAKATHA News Admin | News Courtesy: Ronald M. Santos | Photo Courtesy: Joan Larion and Derick Fabian.

Photos of the Event:

The procession to the Minor Basilica in honor of Fr. Lina's 25th sacerdotal jubilee starting from the Tantoco Family Ancestral home at Brgy. Sto. Niño.
Fr. Lina being dressed in preparation for the Holy Eucharist at the minor basilica.
Fr. Lina, shedding tears of joy as he is embraced by Sem. Daniel M. Coronel, a Hagonoeño seminarian before the procession for the Holy Mass at the basilica.
Fr. Lina renewing his vows as a priest in front of hte Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos at the beginning of the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Lina being dressed his Marian chausable by family members for him to preside in the celebration.
The beginning of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Lina.
Rev. Msgr. Andres Santos Valera, H.P., friend and fellow Hagonoeño in his homily for Fr. Lina's mass.
Fr. Lina in his thanksgiving speech for all those who supported him in his 25 years in the priestly ministry.
Fr. Lina with the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D. and the clergy of Malolos and classmates after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Lina with family members during the reception of the celebration.
The cake for Fr. Lina's 25th anniversary at the ground floor of the Diocesan Pastoral Center.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: 112th Hagonoeño Priest celebrates First Mass in Hagonoy


Dated: May 3, 2014

Rev. Fr. Raymund Victor Acuña, the 112th priest from the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan celebrates mass in the Parish of Sta. Elena Emperatriz, his home parish in Sta. Elena, Hagonoy which serves as his "Prima Misa Solemne" or first mass in the town. Together with him is Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban, Publication Director of Dambana at Pananampalataya: An Official Online Magazine of the Vicariate of St. Anne-Diocese of Malolos and Sem. John Paul M. Morales, a seminarian from the parish.

HAGONOY, BULACAN – Last May 3, the 112th priest-son to be ordained from the town of Hagonoy, Rev. Fr. Raymund Victor Acuña celebrated his first mass in the town of Hagonoy. Fr. Acuña, who came from the barrio of Sta. Elena in Hagonoy presided over the mass for the ninth day of the novena in honor of the celebration of the feast of St. Helena the Empress, known locally by the parishioners as “Apo Elena”, patroness of the Parish of Sta. Elena Emperatriz in Hagonoy.

   During his homily, Fr. Acuña focused on the value of the gift of vocation as he has been a “seed” that came from Hagonoy, and was planted in the Diocese of Tarlac to bloom and be able to serve in his ministry as a priest of his community. He also mentioned the value of the devotion of the people to their dear patroness, Apo Elena, who by an increase of pilgrims visiting her shrine yearly is an event of great admiration. He wishes that Apo Elena may continue to help the people of Sta. Elena, especially in moments of crisis and tribulations. Towards the climax of the celebration, the people gathered in order to perform the ceremonial offering of flowers to the dear patroness and was crowned by the Hermanos Mayores of the 2014 Fiesta, Mr. and Mrs. Renato and Rosario Mendiola (for Apo Elena) and Mrs. Sol Liwanag (for the Holy Cross)

   Before the mass ended, Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban, who assisted during the celebration delivered the message of the officers and brother-priests in the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. In the message, the fathers mentioned Fr. Acuña's record being the 112th priest from the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan and 66th of those still alive. They also reminded Fr. Acuña through their message to be always loving in his ministry and never lose faith in the Lord. They ask the faithful together in the celebration to pray for their priest-son as well as all Hagonoeño priests wherever they may be. In conclusion, Fr. Acuña thanked all who attended and wished them all the best and that they continue to pray for him. KAKATHA News Admin.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: Msgr. Gutierrez launches Books on Two Locations


Dated: April 9, 2014

Msgr. Fernando Gutierrez, H.P. discussing on his books during its first launching done at Bulwagang Claret at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City. This was done last March 19, Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
QUEZON CITY AND MALOLOS CITY - At two events, Rev. Msgr. Fernando Garcia Gutierrez, H.P. launched his four books published by Claretian Publications: Lower Your Nets, a book of his homilies for every day of the liturgical years A, B and C and The Eucharist: Broken and Crushed , his reflections on the Eucharist. The first book launching was held last March 19, Solemnity of the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Bulwagang Claret at Immaculate Conception Parish in UP Village, Diliman in Quezon City which is under the Claretian Missionaries, whose publications published Msgr. Gutierrez's books. Since a few Bulakeños were able to attend the first book launching, a second one was held last April 9 at the Immaculate Conception Hall at the third floor of the Diocesan Pastoral Center at the Immaculate Conception Parish - Cathedral and Minor Basilica Complex in Malolos City in Bulacan province where the Diocesan Commission on Liturgy sponsored the event. 

Msgr. Gutierrez signing books during his second
book launching at Immaculate Conception Hall
of the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Malolos
     These four books talk a lot about how Msgr. Gutierrez lived his ministry as well as his writing style. Lower Your Nets offers a series of thoughts on the readings of the day. Each day of the year is divided into four parts: the joke of the day, an explanation of the first reading (and second reading during Sunday) and the Gospel and a reflection of the day. It has been considered a great work as it was a compilation of his daily reflections for the Asian Journal, a publication operating in National City in the state of California in the United States of America. His other work, The Eucharist: Broken and Crushed is a sort of Vademecum or handbook regarding the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist itself. These series of books were a result of the author's time brought by his retirement from the active ministry.

     In 2010, Msgr. Gutierrez retired from his work as a Spiritual Director of the Filipino Cursillo Region XI in the United States. Since then he has been able to write works besides his daily reflections and other magazine articles published in his stay in the United States. Two more works are expected to be finished within the later part of the year, also to be published by Claretian Publications. KAKATHA News Admin.

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: Hagonoeño Priest speaks at Catholic School Commencement Exercises


Dated: March 29, 2014

Rev. Msgr. Fernando Garcia Gutierrez, H.P., an alumnus of St. Anne's College (which in turn became St. Anne's Catholic School) gave his honorary speech during the 67th Commencement Exercises of the said institution last March 29, 2014. Together with him was Rev. Msgr. Luciano C. Balagtas, P.C., School Director and members of the administration and faculty.
HAGONOY BULACAN - Last March 29, Rev. Msgr. Fernando Garcia Gutierrez, H.P., one of the alumni of the former St. Anne's College, now St. Anne's Catholic School (SACS) was given the floor as the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the 67th Commencement Exercises of the institution. The event was held at the grounds of the school at the evening after the Baccalaureate Mass held at the National Shrine of St. Anne with the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos presiding.

    Msgr. Gutierrez was kind enough provide this online publication a full text of his speech. The contents of the speech are as follows:

St. Anne's Catholic School
Marcelo H. del Pilar St., Sto. Niño (Pob.), Hagonoy 3002 Bulacan

67th Commencement Exercises
March 29, 2014

     Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations  in the 1950's said, "For all that has been, thanks. For all that is to come, yes." Loosely translated, "Ang di lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay di makararating sa paroroonan."

     Graduation came from the Latin word, "gradus," which means grade or level. Biblically, after God has "graduated" from creation, he said, "It is good" and he rested and continues sustaining it. I wish the graduates could also say, "It is good" and it is time to move on to a higher and better level of life.

     "For all that has been, thanks."

     Part of a graduation is to give thanks for the remembered past. We pause amidst the frenzy of maddening busyness in life. We stop to remember friends, acquaintances and classmates. We rest to think of sunny and dark days of years gone by, to bring back to mind faces of our puppy, platonic and even forbidden love, of bullies and practical jokers, to heal hurts and wounds caused by our reckless and daring youthfulness. During our adulthood, though we developed close friendships, we encountered exclusion, gossips, denial and feeling of inferiority. We recall those years we were full of vitality and entertained impossible dreams.

     Remembering, however, brings pain and joy. Those were good and at times troubled years, years that characterized our young adulthood. Our memories of home and childhood carry tears and laughter. Through remembrance of the past we heal our hurts, heartaches and envision again our unfulfilled dreams. Through remembrance of the past, we realize the present and the future. We realized who we were, how we are, and what we shall be. Our classmates, our teachers and everyone who we encountered in life, unwelcome or not, mold and change us forever in a fascinating, yet mysterious way. "No man is an island." For all that have been memorable, happy, blessed, sad and painful, like Hammarskjöld we should utter, "Thanks."

     "For all that is to come, yes."

     When we graduated from high school and college, we left behind a family, a community to become members of bigger ones. Our smaller groups of friends, classmates and loved ones gave way to larger ones. Our community and intimate relationships are not lost, they were substituted with new ones, sometimes better, at other times, worse than the ones we had. True community, as honest and true friendship, is a shared life. Community, classmates and friends are not relegated to oblivion, to the realm of the mythological Greek god and river, Lethe, where all those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness.

     "Life has its seasons. There is a time to be together, of intimacy, of shared time and celebration... However, there is also, always a time when the demands of life, duty, and the Holy Spirit calls us to move along." This is graduation time. "It is time for farewell, for pained embraces, for tears, and for bitter restlessness that accompanies that. But, it's not like we'd never met. We break up only to become part of something larger... and we regain each other in that..." A mountain looks more beautiful from a distance than from the mountaintop. We are so far from each other, yet we are so near to one another.

     Your four years of high school have helped you to move along to a better and higher stage of life. Your education at SACS prepared you personally, socially and spiritually to face new challenges in life. Of these preparations faith in God is vital. Your religion classes hopefully made your faith in him stronger and more fervent. Joke: bats in the church. It is not the kind of faith that is intertwined with superstitions and magical beliefs. Holy Week is fast approaching, the season where the practice of faith is mixed with our ancestors' beliefs of amulets, magic and diwatas. True faith is not superstitious.

     It is complete trust in God who loves us. Without faith in God, your personal, communal and professional successes in life would not last.

     For all that has been let us say, "Thank you, Lord!" For all that is to come, "Amen, yes, here I am and I come to do your will."

     To all of you thanks and Godspeed! KAKATHA News Admin.

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: 112th Hagonoeño Priest ordained in the Diocese of Tarlac


Dated: March 8, 2014

Last March 8, 2014, the 112th Hagonoeño Priest was ordained by the Most Rev. Florentino F. Cinense, D.D., Bishop of Tarlac at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Victoria, Tarlac. Rev. Fr. Raymund Victor Acuña finished his theological studies at San Carlos Seminary, Makati City and was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Tarlac. In this photo, he is with his fellow ordinandi classmates from different dioceses and religious orders. Photo by: Rev. Fr. Raymond Victor Acuña.
VICTORIA, TARLAC - Last March 8, 2014, the Diocese of Tarlac celebrated with joy at the ordination of a new priest for their faithful and the barrio of Sta. Elena, Hagonoy also rejoiced for the addition of their son to the long list of priests of the town. Rev. Fr. Raymund Victor Acuña was ordained as a presbyter of the Catholic Church by the Most Rev. Florentino F. Cinense, D.D., Bishop of Tarlac at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Victoria, Tarlac. Born on January 7, 1986, he is the son of Pedro Martin Acuña of Sta. Elena, Hagonoy, Bulacan and Ma. Fatima Coronel Victor of San Nicolas, Victoria, Tarlac. Finishing at San Carlos Seminary in 2013, he was ordained a deacon last August 21, 2013 by the same bishop and served in the Diocese of Tarlac.

The Thanksgiving Mass of Rev. Fr. Raymund Victor Acuña at Immaculate Conception Parish at Immaculate Conception Parish in Victoria, Tarlac. The concelebrants were the parish priest together with other priests of the Diocese and the Most Rev. Florentino F. Cinense, D.D.
    In his first days as a priest of the Catholic Church, he celebrated thanksgiving masses both in his home parish, the Immaculate Conception Parish in Victoria town, the Cathedral of San Sebastian in Tarlac City and at the Our Lady of Peace College Seminary (OLPAX) in Tarlac City. Currently, Fr. Acuña is assigned as the Assistant Procurator of OLPAX and shall be assigned to other parishes upon the the declaration of new parish assignments for neo-presbyters on the Diocese's Chrism Mass come Holy Thursday. During an interview with Fr. Acuña, he said he thanks God because of the blessings that were given to him as a newly ordained priest and asks for prayers for his effective ministry.

   Fr. Acuña has currently added the number of Hagonoeño priests being the 66th among the living priests and the 112th in the current number of both living and deceased priests. In thanksgiving to his patroness in Hagonoy, St. Helena the Empress, he says he plans to celebrate a thanksgiving mass during the novena to St. Helena at Sta. Elena Emperatriz Parish in Hagonoy. The members of KAKATHA were asked to attend to the upcoming celebration. KAKATHA Admin.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: First Hagonoeño Seminary Rector presides over Ash Wednesday Mass


Dated: March 5, 2014

Msgr. Fernando Garcia Gutierrez, H.P. (Sto. Niño) was the first Rector of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) and assured its establishment when it was founded in 1983. In this celebration of the Ash Wednesday mass in the seminary, he has come back to the seminary after 20 years. (Photo courtesy: Sem. John Albert V. Absalon, for Educational Affairs Committee - Graduate School of Theology, Immaculate Conception Major Seminary)
GUIGUINTO, BULACAN - During his 6-month vacation in the country, Rev. Msgr. Fernando Garcia Gutierrez, H.P. (Sto. Niño) was invited by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel I. Cruz, the fifth Rector of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS), the seminary of the Diocese of Malolos in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Msgr. Gutierrez celebrated a mass during Ash Wednesday last March 5 at the Immaculate Conception Theologate Chapel with the whole ICMAS community. As the first Rector of ICMAS, Msgr. Fer had the leading role in providing formation for the seminarians present during the initial stages of the seminary. During his narrations, he mentioned a great deal of the hard work made for the establishment of the Institute of Formation in 1983, followed by the College Department the following year and the Graduate School of Theology in 1987. During all these times, Fr. Cruz mentioned how important Msgr. Gutierrez's role was for the firm establishment of these departments of the seminary.

    During his homily, Msgr. Gutierrez reminded the seminarians and the community of the value of sacrifice for the sake of the Kingdom of God. He said that there was a need for us to be "covered in ashes ourselves" for which shall feel how itchy it would be and by then allow us to understand the value of patience, suffering and endurance amidst the temptations of the world. Further, he also mentioned the value of obedience and respect shown by the experience he had as a formator in the seminary. He told the community that his dream was for the institution to truly form priest who are ready to serve and love the people as they have vowed to love Christ. By coming to the seminary after 20 years, he felt that his life has come into a "full circle" as he has returned to this place, which for him he considered as the "crowning glory of his priestly ministry."

   During his thanksgiving message for Msgr. Gutierrez, Fr. Cruz said that this was not only a significant event for him but for the seminary as well. This was because, by his return, the life of the seminary has also come to a full circle as it remembers the years of the seminary's existence and the legacy that has been put up in order to continue forming priests for the Diocese of Malolos and other neighboring areas. He said he would not forget how much Msgr. Gutierrez has given himself for the formation of seminarians. He remembered how obedient he became, especially to the Most Rev. Cirilo R. Almario, Jr., D.D., then Bishop of Malolos and founder of ICMAS. His dedication and perseverance for the establishment of the seminary is not to be forgotten, he said.

Msgr. Gutierrez together with seminarians of the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan, his beloved home town, taken after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. (Photo Courtesy: Sem. John Albert V. Absalon, for Educational Affairs Committee - Graduate School of Theology, Immaculate Conception Major Seminary)
   Msgr. Gutierrez plans to continue coming back to the seminary during his annual 6-month vacation. He has been invited to continue giving talks on pastoral management that shall help the seminarians of today to be enriched in skills for the priestly ministry. KAKATHA News Admin.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

KAKATHA NEWS 2014: Hagonoeño inaugurated new Multi-purpose House in Hagonoy


Dated: March 1, 2014

Msgr. Vengco together with Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban of the Catholic Hagonoeño
Social Communications Group at the front of the Casita de San Jose, his prime project
for the benefit of the catechists and the homeless in his home barrio of San Jose, Hagonoy,
HAGONOY, BULACAN - Last March 1, Saturday, Rev. Msgr. Sabino Azurin Vengco, Jr., H.P. (San Jose), KAKATHA General Consultant came to his home barrio of San Jose in Hagonoy for the opening of a new three-storey building which he has named as Casita de San Jose (Little House of St. Joseph). This house, brought out of the initiative of Msgr. Vengco for the formation of catechists and lay people in the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne, ordered for the construction of the building since late 2013. Financed by his personal funds, Msgr. Vengco said that we wanted for this edifice to be "a sign and inspiration for the initiative of priests, especially those from Hagonoy to contribute from their own pockets for the good of the faithful in our town."

Msgr. Vengco with a happy smile while delivering his homily during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Casita de San Jose.
   With several beneficiaries and guests present, the Holy Eucharist was celebrated at the ground floor of the casita at 10 in the morning presided over by Msgr. Vengco. During his homily, he reiterated the need for volunteerism among the faithful, especially to priests who should offer themselves for the love of the Church. After the mass, Msgr. Vengco together with the congregation inaugurated the new house where they ventured from below towards the rooftop deck. When they returned to the lobby, Msgr. Vengco presided over the prayer to Blessed Virgin Mary followed by advanced birthday greetings for his 72nd year come March 9.

Msgr. Vengco presided over the veneration for the Blessed Mother with the singing of the Salve Regina 
   As the building is now fully operational, it shall house tenants whenever needed for low-cost payment, especially to those who do not have a permanent home. This also has facilities for talks and meetings for different church-mandated organizations such as the catechists among others. Mr. Jose Paulo V. Espinosa, a former seminarian and Msgr. Vengco's nephew shall administer to the needs of the casita. According to him, it is in the spirit of Msgr. Vengco's dream to help the less fortunate, that despite the immensity of the work, this initiative is an apostolate to be done and continued.

   Following a legacy of inspiration from previous Hagonoeño priests, Msgr. Vengco has given what he has for the good of the faithful. With this, he has joined priest like Rev. Msgr. Jose Bernabe Aguinaldo, P.A. (San Pascual), the first Rector of the National Shrine of St. Anne, who donated all his possessions for the creation of the Msgr. Jose B. Aguinaldo Foundation, Inc. for the benefit of the catechists and seminarians of Hagonoy and Rev. Fr. Tirso Tiongson Tomacruz (San Sebastian) who also created a trust fund for the education of future priests from Hagonoy. Truly, this has been a sign of good faith that the contributions of Hagonoeño priests continue to benefit the faithful of the town of Hagonoy. KAKATHA News Admin.