KAKATHA NEWS EVENTS 2014
Dated: May 3, 2014
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.