Monday, October 31, 2016




Dated: October 29, 2016

HAGONOY, BULCAN - Last October 29, 
the community of the town of Hagonoy, Bulacan rejoiced on the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church of St. Anne as a national shrine.  In honor of this celebration, the Municipal Government of Hagonoy headed by Hon. Raulito Manlapaz, Jr., Municipal Mayor initiated the Civic Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Proclamation of St. Anne’s Parish as a national shrine. The said event was held at the Municipal Hall of Hagonoy attended by several of the original committee members who prepared the way to the declaration of St. Anne’s as a national shrine.

This commemoration comprised of a reminiscing of the events that occurred in 1991 when the proclamation from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was given to the parish community of Hagonoy. The Municipal Special Events office mentioned that, “The whole town prepared for the event with offering time, effort and resources in order for the patroness of our town, Apo Ana may be given due respect and in thanksgiving to God for this special grace.” The ceremony commenced with a prayer, the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, the singing of the original hymn in honor of the 1991 event performed by Banda Santa Ana and followed by a traditional folk dance performance by the Sta. Monica National High School Folk Dance Troupe.

Called to speak on behalf of the clergy of Hagonoy, Rev. Msgr. Ranilo S. Trillana, P.C., President of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA), expressed his thanksgiving for the blessings received by Hagonoy. He said, “According to historians, the very important reason which made the CBCP decide for Hagonoy to be the national shrine was how in the span of time, the town has produced more than 100 priest-sons and several more religious brothers and sisters. Truly with such a grace, (the church of ) Hagonoy could not but receive this honorific title as a national shrine.” KAKATHA, the present organization of priests-sons in the country has a list of 114 priest-sons of Hagonoy, 66 of whom are still alive and actively serving in different dioceses and religious congregations, here and abroad.

After the words of gratitude, the Parish Pastoral Council of Sta. Ana, the guests of honor and the clergy went to St. Mary’s Academy of Hagonoy to pay respect to the priests who were arriving their for vesting.  From the academy, the Mass procession began led by the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos and Most Rev. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr., D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Kalookan and the clergy of Malolos. (KAKATHA News Admin.)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016



Dated: September 13, 2016

Rev. Daniel Maniego Coronel (Mercado) [At Center] together with his classmates (from L to R:) Reverends John Patrick G. Gumasing, Jonathan Paul G. Ventura, Arvin Ray C. Jimenez and Ritz Darwin P. Resuello were ordained as deacons by the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos at ICMAS Theologate Chapel. (Photo Courtesy: Rev. John Patrick G. Gumasing)

GUIGUINTO, BULACAN - Last September 13, five seminarians of the Diocese of Malolos were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Sem. Daniel Maniego Coronel, a recent graduate from the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary was ordained a deacon together with his four companions by the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos at the seminary Theologate Chapel at 9:00 in the morning. 

   In his homily, the Bishop instructed the deacons on the importance of their ministry - to be helpful to him and to the institutions of apostolate they were about to serve and to preach God's Word. The Bishop also pointed out the importance of their vow to celibacy, that they will no longer be saying during their presbyteral ordination since promising not to marry is already part of the Diaconal Ordination. 

   After the Mass, members of KAKATHA together with the clergy of Malolos, seminarians and guests had lunch at the seminary gymnasium. Some of those who attended from KAKATHA in the celebration were Rev. Fr. Vicente Burayag Lina, Jr. (Sto. Niño), President Emeritus of KAKATHA, Rev. Fr. Manuel Martin Manicad, (San Sebastian), Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Rev. Fr. Garry Medina Clemente (San Juan), Rev. Fr. Edward Cruz Pecson (Sta. Monica), Rev. Fr. Enrico Cruz Crisostomo (Sto. Rosario) and Rev. Fr. Elmer Roque Ignacio (Tampok).

   Rev. Daniel Maniego Coronel is the son of Danilo (+) and Soccoro Maniego Coronel from Mercado, Hagonoy, Bulacan. He is from the Parish of Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario, Sto. Rosario, Hagonoy, Bulacan. In the duration of their diaconal ministry, the five deacons are assigned monthly to different houses of apostolate and will be serving in several parishes in the Diocese.  KAKATHA News Admin.  

KAKATHA NEWS 2015: KAKATHA celebrates at the 24th Anniversary of Sta. Ana Shrine


Dated: October 29, 2015

HAGONOY, BULACAN - Last October 29, the whole town of Hagonoy rejoiced that at the end of the flood caused by the Typhoon Lando, the Parish Church of St. Anne has celebrated its 24th anniversary of being a national shrine. During the said celebration, the priests of the Kapatiran ng Kapariang Taga-Hagonoy, Inc. (KAKATHA) gathered to be one in the celebration at the 9:00 am mass, considered the Misa Mayor of the day. The celebration was presided over by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Sabino Azurin Vengco, Jr., H.P. (San Jose), President Emeritus of the group who will be celebrating his 50 years as a priest come December 21 (Bodas de Oro). 

   In his homily, he said that he likened Hagonoy to the city of Jerusalem, full of splendor with the many graces it has received through the ages. Yet it also poses the challenge that in being the faithful of the shrine, we are called to do better with our lives as we aim to be with God through promoting more vocations. Before the Holy Eucharist ended, Rev. Msgr. Ranilo Santos Trillana, P.C. (Sta. Monica), President called on the faithful to give thanks to God for the five priests to be awarded for their celebration of Golden and Silver Presbyteral Jubilees and one who was newly ordained to the priesthood. Two of the said celebrators, Msgr. Vengco and Rev. Fr. Romulo Manocom Perez (San Sebastian) received their awards for the Golden and Silver Jubilees respectively during the celebration of the Mass. Rev. Fr. Virgilio Mangahas Cruz (San Jose), KAKATHA Treasurer and another Silver Jubilarians received his award when he came during the reception. Two other Silver Jubilarians, Rev. Fr. Elmer Roque Ignacio (Tampok) and Rev. Fr. Peter Ronald Saldaña Eugenio, O.F.M.Cap. were unable to attend due to ministerial commitments. The benjamin of the group, Rev. Fr. Ferdimagne Coronel Pascua, O.S.J. was also unable to attend due to adjustment to his new parish at Ibaan, Batangas.

   After the Mass, the members of KAKATHA dined and met at the reception for priests at the Knights of Columbus Hall at the shrine convent. There, a decision was made to extend the term of the present KAKATHA officers as well as to provide a monetary collection for the expenses during the event. Also, Msgr. Trillana had a private book launching of his new work on homilies for the seasons of Advent and Christmas entitled, "Halina, Hesus Halina."

   The members of KAKATHA present during the celebration were the following: Rev. Msgr. Ranilo Santos Trillana, P.C. (Sta. Monica), Rev. Fr. Anacleto Clemente Ignacio (Sta. Monica), Rev. Fr. Rolando Reyes Atienza (Sagrada Familia), Rev. Fr. Virgilio Mangahas Cruz (San Jose), Rev. Fr. Vicente Burayag Lina, Jr. (Sto. Niño), Rev. Fr. Manuel Martin Manicad (San Sebastian), Rev. Msgr. Sabino Azurin Vengco, Jr., H.P. (San Jose), Rev. Fr. Peter Eymard Cabrera Balatbat (Sto. Niño), Rev. Msgr. Vicente Amado Bernardo Manlapig, P.C. (Sta. Monica), Rev. Fr. Garry Medina Clemente (San Juan) and Rev. Fr. Romulo Manocom Perez (San Sebastian). KAKATHE News Admin.  

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.