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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program. In his …

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

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Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

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RCAM-AOC

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024 Read More »

RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program. In his …

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RCAM-AOC

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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RCAM-AOC

Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Circular No. 2024 – 12
12 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: ALAY KAPWA 2024

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

May we request your Reverences to appeal to the generosity of our parishioners and to make them aware that the funds collected for the Alay Kapwa, a Lenten evangelization and fundraising program, express our compassionate commitment to the poor and marginalized?

The attached pastoral letter reminds us that “The charitable donations raised during the second collection for the six (6) Sundays of Lent (18 February 2024 to 24 March 2024) will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan Program, our social service arm for relief assistance and humanitarian aid for our brothers and sisters in need. Through the Damayan Program, we helped feed more than 10,000 malnourished children/pregnant or lactating mothers and extended relief and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families severely affected by the victims of natural and man-made disasters in 2023.”

Kindly remit the collections to the Treasury and Accounting Department of the Arzobispado de Manila.

Be assured of our support and prayers for all your pastoral endeavors for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Most sincerely in Christ,

FR. ISIDRO T. MARINAY
Chancellor

 

 

 

 

ALAY KAPWA 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 12 12 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: ALAY …

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Circular No. 2024 – 11
10 February 2024

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,

Greetings of peace in the Lord!

I would like to inform everyone that there will be a special MAGPAS on 2 March 2024 (8:00 am to 12:00 noon) at Poveda College. This is to conduct a second session of “AUDIAM sa RCAM” in preparation for the Second Consultation of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality come October 2024.

I enjoin everyone to participate in this process of synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila, which allows us to continue our process of listening, dialogue, reflection, and collective discernment. Please send your parish pastoral leaders, lay coordinators, and parish synod team.

Please confirm your attendance with the Office for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. You may register online at www.opne.ph or email the list of your participants to opne@rcam.org.

I look forward to your presence at the “AUDIAM sa RCAM” during MAGPAS. Let us come together in the spirit of fraternity, discernment, and unity as we continue our journey of Synodality in the Archdiocese of Manila.

I gladly take this opportunity to assure you of my prayerful solicitude.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

SPECIAL MAGPAS (2 MARCH 2024)

Circular No. 2024 – 11 10 February 2024 TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, TEAM MINISTRY MODERATORS AND MEMBERS, RECTORS, MISSION STATION PRIESTS, AND CHAPLAINS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA RE: SPECIAL …

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RCAM-AOC

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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RCAM-AOC

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Cardinal Advincula urges faithful to support Alay Kapwa

As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program. In his …

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RCAM-AOC

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024