FAMILY ROSARY DAY IN BUTUAN
President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, Father John Phalen, CSC, and the Director of Family Rosary International, Father Jim Phalan, CSC, visited Butuan City, Mindanao, as part of their working visit to the Philippines.
Hosting their visit was the Diocese of Butuan, led by Father Joselio Amalla, who organized a Family Rosary Day on Sept. 29, 2013, at the St. Peter Seminary. About 300 participants, mostly members of Marian groups from the parishes of the diocese, attended.
The program began with a brief history of the Butuan diocese and its relationship with Family Rosary Crusade, presented by Fr. Amalia.
Fr. Jim talked about the Blessed Virgin and the Year of Faith, while Fr. John spoke on the devotion to Mary and the life and work of Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton.
Highlighting the program was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos and concelebrated by Fathers John, Jim and Amalia, who also led the rosary.
Bishop Pueblos led the prayer of consecration to Jesus Christ through the Blessed Mother.
Rochelle Pastor of the Perpetual Rosary group in San Vicente Ferrer Parish, said that the talks inspired her to always work for family unity.
Neil Lunasag, also of the Perpetual Rosary Group, said that the talks strengthened his devotion to Mama Mary and praying of the Rosary daily.
Marjohn Tomatao, a freshman Philosophy major in a seminary, found the talks inspiring and deepened his spirituality.
FRC in Holy Trinity University Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Family Rosary Crusade (FRC) unit in Holy Trinity University, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines, celebrated its 25th anniversary on Oct. 5, with the theme, “Believe, Live and Lead like Mary.”
Preceding the celebration was a nine-day novena and a prayer vigil to the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, from Sept. 26 to Oct. 4.
Gracing the event was Fr. John Phalen, CSC, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He was invited by the Dominican Sisters through Sr. Josmarie Salamania, OP, chairperson of the anniversary committee.
The novena culminated with a concelebrated Mass led by Fr. Phalen. He was joined by Fr. Leo D’Souza, CSC, provincial superior of Holy Cross in South India, and Fr. Roque D’Costa, CSC, executive director of FRC Philippines, and two other priests from Puerto Princesa.ÂÂ The solemn feast day mass on Oct. 5 was presided over by Bishop Pedro Arigo of the Diocese of Puerto Princesa, and concelebrated by other priests
Thousands of enthusiastic students, parents and FRC supporters braved the inclement weather and attended the two Masses, which were both held at the San Lorenzo Ruiz gymnasium. Members of the army, navy and local government also participated in the celebrations. Lively singing enriched the liturgy.
A grand procession followed the anniversary Mass despite a heavy downpour. The colorful procession ended with dance numbers offered by the students to the Blessed Mother; blessing of the image; and a display of fireworks.
Event organizers reiterated FRC’s mission of promoting Marian devotion and the Holy Rosary as family prayer to its members, parents and students.
Try Prayer. It Works! 2013 Contest Awards
Family Rosary Crusade’s “Try Prayer. It Works! 2013 creative contest awarded its winners on Oct. 8 at Pius XII Catholic Center, Manila.
The awarding ceremony was attended by the winners, their parents, school principals/representatives.
The program started with an invocation and welcome remarks by Fr. Roque D’Costa, CSC, FRC executive director.
Fr. John Phalen, CSC, President, Holy Cross Family Ministries, delivered the inspiring message congratulating the winners and reminding all that we are all winners and that we all are blessed. Fr. Leo D’Souza, CSC, provincial superior of Holy Cross South India,ÂÂÂÂ made the closing remarks.
Frs. John, Leo and Roque handed out the prizes to the winners. Bernard Canaberal was the host for the awarding ceremomy.
Prizes in the art, prose and poetry categories in seven grade levels included P5,000 cash, a medal, a certificate for the winners, and a glass trophy for the school. Certificates of merit were also given to all the finalists.
This year’s theme was “Lord, I Believe, Help My Unbelief.”Participating schools and dioceses submitted over a thousand entries.ÂÂÂÂ A total of 45 public and private schools joined the contest. The farthest entry came from Cotabato province in Mindanao.
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FRC Units from Afar Gather for 8th General Assembly
Quezon City | Diocese of Cubao – Nearly 500 delegates from the almost 60 parish and community-based Family Rosary Crusade units across the Philippines participated in the biennial one-day General Assembly at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center last June 22, 2013.
FRC delegates from as far as the mountainous northern province of Nueva Vizcaya and from the island province of Bohol down south travelled to the capital Manila, to listen to the enriching words of inspiration from the newly installed His Eminence LUIS ANTONIO G. CARDINAL TAGLE, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Manila, Family Rosary International Director, REV. FR. JAMES PHALAN, CSC, veteran media practitioner ANGELIQUE LAZO-MAYUGA and the sharing from lay people, Ms. MELIN DE CASTRO-JAVILLONAR, Mr. OBET CABRILLAS, and Mr. ANDY OLGADO.
Cardinal Tagle attended the General Assembly just a day after his return from the Vatican after receiving his titular claim over the Archdiocese of Manila from His Holiness Pope Francis five days before. The Archbishop of Manila reminded the delegates of the importance of the role of Mary in building the bond among families and communities, “the need to deepen the devotion to the Blessed Mother that leads to the zeal of our mission.”
The Cardinal also shared before the enthusiastic delegates of the fond hopes of the Holy Father for the flourishing of the faith in the Philippines and sought prayers for his papacy from all Filipinos.
Father James Phalan, CSC was also warmly welcomed by the delegates who listened attentively to his message. Phalan called upon delegates to bring back people who are lost and the marching orders to: “Go out and promote the prayer of the Rosary with renewed fervor and vision for the people of today, trusting in how our Lady is reaching out through our hands and arms to lead Her children to Christ.”
Phalan also reiterated the need for Christian communities to become prepared and strong, “The Universal Church needs the Church in the Philippines to stay strong. We need Christian Families in the Philippines to remain strong.”
Media practitioner Angelique Lazo-Mayuga, a news commentator for the Archdiocese of Manila’s Radio Veritas shared her views on how the delegates can cope with the negative impact of media on families. Mayuga emphasized that there are options for families in finding Christian and values oriented entertainment. She also She also inspired the delegates to become communicators for the new evangelization to combat the growing effects of media on families.The day-long gathering was opened by FRC Executive Director, REV. FR. ROQUE D’COSTA, CSC and capped by an anticipated Eucharistic celebration His Excellency BISHOP JESSE MERCADO, D.D. of the Diocese of Parañaque and Chair of the Episcopal Commission on the Laity of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) with music provided for by the FRC Youth Ministry, composed of members of the Parish of San Roque de Sampaloc.
This year’s FRC General Assembly used the theme, “Believe, Live, and Lead the Faith like Mary” in its continuing efforts to help guide and provide inspiration for all of FRC’s parish-based units in its respective missions in their parishes to help spread the messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the importance of family prayers, especially the Most Holy Rosary in protecting families and binding them together.