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HCP Staff Annual Retreat


June 17, 2014. Davao City, Philippines

The Holy Cross Parish (HCP) staff ended their 3-day annual retreat at the Rivier Retreat House, Catalunan Grande, Davao City last June 17 with the guidance of Fr. Romel "Boyet" Enar, Diocesan Youth Director of the Diocese of Cabancalan.

"It feels good to find joy again in serving the Lord," shares Nenet, the parish secretary, during the culmination mass. "People around us may not see the things that we do for the parish, but God sees everything," she added.

" In your own little way in your day-to-day life, you can be saints and heroes," says Fr. Boyet as he ended his homily following this year's theme on the Year of the Laity: Choose to Brave. Called to be Saints. Send forth as Heroes!

Raffle Bonanza Winners

June 14, 2014. Gen. Santos City



Holy Cross Parish successfully celebrated her 28th Foundation Anniversary and 27th Gagmay Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) Day last June 7.

Fr. Rogie Castellano, CP, the parish priest, opened the celebration at 10:00 am with the Year of the Laity Talk Series dubbed "Choose be Brave." Fr. Rogie spoke, in summary, on how to be BRAVE:

B-Believe in your Dignity
R-Rediscover your Faith and Tradition
A-Attentive to the Signs of the Times
V-Volunteer to Care
E-Endeavor to Create a better Philippines!

A Mass followed at 11:00 am presided by HCP Vicar Fr. William Pondo, CP and simple lunch and program at the basketball court. The Raffle Bonanza was also drawn that day. Below are winners:

1ST PRIZE  (Multicab)    MARCELA CORPUZ CAHILSOT VILLAGE, GENSAN
2ND PRIZE (Motorcycle) GKK CARMENVILLE CARMENVILLE, CAL.,GENSAN
3RD PRIZE (10 cu. ft. Refrigerator) ROSALIE SABANDON SAN MIGUEL, CAL., GENSAN

10 CONSOLATION PRIZES (1 Sack of Rice Each)

1. LIZA MALLARI BAGONG SILANG, CALOOCAN CITY
2. JUVY BELLO PRK. CRISOSTOMO, CAL.,GENSAN
3. MARITES RAMAYLA PRK. CRISOSTOMO, CAL.,GENSAN
4. NORBERTO SALARDA APOPONG, GENSAN
5. RICKY APUNDAR PRK. MALAMBUON, CAL., GENSAN
6. FR. VIC GABUT, C.P. OLPGV PARISH, GENSAN
7. WALDARICO FERENAL LABANGAL, GENSAN
8. PRINCESS YTAC CALUMPANG, GENSAN
9. JOMAR SUMAYANG PUTING BATO, CAL., GENSAN
10. GKK CARMENVILLE CARMENVILLE, CAL., GENSAN

Thank you to all who supported this fund-raising for the construction of Bishop Olwell Building.

Choose to be BRAVE!

HCP Culminates Flores De Mayo

June 1, 2014. Gen. Santos City


Holy Cross Parish culminated Flores de Mayo last May 30 with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9:00 in the morning. With a full house attendance of parents, children and catechists and leaders of the 74 small Christian communities, the said event also highlighted the first communion of more than 500 children.

After the mass, a lively program was held at the HCP basketball court with parlor games and beautiful performance of selected children.

Kudos to all the catechists who made this yearly program a success!

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A Mother's Day Reflection

May 11, 2014. Mother's Day

At the start of this special day, I was reflecting on the privilege of motherhood. Not every woman on earth was chosen to become a mother...to become vessels of God's children, especially of His priests and religious. What a gargantuan responsibility upon mothers' shoulders... accountability to God our Father.
 
I can't help remember learning from Heaven Is Real, true to life movie, that even the soul of a child who died in her/his mother's womb grew up in heaven even if s/he was not given a name. So, we can clearly conclude that souls of aborted babies also go to heaven. When a mother commits abortion, only a Bishop can absolve her from this sin...and many may not know this. Many testimonies of unwanted children who became good/great individuals are many too..they can inspire & strengthen confused would-be mothers to defend the life of the unborn & courageously do God's will.
 
Only Mother Mary can show us mothers ~ God's way. We can never go wrong with a devotion to Her & holding Her hand every step of the challenging way. Praying the rosary everyday keeps us connected to our Mothers' Heart.
 
Thank you dear Lord for granting my heart's desires today. 
Thank you Mother Mary for interceding for mothers' deepest, silent prayers 
The surprises You gave me today filled my love tank, to keep pouring unconditional love to my children & the 'special' children you've given me...for my life to bear abundant fruit according to Your will, with Your daily grace, for the fullness of my life.


HCP Sending Delegates to Youth and Catechists Conference in Makati


Holy Cross Parish is sending five (5) delagates to the 10th St. John Paul II Catechetics and Youth Ministry Conference (SJP2CYMP) in Don Bosco, Makati, on May 14-16.

With this year's theme "Celebrating the Mystery, Professing the Faith," participants from all over the country are given the opportunity to update themselves in the youth and catechetical ministries. Speakers from different fields are invited to   assist the participants in forming and updating their skills and knowledge to be more efficient in the ministry.

"This is an opportunity of a lifetime," says Bryan Antipolo, one of our youth delegates. "This conference will truly help me become a better youth minister in my parish," he added.

This year's delegates from the youth ministry are Ronie Pedros, Dia Rose Velasco, Bryan Antipolo while Florita Cambarijan and Marites Rojas will represent the catechetical ministry.

HCP has been consistently sending delegates for three consecutive years in this annual conference.

You may visit the conference's website at www.blessedjp2cymc.com.