Fr. Benzen Bids Goodbye to HCP

Fr. Benzen D. Valiyaveetil, CP, also known as Fr. Benz, bade goodbye to Holy Cross Parish on Dec 28, 2013. A high-spirited, friendly, and  hard-working parish vicar, Fr. Benz, tearfully left General Santos Airport on January 2, 2014. 
“We will surely miss Fr. Benz’ joyful presence in the parish office,” says Nenet Molles, the parish secretary. She adds “He is truly loved by the parishioners, not only because of his  positive vibes, but also the way he gives funny and inspiring homilies in the masses he celebrates.” 
“This good friend is easy-and-fun-to-be with. You could hardly hear him complain having many masses and sick calls in the parish. Language is not a barrier for his exemplary pastoral work. He is my inspiration,” expresses the parish priest Fr. Rogie Castellano, CP.
Fr. Benz stayed at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary  Parish , Sun Valley, Paranque City for a month and visited different parishes and Passionist communities in Luzon. 
A native of Kerala Province, Fr. Benz flew back to India on Feb. 7. He reports to his new assignment in Jamaica sometime in March. 

HCP Launches Bible Week

Holy Cross Parish (HCP) launches Bible Week last January 18 with the theme: “Pulong sa Diyos: Gabayan sa Pagkinabuhi sa Yanong Magtotoo.” This theme highlights the importance of the Bible in guiding the life of the laity in the 74 Gagmay Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) or small Christian communities.

The program started at 8 :00 AM with a procession of the Word of God around the main road of HCP followed by the Bible Enthronement led by Bro. Fausto Tan Jr, the former HCP Lay Cooperator (LayCo) president. At 9:30 AM, Fr. Rogie V. Castellano, CP, HCP parish priest gave an inspiring introductory input on The Year of the Laity. The celebration ended with a Holy Eucharist where Parish/GKK leaders and ministry workers of almost 2,000 in attendance were inducted, commissioned and blessed.

The Bible Week ends on January 25. The enthroned Bible at HCP will then be brought throughout the year, to each GKK at certain period of time.

HCP Celebrates Misa De Gallo

Holy Cross Parish (HCP) joyfully starts the Filipino tradition of Misa de Gallo (literally means rooster’s mass) on Dec. 16.  This Filipino tradition are nine dawn masses celebrated before the birth of our Lord Jesus. Adorned with colorful parol or Filipino lanterns, HCP welcomes her thousands of parishioners  for a spiritual preparation for Christmas.

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Do You Have a Manger for Jesus?


I’ve got the chance to go out and let my adventurous eyes be fed abundantly with the air of this no-need-to-spell season.

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Paintings Bring Hope to HCP

Zamboanga war. Bohol earthquake. Visayas super typhoon .  All these challenged the Filipino Spirit. Slowly picking up, Filipinos have shown the world once more their resiliency. Filipinos may indeed be homeless but definitely not hopeless.

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