Hi there! It’s another weekend and this line is all over the place: “100 years of Journey, Celebration and Hope”. That’s the theme of the Centennial celebration of the Diocese of Calbayog which will happen tomorrow April 10, 2010.
Let me begin today’s column with some historical tidbit from the Calbayog coffeetable book. It’s on Calbayog as sede of a new diocese.
“. . . The new civil order ushered in a new ecclesiastical order. On April 10, 1910, Pope St. Pius X (by virtue of the consistorial Decree Novas Erigere Dioceses) separated the islands of Samar and Leyte from the Diocese of Cebu and created a new diocese. Calbayog was designated as sede (or seat) of this new diocese.”
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I suppose the people of Calbayog (and of Samar for that matter) will take a break from the election season in observance of the Centennial celebration. Let me devote today’s column to the various activities in line with the celebration.
The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Joseph Edward Adams will lead the Centennial Thanksgiving Mass at 10:00 am tomorrow at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. He is expected to arrive at 8:oo am at the Calbayog airport where he will be accorded planeside honors. Bishop Isabelo Abarquez and Mayor Mel Sarmiento will lead church and government officials in meeting the Nuncio. After the airport ceremonies, a motorcade will convey the nuncio to the Centennial Pastoral Center to prepare for the Centennial Thanksgiving Mass. The Eucharistic celebration will be followed by a luncheon at the Calbayog City Sports Center.
For today (April 9, 2010), events include the following:
- 8:00 am - 3:30 pm: The Congress of the Clergy which will be held at the NwSSU Socio-Cultural Center. This will be presided over by Archbishop Soc Villegas
- 4:00 pm: 9th Novena Mass & Episcopal Coronation of the Blessed Mother at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Archbishop Soc Villegas will be joined in by other bishops in this celebration.
- 5:00 pm: Grand Centennial Procession
- 7:00 pm: Diocesan Centennial Awards and Cultural Night (Calbayog City Sports Center)
Other activities which included novena masses, reflections and catechisms were held in various parishes all over the diocese since April 1, 2010. The Calbayog Clergy did two concerts. One at the St. Bartholomew Church in Catbalogan last Monday and the other one last Wednesday at the Calbayog City Sports Center.
Yesterday’s events included the Centennial inter-Diocesan Friendship Games was held at the Calbayog City Sports Center, St. Vincent de Paul Seminary and Joggers Basketball Court; the Opening of the Diocesan Museum at Centennial Pastoral Center; the Awarding of Centennial Inter-Diocesan Friendship Games winners; and the concert of the CKC-Jose Gomez Orchestra at the Calbayog City Sports Center.* * *
The Diocesan Museum formally opened yesterday. Leading the ribbon-cutting were Archbishop Jose Palma, Ms. Agueda Chan and Monsignor Tony Petilla. Also present at the event were Bishop Isabelo Abarquez, Fr. Butcho Abujuela, Dr. Susie Bohol, Mr. Intoy Chan, Charo Cabardo, Boin Nicolasora and Nelson Petilla, among others.
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This is it for now. We wish the faithful of the Diocese of Calbayog a very meaningful and successful Centennial Celebration! Have a nice weekend everyone! Ciao!