May 11, 2017

BISHOP'S VISIT



Today, May 11, 2017 on the fourth day of Good Shepherd week, we are blessed with the visit of our good shepherd ArchBishop ROMULO T. DE LA CRUZ, DD. (The present Archbishop of Zamboanga).



Archbishop Romulo celebrates the Eucharist with us in our community and had a simple dinner with us.

                 In his homily he reminds us to be always joyful and do the will of God who has sent us.




PRE-ASIAN YOUTH DAY



Joyful, joyful Asian YouthJogjakarta is ready for Asian Youth Day






Preparing for this coming Asian Youth Day that would be held in Indonesia, especially in Jogjakarta on August, diocese of Semarang animates the program of bringing “the Asian Youth Cross” all over the parishes and sub parishes belong to. This “Cross” would stay in the parishes and sub parishes according to the determined schedules. The theme of this coming youth is “Joyful Asian Youth: Living the Gospel in multicultural Asia”. The youth is really playing a big role for these activities.



Today, on May 3th, this “Cross” arriving in our sub-parish of Maguwo, Jogjakarta. The enthusiasm of people around the Church provens that how the faith, hope, and love of Christ planted in each hearts. The welcoming of the Cross to stay in our sub-parish up to Friday’s afternoon done in solemn Eucharist celebration. The postulants of ours led the procession of the Cross inside the Church by performing the traditional dance of Likurai







During the homily, the priets presider emphasizes the meaning of the Cross in our life, inviting the youth and parishioners to have these special days of being with the Cross in adoration, celebration, and union of all people. May this experience of treasuring Him always help us to grow in faith, hope and love. To live with and in Jesus, we never getting old in spirit. Thank you, Jesus.     

                       
       


By: Ucha Henakin
(Jogjakarta community)


Apr 14, 2017

ALLELUIA





Coming from darkness to light 

 


Every year, we celebrate  EASTER (the resurrection of CHRIST) though the same celebration, but not the same way of experiencing it. I am so grateful and thankful to God for allowing me to have a wonderful, meaningful and haunting celebration with my sisters. Through the activities of the community during Lent till Easter which enabled me to have a deep encounter with Christ, deepen my Christian faith, strengthen my vocation, and most specially opened my mind to understand the profound meaning of the two letters “D” and “L” that are Darkness and Light, Death and Life.
As Jesus, a man who performed many miracles, healed a lot of people, many praised him, many cried when he looked and touched with kindness, mercy and compassion, thousands and thousands followed him. But, at the last, at the darkest moment, nobody was beside him, even his disciples whom he loves most could not awake with him for an hour. This is “D” of Jesus. How about my “D”? Along my personal itinerary, especially in my vocation journey, there are many dead-experiences that I underwent, am undergoing. This dead- experience is not the dead of the body but spirit, the rejection, discourage, fears. In those moments, I use to remember the psalm sums “they have eyes but they cannot see, they have ear but they cannot hear…” Yes! Because the fear occupied my heart, covered my eyes, made me loss my way, sometimes I do not know where I am going and coming. But, I do believe that those dead- experiences would never absent as long as I still live in this world because it makes my life more meaningful. Therefore, the most importance for me is how I overcome the power of darkness in my heart (the pride, ego, self- center, self- closed…) it is all about how I conquer it not to surrender to it. Moreover, it also depends on my choice, the choice to go out of darkness, the choice to remove the door of my tomb to let the light shine into, the choice to live in the light not darkness. As Jesus, by the power of God the Father he was risen from the death for he is light, he belongs to the light and he also invites me  to a share of life  in the light with him as he “ called” Lazarus his friend come back to life from the death. This invitation demands my collaboration, the will of the heart.


This experience of coming back from darkness to light and death to life has opened the other page of my life story, to read the real meaning of EASTER (E- A-S T-T-E-R) of  my life, it’s all about: E- encounter, A-acceptance, S- surrender to God, T-trust in God providence, E- embrace all with joy, and R- remain in faithful.  Though many challenges, obstacles in life but once I know how to accept all things, accept my limitation, remain in faithful to trust and surrender to God there I live in the light of God, there I have a life in light and there I am resurrected in Christ. 

                                                                                    By
 Nov. THAI THI PHUC





Apr 3, 2017

LENTEN RECOLLECTION

 

 LENTEN RECOLLECTION

(Tilomar - East Timor)



On March 13, the 135 junior high school had their Lenten recollection at Tilomar chapel with Dina and Astuti as facilitators and some teachers to assist us. Fr. Johanes cmf was with us for the confession . The recollection was simple .; the presentation of the meaning of lent, ice breakers , reading of scriptures on the temptation of Jesus , God ' s love and penitential write through letter writing. The Eucharist followed after the recollection ...

 

 

 

Jan 5, 2017

LOCAL SECRETARIES MEETING

LOCAL SECRETARIES MEETING


Wednesday, January 4, 2017 gathered in Guimaras Community are the local secretaries of the Philippine dependent delegation, Korea and Japan for their first local secretary meeting. They are Sr. Teresita K. Buen from Zamboanga community, Srs. Anastasia Wio and Selfia Besi from Quezon City community, Sr. Yuliana Bunga Sogen from Guimaras Community, Sr. Teresita Noi from Takatsuki Community, Sr. Veronica Sim from Seoul community and Sr. Rizalyn Solitario, the provincial secretary.  We miss the presence of Sr. Delfina Llamas from Kurashiki community who is not able to join the meeting due to the difficulty in English Language. However we remember her in this occasion. This meeting is scheduled on January 4-7, 2017







Dec 19, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL


ENCOUNTER OF THE LOCAL SUPERIORS



ENCOUNTER OF THE LOCAL SUPERIORS

 




            The Province of East Asia is holding for the first time an Encounter of Local Superiors with the Provincial Government from December 17-21 at Takatsuki, Japan in the midst of the cold weather which majority of the participants are not used to. There are nine (9) Superiors who are present and two of them are members of the Provincial Government also: The Provincial, Asunta Hori, superior of Takatsuki and Francisca Wakabayashi, the Vicar, superior of Kurashiki. The other seven superiors are from Philippines,Teresita Buen fo Zamboanga, Marissa Amog of Quezon City, Marita Jovellanos of Guimaras. From Indonesia are Melania Senes of Jogjakarta and Magdalena Seno of Kendari while the other two are form Timor Leste, Bernadetta Nunur and Angela Son of Korea. The other member of the Council are Teresa Hashimoto, Anastasia Wio and Rizalyn Solitario. 

 


 


            

  We are very grateful to have Fr. Jose Abella, cmf, former Superior General of our Claretian Brothers as our special guest speaker on December 19, 2016.