Feast of St. James, Apostle
25 July 2012
Circular Letter 03-2012
Dear Fathers, Parents, Guardians, Seminarians and Friends,
We praise and thank our Good God for the many blessings we have received this month of July 2012. Today, for instance, is the first anniversary of the priestly ordination of our beloved brother, Fr. Dexter Z. Cariño, our Dean of Seminarians. We also welcomed this month the Congregation of the Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM) in the persons of Sr. Mary Kristine Legaspi and Sr. Maria Cecilia Payawal, who will help us especially in our spiritual and liturgical formation.
I thank you again for being with us in the Prayer Session this month. The Rationalists Team won the coveted cheering contest at the Pandaragupan. With this Circular is our Archbishop’s Letter encouraging our lay faithful to pray and promote vocations to the priesthood. Please continue to bring along your family, relatives and friends to pray for the vocation of your seminarian-sons. Our next date is August 19. We shall begin with the usual Holy Hour at 9:30AM. Fr. Jasper Hebron, our Spiritual Director, will be the presider and the First Year Class is the host. The Freshmen will also take the helm in the celebration of the “Linggo ng Wika” in the afternoon. If you enjoyed the Pandaragupan, I assure you that the Linggo ng Wika will be equally filled with fun!
We have recently finished the repairs and improvements of the seminary facilities. We did all these in response to our dear Father Soc’s encouragement and support. For your information, we spent more than three million pesos. Thanks to the Lay Formation Center and the ALD-CS for the funds. But more than the facilities, our team of formators has also worked very hard to create a good formation program for the College Seminary. We are trying to give our seminarians the best so that they can be at their best for the Lord and the Church. In Bonuan, there is no room for complacency, mediocrity and laziness. Let us therefore work together to bring out the best in our seminarians. Yes, the mid-term examinations are next month (August 13-16).
By the way, this coming week our seminary community will be on Spiritual Retreat (July 30 to August 2). The Marian Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MMHC) will facilitate the retreat in the spirit of Mary. We priest-formators will also be on retreat that same week. Prayers are requested from you. Prayers are also promised for you.
As your seminarian-sons go home for their monthly break (July 27-29), I wish to inform or remind you of the following:
· Check their health condition. It is advisable for parents to have PhilHealth, just in case your seminarian-sons would have need for it.
· Understand that the subscription for the Link (MHCCS magazine) is important to support because the school publication has an irreplaceable part in the formation of future priests.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Very truly yours in Christ,
Fr. Mario Dominic C. Sanchez