The liturgical Reception of the mortal remains of Rev. Fr. Abundio Nopre, Jr., Parish Priest of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Camaligan, Camarines Sur was conducted at the Good Shepherd Chapel, Holy Rosary Major Seminary, March 15, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon. The said rite was presided over by Rev. Fr. Joey Gonzaga, the Vice-Rector for Formation of the seminary. In his short exhortation, he emphasized that the will of God is bigger and better than the will of man. Thus, no matter how we let Fr. Nono stay on earth, God called him to be in His eternal glory. After the rite, a Eucharistic celebration followed which was presided over by Rev. Fr. John Poblete and Rev. Fr. Felipe Culvera III as the concelebrant. The remains of Fr. Nono will stay in the seminary chapel for one day. His interment would be on March 16, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Resurrection Garden, Holy Rosary Major Seminary, Naga City.
Rev. Fr. Jaime Danilo Ll. Viola, Parish Priest of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Bula, Camarines Sur presided over the Eucharistic celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier, Patron Saint of First Year Philosophy Class last December 4, 2017 at the Good Shepherd Chapel. At the beginning of his homily, Fr. Viola jokingly said that he found it hard to draft a homily fitting for the celebration, giving the several elements to consider in his preparation. However, his homily proves to be something every seminarian should ponder upon. He said that what lies behind the success of St. Francis Xavier’s success in his mission is his faith in God, coupled with his concern for the salvation of the people and with the people’s relationship with God. These threefold elements, Fr. Viola asserted, are the things that seminarians should adopt in order to be good servants of the Lord. Closer to the heart of everyone present, he mentioned a “wonderful” thing that he discovered about the Saint being commemorated. He said that St. Francis Xavier, along with St. Peter Faber, was one of the first six companions of St. Ignatius of Loyola. These three have been schoolmates and roommates at the University of Paris. “Even after their parted ways for the missions, they stayed connected with each other. St. Francis Xavier corresponded with St. Ignatius of Loyola through letters, telling him about his missions, advising St. Ignatius to ‘upgrade their approach’ depending on the missionary area they’ve been trying to enter”, Fr. Viola narrated. Fr. Viola said that seminarians should follow the examples of these three saints. “Kun an batch nindo makaparadi na, kanya-kanya na kamo (If your batch will become priests, you will all go your separate ways) but take time and effort to stay connected with each other, spend time together and be in contact with each of your batchmates.” He said that priests have a unique way of understanding a fellow priest’s struggles that a lay person cannot fully understand, sometimes causing scandal or misinterpretations. He further added that fellow priests, especially batch-mates, should have the charity to be each other’s listener, counselor and confessor since they are the ones that can truly understand a fellow priest’s situation. He made the seminarians aware of the reality of the seminary life saying “Not all of you will be priests. However, keep in touch, nevertheless. [To those who will not be priests] be good Catholics, a good family man, a good citizen.” “Pag dai ka nakapadi, giromdomon mo man si batchmates mong padi. Tawi man nin kwarta, regalo, sapatos o anuman na ikatao mo. Labi sa gabos, tawi nin advice o suhestyon sa perspectibo nin sarong laiko na nakakasabot nin buhay-padi, ta minsan kang naging seminarista asin aram mo an sakit na inaagihan nin sarong padi sa pakikisalamuha sa mga laiko.” (If you will not become priests, remember your batch-mates who have become one. Give them monetary aid, gifts, shoes…
In the Celebration of the 54th anniversary of the promulgation of the Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Vatican II Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Holy Rosary Major Seminary will hold an exhibit on the pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II liturgical books and vestments on December 4-9, 2017 at the Seminary Lobby. Come and Visit us!
On the last Day of November 2017, the Holy Rosary Major Semianry Community enjoyed a free eye-check-up service coming from the generosity of the Eye con Optical Clinic headed by two ophthalmologists namely, Dra. Margie Eguia and Dra. Belinda Spitual. The group offered to the seminarians free eye examination which assessed their Vision quality. Furthermore, they also offered discounted eye glasses for the seminary community. In the end, it was found out that many seminarians already need s to use corrective eye glasses due to poor vision and luck for some who had been found out to still have the most desired 20-20 vision. by: SEM. JIM VINCENT LARGO, PRE-THEOLOGY
This coming September 15 to 17, priests of Bicol will once again gather for the customary celebration of the Feast of our Lady of Penafrancia and the annual Union of Bicol Clergy Games to be held at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary. This year’s theme is in keeping with the spirit of the “Year of the Poor”: “Living Out God’s Mercy and Compassion in the year of the Poor.” Schedule of the activities are as follows: September 15 (Tuesday) 6:00 AM – Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Virac 8:00 – Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Libmanan 1:00 PM – Arrival / Registration @ Seminary Lobby 3:00 – Snacks @ Recreation Hall 3:30 – Assembly / Parade 4:00 – Opening Ceremonies @ Seminary Covered Courts 4:30 – Opening Games – Preliminary Games are as follows: Basketball Free Throw Challenge for the Bishops Free throw Shoot Out Three Point Shoot Out Half Court Shoot Out Lawn Tennis (Singles / Doubles) Table Tennis (Singles / Doubles) Exhibition Game for the 40 up players 7:00 – Welcome Dinner @ Recreation Hall 8:30 – Continuation of Games – Basketball / Volleyball / Lawn Tennis / Table Tennis 10:00 – Priests’ Procession with the Divino Rostro September 16 (Wednesday) 6:00 AM – Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Daet 6:30 – MP / Rosary with Seminarians 7:00 – Breakfast 8:00 – Games – Free Medical Check Up for Priests – Master Chef – Priest Edition (Cooking contest – 2 per diocese) 12:00 NN – Lunch 1:00 PM – Championship Game Begins 3:00 – Snacks 6:00 – Rest 6:30 – Evening Prayer / Confessions (Seminary Chapel) 7:00 – Dinner / Batch Reunions / Entertainment 8:00 – Games 10:00 – Priests’ Procession with the Divino Rostro September 17 (Thursday) 6:00 AM – Pontifical Mass, Diocese of Sorsogon – MP / Rosary with Seminarians 6:30 – Breakfast (Recreation Hall) 7:00 – Proceed to Naga City Sports Complex (Brgy. Pacol, NC) Special Events – Fun Bike (6:00AM) – Dynamic Stretching for Everyone (7:30AM) – 5KM Run Challenge (8:00AM) – Shot Put (9:00AM) – Javelin Throw – Discus Throw – 100 Meter Dash (9:30AM) – 50 Meter Dash for the 40 Up – 400 Meter Relay – Walkathon (10:00AM) – Swimming 100 meter (10:30AM) – Swimming 50 meter 40 Up – Swimming 200 meter relay – Awarding Ceremony for the Special Events – Lunch 1:00 PM – Back to the Seminary/Rest 3:00 – Snacks 6:00 – UBC Closing Eucharistic Celebration (Naga Cathedral) 7:00 – Dinner / UBC Program / Awarding Night / Grand Pa-Raffle September 18 (Friday) 6:00 AM – Pontifical…
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