Tambuli July Edition now online

posted Jul 23, 2014, 3:15 AM by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 3:15 AM ]

In this issue:
  • Pope Francis: Love is both generous, active
  • Solidarity in Table Fellowship
  • Cardinal Tagle leads Fellowship to Our Lady of Peace and Voyage in Washington Basilica
  • Finding Comfort in Gardening
  • Barangay updates
  • and more

Tambuli May Edition now online

posted May 1, 2014, 6:13 PM by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated May 1, 2014, 6:14 PM ]

In this issue: 
  • Gospel Reading and Meditation 
  • Easter Message from +Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle 
  • Vatican Declares John XXIII and John Paul II as New Catholic Saints 
  • Lenten Season Highlights (Palm Sunday, Siete Palabras, Salubong) 
  • Some Announcements 
  • Schedule of Community Masses 
  • Collections (April 2014) 
  • On Planned Giving and donations

Tambuli April Edition now online

posted Apr 6, 2014, 2:33 AM by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated Apr 6, 2014, 2:33 AM ]

In this issue:
Pope Francis:Confession is not condemnation, but mercy
40 Days for Life
Holy Week Anouncements
...and more

Tambuli March edition now online

posted Mar 3, 2014, 4:37 PM by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated Mar 3, 2014, 4:38 PM ]

In this issue:

2014 Lenten message of our Holy Father Francis
Barangay 'Our Lady of Lourdes' Wairarapa celebrates Feast Day
Events and more

Tambuli, February 2014 now online

posted Feb 3, 2014, 1:22 AM by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated Feb 3, 2014, 1:23 AM ]

a) Gospel Reading and Reflection
b) Letter from Archbishop John Dew to FCPC
c) Highlights of Year 2013
d) Filipino Chaplaincy Celebrates Sinulog - the Feast of Sto Nino
e) Schedule of Community Masses
f) Collections (including Typhoon Yolanda Appeal donations)
g) On-Planned Giving and Donations

Tambuli, December 2013 Issue now online

posted Dec 4, 2013, 7:02 PM by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated Dec 4, 2013, 7:02 PM ]

In this edition:
Titles of Jesus in the Scriptures
Mary, Mother of the Lord (part 2)
Strength in Weakness by Fr James
Fundraising efforts for Typhoon Haiyan victims
Custom-made life by Mel Libre
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Home Visit
2014 Chaplaincy Calendar
Simbang Gabi (15-23 December 2013)
and more

2014 Chaplaincy Liturgical Calendar now available

posted Dec 1, 2013, 1:01 AM by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated Dec 1, 2013, 1:07 AM ]

Proceeds for our new Chaplaincy 2014 Liturgical Calendar, adopting the Theme: “We area a Co-Responsible Church in Humble Service of the Gospel” shall be channelled to the Fund raising appeal for the super typhoon Haiyan victims back home in central Philippines.

The Calendar (12-month, Folded A3 size in vivid colour) features the pastoral activities of the Filipino Chaplaincy and the different churches around Wellington where there is active Filipino community presence. The Maori red Double Pikorua (or twist symbol) on the calendar cover and in each page depicts the harmony and the bond of friendship formed between the Kiwis and Filipinos in this region.

The cost of calendar is $10 each, but 50% of proceeds or $5 per calendar goes to Caritas NZ Appeal to help in the relief of basic necessities such as food, water and shelter.

Please email finance@filipinochaplaincy-wellington.org.nz or see any of the FCPC council members or Barangay community leaders if you are interested in getting a copy – it could well be the ideal present for your loved ones this Christmas!

Filipinos back home are in dire need and your financial support in any humble way will help alleviate their situation. Salamat po.

Yolanda Fund Drive

posted Nov 17, 2013, 7:10 PM by Nick Ballesteros   [ updated Nov 17, 2013, 7:10 PM ]

Our countrymen back home are in dire need of our continuous prayers and generous financial support to help alleviate the plight of our brothers and sisters back home after the devastation wrought by the super typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda). The Filipino Chaplaincy-Wgtn is fully supporting Caritas NZ Appeal for much-needed donation to help those areas hardest hit through the Caritas Phil-NASSA (National Secretariat for Social Action). It’s Executive Director, Fr. Edwin Gariguez, said, “It’s a great catastrophe, but our emergency planning is underway. We are in great need.”

Caritas NZ has so far committed $100,000 for the Yolanda fund drive.

In our humble way, the Filipino Chaplaincy is transferring immediately an advanced donation of $2,000 to Caritas NZ in anticipation of proceeds from our 2014 Chaplaincy Calendar to be released shortly (Theme: We are a Co-Responsible Church, in Humble Service or the Gospel). We are selling calendar @ $10.00 (expected 50% proceed or $5/calendar goes to Caritas NZ Yolanda fund – last year’s beneficiary was our Bible for each home program)

Our Simbang Gabi Novena Mass collections this year shall also be channelled to Yolanda victims (together with whatever donations which may be generated from our Immaculate Concepcion Novenas sponsored by the different Bgys and our second collections from our regular masses). Likewise our Immaculate Conception celebrations on Dec 7 shall be made as modest as possible to divert funds to Yolanda victims.

You may donate to Yolanda fund drive by transferring to our Filipino Chaplaincy Account: 03 0543 0334365 00 (Westpac) using Yolanda + Your name as Reference when bank transferring (pls email finance@filipinochaplaincy-wellington.org.nz your contact details for tax rebate purposes). Alternatively, you can donate to Caritas NZ for Yolanda funds appeal (making sure you specify that this is for Yolanda- Phil fund drive) by:

Phoning 0800 22 10 22 to make credit card donations;
Phoning 0900 4 11 11 to make an automatic $20 donation from your phone bill;
Donating online using a credit card at www.caritas.org.nz; or
Posting to Caritas, PO Box 12193, Thorndon, Wellington 6144, New Zealand.

A Caritas team has reached the province of Leyte by boat on 10 November to assess the most urgent needs. From data on wind speeds and storm surge, as well as the levels of poverty, Caritas fears the scale of destruction in yet unreached areas is catastrophic.

Thank you brothers and sisters for your valuable support during this time of need.

All our prayers,
Emmanuel (Abbot)
Chaplaincy Finance (on behalf of FCPC-Wgtn)

Gospel Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent C2013

posted Feb 23, 2013, 10:38 AM by Alberto dela Cruz


2nd Sunday of Lent 2013 (Lk 9.28b-36)

Deeply absorbed in prayer, Jesus radiates in glory.  A bright occasion but not without the shadow of the cross.  It is the vision of the cross that makes the prayer of Jesus more intense and glorious.  

The cross necessitates the Lord to come into prayer for the sake of his disciples.  Aware of its inescapability and the delicate vulnerability of the disciples, Jesus prays.  While in prayer, He shines and everyone witnesses the glory which can change and transform the cross into being a grace of joy and victory.

Lent reveals the glory of the cross.  It is the season where Jesus’ prayer is so intense on behalf of each one of us to strengthen us amidst the many crosses that lay down along the path making the journey unbearable for many. 

In times that you feel weak and helpless, let the season of Lent speak:  Jesus is intensely at prayer for you.  Amen.

fr ambet

Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent C2013

posted Feb 15, 2013, 6:27 PM by Alberto dela Cruz


(Lenten Reflection 2013)

LENT is the spring time of human spirit.  It is the season of breaking the outer shell of human life to let the human spirit soar up high in renewed hope and vitality. 

Faithful adherence to the triad of Lenten observance of Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving guarantees a life-giving spring time for human spirit.  Fasting unleashes the human spirit from the chain of human desire that enslaves.  Abstaining from what glorifies both the natural and created human cravings in Lent sets the human spirit’s focus on essentials.

Human spirit lives in time and exposes itself to its profanity.  Prayer is to make the whole cycle of time pure and sacred.  Moments spent for and in prayer provide a secured shelter against the stress of worldly excesses.  Prayer increases one’s productivity and dependability without which one is made a complete liability.

Almsgiving materially helps the other but inwardly enriches the giver.  What fulfils the longing of human spirit is the reverse of what the world understands.  Self-gain and self-benefit become the rules of the world that instead of eliminating human dissatisfactions, deepens more the anxiety and restlessness.   Sincere almsgiving, on the other hand, is an act that mysteriously incites the deep human sigh of completeness and satisfaction.

May this season of Lent be a rich spring time for you and me.  Amen.  

fr ambet 

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