Four OSJs ordained priests
On March 13, four deacons of the Province received the Sacrament of Priestly Ordination through the hands of Most Reverend Marcelino Antonio M. Maralit, Jr., DD, Bishop of Boac, at the L'Annunizata Parish Church, Victoria Homes, Muntinlupa City.
The newly ordained priests are Rev. Fr. Aren I. Bejasa, OSJ, Rev. Fr. Marvin B. Gomez, OSJ, Rev. Fr. Cyrus B. Gonzales, OSJ and Rev. Fr. Roy Roldan C. Matibag, OSJ.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, only the confreres, guest religious and immediate relatives of the ordained graced the occasion. The entire celebration was livestreamed through the facebook pages of the Province and of the Parish.
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The Centro Internazionale Giuseppini-Marelliani launched a compilation of various reflections on St. Joseph. To access the electronic books in English, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Portuguese, click here:
Reflections on St. Joseph Obtaining Plenary Indulgence during the Year of St. Joseph
from the Decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary
1) Participate in a spiritual retreat for at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph. 2) Pray for St. Joseph’s intercession for the unemployed that they might find dignifying work. 3) Recite the Litany of St. Joseph for persecuted Christians. Byzantine Catholics have the option of an Akathist to St. Joseph. 4) Entrust one’s daily work and activity to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker. 5) Follow St. Joseph’s example in performing a corporal work of mercy. These include feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the imprisoned, visiting the sick, and burying the dead. 6) Perform one of the spiritual works of mercy, such as comforting the sorrowful, counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injuries, and praying for the living and the dead. 7) Pray the Rosary together with one’s family in order that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family.” 8) Engaged couples can also receive an indulgence from praying the Rosary together. 9) Meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer, because St. Joseph “invites us to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew fidelity to prayer, to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will.” 10) Pray an approved prayer to St. Joseph on St. Joseph Sunday, the Sunday after Christmas in the Byzantine Catholic tradition. 11) Celebrate the feast of St. Joseph on March 19 with an act of piety in honor of St. Joseph. 12) Pray an approved prayer to St. Joseph on the 19th of any month. 13) Honor Joseph with an act of piety or approved prayer on a Wednesday, the day traditionally dedicated to St. Joseph. 14) Pray to St. Joseph on the Feast of the Holy Family on Dec. 29. 15) Celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1 with an act of piety or prayer. 16) The elderly, the sick, and the dying who are unable to leave their homes also have special permission to receive an indulgence by “offering with trust in God the pains and discomforts” of their lives with a prayer to St. Joseph, hope of the sick and patron of a happy death.