Newsletter of the District
- May 1998
of the Philippines
First anniversary of the consecration of Our Lady of Victories Church.
Quezon City Mayor, Mr. Mel Mathay, came to Our Lady of Victories
to consecrate his city (pop. 2.2 million) to the Immaculate Heart
of Mary. After Mass, he addressed the group of doctors preparing
for the afternoon Medical Mission.
From 2-6 pm,
17 doctors with 25 assistants performed our second Medical Mission
in our own Barangay Mariana. The number of patients rose from 30
(in the previous years) to over 360. At the same moment in Cebu,
at the foot of Magellan's Cross, Fathers Vernoy and Marie-Dominique
OR founded the youth movement, "The Apostles of Mary ", by giving
a recollection to the first 12 founding members.
Five young Dominican Sisters made the heroic step of leaving their
convent infected with modernism to join Tradition. Providentially,
we were able to find and rent a 4 bedroom small house, a mere 200
meters away from our church. The presence of a community of real
sisters in their full Dominican habits is the beginning of a new
chapter in our history ...
Monthly day of adoration.
Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Bishop Lazo came for lunch. At 3 pm,
our leading doctors gathered together to found the Academy of Catholic
Traditional Biomedical Ethics (see elsewhere in this Newsletter).
Bishop Lazo was hospitalized towards the end of the day.
200 college students came to Mass, received the brown scapular and
a special catechism class. Sunday attendance: over 800
First day of the Novena to St. Joseph. The next door neighbor whose
house was burnt down last January 15 having met "by accident"(?)
Fr. Onoda, gave us the first choice in buying her property, adjacent
to our church, which is now for sale. Before complines, that intention
is put under the feet of our greatest benefactor... St. Joseph!
In the evening, three of the priests visited Bp. Lazo in hospital.
His lordship wrote his will there and then as his health was seriously
Outing for 75 children of the Santo Nino Catechism to Las Pinas,
for a Bamboo Organ mini?concert, and to a nearby park.
Our new, first class, woodcarved, soundproof, doubled-door confessional
is brought to the church. As crowd increase, at Our Lady of Victories
the confessional lines stretch as well ... Fathers Onoda and Couture
attended the local Barangay council meeting to thank the officials
for their help during the Medical Mission of March 1. The Barangay
President, very pleased with the amazing success of "our" mission,
invited us to repeat it frequently?
Father Onoda became Father O' Onoda for one day ... Brother Gamaliel
Masangcay from Aklan, Panay received his soutane at Holy Cross Seminary,
in Australia. March 18. Our new safe arrived. It required 16 men
to move it. Father Vernoy gladly recovered his belongings sent from
India 9 months previously...
In gratitude for all favors received and to come, from the great
St. Joseph, at the occasion of his feast day, he is given a new
baroque retablo, to ornate his altar in the same style as our main
altar. he ad Joseph!
Three of our pre-seminarians and aspiring brothers finally left
for Australia. A fourth one should follow shortly from Manila, and
a fifth one from Sri Lanka.
Bishop Lazo's 51st anniversary of ordination. He celebrated the
l lam Mass in the presence of many of the doctors who took care
of him while he was in hospital. He gave a powerful sermon ...
Father Vernoy returned from Singapore in the company of his parents.
- April 4. Father Marie Dominique, OR gave, in Tagaytay, a retreat
on the religious vows to our five Sisters and to seven other aspiring
to the religious life.
Palm Sunday The 11th consecration of a Barangay took place after
the procession and Mass of Palm Sunday. Attendance for the whole