A LETTER FOR YOU!

Note: The following is a copy of one of the letters I sent to our generous mission contributors to the SVD mission fundraising activities September 2010-September 2011. Once again, Thank you very much!

September 2011

Dear Mother Elizabeth, Rev. Sisters and other Lay Mission Collaborators, 

            Greetings of peace and love in the Divine Word!

September is here once again to remind us of the task and urgency of mission. This SVD Mission month, however, as his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI reminds “… is not isolated moment in the course of the year, but a precious occasion to pause to reflect on how we respond to the missionary vocation; an essential response for the life of the Church…the mission of Christ Redeemer, entrusted to the Church, is still far from being accomplished … a global look on humanity shows that this mission is still at the beginning and that we must commit ourselves with all our energies in its service” (John Paul II, “Redemptoris Missio,” No. 1). We cannot remain tranquil in face of the thought that, after two thousand years, there are still peoples who do not know Christ and have not yet heard his message of salvation.” (Pope’s Message for World Mission Sunday 2011)

As the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) celebrates its 136th Foundation Day on September 8, 2011 we invite you again our mission Collaborators to join us in praying, remembering and in raising funds for the 134 Filipino Divine Word Missionaries working in 46 countries worldwide, for mission animation activities and for formation of future missionaries who are financially poor but deserving seminarians. I am saying this in the light of the Holy Father’s call, “Attention and cooperation in the evangelizing work of the Church in the world cannot be limited to some particular moments and occasions… the missionary dimension of the Church is essential and, therefore, …it is important that every baptized person as well as the ecclesial communities be interested not only in a sporadic and irregular way in the mission, but in a constant way, as the way of Christian life.” (Mission Sunday 2011)

In the spirit of mission collaboration, Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD, Mission Director-Philippines and yours truly wish to convey our sincerest gratitude on behalf of the aforementioned beneficiaries for your generous financial contribution last year (September 2010) in the amount of P 8,975.00. Please confirm the accuracy of the figure(s) and should there be any discrepancy I stand to be corrected. May God continue to shower you and your loved ones His choicest blessings!


Gratefully yours in the Mission of the Divine Word,

 

Fr. Emil B. Pati, SVD

PHN Mission Secretary

 

August 10, 2010

Dear Very Rev. Msgr. Nilo, Faculty Members, Staff, Students

and mission Collaborators,

Greetings of Peace from the SVD-PHN Mission Office!

The mission poster of this year’s SVD Mission Month (September), bears the theme, PRECIOUS IS THE LIFE GIVEN FOR MISSION. Alongside with our very own Sisters of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) on the occasion of their forthcoming Centennial (1912-2012) celebration let us focus our reflections and activities on the above mentioned theme. History of Abra Mission reminds us that on January 17, 1912, almost 100 years ago, the first batch of Holy Spirit Sisters arrived and settled in Tayum, Abra. Barely a month later, the Sisters opened Holy Ghost School. Since then, inspired by a common Founder, St. Arnold Janssen, the Society of the Divine Word  (SVD) Brothers and Fathers hand in hand with the Holy Spirit Sisters continue to witness “…the call to mission as a call to collaborate with God’s mission.” (St. Arnold) So important is mission that so many early missionaries stayed on in the country until their last breath. And how precious those lives were…very precious indeed is the life given for mission…God’s mission.

The Holy Father Benedict XVI in his message for World Mission Sunday 2010, strongly affirms that, “the awareness of the call to announce the Gospel not only inspires every individual believer, but all the diocesan and parochial communities, to an integral renewal and to an ever greater openness to missionary cooperation among the Churches, to promote the proclamation of the Gospel in the heart of every person, every people, culture, race, nationality, in every place.” In the spirit of global mission, our lay mission partners respond to this call when in their own individual or communal ways participate actively in doing as well as promoting Church mission. In its best, collaboration with God’s mission can be actualized with three “Ps”. We Pray for Missionaries, Promote missionary Vocations and support the mission with our Purse. Very well said and it’s true, “No one is so poor that he/she has nothing to give, as no one is so rich that he/she has nothing to receive.”

On behalf of the SVD Mission Philippines, I wish to acknowledge and thank you for your involvement in the SVD mission fund raising activities. Your prayers and support mean a lot to our Missionaries who are out there! Your remittance of P 14,142.00 to PHN Mission Office was no doubt a big love offering to the mission. I am always touched when mission-minded people asked how to lend a helping hand to our Missionaries financially. Among other ways, I tell them about the idea of adopting a Missionary, of sponsoring a Seminarian, and of course the brown envelopes readily provided which many find more practical when it comes to sharing God’s manifold blessings. On their behalf therefore, here I am once again appealing into your generous heart: our Missionaries need your three “Ps”!

May God who “loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7),” continue to shower you and your loved ones his choicest hundredfold blessings.

Very truly yours in His mission,

Fr. Emil B. Pati, SVD

SVD-PHN Mission Secretary

P.S. For more information about mission please visit: phnmission.wordpress.com


Dear SVD Friends/Co-missionaries,                                                                          September 3, 2009

Greetings of Peace from the SVD-PHN Mission Office!

In August this year through celebrations and festivities, the SVDs or Divine Word Missionaries “remembered” their humble beginnings, “rejoiced” over the life, growth and fruits of faith they contributed to the local church, and “renewed” their commitment in “witnessing to the Word”. It all started in Holland (Europe) when Fr. Arnold Janssen, the founder and now a saint decided to send Fr. Juan Scheiermann, SVD and Fr. Luis Beckert, SVD as the first two missionaries to the Philippines. The two missionaries landed in Cagutongan, now San isidro, Abra on August 23, 1909, built a mission station that multiplied into various apostolate afterwards. After 100 years we have now 69 parishes, 2 universities, 7 colleges, 6 high schools, Centers, Formations houses to name a few  administered by SVDs all over the Philippines. Now, we have 631 SVD Filipinos of whom 148 SVD missionaries are outside the country working as missionaries in 44 countries all over the globe. In the spirit of solidarity with our missionaries out there…we remind ourselves of our missionary calling and involvement. The Most Rev. archbishop Joseph Adams, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines and Very Rev. Antonio Pernia, SVD, the Superior General of the SVD, based in Rome, who came and presided over the major liturgical celebrations during the centennial days, emphatically underlined in their homilies that “witnessing to the Word” is not for the members of the Society of the Divine Word alone but for all the baptized. In the spirit of mission, both applauded with so much gratitude how the Filipino people, the people of the North in particular and the Diocesan Clergy, collaborated in the work of mission and how they supported the SVD missionaries.

Indeed, by virtue of our Baptism, we Christians are incorporated in the mission of Jesus, the Divine Word. What is said about “Christianity is missionary” is very true to each baptized person as you and me are. “The need for all the faithful to share in this responsibility is not merely a matter of making the apostolate effective; it is a right and duty based on their baptismal dignity…this obligation is all the more insistent in circumstances in which only through them people are able to hear the gospel and to know Christ,” RM #71)

As the Society of the Divine Word in the Philippines enters the mission gate of a new century, on behalf of SVD-PHN I cordially invite you to join us in our missionary journey and endeavor. September has been traditionally dedicated as Mission Month to coincide with the Society’s foundation anniversary. During this month we enjoin our mission partners and collaborators to pray for our missionaries in a very special way, to promote vocations and to extend financial support to missionaries abroad and confreres who are coming home for vacation. An SVD Friend once confided to me, “This is my opportunity to demonstrate my desire to help the mission which before I did not how…”  So, my dear SVD Friends, as many of you have been very supportive in the past, let me once more count on your generosity through the brown mission envelopes provided for.

On behalf of the SVD Mission Philippines, Dios ti Agngina unay kadakayo. Wishing you abundant God’s blessing, I am.

In the Service of the Divine Word,

Fr. Emil B. Pati, SVD

SVD-PHN Mission Secretary

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