Monday, November 22, 2010

Advent Retreat and Recollection - Fr. Armand Robleza

Fr. Armand is one of the best retreat masters we have, and we are pleased to share with everyone an email that we got from his office:

Don Bosco  Batulao Advent Retreat with Fr. Armand Robleza will officially start directly after 7 am breakfast Dec 4  at DB Batulao. Retreatants have the option to come in Friday night after dinner so they can unwind for the retreat. --BUT  please advise me if you will do so, so I can alert the security staff at Batulao.

The cost of the Retreat is P2500 per head, single occupancy per room. Some retreatants prefer a roommate, and you may request for one, but the rate will be the same.
Your name on my list is just that -- until you make a 50% downpayment (as requested by Batulao) you are not officially confirmed a slot at the retreat. In this case, it is first paid, first reserved. :-) sorry.

You may contact me directly if you prefer to pay cash, (I work in Makati) -- or make a deposit to BPI c/a 0320-0007-26 under the name Fr. Armand Robleza.  Advise me of your deposit and send me a soft copy of your deposit slip (am still looking for a fax number if you prefer fax) as proof of deposit.

[Request for] a map to Batulao in case you need it. If you prefer to drive up with a companion or are willing to take in passengers, let me know so I can arrange a carpool.  let me know how many passengers you can take, and where you prefer to pick up. I will be passing on cellphone nos. unless you tell me otherwise.

At Batulao you may need the following:
  • personal items- including toiletries and medicines (although there are some items for sale in case you forgot something, best to be sure you have it with you)
  • journal and pen
  • bible (although there will be some available for borrowing) - Fr uses the New American Bible, in case you're wondering, but any will do for your personal reflection.
  • flash light (just in case)
  • jacket (can be cool),
  • comfortable foot wear (since you will be climbing up and down a lot)
PLEASE refrain from bringing unnecessary valuable items, while we try to exercise due caution, Batulao can not be responsible for any losses of items not necessary for the retreat.
We used to have a retreat registration form particularly for other retreats when a little more information is salient, but for this particular kind of retreat -- all I need to know is your contact no., gender, and your age --(for Fr.'s demographics)

Recollection - Nov 27, 2010, Saturday at the Chapel, San Miguel Corp Head Office along San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City (between SM Megamall and Tektite Towers).

Registration starts at 8 am, a registration fee of P100 will be collected then all I would need is your name for the Security List. For your convenience, you may need to know the ff:
  • The registration does not include lunch, for which you will be given a break, the most convenient place is at Megamall
  • You will be asked to check your name at the gate when you come back in the afternoon.
  • There will be mass at the end of the recollection
Don't hesitate to get in touch with me should you have any questions.  Will see you at either venue, if not before!

contact me thru [] or  by 0917-8977707

Sunday, November 7, 2010

St. John Bosco's relic visits the Philippines

The relic of St. John Bosco will be in the Philippines as part of a pilgrim journey through 130 nations that began in 2009.

The Saint of the Young will arrive on December 5, 2010. Meet him on these dates:

DEC. 5 - Cathedral of Bacolod, St. John Bosco Parish, Mambucal
DEC. 6 - Don Bosco Technical institute, Victorias
DEC. 7 - St. Joseph Parish, Victorias
DEC. 8 - Cathedral, Kabankalan
DEC. 9 - St. Louis School-Don Bosco, Dumaguete
DEC. 10 - Cathedral, Dumaguete
DEC. 11 - St. Louis School-don Bosco, Dumaguete
DEC. 12 - Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Cebu
DEC. 13 - Don Bosco Technology Center, Cebu
DEC. 17 - Don Bosco Boys' Home, Liloan
DEC. 18 - Don Bosco Pasil
DEC. 20 - Don Bosco Formation Center, Talisay City

DEC. 23 - St. John Bosco Parish, Makati
DEC. 24 - San Ildefonso Parish, Makati
DEC. 26 - Don Bosco Youth Center, Tondo
DEC. 28 - Legaspi Cathedral
DEC. 30 - Tuloy sa Don Bosco, Alabang
DEC. 31 - St. John Bosco Parish, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
JAN. 2 - Mary Help of Chrisitians Parish, Mayapa, Calamba
JAN. 3 - Don Bosco Canlubang, Calamba
JAN. 5 - Don Bosco Makati
JAN. 6 - Don Bosco Mandaluyong
JAN. 8 - Don Bosco San Jose, Nueva Ecija
JAN. 10 - Don Bosco Tarlac
JAN. 12 - Don Bosco Mabalacat, Pampanga
JAN. 14 - National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, ParaƱaque
JAN. 15 - Departure

St. John Bosco, while better known for his work with the youth, was tormented by the devil on several occasions. This is why we invoke him in our deliverance prayers.

For more information on St. John Bosco's visit, click here.