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NEW NOTES TawagAwit Newsletter

November 2010

ACFC Hosts OG 2010

Open Gathering (OG), the annual Christmas event organized by TawagAwit, obtained a boost when Fr Ruben Elago and Dicdic del Castillo, leaders of Auckland Catholic Filipinos Chaplaincy (ACFC), gave their full support to this year’s celebration. ACFC will provide the venue, Good Shepherd Parish, Balmoral, and coordinate the participation of lay organizations and its members in the annual event that is now on its fourth outing.

We Need You TawagAwit invites you to help in spreading God’s Word through music and otherPLACE acts of love. PHOTO HERE, OTHERWISE DELETE BOX You can be a: (1) member; (2) supporter or (3) organizer A member is one who can attend to the regular activities of the Ministry. The minimum participation are: attendance during practice sessions of songs, usually once a week or once every two weeks AND singing with the group during the assigned mass usually once a month or once every two months. A supporter is one who can donate services or resources to the Ministry. There are special events that TawagAwit organizes and the events need finances or helping hands. An organizer is one who initiates the formation of a chapter in a parish. The Ministry will provide all the assistance within its means to help in the vital task.

This year’s program is divided into four parts: Eucharistic celebration (11am); Food sharing (12:30pm) Choir/Group singing (1:30pm); and Entertainment/Gift-giving (3pm). As in past celebrations (above photo shows KBNZ Singers in OG 2009), OG invites new migrants who will be treated to prayers, music, food, games and gifts. Long-time Filipino residents and those who have gained New Zealand citizenry cook their best dishes and donate gifts, while singing groups, music artists and dancers perform to entertain attendees. “What is most miraculous each time we hold OG,” says Bro Mel B Libre, TawagAwit Lead Servant, “is the abundance of food and gifts brought by kind-hearted individuals. It is like we have more than three kings bringing gifts to the baby Jesus, who was like a migrant, a stranger in Bethlehem.” OG will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2010.

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Our Vision: Harmony in the World

Our Mission: To spread God’s Word through music and other acts of love.

Our Values: Godliness We believe in God and live His Word. Offering We share our talents, time and resources for God’s greater glory. Devotion We commit ourselves to the mission of the Ministry. Love We love God with all of our heart will all our soul, with all our minds and with all our strength. Originality We promote artistry and creativity to express our faith. Victory over Sin We fight Satan in each and every moment of our lives. Evangelization We bring the Light of God to those who are in the dark. Sustainability We contribute and manage our resources effectively. Unity We are one with the Lord, one with the Church, one with the community, and one with the Ministry.

For more information about TawagAwit, please contact Bro Mel Libre sl at

A Surprise Number (Daryll, Eng-eng, I.R. and Kimberly) perform the original song, “I Welcome You to My Table.

Quick Notes:

TawagAwit-Good Shepherd Parish, Balmoral (South Auckland) chapter led by Bro Estoy/Sis Elvie Duhig made a record of sorts in the TawagAwit ministry by singing in two masses in one Sunday, October 3. The group first sang at the Good Shepherd Parish duringPLACE the Filipino mass at 11:15am, then proceeded PHOTO HERE, to St Benedict Parish, Auckland for the 2:30pm with mostly Filipinos attending the celebration… Two new original compositions were created during the Songwriting Wor(k)ship on October 17 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Glen Eden, Waitakere City. The eight participants formed two groups namely A Surprise Number and The Dead Beats and after more than an hour of inspired sharing completed “I Welcome You to My Table” and “Communion Song” respectively. The program concluded with the performance of the songs…Fifteen members of TawagAwit joined the Katilingbang Bisaya sa New Zealand (KBNZ) in performing “Rosas Pandan” during the Pistang Pilipino sa North Shore show at The Edge in Auckland City on October 23. KBNZ President Sendo Menchavez and wife Claudia led the group in the performance. The presentation was one of the well-applauded numbers during the four-hour program that also featured the talents of candidates in the Miss Philippines –New Zealand pageant…Bro Bert and Sis Rosana Adviento of TawagAwit-St Mary’s Northcote have joined the Mary Fitzwilliam Choir in a congregational recording at St John’s Anglican Church for an episode of Praise Be to be screened on November 7, 8am, TV One…Bro Noel and Sis Gladys Borqueta celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on October 31 at the Tyburn Monastery Chapel in Franklin, Auckland. Fr Ralph Barcelo celebrated the mass, while TawagAwit sang the songs selected purposely for the milestone of the couple. Justine, Jasson and Eric Borqueta joined their parents in welcoming guests who were treated to food and more songs after the mass…TawagAwit-Our Lady Lourdes Glen Eden, led in the singing of Bisaya missal songs during the KBNZ Family Day on October 9 in the Fr David Nolan Auditorium, Takapuna, North Shore City. The group repeated their Bisaya song offerings during the Ethnic Mass in Filipino at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Glen Eden on October 31, 9am. In the latter mass, most of the members wore pink attires to promote Breast Cancer Consciousness. In both masses, Fr Reno Alima, Assistant Parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, officiated the mass.


Vatican Notes: General Intention: For the eastern Churches, that their venerable tradition may be known and appreciated as a spiritual treasure for the entire Church. Missionary Intention: That the African continent may find in Christ the strength to fulfill the path of reconciliation and justice, indicated in the second Synod of Bishops for Africa…Pope Benedict XVI praised the

millions of Catholic women in the world who inspire their husbands and children to live truly Christian lives. At his weekly general audience Oct. 27, the pope said he wanted to recognize "the many women who, day after day, enlighten their families with their witness of Christian life." "May the Spirit of the Lord raise up holy Christian spouses today to show the world the beauty of marriage lived according to the Gospel values: love, tenderness, mutual help, fruitfulness in generating and educating children, openness and solidarity with the world, and participation in the life of the church," he said. The pope's remarks about women in the church and in family life were part of his main audience address about the life and influence of St. Bridget of Sweden, who lived in the 14th century. Pope Benedict said that St. Bridget, founder of the Brigittine Sisters, had hoped to establish a monastic order with branches for both men and women. (CNS)...Pope Benedict XVI said the world has a (CNS/Paul Haring)


responsibility to help refugees find places to live and work in safety, as part of its vocation to form "one family." Welcoming refugees is an "imperative gesture of human solidarity," the pope said in a message released at the Vatican Oct. 26. "This means that those who are forced to leave their homes or their country will be helped to find a place where they may live in peace and safety, where they may work and take on the rights and duties that exist in the country that welcomes them," he said. The pope made the comments in his message for the 2011 World Day for Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated Jan. 16 in most countries. He chose "One Human Family" as the theme for next year's commemoration (CNS)...In a letter to seminarians,

Benedict XVI affirmed that the priesthood is not something of the past, but is needed for the future, as people will always need ministers to bring them to God. In the message published on October 18, but which was written for the end of the Year for Priests, which ended in June. The Holy Father noted that "many people nowadays also think that the Catholic priesthood is not a 'job' for the future, but one that belongs more to the past." Yet, he added, "people will always have need of God, even in an age marked by technical mastery of the world and globalization." "Where people no longer perceive God, life grows empty; nothing is ever enough," Benedict XVI observed. He affirmed, "God is alive, and he needs people to serve him and bring him to others." ( XVI says that life itself Join the Advance Birthday Party of Jesus Christ

OG: Open Gathering Dec 19, 2010, 11am Good Shepherd Parish Balmoral, Auckland City

becomes a song when the human person creates his greatest masterpiece: each act of love, from the smallest daily acts to the extreme sacrifice. The Pope made this reflection on October 1 when he was presented with an orchestral and choral concert in Paul VI Hall. Congratulating the National Academy of St. Cecilia's orchestra and choir, the Pontiff proposed a reflection on the role of faith. He drew from the concert's joining of works by Beethoven, Haydn, and a modern composer, Arvo Part. The latter, who was at the concert and personally greeted the Pope, composed a piece on St. Cecilia, which was part of the program. "The text of the saint's martyrdom and the particular style that interprets it in a musical key, seems to represent the place and task of faith in the universe," the Holy Father reflected. "Here life itself becomes a song: an anticipation of this symphony that we will sing together in Paradise." (

NEW NOTES Page 4 So Laff :-) If you are not sure about singing a song, it’s better that you just listen. Next Mass Offerings: November 14 10:30am St Mary’s Parish, Northcote November 21 10:00am Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Glen Eden November 21 10:30am St Thomas More Parish, Glenfield Invitation: +TawagAwit invites everyone to join the ministry: (1) The St Mary’s Church, Northcote meets every Sunday 11:30am at St Mary’s Church at Onewa Road (2) St Thomas More Church, Glenfield meets every other Friday 7:30pm at St Thomas More Church in Glenfield (3) Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Glen Eden meets every other Sunday afternoon (4) Good Shepherd Church Balmoral (South Auckland) chapter meets every other Saturday +Should you be in another area in New Zealand or other parts of the world, TawagAwit will help organize a chapter. Photo at right: Members of TawagAwit-Good Shepherd Balmoral (South Auckland) chapter pose, after the mass at St Benedict Parish, Auckland


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