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NEW NOTES TawagAwit Newsletter

October 2010

Welcome Kassandra When Bro Cyril and Sis Rose Bas joined TawagAwit in 2008, they confided to the group of their wish to have a child. Bro Mel B Libre, Lead Servant, told them that they would have a baby by December. It did not happen that year. In January 2010, Bro Cyril announced that Sis Rose was one month pregnant. On September 14, 2010 their beautiful baby girl was born in the North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.

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.

Nearly twenty TawagAwit members trooped to the Bas household in Albany, North Shore on September 19 to congratulate the couple for their first child, Kassandra Bas. The newly-minted father, Bro Cyril said that he has learned to adjust to the unusual waking hours of Kassandra, and that he is learning fast to attend to the needs of the baby, such as changing of diapers, preparing the milk, etc. For her part, Sis Rose who delivered through Caesarean method was thankful to the staff of the North Shore Hospital for their professionalism and care, and all of those who prayed for them and came to visit them. The couple said, "Kassandra is truly God's gift for us. She gives us joy and fulfillment of our ultimate dream to have a family and to celebrate Mother's and Father's day." Bro Cyril and Sis Rose serve as chapter coordinators of TawagAwit-St Mary’s Northcote chapter.

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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.

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TawagAwit members visit Bro Cyril-Sis Rose and their baby at their home Photo by: Justine Borgueta

Quick Notes: TawagAwit members joined more than 250 Filipinos concerned about the forthcoming election of mayor of the Auckland Super City in the Mayors’ Forum on September 5, 2010 at the Fr David Nolan Auditorium,Takapuna, North Shore City. The audience listened to three of the leading candidates for mayor of the Auckland Super City, namely Andrew Williams, John Banks and Len Brown. North Shore City Mayor Williams said that if elected mayor he would establish stronger links with key cities in other countries, soHERE, as entice investors to establish PLACE PHOTO business in Auckland, and in effect bring employment opportunities. Auckland City Mayor Banks talked about his long experience in business and public service that should make him the right person to lead the Super City, highlighting the infrastructure projects that he initiated during his term. Manukau City Mayor Brown interacted with three youths, telling listeners that he wants more representation of the diverse ethnic communities in Auckland and that he would carry the citizens’ voice in issues that concern them. All of the candidates said that they were impressed with the turnout of the audience and their interest in the election. The candidates responded to questions raised during the open forum. The second part of the event was the Pinoy Bingo Bonanza, with everyone having fun and a number getting prizes. TaYo: TawagAwit Youth rendered two songs during the program. The activity was organised by Tahanang Pilipino Aotearoa Trust, the activity…TawagAwit-Our Lady of Lourdes Glen Eden Chapter will lead in singing Visayan mass songs on October 9 in Fr David Nolan Auditorium, Takapuna, during the Family Day celebration of the Katilingbang Bisaya sa New Zealand (KBNZ). Fr Reno Alima will be the celebrant of the first Visayan mass in New Zealand. On October 31, 9am, the group will sing mostly Visayan songs in the ethnic mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Glen Eden…TawagAwit-Good Shepherd Balmoral (South Auckland) chapter has been booked to sing in two masses on October 3, 2010. At 11:15pm, the group will sing during the Filipino mass at Good Shepherd Parish, then at 2:15pm at St Benedict Parish in Auckland City…Bro Bert/Sis Rosana Adviento will serve as Chapter Coordinators of TawagAwit-St Mary’s Northcote Chapter as Bro Cyril/Sis Rose Bas take a one-month leave to attend to their new born baby, Kassandra. The group has focused its efforts in developing a four-part harmony with the guidance of pianist Jenny Fox.


Vatican Notes: General Intention: For the terminally ill, that in their


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sufferings they may be sustained by faith in God and by the love of others. Missionary Intention: That the celebration of World Mission Sunday may increase in the People of God the passion for evangelization and the support of missionary activity through prayer and economic aid for the poorest Churches... Arriving in Scotland on the first leg of a four-day visit to Great Britain (see photo at left), Pope Benedict XVI appealed for preservation of the country's long Christian tradition and warned against "aggressive" forms of secularism and atheism. "Your forefathers' respect for truth and justice, for mercy and charity come to you from a faith that remains a mighty force for good in your kingdom, to the great benefit of Christians and non-Christians alike," the pope said Sept. 16 at a reception with Queen Elizabeth II and more than 400 distinguished guests at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. The pope evoked the moral heroism of a long line of British figures, from Florence Nightingale to Cardinal John Henry Newman, whom the pope was to beatify during the visit. Christian witness was also evident during World War II against a "Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society," he said. "As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the 20th century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society," he said (CNS)...Benedict XVI on September 22 reflected on the benefits of friendship with Jesus, noting concrete consequences of this relationship with Christ. The Pope made this reflection at the end of the general audience in Vatican when he offered his customary greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds. "May friendship with Jesus, dear young people, be for you a font of joy and a reason to carry out challenging decisions," he said.The Holy Father added: "For those of you who are sick, may this friendship give you comfort in difficult moments and infuse serenity into body and spirit. "Dear newlyweds, in the light of friendship with Jesus, strive to correspond to your vocation with reciprocal love, in openness to life and in Christian witness." (…Benedict XVI is pointing to the example of a newly beatified Capuchin friar whose life was a "chant of humility and trust in God." The Pope spoke on September 12 about Leopoldo Sánchez Márquez de Alpandeire (born Francisco), (see photo at left) a Spanish professed layman of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins who was beatified that same day in Granada, Spain."I rejoice with the Franciscan family who is seeing this brother of theirs added to the numerous ranks of their saints and blessed," the Pontiff said in an address after praying the midday Angelus in Castel Gandolfo. The Holy Father took the opportunity to send a greeting to the 60,000 pilgrims gathered at Granada's Armilla Air Base for the ceremony. Speaking in Spanish, Benedict XVI acknowledged that "the life of this simple and austere Capuchin religious is a chant to humility and trust in God, and a luminous model of devotion to the Most Holy Virgin Mary." Hence, the Pope invited "all, following the example of the new blessed, to serve the Lord with a sincere heart, so that we are able to experience his immense love for us, which makes it possible for us to love all men without exception." (

NEW NOTES Page 4 So Laff :-) If you feel like beating up somebody, play the drums instead. Next Mass Offerings: October 3 11:15am Good Shepherd Parish, Balmoral October 3 2:30pm St Benedict Parish, Auckland October 10 10:30am St Mary’s Parish, Northcote October 31 9:00am Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Glen Eden 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 rehearsing their songs for the forthcoming masses in Good Shepherd Parish and St Benedict Parish on October 3.


TawagAwit New Notes October 2010  

Updates on TawagAwit activities and other news.

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