Seven priests of the Diocese of Novaliches performed in a concert held at the Caloocan City Sports Complex last November 3, 2018 to fittingly end the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons and, in the process, raise funds for Tahanang Pari, a retirement and renewal center in Lagro, Quezon City.
Entitled “Clergy and Religious: ‘God is Glorious,’” the concert was interspersed with personal family narratives shared by the priests themselves that definitely touched the audience’s hearts.
“Masakit to go from my home na hindi pinahintulutan but I had to go and I went,” testified Tres Padres‘ Rev. Fr. Luciano Felloni on his experience when he decided to enter priesthood against the will of his mother.
He was tasked to deliver the Word of God during the mini recollection segment of the programme, admitting that he really doesn’t have any talent in singing and dancing, unlike his colleagues who rendered popular love songs. He shared with aplomb his personal journey towards priesthood and how one word from the message of Jesus to the apostles has positively pushed him to follow his calling.
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation,” he quoted. “Go–humayo–a very special word for us, ang puso ng mensahe ni Hesus.”
“Ang aking talento ay hindi pagkanta, ang aking talent ay siguro ang pagbahagi ng Salita ng Diyos at napakahalaga nito na pundasyon ng buhay pananampalataya ng tunay na Katoliko,” he added.
Aside from Tres Padres, composed of Frs. Allan Samonte, Luciano Felloni and Jansen Ronquillo, parish priests of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Sto. Nino de Congreso, respectively; the concert’s topbillers included the Priests Supply, namely Frs. James Nitollama, Leoncito Falcasantos and Leonides Laguilles, parish priests of Epiphany of the Lord, Mary Mother of the Church, and Jesus Lord of the Divine Mercy, respectively; and Fr. Yohannes Kopong Tuan, MSF of Christ The King Parish in BF Homes, C.C.
The Priests Supply’s segment, led by Fr. Nitollama, who was surprised with special greetings from family and friends on the occasion of his birthday the following day, regaled the audience with their own personal experiences, punctuated by songs that portrayed the ups and downs, the funny and the sad, as experienced by a family, including those of priests.
Before that, he thanked God for the gift of life, then added, “Salamat po sa biyaya ng talento para ipabahagi sa mga tao.” He hoped that the concert will be able to raise a significant amount to fund the completion of Tahanang Pari.
Also lending their talents in the concert the Our Lady of Fatima University Chorale; select sisters from the Association of Consecrated Life in Novaliches Diocese (ACLIND); Fr. Allan Samonte’s brother, Alfred Samonte, of the Philippine Madrigal Singers; and the Youth members of the Charismatic Ministry who presented dance numbers in a prelude to next year’s celebration of the Year of the Youth.
No less than Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias graced the event organized by the Charismatic Renewal Ministry through the initiative of Fr. Nitollama, its Director. Mayor Oscar Malapitan also dropped by in lieu of the venue’s sponsorship. The concert wrapped up with the priests singing tunes that got the audience on their feet and dancing to the beat. (~Lulu Reclusado-Nario)