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"WORKS OF LOVE ARE ALWAYS WORKS OF PEACE!"


Fr. KC beams as he stands below hhis portrait on exhibit on awardsnight last Sept. 15, 2002
 

FR. KC IS “DANGAL NG LIPI” AWARDEE FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

“Seek and you shall find.” (Mat 11:9) For once, Fr. KC did not seek them, yet they found him.

This year’s Gawad Dangal ng Lipi screening and selection committee unanimously conferred the Outstanding Bulakeno Award for exemplary community service to Rev. Fr. Ricardo “KC” M. Moraga, sfo, in the recently concluded Linggo ng Bulakeno weeklong celebration from Sept. 8-15, 2002.

An almost reluctant awardee, Fr. KC, like most dedicated servants of the Lord was beside himself with anxiety. His thought focused on whether he was deserving of the honor to be in the company of eminent Bulakenos from the  time of the revolutionary heroes like the Del Pilars of the Bulacan to contemporary greats like the National Artists who hailed  from the province. The list is long and awesome.

His priestly calling is to serve, serve, serve and to give his all for the Glory of God. It was not the question of being deserving, but rather, if it was something really necessary? It came as a consolation to be reminded that his predecessor at Emmaus, Fr. Boyet Concepcion, was a past honoree of the Gawad Dangal ng Lipi several years ago.

Everything happens for a reason, a reason no less divine. The Catholic religious have been called to reach out farther and be responsive to the needs that the times demand of them. That is why there are priests, like Fr. KC, who have extended themselves outside of the columns of the Church because the real Church is the people, their flock.

For him, “words of love are always works of peace” (Mother Teresa) whose only reward is Love itself because God is Love. The 2002 Gawad Dangal ng Lipi, if any, is just an icing on the cake, so to speak.

He has happily accepted the award with the thought that he, too, can bean inspiration  to the others in the same way that he has been living by the example of his own role models (wem).

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BALITARAW

 

Bulacan PNP Director Ed Acuna and Staff made Christmas last year a little different, but more meaningful for himself and his men in uniform when they visited the House and cheered up the resident with their basket of goodness andprogram.

Rep. Willy Villareama, 2nd District of Bulacan, is hsown here during last year's anniversary and blessing of the renovated kitchen building (L-R) Cong. Villarama, Fr. KC, Baby Hilario who donated memorial parks lot, and Jesus Emmanuel Caparas, grandson of Balbina Caparas, ex-mayor of Moncada Tarlac.

Sen. Robert Barbers (behind) came to Emmaus with his family to celebrate his birthday this year. Thankful after a serious throat infection, the good Senator is now living proof of the Omnipotent's healing grace, reviving his zest for life with much deeper spirituality and reason for being.

Bulacan PNP director Ed Acuna with his staff. Photo shows during their christmas party at the Emmaus, December 2001

The traditional photo of the thanksgiving Mass show the most Rev. Roland J. Tria-Tirona, OCD,DD as the main celebrant assisted by (L-R) Fr. Eti Ignacio, Fr. Boyet Concepcion and Fr. KC Moraga during last year's anniversary.

Cool! What a great time to relax fryaed nerves! This summertime photo was taken in Ralph Resort, Los Banos, laguna during the birthday bash of Arnel Leus last May 5, 2002 with 35 lolos, lolas and co-workers, with Fr. KC, who was behind the lens.

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KAMANGGAGAWA, MGA BAGONG MISYONERO

Tinaguriang mga bagong misyoneryo ni Reb. P. Boyet Concepcion ang mga volunteer at kamanggagawa ng mga bahay-ampunan tulad ng Emmaus.

Ang temang ito ay kanyang tinalakay noong nakaraang Sabado Santo ngayong taong ito sa isinagawang rekoleksyon para sa mga nag-apostolado sa Bahay.

Naging pangunahing tapagsalita si Fr. Boyet na nagbigay inspirasyon sa mga taong patuloy na nagbabahagi ng kanilang sarili at panahon para sa kanilang kapwa at Panginoon.

Dakila at kalugud-lugod sa Panginoon ang pagpapakasakit na ito ng mga boluntaryong  maayos ang Bahay at maigi ang kalagayan ng mga matatandang-ampon dito.

Banding hapon, tinalakay naman ni Fr. KC ang kahulugan ng Semana Santa at ang mga tema ng pagpapatawad at sakripisyo sa kasalukuyang panahon.

Nagkaroon din ng work dynamics ang mga nagsidalo nang sila ay pagpangkat-pangkatin (Bible sharing) upang magbahagi ng mga  sariling karanasan.

May kabuuang bilang na 40 katao ang dumalo sa nasabing rekoleksyon na taunang isinasagawa ng Emmaus para sa pamilya nito.

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BATA NOON, MATANDA NGAYON

Mga dating guro sila. Bagaman hindi man lahat sila sa kanila ay hinog na sa edad ng pamamahinga o retirement, ngayon ay buong lakas pa silang tumutulong sa mga gawain sa Emmaus.

Si Inang Osie ay nasa bodega sa araw-araw. Lunes naman ay makikitang naghihiwa at tumutulong sa kusina sina Ka Nene at Cita.

Sabado makikita sina Estela, Audrey at Nida. Silang lahat ay mga dating guro ng mga bata ang dating hinuhubog ang mga kaisipan.

Subalit ngayon, mga matatanda naman ang binubusog nila di lamang ng mga pagkaing inihahanda kundi ng kanilang pagmamahal.

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PAANYAYA SA LAHAT:IKA-18 TAON NG BAHAY SA NOB 22

Labing pitong taon nang idinaraos tuwing ika-22 ng Nobyembre ang paggunita o pag-alaala sa pagkatatag ng Emmaus house of Apostolate ng Simbahang Katoliko sa ilalim ng Diyosesis ng Malolos. sa katunayan, magde-debut na 'ika nga ang Bahay. Sa loob ng mahabang panahong iyan, nasaksihan ng laaht ang pagdating at pagalis ng mga taong naging bahagi ng Emmaus. Mga pasyenteng yumao. may ilang nagbalik sa kalinga ng sariling pamilya. mga boluntaryo na umalis at dumatin. Kung marami man ang pumaroo't parito, marmai rin namang magpahanga ngayon ay naririto pa rin. Taun-taon ay dumadalo sa espesyal na okasyon na ito na kung gunitain nila sa knailang kaarawan o isang personal na okasyon sa knilang buhay. Ilan lamang sina Fr. KC, Fr. Boyet at ang mahal nating Obispo, ang lubhang Kgg. roland tri-Tirona, OCD., DD, na kapiling ng mga taong patuloy na nagbibigay ng suporta at kanilang pananalita s taunang pagdiriwang na ito.

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