A Beautiful Testimony About Mothers by Pope Francis

May 13, 2018 | [post_view] Views

We celebrate Mother's Day here in the Philippines on Sunday, May 13 A beautiful testimony about mothers by Pope Francis shared in one of his General Audience addresses. Every human person owes his or her life to a mother, and almost always owes much of what follows in life, both human and spiritual formation, to her. Yet, despite being highly lauded from a symbolic point of view — many poems, many beautiful things said poetically of her — the mother is rarely listened to or helped in daily life, rarely considered central to society in her role. Rather, often the readiness of mothers to make sacrifices for their children is taken advantage of so as to “save” on social spending. It also happens that in Christian communities the mother is not always held in the right regard, she is barely heard. Yet the centre of the life of the Church is the Mother of Jesus. Perhaps mothers, ready to sacrifice so much for their children and often for others as well, ought to be listened to more. We should understand more about their daily struggle to be efficient at work and attentive and affectionate in the family; we should better grasp what they aspire to in order to express the best and most authentic fruits of their emancipation. A mother with her children always has problems, always work. I remember there were five of us children at home, and while one was doing one thing, the other wanted to do another, and our poor mama went back and forth from one’s side to another, but she was happy. She gave us so much. Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centred individualism. “Individual” means “what cannot be divided”. Mothers, instead, “divide” themselves, from the moment they bear a child to give him to the world and help him grow. It is they, mothers, who most hate war, which kills their children. Many times I have thought of those mothers who receive the letter: “I inform you that your son has fallen in defense of his homeland...”. The poor women! How a mother suffers! It is they who testify to the beauty of life. Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero said that mothers experience a “maternal martyrdom”. In the homily for the funeral of a priest assassinated by death squads, he said, recalling the Second Vatican Council: “We must be ready to die for our faith, even if the Lord does not grant us this honour.... Giving one’s life does not only mean being killed; giving one’s life, having the spirit of a martyr, it is in giving in duty, in silence, in prayer, in honest fulfilment of his duty; in that silence of daily life; giving one’s life little by little. Yes, like it is given by a mother, who without fear and with the…

Pag-ampo alang sa Piniliay sa Barangay

May 13, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Ginoo among Dios, mianhi kami nimo sa okasyon sa umaabot na Piniliay sa Barangay. Diha kang Kristo, gitagaan mo kami og modelo sa usa ka sulugoon nga naghalad sa iyang kinabuhi alang sa iyang mga karnero. Hatagi kami sa kaalam sa pagpili sa mga babaye ug lalaki nga kinsa magserbisyo alang sa kamatuoran, hustisya, ug pagtuboy sa dignidad sa tawo. Lamdagi ang among mga hunahuna ug kasingkasing – aron makakita kami og magbalantay nga naay kasingkasing sama sa imong Anak na magbantay sa among mga barangay. Tudloi kami sa paagi ni Kristo sa pagtan-aw sa mga tawo - aron makahatag kami og tingog sa mga kabus, sa mga walay gahum, sa mga gibiyaan, ug sa mga dinaugdaug. Ug sa katapusan, hatagi kami sa gasa sa pag-ila – aron maangkon namo ang maalamong paggamit sa gasa sa pagpili isip pagpahayag sa among tinguha alang sa kalinaw ug paghigugma sa among isigkatawo. Kini among gipangayo pinaagi ni Kristo na among Ginoo. Amen. Maria, Rayna sa Kalinaw, i-ampo mo kami. San Lorenzo Ruiz ug San Pedro Calungsod, i-ampo ninyo kami. San Miguel ug mga Santos nga Angheles, bantayan kami. To download PowerPoint, click here. Sources:

Prayer for the Barangay Elections

May 13, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Lord God, we come to you as the Barangay Elections approaches. In Christ, you have given us the model of a servant who lays his life down for his sheep. Give us the wisdom to elect women and men who will work for truth, justice, and the upliftment of human dignity. We ask you to enlighten our minds and hearts - so that we may search for Shepherds after your Son’s heart to watch over our barangays. Teach us Christ’s way of looking at people - so that we will be able to give a voice to the poor, the powerless, the abandoned, and the oppressed. And finally, grant us the gift of discernment - so that we may wisely exercise the gift of suffrage as an expression of our desire for peace and love for neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. Saints Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, pray for us. Saint Michael and all Holy Angels, watch over us. To download PowerPoint, click here. Sources:

St. Joseph Chapel Celebrates its 53rd Feast with a Mass Wedding and Baptism

Mar 19, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Viva Señor San Jose! A happy fiesta to all! As we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary and Patron of the Universal Church, St. Joseph Chapel in Patag 6th Division successfully celebrated their 53rd Feast with a Mass Wedding of three (3) couples and Baptism of eleven (11) children. The celebration started with a nine (9) days Novena starting last March 10 to 18 where they had Novena Prayer at 4:30pm followed by a 6:00pm Mass. On March 16, the 7th Novena Mass, a Holy Confession and Adoration was conducted after the 6:00pm Mass. The next day, March 17, a Mass wedding was bestowed upon three (3) couples. They were given a free mass wedding as the parish and chapel envisions to supporting unmarried couples to unite in Christ through the Sacrament of Matrimony through the intercession of St. Joseph. Two (2) of these couples had their children baptized on the same day. On the feast day, they had a Diana and Procession of the Image of St. Joseph was made around the area of St. Joseph Chapel and commenced with the Fiesta Mass and Baptism presided by Fr. Froilan Renato A. Briones, SSS. A total of fourteen (9) children were baptized and welcomed to the Christian world. Afterwards, a feast was served to the ministers and guests. Congratulations St. Joseph Chapel for a successful fiesta celebration. Our special thanks to our Chapel Workers and Volunteers, Parish CFLA Team and Catechists. May the Lord bless St. Joseph Chapel through the intercession of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary and Patron of the Universal Church. Viva Señor San Jose!

St. Jerome Vicariate 24 Hours for the Lord Initiative

Mar 10, 2018 | [post_view] Views

As the Vicariate of St. Jerome prepares for the upcoming Holy Week 2018, a “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative was conducted last March 9-10, 2018 hosted by Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish. In the 2018 Lenten Message of His Holiness Pope Francis, he invited the entire Church community to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration through a “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative which is inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness” and was declared to be conducted from Friday, March 9 to Saturday, March 10, 2018. Through a joint effort, the St. Jerome Vicariate of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro had its 24 Hours for the Lord initiative last March 9-10, 2018 hosted by Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish. It began Friday morning, March 9, with the 6:00am Mass and conclude on Saturday morning, March 10, with the 6:00am Mass. In between the regular masses, we had Eucharistic Adoration, with priests from the vicariate namely: Fr. Muriel A. Uy, SSS, Fr. Clifford B. Barrios, SSS, Fr. Fermin Tan Jr., SSJV, Fr. Daniel D. Coronel, and SSJV, Msgr. Cirilo L. Isnani, PC, STL, available for confession throughout the days and night. During the initiative, a Parish Lenten Recollection attended by more than a hundred parishioners and visitors was also conducted after the 6:00pm Mass by our Shrine Rector and Parish Priest, Fr. Froilan Renato A. Briones, SSS who gave an introduction and reflection about Lent inspired by the 2018 Lenten Message of Pope Francis which sums up to Forgiveness as a gift and strength from God. That this Lenten season, may we may we learn to forgive with love. According to Pope Francis, “Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.” Let us ask for the grace not to tire of asking forgiveness, because He never tires of forgiving. Let us remember to spend our 365 days with the Lord’s love and mercy.

Eucharistic Celebration and Blessing of the Newly Renovated Formation Center

Feb 20, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Geared with the Eucharistic mission to provide further and better formation programs not only for the parish, but for the whole Archdiocese, Santuario Eucaristico had its Formation Center renovated. The project was completed mid February and a Eucharistic Celebration and Blessing of the Newly Renovated Formation Center was held on February 17. For many years now, Santuario Eucaristico's formation center had been used for both parish and Archdiocesan activities and programs. In a vision to provide a more convenient center for formation programs, the parish started its Formation Center renovation project last August 2017. After six (6) months, and through the support of our parishioners and benefactors, the renovation project was completed. A Eucharistic Celebration and Blessing of the Newly Renovated Formation Center was presided by Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD, with our SSS Provincial Superior Fr. Joseph Matitu, SSS, our shrine rector and parish priest Fr. Froilan Renato A. Briones, SSS, Fr. Muriel A. Uy, SSS, Fr. Clifford Barrios, SSS and Fr. Maximilian Mary Ciar of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate together with our parish council and parishioners. Congratulations for another milestone completed in renovating the Formation Center for the realization of our Eucharistic Mission and Evangelization. On behalf of Santuario Eucararistico, we would like to thank all our parishioners, benefactors and sponsors for another successful project and for the continued love and support to our formation programs!

Pahalipay sa Pasko 2017

Jan 13, 2018 | [post_view] Views

In every Christmas Season, we celebrate the Love of God through Christmas celebrations and good deeds that lifts the heart with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. As our parish envisions to extend our tables to our less fortunate brothers and sisters this Christmas Season, Santuario Eucaristico - Sacred Heart Parish in partnership with its parish volunteers and sponsors, once again conducted the Annual gift-giving program called "Pahalipay sa Pasko" to our less fortunate brothers and sisters last December 28, 2017. Each year, we start our parish fundraising on the First Sunday of Advent until after Christmas Day. We, together with Fr. Froilan R. A. Briones, SSS, Fr. Muriel A. Uy, SSS and Fr. Clifford B. Barrios, SSS and parish coordinators and volunteers, visited six (6) areas under the canonical jurisdiction of the parish and distributed goods for 500 families from Binonoan, Oro Chain, and other Zone 2 Carmen Areas, Agoho Drive, San Roque and St. Joseph Chapel Areas. We also welcomed walk-ins in the parish. These are selected indigent families who are mostly affected by the tropical storm Vinta last December 21, 2017. Each family received 2 kilos of rice and a grocery package. The parish would like to thank all our generous sponsors for sharing their blessings and being part of this annual gift-giving. What mattered most in the end is not just the goods we share but the love and joy that we extended to the people we less know. These little acts goodness lit the fire of love and happiness in their hearts in this very season of love. Once again, thank you for sharing the Love of God to others. It is truly a Blessed and Grace-filled New Year to us all!

Share A Meal with Love

Jan 13, 2018 | [post_view] Views

It originally started from a friendly meeting over a cup of coffee by a priest and of few parishioners way back 2015. Within the meeting was the desire to share something from the little they had and share it with the children in a form of a meal. They decided to sponsor few children for breakfast there in Jollibee. Inviting other friends to do the same, they gathered 285 children. The joy was overwhelming on the part of the friends being able to give joy to the less fortunate children from the little they had. Then such experience was repeated the following year 2016 when friends gathered together to do the same and at that time inviting more friends to come and join the plan of giving joy to the less fortunate children. That time the group gathered 860 children from the parish and have them enjoy their breakfast in Jollibee. However, the joy on the part of the friends who sponsor for breakfast was more overwhelming than that of the children. Christmas for them is more meaningful knowing that they give joy and smile to the less fortunate children. Over a cup of coffee, once again the group gathered together for a meeting last November 2017 and dicusses the coming Christmas activity for the children. This time more friends are coming out voluntarily to join the activity of giving joy to the children. As the plan of the activity is getting to its close, the number of children to be given breakfast reached 2,070. So, four days were alloted for the activity, Dec. 19-22. The group facilitated the children on the first two days in Jollibee, then the second two days were in McDonalds. It's a bit tiring experience for four days, but the joy is overwhelming. Christmas is more meaningful and fulfilling for joy is given especially to the needy. Christmas is giving life. And this reality comes from the gift of Jesus that we receive from the Father. We receive and we want also to share. And when we share we give life. And when we give life there is overwhelming joy. Let us give life and love on Christmas. Fr.Muriel Uy, SSS Santuario Eucaristico-Sacred Heart Parish R.N.Pelaez Blvd. Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City