3rd Archdiocesan Shrine Eucharistic Congress held

Feb 2, 2013 | [post_view] Views

With the goal to assist God’s people to deepen their faith, the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Holy Eucharist, Sacred Heart Parish administered by the Blessed Sacrament Congregation, successfully concluded its 3rd Archdiocesan Shrine EucharisticCongress at Polymedic Medical Plaza Function Hall last February 22, 2013. An estimated assembly of around 300 people coming from different parishes of Cagayan de Oro City eagerly came to attend the event. The Congress started with a mass celebrated by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma , S.J.DD, assisted by Fr. Joel R. Lasutaz, SSS. This year’s theme is Eucharist: Celebration of Faith in line with the celebration of the Year of Faith as declared by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. Fr. Joel in his welcome address joyfully acknowledged the different participants from the different parishes as well as the other pilgrims who arrived to join the gathering. The speaker for this year’s congress is Msgr. Boy Salvador, SSJV, SLD. , the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. Msgr. Salvador, a doctor in Sacred Theology and the head of the Liturgical Commission in Mindanao, opened his discussion with Pope Benedict XVI’s statement on intensifying the celebration of faith in the liturgy especially in the eucharist. (Porta Fidei- Oct. 11,2011). “We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; … and also the source from which all its power flows.” At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed,and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.” ( Pope Benedictin Porta Fidei He emphasized that the Eucharist is a Mystery of Faith. The Mystery of Faith, that is, the ineffable gift of the Eucharist that the Catholic Church received from Christ, her Spouse, as a pledge of His immense love, is something that she has always devoutly guarded as her most precious treasure, and during the Second Vatican Council she professed her faith and veneration in a new and solemn declaration. In dealing with the restoration of the sacred liturgy, the Fathers of the Council were led by their pastoral concern for the whole Church to regard it as a matter of highest importance to urge the faithful to participate actively, with undivided faith and the utmost devotion, in the celebration of this Most Holy Mystery, to offer it to God along with the priest as a sacrifice for their own salvation and that of the whole world, and to use it as spiritual nourishment. (Mysterium Fidei – Pope Paul VI…

SSS Father General Visited Cagayan de Oro Community

Jan 28, 2013 | [post_view] Views

The Superior General, Fr. Eugenio Barbosa Martins, SSS, the highest superior of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the world, was here last January 25-29 to animate the congregation’s local community here in Cagayan de Oro. He had an individual conference with each of the SSS brothers and priests and a meeting with the Blessed Sacrament Community. He also spoke to our Eucharistic organization members and our active parish lay collaborators last January 27 at 2 in the afternoon at the Shrine and at with the Mass goers during the 6:00pm Mass. He also visited and talked with the parishioners of Nuestra Señora Virgen del Rosario (NSVDR) Parish, Consolacion the next day at 6:45 in the evening. NSVDR is administered by our congregation as well. Below is the message of Fr. Eugenio to all ESMP members. To all the Eucharistic Shrine Mission Partners in the name of the whole Congregation, I thank you for this act of sharing and sign of unity, in order to live the Eucharistic spirituality and your concretization of the words of Jesus, when He spoke of the Eucharist as a memorial. Thanks to all of you and may the Lord bless and grant you health in order to be able to continue to assist this Sanctuary/Parish; this is the sign of your gratitude for the blessings you have received from the Lord. Thank you for your gift and may this gift multiply life, joy and energy. God Father, Son, Holy Spirit, bless you always.   Fr. Eugenio Barbosa Martins, SSS Superior General

Shrine Celebrates Yearlong Year of Faith

Oct 15, 2012 | [post_view] Views

This year is declared as the Year of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI (October 1, 2012 – November 24, 2013). The Year of Faith summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church. ( For us here at the Shrine, one of the major programs during this Year of Faith is the Monthly Eucharistic Conference which aims at bringing the faithful to appreciate the Eucharist more deeply so that they may celebrate it profoundly and experience God’s Love at work in their lives. This month the topic is “Eucharist: Nurturing Love”. This will be on December 15 at 8:00 in the morning. Fr. Boy Salvador, SSJV, SLD will be our preacher. This conference is described as follows: In this conference, we will learn how God’s love nurtures His people and how in a very intimate way is this nurturing love celebrated at the Holy Eucharist and how at this celebration He actually nourishes us. At Holy Communion, God gives us the True Bread from Heaven, the Word made flesh, Jesus, our Lord. He gives us His flesh to eat and His blood to drink. What does it mean to eat Jesus? How does eating the Word of God nourish us? And how does eating the Word made Flesh nourish us? What is the relationship between the Holy Communion of the Word and the Holy Communion of the Body of Christ? As God nourishes us, how then are we to nourish one another? I strongly encourage all our parishioners and mission partners to learn more about the Holy Eucharist. This is what your being a Mission Partner means. You are our partners in the Eucharistic Mission. Come and deepen your faith in the Eucharist. Learn and appreciate our FAITH.

Agoho Community now called Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Community

Jun 23, 2012 | [post_view] Views

One of the priority ministry of the Sacred Heart Parish is the formation of Christian Communities in the parish areas. And we are doing it by going to the parish areas through home visits, celebrating the Mass on the streets with the people, and other pastoral activities for the people in the ares.

Parish Youth Camp 2012

Jun 5, 2012 | [post_view] Views

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” It was a hot summer season when the Santuario Eucaristico - Sacred Heart Parish had a mission to fulfill. Having been to a Basic Orientation on the Eucharist for the Youth, the learnings can never stay in the four corners of the formation room but to be shared to the community of God. It was one of the three fold mission we are bestowed upon, the prophetic mission. The question then was “Can we really make it happen?” and by the grace of God, it was made real, it happened. The last weeks of May were totally days of planning and preparation. Among these tasks to do, what makes us motivated is that we wanted to do what God wills. To us, it was a slippery slope to take, many questions came out that bothered us whether would people come? or will this event prosper? But with God’s guidance and trust, we are willing to push through. Preparations were made and it was almost the big day, without fuss, the number of participants joining the camp reached 65 young people of God. It was a miracle that gave us hope that God really wants this event to happen. The big day has come and we were very anxious to what might happen. It was early morning when we visit the place to clean things up and prepare. Tick tock, tick tock the clock ticks as our sweat comes out preparing the things to bring and the place to stay. It was 12 noon when the delegates arrived at the assembly place. They were excited and cooperative. Soon then, we arrived and the fresh summer breeze, the sun’s bright raise welcomed us. They were amazed to see how very “bukid” the place was. Not long enough, complains arouse and we can no longer know what to do with all the bugs and fuss around. With the help of each other, the problem was solved and everyone is settled down. The event then officially started as Fr. Joel R. Lasutaz, SSS made his welcome address and activities followed then. The delegates were able to know and get together with each other. Preparing the first meal was not easy, we got problems with cooking some of the foods to prepare but with helping each other, the problem has found its way out. At night, the first and second session happened. We luckily have electricity for the talks thanks to Manong Pasensyo, Aling Elsa and Ate Joan for sharing their blessings. That very night then was the creative prayer where we get to have a time talking to Jesus alone and the awaited Parish Youth…