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Santuario Celebrates Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament with Mass Baptism

May 20, 2017 | [post_view] Views

95 Years ago, the Sacred Congregation of Rite authorized the Blessed Sacrament Congregations to celebrate each year the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the 13th of May which the Agoho Drive community of Santuario Eucaristico, celebrated its 5th feast as Patron Saint last May 13, 2017. In honor of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a Fiesta Mass and Baptism of eight (8) children in the area was celebrated and presided by our parish priest Fr. Froilan R. A. Briones, SSS in the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel together with the Agoho Drive Community. After the mass, the people gathered in the chapel for a fiesta celebration. On the same day, the whole world also celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. It was indeed a festive and meaningful celebration in honoring Mother Mary under the title of "Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Happy Fiesta!

EASTER: the SEASON of the NEWNESS of LIFE

Apr 16, 2017 | [post_view] Views

Resurrection is the victory of Jesus from His death on the cross and his way of giving to man the gift of new life. From the darkness of our sins we receive the light of the newness of life and it is freely given to us by our Lord and Savior. We experience this and we feel like being new creations free from the stain of sin. Oftentimes we wonder why the Lord is offering his life on the cross for us. Is it because we are worthy? Precisely we are not. But why the Lord is offering his life on the cross for us? It is because of one thing- he loves us. And this love brings him to the cross so that we can have life. Jesus can show us his love for us without dying on the cross. Yes, he can do that. However, he prefers to die on the cross so that we can understand that his love for us is not only in words but in deed. And through this death on the cross he teaches us further that to love is to sacrifice even to the point of death for the sake of the beloved. And St Peter Julian Eymard is right in saying that, “True love is self -forgetful, devoted, perpetually self- sacrificing, not through self-interest and effort but with joy, finding its sole happiness in pleasing others.” He endures the pain and shame on the cross and we enjoy the fruit of this and that is the new life. He embraces death that we may have life, a life to the full. This newness of life that we oftentimes called Easter grace makes us pleasing before the eyes of the Father once again. Therefore it is but good for us to celebrate and thank the Lord. The whole creation must be shouting for joy and must be in a state merriment because of this wonderful gift that is received. Some reflections are showing the links between the Season of Easter and the Season of Spring. They have similarities actually. Easter is the move from death to the resurrection and is linked with spring when flowers begin to burst forth from the soil. And by seeing the link we can observe that both reveal and point to the newness of life after waiting, planting, hoping, and watching. While autumn may seem more beautiful, we hear it said that as we get older, we enjoy and appreciate spring even more than autumn. Spring points the way to new life. And in spring the season is very inviting for us to experience outdoor, to come to new life, and so be in accord with what is going on in nature around us. We have managed, survived, and even conquered the winter of our life. Emily Dickinson once talking about the…

The Resurrection of Jesus

Apr 15, 2017 | [post_view] Views

“He is not here, he has been raised just as he said (Mt.28:7).” The resurrection is the fulfillment of the promise that Jesus will come again in glory. It emphasizes the idea that the Lord is faithful forever. This is telling us that he is at all times true to his promise and that he is the Lord of life. As the Lord of life he will live forever to journey with his people. And his Kingdom will have no end for he lives in eternity. Jesus is life and he lives forever. On the other hand, he is sending the message of hope through his resurrection also. We need to remember that resurrection happens after the passion and death. From the painful experience he rises in glory to prove that death has nothing to do with life. His death on the cross is only a way to let us understand that death could not hinder him in showing his love for us. He is telling us in his resurrection that in spite of our limitations he is there alive to embrace us and let us understand that he cares for us. His passion and gradually his death are reminding us of our own limitations before him. And because of these he offers his life on the cross that we may have life. And this life is a life to the full. Therefore, we need to realize that because of our sins and failures he prefers to embrace the cross. He thinks nothing of himself but solely of loving us. We are the reason of his suffering and death and because of these we receive life, a new life with him. His gives us hope in the midst of our faults and failures. “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). If we have to be honest in reflecting the resurrection we could say that we are not worthy of this given new life to us. We have failures and our failures are greater than our goodness. We are nothing actually before him but he shows us that his love for us surpasses our limitations. He is the Lord of life and love. With this we could be speechless before him and from the recesses of our hearts in silence and in awe and wonder we can only say, “Thank you Lord for loving us though we are not worthy.” Written by: Rev. Fr. Muriel A. Uy, SSS Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Reflection on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ

Apr 14, 2017 | [post_view] Views

We can read in the Gospel of Luke that after the Last Supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane at the Mount of Olives and prayed, "Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” This was an intense moment between the Son and His Father. Jesus prayed so intensely to His Father because He knew the sacrifice that was set before Him. This sacrifice, starting from the agony in the garden, betrayal of His friends until His death on Calvary, was never devoid of physical suffering and emotional pain because He is fully human like us yet he endured and embraced it whole-heartedly. We are once again in the Season of Lent. This season brings us again to the Passion and Death of our Lord. We will be confronted once again to the bloody and brutal scene of his immolation. His Passion and Death is the greatest act that only He could supply to please the Father. This act was finally accomplished on the Cross. Jesus` Passion and Death is not for Himself but for mankind. There is no sacrificial lamb that can be offered as a perfect sacrifice on the altar of the cross to wash away our sins but Jesus` own blood. Through the Lamb of God, man`s communion with God was restored pouring out His own blood for many for the forgiveness of sins. He paid for our freedom with the price of his own blood--His suffering and death. As we journey in the Season of Lent, let us contemplate the Holy Week recalling to mind what our Lord endured for our salvation. Let us remind ourselves that the redemption worked by Christ on the Cross requires personal recognition of our own responsibilities. The fruits and merits of Christ's Passion and Death need to be applied in our life by means of practice of faith, reception of the sacraments, conversion of heart, and accepting all the hardships in life. Meditating on His Passion and Death should strengthen us to be more faithful, should move us to reconcile with God through the reception of the sacrament of Confession, and keep us on the path of doing the will of the Father. Christ achieved a great redeeming value for us by enduring and embracing whole-heartedly all that He had to face. Jesus crucified on the cross is the greatest love story that is ever told—Jesus’ self-sacrifice for humanity. Therefore, it is only when we identify with the sufferings of Christ that we can merit and achieve a great redeeming value during our own sufferings and pains and fervently say, “… not my will but yours be done.” Written by: Br. Mark Divine B. Pangilinan, SSS Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

The Stations of the Eucharist

Mar 29, 2017 | [post_view] Views

In order to promote greater devotion to the Holy Eucharist, stained glass windows of the Stations of the Eucharist were installed at Santuario Eucaristico. A conference on the Eucharistic Stations was then conducted last March 25, 2017. A Prayer Booklet was provided to our parishioners during the conference where Fr. Froilan R. A. Briones, SSS, our speaker, introduced the Stations of the Eucharist. In his talk, he stated that the stations was originally designed by the Poor Clare Nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. They have a monstrance-like garden which leads one around the twelve (12) stations with corresponding image and scriptural texts from the Old Testament and continuing into the New Testament. As stated in the website of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament: "The purpose of the Stations of the Holy Eucharist is to help the Faithful deepen both their understanding and appreciation of the Source and Summit of our Faith: The Most Holy Eucharist. Through the whole of salvation history, God Our Father has prepared His people for the Gift of His Beloved Son, and also for the Gift of His Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist. Throughout the Old Testament, the Eucharist was prefigured. And in the New Testament these shadows gave way to Reality." We are glad to have finally provided our parishioners more information about the Eucharist. It will surely help one where to find references of the Eucharist in the scriptures from the Old Testament to the New Testament. These references are proof of the doctrine of the Eucharist; that the Eucharist is not only a Sacred Tradition but is significantly found in the Sacred Scripture. Below are the 12 Stations of the Eucharist with it's corresponding image and scriptural text. To those who would like to see and have their prayer booklet, you may come and visit Santuario Eucaristico anytime. Sources: https://www.olamshrine.org/sites/stations-of-the-most-holy-eucharist/ http://www.holyhillcross.com/stations%20of%20the%20eucharist.htm

Blood-Letting Activity March 2017

Mar 27, 2017 | [post_view] Views

It is inspiring to see how superheroes help save people's lives, but actually we can be real heroes ourselves. When you give blood, you save not only one life but as many as three lives. This month, Santuario Eucaristico in collaboration with Northern Mindanao Medical Center volunteer doctors and nurses successfully conducted a Blood-Letting Activity last March 22, 2017 in our parish. When we donate blood, we give someone another smile, another hug, another chance to be with their family and friends again. In simple ways we can, Santuario aims to further help people in need. In this activity, we had 16 heroes who donated their blood in our blood bank. Their donation will be reserved for need or emergency purposes. As we often have people coming to our office for medical help. We thank all our volunteers who generously lend their arms and found the hero in them. May the Lord bless you a hundred fold!

St. Joseph Chapel Celebrates its 52nd Feast with a Free Mass Wedding and Baptism

Mar 21, 2017 | [post_view] Views

Viva Señor San Jose! A happy fiesta to all! As we commemorate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph Chapel in Patag 6th Division successfully celebrated their 52nd Feast with a a Free Mass Wedding of four (4) couples and Baptism of fourteen (14) children. The celebration started with a nine (9) days Novena starting last March 10 to 18 where they had Novena Prayer and Mass each day. On the last day of novena, a Free Mass wedding was bestowed upon four (4) couples who had been together for years, all totalling to 50 years who haven't been married in the church. Now they were given a free mass wedding as the parish and chapel envisions to support unmarried couples to unite in Christ through the Sacrament of Matrimony. These couples will also have their children baptized on the feastday. After the Novena 6pm Novena Mass, a Holy Confession was conducted in the chapel. On the feast day, a Diana and Procession of the Image of St. Joseph was made around the area of St. Joseph Chapel where it commenced with the Fiesta Mass and Baptism presided by Fr. Clifford B. Barrios, SSS. A total of fourteen (14) children were baptized and welcomed to the Christian world. Afterwards, a feast was served to the ministers and guests. The food in the feast was surprisingly given/donated by all the parishioners of St. Joseph Chapel, a very good example of the essence of community and giving. We thank you SSS Fathers, Parish Catechists and St. Joseph Chapel council, leaders and ministers! May Lord bless St. Joseph Chapel through the intercession of St. Joseph, the Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Viva Señor San Jose!

CBCP Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty

Mar 21, 2017 | [post_view] Views

“God proved his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8) On this third Sunday of Lent, the Gospel of John tells us how the Samaritan woman—having found in Jesus the “living water” she had longed for—left her jar of water by the well (John 4:28). Like this woman, the stubborn Israelites in the first reading, who are dying of thirst in the desert, have been led to a rock (Exod 17:6). Perhaps we can think of this rock as Christ himself, stricken and afflicted on the cross but gushing forth with life-giving water, making it possible for God’s people to cross over the barren desert of hatred, sin and death into the promised land of fullness of life. Dear sisters and brothers in Christ—let us not allow our wells to be poisoned by bitter water; let us uphold the sanctity of life and make a stand against death penalty. We are not deaf to the cries of the victims of heinous crimes. The victims and their victimizers are both our brothers and sisters. The victim and the opressor are both children of God. To the guilty we offer a challenge to repent and repair the harm of their sins. To the grieving victims, we offer our love, our compassion, our hope. On the day the death penalty law was repealed by the Philippine Congress on June 24, 2006, the lights were turned on in the colosseum in Rome. History tells us how many people–among them, countless Christian martyrs–were publicly executed in that infamous arena. Perhaps to erase the darkness of inhumanity that the said colosseum has been associated with, the citizens of Rome have since made it a point to have it illuminated, each time another country decides to repeal its capital punishment law. Each illumination has been made to symbolize another advancement in human civilization. Are we to reverse that advancement by restoring death penalty again in the Philippines? It was Ash Wednesday when members of the lower house, on the second reading of the death penalty bill, outvoted by voice-voting the nays with their ayes. Ironically, they were captured on television shouting in favor of death with their foreheads marked with crosses made of ashes. Could they have forgotten what that cross meant? Could they have missed out the contradiction between their vote and the crosses on their foreheads, which were supposed to serve as a loud statement of faith in the God who, for love of us, chose to give up his life for our salvation, rather than see us perish (John 3:16)? No doubt, death penalty has been in existence in many countries all over the world. It is often justified by a principle of justice based on retribution–“an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (Matthew 5:3), which Jesus challenged…

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