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CBCP Pastoral Exhortation: Rejoice and be glad!

Jul 17, 2018 | [post_view] Views

“Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called sons and daughters of God.” -Matthew 5:9   Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, do we not all aspire for the grace to be called “sons and daughters of God?” If we do so, then we must constantly strive to be peacemakers in these troubled times in our country. And that means to always strive to bring love where there is hatred, pardon where there is injury, faith where there is doubt, hope where there’s despair, light where there is darkness, and joy where there is sadness (from the prayer for peace attributed to St. Francis of Assisi). PEACE: OUR COMMON VOCATION AND MISSION Our enemies in this world are not fellow human beings, not “flesh and blood” (Eph 6:12). We do not fight our battles with guns and bullets. We do not seek protection from those who might wish to harm us by wearing bullet-proof vests, because the battles that we fight are spiritual. In these times of darkness, when there’s so much hatred and violence, when murder has become an almost daily occurrence, when people have gotten so used to exchanging insults and hurting words in the social media, we admonish the faithful to remain steadfast in our common vocation and mission to actively work for peace. But make no mistake about it; even the master said, “Not as the world gives peace do I give you peace.” (Jn 14:27). His peace is never the peace of compromise or capitulation to evil; it is also not about the absence of conflict and turmoil. Was he not rejected by his own townsfolk in Nazareth? (Lk 4:16-30) Was he not called crazy by his own relatives? (Mk 3:20-22). Was he not called a “prince of demons”? (Mk 3:22-30). Was he not called a drunkard and a lover of tax collectors and sinners? (Mt 11:19) Did he not show us how to deal with adversities when he slept in the boat, or walked on water even in the midst of a storm? (Mk 4:35-40; Mk 6:45-52) But like the apostles, we are often so easily overcome by fear and panic. Even when we’re already making baby steps on troubled waters like St. Peter, we find ourselves sinking because of our “little faith” (Mt14:31). There is nothing that can calm us down in these turbulent times except the quiet recognition of him who assured us of his abiding presence — “Be not afraid; it is I!” (Mt 14:27) THE COST OF WITNESSING TO CHRIST What is new about priests being murdered for witnessing to Christ? What is new about modern prophets being silenced by the treacherous bullets of assassins? What is new about servant leaders who are maligned because they have carried out...

LITES Ministry Team CDO Conducts Life In The Eucharist Seminar

Jun 16, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Last June 15-16, 2018, the LITES Ministry Team – CDO conducted a two-day Life in the Eucharist Seminar (LITES) for the members of the Oasis of Love Community at the Formation Center of Santuario Eucaristico – Sacred Heart Parish.

Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 2018 Celebrations

Jun 8, 2018 | [post_view] Views

The parishioners of Santuario Eucaristico celebrated the Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in a manner of Concelebrated Mass and Lay Collaborators’ Night last June 8, 2018.

Corpus Christi Celebration with 1st Procession of the 12 Stations of the Eucharist

Jun 2, 2018 | [post_view] Views

In celebration to the Parish Patronal Feast of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we had our Fiesta Mass and 1st Eucharistic Procession of the 12 Stations of the Eucharist around the parish last June 2, 2018.

A Beautiful Testimony About Mothers by Pope Francis

May 13, 2018 | [post_view] Views

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers! Here’s a beautiful testimony about mothers by Pope Francis shared in one of his General Audience addresses.

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.

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