Written on 30 December 2016, 09.09 by Gene C. Alberto

What is necessary to receive Holy Communion worthily?

 

To receive Holy Communion worthily it is necessary to be free from mortal sin, to have a right intention, and to obey the Church’s laws required before Holy Communion out of reverence for the Body and Blood of Our Divine Lord.

 

Does he who knowingly receives Holy Communion in mortal sin receive the Body and Blood of Christ and His grace?

 

He who knowingly received Holy Communion in mortal sin receives the Body and Blood of Christ; but he does not receive His graces and he commits a grave sin of sacrilege.

 

What should we do to receive more abundantly the graces of Holy Communion?

 

We should strive to be most fervent and to free ourselves from deliberate venial sin.

 

If our hands are dirty at meal time, we wash them before coming to the table, so too, if our soul are soiled with sin before communion, we wash them with the Precious Blood of Christ in the Sacrament of Penance.  The more often we do this, the cleaner our souls will be to approach the table of the Eucharist.  We should never stay away from communion, though, because we have sins in our soul.  Even though we may not be as clean as we should be, our souls need the food.

 

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Mt. 26:26-28, Lk 24:30-31, Jn 6:51-56, 60, 66., Mk 14:22-24, 1 Cor 10:16, 11: 23-26

 

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I will write about priesthood to highlight the 25th anniversary of the ordination of our parish priest, Rev. Msgr. Dennis Odiver.

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines a priest as mediator, a go-between, whose work is to unite.  God and man.  The priest in the name of the bishop guides the people of God entrusted to his care and leads them to the Father through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.

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MARY IMMACULATE – THE SINLESS ONE IN A SINFUL RACE

 

God did not abandon man after the sin of Adam and Eve. He promised that the devil’s victory over Adam and Eve would be turned into a defeat. He promised to send a Redeemer who would at that time come from mankind, so that through this Redeemer could truly conquer the devil. And as the devil had conquered through a woman, so would God conquer through a woman. One day there would come a woman who would be completely the devil’s enemy, over whom he would have no power at all. Through her seed, or child, she would crush his head. That is why we see so many pictures of Mary with a snake under her feet. She is the woman promised by God to be the devil’s terrible enemy.

 

Meanwhile, the human race was under the power of the devil. Everyone born into this world had original sin or his soul was therefore a slave of the devil. Even those who did die without mortal sin or their souls could not enter heaven, but had to wait in a place or state of rest called the Bosom of Abraham by Christ in Luke 16:22, and a prison by St. Peter in 1 Peter 3:19 until after the death of Christ on Calvary. Men could not understand why there was sickness and suffering on earth and did not know what happened after death. God did not send the Redeemer right away, so that men would see from these things what a terrible thing sin was and how much they needed a Redeemer.

When the fullness of time had come, God prepared to send His Son into the world as the Redeemer. He had already planned the kind of Mother He wanted for His Son, so He created her soul and united it to her body in the womb of her mother, St. Ann. But Mary’s soul, unlike all other souls which had come into this world after Adam and Eve, had no original sin on it. It was Immaculate.

God looked into the future and saw the day which His Son would die on the Cross. He accepted in advance the Precious Blood of His Son as the price for Mary’s redemption. He used the Precious Blood to redeem her ahead of time by preserving her from all sin. This privilege which God granted Mary of being conceived and born without original sin is called her Immaculate Conception.

 

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HAPPY FIESTA FOR ST. ANDREW’S FLOCK

 

On Wednesday, the 30th of November, our parish was full of spirit as we celebrated the feast day of our patron, St. Andrew the Apostle. The whole flock drew together lighting up the community with vibrant deep sense of faith and the unseen reality of the presence of the Lord.

The celebration was highlighted by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass officiated by His Excellency, Most Rev. Francisco De Leon, D.D., Bishop of Antipolo. The Bishop was a former parish priest of St. Andrew the Apostle. He gave a well-deserved homily on St. Andrew’s life on earth. Beginning with an ordinary fisher folk from an ordinary family, but at the end nothing was ordinary for this man, Andrew. He was the first apostle whom Jesus had chosen among the twelve.

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