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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

The chill of the night crept in among the group of men, causing them to draw their cloaks more tightly around them.  Andrew looked across the fire at the face of his Master.  As the firelight flickered across His features, Andrew smiled at Jesus with a look of love and admiration.  What Andrew saw in that face captured his heart from the very beginning.

 

When Andrew shyly asked where Jesus was staying – a common way of asking to spend time with someone to get to know the person better – Jesus had looked at Andrew with a knowing twinkle in His eyes and warm smile.  His reply was simple:  “Come and see.”  That meeting changed the whole course of Andrew’s life.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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