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.

Some few years ago, my cousin and I used to go to the annual Bamboo Organ Concert in Las Piñas.  I had wondered why the audience stands during the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus” portion of Handel’s “Messiah.”  I’d found out that the custom dates back to the 17th  century when England’s King George II heard the presentation for the first time, he was so moved by the “Hallelujah Chorus” that he stood on his feet in honor of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  Since no one remains seated when royalty stands, the rest of the audience have stood ever since.  During that time the King of Persia was the greatest king and referred himself as the king of kings.

“Teach them to observe all

that I have commanded you;

And I am with you always

until the end of time”.

Matthew 28:20

 

After becoming a catechist in our parish almost twenty years ago, I have an ever-increasing desire to share my faith with others.  Our parish priest then, Rev. Msgr. Emmanuel Sunga called to ask me to coordinate a parish evangelization program.  We started with a small band of amateur evangelizers who really didn’t know what we were doing, but we learned along the way.  We started with a “Welcome Home” program for inactive Catholics and a “Welcome to our Parish” program for new comers who will eventually serve the parish.  Later on, we put up the Sunday School to develop in these little men and women of tomorrow a deep sense of being loved by God and His presence in their life.  They were prepared to receive their First Holy Communion.

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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