I made an experiment. It is embarrassing just how some of my thoughts come about but I needed to find out. Has “IT” just become a habit?

Has the Holy Hour been just a schedule just as the Sunday’s Eucharist been just an obligation? I am still thinking about skipping the first of October’s. Anyway it is ‘just’ Taize Prayer as announced. What boredom is in there where songs sang were mere repetitions of words. Had a pendant or necklace be in front of me, I could have easily fallen to the spell and be hypnotized by an unknown spirit.

October is dedicated for a month-long praying of the Holy Rosary among Catholics.  The name “Rosary” from the Latin word rosarium, “rose garden” comes from the notion of offering a bouquet of prayers to our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary.

According to pious tradition, Mary gave the Rosary to St. Dominic, a holy and zealous Spanish priest who religiously prayed for those who had fallen into error and gave up their Catholic faith.  He preached and labored for those unfortunate people for years even so often he was ridiculed.


Increasing importance is being placed every year in all countries of the world on preserving and protecting our environment – and rightly so. As stewards of God’s creation, we have not always done the best job of protecting His handiwork. But Jesus talked about a different kind of ecosystem that deserves an even higher priority – cultivating the soil of the heart. Jesus told a parable of a sower, seed and soil. Yesterday, I was watching our gardener pruning and cultivating the plants in the garden. As any good gardener will tell you, the effectiveness of the sower and his seed is totally dependent on the condition of the soil. In fact Jesus said this was the key to understanding all His parables (Mark 4:13). The parable of the soil says this: When God’s word is sown into heart – soil that is prepared, and that the seed springs up and the new life is nurtured, salvation is the result. But if the truth is sown onto hard heart soil, or if the soil dries up or is rocky, it stands little chance of saving the soul.

On Wednesday, the 14th of September, at 8:00 o’clock in the evening, the sound of funeral bell was heard around the village.

St. Andrew parishioners gathered in church for a prayer liturgy for the souls who died violently in recent months. The congregation lit up candles around the altar; offered white roses for peace and hope. The solemn rite was officiated by Rev. Msgr. Dennis Odiver so beautifully.

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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