Last Thursday, June 11, on the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the adoration to the Eucharistic Lord was offered for all priests. During the Holy Hour, the community had a glimpse of two priests: the late Msgr. Chito Bernardo and the newly-ordained Fr. Mark Lopez, SJ. In the video presentations, captured moments were usually of the happy times and in their priestly vestments. Fr. Benjo’s homily during the Eve of the Lord’s Supper comes to mind:  “Behind a priest’s vestment is a broken heart.” Is that even true?

We always like to think that our priests are always having a good time, but it’s certainly not the case. In a perspective, priests leave their own families and friends to serve God in a different community. They strip themselves of their comfort zones to say “yes” to the mission set for them. Though feeling unworthy, they try their best to follow God’s will and the Holy Spirit’s promptings. They only want to serve us unselfishly.

But we expect so much of our priests and pastors. We expect them to celebrate the sacraments for us – to baptize our children, solemnize our weddings, anoint our sick family members, console us in times of death, and offer us God’s forgiveness and absolution. We “need” them to be with us and support us all the time. We want priests to pray for us and guide us to the Father. Some even think priests should be perfect and holy. In our minds, we create our image of them like super heroes: good, tireless, courageous, and with special powers. However, if a priest falls short of our expectations, we are at a loss; in disbelief as if it is impossible to happen. At times, even our faith falls apart.

Just like everyone else, our priests are subjected to temptations, sins, limitations, and emotions. They are not perfect, just as we’re not. And as much as we need them, they also need us – our prayers, our understanding, our affirmation and encouragement, our friendship and our love.

Think of our priests: Msgr. Dennis, Fr. Allan and Fr. Patrick and think of the priests who shared Christ to you, who offended you, who are sick, and who are suffering. When was the last time you offered a sacrifice or a prayer for them? Now is the time to do it.

 

 

Ako ay isa sa mga Greeters and Collectors ng Parokya ng Saint Andrew. Nung May 25, 2015 (Monday) nagkaroon kami ng Outing at Pilgrimage sa bayan ng Pangasinan kasama ang Greeters and Collectors, Mother Butlers at Parish Staffs.

Alas singko ng umaga nagkita-kita kaming lahat sa Saint Andrew. Sunod-sunod kaming sumakay sa bus at kitang-kita ang pagiging excited sa mukha ng lahat na para bang ngayon lamang silamakapupunta sa lugar ng Pangasinan. Isa ako sa mga first timer na makakapunta sa Pangasinan kayanaman ganun na lamang ako kasaya. Eksatong 5:20am ay umandar na ang bus at bumyahe na kami. Habang nasa byahe ay sabay-sabay kaming naglabas ng rosaryo at nagdasal na sana ay maging maayosat ligtas ang aming byahe. Pinamunuan ng isang Mother Butler ang pagdadasal namin ng rosaryo.Matapos magrosaryo ay napuno ng katahimikan ang bus sumandali na para bang may dumaan na isangAnghel. Mga ilang minuto ang lumipas at umingay na sa sasakyan dahil kanya kanya sila ng kwentuhan kung ano nga ba ang magaganap pagdating sa aming pupuntahan, ang iba nama’y palakad-lakad at nagshe-Share ng kani-kanilang baon, may mga nagseselfie at syempre hindi mawawala ang mga tulugin sa byahe .

Ang una naming pinuntahan ay ang Our Lady of Manaoag sa Manaoag, Pangasinan para sa aming Pilgrimage at doon ay dumalo kami ng misa bagamat hindi namin nasimulan dahil sa haba ng byahe. Matapos ang misa ay umakyat kami sa munting museo ng Manaoag kung saan naroon ang mala-milagrosang statwa ng Our Lady of Manaoag na maaari mong haplusin ang damit nito at magdasal. Sunod na aming dinayo ay ang Religious Shop nito at doon ay kanya-kanya silang bili ng mga souvenir para iuwi at ako naman ay natuwa nang bigyan ako ni Ate Auring ng isang rosary bracelet. Matapos ang halos ilang oras na pag-iikot sa simbahan ng Manaoag ay lumabas na kami at bumili kami ng langis ng Manaoag at nagtungo na sa aming sasakyan. Ang sumunod na aming pinuntahan ay ang ‘The Saint Fabian Pope and Martyr Parish’ sa San Fabian, Pangasinan at pagkarating namin doon ay kanya-kanya kami ng dasal at kanya-kanya ring haplos sa mga santong aming madaanan sa loob ng simbahan ng San Fabian at syempre hindi malilimutan ang picture dito, picture doon para may remembrance. At ang pinakahuli naming destinasyon ay ang isang resort sa lugar rin ng San Fabian, Pangasinan. Hindi pa kami nakakababa ng bus ay sobrang excited na ang lahat na bumaba para kumain, mag-swimming at ang walang katapusang pagseselfie. Pagkadating naming sa isang malaking cottage ay may napakahabang mesa para sa aming lahat. Pagkakita ko ng pagkain ay nanlaki ang mata ko at napasabing WOW! Dahil sa masasarap na pagkain na aming nadatnan. Nagkainan muna ang lahat at nang natapos na ang iba ay nagpalit na agad ng damit para mag-swimming, ang iba nama’y bumirit na sa harap ng videoke, may mga nagselfie-selfie at ang mga ginutom sa byahe ayun kumakain pa rin na kung saan isa ako sa kanila. Ipagpapalit ko ba naman ang pagkain sa swimming? Syempre hindi. Hahahaha!

Nakatutuwang isipin at alalahanin. Aba! Syempre hindi kami papahuli sa pagsi-swimming. Matagal tagal din kami sa resort at makailang oras ang lumipas ay nagkainan na naman para sa merienda ng lahat. Alas kwatro ng hapon natapos ang outing namin at lahat kami ay ready na para bumyahe pauwi. Pagsakay namin sa bus ay mayroon na kaming kanya kanyang ginagawa. Ang iba’y sige pa ang kain, kwentuhan at yung iba naman ay tulog na at nagpapahinga. Masaya kaming nakabalik lahat sa St. Andrew at nagsiuwi sa aming bahay.

Haaayyyyy!! Hinding-hindi ko makakalimutan ang araw na ito. Kaya nga sabi ko IT’S MORE FUN IN SAINT ANDREW!

Last April 2, 2015 I joined our choir, Sanktum as they went on a Visita Iglesia. We visited Sts Peter and Paul, the Greenbelt Chapel, Don Bosco Parish, San Ildefonso, La Paz, Sacred Heart and St. Pauls while praying the Stations of the Cross. Though we were few, it was a fun and prayerful experience visiting these churches. Some of us even got to make three wishes in many of the churches because it was our first time there.

 

More than 2,000 years ago there lived a Man born contrary to the laws of life.  This Man was reared in obscurity.  He did not travel extensively.  Only once did He cross the boundary of the country in which He lived, and that was during His exile in childhood.

He possessed neither wealth nor influence.  His relatives were conspicuous, and had neither training nor formal education.

The infancy He startled a King, in childhood He puzzled doctors, in manhood He ruled the course of nature, walked upon the billows as if pavements, and hustled the raging sea to sleep.  He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His services.

He never wrote a book, and yet all the libraries in the world hold books about Him.  He never wrote a song, yet He has furnished the theme for more songs than all the songwriters combined.  He never founded a college, yet all the schools put together cannot boast of having higher knowledge than His.  He never marshaled an army, nor drafted a soldier, nor fired a gun, yet no leader ever had more people fight in His name.  He never practiced psychiatry, yet His words have the ability to heal more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.

The names of the past proud statesmen of Greece and Rome have come and gone.  The names of past scientists, philosophers, and theologians have come and gone.  But the name of this Man stands.  Though time has spread 2,000 years between the people of this generation and the scene of crucifixion, yet He still lives.  Herod could not destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him, for God had decreed that He should live.

And so He stands forth today upon the highest pinnacle of heavenly glory, acclaimed of God, acknowledged by angels, adored by saints:  the living Christ.

-Author Unknown

 

I hope this beautiful Easter Message brings you rich blessings.

Gene C. Alberto

-Evangelization Ministry

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