Msgr. Dan Sta. Maria

This is the story of Msgr. Daniel B. Sta. Maria. He grew up in Barrio Hulo, Mandaluyong, near the banks of the Pasig River. He remembers spending summers catching “talangka” and shrimp in the river, with his childhood friend, Joven. He studied chemical engineering under full scholarship at the University of Santo Tomas.

After he graduated, he taught for two years and worked three years at the Atomic Energy Commission. Then he worked in the United States and stayed nine years. One and a half years later, he entered the seminary at the age of 36. Priestly brotherhood and catechism. The life of a priest or nun is a simple one, not unlike the life of a Buddhist monk who brings his bowl begging for food from the people in the village. For the nun, no more problems which color of dress to wear. A priest was asked, how he invested his money. “I deposited it in the bank; but I needed to withdraw it to pay for the tuition of a convent boy who was entering college.” Bahay Pari Credit Cooperative is a fund started by the parish priests to provide retirement funds for Diocesan priests. If the dividends are small, the members choose to re-invest into the fund. But they borrow also to support the schooling of their nieces and nephews. Sick Calls to hospitalized patients. It is normally the hospital chaplain that takes care of this duty; but the patient calls to their parish priest to see and talk to a caring, friendly face. It turns out that the priest sees other patients that know him, so the sick call is made to this patient and then another. Sometimes, you meet the whole family; like in Mass, whole families like to attend together. Frequent advice given: “Let us all entrust ourselves to the care of Jesus Christ, The Divine Healer.” Monsi Dan also recalls his own painful colon surgery. Homilies, anger.“We have to be affirmed in the good we do and helped overcome weakness.” There was a brilliant priest, excellent in his delivery of homilies and impressed the church-goers. But he had a short temper and quarrelled with parishioners and parish staff. Monsie also suffered from this fault. He told of the days when something would upset him about the workers and he would frequently berate them. His adopted son, Julius one day, was at the receiving end of one of these tirades. In private, Julius talked to him. “It’s all right for you to scold me; but next time, please don’t do it in public. My Families. He customarily meets his siblings together with their own children to Sunday dinners after the Mass. Monsie prides himself in the broiling of the steak. His youngest brother married Meng the good cook, usually pasta, vegetables and desert. Including the parts of family who live abroad, a reunion of 200 members is being planned. There is also the parish staff in Christ The King, Greenmeadows—14 employees, 6 janitors and 3 security guards. They are also making their own specialties: kinilaw, boiled eggplant, okra andkamote tops. A loving and giving family has been the key to being a good priest. “I would also like to experience the joy of holding my first great grandchild in my arms.” Monsignor Dan, 73 is presently serving in the Diocese of Cubao. Source: Another Day In the Life of a Parish Priest

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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