Do we ever ask Jesus as the Apostles did “Lord, teach us to pray?”

Do not worry about methods.  Jesus will surely teach us how to pray in all that we think, say or do.  He will give us the way of prayer that is best for us, changing it as we progress, a way that unites our will most firmly with His.

When we pray, we give ourselves to Him; all our attention, all our memory, all of our love, keeps nothing back.

The only prayer Jesus taught us is the “Our Father”.  There are also some of the prayers that are especially dear to Jesus’ heart such as the Rosary.  When we pray the Rosary or any formal prayer, do not race.  Pray calmly, meditatively, maintaining ourselves in peace and serenity.  So many of us rush through the Rosary as though it were a foreign language, full of strange words.

When in the “Hail Mary”, we ask our Mother to make our prayer her prayer.  Realize that she prays with us and for us, making up what our prayer lacks, and unite our prayer with hers.

When we pray the Rosary unite ourselves with its mysteries.  Remember that we share in whatever Jesus did as if we had done it ourselves.

This holy season of Lent, let us join ourselves to Jesus in His Agony, make it our agony.  Unite our humility with His humility when He accepted the sentence of death from Pilate.  Make His scourging our scourging, His crowning with thorns our crowning; His carrying of the cross our carrying of the cross.  Unite our humility with its humility when He fell to the ground to be beaten, kicked, and cursed, driven like an animal through the streets of Jerusalem under the eyes of His own Mother, with His humility in accepting the help of Simon and making no attempt to hide His tortured face, but gracefully receiving and consoling the holy women, with His humility in being stripped and crucified.  So, too, unite ourselves with Jesus in His Resurrection and Ascension.

Unite ourselves with the Apostles receiving the Holy Spirit.  Join ourselves to Mama Mary in her acceptance of the eternal will and plan of the Father.

Let’s do all this in serenity.  Pray easily.  Calmly, not trying to force ourselves to “feel” anything, but maintaining a simple, peaceful desire to pray.

Jesus promised us, that He would teach us to pray always.  Begin the day with prayer and offer all that day to Jesus.  Participate with Him, everyday, if possible, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and join ourselves sacramentally to Him in Holy Communion.

Set aside some moments for daily meditation.  Do some spiritual reading especially the Gospels or other parts of Scripture.

Does Christ ask too much?

Let us think of the time we spend every day in idleness, useless conversation, watching television, exploring the internet and digital forum.  Are we really too busy to lift our taught to Jesus?

“Give Him our time, and He will do half and more of our work.
Give Him our thoughts, and He will return us His peace.
Give Him our love, and He will fill our day with joy.
Give Him our prayers, and He will open for us the inexhaustible treasures of heaven.”

As we look forward to the future, leading to our Golden Jubilee in 2017, our pastor, Rev. Msgr.  Dennis   Odiver   challenges   us   “to   make   all   plans   and   take   action   using   our   initiatives   and  creativities in celebration of 50 years of service of the parish.”  St. Andrew the Apostle Jubilee  Song  was launched on Sunday, February 7 at 5:00 P.M. mass.
So much blessing has flowed this Christian community over the years.  As I reminisce how God  has blessed this parish through people and events, I praise and thank our good Lord.  The word  of   God   has   been   preached, the  sacraments  have   been   administered,   the   poor,  the   sick,   the troubled   have   been   consoled.     There   were   also   wonderful   moments   of   joy  and   festivities.
Everything has been grace.  Even problems, difficulties and even conflicts and divisions turned  out to be blessings, lessons to be learned and means of growth.  The past 49 years, no doubt, has  been a sheer and tangible proof of God’s love for our community.
As I look back through the years, my heart is filled with gratitude to God who always been good  and faithful.  He has blessed this parish, people, and events.
The year 2017 will be a season of celebration in our parish.  It will also be a great opportunity to acknowledge the many persons who have contributed to the growth of our parish – the priests,  the lay leaders, and all those who have done so much to make the parish what it is today, whether they are still with us or have received their reward from God.  Without them, we would not have the parish as it is today.
As we prepare to celebrate our Golden Jubilee, we can hand in hand go in the way of God’s plan  for our community and our families.  Let us pray to St. Andrew the Apostle, that we may also find one thing necessary in life – Jesus.  And to Him may we give our trust, obedience and love.
May His will be always be done in us, and begin to see the mystery, that we are all together as  one family.

Last Saturday, October 10, umattend ako sa isang formation for aspiring Lectors. Sa pakikinig ko sa mga speakers doon, mayroon isang sinabi and speaker na hanggang pag-uwi ay hindi nawala sa isip ko. Sabi niya, “You will never be healed, unless you acknowledge your wounds.” Kung sa literal na kahulugan natin titignan, ang isang sugat ay hindi magagamot hanggat hindi mo sinasabing may sugat ka. Katulad sa ating mga kasalanan. Ang ating mga kasalanan ay hindi mapapatawad hanggat hindi natin inaaming tayo ay nagkakasala. Kasabay nang pag-amin natin na tayo ay nagkakasala, ay ang paghingi ng tawad. Kapag iniisip ko siya, totoo nga, na ang pagtanggap at pag-amin ay isang bagay na makapagpapabago sa atin. Marami sa atin ang hirap tanggapin na tayo ay hindi perpekto, na tayo ay nagkakamali. Pero once na matuto tayong tanggapin sa sarili natin ang lahat ng mga bagay na mali sa atin, napaka dali para sa atin ang magbago. Napakadali dahil ikaw mismo, mare-recognize na mali yun at dapat mong baguhin. Naguumpisa ang pagbabago sa pagtanggap. Pagtanggap na lahat ng bagay, lahat ng mga pangyayari ay may dahilan at walang taong perpekto.  Kapag natanggap na natin ito, tayo ay makakagawa ng hakbang para maalis o para mabago ang mali sa atin.


“Speak to them with our hands before we speak to them with our lips,’’ St. Peter Clavier,SJ.

In Pope Francis encyclical on  environment “Laudato Si, mi Senior’’ (Praise be to You,my Lord), he spoke about the need for the global community to assess and reflect  on political and socio-economic policies , business practices, and lifestyles towards changes needed to care for the earth, our common home, to uplift the poor, and glorify  God our creator by caring for his creation.

Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and newly elected president of Caritas International said the Laudato Si encyclical  stress the need for a rediscovery of the role of human beings as stewards and not as  pseudo-owners of the earth.

The encyclical according to Tagle  stressed a contemplative view of creation and  God’s plan in creation is  for  the goods of the earth to be shared by all.

This brings to our mind  the message of an international conference and exhibit in mining  held this week (September 15-17, 2015) : “Building from the ground up: The role of mining in global development.’‘

The event was  hosted by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines headed by  Chairman Artemio F. Disini and its President  Benjamin Philip Romualdez.

Let me quote the two business leaders :

Disini: “To become an industrialized country , the Philippines needs to grow its minerals industry.

If we envision the ranks of Australia, Canada, China and the United States, our leaders must properly   harness and transform the country’s mineral potential into products with greater value-added. The MGB estimates the country’s metallic and non-metallic mineral reserves at Php73.47 trillion. If extracted today. However, if left on the ground, the actual contribution of these minerals to the economy is ZERO. The Philippines will remain to be a poor man sitting on a pot of gold. Last year we called for the drafting of a national industrialization program. Going beyond extraction into processing of mineral products will increase our production base and expand opportunities.’’

Romualdez: “f the local mining industry is to maintain an upward growth trajectory, it must be fueled by regulatory consistency, as well as rational environment and fiscal regime. Government must promote  minerals development  as an economic driver and encourage investments in the sector. Government must  take  deliberate and decisive action  in order to align LGU (local government units) direction with national policies and laws. Stability and consistency in policies, laws and regulations are crucial  to attracting  and keeping investments intact and flowing.’’

The two mining executives are calling for  consistent investment policies and equitable mining revenue sharing in terms of royalty tax , corporate taxes and all other business taxes. The  Philippine government imposes currently a 2 to 5 percent royalty  gross tax on all proceeds from  minerals extracted in the country. Congress is currently consolidating a new version of a mining revenue sharing scheme submitted by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) and other mining revenue bills submitted in the House.

In retrospect, the government would want an increase in the share in mining revenues . On the other hand, the mining industry is calling for consistent investment and rational fiscal (tax) policies and regulations  to stay competitive. Industry leaders said the Philippines lost a $20 billion from 2010-2015 in potential investments because of inconsistent government policies.

Figures show mining investments made a nosedive of 47 percent, from $1.31 billion in 2013  to $693 million in 2014.

The Church on the other hand is calling for inclusive growth that includes all sectors particularly the poor and the marginalized  in all areas of business and socio-economic development  programs of the country.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in his message during the “Summit for Change’’ held last July at Club Filipino is calling for government to regulate the market so that it serves not just  its owners and stockholders but  the common good.

Human safety, environment protection and  sustainability, not just personal interests and corporate profits must be in the  agenda list of everyone, rich and poor. The common people, we, not just  leaders in government and business must share in the responsibility.  The CBCP is calling for a community-based environment protection program to ensure a bottoms-up-top–to bottom implementation of  saving mother earth and protecting the sanctity and dignity of human life.

Let us emulate St. Peter Clavier. Actions speak better than words

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

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8:00am - English
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11:00am - English

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5:00pm - English
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