Forty eight years in celebration of life and Christian service on planet earth. Monsignor Dennis S. Odiver,  capped his 48th birthday with a Eucharistic celebration at the St. Andrew the Apostle Parish (SAAP).  His loving mother Nelda and sister Pinky and the church community in attendance. His birthday this year is most auspicious as it falls on the first Friday of the new year, the 2nd of January of 2015.  After the mass our beloved Pastor invited everyone to partake of a simple packed dinner courtesy of his mother and sister: pancit, chicken afritada, fish fingers with mayo, rice,and soda. The cakes which came in later were courtesy of the many well-wishers of the day. I saw him  blew birthday candles on at least three cakes. Some guests include lay members of his former parish, The Holy Cross Parish.   Early that morning, he had  a simple birthday breakfast after saying the 6:30 morning mass with the  members of the Apostleship of Prayer and devotees of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Christmas is not just about merrymaking and gift-giving. It is about hearts that have grown cold because of sin. Hearts that do not care. Hearts that do not understand. Hearts that do not forgive.
Christ was born on a cold night. His parents, Joseph and Mary were knocking on doors for a room. None was offered them except a stable. He was born there, wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid on a manger surrounded by animals.
Christmas is Christ whose heart is aflame with love. A heart to warm ours that we may no longer be uncaring, indifferent and unforgiving. To develop a heart like Jesus, loving unconditionally, loving unselfishly and loving unceasingly.
Christ was visited by the shepherds. Through an angel, they came to know of Jesus. In seeing Him, in being with Him they were filled with true and lasting joy, with true and lasting peace.
Christmas is discovering Christ, experiencing Christ as gift meant for all; as gift that is inexhaustible; as gift that we must share.
Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, the Word made flesh. He is God from whom life and truth proceed. He is light that illumines. He is truth that sets us free. He surprises us. He amazes us. He overwhelms us.
Christmas is not just a day. It is a continuing moment of encountering Jesus whose mercy and forgiveness renew us, empower us and embolden us.
Christ is the reason for Christmas. Christ is the reason for the season.
A blessed Christmas to all!

These little sons and daughters of God received their First Holy Communion worthily last Sunday, December 7.  It was a sharing to the full of the Eucharistic sacrifice, by eating together the Flesh and Blood of Christ as food and drink for their soul.
After communion, with much joy in their hearts, they spent some time thanking our Lord, renewing their promise of love and obedience, and asking Him for blessing for their parents, for Rev. Msgr. Dennis, Rev. Fr. Allan, Rev. Fr. Patrick, their Teacher Gene Alberto and for themselves.
Most of all, they thank Jesus for giving Himself to them in the Eucharist.

It’s the largest celebration around the world each year.  Other holidays get a single day, but Christmas is emphasized for an entire month one twelfth of every year, and in our country it starts when September comes.

During the Christmas season, billions of people set aside their normal routines to decorate their homes, send out greeting cards (which I still love to receive) or E-mail messages, buy gifts, go to Christmas parties, attend Church services, sing Christmas songs, watch Christmas TV specials, and travel long distances to be with their families.  Christmas sights and sounds fill the air everywhere.  There are stores, bazaars, and even careers that are exclusively dedicated to preparing for and celebrating this holiday.  When Christmas comes, you can’t miss it.  It’s everywhere.

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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