This week’s bulletin focuses on PEACE.

Any Christian who is serious about his or her Faith will have come across this description of Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace. There are more than a dozen cross-references to this concept (listed at the end of this article), but arguably the most notable would be Isaiah 9:6:

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace”

It’s easy to scoff at this concept. One only needs to look at the crazy world that we live in that is full of violence and conflict to ask, “If Jesus is Prince of Peace, why is the world so messed up?” Read from this week’s Parish Bulletin>>>>>

One important aspect of the Spirit of Advent is the season of peace! In times where the world is disordered — experiencing violence lately, like the Marawi siege, massacre in Las Vegas, bombing in Egypt and Pakistan — humanity hopes for someone who has the strength to fight against the sources of evil. As Christians, our hope is fulfilled with the coming of Jesus of Nazareth. With Jesus taking the risk to participate in public life or human affairs only to suffer on the cross to save humanity, we are confronted with a reality of selfless service in the name of peace. Hence, this season invites us to renew our commitment with the Prince of Peace who became incarnate through the queenly acceptance and consent of Blessed Virgin Mary in His first Advent. Read from Page 2>>>>>

I can’t imagine a better time for us to be thinking of family than Advent; after all, the couple Joseph and Mary officially became a family when the Christ Child was born. Family, and the concept of it, comes in many forms these days, for such is modern times. But to me, ultimately family is all about love and sanctuary.

My grandparents started the ball rolling on the importance of family for me, not only during the holiday season but also pretty much all year round. Both sides contributed – Saturdays with my mom’s parents, and Sundays with my dad’s. Christmas was, of course, the most festive, with all the trimmings and treats and expectations. But it was cementing our ties throughout the rest of the year that made me and everyone else learn the importance of being a unit. Not to say we are the perfect one – because we are not. But we’ve seen each other through rough times, prayed for each other (both my lolas are warriors!), and are always there for each other, in good times and in bad. Like I said – sanctuary. More on page 3>>>>>

Last week, I was asked to write an article for the Parish bulletin about Advent as a season of peace. I was planning to write about finding inner peace through service. I thought it would it easy. But I ended up struggling with the idea.

As I sat down to write, I started reflecting if I have truly found peace through service in the various ministries of our parish. One of my fondest memories would be the yearly tradition of distributing food for Noche Buena in Taguig and Makati City Jails. The whole experience has always been rewarding and brings a certain peace to my heart. Apart from being able to share my blessings, I feel that I could help change this small part of the world somehow by being an instrument of God. The love of God the Father is unconditional. And more than just detainees feeling joy and happiness from the lechon and other gifts that we have distributed, I wanted them to feel God’s love and compassion through us. More on page 6>>>>>

When we decided to write about the Advent Wreath and what it means, I thought it would be pretty much straightforward. I remember having lessons about this in my Catholic school, and learning what each of the symbols signified. So I was surprised to find out that it’s not clear where and when the Advent Wreath began. Most people seem to agree that it came from Germany in the Middle Ages, but there’s no substantial evidence for that.

Somewhere in the deep recesses of my memory, I recall meanings like the circular shape of the wreath represented the unending, eternal nature of God. The leaves were green to symbolize the life that God gives to the world. There were four candles for the four weeks of Advent, representing hope, love, joy, and peace respectively. (The pink one is joy- or “Gaudete” in Latin) More on page 7>>>>>


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Santuario de San Antonio Parish Pre-Cana program, conducted by its Ministry of Family and Life are scheduled every 1st Saturday of the month. Register online, here, or with Susan at the Parish Office, 843-8830 to 31 #4 and provide your preferred schedule, individual full names, nicknames, contact numbers and email addresses. If your wedding is not going to be held at SSAP, pls. seek permission from the parish of your wedding venue before signing up for SSAP Pre-Cana.

Read an article from one of the engaged couples>>>>>



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