Christmas is…. By Letty Jacinto-Lopez

“Come see my tree,” said my friend Cora Florencio and that made me smile. To me, once the Christmas tree is up, the most beautiful and well-revered season is definitely upon us. My mother would play Christmas carols and sweet lullabies that were both soft and calming. She’d gather us around the console radio andContinue reading “Christmas is…. By Letty Jacinto-Lopez”

“The Call and Passion to Serve” By Earl Leonard Sebastian

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 This article is in dedication with the grace of St. Martha, the patroness of service. A saint who I look up to, most especially in my calling to serveContinue reading ““The Call and Passion to Serve” By Earl Leonard Sebastian”

“Why were you looking for me?”, Sunday Reflection, FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY by Fr. Jesús Galindo, OFM

The Christmas season is above all a family celebration. Overseas relatives and contract workers make it a point to come home at this time of the year to celebrate Christmas with the family. The most joyous moment of the season is definitely the Christmas midnight’s nochebuena, when all the family members gather at table. TheContinue reading ““Why were you looking for me?”, Sunday Reflection, FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY by Fr. Jesús Galindo, OFM”

“TRUST THE GRAND DESIGN”, SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION 4th Sunday of Advent by Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM

One of the most important questions we can ever ask ourselves is, “Does life have meaning over and above our own designs?” Does life have purpose beyond our making? How we answer this question has significant ramifications for our happiness and peace of mind. Is there a divine blueprint for how life unfolds or areContinue reading ““TRUST THE GRAND DESIGN”, SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION 4th Sunday of Advent by Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM”

SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION Gaudete Sunday 3rd Sunday of Advent Year C by Fr. Efren Jimenez, OFM

The liturgy of the 3rd Sunday of advent is full of reassurance and comfort for us. In the past it was known as “Gaudete Sunday,” the Latin word meaning “rejoice.” The liturgy then tells us to be happy, not to worry, that the Lord is near And if we want the peace of God toContinue reading “SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION Gaudete Sunday 3rd Sunday of Advent Year C by Fr. Efren Jimenez, OFM”

ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE by Jayme Blanco

Last November 22, 2015, our parish hosted the Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions in the United States and Canada, this annual event is the gathering of the representatives of the Anglican/Episcospal Holy Trinity Chuch of Manila, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City, the Evangelical Protestant Union ChurchContinue reading “ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE by Jayme Blanco”

Christmas, the Giving of Self OFS Advent Recollection By Cristina Teehankee

We refer to Christmas as the season of giving and party celebrations. Most of us try hard to prepare party food that we often like to eat rather than the food friends and family would want to eat, say our Recollection Master, Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM Parish Priest during the OFS Advent RecollectionContinue reading “Christmas, the Giving of Self OFS Advent Recollection By Cristina Teehankee”

SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION Second Sunday of Advent (B): John the Baptist as Advent Companion, By Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM

Introduction: There is something in the Christmas season that the church has difficulty dealing with: the preparatory character of Advent to Christmas. The ambiguity is seen here in the church as two contrasting colors signifying contrasting moods juxtaposed here. We have the bright colors of Christmas thus effectively glossing over Advent as a necessary preludeContinue reading “SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION Second Sunday of Advent (B): John the Baptist as Advent Companion, By Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM”

“Be Vigilant At All Times,” First Sunday of Advent C by Fr. Jesús Galindo, OFM

Today, the first Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning of a new liturgical year–Year C, during which the Gospel of St. Luke will be mostly read. Luke’s gospel is the gospel of prayer, the gospel of joy, the gospel of the poor, the gospel of the Holy Spirit, the gospel of mercy, the gospel ofContinue reading ““Be Vigilant At All Times,” First Sunday of Advent C by Fr. Jesús Galindo, OFM”