“LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME…. and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14 Every Sunday during the 1030 am mass, a classroom full of 4-7 year olds gather together at the parish center for Magnifikids, a program under the Family and Life Ministry. It isContinue reading “LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME By Karen Blanco”

SSAP Pre-Cana

After months of research, training, formation and preparation, Family Life Ministry launched SSAP’s own Pre-Cana Program on November 7, 2015. A team of facilitators, composed of married couples Ian and Tricia Monsod, Simon and Rina Villalon, Rocky and Yen Chan, Jaime and Karen Blanco, Mike and Monette Gomez, Doy and Jeannie Bitanga, take turns presentingContinue reading “SSAP Pre-Cana”

Parish Gears up for Pre-Cana Program By Mike Gomez

Engaged couples scheduled to join hands and hearts in Holy Matrimony at Santuario de San Antonio shall soon be able to undergo their Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) seminar with the Family and Life Ministry of the Parish. The Ministry, co-chaired by Doy and Jeannie Bitanga and Jaime and Karen Blanco, is preparing seminar modules based onContinue reading “Parish Gears up for Pre-Cana Program By Mike Gomez”

“Santuario de San Antonio Then” by Carina C. Lebron

Shortly after Fr. Hugh Raymond Zurat, O.F.M., was designated Parish Priest of Santuario de San Antonio in the early 1980s, he visited me at my place on Palm Avenue. It was a surprise but he was then getting to know the parishioners. He also invited me to be a member of the Education Committee ofContinue reading ““Santuario de San Antonio Then” by Carina C. Lebron”

FLORES DE MAYO by Karen Blanco

Flores de Mayo in Santuario de San Antonio parish had children and young people offering their flowers to The Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mama Mary. After the 6pm daily mass, the children, with flower offerings in hand, walked up to the altar and to the statue of Our Blessed Lady to lay down the flowersContinue reading “FLORES DE MAYO by Karen Blanco”

My “Salubong” Experience By 10 years old Yani Ledesma

It was my first time to do this so I was a bit nervous. But when I made new friends, it became more fun. I was really happy that I had friends to talk to while waiting. We had to learn Latin verses and different tunes. It was hard at first, but after a fewContinue reading “My “Salubong” Experience By 10 years old Yani Ledesma”


They say Christmas is for children. Indeed kids who attended last Sunday’s 1030 am mass were given a double treat. Our new Franciscan priest Fr. Laurian Janicki, blessed the children at the beginning of the mass after which they exited the main church to attend their Christmas party and last Magnifikids Sunday liturgy class forContinue reading “A MAGNIFIKIDS CHRISTMAS by Karen Blanco”

Deepening Spirituality through Prayer, Sacrament and Service

The Family Life Ministry of Santuario de San Antonio organized a half-day Lenten recollection, which was held last Saturday, March 8, at the Parish Center. Its theme was on “Deepening Spirituality through Prayer, Sacrament and Service.” It was facilitated by Fr. Roberto Buenconsejo, SJ, Assistant Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola Heights,Continue reading “Deepening Spirituality through Prayer, Sacrament and Service”