Saturday, February 20, 2010

Maligayang Kapistahan Mahal na Poong San Roque!

The above pictures were taken on August 16th 2009

San Roque Estampita (San Roque Holy Card)

The title of my post in English is 'Happy Feast Day San Roque!' In my hometown in Caloocan City,San Roque Cathedral celebrates the feast day of it's Patron Saint twice, one is the original feast day of San Roque every August 16th and the other one is every 3rd week of February (probably because Caloocan City also celebrates it's foundation day on February 16th).

San Roque Pray For Us!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday -Repent and Believe The Good News

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:1-6.16-18.

But) take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.

Fasting, Almsgiving, Scripture Reading, Prayer
Imposition of Ashes

Crucifix and Cross
The Color Violet

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo!/Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy Lunar New Year!

To my Chinese friends: Kung Hei fat Choi!

To my beloved Korean friends and students:

새해 복 많이받으세요
Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo!

credit: kmloop
The Faces Of Korea

St. Valentine

There isn't a single Saint Valentine. Three martyrs have their feast celebreated on this day. Saints Preserve Us reports that eight complete bodies and one head are given the veneration of Saint Valentine in the Roman Church.

The association of Saint Valentine with lovers is as a Christian replacement for the pagan Lupercalia and a medieval belief that birds chose their mates on this day.

In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius named February 14 in honor of St. Valentine as the patron saint of lovers. In 1969, Pope Paul VI dropped it from the calendar of the Church. However, florists, card shops, lingerie stores, etc. love to celebrate this day.

February sleeting.
February ices.
St. Valentine teaches
That His love suffices.

credit: Extreme Catholic

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Baclaran Story

One of my late mother's favorite books is 'The Baclaran Story' when she got sick of cancer in 2008 she's reading the book again maybe she never gets tired of it because she is a devotee of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help or maybe she knows that it's gonna be the last time she'll be reading her favorite book. Being a bookworm and also a devotee of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help, I borrowed the book and I fell in love more with Mother Mary when I got to know the history of the icon of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help.

Here are the details of the book:

The Baclaran Story
by Luis G. Hechanova, cssr
156 pp., PhP 119

The perpetual novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help was introduced in the Philippines in the Redemptorist Church of Baclaran on June 23, 1948. From an initial attendance of 70 people, it has grown in fifty years to more than 100,000 devotees every Wednesday of the year, making it the biggest of its kind in the world. This is its story.

Source: Claretian Publications

Friday, February 5, 2010

May Bukas Pa

This multi awarded drama on ABS CBN has always been my favorite soap since it was shown on February 2009. Even my sons like the show's protagonist a boy named Santino (played by child actor Zaijian Jaranilla)and of course the show has made my son's closer to 'Bro' (Jesus Christ).

This show has made 'God more real' and more accessible to ordinary persons. The story was derived from the story 'Marcelino Pan Y Vino' but with a different twist. Tonight 'May Bukas Pa' folded up (with high TV ratings!, it's the only soap opera in the Philippines that run for 1 year on Philippine TV!), I felt sad because it is the only show that teaches good morale values to televiewers. But all good things must come to an end. The show has ended but I will forever remember the good values that I've learned from my favorite soap and I will forever remember Zaijian Jaranilla as 'Santino' the boy who befriended 'Bro.'

There is just one thing that I'm sure of 'Bro' is always with us. As Santino would always say 'No.1 Ka Talaga Bro!' (You're number 1 Bro! or 'You're number 1 Jesus!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Baclaran Day

Today is 'Baclaran Day' in the Philippines or in short every Wednesday many Filipinos go to Baclaran Church (built by the Redemptorists Missionaries) to show their devotion to our Mother Of Perpetual Help. Those who can't go to Baclaran Church attend Novena masses in their respective parishes, this is the only devotion in the Philippines that is being celebrated in almost every parish during Wednesdays. I myself is a devotee of our Mother of Perpetual Help, I have a 'closer relationship' with her after my mom died in 2008 of cancer. When I ask for her intercession I talk to her as if I'm talking to my mom or to a close friend. I've also entrusted my sons and my family (even my blog!) under the mantle of her maternal protection.

Mother Of Perpetual Help Lead Us to Jesus!


The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, commonly called Candlemas, commemorates the presentation of Christ in the temple and the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary. The feast falls on February 2nd.

Canticle of Simeon In Latin

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine
Secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium,
Et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

In the Philippines, the Catholic faithful attends Holy Mass during this day and brings candles to be blessed by the priest after the Mass.