Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AN INVITATION ... TO A LENTEN RECOLLECTION 2016

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Date: March 5-6, 2016 (overnight recollection)
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


CONCORDIA COLLEGE
Personnel Retreat 
93 pax
January 29-31, 2016
St. Teresa Hall
Speaker: REV. FR. SERAFIN PERALTA, CM
Facilitator: SR. ROWENA PACIFICAR, DC



Monday, February 1, 2016



LIGAYA NG PANGINOON
Central District E
January 30-31, 2016
Fr. Palau Hall
72 pax



CEAP SupCom
2016 MID-YEAR ASSEMBLY
100 pax
February 1-4, 2016
St. Teresa Hall

SPEAKERS: 
1st Day 
 CARDINAL LUIS ANTONIO TAGLE
Archbishop of Manila

2nd Day 
DR.MICHAEL BOYLE
Director
 Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic School of Education
Loyola University Chicago

DR. LORRAINE OZAR
Chair Holder
 Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic School of Education
Loyola University Chicago

3rd Day
FR. ROLANDO dela ROSA, OP
Dean
Faculty of Theology
University of Sto. Tomas


Monday, January 4, 2016


CARMELITE MISSIONARIES 
VOCATION DISCERNMENT WORKSHOP
    November 25-30, 2015


CM - 6 Live-out Aspirants


OCD NUNS ASSEMBLY
52 pax
December 6-12, 2015
Fr. Palau Hall


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"URBI ET ORBI" MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS CHRISTMAS 2015

"URBI ET ORBI" MESSAGE
OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
CHRISTMAS 2015
Friday, 25 December 2015
Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas!
Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation!
Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant
“day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A day of mercy, in which God our Father has
revealed his great tenderness to the entire world. A day of light, which dispels the darkness of fear
and anxiety. A day of peace, which makes for encounter, dialogue and, above all, reconciliation. A
day of joy: a “great joy” for the poor, the lowly and for all the people (cf. Lk 2:10).
On this day, Jesus, the Saviour is born of the Virgin Mary. The Crib makes us see the “sign” which
God has given us: “a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Lk 2:12). Like the
shepherds of Bethlehem, may we too set out to see this sign, this event which is renewed yearly in
the Church. Christmas is an event which is renewed in every family, parish and community which
receives the love of God made incarnate in Jesus Christ. Like Mary, the Church shows to
everyone the “sign” of God: the Child whom she bore in her womb and to whom she gave birth,
yet who is the Son of the Most High, since he “is of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 1:20). He is truly the
Saviour, for he is the Lamb of God who takes upon himself the sin of the world (cf. Jn 1:29). With
the shepherds, let us bow down before the Lamb, let us worship God’s goodness made flesh, and
let us allow tears of repentance to fill our eyes and cleanse our hearts. This is something we all
need!
He alone, he alone can save us. Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil,
at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our midst. The grace of God can convert
hearts and offer mankind a way out of humanly insoluble situations.
Where God is born, hope is born. He brings hope. Where God is born, peace is born. And where
peace is born, there is no longer room for hatred and for war. Yet precisely where the incarnate
Son of God came into the world, tensions and violence persist, and peace remains a gift to be
implored and built. May Israelis and Palestinians resume direct dialogue and reach an agreement
which will enable the two peoples to live together in harmony, ending a conflict which has long set
them at odds, with grave repercussions for the entire region.
We pray to the Lord that the agreement reached in the United Nations may succeed in halting as
quickly as possible the clash of arms in Syria and in remedying the extremely grave humanitarian
situation of its suffering people. It is likewise urgent that the agreement on Libya be supported by
all, so as to overcome the grave divisions and violence afflicting the country. May the attention of
the international community be unanimously directed to ending the atrocities which in those
countries, as well as in Iraq, Libya, Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa, even now reap numerous
victims, cause immense suffering and do not even spare the historical and cultural patrimony of
entire peoples. My thoughts also turn to those affected by brutal acts of terrorism, particularly the
recent massacres which took place in Egyptian airspace, in Beirut, Paris, Bamako and Tunis.
To our brothers and sisters who in many parts of the world are being persecuted for their faith,
may the Child Jesus grant consolation and strength. They are our martyrs of today.
We also pray for peace and concord among the peoples of the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Burundi and South Sudan, that dialogue may lead to a strengthened common commitment to the
building of civil societies animated by a sincere spirit of reconciliation and of mutual understanding.
May Christmas also bring true peace to Ukraine, offer comfort to those suffering from the effects of
the conflict, and inspire willingness to carry out the agreements made to restore concord in the
entire country.
May the joy of this day illumine the efforts of the Colombian people so that, inspired by hope, they
may continue their commitment to working for the desired peace.
Where God is born, hope is born; and where hope is born, persons regain their dignity. Yet even
today great numbers of men and woman are deprived of their human dignity and, like the child
Jesus, suffer cold, poverty, and rejection. May our closeness today be felt by those who are most
vulnerable, especially child soldiers, women who suffer violence, and the victims of human
trafficking and the drug trade.
Nor may our encouragement be lacking to all those fleeing extreme poverty or war, travelling all
too often in inhumane conditions and not infrequently at the risk of their lives. May God repay all
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those, both individuals and states, who generously work to provide assistance and welcome to the
numerous migrants and refugees, helping them to build a dignified future for themselves and for
their dear ones, and to be integrated in the societies which receive them.
On this festal day may the Lord grant renewed hope to all those who lack employment – and they
are so many!; may he sustain the commitment of those with public responsibilities in political and
economic life, that they may work to pursue the common good and to protect the dignity of every
human life.
Where God is born, mercy flourishes. Mercy is the most precious gift which God gives us,
especially during this Jubilee year in which we are called to discover that tender love of our
heavenly Father for each of us. May the Lord enable prisoners in particular to experience his
merciful love, which heals wounds and triumphs over evil.
Today, then, let us together rejoice in the day of our salvation. As we contemplate the Crib, let us
gaze on the open arms of Jesus, which show us the merciful embrace of God, as we hear the
cries of the Child who whispers to us: “for my brethren and companions’ sake, I will say: Peace be
within you” (Ps 121[122]:8).
Christmas Greetings of the Holy Father (after the Urbi et Orbi Blessing)
To you, dear brothers and sisters all over the world who have come to this Square and to all those
who join us by radio, television and other media, I offer my most cordial good wishes.
It is Christmas of the Holy Year of Mercy, and so I pray that all can welcome into their lives the
mercy of God which Jesus Christ has bestowed on us, so that we in turn can show mercy to our
brothers and sisters. In this way, we will make peace grow! Happy Christmas!
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT - POPE FRANCIS' MESSAGE


Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning,
This second Sunday of Advent falls on the day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and thus our gaze is drawn to the beauty of the Mother of Jesus, our Mother! With great joy the Church contemplates her “full of grace” (Lk 1:28), and starting with these words we salute her together: “Full of grace!” Let us say it three times: “Full of grace!”. Everyone: Full of grace! Full of grace! Full of grace! This is how God saw her from the first moment of his loving design. He saw her as beautiful, full of grace. Our Mother is beautiful! Mary sustains our journey toward Christmas, for she teaches us how to live this Advent Season in expectation of the Lord. For this time of Advent is a time of waiting for the Lord, who will visit us all on the feast, but also, each one, in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for him!
The Gospel of St Luke presents us with Mary, a girl from Nazareth, a small town in Galilee, in the outskirts of the Roman Empire and on the outskirts of Israel as well. A village. Yet the Lord’s gaze rested on her, on this little girl from that distant village, on the one he had chosen to be the mother of his Son. In view of this motherhood, Mary was preserved from original sin, from that fracture in communion with God, with others and with creation, which deeply wounds every human being. But this fracture was healed in advance in the Mother of the One who came to free us from the slavery of sin. The Immaculata was written in God’s design; she is the fruit of God’s love that saves the world.
And Our Lady never distanced herself from that love: throughout her life her whole being is a “yes” to that love, it is the “yes” to God. But that didn’t make life easy for her! When the Angel calls her “full of grace” (Lk 1:28), she is “greatly troubled” for in her humility she feels she is nothing before God. The Angel consoles her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus” (v. 30,31). This announcement troubles her even more because she was not yet married to Joseph; but the Angel adds: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you… therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (v. 35). Mary listens, interiorly obeys and responds: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (v.38).
The mystery of this girl from Nazareth, who is in the heart of God, is not estranged from us. She is not there and we over here. No, we are connected. Indeed, God rests his loving gaze on every man and every woman! By name and surname. His gaze of love is on every one of us. The Apostle Paul states that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Eph 1:4). We too, from all time, were chosen by God to live a holy life, free of sin. It is a plan of love that God renews every time we come to him, especially through the Sacraments.
On this Solemnity, then, by contemplating our beautiful Immaculate Mother, let us also recognize our truest destiny, our deepest vocation: to be loved, to be transformed by love, to be transformed by the beauty of God. Let us look to her, our Mother, and allow her to look upon us, for she is our mother and she loves us so much; let us allow ourselves to be watched over by her so that we may learn how to be more humble, and also more courageous in following the Word of God; to welcome the tender embrace of her Son Jesus, an embrace that gives us life, hope and peace.


THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT - POP FRANCIS' MESSAGE


POPE FRANCIS
ANGELUS 
Saint Peter's Square
3rd Sunday of Advent, 15 December 2013

Thank you! Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning,
Today is the Third Sunday of Advent, which is called Gaudete Sunday; that is, the Sunday of joy. In the Liturgy the invitation rings out several times to rejoice, why? Because the Lord is near. Christmas is near. The Christian message is called the ‘Gospel’; i.e. ‘good news’, an announcement of joy for all people; the Church is not a haven for sad people, the Church is a joyful home! And those who are sad find joy in her, they find in her true joy!
However, the joy of the Gospel is not just any joy. It consists in knowing one is welcomed and loved by God. As the Prophet Isaiah reminds us today (cf. 35:1-6a, 8a, 10), God is he who comes to save us and who seeks to help, especially those who are fearful of heart. His coming among us strengthens us, makes us steadfast, gives us courage, makes the desert and the steppe rejoice and blossom; that is, when our lives becomes arid. And when do our lives become arid? When they lack the water of God’s Word and his Spirit of love. However great our limitations and dismay, we are not allowed to be sluggish and vacillating when faced with difficulty and our own weakness. On the contrary, we are invited to strengthen the weak hands, to make firm the feeble knees, to be strong and to fear not, because our God always shows us the greatness of his mercy. He gives us the strength to go forward. He is always with us in order to help us to go forward. He is a God who loves us so very much, he loves us and that is why he is with us, to help us, to strengthen us, help us go forward. Courage! Always forward! Thanks to his help, we can always begin again. How? Begin again from scratch. Someone might say to me: “No, Father, I did so many reprehensible things ... I am a great sinner.... I cannot begin from scratch!”. You are wrong! You can begin from scratch! Why? Because he is waiting for you, he is close to you, he loves you, he is merciful, he forgives you, he gives you the strengthen to begin again from scratch! Everybody! And so we are able to open our eyes again, to overcome sadness and mourning to strike up a new song. And this true joy remains even amid trial, even amid suffering, for it is not a superficial joy; because it permeates the depths of the person who entrusts himself to the Lord and confides in him.
Christian joy, like hope, is founded on God’s fidelity, on the certainty that he always keeps his promises. The Prophet Isaiah exhorts those who have lost their way and have lost heart to entrust themselves to the faithfulness of the Lord, for his salvation will not delay in bursting into their lives. All those who have encountered Jesus along the way experience a serenity and joy in their hearts which nothing and no one can take away. Our joy is Jesus Christ, his faithful love is inexhaustible! Therefore, when a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced himself from Jesus. But then we must not leave him alone! We should pray for him, and make him feel the warmth of the community.
May the Virgin Mary help us to hasten our steps to Bethlehem, to encounter the Child who is born for us, for the salvation and joy of all people. To her the angel said: “Hail, full of grace: the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). May she obtain for us the grace to live the joy of the Gospel in our families, at work, in the parish and everywhere. An intimate joy, fashioned of wonder and tenderness. The joy a mother experiences when she looks at her newborn baby and feels that he or she is a gift from God, a miracle for which she can only give thanks!

After the Angelus:
Dear brothers and sisters, I am sorry you are in the rain! But I am with you, from here.... You are courageous! Thank you!
Today my first greeting is for the children of Rome, who have come for the traditional blessing of the “Baby Jesus” figurines organized by the Roman Oratory. Dear children, when you pray before the manger, remember me too, as I remember you. I thank you, and Happy Christmas!
I greet the families, parish groups, associations and individual pilgrims from Rome, from Italy, and so many parts of the world, especially Spain and the United States of America. With affection I greet the young people from Zambia, and I express my wish that they may become “living stones” for the building up of a more humane society. I extend this wish to all the young people present, especially those from Piscopia and Gallipoli, and the Catholic Action university students from Basilicata.
To you all I wish a blessed Sunday, and a good lunch. Goodbye.

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT - POPE FRANCIS' MESSAGE

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
POPE FRANCIS
ANGELUS 
Saint Peter's Square
2nd Sunday of Advent, 8 December 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning,
This second Sunday of Advent falls on the day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and thus our gaze is drawn to the beauty of the Mother of Jesus, our Mother! With great joy the Church contemplates her “full of grace” (Lk 1:28), and starting with these words we salute her together: “Full of grace!” Let us say it three times: “Full of grace!”. Everyone: Full of grace! Full of grace! Full of grace! This is how God saw her from the first moment of his loving design. He saw her as beautiful, full of grace. Our Mother is beautiful! Mary sustains our journey toward Christmas, for she teaches us how to live this Advent Season in expectation of the Lord. For this time of Advent is a time of waiting for the Lord, who will visit us all on the feast, but also, each one, in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for him!
The Gospel of St Luke presents us with Mary, a girl from Nazareth, a small town in Galilee, in the outskirts of the Roman Empire and on the outskirts of Israel as well. A village. Yet the Lord’s gaze rested on her, on this little girl from that distant village, on the one he had chosen to be the mother of his Son. In view of this motherhood, Mary was preserved from original sin, from that fracture in communion with God, with others and with creation, which deeply wounds every human being. But this fracture was healed in advance in the Mother of the One who came to free us from the slavery of sin. The Immaculata was written in God’s design; she is the fruit of God’s love that saves the world.
And Our Lady never distanced herself from that love: throughout her life her whole being is a “yes” to that love, it is the “yes” to God. But that didn’t make life easy for her! When the Angel calls her “full of grace” (Lk 1:28), she is “greatly troubled” for in her humility she feels she is nothing before God. The Angel consoles her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus” (v. 30,31). This announcement troubles her even more because she was not yet married to Joseph; but the Angel adds: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you… therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (v. 35). Mary listens, interiorly obeys and responds: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (v.38).
The mystery of this girl from Nazareth, who is in the heart of God, is not estranged from us. She is not there and we over here. No, we are connected. Indeed, God rests his loving gaze on every man and every woman! By name and surname. His gaze of love is on every one of us. The Apostle Paul states that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Eph 1:4). We too, from all time, were chosen by God to live a holy life, free of sin. It is a plan of love that God renews every time we come to him, especially through the Sacraments.
On this Solemnity, then, by contemplating our beautiful Immaculate Mother, let us also recognize our truest destiny, our deepest vocation: to be loved, to be transformed by love, to be transformed by the beauty of God. Let us look to her, our Mother, and allow her to look upon us, for she is our mother and she loves us so much; let us allow ourselves to be watched over by her so that we may learn how to be more humble, and also more courageous in following the Word of God; to welcome the tender embrace of her Son Jesus, an embrace that gives us life, hope and peace.

After the Angelus:
Let us join in spirit with the Church in North America which is today remembering the foundation of its first parish Notre-Dame de Québec 350 years ago. Let us give thanks for the ground covered since then, especially for the saints and martyrs who made those lands fertile. I warmly bless all the faithful celebrating this jubilee.
This afternoon, following an old tradition, I will go to Piazza di Spagna to pray at the foot of the monument to the Immaculate Conception. I ask you to join me spiritually in this pilgrimage, an act of fililal devotion to Mary in order to entrust the city of Rome, the Church and humanity as a whole to her. Before returning, I shall stop briefly at St Mary Major to pray to Salus Populi Romaniand I will pray for all of you, for all the people of Rome.
I wish everyone a happy Sunday and a good feast of our Mother. Have a good lunch and see you soon.


FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT -POPE FRANCIS' MESSAGE


POPE FRANCIS
ANGELUS 
Saint Peter's Square
1st Sunday of Advent, 1 December 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!
Today, on the First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year; that is, a new journey of the People of God with Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, who guides us through history toward the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, this day has a special charm, it makes us experience deeply the meaning of history. We rediscover the beauty of all being on a journey: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and all humanity, peoples, civilizations, cultures, all on a journey across the paths of time.
But where are we journeying? Is there a common goal? And what is this goal? The Lord responds to us through the prophet Isaiah, saying: “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths’”(2:2-3). This is what Isaiah says regarding the goal toward which we are travelling. It is a universal pilgrimage toward a common goal, which in the Old Testament is Jerusalem, where the Temple of the Lord rises. For from there, from Jerusalem came the revelation of the Face of God and of his Law. Revelation found its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, and he, the Word made flesh, became the “Temple of the Lord”: he is both guide and goal of our pilgrimage, of the pilgrimage of the entire People of God; and in his light the other peoples may also walk toward the Kingdom of justice, toward the Kingdom of peace. The Prophet continues: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (2:4). Allow me to repeat what the Prophet says; listen carefully: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more”. But when will this occur? What a beautiful day it shall be, when weapons are dismantled in order to be transformed into tools for work! What a beautiful day that shall be! And this is possible! Let us bet on hope, on the hope for peace, and it will be possible!
This journey never comes to an end. Just as in each of our lives we always need to begin again, to get up again, to rediscover the meaning of the goal of our lives, so also for the great human family it is always necessary to rediscover the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes for a good journey. The season of Advent, which we begin again today, restores this horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful! He does not disappoint! Let us think about and feel this beauty.
The model of this spiritual disposition, of this way of being and journeying in life, is the Virgin Mary. A simple girl from the country who carries within her heart the fullness of hope in God! In her womb, God’s hope took flesh, it became man, it became history: Jesus Christ. Her Magnificat is the canticle of the People of God on a journey, and of all men and women who hope in God and in the power of his mercy. Let us allow ourselves to be guided by her, she who is mother, a mamma and knows how to guide us. Let us allow ourselves to be guided by her during this season of active waiting and watchfulness.

After the Angelus:
Dear brothers and sisters, today is the World Day for the battle against HIV/AIDS. We express our closeness to all people whom it has affected, especially children. This closeness is made concrete through the silent commitment of so many missionaries and workers. Let us pray for everyone, also for the doctors and those involved in research. May every sick person, without exception, have access to the care they need.
With affection I greet all the pilgrims here present: the families, parishes, associations.
I wish everyone a blessed beginning of Advent. Have a good lunch and goodbye.