Monday, December 24, 2012

Fr. SOC Christmas Message


Christmas Message by Father SOC
December 24, 2012

      Christmas is a feast of faith. Without faith, Christmas will only be a social festival. Christmas is a Gift wrapped in love to be received in faith. Without faith, Christmas gift giving is only a commercial gimmickry for profit and business gain. The merriment of Christmas must be a fruit of faith. Wishing “Merry Christmas!” without faith is no better than fools laughing madly without reason. Christmas can only be merry because heaven burst forth in love and revealed to us the name of God—Emmanuel, God with us.

Unfortunately, Christmas has been claimed by everybody as a long weekend holiday of joy without remembering Him who brought us that reason for joy

Unfortunately, Christmas has become a season for festive lighting and amazing carnivals but people have forgotten how difficult it must have been for Mary and Joseph to find a room in the inn; the unfortunate couple continues to be rejected in our broken homes.

Unfortunately, Christmas has become a season for bargain sales and street markets even as the buyers and sellers seem to forget their immortal souls.

Unfortunately, Christmas has only become an adjective to describe parties and salary bonuses because we have forgotten that Christmas is an event of the past that must still continue to happen through us.

Unfortunately, Christmas carols have become romantic songs for loved ones we miss because people have forgotten the angels that announced his birth, the sweetest carolers of all times.
Unfortunately, Christmas caroling has become a yearly fund raising occasion because people have put a price tag into almost everything…and everyone.

Unfortunately, the simbang gabi is turning out to be just a Filipino Christmas tradition without understanding that it was first meant to be a thanksgiving novena for the gift of our Catholic faith that we now ridicule and ignore and consider obsolete.

But thanks be to God, that in spite of it all, Christmas is still the greatest feast of all because it celebrates the birth of Jesus, the greatest gift of all. We must regain the real merriment of Christmas and return to the real reason for the season. By faith all these will be possible. Without faith, this season will become just one of the pagan festivals. Christmas is God’s gift to us. Let us take it back from those who have spoiled it; ourselves included.

Emmanuel, God with us, increase our faith. Set our faith on fire again. Help us to live our faith with courage against all odds. Use us to spread the fire of faith all over our land. Lord, increase our faith! Emmanuel, strengthen our faith.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Youth Outing

ANDA
After Parish Youth Convention

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

THE CALLING


Reflection for  3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
January 22, 2012
Every time we were called by our parents or someone older than us for sure we have different responses depending on what we do or whom are we with. We may close our ears as if nothing is calling,  we may get angry and answer the wrong way or we may say “I’m coming!” with joy and excitement for their call.
Three thoughts came to my mind as I look upon the calling of the first disciples:
First, what struck me when Jesus called his disciples was that he did not choose the well – known, clever, famous, politicians in his time but rather hw chose a simple, honest fishermen. Maybe because God knows that a good and a generous heart is far more important than a proud and ambitious head.
Another, when Jesus called his disciples they are not actually found in the Gospel as praying, meditating or inside the church but rather in their workplace. For God, beyond our work is our daily response to God’s call to be his true followers.
Lastly, in the Old Testament when God instructed Jonah to preach the Ninivites for their call to repentance they immediately repent same as through with Peter, Andrew, James and John. And in the Gospel the four fishermen immediately leave the boats and their nets and even their father just to follow Jesus to be one of his disciples.
The calling of the disciples two thousand years ago rouse me to reflect on God’s calling to each and every one of us from the very moment when we receive the sacraments of initiation. Our baptism, confirmation and every time we receive the body of Christ in Holy Communion. It is as if God is calling us NOW. Not tomorrow, not next week but now wherever we are, whatever we do as long as we hear the word of God.
Although we may say to be a Christian is easier said and done, Jesus gave us the answer as to how we can do it with his help. This is through sincere repentance and our belief in him. Repentance is a complete change (conversion) in our way of thinking. People’s natural desire is for self – interest, success, money, pleasure, power and enjoyment but when one is converted he begins to think according what God dictates him. Belief is different from logical thinking or reasoning.  It is an attempt to pattern our life as what Jesus proposes.
Every time we hear the Word of God proclaim in the Eucharist, do we feel the invitation and call of the Lord to be his true disciples? Are we willing to give our life and surrender it totally to the Lord NOW? Our answers and actions will verify what sort of believers we are.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Childlike Christian


Reflection for the Feast of Sto. Nino
January 15, 2012



For certain, all of us have memorable experience during our childhood days that we cherish. When I was a child, I always boast my uncle to my fellow friends. His name was Democrito. He was my mother’s favorite younger brother and where I also got my name. My mom always tells beautiful stories about him that he became like a superhero to me. Most of the time I also mention his name to my friends while we are playing not to trick me because the time my uncle comes they will be punish. He was my idol and I trust in him. But for all my life I haven’t seen him yet and never could I possibly see him since two years ago my relatives in Mindanao told us that he already passed away because of serious illness. He was my childhood hero.
As an adult, I treasure those years of being once a child. The character, lifestyle, attitude and the way of dealing with life are those that I missed now. Perhaps, it is the reason why in the Gospel today Jesus told his disciples “anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." (Luke 18:17).  He is like telling us that we should have to imbibe the character of a child for us to enter the kingdom of God.
Looking back at my experienced I found some interesting qualities of a child. First, a child is simple and innocent. I mean, when he decides, talks, thinks it is always as is not complicated. What you see is what you get. He sees things without malice or wicked desires. We can even find in him purity and true love.
Second, a child is faithful. When he believes in someone he is always faithful to him. But it also demands faithfulness of those he look up to. Let’s say for example as regards promises for a child he will keep his promise but he also demands fulfillment of the promise.
Third, a child is so dependent to his parents in all aspects. He knows that he lives because his parents are providing all for his food, shelter, and clothing with love.
Recognizing these characters of a child lead me to truly believe how important it is to be faithful, simple and dependent child of God. In the end it is all our desire to be called children of God, isn’t it?



Saturday, January 7, 2012

Wais ya Kristiyano


Epiphany of Our Lord
January 8, 2012

     Kada unsasabi so simba kapegleyay 2 anggad 8 ya Enero, isisilibra tayo so Somennidad na say Epifania. Sayan salita et nanlapu ed salitan Grego ya say labay ton ibaga ed say "pampakabat or pamabirbir" ed si Kristo ya sikato ed tuan too tan tuan Dios. 
       Diad samay istorya ed ebangelyo walaray taloran makabat nen saman ya panaon ya ingen say tradisyon ngangaranan to irarayan talo ya sikada di Melchior, Gaspar tan si Baltazar. Sarayan talo et nanregalo ed kinen ugaw ya Kristo. Sikaray angawit na balituk, insinso tan mira. Say kabaliksan daraya ed Kristiyanon konteksto ed say panmaliwan no umbaleg so sayan ugaw. Say balituk parad saray arari tan manmaliw met ya ari ed sangkamunduan si Kristo. Say Insinso et tutukuyen toy inkapari ya sikato ingey manmaliw ya sangkaatagueyan ya pari. Say mira et isisimbolo toy panangilaban nen Kristo ed amin ya katoowan ed intiron mundo laot lad saray mananisia ed sikato.
      Diad sayan bekta nampabirbir si Kristo ed saramay taloran makabat. Alikna da ya sikato ya talaga so manmaliw ya ARI, sangkatagueyan ya PARI tan MANANGILABAN. Akabatan ta ed mismon mata da ya amay abayag dalan tatalaranan ed naimatonan da.
     Ayan inkagawa et naynay ya nauuli lan nauulit et sikatayo met kada onloloob tayod simbahan ta akin nabibirbir tayod salita to say laman to ingen ya aawaten tayo met ed komunyon. Komun ta naalig tayo iraramay taloran wais ya makabat birbiren tayo met si Kristo tan awaten tayon naynay ed sacramentoy Santa Misa. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Brgy. Canan Norte Patronal Fiesta: Viva Sto. Nino


Viva Santo Nino!!!
Barangay Canan Norte, Malasiqui, Pangasinan will celebrate its first ever Patronal Fiesta this coming January 14 – 15 this year. Schedule of activities are as follows:

January 6 – 14, 201:    9 day novena in honor of Sto. Nino sponsored by the different   “PUROK” of the barangay.

January 14, 2012    :    8 o’clock in the morning procession
                                    Games in the afternoon

January 15, 2012    :    8 o’clock in the morning Thanksgiving Mass
                                    11 o’clock baptism

A short history
The discovery of the image ofSanto NiƱo dates back to the 16th century when Magellan and other Spaniards arrived in the island of Cebu. The people in Cebu was used to seeing a variety of ships from different countries. The arrival of the Spaniards filled them with a lot of misgivings. The Spaniards do not have any goods, commodities or commerce to barter unlike the Chinese and Japanese. The only thing they had was their faith in the Savior who died on the cross.
The Spaniards planted a cross on the island and claimed it in the name of a king who lived far away. The lightning from a gun and the thunder released by a cannons made the declaration of their King more dreadful. The natives could do nothing but to listen and submit themselves to the conversion of a new faith.
Lapu-lapu and the other island chieftains objected to pay taxes to a king they could never behold. Instead, Rajah Humabon, chieftain of Sugbu asked the Spaniards to pay the regular tribute upon camping on Sugbu shores. But the Spaniards objected their demands. Noble warriors from Sugbu believed that a king earned his title from an actual battle.


For unknown reasons or tradeoffs, Rajah Humabon and his wife Hara Amihan allowed themselves to be baptized on April 14, 1521 after a Siamese trader convinced Humabon of the foolishness of combating with an evident force. Humabon was baptized as Carlos, in honor of Carlos Primero and his wife received the name of the queen mother. The navigator, Ferdinand Magellan gave the queen a gift, which was the image of the Holy Child.
After the death of Magellan, the image was found by a sailor, Juan de Camus, and was placed in the custody of the Augustinian Church. Six years after, the image was enthroned in the very first Christian church named Santisimo Nombre de Jesus.