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Bulletin – August 16, 2017

EVANGELIZATION:

Aug. 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
       

 

PASTORAL:

 

Youth Ministry: It’s time to come home. Everyone is invited to BLD Youth Manila’s Homecoming 2017. Lets all unite and worship as one Community on September 2, Saturday, 6pm at Sunshine Place, Jupiter St., Makati City. Hope to see you all there.

 

Healing Ministry: Healing Workshop (Retooling) will be  on Aug. 19, Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at BLD Secretariat. This is also open to Intercessory Ministry and to all Covenant Disciples.

 

 

MANAGEMENT:

 

BLD ID: Bro. Fred Estioko will be taking ID pictures at the entrance of the SDSA church for BLD members who have no IDs yet, especially LSS No. 53 graduates. Also, ID applicants are requested to accomplish a personal information sheet form(PIS) at the registration. Fee is P150. Please claim IDs at the BLD Manila Secretariat or from Bro.Fred during Corporate Worship.

 

Reminder: Due to pronounced security concerns, all BLD members are encouraged to wear their official BLD ID during our CW/EC at SDSA.

 

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of August 15, 2017 7,163,505.94

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
Aug. 2   58,520.00 12,000.00   70,520.00
Aug. 9   71,220.00     71,220.00
TOTAL  129,740.00 12,000.00 141,740.00

 

Thank you very much for your generosity!

 

Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

 

“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2Cor 9:7

FORMATION:

 

Discipling Teaching:

  • Catholic Lay Evangelization (CLAYE) Seminar Part 2 – Aug. 26-27 (Sat–Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.

 

MISSION:

 

Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 52 sponsors for ELP and regular SOH scholars. Those who are moved by the Spirit to help indigent children, please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. Enda Villar at 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar.

 

Mission Outreach: we are inviting Community members and non members to join our missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Aug. 19 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Haven for  Women
Aug. 20 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Aug. 26 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran&Dorlie

Carandan)

Aug. 26 (Sat.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.”(Lk 4:18)

Schedule of Greeters for Corporate Worship
Assigned Greeters Date
Poverty Alleviation Ministry Aug. 23, 2017
Institution Services Ministry Aug. 30, 2017
Intercessory Ministry – Group 1 Sept. 6, 2017
Intercessory Ministry – Group 2 Sept. 13, 2017
Management Core & Treasury Sept. 20, 2017
Service Ministry Sept. 27, 2017
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Bulletin – August 9, 2017

 

EVANGELIZATION:

Aug. 16 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
       

 

PASTORAL:

 

Healing Ministry:

  • Healing Workshop (Retooling) will be on Aug. 19, Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at BLD Secretariat. This is also open to Intercessory Ministry and to all Covenant Disciples.

 

  • BLD Members who need counseling and who want to be prayed over (hospital or home), may get in touch with Bro. Bobby (0933 279 0342) and Sis. Nene Hernandez (0916 6399023) or BLD Manila Secretariat at 478 9782.

 

MANAGEMENT:

 

BLD ID: Bro. Fred Estioko will be taking ID pictures at the entrance of the SDSA church for BLD members who have no IDs yet, especially LSS No. 53 graduates. Also, ID applicants are requested to accomplish a personal information sheet form(PIS) at the registration. Fee is P150. Please claim IDs at the BLD Manila Secretariat or from Bro.Fred during Corporate Worship.

 

Reminder: Due to pronounced security concerns, all BLD members are encouraged to wear their official BLD ID during our CW/EC at SDSA.

 

BLD House of Worship: We are looking for a 1,000-square meter property in Makati, Pasig, Taguig or Mandaluyong for our future place of worship and permanent office. For a referrals, please contact Bro. Gene and Sis. May Mercado at 09271271937.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of August 8, 2017 7,158,505.94

 

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
Aug. 2   58,520.00 12,000.00 70,520.00
TOTAL   58,520.00 12,000.00 70,520.00

Thank you very much for your generosity!

Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

FORMATION:

 

Service Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic Bible Seminar – Aug. 12, Sat., 8am-5pm at Two E-Com Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City.

 

Intercessory Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic & Advanced Intercession – Aug. 19, Sat., 8am-12nn at BLD Secretariat, Bangkal, Makati City.

 

Discipling Teaching:

  • Catholic Lay Evangelization (CLAYE) Seminar Part 1 – Aug. 12-13(Sat–Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.
  • CLAYE Seminar Part 2 – Aug. 26-27 (Sat-Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.

MISSION:

Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 96 sponsors for ELP and regular SOH scholars. Those who are moved by the Spirit to help indigent children, please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. Enda Villar at 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar.

Mission Outreach: we are inviting Community members and non members to join our missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Aug. 12 & 26 (Sat.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Aug.13 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tunasan, Muntilupa
Aug. 19 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Haven for  Women
Aug. 20 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Aug. 26 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran&Dorlie

Carandan)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.”(Lk 4:18)

 

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WSC Reflection for August 13, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
August 13, 2017

Community Word:
The glory of God transforms our lives.

Theme: We are transformed as we set our eyes of faith on Jesus.

Promise: “The Lord himself will give his benefits; our land shall yield its increase.” (Ps 85:13)

Reflection:
The gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time is an invitation of Jesus to put our trust in Him at all times with our whole being. In our daily trials, the Lord invites us to keep our hearts focused on Him because His loving presence is the reason why we can overcome fear, doubt and anxiety and be able walk in faith with Him. Jesus’ presence in our lives comforts us because He is there to walk with us through our suffering and pain. Jesus promises us with these words from Psalm 85:13: “The Lord himself will give his benefits; our land shall yields its increase,” when we set our eyes of faith on Him.

As we are comforted by the Lord when we go through our own experiences of pain, we also become comforters to others. We are able to empathize with our brothers and sisters who undergo emotional hurts and trauma, grief and many of life’s burdens because we know that our Lord does not fail those who also seek His help. We are enabled to be God’s helpers and to reach out to others in love and compassion. Comfort is received when we cry out to the Lord: “My soul languishes for your salvation; I hope in your word,” (Ps 119:82).

Jesus does not expect us to follow Him with blind faith. In putting our trust in the Lord, we have to walk by faith, not by sight. When we walk by sight, we rely on our own strength, and when trials come, either we don’t do anything or we live in fear and uncertainty. To walk by faith is to rely and trust in God’s guidance and discernment even if we are not sure what comes next. Nothing is impossible with God, so we can walk where we have never imagined we could be and we can do what is humanly impossible.

So, our theme for this week is: We are transformed as we set our eyes of faith on Jesus. Faith is the key. When we have faith, God is never out of sight. He is our stronghold and our security against any negative situations or forces that would render us helpless and hopeless. We saw this situation with Peter. As soon as his faith was shaken, he began to sink and Jesus pulled him up to safety. Addressing Peter’s apparent weakness, He told him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Mt. 14:31b). Peter faltered because he took his eyes off from Jesus. Same is true with us when we focus on our problems and feel we are alone to solve them, we lose sight of Jesus and we begin to sink into despair and hopelessness.

In the second reading, Paul is facing a storm of his own, a “great sorrow and constant anguish” in his heart over the spiritual condition of the Jews, despite enumerating to them the many blessings they have been receiving and they still refuse to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. But Paul, being a man of faith and prayer, does not let any trial turn his heart away from the presence of the Lord. He does not allow himself to be overcome by negative thoughts and emotions, instead he concludes with an act of faith and prayer of praise as he accepts the mysterious contradiction in the unfolding of God’s plan, “blessed forever be God who is over all,” (Rom 9:5b).

Christian life is not a vacation tour or a pleasure cruise, but a constant struggle against the forces of evil and darkness. There are moments when these struggles are a matter of life or death. But a Christian can always look forward to a joyful ending if he accepts that as he is often weak and helpless, he is humble enough to cry out to Jesus and reach out for His hands. In times when we are confronted with difficulties, when we seem to experience situations of hopelessness, when we are facing a storm of hurdles and trials, fix your hearts on Jesus and, like Peter, cry out in despair: “Lord save me!” (Mt. 14:30b). And Jesus certainly will.

Prayer:
“Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved, and let it penetrate my thought, my way of judging Divine things and human things.

Lord, let my faith be joyful and give peace and gladness to my spirit, and dispose it for prayer with God and conversation with men, so that the inner bliss of its fortunate possession may shine forth in sacred and secular conversation.

Lord, let my faith be humble and not presume to be based on the experience of my thought and of my feeling; but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Reflection Guides:
1. Am I aware of the presence of the Lord each day? When confronted with problems, do I place my confidence in God?

2. What do I do when overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions? Do I turn to the Lord in prayer and ask for intercession?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
August 13, 2017 (Sun) – 1Kgs 19:9, 11-13/Ps 85:9-14/Rom 9:1-5/Mt 14:22-33
August 14, 2017(Mon) – Dt 10:12-22/Ps 147:23-15, 19, 20/Mt 17:22-27
August 15, 2017(Tues) – Rv 11:19; 12:1-6, 10/Ps 45:10-12, 16/1Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56
August 16, 2017(Wed) – Dt 34:1-12/Ps 66:1-3, 5, 8, 16-17/Mt 18:15-20
August 17, 2017 (Thur) – Jos 3:7-10, 11, 13-17/Ps 114:1-6/Mt 18:21-19:1
August 18, 2017 (Fri) – Jos 24:1-13/Ps 136:1-3, 16-18, 21, 22, 24/Mt 19:3-12
August 19, 2017(Sat) – Jos 24:14-29/Ps 16:1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11/Mt 19:13-15

“Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ. Read your Bible daily!”

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Bulletin – August 2, 2017

 

EVANGELIZATION:

Aug. 9 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Aug. 16 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug. 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
       

 

PASTORAL:

 

Healing Ministry: Healing Workshop (Retooling) will be  on Aug. 19, Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at BLD Secretariat. This is also open to Intercessory Ministry and to all Covenant Disciples.

 

MANAGEMENT:

 

BLD ID: Bro. Fred Estioko will be taking ID pictures at the entrance of the SDSA church for BLD members who have no IDs yet,especially LSS No. 53 graduates. Also, ID applicants are requested toaccomplish a personal information sheet form(PIS) at the registration. Fee is P150. Please claim IDs at the BLD Manila Secretariat or from Bro.Fred during Corporate Worship.

 

Reminder: Due to pronounced security concerns, all BLD members are encouraged to wear their official BLD ID during our CW/EC at SDSA.

 

BLD House of Worship: We are looking for a 1,000-square meter property in Makati, Pasig, Taguig or Mandaluyong for our future place of worship and permanent office. For a referrals, please contact Bro. Gene and Sis. May Mercado at 09271271937.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of July 31, 2017 7,158,505.94

 

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
July5   61,150.00 14,000.00 75,150.00
July12   55,430.25   1,500.00 56,930.25
July19   59,240.00 59,240.00
July 26   41,750.00    41,750.00
TOTAL 217,570.25 15,500.00 233,070.25

Thank you very much for your generosity!

Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

FORMATION:

 

Service Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic Bible Seminar – Aug. 12, Sat., 8am-5pm at Two E-Com Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City.

 

Intercessory Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic & Advanced Intercession – Aug. 19, Sat., 8am-12nn at BLD Secretariat, Bangkal, Makati City.

 

Discipling Teaching:

  • Catholic Lay Evangelization (CLAYE) Seminar Part 1 – Aug. 12-13(Sat–Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.
  • CLAYE Seminar Part 2 – Aug. 26-27 (Sat-Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.

 

MISSION:

 

Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 96 sponsors for ELP and regular SOH scholars. Those who are moved by the Spirit to help indigent children, please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. Enda Villar at 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar.

 

Mission Outreach: we are inviting Community members and non members to join our missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Aug. 12 & 26 (Sat.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Aug.13 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tunasan, Muntilupa
Aug. 19 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Haven for  Women
Aug. 20 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Aug. 26 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran&Dorlie

Carandan)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Aug. 27 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Aug. 27 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.”(Lk 4:18)

 

 

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Reflection for August 2017

Community Word: The glory of God transforms our lives

Order: “Listen to him.” (Mt 17:5b)

Reflection:
Our community word for the month is – The glory of God transforms our lives. Transformed lives begin with the message of God in the gospel of salvation that Christ gave us. The word of God is the power that renews and transforms our self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness. God tells us to “listen to him,” (Mt. 17: 5b) pointing to Jesus as His messenger and mouthpiece who leads us to behold God’s glory and gaze at the wonder of His power. Until we see Him face to face, it is our faith that brings us to continue believing in the gospel, living it in our everyday lives, and sharing it to many others.

During the month of August, let us ponder upon the Sunday and weekly bible readings that we may have a deeper understanding of God’s word and be steadfast in applying such knowledge in our day to day life.

On the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, the theme is – We are transformed as we listen to Him. God has chosen this event at Mt. Tabor to show humanity, through the personal experience of Peter, James and John, that He truly wants us to see and know the divinity of Jesus Christ, as the Son of God. It is a significant moment when man meets God, bridging earth and heaven. The sight was beyond awesome for Peter that he no longer wanted to leave the place. But seeing is not enough; God wants us to listen to Jesus and He gives us His word to guide us in our daily life. We are called to focus on Jesus and be faithful to all his teachings and his message of salvation. As we do and fulfil our mission, we will receive God’s promise this week: “…all peoples see His glory,” (Ps 97:6b).

Our theme for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time is – We are transformed as we set our eyes of faith on Jesus. Living in fear, anxiety and doubt are manifestations of how little our faith is. Lord, save me!” (Mt 14:30b) … is a cry of helplessness which shows that, indeed, we cannot save ourselves by our own power. It is only by reaching out to Jesus and holding his hand that we will feel safe and secure most especially in tough situations. If we pay attention to the stormy seas and rough waves of our hardships, we may sink into our hopelessness and desperation. We need to renew our strength by focusing on Christ alone. If we allow our steadfast faith to carry us through our burdens and our difficulties, then we will reap God’s promise this week: “The Lord will Himself give His benefits; our land shall yield its increase,” (Ps 85:13).

On the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our theme is – We are transformed as we put our trust in the love and mercy of God. Without any doubt, God’s love is complete and His mercy endures forever. This is His nature. But the response rests on us if we want to be in God’s good graces. If we are humble and persistent in our prayers, God will pour out His blessings, just as Jesus richly blessed those who put their complete trust in the Lord. He calls us to embrace the gospel and to share its message to others by what we say and do. The more we share Christ with others, the deeper we will feel His love and mercy. That alone gives us the encouragement to be His effective disciples. With hope in our hearts, God will surely bless us with this week’s promise: “all who… hold my covenant… I will bring to my holy mountains,” (Isa 56:6b 7a).

Lastly, the theme for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary time is – We are transformed as we pray for and submit to those in authority. In this Sunday’s gospel, we are exhorted to reflect on our answer to Jesus’ question – “Who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16:15). When we come to know who Jesus is, we also discover who we are. Hopefully, in the process we too will become a “rock”, in the manner that Jesus gave authority to Peter, the “Rock” upon whom He built His Church. We become the church that Christ formed us to be, that our own identity is established in our relationship with Him. As we are united in the body of Christ, we also become instruments of unity for its members. In a world that grows divided and is drifting from the Truth, we need to recognize Christ’s anointed authority to keep His people anchored in Him in any kind of storm, believing in His direction and promise: “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.” (Mt 16:19b).

Prayer: 
Lord God, thank you for leading us to your Son Jesus by instructing us to listen to Him. We believe that our journey to transformation and wholeness starts only when we recognize Him as the Christ, our loving Redeemer whom you sent to save us from sin and death. As we encounter uncertainties and doubts in life, strengthen our faith that we may always put our complete trust in your goodness and mercy. Amen.

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WSC Reflection for August 6, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
Feast of Transfiguration (Cycle A, Year I)
August 6, 2017

Community Word
The glory of God transforms our lives

Theme
We are transformed as we listen to Him.

Promise
“… all peoples see His glory.” (Ps. 97: 6b)

Reflection: 
The Transfiguration is the turning point of Jesus as man when He experienced the manifestation of His glory, unveiling His fullness and greatness when He was affirmed by the Father as His beloved Son. Such heavenly recognition gave Him joy and strength to be able to endure the cross that He would later embrace, and spurn the betrayal, rejection and shame thrown at Him. For the apostles Peter, James and John, it was an experience beyond awe. Jesus had exhorted them to be steadfast in their faith and fix their eyes on eternal life.

The mountain experience is given to all of us so that we might have the necessary grace and spiritual strength to face trials in life, leading us to share in the eternal glory of heaven. God promises to continue to mold us, change us amidst our frailties, brokenness and sinfulness. This is expressed in our community word for this month – The glory of God transforms our live. Transfiguration tells us that God is not only experienced in the high mountains of our life when all is well. He is sought even more by those who are burdened and lost, those who are neglected in community and in our mission areas where there is much need for prayers.

Ignoring God’s presence in our hearts makes us spiritually weak; we become fearful and we withdraw from fully committing as followers of Christ. These limit us from developing our full potential. God appears in moments of greatest fear to instill faith and strength in our hearts with His encouraging words and helping hand. His love moves us and gives us courage to face problems in ourselves and in our relationships. Filled with faith, the only important thing is to know that Jesus has done the impossible for us. Jesus teaches us the Truth and by His grace, makes obedience to the commandments possible.

Our theme for this week is – We are transformed as we listen to Him. Peter’s faith at the time of the Transfiguration was not perfect. Only after he suffered a great deal and learned the importance of listening to the voice in his heart that he became more aware of who he was. Then he was able to pass on to others his profound belief in God and his deep love for Jesus. We are like Peter in many ways. We are anxious over many things that we often forget “to listen to Him.” Let us contemplate on the importance of listening to our Lord Jesus Christ as we go through our daily routines and live our lives in accordance with His words.

The transfiguration event also shows us the value of retreating from our busyness to go to our “mountain” of rest, to pray and listen to Jesus. Our problems need not necessarily go away when we pray, but we know that after prayers our outlook and attitude towards the same world will be different because our hearts are being transformed. In our constant and persevering prayers we will discover that what matters is doing God’s will, not ours.

As we listen to the voice of God within us, calming and strengthening our spirits, we are also inspired by and reminded of the promise this week: “… all peoples see His glory,” (Ps 97:6b).

Prayer: 
O loving Jesus, draw me close to You and allow me to see Your glory. Keep me always awake and alert to Your word, Will, and Your presence in my life. Keep me away from temptations and any occasion of sin that separates me from You, preventing me from being transformed into Your likeness. Let me give my life to You totally and without reserve. Let me call upon Your name forever. Amen.

Reflection Guides: 
1.Are you ready and prepared to see God’s glory?

2.What do you do when trials and disappointments put you down making you spiritually blind and insensitive to everything that God has done to and for you?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
August 6, 2017 (Sun) – 1Kgs 3:5, 7-12/Ps 119:57, 72, 76-77,127-128,129-130/Rom 8:28-30/ Mt 13:44-52
August 7, 2017(Mon) – Ex 32:15-24, 30-34/Ps 106:19-23/Mt 13:31-35
August 8, 2017(Tues) – Ex 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28/Ps 103:6-13/ Mt 13:36-43
August 9, 2017(Wed) – Ex 34:29-35/Ps 99:5-7, 9/Mt 13:44-46
August 10, 2017 (Thur) – Ex 40:16-21, 34-38/Ps 84:3-6, 8, 11/Mt 13:47-53 
August 11, 2017 (Fri) – Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15, 16, 27, 34-37/Ps 81:3-6, 10, 11/Mt 13:54-58
August 12, 2017(Sat) – Lv 25:1, 8-17/Ps 67:2, 3, 5, 7, 8/Mt 14:1-12

“Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ. Read your Bible daily!”

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WSC Reflection for July 30, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
July 30, 2017

Community Word: 
True disciples of Christ bear much fruit.

Theme: 
We bear much fruit when we desire the kingdom of heaven as our treasured possession.

Promise: 
“All things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

Reflection:
Where is your heart? “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be,” (Mat 6:21). Our life here on earth is simply a journey towards our final and eternal destination. The things that preoccupy us here will tell us what we value most in life. Therefore, whatever we do should bring us closer to our goal. Any activity that keeps us away from our ultimate quest is a detour in our lifelong journey. We would be better off doing things that lead us right to where we want to be – the kingdom of heaven.

Two parables, the hidden treasure and the pearl, speak to us in this Sunday’s gospel of our search of the kingdom of heaven. In the first case, a common laborer sells everything to purchase the field in which he found and buried his treasure. Here the treasure is a pure gift, which he just happens to find without effort. But upon finding it, he commits himself to safeguarding it. In the second parable, a rich merchant sells all he has in order to buy the pearl of great price that he had searched for. He remains persistent, not giving up until he finds the treasure.

The gospel concludes by comparing the kingdom of heaven to a net that is thrown into the sea and brings in a catch of every kind of fish. When the net was full, it was drawn ashore and sorted out, the good fish put into baskets, the bad thrown away. The fish is a metaphor for man. At the end of time, God will separate the good from the bad. The latter will be thrown into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. This is a place we definitely don’t want to find ourselves in when judgment day comes. At that time, judgment will not be ours. There will be no second chances in seeking the ‘pearl of great price.’ We can no longer come back to earth and start all over again to undo whatever wrong we may have done. The time is now for us to be counted among the good fish when we appear before God for the final judgment. This is the essence of our theme for the week: We bear much fruit when we desire the kingdom of heaven as our treasured possession.

So what does it take to seek God’s Kingdom here on earth? The gospel challenges us to examine our goals. Having found this treasure, you would be wise to embrace it by rejecting your worldly priorities. Are you willing to let go of everything to focus your life on the ultimate goal, earnestly working to find this treasure? In the first reading Solomon prayed, not for riches or fame, but for the wisdom to judge what would be best for his people, and the Lord God rewarded him for his unselfish desire to be righteous. In like manner, we must aspire for wisdom and understanding in order for us to seek His kingdom above all else. It is not easy choosing between a life of worldly treasures, and an unselfish Christian life that strives to meet the needs of others. But because of our love and commitment to God, His grace enables us to seek His kingdom above all.

St. Paul give this assurance for us who work in faith to embrace the kingdom of God and this is our promise for the week: “… all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose,” (Rom 8:28). God knows from all eternity that we are made in His perfect image and likeness. We have been called to be glorified so we may inherit the Kingdom of God.

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for the grace of finding the way to the ‘pearl of great price’ through our community and prayer groups. May we find You in the families we evangelize, in the mission work we do in your Church in accord with our God-given gifts, and in the work we do for our fellowmen to alleviate their poverty. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. What are the thoughts and desires that usually fill your heart? 
2. What activities occupy most of your time and you give priority to? 
3. What would you do differently so that you will be able to dedicate more attention to your spiritual life?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
July 30, 2017 (Sun) – 1Kgs 3:5,7-12/Ps 119:57,72,76-77,127-128,129-130/Rom 8:28-30/ Mt 13:44-52
July 31, 2017(Mon) – Ex 32:15-24,30-34/Ps 106:19-23/Mt 13:31-35
August 1, 2017(Tues) – Ex 33:7-11;34:5-9,28/Ps 103:6-13/Mt 13:36-43
August 2, 2017(Wed) – Ex 34:29-35/Ps 99:5-7,9/Mt 13:44-46
August 3, 2017 (Thur) – Ex 40:16-21,34-38/Ps 84:3-6,8,11/Mt 13:47-53 
August 4, 2017 (Fri) – Lv 23:1,4-11,15,16,27,34-37/Ps 81:3-6,10,11/Mt 13:54-58
August 5, 2017(Sat) – Lv 25:1,8-17/Ps 67:2,3,5,7,8/Mt 14:1-12

“Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ. Read your Bible daily!”

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Bulletin – July 26

 

EVANGELIZATION:

Aug 2 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug 9 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Aug 16 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Aug 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship

 

MANAGEMENT:

 

Help Marawi: a heartfelt thank you to all BLD members who extended financial assistance for relief efforts in war torn Marawi City. Please continue to pray for peace in Mindanao.

 

BLD ID: Bro. Fred Estioko will be taking ID pictures at the entrance of the SDSA church for BLD members who have no IDs yet,especially LSS No. 53 graduates. Also, ID applicants are requested to accomplish a personal information sheet form (PIS) at the registration. Fee is P150. Please claim IDs at the BLD Manila Secretariat or from Bro.Fred during Corporate Worship.

 

Reminder: Due to pronounced security concerns, all BLD members are encouraged to wear their official BLD ID during our CW/EC at SDSA.

 

BLD House of Worship: we are looking for a 1,000-square meter property in Makati, Pasig, Taguig or Mandaluyong for our venue for corporate worship and future permanent office. For a referrals, please contact Bro. Gene & Sis. May Mercado at 09271271937.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of July 26, 2017 7,151,380.54

 

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
July5   61,150.00 14,000.00    75,150.00
July12   55,430.25   1,500.00    56,930.25
July19   59,240.00    59,240.00
TOTAL 175,820.25 15,500.00  191,320.25
Schedule of Greeters for Corporate Worship
Assigned Greeters Date
Evangelization Core Group Aug. 2, 2017
Homestead 1 Aug. 9, 2017
Homestead 2 Aug. 16, 2017

 

FORMATION:

 

Service Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic Bible Seminar – Aug. 12, Sat., 8am-5pm at Two E-Com Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City.

 

Intercessory Ministry Teaching:

  • Basic & Advanced Intercession – Aug. 19, Sat., 8am-12nn at BLD Secretariat, Bangkal, Makati City.

 

Discipling Teaching:

  • Catholic Lay Evangelization (CLAYE) Seminar Part 1 – Aug. 12-13 (Sat–Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.
  • CLAYE Seminar Part 2 – Aug. 26-27 (Sat-Sun) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat.

 

PASTORAL:

 

Healing Ministry:

  • Healing Workshop (Retooling) will be on Aug. 19, Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at BLD Secretariat. This is also open to Intercessory Ministry and to all Covenant Disciples.

 

  • BLD Members who need counseling and who want to be prayed over (hospital or home), may get in touch with Bro. Bobby (0933 279 0342) and Sis. Nene Hernandez (0916 6399023) or BLD Manila Secretariat at 478 9782.

 

MISSION:

 

Poverty Alleviation Ministry is still accepting sponsors for 125 scholars of the SOH Enhanced Learning Program. Those who are moved by the Spirit to help indigent children, please approach or contact any PAM members or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. EndaVillarat 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar.

 

Mission Outreach: we are inviting Community members and non members to join our missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
July 29 (Sat)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

GK – Villa Paraiso

 

 

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.” (Lk 4:18)

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Mission Newsletter – The Brown Scapular

 

THE BROWN SCAPULAR 

July 16 is the feast of our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  On this day in 1251,  St. Simon Stock, the Vicar General of the Carmelite Order   prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary for special protection  and  she appeared in a vision handing him the scapular professing: “It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. WHOSEVER DIES WEARING THIS SCAPULAR SHALL NOT SUFFER ETERNAL FIRE.”

What better way to celebrate the Feast of Our  Lady of Mt. Carmel than by consecrating all the members of Tunasan Prayer Group to the Blessed Virgin Mary through the imposition of the Brown Scapular.  The investiture was conducted by Fr. Ike of St. Peregrine Parish.


In her very last appearance at Fatima, the Blessed Virgin was holding a Scapular. Lucia (of whom it was said by Our Lady that she would live in order to spread devotion to Her Immaculate Heart) explained that Our Lady did so because “She wants everyone to wear it.” Lucia said further: “The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable” and that the reason for wearing the Scapular is because it is our “Sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

As the Rosary is inseparable to the Scapular, it is providential that we have long encouraged devotion to it  among the members.  The following are some of the  promises of the Blessed Virgin Mary for those who regularly recite the Rosary as imparted to St. Dominic:

  1. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  2. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune.
  3. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
  4. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  5. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

In faith, we believe that,  all the members we have consecrated to our Blessed Virgin Mary will receive her full protection and graces.

WSC was held after the investiture. It is heartening to note the growing number of members in our prayer groups not only in Tunasan but in  four other areas as well,  such as  BF Target Range, Lower Bicutan, GK Euro Maralit and GK Villa Paraiso.  All together, we  have now over three hundred (300) regular members in our prayer groups. This is mainly because of our holistic vision in our ELP/SOH program where we require the parents to join the prayer groups.  Our donors and sponsors in our scholarship program therefore not only assist the poorest of the poor children in their education but most importantly the whole family in personally knowing Christ and His Blessed Mother.  While the members have much hesitancy at the outset in joining,  even the  husbands now are  the one reminding their spouse of the prayer meeting. What the Community does to them can be summed in this recent prayer of a couple, which we quote: Panginoon, kami ay buong pusong nagpapasalamat  sa pagpapadala mo ng  mga taga BLD. Dahil  sa kanilang walang sawang pagtulong sa amin ay nagkaroon  ng malaking pagbabago sa aming buhay sa pamamagitan ng pagsasabuhay ng Iyong Banal na Salita.”

TO GOD BE THE GLORY & HONOR!

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