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Lenten Recollection at Lower Bicutan Prayer Group

 

 

A day after the Homestead 2 pilgrimage at Regina Rosarii/Visita Iglesia last Saturday, March 25, Wing Aguila facilitated a Lenten Recollection for the Lower Bicutan Prayer Group in the afternoon of Sunday. The Prayer Group, whose members are the parents of our ELP/SOH students, is under the Stewardship of Homestead 2 Shepherds, Ato and Belle Asilo. Among those presents were Rudy and Teody Siggaoat (the latter handled the ministering of the kids in a separate venue), Zeny Borela and Nato and MarideLimlengco.

Holding the Recollection is a meaningful way of putting to heart and living the message of the pilgrimage.  In the homily of Fr. Boy during the Eucharistic Celebration, which happened to be on the feast of the Annunciation, he exhorted everyone to be reborn and let others see the image of Christ in us  through our love, mercy and compassion. Meanwhile, in the talk of Sis. Eppie, Foundress of Regina Rosarii, she said that life is too precious and  short (just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away – James 4:14) to be wasted on indulging in self-pity, recrimination   and  seeking worldly possession. What better way to spend life to the fullest than by being other-centered and going out into the world tending to the needy in the peripheries.” She confided that she got a rare illness that is supposed to be incurable. In 10 months time, however, she miraculously  got healed completely. She said this could be because, God still has a plan for her to help others and foster the piety of the faithful through Mama Mary or Regina Rosarii.

In the Lenten Recollection, Wing turned our outreach members upside down in the manner they perceive life, their relationship with people around them and how they regard God. In a very dramatic way, he proved to everyone their false notion of God. He offered the challenge that if anyone could answer his question, he would treat him at Spiral, a very expensive restaurant at Sofitel where dinner  costs about P3,000 per plate. He first asked the question if God loves and cares for everyone. Everyone said yes. For the clincher, he then queried if anyone ever blamed the devil for his miseries and misfortune. Nobody did. Thus, no one was able to answer the question correctly since our troubles and affliction are often times blamed on God when these are usually the  consequence of our sins or when we capitulate with the blandishment of the devil. He added, God loves and has the good intention for all of us, but does not interfere with our own choice by virtue of our gift of free will. Thus,  by the natural law and as written  in the Scripture, “what we sow, we reap” — our problems and hardships  are ultimately our own undoing.

Wing remarked that our health problem or illness can be caused by unforgiveness.  For example, a strain or pain at the back is normally because of unforgiveness. He then asked if any one of the participants had this problem. Somebody raised her hand and Wing requested her stand up so he could pray over her. He simply prayed, “Lord, our sister  has pain on her back, please make it disappear.” He then, asked the woman if the pain was still there and  she responded, apparently very pleased, that it was gone. This moment, while very brief is memorable. It was a high stake situation as the credibility of Wing could  crumble if the woman replied that the pain was still there. At the same time, Wing at that moment demonstrated his supreme faith in God, like the Roman Centurion, that she will be healed.

For the culmination, Wing prayed over the participants and they were slain by the HOLY SPIRIT and received the gift of tears. It is to be noted in this regard that under our normal rules, the members of the Prayer Group will not qualify for the LSS as many of them are just living-in and cannot meet the documentary requirements such as the baptismal and confirmation certificates. However,  as exhorted by Pope Francis, “Yes we need organization and rules, but do not lose the grace of letting God be God!  Do not cage the Holy Spirit.”

To GOD BE THE GLORY & HONOR!

Download Newsletter: MISSION NEWSLETTER – Lower Bicutan March 27, 2017

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Moving Up Day 2016 – 2017

 

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters.   We whisper a prayer of thanks to God for all of you and pray He may reward you exceedingly and abundantly for sharing your time, talent and treasure with us.

As we close School Year 2016-2017, we praise and thank the Lord for the gift of hope given to all the children of the Scholarship of Hope and the Enhanced Learning Program Graduates. The total number of scholars has increased from 72 in 2013 to 315 scholars in 2016.

To end the school year, we had a simple yet festive, meaningful and Spirit-filled occasion – the 5th Moving Up Day of the Enhanced Learning Program of the BLD Scholarship of Hope last March 25, 2017 held at the Paranaque Sports & Social Hall.

The occasion was graced by the presence of Paranaque Congressman Hon. Eric L. Olivarez who, together with his brother, the Hon. Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez has been very supportive of BLD programs and advocacies such that we were allowed to use the Paranaque Sports and Social Hall as a venue for the Moving Up Day free of charge.

Ninety-five (95) children aged 4-6 years old in  their white togas beamed with pride as they graduated from pre-school and  now ready to move up to Grade 1. In addition to the distribution of Certificates to all the graduates, various medals were also given out to outstanding pupils, including Best in Science, Mathematics, English, Reading, Social Studies, Writing, Conduct and the Most Outstanding Student.

Special recognition was also given to the Best Parent Aides from the five (5) SOH-ELP Areas recognizing their dedication in helping out the teachers each school day.

Part of the program involved the performances of the scholars to the delight of their parents and guests.  They also sang a graduation song which touched the heart of all those who attended the event.

We are looking forward to better education for all our scholars for the next school year!

God bless you all!

Download Newsletter: Counsel – March 29 Moving Up Day Newsletter 2016-2017 FINAL

 

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Swing for Hope “Help Overcome Poverty thru Education” Golf Tournament

Swing for Hope “Help Overcome Poverty thru Education” Golf Tournament

 

The Management Apostolate is pleased to announce our annual fundraising, the 9th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Tournament, titled “Swing for HOPE”, happening on April 17, 2017 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club, Calamba, Laguna.

The Community is in need of “ambassadors” to seek more corporate sponsors. For referrals and donation, please get in touch with any of the following:

1.Boy and Leizel Sy: 0917 800 2012 or boy_sy@yahoo.com

2. Val and Fe Liwanag: 0928 521 8451 or val_liwanag_sft@yahoo.com.ph

3. Ted and Edith Leonanrdo: 0918 888 3339 or teddyleonardo777@gmail.com

4. Boyet and Vivian Degawan: 0918 902 2022 or boeyle_cons@yahoo.com.ph

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WSC Reflections – March 26, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
4th Sunday of Lent (Cycle A, Year I)
March 26, 2017
                       
Community Word:   
True faith overcomes temptation.
 
Theme:
We overcome temptation when we remain in God’s presence.
 
Promise:       
“Christ will give you light.”(Eph 5:14b)
 
Reflection:    
Human as we are, we are prone to be tempted.  No amount of religiosity, spirituality, or holiness can shield us from temptation.  Temptation by itself is not sin; it is merely a choice presented for us to act upon.  It can bring beneficial effect or lead us to sin.  The danger is when temptations are thoughts, words or deeds against God’s commandments.  And because we are weak, we cannot win the battle alone against temptation to sin.
The Book of Deuteronomy says: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Deut 31:6).There is something “greater and mightier” than our daily temptation, more inevitable than its strongest pull.  It is the loving presence of God in our life.  This is aptly expressed in our community theme for this week: “We overcome temptation when we remain in God’s presence.” When the Lord is on our side, we can overcome our daily challenges, uncover the hidden lessons concealed in our life’s struggles and later on, receive the crown of life after emerging victorious in every trial and test set before us.
But, we ask – how come our “Emmanuel” (God with us) seems to be absent when we experience betrayal by someone close to us? Why does He seem to be far away when we are besieged by series of disappointing events?  Oftentimes, we feel that He simply ignores us when our prayers are left unanswered, when we encounter crisis in our personal relationships.  He is nowhere to be found in times when we need Him most.
The foundation of our Christian life is believing in God’s faithfulness and truthfulness to His words and promises.  Despite how we feel, God is always there for us because He is eternal and unchanging.  He does not abandon us at all.  We, on the other hand, measure God on how we feel and how we look at our relationship with other people.  The biggest block from feeling, knowing and accepting God is our sinfulness which we fail to confess, causing us to be spiritually deaf and blind to God’s voice.  Also, we might be ignoring the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist because we are consumed by our daily struggles.  We might have a weak prayer life, with less and less time to pray, no time to attend community worship or reflect on and share God’s word.  Didn’t Jesus say: “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them,” (Mt 18:20)?  Sometimes, we simply fail to notice God in His wonderful creations and loving people around us, in little blessings here in there, and even in appreciating the value of sacrifice.
Just as the blind man, whose sight Jesus restored, accepted and believed in Him, we too should allow the Lord to increase our faith, so that we will not doubt the manifestation of God’s presence in our life because He is Omnipresent.  It is His promise this week that, “Christ will give you light,”(Eph 5:14b).  When this happens, we will experience inner calmness despite the chaos and trials around us.  We will find rest in Jesus instead of battling our concerns and struggles by ourselves.  Our days will be full of joy.  We will experience true security and protection because of the assurance and comfort from our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our spirits will be renewed in His strength that will keep us going.
We choose to affirm His presence and His light to guide our path, believing in Paul’s message to the Philippians – “… He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ,”(Phil 1:6).
Prayer:
Lord God, I know that on my own, it is very difficult for me not to succumb to temptations and to overcome trials.  I desperately need You in my life because Your light and Your strength are my only source of power to battle the negative influences of this world and the attacks of the evil one.  Let your Holy Presence inspire me to come to You and believe and trust in Your faithfulness.  You are always present in every circumstance and situation that I face and I know that You will never allow me to fail or be discouraged.  Help me as I travel the path of righteousness.  In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Reflection Questions:
1.    Presently, what temptations are you struggling with that attract you to commit sin? What steps are you taking to avoid them?
2.    Do you feel that sometimes God does not answer your prayers?  Do you blame God for anything bad that may have happened to you?  What are your reflections on the truth that God always answers our prayers?
This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
March 26, 2017 (Sun) – 1Sm 16:1,6-7,10-13/Ps 23:1-3,3-4,5-6/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41
March 27, 2017 (Mon) -Is 65:17-21/Ps 30:2,4,5-6,11-12,13/Jn 4:43-54
March 28, 2017 (Tues) – Ez 47:1-9,12/Ps 46:2-3,5-6,8-9/Jn 5:1-3,5-16
March 29, 2017 (Wed) -Is 49:8-15/Ps 145:8-9,13-14,17-18/Jn 5:17-30
March 30, 2017 (Thur) – Ex 32:7-14/Ps 106:19-20,21-22,23/Jn 5:31-47
March 31, 2017 (Fri) – Wis 2:1,12-22Ps 34:17-18,19-20,21,23/Jn 7:1-2,10,25-30
April 1, 2017 (Sat) – Jer 11:18-20/Ps 7:2-3,p-10,11-12/Jn 7:40-53
 
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Community Word for May 2017

COMMUNITY WORD FOR MAY 2017

(WORD, THEMES AND PROMISES)

READINGS

May 7           Acts 2:14, 34-41/Ps 23:1-6/1Pt 2:20-25/Jn 10:1-10

May 14         Acts 6:1-7/Ps 33:1, 2, 4, 5, 18, 19/1Pt 2:4-9/Jn 14:1-12                                  

May 21         Acts 8:5-8, 14-17/Ps 44:1-7, 14, 20/1Pt 3:15-18/Jn1 4:15-21

May 28         Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2-3, 6-9/Ep 1:17-23/Mt 28:16-20

COMMUNITY WORD

The Holy Spirit empowers us to do the works of Jesus.

ORDER

“Go … teach them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19a, 20a)

 

PROPHECIES:

  1. My words are spirit and life to those who follow Me
  2. Show Me your loving heart filled with obedience and childlike trust, and you will find pasture in Me.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Be a good shepherd to others by word and deed.

THEMES AND PROMISES

 

Week#1 (4thSunday of Easter)

Theme:      We are empowered by the Holy Spirit when we listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd who takes control of our lives.

Promise:  “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”(Jn 10:10b)

Week#2 (5thSunday of Easter)

Theme:      We are empowered by the Holy Spirit when we boldly do the works of Jesus.

Promise: “… whoever believes in him shall not be put to shame.” (1Pt 2:6b)

Week#3(6thSunday of Easter)

Theme:      We are empowered by the Holy Spirit when we remain in Christ and live in Him.

Promise: “… whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal to myself to him.” (Jn 14:21b)

Week#4(Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord)

Theme:      We are empowered by the Holy Spirit when we observed the commandments of Jesus and preach the Gospel, and make disciples of all nations.

Promise:  “I am with you always, until the end of age.” (Mt 20:20b)

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WSC Reflection for March 19, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide

3rd Sunday of Lent (Cycle A, Year I)

March 19, 2017

Community Word:

True faith overcomes temptation.

Theme:

We overcome temptation when we do the Father’s will.

Promise:

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst.” (Jn 4:14a)

Reflection:

In the gospel of the 3rd Sunday of Lent, John narrates the encounter of Jesus with a Samaritan woman. Jesus was resting by Jacob’s well when a Samaritan woman came with a jar apparently to fetch water. Jesus made a simple request, “Will you give me a drink?” (Jn 4:7). Laws and traditions in those days say that Jews were not to speak to Samaritans (who they consider as enemy), men were not permitted to address women without their husbands present, and rabbis or Jewish teachers had no business speaking to shady ladies such as this one. While Jesus was willing to do away with these societal restrictions and practices, the woman was not, and so she reminded him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman, how can you ask me for a drink?” (Jn 4:9).

The woman focused on the law; Jesus focused on grace – “If you knew the gift” (Jn 4:10), an irresistible offering and a special “gift that comes by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ,” (Rom 5:15b). Jesus was offering the Samaritan woman a different kind of water, the “living water” that is essential for the woman’s salvation, to quench a deeper kind of thirst. To quench her spiritual thirst, the Lord made a bold promise: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst and will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life,” (Jn 4:14). And with that one statement, Jesus drew her attention from ‘everyday life’ to ‘everlasting life.’

Yet the woman did not quite understand what the Lord was talking about and she was not ready for a leap of faith. She wanted whatever Jesus was offering, but only so that she would not be thirsty, or she could avoid returning again and again to the well. Many of us are like this woman, more inclined to satisfy our physical desires as the only thing that matters, but overlooking our spiritual needs. It is a common temptation to focus on earthly desires and material things, but we forget to take care of our spiritual well-being.

Jesus told the woman to call her husband and come back. This is not an odd request since women shouldn’t converse with a man alone in a public place. But Jesus’ request was more about uncovering the truth than about following society’s rules. When she confessed that she has no husband, Jesus affirmed her answer, then gently exposed her sin: “The fact is, you have had five husbands and the man you now have is not your husband.” Not ready for the truth, the woman changed the topic. She instead talked about worship, Jerusalem and the difference between the Jews and the Samaritans.

Like this woman, at one point in our life, we were also guilty of her kind of evasion by ignoring God’s call for true conversion. Before we knew Jesus as our personal Savior, we steered conversations away from the spiritual path, chose to debate on religion and doctrines, move away from working on our relationship with God, others and self, and remained entrenched in the worldly view of things. Our misguided life of sinfulness had made us thirstier for the right kind of spirituality and life of godliness.

Finally, the woman at the well did her best to shut Jesus up and said, “when the Messiah comes, He will explain everything to us.” And how stunned she must have been when Jesus said, “I am He, the one speaking with you,” (Jn 4:26). By the action of Jesus, the woman was led to make her confession of faith. Full of faith and joy, she even left her water jug and went back to her village and urged her neighbors, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (Jn 4:29). She is considered to be the first person who Jesus revealed to that He is the Savior.

If we have the humility and faith to listen to Jesus and do the Father’s will, we will truly receive the living water of mercy for our transformation and salvation.

Prayer:

O Loving Jesus, we thirst for You. We believe in You. We need You. In Your mighty name, we pray that You grant us mercy and grace to be freed from temptation, from our weaknesses and sinfulness. Transform us into the persons You want us to be and let Your living spring of water fill us and flow through us to and for others. Amen.

Reflection Questions:

What does “living water” mean to you? What were the instances in your spiritual journey that you felt “thirsty” for Jesus? In what way has Jesus quenched your thirst and transformed you?

How do the worldly view of things (lack of economic/ financial opportunities, prevalence of political injustices, etc.) kept you away from Jesus, thereby, making it harder to experience the love of Jesus?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:

March 19, 2017 (Sun) – Ex 17:3-7/Ps 95:1,2,6,7,8,9/Rom 5:1,2,5-8/Jn 4:5-42

March 20, 2017 (Mon) – 2 Sm 7:4-5.12-14/Ps 89:2-5,27,29/Rom 4:13,16-18,22/ Mt 1:16,18-21

March 21, 2017 (Tues) – Dn 3:25,34-43/Ps 25:4-9/Mt 18:21-35

March 22, 2017 (Wed) – Dt 4:5-9/Ps 147:12,13,15,16,19,20/Mt 5:17-19

March 23, 2017 (Thur) – Jer 7:23-28/Ps 951,2,6-9/Lk 11:14-23

March 24, 2017 (Fri) – Hos 14:2-10/Ps 81:6-11,14,17/Mk 12:28-34

March 25, 2017 (Sat) – Is 7:10-14/Ps 40:7-11/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38

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