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Invitation Seven Last Words

Through Mission Apostolate, BLD will hold the Rite of the SEVEN LAST WORDS on Good Friday, March 30 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. for the members of our Prayer Groups at Tunasan, Muntinlupa, Bagumbayan, Euro Maralit, BF Target Range and Villa Paraiso.
Venue is at Barangay Don Bosco Gym, Dona Soledad Avenue, Bicutan, Paranaque City (pls. see map at the back).

Sharers will come from the different Ministries (Donna Napoles, Glady Segundo, Aliza Nocom, Anna Bantayan, Bobby Villar, Arning Lalu and Ed Malay). They willingly responded to bare their soul to endow more meaning to Jesus’s Last Words on the cross as they proclaim His message of hope, triumph and redemption amidst seeming hopelessness and utter brokenness.

WE INVITE EVERYONE TO JOIN US INFULLY SUPPORTING THIS SACRED ENDEAVOR AND PROVIDE MORALE SUPPORT TO OUR DEAR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO WILL SHARE THEIR LIFE TESTIMONIES! AS THEY “DIE TO THEMSELVES SO OTHERS MAY LIVE”, MAY WE ALL RISE TRIUMPHANT WITH CHRIST AT THE END.

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CBCP Statement on the Divorce Bill

The fact that we’re one of the last few countries without a divorce law until now speaks volumes about us as a nation. No doubt, those who associate divorce with being progressive would laud our legislators who are currently raring to pass a divorce bill in Congress. With due respect to them, we beg them to make room for more reasoned debates on the issue. Since they act as representatives of the people who elected them in office, we humbly suggest that they submit their personal opinions to a further consultation with their constituents. Perhaps they can also consult experts in various fields in order to consider the many implications of the issue, not just on families but on the Philippine society as a whole.

 

Ask people around and they’ll have no second thoughts affirming that the family remains as one of our most valued treasures as Filipinos. Do we really intend to follow the same path taken by so-called “progressive countries” like the US where 4 out of 10 marriages end up in divorce?

 

We do not doubt the sincerity of our pro-divorce legislators.  It is precisely their good will which we wish to appeal to in asking them to reconsider their moves towards legalizing the dissolution of marriages. We do not even question the fact that there are indeed failed marriages and that not all married coupled were “joined together by God”. Thus, we have provisions for both canonical and civil annulments, which are not exactly the equivalent of divorce. They are provisions that demonstrate how seriously we take marriage as an institution, such that we make room for the possibility that some marriages might have been null and void from the start, such as when couples enter into marriage not for love, but for family pressure, and for many other similar reasons that suggest that no valid marriage took place. The legal remedies for such difficult circumstances are not lacking in our existing laws, both civil and canonical.

 

The social costs that go with an easy recourse to the dissolution of a marriage when couples begin to face the difficult challenges of marital love and commitment are what we ask our legislators to consider seriously.  Even couples in seemingly successful marriages would often look back and recall the countless challenges that had almost brought their relationship to a breaking point if they had not learned to transcend personal hurts through understanding and forgiveness, or sometimes through the intervention of a dialogue facilitator such as a marriage counselor.  In a context in which divorce is presented as an easy option, marriages and families are bound to break up more easily. More children will grow up disoriented and deprived of the care of both parents.

 

We do not mean to interfere with the dynamics of a political entity such as our country’s legislature. We are fully aware of the limits of our influence as spiritual and moral leaders of the ecclesial communities entrusted to our care. We also acknowledge plurality and diversity of moral opinions on the matter at issue. We merely ask that they consider the possibility that divorce,  while it  may  indeed  provide  quick legal remedies for some              

 

seemingly “failed marriages”, might end up destroying even those marriages that could have been saved by dialogues or the intervention of family, friends, pastors, and counselors.

 

Like Catholics in most other countries where divorce is legal, we wish to assert that nothing, not even a divorce law can make us give up our faith in the indissolubility of marriage as a lifetime covenant between a man and woman who have freely said yes to the call to love and commit themselves to God and to each other, through thick and thin.

 

For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,

 

+ROMULO G. VALLES

  Archbishop of Davao

  President, CBCP

  13 March 2018

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2017 – 2018 SOH-ELP Moving Up Day

This is the day that the LORD has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it. Ps 118:24

 

Last Saturday, March 17, was a special day of rejoicing as parents, teachers, friends, benefactors and BLD members gathered together for a graduation ceremony of ninety-six(96) Enhanced Learning Program(ELP) scholars aged 4 to 6 years old. It is noteworthy that the affair was a formal graduation rite which was held in no less than the spacious air-conditioned Sports &Social Hall in Paranaque with the kids wearing immaculate white togas. This is rightly so since our ELP is recognized by the Department of Education and its graduates are elevated to grade 1.

 

Unbeknown to many, our scholarship program is made up of two components: a) ELP where we have a curriculum that is taught in a classroom by regular teachers and b) public school students from grade 1 (coming from ELP graduates) up to high school,with the scholarship in the form of uniform, school supplies, transportation allowance, etc.

 

Ross Manlapat, CSL for Mission, gave the inspirational message and he started with the very reason why we have the Scholarship of Hope (SOH). He narrated that the SOH is the brainchild of BLD’s global Community Spiritual Director, Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo. The program aims to provide educational assistance to poor and marginalized children so that they will have the opportunity to complete their education, from pre-school to high school inspite of their family’s poverty. He dramatized its value by citing the aphorism, “Give a man a fish and he will have something to eat for a day, but give him a net and teach him how to fish and he will never get hungry.”

 

While ELP kids have a long way to go to independently earn a living, the SOH Program has a holistic vision which embraces not only education but livelihood, health and spirituality, as well. The family of the scholars accordingly receives benefits for their well-being, most especially on spiritual matters where they become members of prayer groups under the guidance of BLD. What these all mean is that family ties become stronger and the children develop core values that prepare them to face the exigencies of life as they grow up.

 

 

On the whole, including the grade 1 to high school scholars, the number of our SOH beneficiaries has now grown to about 400 with a cost outlay of about P2.4 Million at P6,000 per student. This is projected to increase to 500 next school year; certainly, a very challenging and formidable endeavor for the Community. Aman&Winda Piano, Mission Apostolate DCS, however, remains unfazed. They believe that this is not an ordinary project, but inspired by the Holy Spirit for the poor and the weak. Thus,by dedicating themselves passionately to this endeavor and with the same indomitable spirit by all the members of the Poverty Alleviation Ministry headed by Bobby and EndaVillar, they have that unshakable faith that the Lord will continue to open the flood gate of heaven to pour blessings not only on the scholarship program but to BLD.

 

There was no better way to close the affair than a thanksgiving prayer by Jhed Alonzo, the Most Outstanding Student from Tunasan, for all those who make the SOH a continuing success, most especially the sponsors and donors who were touched by the Lord to give their untainted support to the program.

 

 

Postscript: Informative background was included in the Newsletter for the benefit of new members and donors who may not yet be familiar with the scholarship program of the Community.

 

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A Powerful Prayer

We are sharing with the Community, the thanksgiving part of the opening prayer made by couple Fred and Fanny Simba at our Tunasan (Sto. Nino) Prayer Group last Sunday, March 11.

 

The couple are relatively new members and it was their first time leading the congregation in praise and worship, but like the scorching heat of the sun, their prayer seared the souls of everyone that many could not help but shed tears. One BLD member commented that it was a very powerful prayer where she felt the very strong presence of the Lord. While we have a standard guide for our Community prayer, this clearly manifested, that what takes precedence is the supreme importance of sincerity or for the worship leaders to completely surrender themselves to the enveloping love and compassion of the Lord, so that it will radiate to each and everyone in the congregation.

 

Fred and Fanny were among those who joined the recently concluded ME No. 292 as candidates of Paranaque ME No. 2 with Joe and Carol Magsino, as the ME Coordinators. They have 8 children. While the junk Shop providing them livelihood is now gradually closing down and Fred is the only one temporarily retained under its employ, the couple remains steadfast in their unflinching faith that the Lord would continue to take care of them. Fanny is trying to augment the family income by selling cooked food.

 

Their thanksgiving prayer:

 

“Panginoon, salamat sa pag-aalay ng iyong buhay para sa amin. Sa pagtubos mo sa aming mga kasalanan. Sa walang hanggan mong pagibig. Sa pag-iingat at pag-aadya mo sa amin sa kapahamakan. Sa pagpapadala mo sa amin ng mga taong di nag-sasawa, di natitinag, di sumusuko, handing magtiis at mag sakripisyo sa kapakanan ng iba. Ingatan mo po sila at gabayan. Bigyan mo po sila ng mahabang buhay upang marami pa silang matulungan.”

 

Like the Roman centurion, Fred and Fanny have that unshakable faith in the Lord and this goes with their supplication for long life for us (BLD members) who minister and care for people like them. Let us join them in their entreaty, especially for those who have serious illness among our Community members, to fully recover and be back to the pink of health for a long life.

 

Incidentally, Aliza Nocom, our HS2 member, who was given the gift of vision of angels, purgatory, the devils and discernment of spiritual messages during our LSS’s, Ecounters and Eucharistic Celebrations, made a brief testimony during the prayer meeting. By more than coincidence, her main message that ….sa ating

 

Panginoong Hesus ang bawat isa ay mahalaga at nais nyang tulungan, nais nyang abutin, ilapit sa kanya at maipadama ang kanyang awa at lubos na pagmamahal…harmonized very well with the Gospel message for the day and the reflection made by Tony Suiza, also of HS2. Tony professed that the Gospel verse,

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

.is an embodiment of the entire Scripture. Indeed, so immense is God’s love for us that He gave His only son that every one of us will be with Him in His heavenly Kingdom. To appreciate this is to ponder for a moment the incomprehensibility of sacrificing our very own child for the sake of other people.

 

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Bulletin – March 21, 2018

EVANGELIZATION

Mar. 24 AG Holy Family Parish Hall ABOVE GROUND
Mar. 28 Holy Wednesday – NO ACTIVITY
Mar. 31 EC San Lorenzo  Multi-Purpose Hall A & B Easter Vigil Mass
Apr. 4 EC SDSA 1st Wednesday Mass / Nomination Day for CSL & CS
Apr. 11 EC SDSA Mass / Nomination Day for DCS
Apr. 18 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Apr. 25 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night

 

Above Ground on 24 March 2018 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the Holy Family Parish Hall, Faraday cor. Binay Sts., San Isidro, Makati City. Ongoing confession during the event, ending with an anticipated Mass at 4:00PM.

 

Commissioning for New EMHC & LECOM on 04 April  2018, Wednesday. For EMHC, please wear white long sleeves barong, black pants & black shoes. Please bring white EMHC hood. For LECOM, pls wear white lector uniform or white dress & black closed shoes. Please bring your Lector’s Pin.

 

Renewal Seminar for EMHC & LECOM on 5 May 2018 at the Lay Formation Chapel, San Carlos Seminary, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. EMHC: 8:00AM-12:00NN;. LECOM: 1:00PM-5:00PM. Fee is P100. Please fill up forms and submit requirements to Jimmie & Maris Carrillo, Liturgy Coordinators. Deadline of submission is on 11 April 2018, Wednesday.

 

Family Encounter No. 106 on May 4-6, 2018 at the BLD Covenant house. For PIS forms, please contact Teddy & Edith Leonardo at 09188883339 & 09088158317.

MISSION

Mission Outreach: All are invited, including non BLD members, to join Manila District missions:

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Pls. get in touch with eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

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

 

 

PASTORAL 

We praise and thank the Lord for the succesful Solo Parents Encounter No. 27 held last weekend at the Covenant House with 18 candidates.

Singles Encounter No. 75 on March 23-25, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Jon & Maggie Javier at 09178431918 & 09178664668 or Alissa Gan at 09178662132.

Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar #37 on May 12-13, 2018 at the Lay Formation Center, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. Please invite your children ages 13-21 years old. Shepherding every Saturday, 2:00pm at Sunshine Place, Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City. For any inquiries, please contact Justin Chong at 09173158830.

 

AN INVITATION

 

LakbayBiblia:Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Feb 27-March 8, 2017

Organized by Bro. Karlo Lara

Diocesan lay bible coordinator of Kalookan

Fr. Syl R. Mutia, Chaplain 

 

Cost: 110,000.00 pesos per person/$2,359.00

Includes air fare, hotel,airline taxes, meals, tips, entrance fees (museums, parks, sites), professional English speaking guide, private transfer air conditioned coach with wifi, etc.

 

For inquiries contact frsyl: 09189450105 / 9984983Email:sylsvd80@yahoo.com 

 

Healing Ministry: BLD Members who need counseling and who want to be prayed over (hospital or home), may get in touch with Bobby and Nene Hernandez at 0933 279 0342 or 0916 639 9023 or BLD Manila Secretariat at 478 9782.

 

FORMATION

 

Service Ministry Teaching

INTRODUCTION TO INTERCESSION on 10 April 2018, Tuesday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm at BLD Secretariat.

 

MANAGEMENT

2018 Emergence

Apr. 4, 2018 – Nomination Day for CSL and CS.

Apr. 11, 2018 – Nomination Day for DCS.

 

We are still accepting your donations for the 10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Cup (Swing for HOPE2). Please look for Val & Fe Liwanag or Beth Sumbi of the Secretariat.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of February 28, 2018 7,747,332.60
March 1-7, 2018 3,000.00
March 8-14, 2018 10,000.00
March 15-21, 2018 1,000.00
As of March 21, 2018 7,761,332.60
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Mar. 7 55,249.00 12,000.00 67,249.00
Mar. 14 50,030.00   5,000.00 55,030.00
TOTAL 105,279.00  17,000.00 122,279.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

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Bulletin – March 14, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

Mar. 21 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Mar. 24 AG Holy Family Parish Hall ABOVE GROUND
Mar. 31 EC San Lorenzo Multi-Purpose Hall A & B Easter Vigil Mass

 

Above Ground on 24 March 2018 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the Holy Family Parish Hall, Faraday cor. Binay Sts., San Isidro, Makati City. Ongoing confession during the event, ending with an anticipated Mass at 4:00PM.

 

Commissioning for New EMHC & LECOM on 04 April 2018, Wednesday. For EMHC, please wear white long sleeves barong, black pants & black shoes. Please bring white EMHC hood. For LECOM, pls wear white lector uniform or white dress & black closed shoes. Please bring your Lector’s Pin.

 

Renewal Seminar for EMHC & LECOM on 5 May 2018 at the Lay Formation Chapel, San Carlos Seminary, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. EMHC: 8:00AM-12:00NN;. LECOM: 1:00PM-5:00PM. Fee is P100. Please fill up forms and submit requirements to Jimmie & Maris Carrillo, Liturgy Coordinators. Deadline of submission is on 11 April 2018, Wednesday.

 

Family Encounter No. 106 on May 4-6, 2018 at the BLD Covenant house. For PIS forms, please contact Teddy & Edith Leonardo cp# 09188883339 & cp#09088158317.

 

PASTORAL

 

Solo Parents Encounter No. 27 on 16-18 March 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, contact Betchit Sison at 09189119242, Glady Segundo at 09178237550 & Luching Landoy at 09177916254.

 

Singles Encounter No. 75 on Mar. 23-25, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Jon & Maggie Javier cp#09178431918 & cp#09178664668 or Alissa Gan cp#09178662132.

 

Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar #37 on May 12-13, 2018 at the Lay Formation Center, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. Please invite your children ages 13-21 years old. Shepherding every Saturday, 2:00pm at Sunshine Place, Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City. For any inquiries, please contact Justin Chong cp# 09173158830.

 

AN INVITATION

 

LakbayBiblia:Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Feb 27-March 8, 2017

Organized by Bro. Karlo Lara

Diocesan lay bible coordinator of Kalookan

Fr. Syl R. Mutia, Chaplain 

 

Cost: 110,000.00 pesos per person/$2,359.00

Includes air fare, hotel,airline taxes, meals, tips, entrance fees (museums, parks, sites), professional English speaking guide, private transfer air conditioned coach with wifi, etc.

 

For inquiries contact frsyl: 09189450105 / 9984983Email:sylsvd80@yahoo.com 

 

 

 

Healing Ministry: BLD Members who need counseling and who want to be prayed over (hospital or home), may get in touch with Bobby and Nene Hernandez at 0933 279 0342 or 0916 639 9023 or BLD Manila Secretariat at 478 9782.

FORMATION

 

Intercessory Ministry Teaching

BASIC & ADVANCED INTERCESSION on 17 March 2018, Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at BLD Secretariat.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Briefing of Nominators about the Process of 2018 Emergence will be on March 16, 2018, Friday 7:00pm at the BLD Secretariat.

 

We are still accepting your donations for the 10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Cup (Swing for HOPE2). Please look for Val & Fe Liwanag or direct to Secretariat office.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of February 28, 2018 7,747,332.60
March 1-7, 2018 3,000.00
March 8-14, 2018 10,000.00
As of March 14, 2018 7,750,332.60
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Mar. 7 55,249.00 12,000.00 67,249.00
TOTAL 55,249.00  12,000.00 67,249.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down blessing upon you without measures?” Mal. 3:10

 

MISSION

 

Mission Outreach: All are invited, including non BLD members, to join Manila District missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Mar. 17 (Saturday)

8:00AM–12:00NN

ELP Moving Up Day @ Parañque Sports & Social Hall
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

GK Euro Maralit
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

1:00PM–3:00PM

PGH
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Pls. get in touch with eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

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Bulletin – March 7, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

Mar. 14 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Mar. 21 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Mar. 24 AG Holy Family Parish Hall ABOVE GROUND
Mar. 31 EC San Lorenzo Multi-Purpose Hall A & B Easter Vigil Mass

 

We praise and thank the Lord for the succesful Marriage Encounter Weekend No. 292 (and ME#3 Parañaque) held last weekend at the Covenant House with 12 couple candidates.

 

Above Ground on 24 March 2018 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the Holy Family Parish Hall, Faraday cor. Binay Sts., San Isidro, Makati City. Ongoing confession during the event, ending with an anticipated Mass at 4:00PM.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

We Praise and thank the Lord for a successful 10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Cup (Swing for HOPE2) held last Monday, March 5 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club. We would like to thank all the sponsors, donors, consultants, volunteers and the community for your support. Thank you very much working team for your hard work. To God be the glory!

 

Briefing of Nominators about the Process of 2018 Emergence will be on March 16, 2018, Friday 7:00pm at the BLD Secretariat.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of February 28, 2018 7,747,332.60
March 1-6, 2018 3,000.00
As of March 7, 2018 7,750,332.60
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Feb. 1-6     90,180.00 90,180.00
Feb. 7 62,022.00   62,022.00
Feb. 14 45,295.00   10,000.00 55,295.00
Feb. 21 52,950.00   52,950.00
Feb. 28 55,349.25   55,349.25
TOTAL 215,616.25  100,180.00 315,796.25
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

Deuteronomy 15:10 “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”

 

MISSION

 

Mission Outreach: All are invited, including non BLD members, to join Manila District missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Mar. 11 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

GK Villa Paraiso
Mar. 11 (Sunday)

1:00PM–5:00PM

Tunasan, Muntinlupa
Mar. 17 (Saturday)

8:00AM–12:00NN

ELP Moving Up Day @ Parañque Sports & Social Hall
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

GK Euro Maralit
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

1:00PM–3:00PM

PGH
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Pls. get in touch with eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

FORMATION

Service Ministry Teaching

CHRISTIAN MATURITY PROGRAM II (Christian Suffering, Christian Witnessing & Christian Giving) on 10 March 2018 Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00nn at Ligaya Ng Panginoon Formation Center, Pamayanang Diego Silang Village, C-5 Road, Taguig City.

 

Intercessory Ministry Teaching

BASIC & ADVANCED INTERCESSION on 17 March 2018, Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at BLD Secretariat.

 

PASTORAL

Lenten Recollection on 10 March 2018, Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Kasunduan Hall, Ligaya Ng Panginoon Formation Center, Pamayanang Diego Silang Village, C-5 Road, Taguig City with Fr. Vic De Jesus.

 

Solo Parents Encounter No. 27 on 16-18 March 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, contact Betchit Sison at 09189119242, Glady Segundo at 09178237550 & Luching Landoy at 09177916254.

 

Singles Encounter No. 75 on Mar. 23-25, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Jon & Maggie Javier cp#09178431918 & cp#09178664668 or Alissa Gan cp#09178662132.

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Community Word for May 2018

COMMUNITY WORD FOR MAY 2018
(WORD, THEMES AND PROMISES)

READINGS
May 6 Acts 10:25, 26, 34, 34, 44-49/Ps 98:1-4/1Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17
May 13 Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2, 3, 6-9/Eph 4:1-13/Mk 16:15-20
May 20 Acts 2:1-11/Ps 104:1,24,31,34,29-30/1Cor 12:3-7,12,13/Jn 20:19-23
May 27 Dt 4:32-34, 39-40/Ps 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22/Rm 8:14-17/Mt 28:16-20

COMMUNITY WORD
God’s love empowers us to make disciples of all nations.

ORDER
“Remain in my love.” (Jn 15:9b)

PROPHECIES:
1. Do not be afraid for I will you to give you strength, wisdom, courage and help you to love.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Show love for your neighbor by performing works of mercy.
2. Share Christ to others with love.

THEMES AND PROMISES

Week#1 (6thSunday of Easter)
Theme: We make disciples of all nations when we bear much fruit that will remain.
Promise: “… whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (Jn 15:16b)

Week#2 (Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord)
Theme: We make disciples of all nations when we open ourselves to God’s call in spreading the Good News.
Promise:“… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (Acts 1:8a)

Week#3 (Pentecost Sunday)
Theme: We make disciples of all nations when we use our spiritual gifts to unite the Body of Christ.
Promise: “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.” (Jn 20:22a)

Week#4 (Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity)
Theme: We make disciples of all nations when we bear witness to the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Promise: “… I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20b)

 

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WSC Reflection – March 18, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
March 18, 2018 – 5th Sunday of Lent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus, our Redeemer, calls us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Theme: As the temple of the Holy Spirit we follow Jesus and serve Him in His people.
Promise: “…Whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” (Jn 12:25b)

Reflection:
It is not easy to surrender our will to just anyone. If one surrenders his will to someone who will only make a slave of him or take away his freedom, he will definitely resist or refuse to be subjugated. However, the idea of someone who is capable of enhancing our will and our ability to make the right choices and decisions has much more appeal. This is what we find in the obedience we give to God, following the example of Jesus. When seeking to do God’s will, we rely on the truth that God is for our freedom and for our own good as a people. We do not become lesser human beings by freely accepting God’s will and fully trusting Him to receive His grace to gain fullness of life.

A major purpose in this life is to grow in the righteous character of God. Through His dwelling in us by the power of His Holy Spirit, we are helped in achieving that purpose in life that will enable us to live forever in His family. Because of His love for us, it is God’s will that everyone should be saved and that all creation should come to unity and perfection in Him. Thus, we should allow our will to be taken over by God and everything that we are, our heart, mind and soul, so that we may know what God wants for us and for the world we live in. This is the fundamental understanding of Christian obedience.

In our search for truth in what we do, we are entirely free once we have learned to see the knowledge of the Spirit and once we are guided by love. Above the law of man and in freedom that comes from the Spirit, we know that we can act in knowledge that if we are guided by love in the Spirit of God we cannot do anything other than good.

We are truly a reflection of God’s will and love, and our hearts the temple of the Holy Spirit, when we follow Jesus and serve Him in His people. Our constant and reverent communication with the Lord molds us, shapes us and equips us to become more like Jesus and to mirror His heart and character, be obedient to God and follow His commands. In Jeremiah 31:33, God is very specific and intentional when he said: “I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Hence, our guiding force is the Holy Spirit, while Jesus Christ is our model of obedience.

“Jesus learned obedience, Son though He was, through His sufferings,” Hebrew 5:8 tells us. Unlike the worldly leaders who issue orders from high offices and care little about how it affects their subjects, Jesus empathized and sympathized, especially with the broken and suffering. He cared about His flock. In like manner, we should identify with the people whom we have been tasked to minister. We have to see them with the eyes, heart and mind of Jesus. God calls us to go further – to go beyond the letter of the law and put people ahead of legalism, and our relationship with God before any earthly concerns and institutions. We are called to get out of our comfort zones, to die to ourselves and aspire to become fruitful in order to grow and remain faithful to God through Jesus (Jn12:24).

It is indeed a challenge for us in these trying times to pray and be of service to the Lord through our brethren. In this season of Lent, it is worthwhile reflecting on the Lord’s promise: “…Whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life,” (Jn.12:25b). Christians are in this world but we are not of this world. We belong to Christ. He is our one pure and holy passion. We have to be living witnesses of Christ for the transformation of all in Christ.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, we pray with contrite heart and humble spirit. Receive us and let our lives be an offering of praise to You and our sacrifice pleasing in Your sight, as we follow You unreservedly. For those who trust in You cannot be put to shame. Deal with us in Your loving kindness and mercy, deliver us by Your wonders and bring glory to Your name. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. How do you nurture yourself to overcome the challenges that block your response to following Jesus Christ in serving others in your family and community?

2. What is your motivation in obeying God’s commandments? How much do you value your worldly attachments, priorities and comfort zones in your life?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
March 18, 2018 (Sun) – Jer 31:31-34/ Ps 51:3, 4, 12-15/ Heb 5:7-9/ Jn 12:20-33
March 19, 2018 (Mon) – 2Sm 7:4-5, 12-14, 16/Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18- 21, 24
March 20, 2018 (Tue) – Nm 21:4-9/Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21/Jn 8:21-30
March 21, 2018 (Wed) – Dn 3:14-20, 19, 92, 95/Dn 3:52-56/Jn 8:31-42
March 22, 2018 (Thu) – Gn 17:3-9/Ps 105:4-9/Jn 8:51-59
March 23, 2018 (Fri) – Jer 20:10-13/Ps 18:2-7/Jn 10:31-42
March 24, 2018 (Sat) – Ez 37:21-28/Jer 31:10-13/Jn 11:45-56

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WSC Reflection – March 11, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
March 11, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Lent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus, our Redeemer, calls us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Theme: As the temple of the Holy Spirit we believe in Jesus and live in His truth
Promise: “Whoever believes in him will not be condemned.” (Jn 3:18a)

Reflection: 
Believing in God is not simply agreeing in our minds that He exists. True and strong belief in God means that we are willing to commit our lives to Him and live the way He wants us to live. He wants us to know Him personally through His Son, Jesus, whom he sent to the world to redeem and purchase us from slavery of sin by His precious blood and set us free forever. Through Christ came God’s grace and truth – grace by the full manifestation of the Father’s plan of salvation and the offer of complete pardon to every soul that believes in Jesus, and truth by the unveiled exhibition of Christ Himself, as the true sacrifice and atonement for our sins. To believe in Jesus Christ is to accept and trust in Him personally as our Lord and Savior.

St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.” (Eph1:13-14). As we put our faith in Christ, we open ourselves to experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God’s gift to believers, our seal of salvation. Our hearts become His inner sanctum, our body His temple. He writes His truth in our hearts with the purpose of convicting us of guilt with regards to righteousness and judgment. When violated, shame and discomfort is brought upon us. And when we realize it, we are then drawn back to His truth by the moral emptiness we feel inside us. Every human heart longs for the truth – even those that rejects it. This is expressed in the theme for the 4th Sunday in Lent – As the temple of the Holy Spirit we believe in Jesus and live in His truth.

When the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we will no longer gratify the desires of our sinful nature. We do not like to grieve the Spirit by allowing bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. We choose to walk with the truth, love the truth, and believe in the truth. We speak the truth in love because truth becomes far more than a moral guide. As Jesus declares, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me,” (Jn 14:6). He is the truth personified.

Believing in Jesus transforms us to confidently commit to do His will and the things He wants us to accomplish. He expects us to be faithful as the Holy Spirit goes before us and leads our way by removing all obstacles and opening our understanding to make all things clear. He provides us the spiritual gifts (God-given abilities for service) to edify the church, our community and to serve the Lord effectively for His glory. If at times we feel that victory is impossible and we are failures despite our faithful obedience, we can always hold on to the Lord’s promise this week, “Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,” (Jn 3:18a).

Prayer: 
Lord God, help us understand that our justification is in Christ alone, in His completed work on the cross and not in what we do. Make us true believers so that we can find solace in the assurance that we have been adopted into God’s own family, as heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ and nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Holy Spirit, when we feel weak and helpless allow us to feel Your presence, love, and strength. Give us a perfect trust in Your protecting love and empowerment so that nothing may discourage us in living Your Truth. Amen.

Reflection Questions: 
1. What is your natural reaction when you experience difficulty in obeying of God’s will and trusting in His truth? 
2. Do you turn to the Holy Spirit as your helper, guide, and comforter as you live your life as a true Christian follower of Jesus?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
March 11, 2018 (Sun) – 2Chr 36:14-16, 19-23/ Ps 137:1-6/ Eph 2:4-10/ Jn 3:14-21
March 12, 2018 (Mon) – Is 65:17-21/Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13/Jn 4:43-45
March 13, 2018 (Tue) – Ez 47:1-9, 12/Ps 46:2, 3, 5, 6, 8-9/Jn 5:1-16
March 14, 2018 (Wed) – Is 49:8-15/Ps 145:8, 9, 13, 14, 17, 18/Jn 5:17-30
March 15, 2018 (Thu) – Ex 32:7-14/Ps 106:19-23/Jn 5:31-47 
March 16, 2018 (Fri) – Wis 2:1, 12-22/Ps 34:17-20, 21, 23/Jn 7:1, 2, 10, 25-30
March 17, 2018 (Sat) – Jer 11:18-20/Ps 7:2-3, 9, 10-12/Jn 7:40-53

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