Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BALITANG PAROKYA | Advent Recollection sa ROLP

ni John Philip Rada

GINANAP ang Advent Recollection sa ating parokya sa gabi ng 30 Nobyembre 2013. Si Fr. Pong del Rosario ang paring tagapangaral sa recollection na dinaluhan ng mga miyembro ng iba’t ibang organisasyon at mga parokyano.

Ayon kay Fr. Pong, ang adbyento ay panahon ng pananahi-mik, pananalangin  at pagtitimpi. Ang adbyento ay panahon din ng paghihintay nang may pananampalataya at pag-asa sa pagkilos ng Diyos sa ating buhay sa kabila ng ating kahinaan. Higit sa lahat, panahon din ito ng paghihintay sa pag-ibig nang may pananabik at pagpapakumbaba.

Namuno din si Fr. Pong sa pagdasal ng bayan sa Espiritu Santo para sa nominasyon ng mga bubuo sa bagong PPC, na ginanap pagkatapos ng recollection.

BALITANG PAROKYA | Kasalang Simbahan, Tagumpay

ni Rhea Jomadiao

MATAGUMPAY na naidaos ang taunang Kasalang Simba-han sa ating parokya noong 16 Nobyembre 2013.

Sa suporta ni Fr. Pong del Rosario at pangunguna ng Family and Life Ministry na kinabibilangan ng Marriage Encounter Prayer Community at Couples for Christ, 13 pares ng mag-asawa ang naipakasal sa ating simbahan.

“Sulit ang pagod at pagsisikap namin sapagkat nakita namin ang kaligayahan ng mga ikinasal, hiling naming mag-asawa na sa mga susunod na taon ay dumami pa ang nais makatanggap ng biyaya ng kasal mula sa Panginoon,” sabi nina Lito at Wilma Mistiola, ang mga coordinator ng nasabing ministry.

Monday, March 24, 2014

BALITANG PAROKYA | Konsiyerto Ginanap para sa Ika-10 Anibersaryo ng Diyosesis ng Cubao

ni Dianne Orendain

Upang ipagdiwang ang ika-10 taong anibersaryo ng Diyosesis ng Cubao, isang konsiyerto ang ginanap sa Blue Eagle Gym ng Ateneo de Manila University noong 25 Nobyembre 2013. Dinaluhan ang nasabing konsiyerto ng mga parokyano mula sa iba’t ibang simbahan, kasama na rito ang may 80 katao mula sa ating parokya. Tampok sa konsiyertong ito ang pagtatanghal ng mga kaparian ng ating Diyosesis kabilang si Bishop Honesto Ongtioco. Sa temang “From Roots to Fruits,” inilahad ng programa ang pag-usbong at paglago ng Diyosesis sa pananampalataya sa loob ng limang bahagi: Panimula, Pangarap, Pagpapastol, Pagkalinga, at Panalangin.  May ipinalabas na maikling video sa bawat bahagi. Labis na ikinatuwa ng mga manonood ang ipinakitang angking talento sa pagkanta at pagsayaw ng kaparian, at mga kilalang mananayaw na The Manuevers at mang-aawit tulad nina Dulce, Four Tenors, Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir at ang Korong ng 50 na tao na nagmula sa iba’t ibang parokya ng diyosesis.

Ang di-malimutang konsyerto ay naging pagkakataon din upang matulungan ang mga nasalanta ng lindol at ng bagyong Yolanda sa kabisayaan. Sa buong haba ng konsyerto, nag-am-bag ang mga manonood ng salapi at  relief goods. Umabot ang nilikom na salapi sa halagang 1.3 milyong piso. Naglaan din ng tahimik na panalangin para sa lahat ng naapektuhan ng kalamidad.

DIWA NG PAROKYA | One Act

by Gail Quintos

My dearest friend,
Do something nice for a stranger every day.
Compliment your neighbor about her hair.
Smile at a passer-by at the station.

Give your seat on the bus to an old man.
Hold the elevator for the late worker in your building.
Give your extra coins to that poor boy on the road.
Open the door for the rich businessman as he leaves work.

Greet the taxi driver a good day.
Let that man step ahead of you in the line at that restaurant you love.
Return that woman’s wallet when she drops it.
Say a prayer for the old man you saw all alone in the alley.

And when you’re feeling down as you pass by me on the street on this fine morning
(Not that you know me, or that you would give me a second thought)
Please, my dear friend. Give me the chance to help you too.

DIWA NG PAROKYA | Pasko ay Pag-ibig

ni Terry Magnaye

Naamoy ko na Pasko sa paligid
Ang dapyo ng hangin ay mahalumigmig
Hinahaplos-haplos balat mong makinis
Ang ibinabadya Pasko’y nalalapit.

Sa loob at labas ng mga tahanan
Sa mga pader, halamanan at durungawan
Ang ilaw dagitab, nagpapaligsahan
Kumikindatkindat, kumakaway-kaway.

Ligaya ang dulot ng Sanggol sa Belen
Mayaman o Dukha, may isang hangarin
Ang likas na buting nasa puso natin
Nagbuhat sa Diyos nang tayo’y lalangin.

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon sa lahat.

PARISH PRIEST'S CORNER | Si Kristong Kapiling ang Tunay na Pasko

ni Fr. Pong Del Rosario

Tuloy ang Pasko!

Hindi dahil tayo’y manhid at walang pakialam sa mga kaganapan at pinagdaraanan ng ating mga kababayan. Tuloy ang Pasko. Ito’y sa kabila ng ating kahirapan at mga pagsubok na sinisikap pagtagumpayan.

Ang Pasko ay hindi tungkol sa regalo at bonus. Ang Pasko ay hindi tungkol sa mamantika at makukulay na pagkain at kasuotan. Ang Pasko ay hindi tungkol sa walang habas na paggasta at pamimili. ANG PASKO AY SI KRISTO SA ATING PILING!

“Ubi caritas et amo, Deus ibi est. Ubi caritas et amo, Christus ibi est.” Kung saan may pag-ibig at pagmamalasakitan, naroon ang Diyos umiiral at nararamdaman. Sa kabila ng matinding dagok at pagkasubasob na naranasan natin gawa ng kararaang mga kalamidad, ang ating mga puso’y hindi natinag. Ang dangal at tatag natin bilang bayan ay lalo lamang nag-ugat at tumibay. Mas malakas at makapangyarihan kaysa sa lindol at nangangalit na hangin at alon ang daluyong ng PAG-IBIG, PAGBABAYANIHAN, PAGMAMALASAKIT, PAGDADAMAYAN at PAG-UUGNAYAN na bumalot sa buong bayan natin mula mismo sa ating lahat: mga bayan-bayan at lalawigan, mga diosesis, parokya, iba’t ibang samahan, mga baranggay, pamilya, eskwelahan, opisina, mga sangay ng pamahalaan, kapulisan at mga kawal, mga OFW, factory at office workers, mga drivers, mga tindero’t tindera, mga bata’t matanda, at maging sa lahat ng panig at sulok ng daigdig. Kung saan may pag-ibig...NAROROON ang Diyos!

Maagang dumating ang kapaskuhan sa ating piling!

Naririto na’t buhay na buhay si Kristo sa ating piling!


When the Giving Outpored the Raining

by Claude Lucas Despabiladeras

"Outpouring” is a word that aptly describes the extent to which Filipinos and even foreigners responded to the urgent help needed by the countless victims of super typhoon Yolanda. In different parts of the country and the world, many individuals and groups initiated fund-raising activities and relief operations for the sake of those who were devastated in the provinces of Samar and Leyte, where thousands were left dead.

Here in our parish alone, members of ministries and organizations carefully planned ways to join the mission. Instead of holding the usual Christmas parties, some groups channelled their energies instead to donate, gather, and pack relief goods and collect cash donations to be delivered later on to nearby relief operation sites.

This writer chanced upon a small group meeting of the Misang Pambata Staff one Sunday evening at the parish office. Asked how they, as a group, helped out, they said that they did away with their 23rd anniversary bash, for which they had made plans since early July. The money they had earned from their different fundraising activities was meant for said celebration. However, all of them willingly decided to use it to purchase relief items for the Yolanda victims. Others volunteered as re -lief good packers with the Red Cross.

In expressing her feelings about what her group did, Mae Anne Balanag said: “Mas masarap sa pakiramdam na makitang hindi lamang ang aming buong parokya ang aming napasaya kundi mas higit pa dun, dahil mas naging malawak pa ang pagpapasaya na aming nagawa at naipadama sa tulong ng Kristong Hari.”

Then, there’s also Chona Cendaña, a member of the Ministry of Greeters and Collectors, whose commitment to help has been directed to relatives whose homes and rice fields were wiped out in Carigara, Leyte.

She and her nine siblings have each pledged Php 200.00 weekly (Php 2,000.00 total) to provide rice for those 20 relatives who are now temporarily residing at the Quezon City home of her cousin Loida. Likewise, many other relatives abroad have committed to provide for the other food items and personal necessities that their kin need. All of them have agreed to continue giving until such time that their relatives can manage on their own.

Despite the uncertainty, though, of being able to piece their lives back together soon, considering the extent of Yolanda’s damage, the 20 relatives hope to spend this coming Christmas in Carigara.

Loida, who receives all financial donations, has been setting aside some amount intended for the construction of houses for their relatives.

Chona believes that this trial is something that they, as a family, can overcome together. She also thinks that, of course, help must be extended, especially by those who were fortunate to have been spared by the onslaught that was Yolanda. She said, “Kailangang magpasalamat na hindi kami nasalanta, kaya nararapat lang na tayong lahat ay tumulong.”

One parishioner who received help from different people was Marites Cadion, a household staff at a family home near the church. She said that during the first few days after Yolanda struck on November 8, she was waiting nervously for news about the welfare of her children Johanna (3 years old) and John Mark (10 months old), her siblings-in-law Jona and Joey, and mother-in-law, in Burauen, Leyte. Having received no updates about them as the communications systems in Leyte broke down, she said that she had to remain optimistic that all her loved ones were spared.

She then decided to seek financial help from some of her neighbors to whom she tearfully shared her predicament. How overwhelmed she felt as most of the people she approached were very responsive to her plea, handing to her whatever amount they could afford to give. On the other hand, her husband Jonathan, who works as a janitor at a nearby private school, was also able to solicit money from the teachers and other employees there. All in all, they were able to raise about Php 13,000.00.

Now, their two children, Joey and Jona, - all saved! - are here with them in Paltok (Jonathan’s mother decided to remain in Leyte). The two kids and Jona stay with Marites at the home of her employer who welcomed them wholeheartedly. As for Jonathan and his brother Joey, they are renting a small room along
Basa St. across the church. Marites said that from the amount they collected, they could afford to rent that
room for a few months (at Php 1,500.00/month).

That it was not hard to seek help from people was one of the things that really struck Marites. She described her reaction to the generosity she received in two words: “nakakagulat at nakaka-touch.”

Only time will tell how life will unfold for the victims of the recent calamity. But with what we have all witnessed, there is an abundance of good souls who will be ready and willing to give, give, and give to help alleviate the victims’ sufferings. It is a very comforting thought to ponder, especially this Christmas time—when the spirit of giving “outpoured” the raining and suffering.