Holy Week Reflections

As we begin to contemplate on the passion of our Lord, the Church gives us an opportunity for sober reflection:

SUNDAY “LIVING IN CHRIST; I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you.” (Jn 14:20) …. Who do I have the most difficulty recognizing as Christ? Why?

MONDAY “LOOKING WITHIN THE CROSS; Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mark15:39) … What might I do today to look more deeply at the crucifix and understand the mystery of Christ’s love for me?

TUESDAY “HANDED OVER TO SUFFER; “The Son of man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” (Luke 24:7) … What response will I make to the mystery of God’s presence among us?

WEDNESDAY “THE SIGN OF CONTRADICTION; “We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor. 1:23-24)… Where do I most experience the mystery of Christ’s cross and resurrection in my life today?

HOLY THURSDAY “LIVING BY EUCHARISTIC LOGIC” Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” (John 6:56) … How might I share my experience of Christ’s presence working in me and in the Eucharist?

GOOD FRIDAY “POWER IN WEAKNESS “Christ was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we live with him by the power of God.” (2 Cor. 13:4)…How have I most experienced God’s power revealed in the weakness of myself and others?

HOLY SATURDAY “NEW LIFE IN THE RISEN CHRIST “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:2-3)…How has my life been filled with more meaning because I opened my heart to God at work within me and around me?

EASTER SUNDAY “CHRIST IS RISEN “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Lk 24: 5)… How will I try to continue what God has started within me during this Lent?

PRAYER Here is my heart, O God, here it is with all its’ secrets. Look into my thoughts and take away all my wrought feelings. Let my eyes be ever on you and release my feet from the snare. Live in me, reign in me, make my heart a holy temple, a find dwelling for your Divine Majesty. —– St. Augustine of Hippo

GREETINGS OF PEACE AND BLESSINGS FROM THE HOLY LAND

By God’s grace, I am back home with you from a Spirit-filled journey and
pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Though we had a very limited time to cover all we
needed to see, it’s no regret even for all we encountered and experienced. At least we
saw, touched and walked through Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Bethany, Cana, Capernaum,
Jordan and, Galilee. We were able to visit, Mount of Ascension, Kedron Valley, the
street for Palm Sunday procession, the Palaces of Caiaphas, Upper room, Bethesda
Pool, Jordan River, Church of Nativity, Church of the Annunciation, the Mount of
Olives, Mount Tabor and Transfiguration, Wedding at Cana Church, and the Holy
Sepulchre, and the Stations of the Cross, just to whet your appetite.
In short, I wish to say that it’s a blessing to be in the Holy Land, therefore I
wish to recommend that one day we organize a pilgrimage as a parish to the Holy
Land. Thanks for your prayers and for those whose intentions I took over be assured
of the faithfulness of the Lord as I presented them at the Wailing Wall but prayed
everywhere for all of you. You will see pictures very soon. Please contact the notice
board for the map of the tour on the Holy Land.
May the God of all peace and consolation answer and Bless you In the name
of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit AMEN.
Blessings,
Father Seth

Lenten Prayer

As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins. As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you. Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment. Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you. Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent. In your name I pray, Amen

3rd Week of Lent

This third week of Lent I wish you would dedicate some time in the course of
each day to pray the readings of the day with these short highlights on them,
especially if you are unable to go to Mass:
MONDAY: The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: behold the virgin shall be with
child, and bear a son … ( Is 7:10-14; 8:10); Here I am Lord, I come to do your will
(Ps 40); As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God (Heb
10:4-10); Behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son… (Lk 1:26-38)
TUESDAY: We ask you to receive us with humble and contrite hearts (Dan 3:25, 34
-43); Remember your mercies, O Lord ( Ps 25). Unless each of you forgives your
brother and sister, the Father will not forgive you (Mt 18:21-35).
WEDNESDAY: Keep the commandments and your work will be complete (Deut 4:1,
5-9); Praise the Lord Jerusalem (Ps 147); Whoever keeps and teaches the law will be
called great (Mt 5: 17-19).
THURSDAY: This is the nation that will not listen to the voice of the Lord God
(Jer 7:23-28). If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Ps 95). Whoever
is not with me is against me (Lk 11:14-23).
FRIDAY: We will not say to the work of our hands as our god (Hos:2-10); I am the
Lord your God, hear my voice (Ps 81); The Lord our God is one Lord, and you shall
love the Lord your God (Mark 12: 28-34).
Wherever you may be in your free or break time you can dedicate about ten minutes
to have an encounter with the Lord. Take a bite a day.
Peace be with you, Shalom.
I will remember to pray for you as I go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, pray for me
too.
Blessings, Father Seth

Alone with God

We just began the journey to the Holiness and equipping ourselves for battle against the Devil. The church has given us three major steps to stand firm for such a battle namely – Alms-Giving, Prayer & Fasting. The Temptation of Jesus’ last week warns us to be Alert and Awake. Such alertness and awakening involves and entails “Desert State’’ meaning setting aside some time to be “Alone With God.” I believe that if you have some prayer times or hours, and a short or brief time to visit the Blessed Sacrament in church at least once a week aside from normal weekend Masses is just a wonderful experience. Try to be part of the evening Masses, as well as the Stations of the Cross on Fridays. We do not have to be in need before we establish that personal and private contact with God. We all need that and the best time is here. Yes, we may fast, generously donate, and pray, yet being in solitude and in silence meditating on life as a precious gift from God is more than self-sacrifice, just try it. Meanwhile, you can do it better with some directives and counseling from your priest. Let us help each other in engaging in spiritual talks, seeking spiritual direction and doing confessions. Visit the Blessed Sacrament.

Happy Lenten Observance and Journey.

BLESSINGS, Father Seth

Forgiveness

There isn’t a human being alive who hasn’t been hurt in some way, whether unintentional or unintentional. There are many people who have been treated unfairly or victimized. For some people who have been victimized significantly —- they feel that the people who have harmed them don’t deserve forgiveness. The idea of forgiving their abusers seems impossible. Not forgiving allows evil to dwell in your heart, you hold onto hate and evil lives within you. This makes you say angry words and seek revenge or even contemplate murder. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone, forgive as the Lord forgave you”, … Colossians 3:13

Image result for forgive YOUR HEART: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you”… Ephesians 4:31-32 When you forgive, your heart is cleansed. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”… Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins,”… Mark 11: 25

Therefore make up your mind, decide, don’t delay and forgive all the same. Forgiveness is healing for the soul.

Please try to attend weekday masses and Adorations when due. Encounter Jesus on a personal level. See you at least once a week before the weekend.

BLESSINGS……… FR. SETH

WHAT DO YOU THINK CAN MAKE YOU THE HAPPIEST PERSON IN LIFE?

I believe that every human person on earth seeks to and desires to be happy as his or her God-given right. Happiness is limited and reserved to an individual by his or her opinion. As a person, I become confused sometimes not knowing and not being sure of what guarantees true happiness. I tried to consult our CCD class candidates if they also feel the same way as I do. See below the interesting answers from your younger ones:

God – Money – Friends – Family – Pets/Dogs – Art/Music – Love – Joy – Cross – Food/Vegetables – Service – Books – Hobbies – Children – CCD (Twooos) – Acceptance – Sleep – Eyebrows – Blankets – Good Hair Days – Shopping – Flowers – Movies – Makeups – Healthy Babies – Enjoyment – Good Weather – Sunset/Sunrise – Chocolate – Sweets – Successful Marriage – Own Property/ Business

These are innocent and sincere feelings and desires of the hearts for your young ones. Whatever each person desires may not be bad but how much effort have we made to guide them to achieve the right means of responsible future to enable them to attain true happiness.

In addition, they have given us some quotes from the Bible as their love for all of us as we see in this bulletin.

LOVE FROM YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS