Saturday, February 4, 2017
Last February 4, the PPC, led by its new parish priest, Fr. Aloisio Back, his two assistant priests, and the PPC EXECOM, held its 2017 planning session in a one-day activity at the Dehon House Formation Center in Tierra Verde 2. It began with the Liturgy of the Hours and then followed by a short inspirational talk by Fr. Al.
|Kuya Peter, PPC Head, formally opening the session|
The planning session proper was formally opened by Kuya Peter Tamayo, current PPC Chairperson. He gave the council an overview of the activities to be undertaken during the session and the objectives of the participants for this year's parochial plans, in the light of the 30th Founding of the Parish, and at the same time, the 30th Year of Canonization of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the patron saint of the parish.
The morning was dedicated mostly to the presentations of the 2016 accomplishments and 2017 plans of the various ministries and organizations. Ate Josie Cruz presented the consolidated acivities of the Worship Ministries, namely the LECOM, EMHC, MBG and Music Ministry. Kuya Al Yap then presented those for the Grow in Faith ministries, namely the CatMin, Religious, Legion of Mary, Parish Youth Ministry and the Mass Media Ministry.
For the Social Action group, Ate Heidi and Kuya Boy Temporal presented those for SSDM and the BEC. Kuya Cesar Tiongson, on the other hand, made the presentation for the Parish Finance Council.
For other ministries and organizations, Ate Lou Sarmiento presented for the AP and Ate Mary Macalino for the CFC.
A key emphasis of the various presentations were the identification of the issues, concerns and challenges that the various ministries are facing.
The rest of the morning and most of the afternoon were spent in small group discussions with the participants separated into three: Group 1 - Worship, Group 2 - Grow in Faith and Group 3 - all the others). Main emphasis on the small group discussions were defining the top issues, concerns and challenges facing their group and coming up with recommendations and possible solutions to address them. During the afternoon presentations by the three groups, there ensued a lively and free-flowing discussion, debates and exchange of ideas with the aim of identifying the root problems that need to be addressed.
Towards the latter part of the afternoon, Fr. Al presented his views on the need to look back at the parish vision and mission statements and see if these are still valid ideals for the parish as it turns thirty years this year. He also expounded on the Christian virtues and values (prudence, temperance, courage, justice, faith, hope and love) and determine which of these should form the core values of the parish.
|The group in one of the bonding activities|
In the end, there were a lot to take home from this activity in terms of ideas, thoughts, discussions, values formation that Fr. Al and the council need to think through prayerfully and discern. In his parting words, Fr. Al enjoined everyone to give themselves a month to internalize all the discussions and action items, discern and pray for guidance that indeed the decisions arrived at are the right ones for the parish, and in conscience, all can come to agree on.
The planning ended with the Holy Mass, a few bonding games care of Ate Josie, before a sumptuous buffet dinner.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
The parish of San Lorenzo Ruiz, Tandang Sora, is organizing a pilgrimage to Nagasaki, Japan. This pilgrimage will be from October 9-13, 2017 in commemoration of the 30th Founding Anniversary of SLRP this year which is also the 30th year of the Canonization of our patron saint.
Pilgrimage Tour Group size is limited to the first 40 applicants who will confirm on a FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE basis with the SLRP Parish Office. SO FAR 24 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP.
Deadline for REGISTRATION and payment of Reservation fee of $250 is on February 26, 2017 at the SLRP Parish Office.
Here is Nagasaki Pilgrimage - Itinerary. For those who are interested to join, please sign up using the Registration Form provided in this link.
For more details, please contact our Parish Office at the numbers provided below.
Monday, January 9, 2017
January 09, 2017
The Church in the Philippines is celebrating 2017 as the “year of the parish” as part of a novena of years in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Gospel’s arrival.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the bishops’ conference, said that the heart of the observance is heeding the Blessed Mother’s message of prayer and penance at Fatima during the centenary of her apparitions there.
“The message of Fatima still rings clearly and strongly for us,” he wrote in a pastoral exhortation opening the year. “If we dream of Church renewal, let us return to prayer, let us receive her Son in Holy Communion and let us offer reparation for our sin.”
In a January 1 letter, Archbishop Villegas also spoke of the importance of Eucharistic adoration, confession, orthodoxy, and a simple priestly lifestyle.
“It is mystics not the activists who will renew the parish,” he wrote, adding:
We have a long history of Catholic orthodoxy. Stay in line; stay in the communio of faith. Our people want to hear the logic of the Gospel. Our people need to hear Christ again and again. Entertainment is not our business. Partisan politics is not our arena. Our expertise must be the faith of the apostles.
The nation of 102.6 million is 83% Catholic and 5% Muslim.
Lifted from the Catholic Culture. org http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=30393
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Christmas Prayers for the Family – Some Ideas
Encourage your family to focus on love during the Christmas season because God sent Jesus in love for all people (John 3:16). Pray and look for opportunities for the family to extend themselves to people they come across. Allow every handshake, touch on the arm, or hug to be a chance to point others towards God. These simple, ordinary gestures at any time of the year can transform lives and initiate faith.
- Our prayers can focus not only on Christ’s past birth, but also on present world events and personal concerns. When you remember those lowly shepherds and Christ’s impoverished birth, think of the forgotten poor of our world. 
- Commit the coming year to God. Ask Him to watch over your family and protect them from harm.
- Thank God for sending His son Jesus to earth to provide an eternal home in heaven for those who accept His gift.
- The Christ Child, Joseph, and Mary remind our broken society of the importance of family. The unified family can grow spiritually together before God. Christmas is a perfect time for family members to bond. The season introduces us to the rich traditions of people throughout the world, reminding us of the unity of all Christians as children of God.
Father and Mother: “God of kindness, Jesus your Son came to make his home among us, through his birth, you have brought humanity close to you. Through his life for others, you have revealed your will. Through his death and resurrection, you have transformed us into a new people.
Merciful God, remembering Jesus’ way of love, we give you our lives: our concerns, our work, our loves. Receive our offering; when it is lacking,
inspire us to recall once again the open heart of your Son and to fulfill his desires in all that we do.
May we daily open a place in our hearts to welcome the coming of Jesus, so that our faith will live in flesh and, when he returns in glory, we will be one with you, our loving God.
Sons and Daughters : “Jesus, to touch our hearts you put aside your divine glory and became a child. To repair a broken world, you embraced our poverty. To bring us the friendship of God, you offered yourself to your Father and emptied yourself on our behalf.
Jesus, as we remember the day of your birth, we want to respond to the love you have shown us. Come and live in our hearts today. Help us build a world where people make their own the thoughts of God’s heart: letting the oppressed go free and breaking every yoke. May your love reign in human hearts everywhere.
All: Glory be to the Father…
O Holy Night (by Adolphe Adam)
Oh Holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine. Oh night when Christ was born;
Oh night divine, Oh night divine.
 Reference : AllAboutPrayer.org
San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Christmas 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
In a short span of a little over a month, the parish had a triple treat celebration. The three Dehonian priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, each celebrated a milestone in their lives as they complete their first semester as pastoral caretakers of SLRP.
The first event was our parish priest, Father Al's 64th birthday which was last October 31. According to Father Al he feels something new as he jokingly avers that vthis is the first time he's celebrating his 64th natal day!
This was followed two weeks later with Fr. Candi's 2nd year Sacerdotal anniversary to the priesthood. As a trivia, Fr. Candi was ordained here in the parish two years previous.
Last was Fr. Rechie, who celebrated his birthday last December 4, a Sunday. For his birthday, he thanked his well wishers who attended the masses he celebrated last weekend. He had a simple wish for his birthday for a simple guitar for use by the religious sisters who attend daily masses. His wish was quickly granted. On behalf of the parishioners of SLRP, the PPC Chairperson Kuya Peter Tamayo read a prayer of felicitation and intercession for Fr. Rechie's continued growth in his vocation and that he be granted good health of mind and body. Fr. Rechie, on the other hand, asked the parishioners pray for them (priests) and the parish so that both may grow in their relationship with each other and with God.
Each was treated in a simple repast.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
In the 10:00AM mass of November 27, 2016, in simple ceremonies, SLRP ushered in the new liturgical year's theme of "Year of the Parish, Communion of Communities", with the unveiling of the new altar backdrop by the PPC Chairperson Kuya Peter Tamayo and the Pastoral Finance Council Chairperson Kuya Cesar Tiongson. Our parish priest, Rev. Fr. Al Back then blessed the backdrop followed by a short prayer welcoming the coming year.