Saturday, December 2, 2017

SLRP Ushers in the Season of Advent and the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated People

Dateline: Dec 2: On the eve of Advent, SLRP opened this new season with the launching of  the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated People. Representatives from two of the five religious congregations in the parish, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and the Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles,  were on hand to unveil the new logo.  Our parish priest, Fr. Al, then blessed the logo signifying SLRP's embrace of its clergy and consecrated persons as partners in building up God's kingdom here in Tandang Sora.

After the unveiling, the opening of the Advent season was formally began with the blessing of the Advent wreath and candle. A short prayer, led by Fr. Al, was recited.

"Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation, May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord."

Here are the different religious congregations represented in our parish: Fr Al, our Parish Priest,  from the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Then we have the Mercedarian Sisters (in white habits on the left) led by Sr. Emilia, the Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles (in light blue habit) led by Sr. Pilar, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (in dark blue and white habit) led by Sr. Linlee and the Daughters of Mary (in white habit at the right) led by Sr. Salve.

Together with them, we pray for more vocations in this Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Peoples.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

SLRP Nagdaos ng Ika-30 taong Anibersaryo

30-taon na! Ngayong Setyembre, taong 2017, ay ipinadiwang ng Parokya ng San Lorenzo Ruiz ang ika-30 taon anibersaryo ng pagkatatag ng parokya. Ito rin ang ika-30 taon pagiging santo ni San Lorenzo Ruiz kung saan lubos ang saya at pasasalamat ng ating parokya.
Nagumpisa ang kasiyahan noong Setyembre 16, kung saan itinanghal ang SLRP Parish Night, isang gabi ng sayawan at pagpupugay sa Diyos sa biyayang ipinagkaloob sa parokya nitong nakalipas na 30-taon. Tampok dito ang Coronation Night ng Perlas ng San Lorenzo, ang matagumpay na fund-raising project na pinangunahan ng ating mga pinagpipitagang mga lola.

Ang takdang araw ng piyesta naman ni San Lorenzo ay ginanap noong Setyembre 24 at ito ay inumpisahan sa isang Caracol, isang prusisyon ng pasasalamat at pagsasaya kung saan ang imahe ng patron ay inikot sa mga piling lugar ng parokya. Nagsamasama ang lahat - mga parokyano, mga parish workers, kinatawan ng barangay Culiat at ng pamahalaan ng Lungsod sa pagbibigay pugay sa Diyos sa tatlong dekadang biyaya na Kanyang ipinagkaloob. Kaugnay nito, nagpakitang gilas ang iba’t ibang ministry at organisasyon sa parokya sa isang munting street dancing challenge sa harap ng ating simbahan. Kasabay rin nito namahagi ng libreng street food ang mga ministry at sangay ng pamahalaang lokal para sa lahat.

Matapos ang caracol, siya namang sinundan ng Fiesta High Mass sa ika-10 at kalahati ng umaga. Ito ay pinangunahan ni Rev. Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD, sampu ng mga kaparian ng Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sa kanyang sermon, binigyan saysay ni Fr. Jerry ang katangian ni San Lorenzo na dapat tularan at isabuhay ng mga nagmamahal sa Diyos – ang ipaglaban ang pananampalataya kahit na ibuwis an isang libo mang buhay!!

Matapos ang misa, agad naman pinasiyaan ni Fr. Jerry, kasama ng Kura Paroko na si Fr. Al Back ang Hardin ni San Lorenzo, na siyang magsisilbing karagdagang lugar ng pagmumuni-muni at pagdarasal.

Sinundan ito ng isang salu-salo sa Parish Formation Center kung saan iginawad ang Perlas Ng San Lorenzo service awards sa mga parish workers na may edad 77 taong at may pitong taong serbisyo pataas. Sa paligid ng mga kaibigan, kamag-anak, mga religious, mga ministry at organisasyon sa parokya, pamunuan ng barangay, mga punong layko at punong kaparian ng parokya, sila ay binigyan pasasalamat at pagtanaw sa kanilang walang sawang pagtataguyod sa parokya.
Sa tulong tulong ng lahat, nagkatotoo ang inaasam-asam na panalangin ng lahat sa isang buhay, mulat at kumikilos ng parokya. Kay San Lorenzo Ruiz, huwaran ng pakikipag-isang buhay kay Kristo, nananalagin kami sa iyo na putuloy mong kaming gabayan.

Viva San Lorenzo at maligayang kapistahan sa lahat.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mama Mary!

"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!"
Luke 1:42

Why is the birthday of our Lady so special, and what can we all learn from this special event?
In a single liturgical year in the Catholic Church, there are feasts for nearly every aspect of Mary's life; her Queenship, her Immaculate Heart, her Assumption, the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Immaculate Conception. And on 8 September, the Church once again commemorates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
But what makes the earthly birthday of the Blessed Virgin so special? In fact, there are only three persons whose birthdays are commemorated in the Catholic Church; St John the Baptist, Mother Mary, and Jesus Christ.
While there are many reasons to commemorate Mary's birthday, each stemming from Sacred Scripture and Tradition, there may perhaps be one simple, yet endearing significance which we will might find helpful.

Temple of the Lord
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin was the day that God had constructed His temple; the day on w
hich a creature became the preferred dwelling place of God. In remembering her, we remember that God, in His grace, mystery, and love, has chosen to concern Himself with mankind so intimately as to "come to them and make our home with them" (John 14:23).
A reflection on the birth of Mary pulls the mystery and wonder of God's love into focus. How is it that this indescribable God of all creation, has not only chosen a little girl to be His temple, but also chose to become incarnate through her, "so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life" (John 3:16). It is such an understanding of God—a God who is so intimately concerned with mankind—that forms the distinguishing mark of the Christian faith.
Commemorating the Nativity of Mary leads us to ponder on the divine nature of Jesus Christ, and in pondering His divinity, we come to acknowledge the immensity and humility of God's love that is offered to every person.
While Blessed Mary had the special privilege to be the temple of the Lord both physically and spiritually, we are reminded that God also calls everyone to the same grace of being the dwelling place of God.
St John affirms in his letters to the early Church, "By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because he has given us of his Spirit" (1 John 4:13). On another occasion, St Paul tells the Corinthians, "we are the temple of the living God; as God said, 'I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people'." (2 Cor 6:16).

Beloved children
Reflecting on this special importance of the Nativity of our Mother helps to put into perspective that truly, every person is a precious child of God, a temple of the Holy Spirit.
When birthdays are celebrated, we celebrate the gift of a person, the life that he or she has, and the joy that they have brought to their loved ones. But as we celebrate the birthday of Mary, we discover that there is also a bigger reason we can rejoice—God dwells in this person.
In the Catholic devotion to Mary, we see that it is because of God that she is remembered, it is the grace of God that she was made holy. Her nativity is remembered because it is the dawn that points to the coming light of Christ. In a similar way, we see that every child is called to holiness in Christ, to be the light and salt of the earth. As we celebrate the earthly birthday of Blessed Mary, let us also celebrate the joy of our identity as the dwelling place of God, His chosen people.

Source:  and from email of Pilgrim's Executive Center

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Who is Mary, Mother of God for us?

  As part of the parish's initiative to deepen the spirituality of its parishioners, the CatMin, Legion of Mary and the Block Rosary Crusade have organized a two-part video documentary by Bishop Robert Barron on Mary, Mother of God. After the video, a panel led by Fr. Candi Bayron, SCJ and Ate Agnes Gutierrez will discuss who Mary is, what her role as Mother of God is, and what is she for all of us.

   We invite you to join us on this marian spiritual journey. Mark your calendars: May 6 and 20, from 7:30 - 9 PM at the Nishizaka Hall. See you there.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bishop Tobias' EASTER SUNDAY 2017 Homily

INTRODUCTION: People love to visit the graves and tombs of famous people like Magellan in San Agustin Church and the recent Archbishops of Manila, Rufino J. Card. Santos and Jaime L. Card. Sin, in the Crypt of the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros. There is a sense of peace and finality around graves. That is why we quietly pray and ponder at graves of famous persons. The least thing you expect in a grave is action and novelty as in the grave of Jesus! 
Let us focus on this grave!
(1) Three women came to the tomb of Jesus that early Sunday dawn. They had oil with them to anoint Jesus and were planning to sit quietly beside the grave to revisit their memories of him. This grave was no ordinary grave! First, they noticed the cover stone has been rolled away. Though initially it looked like a grave robbery to desecrate the dead, it dawned on them that this is not a case of someone breaking in but more of breaking out. Instead, they saw a man in white robe who tells them that the Jesus they seek is not there but has been raised to life and went ahead of them to Galilee. Their shock is reported in Mk. 16: 8: “Then they went out and fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” The point the Gospel wants to make is that this grave is not the source of peace and rest and calm, thoughtful meditation but source of terror and upheaval. This grave is one of novelty so shocking that it frightens people out of their wits. To get that is to understand Christianity.
(2) From this grave of Jesus, we learn to our shock that everything we thought before about life, the world, and death is in fact not the case. The supposed laws of nature are in fact not laws after all. The Empty Tomb reminds us that God is the enemy of death and he has shown us his power over death in an unambiguous way. Then we ought not to fear death or be downhearted by the power of death. Some people think that to understand better the Resurrection, it is to be allegorized into the cause of Jesus. If that is so, his grave would be an ordinary grave. Note that historically no cult on Jesus’ Tomb ever developed in Christianity. They did not go there just to sit and mure on what life meant. Rather, they were surprised and tormented upside down.
(3) Just a word about the two men in white garment (sindone in Greek) at the grave of Jesus. To whom do they refer? To us Christians in our Baptismal Robe, announcing to the whole world from the Empty Tomb the good news of the Resurrection whereas the young man in white garment who was caught and fled leaving behind his garment also refers to us Christians in baptismal garb who leave behind his baptismal robe at the moment of truth and upheaval. The former refers to the call of every Baptized to Evangelization while the latter refers to the Christian who had left his faith at the moment of test!
CONCLUSION: Fellow Christians, spend a little time at the Empty Tomb of the Lord this Easter Week and listen to what that Tomb evokes in you! Happy Easter!
Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, DD
Bishop of Novaliches

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gospel Reflection - FIrst Sunday of Lent

Matthew 4:1-11

Friends, our Gospel for the first Sunday of Lent is the story of the temptation in the desert. At every point in the Gospels, we are meant to identify with Jesus.

Jesus has just been baptized; he has just learned his deepest identity and mission. And now he confronts—as we all must—the great temptations. What precisely is entailed in being the beloved Son of God?

First, the tempter urges him to use his divine power to satisfy his bodily desires, which Jesus dismisses with a word. Having failed at his first attempt, the devil plays a subtler game—the temptation faced by Adam and Eve in the garden, to pretend to be God.

And then, last and perhaps greatest of the temptations, power. Power is extremely seductive.  Many would gladly eschew material things or attention or fame in order to get it. But Jesus’ great answer in Matthew’s account is, “Get away Satan!” To seek power is to serve Satan—that’s the blunt point of Jesus’ response.

Bishop Robert Barron
Word on Fire Ministries

Saturday, February 4, 2017

PPC Holds 1-Day 2017 Planning Session

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

Pilgrimage to Nagasaki - October 9-13, 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.