31st Sunday Pointers

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31st Sunday Pointers       

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Today the story of Zacchaeus is presented to us. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was so short that he had to climb up a sycamore tree to get a better view of Jesus as he was passing by—somehow this small man climbs up the tree because of his great desire to see Jesus. Everyone including Zacchaeus himself is completely surprised when Jesus announces that he intends to stay at Zacchaeus’ house that day.

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“Come down, Zacchaeus,” Jesus calls out to him.  The crowds that recognized him must have boiled with hatred.  But Jesus showed him compassion, “I must stay in your house.” While no upright Jew would have dared enter the home of a public sinner, an unclean person, Jesus crushed through their borders and invited himself to the home of Zacchaeus.

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For people the incident was an opportunity to condemn the tax collector; but for Jesus, it was an opportunity to invite the tax collector to repentance. .  It is the Lord who reaches out to and embraces a man ostracized and condemned by society.  By expressing His wish to eat with Zacchaeus, the tax collector spontaneously repents of his sins and offers to make quadruple restitution to those he has wronged. Clearly, Zacchaeus was converted by his experience of God’s mercy.

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The aftermath:

  1. After giving up his ill-gotten wealth, Zacchaeus , in a way, became poor but found his true wealth in Jesus.
  2. Before his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus  was a social outcast.  And being forbidden to enter any place of worship, he must have felt cast out of God’s circle.  Now he felt included in God’s embrace.
  3. While he was previously miserable and desperate spiritually, now he was reborn and filled with joy and zeal — not because of what he had done for God, but because of what God had done for him.  Because God reached out to him and entered his home, God made a home in him.  As a result, Zacchaeus found himself finally at home in God.

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Life Situation and Application

  Like the crowds, we rightfully detest the corruption and sinfulness of people. Like the crowds we judge certain individuals as being beyond redemption—without the slightest compassion for them proudly and confidently proclaiming to the world that we are the insiders and they outsiders, that we are hold in God’s arms and sinners as beyond divine mercy.

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 At some moments in our life we too are like Zacchaeus—involved in questionable act.  But like Zacchaeus , having received God’s mercy, can truly repent and turn away from our sinful patterns of acting.  And strive to live a virtuous life. As we approach the end of the liturgical year and reflect on the Second Coming of Christ, we are invited to be reborn in Christ.  May Christ, King of the Universe, invite himself to our homes, win our hearts and in the process redeem us not out of this world but while in the world.

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The story of Zacchaeus is our own story as well. The God who searches for the tax collector, searches for us as well. In each of us there lives a sinner and the Lord who is too willing to give us a fresh start. We are all important in the eyes of God. When we accept our own sinfulness and the grace of God, we begin to live a new life.

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  • All day
    March 1, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lourdes Tablizo, AR
    Sr. Constancia Buchan, AR
    Sis. Marissa Molina, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Khia Queen Taiza (RAY-Calubang)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Teresa de Jesus, AR
    +Sis. Susan Bermil, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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  • All day
    March 2, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Charina Mae Ogario, AR
    Sis. Merlinda Buada, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Karl Canaria (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Luis Clauor Jr., SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

3
  • All day
    March 3, 2021

    24rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCE’S PRENOVITIATE PROGRAM

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emeterio Buñao
    Fray Andrie Pugate
    Sr. Felisa Ampasin, AR
    Sr. Josephine Facinabao, AR
    Sis. Marina Yang, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Dolores Villas, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Teodora de la Natividad, AR
    +Sis. Angelita Quero, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

4
  • All day
    March 4, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Araceli Angeles, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Lucila Garcia, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Thelma Geroy, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Celina Magcauas, AR
    +Sis. Josefina Cedeño, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Esperanza Bacus, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

5
  • All day
    March 5, 2021

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO IRAQ DAY 1
    -Official Welcome and Visit with Civil Authorities (in Baghdad)
    -Meeting with Priests and Religious Groups

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Nelly Marfil, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Teodorica de Natividad, AR

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    March 6, 2021

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO IRAQ DAY 2
    -Visit to Najaf
    -Mass in Baghdad

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Randolph Castulo Castillo, Jr.
    Sr. Rosalia Aparece, AR
    Sr. Ma. Corazon Caberte, AR
    Sr. Ridelia Tinga, AR
    Sis. Marybeth Publico, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Rosalina Toledo, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Josefina Rodriguez, AR
    +Sis. Rosemary Delapaz, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    +Mrs. Leonila Dosado (Sister General of the Order)

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    March 7, 2021

    THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO IRAQ DAY 3
    -Visit to Erbil and to Mosu
    -Meeting with community in Qaraqosh
    -Holy Mass in Erbil

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Jayzl Nebre, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Bro. Feliciano Nario Jr., SAR (Baguio Chapter)

8
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    March 8, 2021

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO IRAQ DAY 4
    -Farewell Ceremony & Departure for Rome

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Beta Oida, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Roceline Bernal (RAY-Cavite)
    James Ynnoh Molina (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Rita de la Cruz, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Guadalupe Siroy, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Natalia Oliver, AR

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    March 9, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Loreto Manigos, AR
    Sr. Merlyn Pelarion, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Faustina Almanza Nirza, AR

10
  • All day
    March 10, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Keneth Pahamutang
    Fray Ifeanyichukwu Maximillian Omem
    Sis. Elenita Atienza, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Theresa Aquino, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Na. Lourdes Espinos, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Choleta Jalandra, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    March 11, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Briggitte Parba, AR
    Sr. Maria Jasmin Lumanog, AR

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    March 12, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marisa Bernasor, AR
    Mo. Dionisia Talangapaz+ (Foundress of the AR Sisters)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Inocencia Beringuel, AR

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    March 13, 2021

    8TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ELECTION OF POPE FRANCIS (2013-2021)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Digna Araña, AR
    Sr. Ma. Nicelina Rodriguez, AR
    Sis. M. Cristina Galang, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Adelina Belandres, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Cyrine Julianne Singson (RAY-Cavite)
    Aaron Kristopher Lim (RAY-San Carlos)

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    March 14, 2021

    FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, DD (Diocese of Bacolod)
    Sr. Ma. Clara Flores, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Lucia Ruiz, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Leonila Buhain, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

15
  • All day
    March 15, 2021

    START OF THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY WEEK CELEBRATIONS – OUR LADY OF PEACE & GOOD VOYAGE, TONDO

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Lauro Larlar
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Sr. Rosielyn Hijastro, AR
    Sis. Marlyn Opo-an, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Milagros Calipay, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Enrique Jerome Garcia (RAY-Cavite)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Visitacion B. Visitacion, AR
    +Sis. Lourdes Luna, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    March 16, 2021

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Maria Carmeta Suiza, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

17
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    March 17, 2021

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Jesus Lastimado, AR

18
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    March 18, 2021

    INSTALLATION OF FRAY JOSEPH CYPRIAN J. PANALIGAN, OAR
    as the new Parish Priest of Our Lay of Mt. Carmel Parish-Recoletos, Cebu City

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    March 19, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY and PATRON OF THE ORDER

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP 5c) 8TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INSTALLATION OF POPE FRANCIS (2013-2021)

    64TH PARISH FIESTA of St. Joseph Parish / Xiaogang, Kaohsiung (Taiwan)
    Time: 8:00 p.m.
    Mass Presider: Most Rev. Peter Liu, DD

    USJ-R: PATRONAL FIESTA OF ST. JOSEPH

    BIRTHDAY
    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archbishop of Cebu)
    Sis. Eleanor Almenanza, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Jessica Bacaltos, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Marian Sigrid Escobar (RAY-Bacolod)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE & SOLEMN PROFESSIONS
    Sr. Shirley Nonato, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Trinidad de la Purisima Concepcion, AR
    +Sis. Enriquieta Oamilda, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Bro. Gonzalo Pañares, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

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    March 20, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roweno Eugenio Hamo
    Sis. Josefina Guevarra, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Salvacion Manalon, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Earl Vincent Blaza (RAY-Miranila)

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    March 21, 2021

    FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Mark Rochelle Renacia
    Sis. Corazon Yanga, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    March 22, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Grace Katada, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Rose Mary Chua, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Felicitas Aquino, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Lina Ferrer, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    March 23, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Teodulo Hayahay
    Sis. Milagros Renes, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Leonila del Rosario, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Fe Josefa Asuncion, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Nichole Cabamo (RAY-Laray)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Cecilia Salgado, AR

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    March 24, 2021

    CEAP SUPERINTENDENTS COMMISSION ONLINE MID-YEAR ASSEMBLY
    Theme: “Sustaining Catholic Education: Restoring Hope Towards A Transformative Future”

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Christopher Gaspar
    Sis. Hedelita Diaz, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Clemencia Luces, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    March 25, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Anunciacion Yballe, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ann Marjorie Ricarte (Trial / Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Purificacion del Espiritu Santo, AR
    +Sr. Magdalena Salgado, AR

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    March 26, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Gloria Mempin, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Felicitas Calopez, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

27
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    March 27, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Edward de Silva, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Bro. Samuel Celerino Favila, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Josefina Magalit, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Aira Joy Legaspi (RAY-Talisay)

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    March 28, 2021

    PALM SUNDAY

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c) EARTH HOUR (cf. LAMP 52)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Agustina Santos, AR
    Sr. Dorothy Aguila, AR
    Sis. Virginia Lazaro, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Bro. Reynaldo Aparicio, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Lolita Jara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Gregoria de San Jose, AR

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    March 29, 2021

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (2008-2021)
    Fray William Cordero, Jr.
    Fray Roderick Deguit

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    March 30, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Mo. Maxima Pelaez, AR
    Fray Jose Enrico Gallego [simply prof.]
    Sis. Juanita Pajarillaga, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Jelly Masongsong, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Roberta Panoncillo, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    March 31, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Anastacia Fangon, AR
    Br. Audel Ken Santillan [prenov seminarian]

   

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