The Feast of Presentation of the Lord

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Forty days after Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph presented Him at the Temple in obedience to Jewish law. It is the consecration of the first born male to the Lord. The original idea was the firstborn belonged to the Lord and would spend his life serving the Lord. Today we celebrate this event as the Feast of The Presentation of the Lord it is celebrated in the Liturgy as “Candelaria.”, the rituals of candles. Candles are blessed and lighted to welcome the Child Jesus- the Lord-as he enters the temple. “Candelaria is a feast of light. The First Reading is a 400-year old prophecy that the coming Savior would be a blazing fire that refine and purify man’s heart. The Second Reading reminds us that Christ became man to lead us out of the darkness of sin and selfishness due to fear of death, and set us free to love. In the Gospel, Simeon recognizes the baby Savior as the light to the nations. We too, Christians, should always have a desire to see the light in our lives and everything we do. The gospel suggests two ways by which we can see the light: when, like Mary and Joseph, we offer to the Lord all the best what we have and all what we are and when we follow the laws of the Lord. If we live by the word of God and his will, if we are faithful to God, surely we will see the light even in the darkness moment of our lives.

My dear friends, today let us present ourselves to Jesus at the Temple and light up candles at Mass, asking to be refined and purified, and renew our commitment to follow His Light out of darkness. May His Light shine through us so that all may see the peace, harmony and joy in walking with Jesus. Let us always remember there will be no fulfillment and happiness greater than to have Christ as light of our life…. Happy Feast Day of the Presentation of the Lord…

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September 29 - October 05
  • 29

    All day
    September 29, 2019

    105th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
    (Pope Francis Message: cf. http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/migration/documents/papa- francesco_20190527_world-migrants-day-2019.html)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roderick Deguit

  • 30

    All day
    September 30, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ferdinand Fornilos
    Sr. Crisanta Lerios, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2017-2019)
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Fray Mark Saludes

  • 01

    All day
    October 1, 2019

    LAUNCHING OF ROSARY MONTH

    LAUNCHING OF THE EXTRAORDINARY MONTH OF MISSION

    Note to all Local Priors [for the Book of Masses]: After the feast of the Archangels (Sept. 29), “a Mass is to be offered for the living relatives, friends, and benefactors of the Order” (cf. Add. Code 70d)

  • 02

    All day
    October 2, 2019

    2nd PRIORS’ MEETING OF THE QUADRENNIUM
    October 2-3, 2019 / Provincial Curia

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leonardo Pauligue
    Sr. Leah Lachica, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2004-2019)
    Fray Leo Alaras

  • 03

    All day
    October 3, 2019

    START OF THE NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF THE ABANDONED (Valencia) /
    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR (Baguio)

    21st PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Teresita Baco, AR
    Sr. Elyn Joy Olmedo, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1987-2019)
    Fray Bernard Amparado
    Fray Cristituto Palomar
    Fray Joseph Granada
    Fray Jorge Peligro

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ramona Plaza, AR

  • 04

    All day
    October 4, 2019

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Manuela Mandia, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2003-2019)
    Fray Celestino Cachapero, OAR

  • 05

    All day
    October 5, 2019

    WORLD TEACHER’S DAY

    CONSISTORY 2019

    ELECTORS:

    1)  Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot MCCJ (b 1952), President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

    2)  José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça (b 1965), Librarian and Archivist of the Roman Church

    3)  Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo (b 1950), Archbishop of Jakarta, Indonesia

    4)  Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez (b 1948), Archbishop of San Cristóbal de la Habana, Cuba

    5)  FridolinAmbongoBesunguOFMCap(b1960),ArchbishopofKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    6)  Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ (b 1958), Archbishop of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    7)  Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri (b 1947), Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala

    8)  Matteo Maria Zuppi (b 1955), Archbishop of Bologna, Italy

    9)  Cristóbal López Romero SDB (b 1952), Archbishop of Rabat, Morocco

    10)Michael Czerny SJ (b 1946), Under-secretary of the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

    NON-ELECTORS:

    11) Michael Louis Fitzgerald M Afr (b 1937), Apostolic Nuncio (retired)

    12) Sigitas Tamkevicius SJ (b 1938), Archbishop Emeritus of Kaunas, Lithuania

    13) Eugenio Dal Corso PSDP (b 1939), Bishop Emeritus of Benguela, Angola

     

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Miguela Obera, AR

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