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Pangasinan youth sells ‘palaspas’ online amid quarantine

By Agustinos Recoletos | April 5, 2020 | 0
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Note: This article was posted on the website of Philippine News Agency ( MANILA – Filipino Catholics would have been busy preparing for this year’s Palm Sunday—the final Sunday of Lent and the beginning of the Holy Week, amid the enhanced community quarantine. Usually, commemorating the triumphant arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem includes people decorating “palaspas” or palm fronds to the altars of churches and houses. Palaspas are blessed by the priests—provides an exciting opening act for the passion of ‘Semana Santa’ (Holy Week). As the country is facing a battle against the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19), ‘palapas’ makers have … Read more


Responding to God’s Calling: Holy Mass

Bacolod City, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL — Devoting themselves to God’s calling, UNO-R RAY de Bacolod held their monthly Holy Mass at UNO-R Earth Chapel last February 29, 2020. The Gospel on that day talked about how God continues to call His people, especially us sinners. As we observe the season of Lent, we are called by … Read more

The first set of national officers of RAY, led by the president Roceline Bernal (standing, sixth from left), poses for a photo opportunity </br> with the Recollect religious after having been sworn into office.

Send-off Mass reminds 13th Raysters to pay it forward

Baguio City — After five days of intense immersion into the Augustinian Recollect way of life, the Raysters were sent off with the exhortation to share what they had experienced with their communities. “As we go home, what do we bring but Jesus. Let us listen to Jesus and be good examples to other youths … Read more


Fr. Provincial accepts 93 full-fledged RAY

Baguio City — New members were added to the growing family of the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno. The Prior of the Province, Rev. Fr. Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, formally accepted ninety-three (93) young people during their solemn installation as full-fledged members of the Recollect Augustinian Youth last … Read more


Day 3: Discernment, social media, and the mission to love

By Bro. June Clark Solas and Bro. John Philippe Sosongco The third day of 13th RAYNS started with Lauds and Meditation at the seminary facade at 6:15 AM participated by all seminarians and RAY delegates in honor of St. Thomas of Villanova. It was briefly followed by breakfast at the seminary refectory. The talk started … Read more


‘Discernment’ isn’t about your will

Baguio City — Fr. Jason Laguerta’s vocation story began with his favorite spaghetti and fried chicken. Fr. Laguerta of the Archdiocese of Manila said back then, he could only eat his favorite food on his birthdays. And yet his mom would prepare them every Sunday for the priest who would be saying mass in the … Read more

Fr. Juvelan Paul Samia, SDB, talks for the whole day about two relevant issues with the RAY delegates, </br> namely: youth evangelization in the morning; and sex and sexuality in the afternoon.

RAYNS Day 2: Talks center on youth evangelization, sex, and sexuality

Baguio City — A priest active in the youth ministry was the lone speaker during the second day of the 13th Recollect Augustinian Youth National Summit (RAYNS) held at Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary in this city last January 21, 2020. Fr. Juvelan Paul Samia, a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, discussed for the whole … Read more

The Raysters get to meet the seminarians and other delegates during the fun-filled Acquaintance Night </br> at the seminary façade on January 21, 2020.

Busy Day 2 leaves Raysters exhausted but elated

BAGUIO CITY–The second day of the Recollect Augustinian Youth National Summit begins with a typical Morning Prayer held at the seminary facade. The freezing wind gave the youth shivers, yet they still maintained a prayerful disposition. After that, they had breakfast and a short welcome program was given by the seminarians. Next was the talk … Read more

Fr. Alexus Mansueto, OAR, aka Fr. Buloy

Fr. Buloy to 13th Raysters: Imitate Jesus and Mary

Baguio City — Many talks had been given to drive home the point of the theme for this year’s 13th Recollect Augustinian Youth National Summit (RAYNS), which is, “I am RAY: A Message and a Messenger.” But the Seminary Liturgist and Senior High School Spiritual Director, Fr. Alexus Mansueto, OAR, might have given the runaway … Read more

Seminary Rector Fr. Bernard C. Amparado, OAR (left) receives a token of gratitude from Fr. Joseph Dexter Palagtiosa, OAR, head of the Section on Youth Ministry.

Youth told: Witnessing outweighs preaching

Baguio City — If there is anyone who can be the best preacher of the Gospel to this age, it is the youth. This was the content of the homily given by Fr. Bernard C. Amparado, OAR during the first day of the 13th Recollect Augustinian Youth National Summit (RAYNS) held in this city from … Read more