Sunday, September 28, 2008

September 2008 monthly schedule

The regular schedule for monthly activities is supposed to be on the third weekend of the month. Our priest, Rev Fr. Adam Purdy, was reassigned to become the new prior in Our Lady of Victories Church, Manila 
Our Lady of Victories Church
2 Cannon Road, New Manila,
Quezon City 1112

Because of Fr Purdy's new assigned area, we are changing also the monthly schedule from third Sunday to fourth Sunday of the month so that he could still take the Cagayan de Oro - Butuan missions.

The new schedule effective on September 2008 is such: 4th Weekend of the month.

On this month of September, we were able to:

September 24 -- Fr Purdy arrived from Manila and meet some potential benefactors for building a church (a priory probably). In 6:00 in the evening, Mass was offered at 11-21 Streets, Nazareth and have dinner.

September 25 -- continuation of meeting potential benefctors for the church. Mass at 6:00 in the evening.

September 26 -- we went to Bugo (about 45 minutes from the city). Fr Purdy gave a conference to few people of more than ten participants. Topic: Problems With the Prayers of the Modern Mass. The conference was held at the house of one of SSPX faithful's sister. Participants were members of Oasis of Love and Divine Mercy Devotion. The Mass was offered late at around 7:00 in the evening in 11-21 Nazareth.

September 27 -- another conference at Brew Berry Chavez-Velez Streets, CDO with the same topic: The Problems With the Prayers of the Modern Mass but this time, different random participants. There were students, church organization members and some other randomly invited individual. Mass offered at past 6:00 in the evening.

September 28 Sunday -- confession started at 8:30 and the Mass started around 9:45am. Past eleven, Fr Purdy went to Butuan City by bus.

Photographs not yet available.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

St Padre Pio - feast day September 23

St Padre Pio, is one of the most highly venerated saint today. He is very well known for his visible stigmata appeared on both hands. This saint who lived in the modern era is also one of the saint that we ask intercession for this saint had a great effect in the spiritual growth of our members.

St Padre Pio whose real name, Francisco Forgione, was born at 5:00 p.m. in Pietrelcina, Italy to Grazio and Maria Giuseppa Forgione. At age 15, he entered the Capuchin Novitiate in Morcone, Italy. Investiture into the Capuchin Order taking the Franciscan habit and the name, "Brother Pio"

At twenty-three years old, he was ordained a priest in the Cathedral in Benevento, Italy. On August 14, 1910, he said his first Mass at 'Our Lady of the Angels' parish in Pietrelcina.

In September 1910,
he received the temporary or invisible stigmata at the family farm in Piana Romana. The painful wounds would appear and disappear

Eight years later on August 5, 1918, there occured transverberation of his heart, causing a visible wound on his side. And on September 20 of the same year, he received the visible stigmata while praying before a crucifix in the monastery church of 'Our Lady of Grace.' He became the first priest in the history of the Catholic Church to bear the stigmata. His Superiors call for first medical examination of stigmata by Dr. Romanelli. On July 26, 1919, he is examined by Dr. Bignami and on October 9, 1919, by Dr. Festa.

On September 23, 1968,
Padre Pio died at 2:30 a.m. His last words were, 'Jesus, Mary.' The Father Guardian of the monastery stated that ten minutes after Padre Pio's death, all traces of the stigmata on his hands, feet and side, had disappeared. His last Mass was the day before he died.
In May 2, 1999, Padre Pio was beatified by Pope John Paul II and on June 16, 2002, he was canonized saint by the same pope.

St Padre Pio's last Mass

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mary Queen of Apotles

Mary Queen of Apostles
1) MARY, though the dignity of the Apostles is great because Jesus made them His representatives on earth and conferred upon them the office of teaching, of the priesthood, and of pastorship in His Church, your dignity as Mother of God is greater. In this alone, that you are the Mother of God, you excel all greatness that after God can be imagined. Although the Apostles were zealous servants of Jesus, they had various human weaknesses before the descent of the Holy Spirit. But you are adorned with every virtue, and there is no creature in heaven or on earth equal to you in sanctity.

(2) MARY, you received, together with the Apostles, the wonderful gifts with which they were endowed by the Holy Spirit. The Apostles began to labor zealously for the salvation of souls. They preached Jesus, who is the Light of the world, the Way, the Truth and the Life, but you brought Him forth; you are His Mother. Without you we would not have a Gospel for the Apostles to preach; we would not have Christ who sent the Apostles; we would never have seen an Apostle nor heard the words of salvation. How fittingly are you called their Queen! The wonderful success which accompanied their preaching was in a large measure the effect of your constant prayer.

To this day you are ever zealous to enkindle the light of faith in the hearts of those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death and to rescue their souls. from damnation. With the Church I exclaim: "Rejoice, Virgin Mary, you alone have destroyed all heresies throughout the world."

(3) MARY, the Apostles and all apostolic men have honored you as their Queen. The Apostles regarded you as their Mother from the moment when Jesus gave you to John for a Mother. You were always in their midst as long as you remained in Jerusalem, giving them information about the wonderful conception of the Son of God, about His birth and about the years of His youth, for you "kept in mind all these words, pondering them in your heart."

The Apostles were deeply devoted to you during your life. They hastened from far distant lands to receive your blessing before you died. Their veneration for you increased still more when they beheld the great miracles at your grave, which, with them, placed your glorious assumption beyond a doubt.

The successors of the Apostles, the Popes and bishops, and the most renowned priests and missionaries of the Catholic Church, have at all times paid the deepest veneration to you, greeted you as their Queen, and placed their apostolic labors under your protection.

Queen of Apostles, help me to respect the Holy Father, the bishops and priests, as God's representatives on earth. I shall always consider that every injury done to a priest is as if done to your Son Himself, who expressly says, "He who rejects you, rejects me" (Luke 10,16). Help me to listen eagerly to the word of God and observe the teaching of my spiritual superiors. If I wish to be a good child of yours, I must show love and obedience to the priests, for they are not only special friends and representatives of your Son, but also my greatest benefactors, instructing me in the doctrine of salvation, purifying my soul and sanctifying me in the sacraments, and offering up the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for me. Bless the Holy Father, the Bishops, priests and missionaries of the Catholic Church. Help them to live worthy of their high calling. Bless their labors with success. Help them ever to be living images of your loving Son—Other Christs!

O God, You have sent the Holy Spirit to Your Apostles, who were united in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus; grant us that, protected by the same Mother of ours and Queen of Apostles, we may be made worthy to serve Your Divine Majesty faith. fully and proclaim Your glory by word and example. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (Feast of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, Sat. after the Ascension)


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

September 8, 2008 - Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary

One of the most awaited day for most Catholics especially those Marian devout Catholics is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today we are commemorating one of the most significant events that happen in the lives of humanity is the birth of the lady who will crush down the serpent's head. Her Immaculate Conception, being first on the list, her Nativity could also be regarded as one of the most mystical or mysterious event that occured throughout the history of human kind.

The role of our Blessed Mother in our lives is so significant, in fact without her, many will be damned. The Blessed Mother is not just a Mother to us all. She is also the Mediatrix of all Graces and Sanctifyer to our souls. She mobilize us if we ask for it. She enables us to strengthen our spiritual growth and to resist evil and temptation. She is the Immaculate Conception which means she alone is the most pleasing human in the eyes of God. We must also look above Her more than any other else in the world. She is the Mother of God, and our Mother also, we must give her due respect and always ask her intercession and graces.

Today, we the Legion of Mary, Maria Regina Apostulorum had the September function and a celebration to her birthday. We had gathered ourselves together to pray and to enjoy ourselves together with our Blessed Virgin Mother.

Ave Maria!