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Volume 6 Issue 1 | 1st Quarter 2016

Volume 6 Issue 1 | 1st Quarter 2016

Christ is the Only Answer, Always and Forever.

A NEW YEAR FOR THE FILIPINO FAMILY


On 2021, we will celebrate human society and civilization: the natural experience of
the 500th anniversary of the belonging to a loving family in which we learn faithfulness in
first Eucharist and first the midst of betrayal, forgiveness in response to conversion,
Baptism in the Philippines. courage born out of hope.
To prepare for this
milestone and beyond, we That the members of the family are five also represents
started an “Era of New the Filipino way of responding to being Catholic: family-
Evangelization” in 2012. oriented, meal-oriented, kundiman-oriented, bayani-oriented,
After years devoted to spirit-oriented (Catechism for Filipino Catholics, nn. 34-44).
integral faith formation, the Specifically, “The anak-magulang relationship is of primary
laity and the poor, 2016 will importance to us Filipinos. Ama, ina, and anak are culturally
be the Year of the 51st and emotionally significant to us Filipinos who cherish our
International Eucharist filial attachment not only to our immediate family, but also
Congress and Year of the to our extended family (ninongs, ninangs, etc.). This family-
Family. It will also be the centeredness supplies a basic sense of belonging, stability
Extraordinary Jubilee of and security. It is from our families that we Filipinos
Mercy and the year when we naturally draw our sense of self-identity. Jesus as both the
start to implement Pope Son of God (Anak ng Amang Diyos) and the Son of Man
Francis’ Encyclical Laudato si’ on Care for Our Common (Anak ng Tao) endears himself naturally to us family-
Home. Since “the future of humanity passes by way of the oriented Filipinos. As Son of Man, Jesus leads us to his
family” (St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, n. 86), the Mother Mary (Ina ng Diyos) whom he shares with us (cf.
theme chosen for 2016 is “The Filipino Family: Missionary Jn19:26-27). He thus welcomes us into his own household,
Disciples of the Eucharist”. offers himself as our brother (kapatid), and draws us through
the Sacrament of Baptism to a new identity and into the
The green frame symbolizes the world in which we live. family life of his heavenly Father (cf. Jn 3:5-7).What can
The waves in the background recall the countless better remind us Filipinos of our early childhood, or respond
generations and diverse cultures of the human family, all of more directly to our traditional love for children, than Jesus,
whom are called to “an integral ecology lived out joyfully the Sto. Niño? At twelve, Jesus was a discerning and daring
and authentically” (Laudato si’, n. 1). Green is the color of child, who nonetheless remained obedient to his parents (cf.
life. In and from the family we nurture and promote life and Lk 2:41-51). In his public life, Jesus embraced little children
love. With every new life, the springtime of hope emerges. and admonished his disciples to become child-like in
The people symbolize the family as designed by God to openness and simplicity (cf. Mt 18:2-4). In our family-
reflect his own creative love: a man and a woman united by orientedness, then, we Filipinos are naturally attracted to
love, open to becoming father and mother to the children Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God and Son of Man. Thus, PCP
that God would grant them. This is the foundation of (CONTINUED TO PAGE 2)
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(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1)  orange mother: endurance and strength, passion


II 46-48 stress the exceptional importance of our Filipino tempered by wisdom: the feminine genius (St. John
family as both subject and object of evangelization” (CFC Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, n. 30.)
nn. 34-36).  brown child: humility, docility, industriousness,
perseverance, patience
The cross represents Jesus who grants us salvation  blue child: Marian (CFC 45-47), prayer, piety and
through his redemptive suffering, death and resurrection. service to God's people
Jesus incorporates us into his Body through baptism by  white baby: purity, innocence, baptismal grace,
water and the Spirit. Blue is the color of the innermost and springtime of hope
hottest part of the flame. This is Jesus, who is at the center,
and inner-most core of the human family from whom life The three rays that emanate from the Cross and
and all virtues come, the Spirit from which the family Eucharist refer to the three-fold kneeling required by
becomes the missionary disciples of the Eucharist. The renewal: repentance and mercy, adoration and prayer, love
radiant host and golden chalice with IHS symbolizes the and service. We also recall the three words that Pope Francis
Eucharist as the sacrament in which “Christ is received, the wants every family member, especially spouses, to say
memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with everyday to each other: “please”, “thanks”, “sorry” (Address
grace, and a pledge of future glory to us is given” (O Sacrum to participants in the pilgrimage of families in the Year of
Convivium). Faith, 26 October 2013).

Jesus’ Paschal Mystery is especially mirrored by family To live the Gospel of mercy, to proclaim and become
virtues and values: witnesses of God's love, the great gift of family and life, and
 red father: sacrifice, dedication, willingness to die for to care for our common home, is every family's call to be
the family (Priest, provider and protector) missionary disciples of the Eucharist. (Source: CBCP Episcopal
Commission on Family and Life)

A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTORS


From YAC-PnT From CYBS

Change is the only constant thing in our lives. Everything CYBS Group (Contemplative Youth of the Blessed Sacrament)
changes, and I really believe that everything happens for a reason. planned different activities in order to bring back the non-active
You just can’t put everything in your hand and push to whatever members of the group and to have more fruitful servants of God.
you want. The YAC 4th LEADERSHIP SUMMIT made me One of the primary concerns we planned and discussed was to
realize those things, and they really fit with my favorite quote, learn how to have a transparent communication with non-active
“Things change, and friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” members. We came up with 5 I’s to develop communication. First,
We can't oblige everyone around us to stick until the end, we have we have to Inform them, it is really important to know what our
different priorities in life and we must consider some personal purpose and goals in the group. Second, we have to Instruct them,
reason because that's life, everything must go on, and you must go they have to know how it works. Third, they have to be Inspired,
on too, because if you stop, Change that means you fail, you fail to through sharing their reflections based on bible verses or passage
obey the only rule about Change, which is to move on. and sharing different stories with the help of social media and
other means of communication. Fourth, we have to Insist, through
The YAC-P&T made some major changes or maybe we can say repetitive process and constant communication with them is the
added some major priorities as we welcomed some new faces in key to get the fifth I. We have to Involve them and bring back to
our group. New officers were elected and we are expecting more CYBS Group and most of all to be an active member of YAC.
"neophytes" as we face the next six months. I believe that with our
new people, we will pursue everything written in the bylaws, or as Communication is the key to success and Commitment is like a
much as possible, most of them. As the Director of the said group, seed in your heart which you have to how to find a way for it to
I’m very happy about the fact that we are growing in terms of the grow productively.
members (actively attending), and in the relationship between
them. I hope that all these things and changes will provide a better From CAMM
result for the group, for Y.A.C., for the other subgroups and of
course to the Shrine of Jesus the Divine Word. May God always Sana magtulungan tayong lahat para marami pang kabataan ang
bless our groups so we may continue serving Him and sharing to mahikayat natin. Dahil ang center naman talaga natin dito ay si
people our own ways on magnifying God’s glory. GOD BLESS!! God. Nagseservice tayo para kay God, hindi sa tao. God Bless
everyone! GOODLUCK YAC!!
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The Extraordinary example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn
but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without
Jubilee Year of Mercy measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit
Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa
and the Youth theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an
image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son
having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating
Last December 8, 2015, Most Reverend Honesto F. that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the
Ongtioco, Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao, had opened the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The
First Jubilee Door of Mercy in the Immaculate Conception logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the
Cathedral of Cubao, thus officially opening the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in our diocese. It was flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to
celebrated with a Stational Mass that started at the Religious change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is
of the Virgin Mary (RVM) Compound in N. Domingo Street that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes
and concluded at the cathedral. humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of
man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the
Aside from the Cathedral, the diocese also declared and eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new
opened 3 other Jubilee Doors of Mercy in the Holy Family Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead,
Parish in Roxas District, as it is also the Year of the Family, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.
Sanctuario de San Pedro Bautista Parish in San Francisco
Del Monte as the oldest parish in the diocese, and in Parish The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the
of the Lord of Divine Mercy in Sikatuna, the only parish in shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and
the diocese named after the Lord of Mercy. medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of
Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with
Launched as well is the official logo for the Year of colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the
Mercy. Here’s the explanation from the official Jubilee Year movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night
of Mercy website of the Vatican. of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color
suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who
The logo and the motto together provide a fitting forgives all.
summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The
motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of For more information, log on to http://www.im.va/.
Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful
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Of Angels and Saints...


Name: Santo Nino (Holy Infant)
Feast Day: Whole Month of January

The oldest religious image in the Philippines. The wooden image, was found
unscathed after the Spaniards lit the beaches of Cebu in 1565. No one knows who
provoked the fire, but much of the town was destroyed. The usual search of the
remaining houses ensued, but nothing of value was to be found, except for a chest
bound with a cord which clearly was of Spanish make. Inside the chest, a second box
was found and in it a statuette clad in velvet and with a red cap on its head. Two
fingers of the right had of the statue were raised and extended as in blessing, and the
left hand held a gilded globe. The image was well preserved, for whatever reasons,
the image had been kept with the care afforded to an object considered sacred.

Veterans of European campaigns identified the statue as an effigy of the Holy child
Jesus, most likely of the Flemish variety. It was brought to the island by the Magellan Expedition in 1521. Tradition has it
that an image of the Virgin with the Child in her arms was presented to Queen Juana as a gift.

When it was brought to Legazpi he knelt before it, took it in his hands, kissed it, announcing further that the grounds
where it had been found and the surrounding area would be reserved for a church and monastery in which the Holy Child
would thenceforth be enshrined for the veneration of all the future generations. The Santo Niño was there to preside over
the beginnings of the Christianization of the country, and since, the image and the people’s devotion to it have been
characteristic of spirituality, even as they have consistently complemented the sacramental and liturgical ecclesial life which
are the essential elements of Christianity.

Name: Our Lady of Lourdes


Feast Day: February 11

Our Lady of Lourdes is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honor of
the Marian apparitions that reportedly occurred in 1858 in the vicinity
of Lourdes, France. The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858,
when Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old peasant girl, admitted to her mother that a
"lady" spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (a mile from the town) while she was
gathering firewood with her sister and a friend.[1] Similar apparitions of the alleged
"Lady" were reported on seventeen occasions that year, until the climax revelation
of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception took place.

In 1862, Pope Pius IX authorized Bishop Bertrand-Sévère Laurence to permit the


veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes. On 3 July 1876, the
samePontiff officially granted a Canonical Coronation to the image that used to be in
the courtyard of what is now part of the Rosary Basilica. The image of Our Lady of Lourdes has been widely copied and
reproduced, often displayed in shrines and homes, often in garden landscapes. Bernadette Soubirous was later canonized as a
saint (source: wikipedia)

The national shrine in the Philippines dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes is located in Retiro in Quezon City. It is
administered by the priests and brothers of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin (OFM Cap.). Twelve missionaries left
Spain but only eleven arrived here in Manila on May 13, 1886. One died in the journey.

They stayed with the Franciscans for quite sometime in Intramuros. The six (6) missionaries continued their journey to
the Caroline and Palaos Islands. The remaining 5 friars stayed with the Franciscans until they took charge of the spiritual
needs of the residents of Gagalangin, Tondo. After sometime, the 5 missionaries started to move out from Tondo to San
Marcelino Street where they rented a small house, then moved to San Rafael Street, then to Solana Street and finally to Gen.
Luna Street. This was where they were definitely and canonically built the first Capuchin house and the church was
dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. Unfortunately, their first church was destroyed by the bombing of Manila during the
Battle of Liberation in 1945.
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Name: Saint Joseph


Feast Day: March 19

Joseph is a figure in the Gospels, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the mother of Jesus, and is venerated as Saint Joseph in the Catholic
Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Anglican
Communion, Lutheranism and Methodism. Christian tradition places Joseph
as Jesus' foster father. Some historians state that Joseph was Jesus's father. Some
differing views are due to theological interpretations versus historical views.

The Pauline epistles make no reference to Jesus's father; nor does the Gospel of
Mark. The first appearance of Joseph is in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Each
contains a genealogy of Jesus showing ancestry from king David, but through
different sons; Matthew follows the major royal line from Solomon, while Luke
traces another line back to Nathan, another son of David and Bathsheba. Consequently, all the names between David and
Joseph are different. According to Matthew 1:16 "Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary", while according to Luke 3:23,
Joseph is said to be "[the son] of Heli". Some scholars reconcile the genealogies by viewing the Solomonic lineage in
Matthew as Joseph's major royal line, and the Nathanic lineage in Luke to be Mary's minor line.

Joseph is the patron saint of workers and has several feast days. He was also declared to be the patron saint and protector
of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius IX in 1870, and is the patron of several countries and regions. With the growth
of Mariology, the theological field of Josephology has also grown and since the 1950s centers for studying it have been
formed. (source: Wikipedia)
Dates to Remember:

Palm Sunday (Sunday, March 20, 2016)


Holy Thursday (Thursday, March 24, 2016)
Good Friday (Friday, March 25, 2016)
Holy Saturday (Saturday, March 26, 2016)
Easter Sunday (Sunday, March 27, 2016)

Divine Mercy Sunday (Sunday, April 3, 2016)

Ascension (Thursday, May 5, 2016)


Pentecost Sunday (Sunday, May 15, 2016)
Trinity Sunday (Sunday, May 22, 2016)
Corpus Christi (Sunday, May 29, 2016)
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NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES


Location: Retiro, Quezon City
Titular: Our Lady of Lourdes
Feast Day: 11 February

The Lourdes Parish is administered by the priests at Retiro street continued to be Our Lady’s shrine.
Dwelling Place

and brothers of the Order of the Friars Minor


Capuchin (OFM Cap.). Twelve missionaries left Spain In the Provincial Chapter of the Capuchins in 1985
but only eleven arrived here in Manila on May 13, the friars decided to revive the devotion to Our Lady
1886. One died in the journey. of Lourdes. And during the Centennial Celebrations
of the Capuchin Presence in the Philippines, the
They stayed with the Franciscans for quite sometime Provincial Minister, Fr. Troy de los Santos, requested
in Intramuros. The six (6) missionaries continued Cardinal Sin to declare the Our Lady of Lourdes
their journey to the Caroline and Palaos Islands. The Church as Archdiocesan Shrine which His Eminence
remaining 5 friars stayed with the Franciscans until granted with a decree dating February 3, 1987.
they took charge of the spiritual needs of the residents
of Gagalangin, Tondo. After sometime, the 5 On the occasion of the 45th foundation anniversary
missionaries started to move out from Tondo to San of the church in 1996, the Capuchins requested the
Marcelino Street where they rented a small house, then Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to
moved to San Rafael Street, then to Solana Street and declare Lourdes church as a national shrine.
finally to Gen. Luna Street. This was where they were
definitely and canonically built the first Capuchin The CBCP granted the request the following year
house and the church was dedicated to Our Lady of at their 74th General Assembly at the Betania Retreat
Lourdes. Unfortunately, their first church was House in Tagaytay City. With a letter dated January
destroyed by the bombing of Manila during the Battle 24, 1997 the Lourdes church was declared
the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.
of Liberation in 1945.

Since its foundation in Intramuros the church of the


(excerpts fron NSOLL’s Official Website)
Capuchins was recognized as the shrine of Our Lady (http://www.nsollqc.com/)
of Lourdes. The Capuchins brought the devotion to
Our Lady in the Philippines. After the war the church
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"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,


Wider and Wider Circles nor my ways are your ways-oracle of the Lord
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts higher than your thoughts."

Isaiah 55:8-9

REFLECTION and no matter how smart we may think of


ourselves, there will always be someone who has
How comforting it is when God tells us an unattainable height of understanding and logic.
"my thoughts are not your thoughts" implying God has a plan for everyone, and who are we to
that He has a better plan for us. In this, we came question him? This is a verse of assurance, a verse
to realize that the Lord does not think like us; he of comforting those who are in doubts. What
has his own view of space, time and history that is God does and how he does it is way beyond us. In
beyond our imagination. He tells us not to be fact, it is "as the heavens" beyond us. Not only
stressed too much with all the hullabaloo that is does God show how he will assures us, but also
occurring in our everyday lives. In our everyday how mighty and great he is. Though we have the
journey , there are numerous times when we potential to accomplish things using our own
would question ourselves if the paths of what we abilities, let us not forget to ask and pray to the
have chosen is right. We may overthink and doubt Lord and trust in His name.
our decisions based on the circumstances that
come to us and create unwanted situations. In
here we come to understand that we are humans
First reading Psalm Second reading Gospel
Fourth Sunday in Lent Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
March 6, 2016 21

Fifth Sunday in Lent Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8
March 13, 2016

Liturgy of the Palms Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Luke 19:28-40


March 20, 2016
Sixth Sunday in Lent
Liturgy of the Passion Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 22:14-23:56
March 20, 2016 or
Sixth Sunday in Lent Luke 23:1-49
Monday of Holy Week Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 36:5-11 Hebrews 9:11-15 John 12:1-11
March 21, 2016

Tuesday of Holy Week Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 71:1-14 1 Corinthians 1:18- John 12:20-36
March 22, 2016 31

Wednesday of Holy Week Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 70 Hebrews 12:1-3 John 13:21-32
March 23, 2016

Maundy Thursday Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23- John 13:1-17, 31b-
March 24, 2016 11-14 26 35
Holy Thursday
Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25 John 18:1-19:42
March 25, 2016 or
Hebrews 4:14-16;
5:7-9
Holy Saturday Job 14:1-14 Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 1 Peter 4:1-8 Matthew 27:57-66
March 26, 2016 or or
Lamentations 3:1-9, John 19:38-42
19-24
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BROTHER ALLAN’S CORNER


Pax Et Bonum! Those that are hungry for the word of
GOD.
Do you have faith in Jesus Christ? Do
you want to be close to Him? How?

Jesus told us in John 5:39, which 1. Meet with God before anyone else.
testify of the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus is 2. Get into God's Word every day.
precious to every believer (1st Peter 3. Participate in a youth ministry.
YAC Council 2016 2:7). What a privilege to have the Spirit 4. Record your blessings and
of God living in our body (1st answered prayers.
Bro. Allan Robinson
Over-all Program Coordinator
Corinthians 3:16-17). 5. Pick a 'theme verse' for the year.

Are you glorifying God? Have you Make some of these action points
Sis. Arthel Zabala acknowledged God in your life? Are you priority in your life and hopefully, by
Bro. Angelo Franco thankful to the Lord? the end of the year, you'll be not only
Bro. Sythe Uy another year older in your body, but
Bro Wilson Roque Drawing close to God is not difficult another year older in your faith and
Sis. Inna Clemente or a mystery. You never have to wonder walk with Christ.
YAC Directors
____________________________________ if God wants to be close to you,
because HE DOES. Let’s do things Step by Step. We don’t
YAC Newsletter Editorial Staff need to be perfect. It’s OK to just have
We are made close to God by the a good testimony, love our Heavenly
Bro. Sythe Uy gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no other Father, and keep His commandments.
Editor In-Chief way to peace with God than through He can bless us and help us overcome
Jesus Christ. Matthew 4:19, “And he our weaknesses so that we can fulfill the
Sis. Rhea Antonio
said unto them, Follow me, and I will Word of GOD.
Sis. Angel Custodio
Bro. Phillipp Espino make you fishers of men.”
Bro Jualie Rinon How will you grow in your faith and
Publication Staff We, the Young Ambassadors for walk with God this year?
Christ (YAC) must be that fishers of
Bro. Gabb’z Gabriel men. To bring those young people Ad JESUM per MARIAM!
Layout Artist closer to HIM. Those that are away
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from God. Those that are in darkness. Ad Majorem DEI Gloriam!
Sis. Vicky Magsalin
M.O.M. Queen of Peace Philippines Chapter-
President
Observe the lilies, how they grow. They neither
Sis. Hilda Caliwag
Finance labour nor spin. And yet I tell you that not
Rev. Fr. Matthias Mandresa, SMITH even Solomon in all his splendour was as
Spiritual Director
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