Christmas Eve Liturgy2

 

Our Christmas Eve schedule: 

          7:15 PM  First Vespers of Christmas;
          7:30 PM  Blessing of Nativity Creche and Vigil Mass of Christmas;
          9:30 PM  Office of the Readings followed by the Christmas Proclamation;
          10 PM     Solemn Midnight Mass of the Lord's Birth. 

Since Dec 24 falls on a Sunday, the last Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent will be at 4 PM.  There will be no 5:30 PM Mass.

Simbang Gabi2

 

Our Aguinaldo Masses will be held on Dec 15-23 at 9 PM (English Masses) and Dec 16-24 at 4:30 AM (Filipino Masses).  We invite you to complete these novena Masses in honor of Our Lady of the Expectation.

Historical accounts show that since Masses then were forbidden to be said during night time, these Masses were offered in the darkness of dawn amid the blaze of many lighted candles, especially for farmers and workmen who had to labour afterwards. The candlelight, not only provided the necessary lighting, but also added meaning to the Rorate Masses by reminding the faithful of “the Light that is to come.” Hence, these Masses are also called the Missa Aurea or the Golden Mass. This was most probably the precursor of the Misas de Aguinaldo in Spain and later, in the New World.

In the New World, which included the Americas, and the Philippines, the original permission for the Misas de Aguinaldo was granted to churches under the Augustinian Order where they could be accessed by the faithful through the indulgences granted by Pope Sixtus V.

The Masses flourished in the Philippines by way of the missionaries, the Augustinians, and further on, the Jesuits. The Masses were easily accepted by the Filipinos but were banned for a time because of a particular turn of events. Some references to the Misa de Aguinaldo in the Jesuits’ records show that Archbishop Felipe Pardo had the said Masses stopped, in accordance with a rescript that came from the Sacred Congregation of Rites, because of the choir and the people’s habit of singing Christmas carols in the vernacular, which was at the time prohibited with the exception of the entrance and recessional songs. But when Pardo died, these Masses were resumed at once.

Advent4

 

Our Parish Advent Recollection is scheduled on December 9 at 8:15 in the evening.  Fr Michael La Guardia, SDB will facilitate our recollection with the theme on the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.  Everyone is invited to this spiritual talk.

Immaculate Conception3

 

To celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception on December 8, we shall have the following Masses: 6 AM, 7 PM and 8:15 PM.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation.

"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." (Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854)

In 1854, Pope Pius IX's solemn declaration, "Ineffabilis Deus," clarified with finality the long-held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from original sin. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a time to celebrate the great joy of God’s gift to humanity in Mary, and to recognize with greater clarity, the truth that each and every human being has been created by God to fulfill a particular mission that he and only he can fulfill.

Advent Kumpisalang Bayan generic

 

Our Parish Advent Penitential Service with Individual Confessions (Kumpisalang Pamparokya) will be held on Tuesday, December 5, at 8 in the evening.  We invite you to go to sacramental Confession as a spiritual preparation for the coming Christmas. 

Christ the King Procession

 

The Solemn Procession in honor of Christ, King of the Universe, will be held on Saturday, November 25 after the 7 PM Mass.  The Solemnity of Christ the King draws to a close the current liturgical year. 

The Solemnity of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man's thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.

The route will be Peach Street- Highland Street- Greenwood Street- Main Avenue- Complex- Church.  We invite everyone to this procession. 

Single Parenting

 

The Commission on the Family invites you to a Talk on the Definition and Concept of the Filipino Family and Addressing/Overcoming the Challenges of Solo/Single Parenting on Sunday, November 12, 1:30-4 in the afternoon at the second floor of the Parish Center. The talk will be conducted by two registered social workers from the DSWD Paranaque City. An open forum follows. Interested parties may enlist with the Parish Office.

Angels and Demons

 

A talk entitled, "Basic Catholic Teachings on Angels and Demons" is scheduled on Saturday, November 4 at 8:15 PM.  Rev Fr. Viktor Emmanuel Aurellana, RCJ, assistant exorcist of the Diocese of Paranaque, will facilitate the discussion.  An open forum follows. 

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