Ash Wednesday

This year, the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March.1, 2017) and continues until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 13, 2017) when the Sacred Paschal Triduum begins. The word “Lent” comes from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word (lencten), the springtime in which the days grow longer and the land begins to thaw and burst forth with new life. It is a season in which the faithful continue to journey with the catechumens toward the celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery through the traditional Christian practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving/charity/mercy. It is a type of 40-day retreat during which the catechumens, with the aid of the Rite of Election and Scrutinies, by spiritual reflection, and the witness of the parish community, complete their preparation for the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation. Through prayer, fasting and acts of mercy, the faithful, are strengthened in the core habits of Christian living. By penance and reflection on God's Word, the Holy Spirit prepares the faithful for the renewal of their baptismal promises on Easter Vigil. These Lenten practices call us to conversion of heart and give us the opportunity to form healthier relationships and the habits of daily Christian living.

To usher in the penitential season of Lent, we shall have our Ash Wednesday Rites on March 1 with Masses and the Imposition of Ashes at 6 AM, 7 PM and 8:15 PM. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting requires a Catholic from ages 18 to 59 to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal, eating only one full meal during the day. The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age up to abstain from eating meat. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Also forbidden are soups or gravies made from them.

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In observance of the Holy Season of Lent, the parish will hold two Lenten Recollections:  March 4- Rev Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ and March 18- Rev Fr Dave Domingues, MCCJ.  Both recollections start at 8:15 PM at the Parish Church.  Individuals and families are invited to attend these spiritual exercises.

Bible Study Tarp

 

The Commission on Catechesis and Religious Education invites all to a Bible Study every Tuesday, 7:45 to 9:45 in the evening at the church to be facilitated by Fr Jun Lingad, SDB, the country’s foremost Scripture scholar. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the Bible, as “ignorance of Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” Those interested are requested to enlist themselves with the Parish Office and are requested to bring a copy of the Bible and writing materials on the sessions.

Our Lady of Lourdes

To celebrate the World Day of the Sick, we shall have a Mass for the Sick and healing session on February 9, at 7 in the evening. Fr. Nelson Osorio, OSJ, will lead us. We invite your sick relatives and friends to this Mass and healing session.

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SIMBANG GABI MASSES. Our Aguinaldo Masses will be celebrated on December 15-23 at 9 PM and December 16-24 at 4:30 AM. The morning masses will be preceded by the Lauds at 4:15 PM.

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SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY'S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. To celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception, three masses are scheduled on December 8: 6 AM, 7 PM and 8:15 PM. This is a holy day of obligation. Catholics are enjoined to attend Mass.

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The Parish Advent Recollection will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:15 PMRev. Fr. Michael La Guardia, SDB facilitates the recollection. Everyone is invited to this spiritual activity as a preparation for Christmas.

 
All Souls Day2
 

On All Souls Day we honor all of our deceased loved ones in a special way. Here at Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Parish Church we will be remembering your deceased loved ones both on this day with the celebrations of Holy Mass (Wednesday, November 2nd) at 6 AM, 10 AM and 7 PM and at all of the Masses throughout the month of November. 

In that spirit, we invite you to inscribe the names of those you wish for us to remember and pray for on All Souls Day and during the Masses throughout the month of November on the special All Souls Remembrance Envelopes bring distributed by our ushers and greeters. Please place your envelopes in the drop box or bring them to the Parish Office before November 1st Mass remembrance envelopes will remain on the altar throughout the month of November and names will be included in our prayer intentions in the parish website.

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