Stations of Cross


In this Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities, let us join our respective parish pastoral zones as we undertake the Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent.

The writings of St Paul show how he meditated greatly on the meaning of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. For St Paul, the Cross meant everything. Jesus, accepting his cross freely, reflects God’s ultimate act of mercy towards a sinful world. St. Paul profoundly understood the paradox of the cross: in earthly terms it was a sign of defeat and humiliation; but in the eyes of faith, it is a sign of victory and exaltation. As he writes to the Corinthians: “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” (1 Cor 1:18)

The Way of the Cross developed during the Middle Ages. Its roots, however, can be traced back to the Byzantine period, 4th to 10th centuries, when Christians fervently attempted to retrace in the Holy Land the events of the Gospels and to identify the locations where they occurred, as pilgrims still do today. There was always a special focus on the sufferings of Jesus on his way to Calvary.

The Way of the Cross developed as a devotion around the 13th to 14th centuries. It became a way of allowing those who could not make the long, expensive, arduous journey to Jerusalem to make a pilgrimage in prayer, at least, in their church. Although the original number of stations varied greatly, they became fixed at 14 in the 18th century.

The New Way of the Cross instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1991, will be used for our pious activity. The conduct of our Way of the Cross during the Fridays of Lent will be done through our parish pastoral zones. The pastoral zone will determine the time when this is most appropriately done. Each station is requested to have the following items:

     a. Table with white cloth;
     b. Cross with the image of the Crucified Christ;
     c. Votive candles fronting the Crucifix;
     d. Icon of the Station (optional)

Scriptural passages provide the assembled community an opportunity to reflect on the events on the suffering of the Lord Jesus. Songs accompany the transfer from one station to another. The community should be encouraged to join in this pious activity and should start and end the Way of the Cross together.

Readers for the reflections and prayers should come from among the family members who have read the reflections beforehand. Family donations to the Pondo ng Pinoy are encouraged; these will be offered during the Holy Thursday evening Mass.

God is working through this grace-filled time. Lent comes around each year, inviting us to prepare with prayer and penance, with fasting and almsgiving, for the great celebration of Easter. Lent is the kairos (time) of the Lord, his chosen time of present opportunities to grow, hence a spiritual springtime.

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.

Parish Lenten Recollection2


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.


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