Hands in Prayer

 

PRAYER FOR OUR OUTGOING AND INCOMING PRIEST

 

Almighty God, You who called the universe into being, You who formed our inmost being and called us to be your people:


We give you thanks for your constant presence. Through seasons of constancy and even change, you are with us – calling us into deeper waters, calling us together in your spirit of unity, calling us out of ourselves into the world to serve others.


Grant that our pastor Fr Francis, now being called into new waters, might hold fast to your unending love and mercy. May his new parish that will receive him be a community of mercy and grace. Keep Fr Francis safe from all harm and give him the blessings of good health and the joy of living out his ministry. Grant him the fidelity to consecrated celibacy.


Grant Msgr Mel, our incoming pastor, the grace to shepherd us as a Good Shepherd. Give him the grace of discernment, the grace of prudence and wise judgment that he may carry out his role as father and counselor to us.


May we who undergo change hold fast to the promise that your mission is bigger than any of our plans. Grant that such a promise would bring both comfort and discomfort – comfort in a season of change and discomfort as it drives us all to love and serve you and each other more.


Strengthen us to be your Church in all times and seasons of life – a community where all are truly welcomed and embraced in your love; a community which finds ways where you are active among us and calling us to join in your saving work ; a community where the story of your love and grace and mercy are embodied.


We offer our prayers through the intercession of Mary, our Mother of Good Counsel. Amen.

Sacerdotal2

 

With thanksgiving to the Lord, the parish-community celebrates the 36th Presbyteral Anniversary of Rev Fr Francisco Siguan Jr on June 12, 2017.  A 7 PM concelebrated Mass will be presided by the Most Rev Jesse Mercado, DD, Bishop of Paranaque. The Most Rev Teodoro Bacani Jr, Bishop-Emeritus of Caloocan, will be the homilist.  We invite everyone to the Mass. Reception follows at the church courtyard for the guests of the honoree RSVP.

Fatima Celebration

 

To celebrate the Centennial of the Apparition of Our Blessed Mother in Fatima, we shall have a Penitential Procession at 4:30 AM, Floral Offering at 6 AM and Living Rosary at 5:30 PM.  We invite families and individuals to participate in these activities as we commemorate this important Marian event in the 20th century.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared 6 times to 3 children: Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta; between May 13 and October 13, 1917. She came to the little village of Fatima which had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during the persecutions by the government. Our Lady came with a message from God to every man, woman, and child. Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed. She told us that war is a punishment for sin; that God would punish the world for its sins in our time by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and persecution of the Holy Father, the Pope, unless we listened to and obeyed the command of God. At Fatima, Pope John Paul II said on May 13; " the message of Fatima is more relevant and more urgent " then when Our Lady first appeared. The message is an anguished appeal of our Heavenly Mother, who sees us in great danger and who comes to offer Her help and advice. Her message is also a prophesy, a clear indication of what was about to transpire in the 20th century, and what is still going to happen infallibly in the near future, depending on our response to Her requests.

Fiesta

 

LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS IN HONOR OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL
Fiesta Theme: COMMUNION OF COMMUNITIES THROUGH MARY
May 7, 2017

 

1. NOVENA PRAYERS: April 28- May 6

Daily novena prayers to our patroness, Mary Mother of Good Counsel will be said after the morning and evening Masses. Morning Mass sponsors include:


          April 28: MLCP/ EMHC
          April 29: CoSHP
          April 30: CoMBANE/LCSC Graduates
          May 1:    CoY/MoAS
          May 2:    CoF/CoMCARE/ CFC-Global/CFC-FFL
          May 3:    MUGC
          May 4:    AP/ LoM/ MBG
          May 5:    KC/DMI
          May 6:    MM/CSSJB/FIIC Sisters

 

2. DALAW PATRONA: April 28-May 6

The icon of our patroness will visit our Parish Pastoral Zones for an evening Mass. Members of the PPZ will welcome the icon at a designated place at 7 PM. Novena Mass will be celebrated in the area designated by the PPZ.

           Date                    Sponsors                                                             Mass Venue
          April 28        PPZ 1 (Phase8/Ireneville/Aquinville)                           Phase 8 Clubhouse
          April 29        PPZ 2 and 5 (Phase 1 and Cervantes)                       Golezeum-Eugenio Park
          April 30        PPZ 3 and 4 (Aroma and Greenvale 1/2)                   Greenvale 1 Multipurpose Hall
          May 1           PPZ 8 and 9 (Phase 9 and Buesuceso)                     Phase 9 Clubhouse
          May 2           PPZ 7 and 6 B (Phase 2 North/Gemblock/Millbrae)   Millbrae Clubhouse
          May 3           PPZ 6A (Phase 2 South)                                            TBA
          May 4           PPZ 10 (Manggahan-Kawayanan)                             Manggahan Gym
          May 5           PPZ 11 A and B (Phase 3 and 4)                                Phase 4 Golezeum
          May 6           PPZ 12 (Phase 5 and 6 and Isabel Manor)                 Phase 5 Clubhouse

 

3. CONFIRMATION MASS: April 29

The Most Rev Jesse Mercado, Bishop of Paranaque, presides over the Confirmation Mass on April 29, at 10:00 AM.

 

4. FIESTA DAY MASSES: May 7

Regular Masses at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 4 PM and 7 PM
Note: No 5:30 PM Mass to give way to the procession.


Presiding over the 7 PM Mass will be the Most Rev Jesse Mercado, Bishop of Paranaque. Concelebrating are the guest priests and priests of the vicariate.

 

5. FIESTA PROCESSION: May 7   5:15 PM
The Fiesta procession starts at 5:15 PM. Icons of the PPZ patronesses will accompany the icon of MMGC.

 

6. SOLEMN VESPERS: May 7    6:30 PM
The Fiesta Solemn Vespers will be presided by Fr Jonathan Cadiz.

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To honor our Blessed Mother in the month of May, we shall have our daily catechesis, rosary recitation and floral offering, Mondays- Fridays at 4:30 in the afternoon.  This will start on May 1 and will be led by the Commission on Catechesis and Religious Education. We invite all children and adults to be part of this Marian devotion.

Holy Week Guide

 

HOLY WEEK: A GUIDE

During Holy Week, we commemorate the events surrounding Christ’s Paschal Mystery. These last days of Lent are meant to prepare us to truly share in Christ’s death and resurrection.

 

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION, April 9

At Mass, we celebrate Jesus’ Messianic entrance into Jerusalem by processing into church with palms. We also hear the Passion narrative, this year from the Gospel of St Matthew. The juxtaposing moments of joy and sorrow remind us of how quickly public sentiment turned against Jesus when he arrived in Jerusalem.

Our Solemn Palm Sunday Procession will take place at 6:15 AM at the Golezeum (Eugenio Park) where the blessing of palms will take place. This will be followed by the procession and paglalatag on the grounds leading to the church. The Passion Narrative according to St Matthew will be read and the community will kneel at the moment when the death of Lord is read.

All other Masses will have the blessing of palms ten minutes before Mass begins at the colonnade. There will be NO private blessing of palms. Vestment is red, symbolizing the passion of our Lord.

 

Holy Monday-Wednesday, April 10-12

The various commissions, ministries and organizations of the parish will have their Communal Stations of the Cross at the church courtyard at 5:45 PM. Vespers and Mass follow. The general parishioners are invited to join.

Holy Monday: MLCP/ MAS/ LoM/ Divine Mercy Group/CoY/CoF/ComCARE/PPZs 1-4
Holy Tuesday: MBG/MUGC/ AP/ CoMBANE/ PFC/ Office and Rectory Staff/ PPzs 5-8
Holy Wednesday: MM/EMHC/KC/ DMI/CoSHP/ VSJ and FIIC Sisters/PPZs 9-12

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 13

Solemn Lauds and Mass of Holy Chrism, 6:30 AM/ 7 AM

Priests of the diocese gather at the Sacred Heart Parish, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa City for the year’s Chrism Mass, when the Bishop blesses the Holy Oils which will be used sacramentally for Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick in the diocese. The oils are then brought to each parish and formally presented during the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on the same day. The Chrism Mass is also the time when the priests renew their solemn commitment to the priestly life. After Communion, the bishop will formally announce to the assemby the new assignments of the priests who, in turn, will then be installed. The MMGC Music Ministry will join three other choirs of the diocese in leading the chanted Lauds and the Chrism Mass. Vestment will be white.

 

THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM

The Paschal Mystery refers to the way Christ’s actions continue to save us: by dying he destroyed our death, and by rising he restored our life. The Sacred Paschal Triduum celebrates this Mystery, making this the most important time of the liturgical year. The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening and concludes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.

 

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6 PM

On the feast of Passover, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper in which he gave his disciples his Body and Blood. He said, “Do this in memory of me.” This meal we make present in our celebration of every Mass. At the beginning of the Holy Thursday Mass, we will chant the Entrance antiphon: "We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and resurrection. Through him we are saved and made free." We will sing the Gloria for the first time since Lent began and the bells will ring afterwhich these bells will remain silent until the Easter Vigils. In the First Reading, we shall hear the account of the Passover meal. The psalm that follows, "Our blessing cup is a communion with the blood of Christ," links the Exodus reading with the new covenant of Christ's passion and death. The Second Reading is the Pauline account of the Last Supper institution. The Gospel from St John narrates the command to love and the service (washing of the disciples' feet) that flows from this command. Fr Michael La Guardia, SDB will deliver the homily. We shall have the Washing of the Feet, participated in by men and women representing the various sectors of the parish-community. This gesture reiterates Jesus' command and our recommitment in serving one another. This then complements the Eucharist. The Holy Oils, which were blessed at the Chrism Mass earlier, will be presented by a PWD parishioner and a candidate for baptism. This will be done amidst the singing of Oil of Gladness. Then follows the procession of gifts, with the PPZ collection for Pondo ng Pinoy leading the group. The hymn Ubi Caritas et Amor accompanies the procession, a statement through symbol and gesture, of what the Eucharist truly means. After Communion, all unconsumed consecrated hosts are saved, and they will be transferred to the Altar of Reposition designed for this purpose. The English translation of Pange Lingua accompanies the transfer, with the Latin text sang when the Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the temporary tabernacle. Then begins our vigils where we may spend time in silent prayer and adoration until midnight. The altar table will then be stripped. Vestment will be white.

8 PM: MLCP/ MBG/ Divine Mercy Group/ CSSJB and FIIC Sisters/LoM
9 PM: CoSHP/ CoF/ ComCARE/ TnP/ LnP
10 PM: CoY/ MAS/ CFC-FFL/CFC-Global
11PM: EMHC/ KC/DMI/CoMBANE

 

GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION AND DEATH, April 14

Catholics are required to observe fasting and abstinence this day.

 

Village Way of the Cross and Lauds, 5:30 AM

We pray the Way of the Cross to commemorate Jesus’ walk with the Cross to the hill of Calvary. For each Station, we listen to reflections on Jesus’ struggles from bystanders, say a prayer, and sing a brief song, and we reflect on how greatly Christ loved us to willingly endure such suffering. We shall start at Aquinoville, moving to Phases 8 and 1, leading to the church. The communal Morning Praise takes place after the Way of the Cross.

 

Service of the Lord’s Passion, 3:00 PM

Good Friday is the one day of the year when Mass is not celebrated. The altar remains bare. The Novena to the Divine Mercy will be prayed at 2:45 PM to be followed by the Service of the Lord’s Passion at 3 PM, the time when our Lord died on the cross. The liturgy of the day is sober, stark and reflective. In silence, the priests enter the sanctuary and will prostrate, signifying both the abasement of humanity and the grief of the Church. We shall hear the Suffering Servant oracle and be one in spirit as we recall the last words of the Lord on the cross during the responsorial psalm. In listening to St John’s Passion account, we shall refresh our memories with the events that led to our Lord’s passion and death. We shall hear the Solemn Intercessions and follow the ancient posture of kneeling and standing as each intercession is read. We take time to venerate the cross barefoot by making some kind of tangible sign of our gratitude for Christ’s selfless action. The Reproaches, Crux Fidelis, the Stabat Mater, will be sung with other solemn Good Friday hymns. The last part of the Service is the Communion rite. The hosts that we will receive were consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Vestment is red, symbolizing the passion of the Lord.

 

Solemn Good Friday Procession, 5:30 PM

The Good Friday Solemn Procession follows the Service of the Lord’s Passion. A short catechesis precedes the procession. Prayers, reflections and songs will accompany the procession. The procession will pass through Gemblock, Phases 2, 3, 5, 4, 2, 9, and Buensuceso. Participants are requested to maintain a prayerful disposition during the procession.

 

Veneration of the Santo Entierro, 7:30 PM

The veneration of the Santo Entierro takes place inside the church after the procession.

 

HOLY SATURDAY, April 15

No Mass is celebrated during the day, the altar table is left bare until the celebration of the Easter Vigil. We spend time in prayer and fasting, meditating on our Lord’s Passion and Death and His Descent into Hell, awaiting His Resurrection.

 

EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION, 9 PM

The Vigil service is the high point of the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and therefore of the entire liturgical year. We start in the church courtyard, where the blessing of the fire will take place and where the Paschal Candle will be lit. We shall proceed to a dark church, where light from the Paschal Candle passes to everyone present. The Exultet, the Church’s most joyful proclamation, will be chanted by Fr. Michael La Guardia, SDB. We then listen to the story of salvation history in the Liturgy of the Word, with readings and their accompanying psalms and prayer. The Gloria will once again be sung; the Alleluia intoned. The homily will be delivered by Fr Michael La Guardia, SDB. We will welcome new members into the faith in the Liturgy of Christian Initiation, and celebrate a joyful Paschal meal together in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. For the first time since Lent began, we can sing “Alleluia!” once again. Vestment is white, symbolizing the great joy of the occasion.

 

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION, April 16

SALUBONG, 4:30 AM

The Salubong processions start at 4 AM at the Village’s main gate (Virgen de Alegria) and Phase 3 (Risen Christ). This is the traditional dramatization of the meeting of the Risen Christ and His mother.

Main Gate: Residents of Phases 1, 8, 9, Greenvale 1 and 2, Aquinoville, Ireneville, Cervantes and Aroma

Phase 3: Residents of Phases 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Gemblock, Manggahan and Kawayanan

Mass follows. The ushers and greeters will dance the Bati after the first Mass of the day.

 

MASSES OF THE DAY

The joyous celebration we began at the Easter Vigil is continued! We renew our baptismal promises, cleanse ourselves with Holy Water in the sprinkling rite, and say the Easter Sequence, an ancient hymn and poem of Easter. We look to the future and the life we are given in Christ.

Lenten Confession2

 

Our Parish Penitential Service with Individual Confessions will be on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  We invite you and your family members to receive sacramental Confession as a spiritual preparation for the Holy Week.  

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.

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