Dear brothers and sisters:
Let us continue to reflectively journey together in the next days of this Holy Week tracing the path our Lord Jesus took towards that mountain where everything which had begun out of obedience to the Father will culminate in that supreme oblation of Himself for our redemption.
Pope Francis said: “the Paschal Triduum is the memorial of a drama of love that gives us the certainty that we will never be abandoned in the trials of life.” And he continued:
On Holy Thursday: “Jesus teaches that the Eucharist is love that makes itself service’” and that “in giving Himself to us as nourishment, Jesus demonstrates that we must learn to divide this sustenance with others, so that it may become a true communion of life with those who are in need.”
Good Friday is the culmination of love. “If God has shown His supreme love in the death of Jesus, then we, too, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, can and must love each other.”
And finally, Holy Saturday, the day of God's silence. “On this day, love becomes the wait for life in the resurrection. It is the love that does not doubt, but that hopes in the word of the Lord, so as to become manifest and resplendent on Easter Day.”
“Because the entire Paschal Mystery was instituted for the remission of sins, let us imitate what we hope to celebrate.” (Pope Leo the Great, Sermon 50.3)
HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE!
I FIND myself truly grateful that I have a hometown where there is an annual celebration of Holy Week. I had a guest once who is city born and bred, and with the faintest idea of what Holy Week stands for other than going with family or friends for a respite to the beach or a new destination. Talisay City is my family’s hometown and every Holy Week, like a ritual, we troop to Talisay to partake in the Good Friday procession. From our grandmother, Eleuteria Treyers Lizares, we are blessed to have our Dolorosa, which will be making her one hundredth procession come next year. Talisay City is equally blessed to have Fr. Dexter OAR, a very proactive and prolific parish priest, who has transformed the landscape of the Parish of San Nicolas Tolentino. In addition to beautifying the church from within and without, there is now the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer with first class relics of the saint and a pilgrimage site. Also proximal to the church is a Lenten exhibit, featuring the different holy images which local folks. Guests will have the pleasure of watching during the Good Friday procession, but this time up close. Father Dexter, although with some resistance from the owners of the different images because of security and wear and tear at the onset of this project, was able to provide a sanctuary for the images which is well guarded, cool (powered with air-conditioners), and meditative to assure the owners. There are currently 18 images on display. The objective of Fr. Dexter is directed to evangelization and catechism. As visitors, especially students come to see up close these participants in Christ’s Passion, they enter into a deeper understanding of the life of Christ and the meaning of His Life and Death. Fr. Dexter says that hopefully in a year or so, the different Stations of the Cross will be complete with more devotees expressing their desire to come up with more “caros.” The exhibit will ran until Holy Tuesday. It is an exhibit worth your time. You will not only leave with a better understanding of why Christ died for us, but be inspired by His suffering and death.(SUNSTAR BACOLOD)
Twenty-five years later, three Augustinian Recollect friars thank God for the Gift of the Priesthood03 Apr 2017
Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City — April 3, 2017 (Monday) Rev. Fray Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR, Rev. Fray Joel S. Naranja, OAR, and Rev. Fray Antonio S. Limchaypo, OAR received the Sacred Order of Priesthood twenty-five years ago. They were ordained on April 19, 1992, Easter Sunday, at Our Lady of Consolation Parish Church, Mira-Nila Homes, Quezon City. The late Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, His Excellency Leoncio Lat, DD, was the ordaining prelate.
On April 19, 2017, Easter Wednesday, exactly twenty-five years ago, Fray Quilatan, Fray Naranja, and Fray Limchaypo will come back to Our Lady of Consolation Parish Church to celebrate Holy Mass at 6:30 PM. The jubilarians are inviting their confreres, relatives, benefactors and friends to share their joy and gratitude to God on this momentous celebration. Laus Deo!
Schedule of Thanksgiving Masses
Rev. Fray Emilio Edgardo A. Quilatan, OAR – April 22, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 AM, San Roque Parish Church, Cavite City
Rev. Fray Antonio S. Limchaypo, OAR – April 29, 2017, Saturday, 5:30 PM, San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church, Talisay City, Negros Occidental
Rev. Fray Joel S. Narnaja, OAR – May 1, 2017, Monday, 4:30 PM, San Miguel Parish Church, San Miguel, Iloilo
ROME – “Be holy for I am holy” (Lev 11:44) echoes to the ears down to the hearts of everyone who participated in the opening rite and vigil of the Recollects’ Year of Holiness last Saturday evening, March 4, 2017.
Indeed, everyone is called to holiness, or “called to be saints,” thus the theme of this celebration. Almost three years ago, in the Philippines, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Phil. (CBCP), for the country’s nine-year preparation for the year 2021’s 500th year anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in her shores, named 2014 as the Year of the Laity and used the similar theme: “Called to be saints…sent forth as heroes.” In the Order, with the many graceful occasions to thank God for this year of 2017: September 28 – the 150th anniversary of the beatification of the Recollect martyrs of Japan, Blessed Francisco de Jesus and Blessed Vicente de San Antonio, three religious brothers and catechists; March 16 – the 75th death anniversary of the Recollect Servant of God Bishop Ignacio Martinez (Ignacio of the Blessed Sacrament), the former Apostolic Administrator of Labrea, (Amazon) Brazil; April 2 – 50th death anniversary of Blessed Maria de San Jose, foundress of the AR Sisters of the Heart of Jesus; October 20 – feast day and the 30th anniversary of the canonization of Sta. Magdalena de Nagasaki, the AR tertiary and the patroness of the SAR; October 11 – the 25th year anniversary of the canonization of St. Ezekiel Moreno whose feast day falls every 19th of August; and hopefully, also this year, the positio of the Servant of God Fr. Jenaro Fernandez will be presented to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, it is a fitting moment to intensity such call to holiness!
Vice Prior of the House, Fray Juan Pablo Martinez, OAR led the liturgical rite and participated in by the members of the community, some religious sisters, and lay persons. Intercessory prayers were said in English, Italian, Portuguese, and Italian.
This second semester of the academic year 2016-2017, there are twelve members in the community: one Spaniard, four Colombians, two Mexicans, four Filipinos, and one Brazilian. Collegio di Sant’Ildefonso e San Tommaso da Villanova is located in Via Sistina 11, Rome.