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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A
October 25, 2020

Believing is not enough, it must invade our behavior. Hence, saying “I love God” must necessarily be seen in loving others whatever the given situation. Faith is empty unless it is seen through works of love. We have to be good examples to each other in loving without boundaries, especially in seeking the spiritual wellbeing of our neighbor. We seek to help materially, we should do so all the more spiritually.

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My Vocation Story

In celebration of my 24th anniversary to the Priesthood

God called me at a young age. Vocations to the priesthood are given to families. Whatever family you grow up with, even if it could be the most challenged one, if the Lord has gifted the seed of vocation it will still come through into the consciousness of the person called. I am sharing my vocation story for the vocation campaign, and as celebration of my 24th anniversary of the priesthood.

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Our ministry aims to help the faithful adult to grow in both Human and Christian maturity. 
As part of this goal we offer links to Adult Faith Formation videos.

The Holy Rosary, Way to Imitate Jesus and Mary

The praying of the Holy Rosary has been for centuries in our Catholic practice and prayer life. Among the lessons it can teach us is the imitation of the life of our Lord Jesus and the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. With the mysteries of the Rosary, we are shown of the union of the Divine and Human natures of the Lord, in like manner we should live our lives with such mentality, to seek and be aware always of God’s presence and action in the midst of our human endeavors. And the Blessed Mother Mary is also a silent companion of the Lord Jesus through out the mysterious. She is united with Her Son as She lived out Her Yes to God’s will. We can do the same, we are to always say Yes to God’s will, thereby, able to follow or be with Jesus every moment of our life.

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In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God’s own life, and that she was free from the sinful inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall.

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There are two passages in Scripture which point us to this truth. We look first at Genesis 3.15, in which we see the parallel between Mary and Eve of which the early Church Fathers already spoke: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed: he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” The Jews saw this passage as referring to the struggle between Christ and Satan, and so the Church see in “the woman” a prophetic foreshadowing of the Virgin Mary (Vatican II, Lumen gentium, # 55).

If there is to be complete enmity between the woman and the serpent, then she never should have been in any way subject to him even briefly. This implies an Immaculate conception.

We can also reason from the text of Lk 1:28, in which the angel calls her “full of grace”. If we can validate the translation–we can, and will do so, shortly–then in this verse we can see even more strongly the complete enmity with the serpent–for God’s grace is complete opposed to Satan’s reign. But if Mary was “full of grace,” it seems that she must have been conceived immaculate.

We turn to the early Fathers of the Church. First, many, not all of them, make sweeping statements about her holiness. That could imply an Immaculate Conception. Secondly, very many of them speak of her as the New Eve. They could have reasoned: the first Eve had an immaculate start in life–no sin was yet committed. So the New Eve, who was to share in undoing the harm of original sin, should have also an immaculate start. However, none of the Fathers actually followed this line of reasoning. (A few Fathers even tried to find sins she had committed, e.g. St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on John 21. PG 59. 130ff).

Excerpted and adapted from Theology 523: Our Lady in Doctrine and Devotion
By Fr. William G. Most. (c) Copyright 1994 by William G. Most

Issues in Family, Culture & Science

By: Apolonio Latar III

Today’s society is infected with the disease of “cancel culture.” Looking around, it is difficult not to see Raskolnikov’s dream in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment as eerily prophetic, describing as it does “a terrible new strange plague” that endows men with “intelligence and will,” but which causes every man to attack another, believing himself “so intellectual” and “so completely in possession of the truth” that it is “wretched” to look upon or listen to anyone else. This is our present situation.

Newspaper editors retract stories and opinions simply because of backlash, people lose jobs over what they tweet, colleges silence speakers as students threaten boycotts and violence, and certain scientific research is forbidden before it even starts should it reach conclusions offensive to a particular interest group. For a culture that stresses dialogue, it now seems impossible to discuss any of the things that matter most in life. The unmistakable conclusion is that the modern person is unable to engage in true dialogue, especially in this digital age where words are cheap and where it is easy to be selective of what one hears. It is not unsurprising that violence is the result.

So why is it that we fail to communicate with one another? And how should educators, in particular, confront this phenomenon in the classroom? To fulfill their vocation, educators have an obligation to propose an alternative openness to dialogue based on a renewed understanding of the human person, in contrast with the modern failure to truly engage with one another. 

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Prayers of the Catholic tradition  have nurtured the faithful for generations, yet they still speak to us. Some of these prayers you may wish to learn “by heart” so that they become part of your daily living. Other prayers may be less familiar. These open for new generations the treasures of the Church’s rich tradition of prayer.

ARE YOU AN ACTIVE PARISHIONER?

A Parish is not simply a “branch office” of the Church, nor a periodic audience of people, nor an occasional public; but it is a formally organized social group. It is a portion of a Diocese under the authority of a Priest legitimately appointed to secure in virtue of his office for the faithful dwelling therein, the helps of religion.

The faithful are called parishioners, and they become parishioners by acquiring a domicile or a quasi-domicile within the geographical boundaries or territory of the Parish.

Parishioners could be active parishioners or non-active parishioners, and the question of parishioner status is important because parishioners look to their Parish for many services such as:

    • Parishioner tuition rates in our Catholic schools;
    • The use of our facilities for liturgical services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals;
    • And certification as eligible sponsors at Sacramental celebrations.

These rights and services within the church bring with them certain obligations, as in any form of community. 

To be considered “active,” a parishioners must be:

    • Registered in the parish;
    • Attend Mass faithfully;
    • Support the life of the parish by sharing time and talents in service;
    • And sharing treasure (tithing) to build up the community.

Active participation in Christian Stewardship makes you an ACTIVE parishioner.

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