This Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the Dominican Province of the Philippines invites you to watch Siete Palabras 2018. Now on it’s 25th year, Siete Palabras is the longest running Lenten special on Philippine television. This will be held on Good Friday, March 30, 12 noon to 3 pm at Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City, with live broadcast over GMA Channel 7, Radio Veritas 846, and member stations of the Catholic Media Network. Available also on live streaming.
Together let us reflect and meditate on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the cross. Let us allow His Word to lead us to truth and life.
Every March 19, we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a day when the gloria is sung in Mass even though it's the Lenten season. Saint Joseph is the patron of the universal Church, and also of husbands, fathers, and families. He has a place of honor among our saints because of his important role in the life of our savior. He is a model of Christian love and obedience, and of good fatherhood. In the Gospels, there is not one recorded word from him. Whenever God has something for him to do, he obeys with all his heart, and he fulfills it in silence.
Saint Joseph is also invoked as patron saint of workers and of a happy and peaceful death. This is because, according to tradition, when he reached the end of his earthly life, Saint Joseph died in the arms of Jesus and Mary. What better way is there to go, right?
MANILA -- On March 16, 2018, Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent, the Santisimo Rosario Parish family and the Thomasian community gathered to honor the sacred passion of our Lord by commemorating the sorrowful way of the cross. The celebration started with the praying of the Rosary, followed by a Eucharistic Celebration with integrated Vespers. The Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P., UST's Vice Rector for Religious Affairs, while the grand Stations of the Cross was presided by Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., parish priest and YTP spiritual director.
Our former spiritual director, Fr. Filemon I. dela Cruz Jr., O.P. (fondly called "Fr. Deng"), was assigned to Surabaya, Indonesia last year. In this brief sharing, originally posted on March 15, he speaks about the power of God's love as experienced in the Sacrament of Reconciliation... and he speaks to us from the other side of the confession box.
We concluded tonight our scheduled Lenten confession at our Parish Church, Gereja Redemptor Mundi. For three (3) evenings we administered the Sacrament of Reconciliation and heard confessions of the penitents for 3.5 hours on the average each time.
Tiring, admittedly yes! But always, it is an experience of grace not only for the penitent but for the confessor as well. This is my experience from the time I was a young priest and remains to be true till now, after 25 years. I hope this is true for all confessors.
The fact that we’re one of the last few countries without a divorce law until now speaks volumes about us as a nation. No doubt, those who associate divorce with being progressive would laud our legislators who are currently raring to pass a divorce bill in Congress. With due respect to them, we beg them to make room for more reasoned debates on the issue. Since they act as representatives of the people who elected them in office, we humbly suggest that they submit their personal opinions to a further consultation with their constituents. Perhaps they can also consult experts in various fields in order to consider the many implications of the issue, not just on families but on the Philippine society as a whole.