O Risen Lord!

O Risen Lord,
the way, the truth and the life,
make us faithful followers
of the spirit of your resurrection.
Grant that we may be inwardly
renewed; dying to ourselves
in order that you may live in us.
May our lives serve as signs
of the transforming power of your love.
Use us as your instruments
for the renewal of society,
bring your life and love to all
and leading them to your Church.
This we ask of you, Lord Jesus,
living and reigning with the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever. Amen

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Let us remember them in our prayers…

On May 7, 2016, Fra. Nathaniel D. Robilla, SCJ, will make his final commitment in the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by the act of the Perpetual Profession of Vows of Chastity, Obedience and Poverty. The ceremony will be held at the “Studentato per le Missioni” in Bologna, Italy at 6:30 PM. Fra. Nathaniel belongs the SCJ Philippine Region and at the moment is completing his studies on the “New Evangelization” at the Bologna University.

Nathaniel invitation

Also, on May 19, 2016, Deacon Ronald M. Basco, SCJ, will be ordained a priest by the Most. Rev. Wilfredo D. Manlapaz, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Tagum. The ordination will be held at 9:00 in the morning in the Christ the King Cathedral in Tagum City.

Ronald's Ordination

GENERAL PRAYER FOR 2016 PHILIPPINE ELECTIONS

 

eleksyon 2016Almighty God, Loving Lord:

On May 9, we, the people of the Philippines, will go to the polls to elect both our national and local leaders.

Lord, we ask You to help us appreciate the importance of fair, free and honest elections and of electing sincere honest and capable men and women who have the best interests of the Filipino people at heart, and who will work diligently to grow our economy, create  jobs, and lift millions of our countrymen out of the bonds of poverty.

Guide us so that we may choose men and women of good character and integrity, men and women who are fit to lead our country and pursue what is right and just, men and women who can best respond to the many social, political and economic challenges our country faces.

In the exercise of our precious right to vote, banish and free us from all temptations of money, favors, power, revenge, leverage and other improper motives.

Grant, Lord, that the national elections be conducted honestly and peacefully, free from fraud and any irregularities that subvert the will of the electorate.

Protect all voters from harm and keep all candidates safe, especially those for whom we pray.

Amen.

Easter Prayer

he-is-risenO LORD OF LIFE, we thank you that the day of resurrection has dawned upon us. In its clear light, help us now to step from whatever sign of darkness there may be in ourselves into the true light and life, which is now yours—and which you long to share freely and fully with us.

Come to us – tune our heart and mind to give abundant thanks and praise to God – that on every Sunday we may solemnly celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection. Give us this day quiet peace and special gladness, that being protected day and night by your mercy, we may rejoice always in the gift of life given to us by our faithful Savior.

– Norman Shawchuck

PRAYER FOR THE XXIII GENERAL CHAPTER

 

General Chapter Logo«MERCIFUL, IN COMMUNITY, WITH THE POOR»

Thank you Father, rich in mercy,
for the love that we experience
in your Son, Jesus Christ,
who “emptied himself” (Phil 2:6) to live among us.

Guide us and enlighten us with your Holy Spirit,
that we may always thank you
for the gift of faith and the vocation
we live in the Congregation of the
Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Give us the ability to share
your gift of grace
in our community service
to all the brethren, and especially
to the poor, the young and the marginalized.

Mary, our Mother,
model and protector of all
be with us and support us
that we may be faithful
in every experience of life,
and may announce the Kingdom of Your Son,
to each brother and sister awaiting
salvation and joy.

Heart of Jesus,
source of salvation and eternal joy
reign in our hearts.
Amen.

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

 

jubilee-year-of-mercyLord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;

the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;

made Peter weep after his betrayal,

and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

“If you knew the gift of God!”

 

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:

let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

 

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,

so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

and restore sight to the blind.  

 

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,

you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.

Happy Easter!

resurrected-christ-wilson-ong450Lord,

Thank You for the gift of HOPE
You gave us on Easter morning.
Because of You we know
That no problem is too difficult
And even death does not have power over us.

Thank You for the gift of JOY
You gave us when You were resurrected.
Because of you we know
That no matter how challenging life may be,
In the end we will rejoice again.

Thank you for the gift of LOVE
You gave us when You laid down Your life.
Because of You we know
That there is no sin too great to separate us
and we are incredibly valuable to You.

Thank You for the gift of LIFE,
You gave us when You left the tomb.
Because of Easter we know
this world is just the beginning
and we will spend forever in heaven with You.

We celebrate You, JESUS,
With hearts full of praise and gratitude
For who You are and all You’ve done for us!

Amen.

(Holley Gerth)

Happy New Year 2011!

new-year-2011-20“May He banish from the hearts of all men and women whatever might endanger peace. May He transform them into witnesses of truth, justice and love. May He enkindle the rulers of peoples so that in addition to their solicitude for the proper welfare of their citizens, they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May He enkindle the wills of all so that they may overcome the barriers that divide, cherish the bonds of mutual charity, understand others, and pardon those who have done them wrong. May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters, and may the most longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always among men and women.” Pacem in Terris Pope John XXIII, 4/11/63