Parade of Saints 2020

November 1, in the Church’s liturgical calendaris the Solemnity of All Saints. The preceding eve is known as “All Hallow’s Eve” or Halloween. The root word of Halloween – ”hallow” – means ”holy.” The suffix “een” is an abbreviation of “evening.” It refers to the Eve of All Hallows, the night before the Christian holy day that honors saintly people of the past. Unfortunately, the Western influence took away the “Holy” in Halloween through dress-up parties on October 31 where people wear costumes to look like monsters, ghouls, and other evil entities. Whether they willfully know this or not, the practice of dressing up like creatures of the night and demons have pagan origins. Continue reading

Sacred Heart Formation House, Cagayan de Oro City, All Souls Day

Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ – main celebrant

Sacred Heart Formation House, Cagayan de Oro City, All Saints Day

Fr. Sergio Shoiti Matumoto, SCJ – the main celebrant

Sacred Heart Formation House, Cagayan de Oro City, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Jigger C. Ganados, SCJ – Missionary in Finland

 

SCJ Priest Shot Dead in Venezuela

Father José Manuel de Jesús Ferreira, SCJ, 39 years old,  was shot dead at the entrance of the parish house in the city of San Carlos, in the State of Cojedes, Venezuela.  The murder took place in the evening on October 20, 2020, just after celebrating a Mass. While he was talking and saying goodbye to his parishioners several armed men came by and subdued them in order to enter the house and rob it. Apparently, the priest resisted the assault, so the armed men shot him lethally in the chest. Continue reading