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Prayer and Fasting - A Definition

Prayer and fasting is defined as voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God. Prayer and fasting often go hand in hand, but this is not always the case. You can pray without fasting, and fast without prayer. It is when these two activities are combined and dedicated to God's glory that they reach their full effectiveness. Having a dedicated time of prayer and fasting is not a way of manipulating God into doing what you desire. Rather, it is simply forcing yourself to focus and rely on God for the strength, provision, and wisdom you need.

Prayer and Fasting - What the Bible Says

The Old Testament law specifically required prayer and fasting for only one occasion, which was the Day of Atonement. This custom became known as "the day of fasting" (Jeremiah 36:6) or "the Fast" (Acts 27:9). Moses fasted during the 40 days and 40 nights he was on Mount Sinai receiving the law from God (Exodus 34:28). King Jehoshaphat called for a fast in all Israel when they were about to be attacked by the Moabites and Ammonites (2 Chronicles 20:3). In response to Jonah's preaching, the men of Nineveh fasted and put on sackcloth (Jonah 3:5). Prayer and fasting was often done in times of distress or trouble. David fasted when he learned that Saul and Jonathan had been killed (2 Samuel 1:12). Nehemiah had a time of prayer and fasting upon learning that Jerusalem was still in ruins (Nehemiah 1:4). Darius, the king of Persia, fasted all night after he was forced to put Daniel in the den of lions (Daniel 6:18). 

Prayer and fasting also occurs in the New Testament. Anna "worshipped night and day, fasting and praying" at the Temple (Luke 2:37). John the Baptist taught his disciples to fast (Mark 2:18). Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before His temptation by Satan (Matthew 4:2). The church of Antioch fasted (Acts 13:2) and sent Paul and Barnabas off on their first missionary journey (Acts 13:3). Paul and Barnabas spent time in prayer and fasting for the appointment of elders in the churches (Acts 14:23).

Prayer and Fasting - Required or Recommended?

 The Word of God does not specifically command believers to spend time in prayer and fasting. At the same time, prayer and fasting is definitely something we should be doing. Far too often, though, the focus of prayer and fasting is on abstaining from food. Instead, the purpose of Christian fasting should be to take our eyes off the things of this world and focus our thoughts on God. Fasting should always be limited to a set time because not eating for extended periods can be damaging to the body. Fasting is not a method of punishing our bodies and it is not be used as a "dieting method" either. We are not to spend time in prayer and fasting in order to lose weight, but rather to gain a deeper fellowship with God.

By taking our eyes off the things of this world through prayer and biblical fasting, we can focus better on Christ. Matthew 6:16-18 declares, "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

Prayer and Fasting - What Does it Accomplish?

Spending time in prayer and fasting is not automatically effective in accomplishing the desires of those who fast. Fasting or no fasting, God only promises to answer our prayers when we ask according to His will. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him." In the prophet Isaiah's time, the people grumbled that they had fasted, yet God did not answer in the way they wanted (Isaiah 58:3-4). Isaiah responded by proclaiming that the external show of fasting and prayer, without the proper heart attitude, was futile (Isaiah 58:5-9).

How can you know if you are praying and fasting according to God's will? Are you praying and fasting for things that honor and glorify God? Does the Bible clearly reveal that it is God's will for you? If we are asking for something that is not honoring to God or not God's will for our lives, God will not give what we ask for, whether we fast or not. How can we know God's will? God promises to give us wisdom when we ask. James 1:5 tells us, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." 

 

Article taken from www.allaboutprayer.org

Sis. Teresita "Tess" Tung

Acolytes of St. Jude

Website: http://www.liganimaster.co.nr/

  • President: Ysmael Angeles
  • Vice President: Christian John Riparip
  • Secretary: Andrew Ligao
  • Treasurer: Paul Angelo Riparip
  • President: Betty Ngo
  • 1st Vice President: Helen Tan
  • 2nd Vice President: Perla Tan
  • Secretary: Chua Co
  • Assistant Secretary: Vicky Ramos
  • Treasurer: Elisa Go
  • Assistant Treasurer: Letty David
  • Member: Lizanne Castillo
  • Member: Rosario Ching
  • Member: Benita Chua
  • Member: Loretta Chua
  • Member: Romano Co
  • Member: Dy Tian Lillian
  • Member: Rosa Dytoc
  • Member: Monserat Gochioco
  • Member: Carmen Javellana
  • Member: Shirley Kaw
  • Member: Victoria Kho
  • Member: Grace Lim
  • Member: Mary Lim
  • Member: Consuelo Say
  • Member: Asuncion See
  • Member: Marcela Sim
  • Member: Jasmin Tan
  • Member: Juanita Tan
  • Member: Perla Tan
  • Member: Lucia Tang
  • Member: Dorothy Tee
  • Member: Adalia Uy
  • Member: Eufrancia Uy
  • Member: Elizabeth Wang

 

Unit Leader: Bro. Dave & Sis. Tess Calces

Household Leader: Bro. Daniel & Sis. Dome Magno

Members:

            -Bro. Joewey & Sis. Mayang Morales

            -Bro. Rodel & Sis. Shirly Saludes

            -Bro. Emman & Sis. Joan Leonor

Household Leader: Bro. Sonny & Sis. Cora Andal

Members:

            -Bro. Bernie & Sis. Lorna Faustino

            -Bro. Bong & Sis. Lani Mangalus

            -Bro. Randy & Sis. Gina Salma

            -Bro. Nonie & Sis. Josie Fajilan

Household Leader: Bro. Edmund & Sis. Eve Espiritu

Members:

            -Bro. Bart & Sis. Kathy Fallaria

            -Bro. Dan & Sis. Tess Tolentino

            -Bro. Eric & Sis. Lilian Lingal

Household Leader: Bro. Rodel & Sis. Mhang Manuel

            -Bro. Bong & Sis. Irene Austria

            -Bro. Willy & sis. Milly Lathrop

            -Bro. Randy & Sis. Jessa Quing-quing

            -Bro. Ernie & Sis. Darmie Sojor

Household Leader: Bro. Cris & Sis. Nora Pineda

Our Activities:


  • Chairman: Atty. William Limqueco
  • Coordinator: Mr. Antonio Esteban
  • Assistant Coordinator: Ms. Emily Valdez - Tan
  • Secretary: Ms. Rose Li
  • Treasurer: Ms. Bituin Madarang
  • Auditor: Mr. Romy Segovia
  • PRO: Ms. Nelly Alcantara
  • PRO: Ms. Charing Araque
  • Adviser: Ms. Estelita Aguirre
  • Adviser: Mr. Bernard Marcon
  • Coordinator: Cristina Tomas
  • Member: Beth Abacon
  • Member: Pilar Arguelles
  • Member: Hermie Asuncion
  • Member: Norma Baluga
  • Member: Fe Castillo
  • Member: Cora Gloria
  • Member: Cora Gonzales
  • Member: Marilyn Landrito
  • Member: Naty Makiling
  • Member: Norma Mangawang
  • Member: Remy Patricio
  • Member: Amy Reyes
  • Member: Leony Taray
  • President: Chastine Mae Melliza
  • Member: Lourdes Bitara
  • Member: Rina Rivera
  • Member: Maria Lourdes Yee
  • Member: Leidee FLores
  • Member: Elvie Tabliago
  • Member: Angelito Yu
  • Member: Rodolfo Jimenez, Jr.
  • Member: Nena Tabliago
  • Choir Teacher/ Guitarist/ Keyboardist: Ralph Adaza
  • President: Josephine Yap
  • Vice President: Roderick Barcelo
  • Secretary: Eunice Desiree Choa
  • Assistant Secretary: Judee Anne Mahandog
  • Treasurer: Arne Barcelo
  • Assistant Treasurer: Maria Teresa Casado-Ramos
  • Advisory Council: Leonila Ilagan
  • Advisory Council: Michelle Gonzales
  • Advisory Council: Lani Isleta-Palatino
  • Member: Rickie Bryan L. Santiago
  • Member: Lilibeth Calderon
  • Member: Therese Beryl Guevarra
  • Member: Wilma Orlina
  • Member: Marilyn Reyes
  • Member: Valerie Roxas Tan
  • Member: Eoner Candelario Vidanes

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National Shrine of Saint Jude: Legion of Mary Praesidium

MARIA SPES SINENSIUM Members :

  • President: Caroline Gozun
  • Vice President: Roderick Barcelo
  • Secretary: Arne Barcelo
  • Treasurer: Ivee Dy
  • Member: Allan Bueno
  • Member: Karren Noronio
  • Member: Shorrena Noronio
  • Member: Mercy Co

 

SCOPE OF WORK:

Home to home visitation; taking and updating of the parish census; recruitment and follow up of active and auxiliary members; follow up on marriage validation, baptismal, Holy Communion and confirmation cases; hospital visitation; block rosary; participation in various parish and curia activities.


ABOUT:

The Legion of Mary

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. The first meeting of the Legion of Mary took place in Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September, 1921. This meeting was to have very beneficial consequences for the mission of the Catholic Church and, in a special way, for millions of members of Christ’s lay faithful who would serve in the Legion and for those who would be served by the legionary apostolate. Many persons outside the Catholic Church would also benefit from that apostolate. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organisation with several million members.

Drawing its inspiration from the True Devotion to Mary, as taught by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, and which had a profound influence on the Founder of the Legion, the Servant of God, Frank Duff, the Legion is at the disposal of the Bishops and Priests for use in the mission of the Church. While essentially a lay association, legionaries look for spiritual and apostolic formation to priests and religious, who, as Legion Spiritual Directors, hold an honoured place in the Legion system. The Legion requires ecclesiastical approval to work in a diocese or parish. Loyalty to the Magisterium and to Ecclesiastical Authority is a basic legionary principle. The Legion aims to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of winning the world to Jesus and legionary service is based on the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ so that in their fellow members and in those they serve, legionaries seek to have the Person of our Lord once again seen and served by Mary, his Mother.

The general and essential means by which the Legion of Mary is to effect its object is personal service acting under the influence of the Holy Spirit, having Divine Grace as its moving principle and support, and the glory of God and the salvation of souls as its final end and purpose. Evangelisation, especially the seeking of conversions to the Church, should be a priority for the Legion. Through the visitation of homes and by other means, the Legion must, as a first principle, set out to establish a contact of some sort with every soul everywhere. Seeing and serving Christ in the sick and marginalised is another vital part of the legionary apostolate. While not engaging in the giving of material relief, legionaries will often find opportunities to do works of service for the needy.

The basic unit of the Legion is called a praesidium, which is normally based in a parish. A parish may have more than one praesidium. To be an active legionary it is necessary to apply for membership in a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting and allocates a weekly apostolic task to the members, who generally work in pairs. After a successful period of probation, members are called to make the Legionary Promise (this is only applicable for members over 18 years) which is directed to the Holy Spirit. Realising the necessity for a strong support of prayer, the Legion has Auxiliary members, who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name. The administration of the Legion is carried out through its various councils at local, regional and national level. The central council, the Concilium Legionis Mariae, meets monthly in Dublin.

The Cause for Beatification has been introduced for three legionaries: The Servant of God, Frank Duff (1889-1980), Founder of the Legion, who attended the Second Vatican Council as a Lay Observer; Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944), Legion Envoy to East Africa; and the Servant of God, Alfie Lambe (1932-1959), Legion Envoy to South America.

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  • President: Corazon Odrunia
  • Vice President: Emma Constantino
  • Secretary: Delia Carunungan
  • Treasurer: Corazon Ponce
  • Auditor: Aguida Savellano
  • Vestment Custodian: Edith Gloria
  • Vestment Custodian: Helen Simporios
  • Member: Salve Alamillo
  • Member: Bella Bituin
  • Member: Marietta Custodio
  • Member: Alice Olivar
  • Member: Dina Ponce
  • Member: Shirley Savellano
  • Member: Rose Yumang
  • Honorary Member: Lita Abagat
  • Honorary Member: Emerita Arreola
  • Honorary Member: Lourdes Casado
  • Honorary Member: Doris Delos Santos
  • Honorary Member: Chit Enriquez
  • Honorary Member: Ines Nealega
  • Honorary Member: Rose Ponce
  • Honorary Member: Marivic Tigno
  • Member: Yasmine Roselle Ocado Caparas
  • Member: Michelle Caparas
  • Member: Willyn Rose De Jesus
  • Member: Robert Chua
  • Member: Proceso Chua
  • Member: John Gohan
  • Member: James Ong
  • Member: Luciano Say
  • Member: Henry Tee
  • Member: Antonio Uy
  • President: Betty Ngo
  • 1st Vice President: Benita Chua
  • 2nd Vice President: Elisa Go
  • Secretary: Juanita Tan
  • Treasurer: Letty David
  • PRO: Romano Co
  • President: Maureen Jonet Alair
  • Vice President: Ma. Hamlet Erorita
  • Secretary: Heidee Flores
  • Treasurer: Ma. Lorie Simporios
  • Member: Edelviesse Bautista
  • Member: Jemely Belandres
  • Member: Ma. Marigold Erorita
  • Member: Leidee Flores
  • Member: Dundee Flores
  • Member: Jewanie Marie Gueta
  • Member: Jedel Manlapas
  • Member: Jennel Ojinal
  • Member: Jennifer Postrado
  • Member: Ma. Shiena Savellano
  • Member: Ma. Angelica Simporios