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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

May 19, 2019

John 13, 31-35

 

When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

Reflection

 

Jesus in John’s gospel today requires us to show a proof of our identity as disciples, not through a legal document, but by our love for one another. Not just any kind of love but one patterned after His love. This gospel episode from John appears to be his version of the great commissioning found in Mark and Matthew where Jesus instructs His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations and teach them all that he has commanded them. Mark and Matthew emphasizes preaching and teaching, whereas John stresses on love through service as our mission mandate.

How then are we going to share the love of Jesus? First, we have to be with him because he said: “Abide in me, as I abide in you. I am the vine, you are the branches; those who abide in me, and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15, 4-5). Being with Christ (communion) leads us to becoming like Christ (formation) and then to living for Christ (service/ministry).

Our true identity as disciples is anchored in the awareness of being chosen and loved by God through Jesus. In God’s eyes, we are his children, so our identity is in Him and kept by Him. In Isaiah 49, He said: “I have carved your name on the palm of my hand.” Our self-worth then depends on the One who chose, blessed and gifted us with life. Only God’s love in Christ provides the center of our identity, not wealth, power and fame. Discipleship should not primarily mean losing or giving up something but finding SOMEONE, beyond compare, who loves us unconditionally.

God permeates our depths like a light shining within that awakens us to our true self and causes change to occur from within. Thomas Merton calls it “a journey in which we discover ourselves in discovering God and discover God in discovering our true self hidden in God.” Henri Nouwen adds: “We become strangers to ourselves the more we act as strangers to God. We become most ourselves when we are most like God. I am hidden in God and I have to find myself in that relationship.”

This rootedness of our most inmost being in God enables us to relate with others in terms of WHO we are, only secondarily, by what we do. St. John Paul II said that in our time, we need witnesses from the richness and authenticity of our lives. Loving in this sense is no longer merely doing but becoming the embodiment of love itself. Jesus is first in this regard, the embodiment of the Father’s love as the Word made flesh. Intimacy with God leads to mission and service. The clearest proof of true discipleship is when one becomes a loving and caring person.

 

By Fr. Pablito Tagura SVD

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.

Visit Legion of Mary Ireland Website

  • 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