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 18 August Sunday

 

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Green, Pss IV

 

 

 

The Word

 

Jer 38,4-6.8-10 / Heb 12,1-4 / Lk 12,49-53

 

 

 

Jer 38,4-6.8-10

 

Then the princes said to the king, “This man ought to be put to death. He is weakening the resolve* of the soldiers left in this city and of all the people, by saying such things to them; he is not seeking the welfare of our people, but their ruin.” King Zedekiah answered: “He is in your hands,” for the king could do nothing with them. And so they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah, in the court of the guard, letting him down by rope. There was no water in the cistern, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.

 

The king happened to be sitting at the Gate of Benjamin, and Ebed-melech went there from the house of the king and said to him, “My lord king, these men have done wrong in all their treatment of Jeremiah the prophet, throwing him into the cistern. He will starve to death on the spot, for there is no more bread in the city.” Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Ethiopian: “Take three men with you, and get Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies.”

 

 

 

Heb 12,1-4

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.

 

 

 

 

 

Lk 12,49-53

 

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!

 

‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three, the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

 

 

 

In other words…

 

 

 

A woman said in a church meeting:  “My husband died some years ago. I lost my first born in an accident. At the age of 30, I became a single mom to a two-year-old girl. I was groping in the dark — that’s how I saw the Light.” A man listening to her blurted out: “The only light I can talk about is the one that comes from my health insurance. My family business collapsed, and my salary is not enough to support my family. We’ve sold our car, and our house could be next. I feel that God has betrayed me.”

 

Sometimes our faith in God and personal tragedies can be difficult to reconcile. The underlying assumption seems to be that in moments of helplessness, God should be able to help and rescue us; otherwise, what good is He to us?

 

Today’s gospel offers us no solace from life’s misery. The statement of Jesus that He has come to set the earth on fire and that His wish is that it were already blazing could mean nothing to those who have lost hope. It could even be used as a proof of the foolishness and absurdity of the notion that there is a Divine Being ruling over the entire universe and is in control of our lives. What for should we believe in Him if it means no peace but division, no love but hatred, and no protection from suffering? The One who is “destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel” (Lk 1:34), yet at the same time called the “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:5) is a figure of contradiction. His peace spells trouble for many of us.

 

Christian life is not the safest place to be, certainly not the most peaceful. We could lose sleep struggling to forgive our enemies, skip meals caring for the troubled, leave homes to go to a far-flung mission area, volunteer to teach poverty-stricken children, donate a portion of our salary to the poor, fight for the life of the unborn. The price of being a follower of the Lord is steeped with challenges and uncertainties.

 

Spiritual writer Michael Quoist said that “we do not have a before and an afterwards, but an infinity.” True, sufferings and pains are hard to bear. Nevertheless, seen in the context of infinity, they can strengthen our faith and deepen our hope. – Fr. Soysi Cellan, 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

Legion of Mary emblem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

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