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March 29, 2015

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        The solemnity of today’s readings invites us into silent contemplation of the mystery of our redemption. There are so many levels on which to understand the events of the Passion. The woman who anoints Jesus acts prophetically in a way that the other disciples do not yet grasp. Anointing is for priests, prophets, and kings, and also for the preparation of the dead. It is for healing and for holiness. Her action acknowledges the imminent events of the passion and death of the Lord, and points toward his resurrection and triumph over evil and death. He is priest and victim, prophet and God, King and Lord. All these things are acknowledged in her prophetic anointing.

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         La solemnidad de las lecturas de hoy nos invita a una contemplación silenciosa del misterio de nuestra redención. Hay tantas maneras de comprender los sucesos de la Pasión. La mujer que unge a Jesús se comporta proféticamente y de un modo que los otros discípulos aún no comprenden. La unción es para los sacerdotes, los profetas y los reyes, y también para la preparación de los muertos. Es para la sanación y la santidad. Su acción reconoce los sucesos de la pasión y la muerte del Señor que se avecinan, y señala hacia la resurrección y el triunfo sobre el mal y la muerte. Jesús es sacerdote y víctima, profeta y Dios, Rey y Señor. Todas estas cosas se hacen explícitas en su unción profética.

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“[Christ Jesus] humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” — Philippians 2:8


“[Cristo] se humilló a sí mismo, y por obediencia aceptó incluso la muerte, y una muerte de cruz.” — Filipenses 2:8





  Dear Parishioners and Friends,


             Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, which is the culmination of the liturgical year.


             This year, we hear the Passion from the gospel of Mark. One thing unique about this reading is the emphasis on Jesus being abandoned by his disciples. First, the leaders of the disciples cannot even support Jesus in his agony in the garden: They fall asleep, three times. Then there is Judas, who seeks out the chief priests to make a deal with them, Peter, who denies Jesus three times, and the crowds who cried, “Hosanna!” a few days before, now call for him to be crucified.


            What does this tell us? With friends like these, who needs enemies? No, the point is that Jesus died specifically for these people, not because they were once friends, but because they were sinners, who needed Jesus. When we find ourselves in sin, when we think that everything we do is wrong, or when we think we can’t possibly deserve to be loved by God—that is when God can help us, if we just stop hating ourselves and start loving and trusting the Lord. It is not the time to pretend we have avoided the big sins, or to brag about some of the good we may have done. Instead simply agree that you need his help. God loves sinners who know they need his forgiveness and don’t deserve it.


           But maybe you have already been forgiven and wonder what’s next. Remember the ones you would not expect to support Jesus: the centurion proclaiming him Son of God, Joseph giving him a burial place, the women who followed Jesus. These were people who did not claim to be worthy, just did what they could to show their love. Ask Jesus each morning when you wake up, “What can I do for you today?” and do what you can. (Tom Schmidt, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.)


          Join us in our Holy week celebrations:

    • April 2, Holy Thursday — The Triduum begins! The Mass at 7:00 p.m. commemorates the Institution of the Holy Eucharist by Jesus.
    • April 3, Good Friday — The church will observe the following schedule to commemorate the hours that Jesus was on the Cross and died. At 11:00 a.m. the Academy will do the Stations of the Cross. At 12:00 noon, the church will be open for private prayer in silence. At 1:30 p.m. we will begin the Trilingual (English, Spanish, Filipino) Stations of the Cross, and reflections on the Seven Last Words will be presented by the priests and deacon present. At 3:00 p.m. the Chaplet to the Divine Mercy will be prayed. The Triduum continues with Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 7:00 p.m. The Liturgy will include Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.
    • April 4, Holy Saturday — The Triduum will conclude with the Vigil Mass of Light at 8:00 p.m. NO MASS at 8:00 a.m. nor 5:00 p.m., and NO CONFESSIONS on this day.
    • April 5, EASTER Sunday — The celebration will begin with the “Salubong” gathering at 4:45 a.m. in the parking lot.
      The Salubong Mass will begin at 5:30 a.m. and the regular Sunday Mass schedule will be observed.


          On Good Friday we will have collection to benefit the Holy Land. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection offers a direct opportunity for parishioners to be witnesses of peace. Your support is a sign of Christian unity, which helps protect the Holy Places. The Good Friday funds support Catholic schools, parishes and religious education in the Holy Land, and also preserve the shrines for pilgrims and provides assistance for the poor and needy. This annual Good Friday Collection unites all Christians with the Holy Land. Please be generous.


                                                                                                          Fr. Bernard Ranoa  &   Fr. Manny Ediza




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