Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sta. Cruz Church Main Altar Under Renovation

The main altar of the Sta. Cruz Church in Manila is having a renovation.

But alas look at the temporary altar, look and judge.

Take away from us our sins, O Lord, we beseech you, that we may enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

3rd Anniversary of the Summorum Pontificum

What: Traditional Latin Low Mass for the 3rd Anniversary of the Summorum Pontificum in the Diocese of Pasig - Immaculate Conception Cathedral

The mass that will be offered tommorow (July7) will be a votive Mass in honor of St. Joseph


Who: The Mass Celebrant will be Rev. Fr. Mark Sese, parochial vicar and vice chancellor of the Diocese of Pasig

When: July 7, 2010

Time: 4:00 pm

Where: The Baptism of Our Lord Chapel - ICC Baptistery

Everyone is cordially invited!

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July 6 - Feast of St. Maria Goretti, virgin & martyr

Feastday: July 6
Patron of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape
b: 1890 d: 1902

Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children.

In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed her from her steps and tried to rape her. When Maria said that she would rather died than submit, Alexander began stabbing her with a knife.

As she lay in the hospital, she forgave Alexander before she died. Her death didn't end her forgivness, however.

Alexander was captured and sentenced to thirty years. He was unrepentant until he had a dream that he was in a garden. Maria was there and gave him flowers. When he woke, he was a changed man, repenting of his crime and living a reformed life. When he was released after 27 years he went directly to Maria's mother to beg her forgiveness, which she gave. "If my daughter can forgive him, who am I to withold forgiveness," she said.

When Maria was declared a saint in 1950, Alexander was there in the St. Peter's crowd to celebrate her canonization. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950 for her purity as model for youth.

She is called a martyr because she fought against Alexander's attempts at sexual assault. However, the most important aspect of her story is her forgiveness of her attacker -- her concern for her enemy extending even beyond death. Her feast day is July 6. St. Maria Goretti is the patroness of youth and for the victims of rape.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Gl Cr Pr of the Holy Trinity
Sunday Office

Easter time has passed but its spirit should never pass. Christ died once and now live His glorious unending life. Having risen from sin, let us strive to live in union with Christ the new life of holiness, sustaining ourselves by the Holy Eucharist prefigured in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves.

Friday, July 2, 2010

St. Irenaeus, bishop & martyr

3rd Cl.

St. Irenaeus was a disciple of St. Polycarp of Smyrna. His treatises did much to stamp out the gnostic sects. He succeeded St. Pothinus in the See of Lyons and died during the persecution of Septimus Severus in 202.

July 3 - St. Thomas, apostle & martyr

St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas immediately exhorted the other Apostles to accompany Him on the trip which involved certain danger and possible death because of the mounting hostility of the authorities. At the Last Supper, when Christ told His Apostles that He was going to prepare a place for them to which they also might come because they knew both the place and the way, Thomas pleaded that they did not understand and received the beautiful assurance that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. But St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas' unwillingness to believe that the other Apostles had seen their risen Lord on the first Easter Sunday merited for him the title of "doubting Thomas." Eight days later, on Christ's second apparition, Thomas was gently rebuked for his scepticism and furnished with the evidence he had demanded - seeing in Christ's hands the point of the nails and putting his fingers in the place of the nails and his hand into His side. At this, St. Thomas became convinced of the truth of the Resurrection and exclaimed: "My Lord and My God," thus making a public Profession of Faith in the Divinity of Jesus. St. Thomas is also mentioned as being present at another Resurrection appearance of Jesus - at Lake Tiberias when a miraculous catch of fish occurred. This is all that we know about St. Thomas from the New Testament. Tradition says that at the dispersal of the Apostles after Pentecost this saint was sent to evangelize the Parthians, Medes, and Persians; he ultimately reached India, carrying the Faith to the Malabar coast, which still boasts a large native population calling themselves "Christians of St. Thomas." He capped his left by shedding his blood for his Master, speared to death at a place called Calamine. His feast day is July 3rd and he is the patron of architects.