Saturday, January 4, 2014

Chaplet of Saint Padre Pio




Saint Pio of Pietrelcina was born in May 25, 1887 in Italy.  He died  in September 23, 1968.  He became famous for bearing the stigmata. On 16 June 2002, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II.

Patronage:  For healing of spirit, soul, and body.


How to Pray the Chaplet of Padre Pio

On each bead, pray: 
Oh Jesus, full of grace and charity, victim for sinners,
So impelled by Your love of us that You willed to die on the cross,
I humbly entreat.  You to glorify in heaven and on earth,
Your holy servant, Saint Pio of Piertrelcina,
who generously participated in Your sufferings,
who loved You so much and labored so faithfully for the glory of Your heavenly Father and for the good of souls.
With confidence, I beseech You to grant me, through his intercession, this request (mention it) which I ardently desire.
In conclusion, pray:  Three Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glorias.



Thursday, October 4, 2012


“Jesus came to them and said: I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth!  Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples.”  (Matthew 28: 18-19)
Two thousand years ago, Jesus told the Apostles to preach to all people in the world the Good News and make them His disciples by teaching them how to live as true Christians.  Today, God’s call is still the same.  We are called from our baptism to be missionaries; we are called to spread the Good News!...God loves us!
It's been over four years since God called me to serve Him as Catechist.  In my “on-going” formation I've learned that our mission is to promote knowledge of the Faith, Liturgy and the Sacraments, moral formation in Jesus Christ, and faithfulness to prayer.  But most important is to teach students on how to build a relationship with God; a relationship based on trust and love. This is a wonderful mission indeed! 
Sharing my faith with the students, and teaching them about God and our Church, brings fulfillment to my life.   I grow in faith every time I teach a lesson, when I listen to the students share their faith with me, and when we pray together.  To be able to witness how the Holy Spirit works in each one of the students is a true blessing! 
“Come, follow me and be my disciple.”  Jesus is calling us to take up His mission and share in life as one of His disciples by proclaiming the Good News. This is not a call for a few, but a call for all of us…for you and for me. Jesus is calling us to make a difference; to share His love that is Mercy and Forgiveness!
Thank you Jesus for trusting in me with Your mission!  But most of all, for teaching me obedience and faithfulness. It’s an honor to be called by God to serve in His Kingdom…It’s a privilege to serve my brother and sisters in Christ.
Many blessings.

Friday, February 18, 2011

First Holy Communion

A child’s First Communion is the most memorable event in the life of any Christian child.  It is certainly lovely to see them walking down the aisle of the Church; little boys dress in their finest suits and little girls wearing their special white First Communion dresses and veils.  This is another beautiful moment for Parents and Godparents to celebrate together.  This Sacrament is an initiation into one of the Great Mysteries.  Baptism gives new life which is then strengthened by confirmation and nourished by Holy Communion (Eucharist).

While it is the priest’s decision as to whether or not a child understands the Sacrament and is able to form proper intent, it is our job as the parent or godparent to make sure that the Child is well prepared before they receive this Holy Sacrament.  It is us, the parents, and godparents who are ultimately responsible for the Catholic education of our child.  Our faith and the teachings of our Church about Liturgy and sacraments expand our horizons.

"This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."(1 Corinthians 11:24) Christ invites us to come to the table to receive Him in Holy Communion, but first we must prepare ourselves.  Children receiving first Holy Communion must receive first the Sacrament of Confession.  Why the child?  Because the child is now liable for his own actions and before we receive Holy Communion we must reconcile with God.  The Sacrament of Confession is a great source of Grace, and we should encourage our children to continue taking advantage of this amazing Sacrament.

Every act of worship is an invitation to meet our Creator, who created all things, the Sun, the Moon and the Stars, and who is able to speak things into reality; this is what God does at mass through His priests.  And this is why it is so important that children have an understanding that in Holy Communion, we are eating the True Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  The Bread and Wine has truly become the Sacrament.

"Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of man and drink His Blood, you have no life in you; he who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life.”(Jn 6:53) Jesus has filled first the host with everything that makes Him who He is.  That means the host is Jesus.  So, when we receive Holy Communion, Jesus fills us with everything that makes Him who He is.  When we walk down the aisle to receive Holy Communion, we go alone; when we return, we are two; Jesus and I. 

When the mass has ended typically a party follows.  It is also a custom that the child who received First Communion also receives gifts such as prayer books, rosaries or bible from their families, relatives and friends.  No doubt that this is a very memorable and beautiful celebration; but it should above all, be holy and with all priorities in place.  What really makes this moment a memorable one, is the joy of receiving Jesus, our Lord and Savior,  in our hearts…He is not just beside us, with us, but now He is within us.  “Abide in me, and I in you.”(John 15:4)  As Christ's disciples, it is now our responsibility to follow God’s Commandments and to share the Good News.

Many Blessings.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Making A Difference

Our Parish Festival is one of the biggest fundraiser’s events of the year. It gathers all ministries to work together for a common purpose; to help raise money for our Parish. I have been blessed to attend and collaborate in this event for the last ten years.

At first, I worked as a “volunteer” representing St. Joseph School Parish by helping with the game booths. Granted, this was part of the school contract to do service hours during this event, I always enjoyed spending time with friends, and eating delicious food!

Two years ago, I decided that I wanted to take a more active role at this event.  So I came with the risky idea of running a “Guitar Hero” booth.  I must say that my sister encouraged me to proceed with this adventure.  I prepared a month in advance. Everything was well planned and every little detail studied carefully; Rules of game, schedule, prizes, equipment…everything well documented. But there was one little piece of information that I never thought about… Players needed to know HOW to play the game! What a surprise! My attempt to make a difference failed! And yes, we raised some money for our Parish but it was not even close to what I was expecting to contribute.  

After my previous experience, you may think that I wouldn’t dare to try it again.  Well, believe me when I say that was my intention, only that God had a different plan for me.  When I least expected God called me to promote the Divine Mercy, and take a more active role within my Ministry. Praying didn’t seem enough for Him…evangelization is what He was asking for.  Then selling Rosaries became such a wonderful idea for our Parish Fair booth.

It was a challenge to make one hundred rosaries for the Parish Fair in less than two months.  My God sent people who shared their talents and time for the making of these Rosaries. Despite of the strong wind that kept blowing through out the whole weekend of the event, the mission was accomplished. We were able to contribute money to the Parish and propagate the Divine Mercy as well.     

“Be ready at all times, for God’s call, that is, do what He demands of you at each moment and do not worry about the next” (Mother Mary Angela, I, 107) It has been four years since the Lord called me into His mercy.  Serving Him brings fulfillment to my life. I enjoy what I do, and I just can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Many Blessings!