LayKo si Pads: Suportahan Kita Clergy Concert

LayKo si Pads: Suportahan Kita Clergy Concert

Dateline: Los Angeles, CaliforniaHappy Solemnity of the Feast of Christ the King! The Vicariate of San Jose de Navotas, Diocese of Kalookan, will again hold the annual celebration with the traditional Vicariate Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. This year, the venue is San Jose de Navotas Parish at 2:00pm. Group A – Assembly at Sto. Niňo de Pasion Parish (Daanghari) via Gov. Pascual St. – San Rafael Tangos Mission Station, San Roque de Navotas and Sto. Niňo de Pasion. Group B – Assembly at San Ildefonso Parish (Navotas East) via M. Naval St. – San Exequiel Moreno, San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs, St. Clare of Assisi, Delos Remedios Quasi Parish and San Ildefonso. The vicariate’s clergy will concelebrate the Holy Eucharist at 4:00pm

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In our daily life, our priests, religious and bishops play a significant role. They are the shepherds of our faith and they pray for our spiritual life, But they too, are human. They also need our prayers and material help. Oftentimes, in the twilight of their years, they are alone, without the care of an earthly family and they are in need of physical and spiritual assistance. 

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Kalookan (RCBK), again requested the Council of the Laity of Kalookan (CLK) to handle the fund raising concert, the proceeds of which will be used for the completion of the construction of the Divine Mercy Spiritual Renewal Center (Center), the retirement home of retired priests of the Diocese and the formation house of seminarians and the laity. It is a first for the Diocese since its canonical creation in 2003 by St. Pope John Paul II. It is located in Barangay Muzon, Malabon City, and currently under construction. Thanks to various initial donors, the construction work covers only the building of the basic structure. The Diocese will spend for the finishing work and provide furnishing and staff who will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Center. 

LayKo si Pads: Suportahan Kita Clergy Concert, will be held at the PICC Plenary Hall on January 13, 2020, Monday, 7:00 in the evening. Through a night of shared music and stories, with members of the clergy and the religious men and women of the Diocese, together with guest artists and celebrities, we hope this Concert will generate enough funds to cover the expenses necessary for finishing the Center such as purchase of doors, windows, beds, appliances, furniture, and ambulance; as well as an ambulance driver, caregivers and staff. To keep up with the maintenance costs, this sanctuary for aging priests shall also be a retreat, recollection and seminar venue and shall assist in enriching the faith of seminarians and the laity, and countless others.

 We also seek the assistance and generosity of kind-hearted persons to either buy concert tickets and/or sponsor the furnishing of the Center through this Concert. Your help will go a long way. Sponsors may choose to be issued Certificate of Donation (BIR Form No. 2322) to be able to have 100% deduction in Income Tax Return by providing the sponsor’s name that should appear on the O.R., complete address and Tax Identification Number (TIN). For further information, please feel free to contact John Arwin Palileo at 288-9035 (landline) or 0925-567-1334 (mobile) or Atty. Aurora A. Santiago at ausantiago@yahoo.com.

With the humility of Christ, we implore that we join hands to care for those He Himself has consecrated as priests. We will appreciate your kind assistance to make this Clergy Concert a huge success. Let us be united in giving support and assistance to retired priests.

 

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Thanksgiving Day is one of the most celebrated event in the U.S. It is the annual holiday celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists or Pilgrims of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. Since the time of Abraham Lincoln, it is celebrated on the last Thursday of the month. However, in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill making Thanksgiving Day on the 4th Thursday of November, regardless of whether it is the last Thursday of the month or not. Celebration is always with turkey and cranberry sauce and pecan pies.

 

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Another much celebrated event in U.S., is the Halloween’s Trick or Treat. Christmas is not given such celebration. As a matter of fact, instead of greeting each other “Merry Christmas”, they rather say “Happy Holidays”. They are concerned that they might offend the feelings of those who are not Christians or Catholic.

Respect is given when the Jewish celebrate the Jews’ Pesach which commemorates the story of the Exodus when the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt; the Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year; Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement; Chanukah or Hanukah, a Festival of Lights or the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Respect is also given to the Islamic’s celebration of Ramadan or Days of Fasting; Eid Al-Fitr as the end of fasting month of Ramadan; Eid Al-Adha which commemorates the obedience of Abraham to Allah’s command to sacrifice his son;

Should the Christians not also be given such respect when they celebrate Christmas? Everyone has the right to freedom of religion. Christmas is celebrated by the Christendom, hence they deserve the respect of their culture and tradition. Without Christ, there is no Christmas, since Chistmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ. Big malls and establishments earn big profits during Christmas seasons, anyway. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

 

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Birthday greetings to December Birthday Celebrators in our family – my brother Dr. Andres “Roy” Santiago and his daughter Isabela “Ella” Santiago and also to Kalookan Diocese Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iňiguez.