A Blessed and Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2012 | Posted by Fr. Roger Lumbre in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on A Blessed and Happy New Year!)

Mary Mother of GodHow do we end 2012 and welcome 2013? Our catholic faith celebrates the beginning of the year with the celebration of the solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God! For me it is so providential!
It could be understood by this simple reasoning: if Jesus is God, then Mary is the Mother of God. There is no doubt that Mary is the mother of Jesus. While others may doubt about the divinity of Jesus, we catholics firmly believe that He is God as he revealed Himself to us. So, it follows that Mary is also the Mother of God!
What has this to do with the new year? All of it! First, that time belongs to God. While we are governed by time, God is not! But he chose to enter into time through His Son who was born among us! This reminds us then to sanctify our time by recognizing God’s presence in all our time, if not offer to Him all our time in all that we do! This also reminds us of the eternity of God! He is eternal! Which means our yesterday, our today, and our tomorrow is NOW for God. Most of all, this reminds us of God’s greatest love for us, that He chose to enter into time, taking on a human flesh, born of a woman, becoming one like us, to save us!
With all these in mind, may our New Year 2013 be guided by our strong and mature Faith in Him, filled with the Hope of God’s promise of eternal reward, and powered by the experience of a loving God who wants us to share this LOVE to all! Happy and Blessed New Year to all!
For your guidance this is our Schedule of Masses for this New Year:
December 31, Monday, New Year’s Eve:
4:00 PM – Arma
5:30 PM – Girard
January 1, 2013, Tuesday, New Year’s Day
8:00 AM – Arma
10:00 AM – Girard.

Fr. Roger


Schedule of Masses(please click on the picture to enlarge!)

December 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Fr. Roger Lumbre in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Schedule of Masses(please click on the picture to enlarge!))

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Get ready! Prepare the way of the Lord!

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by Fr. Roger Lumbre in Spiritual - (Comments Off on Get ready! Prepare the way of the Lord!)

How do you like to wait? Waiting is a challenge for many if not for all of us! You remember that story of the man who had a dream of talking with God. He asked God, “Lord, what is a million years like to you?” God replied, “Oh, that’s just a minute!” Then the man asked again, “Lord, what’s a million dollars like to you?” God said smiling, “It’s just a cent!” Then the man said, “Lord, can you give me a million dollars?” God replied almost laughing, “That’s not a problem, wait a minute!”
Waiting is an act that develops in us the virtue of patience and perseverance! We can learn again from the example of Israel who was waiting for the coming of the Messiah! Throughout their history many fell into infidelities as they become IMPATIENT and failed to persevere! While those who remain vigilant in prayer like Simeon and Anna who spend most of their times at the temple everyday, were able to experience the joy even to the point of holding the Messiah in his arms, and exclaimed “Now Lord you can let your servant go in peace, for in my own eyes I have seen the fullness of your salvation…”
As we know that Advent means coming, and that Christ is coming to us, we are reminded once more to patiently wait and persevere in our waiting. We know it is not an easy task, and on our own efforts alone we will not be able to do it. That’s why in Advent, we need to pray more fervently and avail of the sacraments eagerly and as often as possible that we may receive God’s grace of patience and perseverance. We have to follow the example of Simeon and Anna and we will certainly be rewarded with the joy of salvation!
I know many of you have already put up your Christmas tree and Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving. That is not bad, but it would be better if you include putting up even a small Advent wreath where every Sunday or Saturday night you and your family could gather together and light one of its candles and say your prayers. You can also share reflections on each other’s experiences while spiritually preparing during this Advent. I am sure this would help us and our families experience more meaningfully our Christmas celebration!
May God impart upon all of you His abundant blessings especially during this Advent Season! Amen! Fr. Roger Lumbre