Ponder and be penitent this week

LET us put ourselves in a pondering and penitential mood this week, as we commence Holy Week with Maundy Thursday today. Ponder on this image of Jesus Christ and pray: “God of Mercy and Compassion, Tis thy child returns to Thee. To that cross my sins have nailed Him, Yet he bleeds and dies for me. Jesus Lord, I ask for mercy, let me not implore in vain. All my sins I now detest them. Never will I sin again.”

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In connection with this week, the Redemptorist Parish has this liturgical schedule:

Holy Thursday (March 29): No morning masses, 7 a.m. Morning Prayer, 4 p.m. Mass of the Last Supper (Cebuano), 6 p.m. Mass of the Last Supper (English), Procession to the altar of Repose after the Mass/Visita Iglesia follows.

Good Friday (March 30): No morning Masses, 4 a.m. Parish-wide Station of the Cross, starting point is at Redemptorist Church, 7 a.m. Morning Prayer, 3 p.m. Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion followed by Veneration of the Cross.

Holy Saturday (March 31): 7 a.m. Morning Prayer, 8 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass. Note: No confession on this day.

Easter Sunday (April 1): Sunday Mass schedule as usual. No 5:30 a.m. Mass.

Happy Easter to all!

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The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cebu, Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, DD, formally launched the “Marriage, Family and Life-Cebu Archdiocesan Foundation Inc. (MFL-Cafi) at the City Sports Club (Cebu) recently.

Briefly, the MFL-Cafi was established to assist the Commission on Family and Life (CFL-Cebu), to implement its programs and activities promoting the sanctity of marriage, the appreciation of Christian family values and life.

It oversees CFL-Cebu’s policies and programs that they should be relevant to the education of Catholic leaders and ordinary citizens on the significant role of MFL in nation building. The organization is headed by Arch. Jose S. Palma, as chairman of the Board of Trustees with the following officers: President - Rev. Fr. Eligio M. Suico; vice president - Rev. Fr. Margarito R. Alingasa, SVD; treasurer - Maximiano N. Fulache; secretary - Maria Teresita T. Wong-Marcon; auditor - Douglas A. Gacasan; public relations officer - Nicolasito B. Catingan; and members of the Board - Amado O. Go, Carlos G. Co and Aurora G. Yap.

This very dynamic group of think tanks and movers, also aims to build a support system not only in terms of human endeavor but consequentially, the financial means necessary to sustain CFL-Cebu’s administrative operations, programs etc.

May the good Lord bless them and our community, support them, as well.
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