Tambuli - Vol 12, No. 5
Message From The Vicar
Greetings! Once again we are in the Season of Advent and are looking forward to the birth of Jesus this Christmas. The Church invites us to dedicate this time as a time of preparation and celebration of the great event in our salvation history: God becoming man to share with us fully His divine life! However, more than ever, we are challenged to make this mystery of the Incarnation a reality in our individual lives and society. Sadly the part of God in our human history and daily life is slowly being eroded by the thought that the mention of God in the public forum is to be avoided. The Christian values which brought to birth our noble nation are also slowly being assailed under the guise of fairness, freedom, sensitivity to all or the separation of Church and State. Some are making us believe that it is politically correct to say "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas". We are a nation under God. We are a nation that trusts in God! During this Advent and Christmas, let us really believe and act that God is important to our life and society. Jesus the newborn King must have the priority for us before the merry making, parties, reunions and shopping! After all, Jesus is the reason for the season! Our Filipino religious tradition of Simbang Gabi is a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas through Mary our Mother. Many parishes and our archdiocese are celebrating this novena of Masses before Christmas. Please find time to attend the Simbang Gabi with our fellow kababayans and friends!
We thank Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza for his dedication and pastoral care of the Filipino community, especially in the celebration of the Archdiocesan Simbang Gabi. Since the beginning of our Archdiocesan Simbang Gabi in l993, Archbishop Fiorenza has been always our main celebrant and homilist. Maraming salamat po, Archbishop! And also to all of you, my heartfelt gratitude for the support of the Filipino Ministry! Maligayang Pasko at Masaganang Bagong Taon!
Fathers: Frederico Ablog, SSS (Chaplain), Daniel Baguio (Notre Dame); Mike Barrosa DH (Chaplain);
Rod Cal-Ortiz, Jr. DH (Chaplain); Dwight Canizares (St. Joseph, Baytown); Tony Castro (Christ Our Light, Navasota); Msgr. Rolando Diokno (Notre Dame);
Elias Doroin(Chaplain); Edmund Eduarte (St. Helen, Pearland); Luis Evardoni DH (Chaplain);
Msgr. Seth Hermoso (St. Matthew); Francis Macatangay (St. Matthew); Raul Marterior (St. Frances Cabrini);
Albert Maullon (St. Paul); Nick Pasadilla (St. Matthias, Magnolia); Tim Prado (Chaplain); Larry Rara (Veterans Chaplain); Josefino Templado (Our Lady of Fatima, Galena Park). Deacons: Elie Calonge (Notre Dame),
Ernie Abadejos (Notre Dame); Danny Naranjo (OL of Guadalupe, Rosenberg); Charlie Buhay (St. Albert of Trapani); Maynard Parangan (Priesthood, 2006);
Deacon Class: Dale Almenario, Rey Arellano.
WE NEED FILIPINO VOCATIONS!
FILIPINO MINISTRY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Jecelyn Abenir (St. Ignatius); Eugenie Villanueva (St. Helen); Cleo Villines (St. Luke); Genie Lawson (St. Helen); and Gerry Tabaldo (St. Edward). We invite parish lay leaders to be members of the Council. FMC meets six times a year to plan and coordinate pastoral programs.
MISANG PILIPINO NOW AT NOTRE DAME PARISH
A Mass in Pilipino is celebrated every fourth Saturday of the month, except September and December, at 7 PM. Starting January 28, 2006, the Misang Pilipino will now be held at Notre Dame Church, 7720 Boone Road, Houston. We thank very much Holy Family Church, Missouri City, for being the gracious host of our Misang Pilipino these many years. Thank you also Notre Dame Church for your hospitality. You are all encouraged to come and worship! If you would like to be a sponsor of the Misang Pilipino and the reception, please contact the Filipino Ministry Council: Jecelyn (832-541-1924); Eugenie (832-830-5645); Cleo (832-640-1910). The schedule for 2006 as follows:
- January 28th
- February 25th
- March 25th
- April 22nd
- May 27th
- June 24th
- July 22nd
- August 26th
- October 28th
- November 25th
Dec 15 – 23
5:00AM Notre Dame Church, Houston
Dec 15 – 23
5:30AM Corpus Christi, Houston
7:00PM St. Albert of Trapani, Houston
7:00PM St. Paul, Houston
7:00PM St. Andrew, Channelview
7:00PM St. Ignatius, Spring
7:00PM St. Theresa, Sugar Land
7:00PM St. Luke the Evangelist, Houston
7:00PM St. Jerome, Houston
7:00PM St. Justin, Houston
6: 30PM St. Thomas Aquinas, Sugar Land
7:00PM St. Edward, Spring
7:00PM St. Helen, Pearland
7:00PM St. Matthew, Houston
4:00PM St. John Neumann, Houston
5:30PM St. Joseph, Baytown
7:00PM Prince of Peace, Houston
7:00PM Sacred Heart, Galveston
7:00PM St. Dominic, Houston
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2005, 6:30PM
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES CHURCH
8200 Roos Road, Houston, TX 77036
MOST REV. JOSEPH A. FIORENZA, D.D.
Main Celebrant and Homilist
*Christmas Carols *Concelebrated Mass *Reception
Jecelyn Abenir (832-541-1924) Eugenie Villanueva (832-830-5645)
Cleo Villines (832-640-1910) Gerry Tabaldo (832-868-8693)
EVERYONE IS INVITED!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & A BLESSED NEW YEAR TO ALL!