Christmas for our Lolo Pari

Our beloved priests. They can be happy, kind, calm, strict, or masungit, especially when it comes to decorum inside the church. But, as they say, it’s all in a day’s work. But what if old age hits them? For the past 13 years, Msgr. Bobby C. Canlas, Rector of the Shrine of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, […]

Celebrate Advent and Christmas Seasons at the Shrine of Jesus

Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way to prepare for it is by active participation in the Holy Masses leading to this special day. At the Shrine of Jesus, we make sure we prepare well for this special occasion. We began with the blessing and lighting of the Advent Wreath and the blessing of the […]

A European Church Pilgrimage

Europe is known to have very beautiful churches. Those old (think Renaissance and Baroque), elaborately decorated, pipe-organ adorned, huge-domed churches. For the past Europe trip, one thing I made sure was to pray in a church in each city we’ll visit. I was happy to accomplish this, and more. Here are the churches I visited: 1. Church of […]

The SOJCC turns nine!

Nine years. Wow. I am super happy to have served at the Shrine of Jesus all these nine years, along with these super kids! We still have three pioneer members who started in 2006. Many have come and gone, but the group remained steadfast in our duty as church servants. We thank everyone who have […]

Holy Week 2015

 As I was tidying the house a few days ago: “Mommy, April na!” (Mommy, it’s April already!) “Yes, it’s April 1 today.” “Change na natin calendar.” (Let’s change the calendar.) “Okay.” So there goes my conversation with my little girl who turned four years and seven months on the last day of March. Oh, how excited […]

Touringkitty Sings: Pitong Huling Wika ni Hesus (Tinnah M. dela Rosa)

Because it’s the last day of Women’s Month, and while we’re in the midst of Holy Week, I’d like to share this music which is a collaboration among three women. As you know, I have been a contributing writer for PraySing Ministry for more than a year already. The ministry has been blessed with great talents–musicians and […]

Papal Visit PH: All you need to know in one go

The Catholic Faithful are counting only a couple of days for Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines! And as of this writing, he had arrived in Sri Lanka where, among other things, His Holiness will canonize an Indian saint. How do we prepare ourselves for his visit? Here’s all we need to know in one go: THE ITINERARY Since the faithful are expected […]

Touringkittyps: Five ways for a meaningful #MerrySMChristmas

Christmas is just around the corner, literally. Eight more days and we once again feast, celebrate, gather family and friends, and feel God’s abundant blessings. Are you fond of making Christmas lists? If you haven’t yet, maybe you could include these five things that I hope would make Christmas more meaningful to you. A meaningful Christmas is: 1. […]

Caritas et amor in the noblest way

I have been wanting to write about this for weeks now, but I was not able to create the best title for this, until I found this: Caritas et amor (Gregorian chorale) by Z. Randall Stroope (*1955) Sung by the Philippine Madrigal Singers Church of St. Matthias, Munich-Fürstenried, Germany, 2010. Video credits: isispartners And that’s what […]

Mother of Milk celebrates Feast Day on October 11

Nuestra Señora de La Leche Y Buen Parto, or more popularly known as Our Lady of La Leche, is the patroness of mothers and mothers-to-be. Her image is that of the Blessed Mother breastfeeding her Baby Jesus. All mothers, particularly pregnant, nursing and trying to conceive, come to Our Lady of La Leche with their […]