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Bishop of Parañaque’s Pastoral Letter for the 2017 Year of the Parish

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” (Rom 12:4-6)

In 2017, our diocese will pass the midpoint of our “Decade of New Evangelization” in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the first Eucharist and Baptism in the Philippines.

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Parishes as wellsprings of mercy and renewal – Year 2017 Year of the Parish

Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to open the Year 2017 as the Year of Parishes, Communion of Communities

BELOVED people of God:

We welcome the year 2017 in our “novena-years” of preparation for the grateful celebration in 2021 of the five hundredth anniversary of the first coming and first receiving among our people of the Gospel of Christ Jesus and of His holy Church.

That forthcoming 2021 celebration, recalling the first Mass and first baptisms in our shores, should be a new and joyous explosion in our lives of faith, hope and love throughout our country. Surely such will be our response to the free and gracious gift from the heavenly Father which made the year 1521, for us Christians first of all, a memorable and incredibly significant “new beginning” in our history.

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Rev. Fr. Joel Ma. Morata, OSM Installed as New Parish Priest of St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish

During the Installation Mass held at the St. Peregrine Laziosi Diocesan Shrine officiated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Paranaque – Most Rev Bishop Jesse Mercado, DD, Fr. Joel Ma. Morata, OSM professed his faith and publicly expressed his fidelity and obedience to the Diocesan Bishop. Bishop Mercado then handed him the keys to the tabernacle symbolizing his acceptance of the responsibilities as the new parish priest of the St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish.

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WHAT CATHOLICS BELIEVE – ANG PANANAMPALATAYA NG MGA KATOLIKO

“The most important subject we have to learn is love. We can love God but what is important is allowing ourselves to be loved by God.”  –  Pope Francis. A one-page Catechism based on the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”, the greatest wisdom of all. In brief: What is the Good News that Jesus revealed?

God loves us. He created us to live God’s life of love and supreme joy. God the Son became man, Jesus, died to save us from sin and rose again to make us share in his divine life, in union with Jesus.

Basis: Why do Catholics believe this to be true—really real?

God helps us to believe. God is Truth and Good who cannot deceive us. Our faith is reasonable: it is a historic fact that Jesus lived, worked awe-inspiring miracles, honestly claimed to be the one God. After he was killed, he was seen alive by more than 500.

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Amoris Laetitia: Full Text – English

POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION AMORIS LÆTITIA OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND DEACONS, CONSECRATED PERSONS, CHRISTIAN MARRIED COUPLES, AND ALL THE LAY FAITHFUL ON LOVE IN THE FAMILY. The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church. As the Synod Fathers noted, for all the many signs of crisis in the institution of marriage, “the desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people, and this is an inspiration to the Church”. 1 that desire, “the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed”. 2. The Synod process allowed for an examination of the situation of families in today’s world, and thus for a broader vision and a renewed awareness of the importance of marriage and the family. The complexity of the issues that arose revealed the need for continued open discussion of a number of doctrinal, moral, spiritual, and pastoral questions. The thinking of pastors and theologians, if faithful to the Church, honest, realistic and creative, will help us to achieve greater clarity. The debates carried on in the media, in certain publications and even among the Church’s ministers, range from an

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Liturgy of the Hours (iBreviary)

Prayers to St. Peregrine

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2020 Year of Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue

Gifted to Give ~ 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines