MY NEW YEAR MESSAGE January 3, 2009Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Personal Message.
Tags: Fr. Leo Schmitt SVD, Fr. Manuel Bongayan SVD, Fr. Martin Mandin SVD, St. Arnold, St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
At the breaking forth of the New Year, I was at St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish in Cainta, Rizal. Fr. Manuel “Bong” Bongayan, SVD presided the Holy Mass with Fr. Leo Schmitt, Fr. Martin Mandin and me as concelebrants. The Shrine was filled with people. Even the slightest rainshower did not dampen the spirit of our many parishioners who had to stay outside since they could no longer be accommodated inside. Ang dami talagang tao!
After the Mass, the four of us priests had our media noche. Fr. Martz and Fr. Bong teased Fr. Leo that perhaps at this time, many people should know that St. Arnold Janssen Shrine is a Catholic parish. We do not have cross pa kasi at the top of our Church building. That is why, some outsiders have mistaken the Shrine for a Protestant Church or church of any other denominations. Hehe. That will be one of our projects for the New Year as we continue with the Shrine construction.
The year 2009 will make a big difference in my life. For one, I will be graduating soon (yahoo!!!). Second, I will be leaving Tagaytay (also soon). Third, I will go (at last!) to my mission area in the South and that exites me a lot. I guess I knew the area (thanks to the leakage!) but I could not reveal it yet. I still have to wait for the formal announcement.
Basta, Happy New Year na lang po sa ating lahat! God sustained us last year. So, God will also sustain us this year. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga nagdasal para sa akin, nagmessage at nagbigay ng comments (through text, friendster, facebook, multiply, etc.) at sa lahat ng nagbigay sa akin ng mga regalo. Hehe.
May the Heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all. Amen.
God ordains, God sustains.
Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD
MY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE December 22, 2008Posted by Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD in Christmas, Jokes, Personal Message.
Tags: ABS-CBN, Fr. Aris Martin SVD, Fr. Felmar Fiel SVD, Fr. Leo Schmitt SVD, Fr. Manuel Bongayan SVD, Fr. Martin Mandin SVD, Manny Pacquiao, People's Park in the Sky, St. Arnold, St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish
Greetings in the Divine Word!
For several days now, I have not accessed my friendster, multiply and facebook accounts since I am very busy attending to my first priorities in the ministry. I am now on my way to Tagaytay (I will have 8 pm mass) and I just dropped by an internet cafe here in Taft to extend my greetings of a Happy, Happy Christmas to all.
I am staying in St. Arnold Janssen Shrine Parish of Cainta, Rizal for this Christmas season. We are four SVD priests here (Fr. Manuel Bongayan, Fr. Martin Mandin and Fr. Leo Schmitt). Since we are a many, we are also invited by other parishes to say masses in nearby (and not-so-near parishes), kaya naman in just a span of one week, I have been to many parishes in Antipolo and even Pasig.
Hahaha, I have a very funny experience on my way to Sta. Lucia. I was in an FX and I had an old fat lady for a seatmate. Masikip ang front seat, di ba? This woman was praying fervently to while away the traffic. Beautiful sight. All of a sudden, I received a call and my cellphone (in its silent mode) vibrated to the highest level. Hehehe my cellphone was under my pocket and so I was at first trying to ignore it but I noticed the old lady also “vibrated.” Nakiliti sa vibration ng cp. Then she looked at me, laughed and said defensively, “akala ko kasi, hinipuan mo ako eh” (I won’t translate it in English ha).
So far, I don’t far liturgical bloopers.
In one parish, sabi noong isang parishioner, “Father, you are the handsome version of Manny Pacquaio.” Hahahaha. Smile na lang ako. Another one said happily, “You are the epitome of Manny Pacquaio.” Hahahahaha. Ano yon?
Last December 20, Saturday, I went to Lipa to visit sana Mt. Carmel but it was not materialized. I was catching up for my 6 pm Mass kasi in Tagaytay. At 8 pm, I also had my Mass at our Divine Word Seminary.
I wished to stay longer to chat with my brother scholastics and the Sunday Group but I was in a hurry to go back to Manila for my ABS-CBN Healing Eucharist stint with Fr. Aris Martin, SVD the following day. He was the presider. I was the homilist.
This coming December 27, I am going to Laoag to attend also his Thanksgiving Mass. December 29 will also be the Thanksgiving Mass of Fr. Gil Dulay, SVD in Sorsongon.
I thank God for my priestly vocation this Christmas. Please also storm heaven with your prayers for my perseverance.
By the way, I would like to also thank the cashier (kung sino man siya) of People’s Park in the Sky for his honesty. I was with the St. Arnold Janssen Knights of the Altar there last December 19. We were billed 225 pesos. I gave the cashier a thousand peso bill.
After thirty minutes tour, I realized di ko pala nakuha ang sukli ko! But thank God, the cashier immediately recognized me when we were about to go out and gave me my change even before I could ask for it. Maraming salamat po.
Friends, don’t ever forget to thank God for all the blessings we received (and we will still receive) this year. Thank God also for Christmas, that God come in our midst, “socialize” with us, and even lay down His life for us. Imagine, kung walang Pasko, wala ring Christmas bonus. Hehe.
To all of you, Merry, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. It is my fervent wish that all of us will be happy and holy in the next year ahead.
In the Divine Word,
Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD