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