Monday, April 25, 2011

Multitude Monday (11-20)

holy experience

11)  safety going to work and getting home
12)  mom's asthma isn't so bad anymore
13)  Noehl's humor (even if naiinis ako)
14)  sharing a sundae with a friend
15)  tutoring a pleasant Atenean
16)  the sparkle in a child's eye while watching her favorite Barney video (for the nth time)
17)  Baliwag's lechon manok!
18)  a scheduled family outing in June with Familia Ruz and Familia Acosta
19)  enough resources to buy a tub of Quezo Real
20)  15-minute "Power Naps"

Hmmm...that took a while...medyo naiinis kasi ako before I started, eh.  But I'm better now.  So blessed!=)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Brain Fart: To Text or to Call

Texting really isn't the best way to communicate.  If it were so, we would have each been born with a cellphone tucked under our arm.

I began my morning contemplating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  Then just a few minutes after my personal reflection, I actually offended a very good friend with an exchange of text messages.  She knew my intention was good.  I had actually reworded my initial message 3 times before sending it.  I should have known that if it took such an effort to choose my words, I should have just called her up.  Argh!    

A few months ago, I had already been in a rift with another good friend due to a single text message...and here I was, in almost the same situation.  But before things got out of hand this time around, I called her up already to make amends.

Message to brain:  When a text message requires some rewriting, call the person instead.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You (1-10)

Found this on a friend's blog.  I believe gratitude can change my life.  I know gratitude will change my life.

holy experience

1)  GRACE to know, love and serve God
2)  COMMITMENT and LOVE of Noehl
3)  GOODNESS and LOVE of my folks 
4)  GENEROSITY and LOVE of Romy
5)  LOYALTY and LOVE of friends
6)  affirmations (and frustrations) from community
7)  working in Center for Childhood Education (CCE)     
8)  teaching in Paraclete Tutorial Center (PTC)     
9)  serving with PYM  
10)  for finding this HOLY EXPERIENCE    

Hmmm...a bit too general.  I have 990 to go...I figure it can only get more specific.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Parish Youth Ministry

As Noehl and I were beginning our transition from serving in SFC to CFC, we were being encouraged to embrace service as youth coordinators.  But we weren't so keen on it for a number reasons.  However, we now know that serving the youth is definitely part of God's plan for us.  

Our Parish Priest, Fr. Neil Tacbas, spoke to Noehl before his service at a Sunday mass (as a lay minister) and he could only say yes before the first few notes of the entrance hymn began to play.  After the very same mass, Fr. Neil spoke to me in front of the altar and told me that Noehl had already agreed to handle the Parish Youth Ministry (PYM).  I could only respond with a smile for I knew that I had just been affirmed of God's message that the youth are the future of the church.  Fr. Neil had stated this in his homily since it was the feast of Sto. NiƱo.  Ironies of ironies, YFC is under PYM. Si Lord talaga!

We began our journey by meeting with Fr. Neil, Lem (PYM president) and Gab (Knights of the Altar president).  Our very good friends Mike and Iya, the newly appointed KOA coordinators, were also at the meeting.  The things to do were daunting, but we knew that God had equipped us for this.  Aside from our service with the youth in Prayer Mountain, we got to work with the PYM of San Antonio de Padua a few years back and still had contact with them.  Thanks, Lord!

Our official number of PYM members was 7.  Yes, seven out of the thousands of youth in our parish.  But we were up to the challenge.  We had pep talks and bonded as much as we could with them before our official recruitment date, March 27, 2011.  We distributed flyers after the masses at the Shrine and Filinvest Chapel inviting the youth (and their parents) to attend the PYM Orientation on April 3.  We also put up posters in the different villages.

On April 3, the good Lord brought us 36 PYM members (old and new).  Praise God!  At the launching of our monthly 2nd Sunday Youth Assembly the week after, we welcomed additional members.  The following Saturday we began choir practice with Lem at the helm.  The training of our animators also began thanks to the PYM of San Antonio.

The Holy Week has allowed the PYM members to immerse themselves in the activities of the Parish.  I hate to admit it, but it was just this year that I really participated in any Parish activity for Holy Week.  I am truly humbled by the service that our youth unselfishly offer. 

This coming Friday, April 29, we will be launching our 4th Friday Youth Assembly.  We aim for it to be a fun night out with fellow youth members getting to know more about service in the Church and God.  We pray for a good attendance and a Spirit-filled night.

 It is actually a very good year to be serving with the youth, since CBCP has declared 2011 as the Year of the Filipino Youth.  Si Lord talaga!  Gets na po namin!  Just please grant us the grace (and the strength) to do Your will with these youth that you have blessed us with.  Amen.