Have No Anxiety at All

October 5, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Have No Anxiety at All | Comfort, Courage, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Ordinary Time, Prayer, St. Matthew

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 5, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Is 5:1-7; Psalm 80; Phil 4:6-9; Mt 21:33-43
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis. We had the blessing of the animals in the commons because it was so cold outside. Usually the dogs bark at each other before the blessing, but during the prayer they always calm down. We don’t only have dogs, of course. We had guinea pigs, rabbits and all types of animals. (more…)

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Attitude of Gratitude

September 21, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Attitude of Gratitude | Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Ordinary Time, Prayer, St. Matthew, Strength, Trust

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 21, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Is 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Phil 1:20c-24, 27a; Mt 20:1-16a
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Last night after Mass at our sister parish, Resurrection, I went to visit Deacon Ray. On my way to his room, one of his daughters called me up and asked me to see how he was doing because he hadn’t answered his cell phone for the past two days. When I got to his room, I told him his children and grandchildren were worried about him because he wasn’t answering his phone. He said, “What do you mean? I have my cell phone right here with me. Nobody is calling.” (more…)

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Saved by the Cross

September 14, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Saved by the Cross | Comfort, Courage, Faith, Father Salvador, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Ordinary Time, Prayer, St. John, Strength, Trust

Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 14, 2014 – Year A
Readings: Nm 21:4b-9; Psalm 78; Phil 2:6-11, Jn 3:13:-17
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

About 28 years ago as a newly-ordained priest, a grandmother told me her granddaughter could recite all the basic prayers in three languages: in our own local language, in English and in Spanish. So I asked her, “Do you know the Our Father?” “No,” she answered.
“Hail Mary?”
“No.”
So I said, “Your grandmother told me you know all the prayers.”
“Yes.”
“What prayer do you know?”
“In the name of the Father.” (more…)

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The Easy Way or Jesus’ Way?

September 1, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on The Easy Way or Jesus’ Way? | Commitment, Discipleship, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Joy, Ordinary Time, St. Matthew

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 31, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Jer 20:7-9, Psalm 63, Rom 12:1-2, Mt 16:21-27
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

As we are all aware, modern technology – media, smartphones, computers, microwaves – is designed to make our lives simpler and to do things quickly. We used to use a pen and paper to send greeting cards on birthdays. Now you can easily send to birthday wishes to Facebook or Instagram. Every time a Facebook friend celebrates a birthday, I get a text message. In my smartphone, all I have to do is text the number “1”. I don’t know where my answer goes, but it goes somewhere! If the person acknowledges my greeting, I know they got it. That’s how instant it is. (more…)

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A Personal Relationship with Jesus

August 24, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on A Personal Relationship with Jesus | Comfort, Deacon Eddie, Discipleship, Faith, Grace, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Ordinary Time, Prayer, St. Matthew, Strength, Trust

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 24, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Is 22:19-23; Psalm 138; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20
by Rev. Mr. Eddie Craig, Permanent Deacon

Last week at the end of Mass, I had the honor of giving you the good news that Father Sal has been released from the Diocese of Sorsogon in the Philippines and is now a priest of our own diocese. In the process, perhaps I even taught you a new word… “incardination.”

This week, our second reading may also have taught you new word. “How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!” (more…)

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The Faith of the Canaanite Woman

August 18, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on The Faith of the Canaanite Woman | Courage, Faith, Grace, Hope, Lay Reflections, Ordinary Time, St. Matthew, Trust

Reflection for Nursing Home Prayer Service
August 18, 2014

Readings: Is 56:1, 6-7; Psalm 67; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28
by Mrs. Rita Zimmermann, Faith Formation Coordinator

Oh what faith she had! This Canaanite woman! You see, she knew she would not be welcome among those who followed Jesus as she was not a Jew, but a pagan and a woman! What courage and determination she must have had to just get up and leave her daughter to seek out the only person she knew that could help her. (more…)

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True Faith Brings Happiness

August 17, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on True Faith Brings Happiness | Comfort, Commitment, Courage, Discipleship, Faith, Grace, Guest Celebrants, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Love, Ordinary Time, St. Matthew, Trust

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 17, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Is 56:1, 6-7; Psalm 67; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28
by Most Reverend Arturo Bastes, Bishop of Sorsogon, Philippines

The beautiful gospel has plenty of implications. First, this is the only recorded time that Jesus was in a non-Jewish territory. But most of all, it prophesied a very important doctrine that the gospel would be preached to all the nations, as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah in the first reading and fulfilled in the second reading during the time of St. Paul, when the gospel was preached to the Gentiles because the Jews rejected Jesus Christ, our Lord. However, St. Paul still had the hope that all the Jews would be converted to Christ someday, because they were the first chosen people of God. (more…)

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Mary: Our Spiritual GPS

August 15, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Mary: Our Spiritual GPS | Courage, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, Joy, Light, Mary, St. Luke, Trust

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Rv 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab; Psalm 45; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Lk 1:39-56
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

As we celebrate today the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we remember that glorious day when the Blessed Mother was taken up, body and soul, into heaven. Our faith tells us there are only two physical bodies in heaven: our Lord Jesus himself, who ascended into heaven, and the Blessed Mother, who was assumed into heaven.

Why is this so important to us? (more…)

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Be Not Afraid

August 10, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Be Not Afraid | Comfort, Courage, Discipleship, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Hope, St. Matthew, Strength, Trust

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 10, 2014 – Year A

Readings: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Psalm 85; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

A few years ago, the comedian Jerry Seinfeld said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Now this means, to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you are better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” (more…)

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Sharing Our Blessings

August 3, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Sharing Our Blessings | Blessings, Discipleship, Faith, Generosity, Homilies, Love, Ordinary Time, St. Matthew, Trust

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 3, 2014 – Year A

Readings: Is 55:1-3; Psalm 145; Rom 8:35, 37-39; Mt 14:13-21
by Rev. Mr. Ray Roderique, Permanent Deacon

The central theme of today’s readings is the provident care of a loving and merciful God who generously shares His riches with us, giving us His Son Jesus as our spiritual food, preparing us for the Heavenly banquet, and challenging us to share our blessings with others. (more…)

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