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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The God of Second Chances

July 21, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on The God of Second Chances | Commitment, Discipleship, Faith, Father Salvador, Forgiveness, Homilies, St. Matthew

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 20, 2014 – Year A
Readings: Wis 12:13, 16-19; Psalm 86; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

About 6 and a half years ago, there was a young man in Maryland who was trying to get in touch with a young lady that he met a few days before. He thought he got her on Facebook and began chatting with her. It turned out she was a different person. Of course, she wasn’t too happy with this at the beginning, but she gave him a chance to explain himself and the way he describes it, it fit the description of Psalm 86. She was “slow to anger, abounding in love and truth, and forgiving.” Because of that, they were able to start a conversation. They introduced themselves and realized they had a lot of things in common. They connected instantly. They chatted on Facebook from 6:00 in the evening until 4:00 in the morning. That’s 10 hours – and they had just met online for the first time! (more…)

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The New Evangelization Needs YOU!

July 14, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on The New Evangelization Needs YOU! | Commitment, Discipleship, Evangelization, Faith, Holy Spirit, Homilies, Joy, Love, Ordinary Time, Prayer, St. Matthew

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 13, 2014 – Year A
Readings: Is 55:10-11; Psalm 65; Rom 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23
by Rev. Mr. Ray Roderique, Permanent Deacon

Today’s gospel is all about the sowing of seeds. We wonder what kind of ground we are. Are we the path, are we the rocky ground, or are we the good soil? The question is put before us, the word is preached. We hear the word, but do we put it into action? That’s what the message is today, to all of us. I think most of us are like the rocky ground. We hear the word and it brings joy to our hearts but then we leave here and forget all about it until next week. And that’s about as far as we go. But that’s not what Jesus wants from us. He wants each and every one of us to be fertile ground, who hears the word, takes it to heart and uses it on a daily basis, week after week. How do we do all these things? Well, there are a number of ways. (more…)

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Different Voices, One Mission

June 29, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on Different Voices, One Mission | Courage, Deacon Eddie, Discipleship, Evangelization, Faith, Homilies, Ordinary Time, St. Matthew

Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul, Apostles
June 29, 2014 – Year A
Readings: Acts 12:1-11, Psalm 34, 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18, Mt 16:13-19
by Rev. Mr. Eddie Craig, Permanent Deacon

Today, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, two of the Church’s greatest saints. We commemorate their lives for the same reason that we commemorate all of the lives of the saints, to remind us of our ultimate call. Our calling is to join them, to become saints ourselves. (more…)

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A Power Meal: The Supper of the Lamb

June 24, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on A Power Meal: The Supper of the Lamb | Eternal Life, Eucharist, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, St. John

Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ
June 22, 2014 – Year A
Readings: Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a; Psalm 147; 1 Cor 10:16-17; John 6:51-58
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

The last time I was at home in the Philippines, I admired the big lighthouse on my island. I said to my cousin, “You must be getting rich here; that lighthouse is so big and must cost thousands of dollars.” He answered, “Yes, it’s expensive, but it was donated to us by a generous benefactor.” I said, “That’s good that it’s free, but what about the electric bill that you pay every month?” He said, “The good news is we don’t pay for the electricity. It’s solar powered.” Although that light is so big and can be seen for hundreds of miles, it generates its own power from the sun. (more…)

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“Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled”

May 22, 2014 |by HNMWebmaster | Comments Off on “Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled” | Easter, Eternal Life, Faith, Father Salvador, Homilies, Joy, St. John, Trust

5th Sunday of Easter
May 18, 2014 – Year A

Readings:  Acts 6:1-7, Psalm 33, 1 Pt 2:4-9, Jn 14:1-12
by Father Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor

Last night, a new parishioner – Brady Elizabeth Cundiff – was born about 10:00.  That’s great news.  The beginning of life.  We always celebrate beginnings.  That’s why graduation exercises are called commencement – the beginning of a new life.  If we look at it closely, even what we call death is also a beginning. (more…)

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