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At the 9am Mass last Sunday, October 27, the Loretto School 8th graders and the St. Luke Parish 2nd year confirmation students enrolled (and vice-versa) themselves in the confirmation program in the presence of their families, sponsors and the standing-room only gathered community. The solemn ritual meant commitment, a promise carried out in a public setting indicative of the support and prayers of the congregation. We are with you. 

I shared this story a thousand times. Before moving to Douglas, I thought I was the only Filipino in town. Almost immediately, I heard from the grapevine that there were around 50, much to my surprise. Some of them actually showed up at Sunday Masses in the first few weeks of my arrival. A couple of months later, I was invited on a Friday evening for a dinner and greatly enjoyed the great Filipino pastime, videoke. Can they sing! I played with the idea and not too long ago, asked if they would be open to sing for the 9am Mass at St. Luke. I didn’t wait until November as I was afraid they would change their minds.

A small, simple, basic bible study program/faith sharing group to help parishioners prepare for the Sunday liturgy will begin mid- November at SL and IC. The launch of the program will be in time for the National Bible Week. We may not always realize but there's an ever-increasing hunger for God's word, the Bible-the most read book because of its divine origin and inspiration.  

As always, we offer prayers for the homebound, speedy recovery for the sick, hope for the terminally ill and the dying.  

Let’s pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the parishioners who recently passed away and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving families, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.  



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