Welcome back to the Resurrection of the Lord Chinese-Filipino Catholic Community’'s website! We hope you’ve had a very blessed Christmas and we pray that the New Year will bring you much joy, peace, and holiness!
We have some
new pictures we wanted to share with you. It’s been an exciting, and sometimes
exhausting, year! In November, four parishioners together with Fr. Daniel went
to Manila to be part of the nationwide convention of the Chinese-Filipino
Catholic Apostolate. What a group of dedicated, Spirit-filled people! The
theme was “Successfully Evangelizing the Chinese-Filipino Community” and we were
one of the parishes asked to give a short presentation. What a time of blessing!
blessings, we were graced by visits from some wonderful friends of ours. Fr.
Bonaventure Bai, O.F.M., from the People’s Republic of China, spent a weekend
with us, sharing so much about faith, spirituality, and enculturation. His
youthful dynamism and his sharing of God’s love in a Chinese context continues
to inspire us. We are waiting for his next visit! He has promised to give us a
workshop on meditation and prayer.
Msgr. Bong Lo, the Rector
of the Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society’s Seminary, also came for a brief but
exciting visit. There’s never a dull moment when our wonderful Msgr. Bong is
around!! After lunch, we ended up in an impromptu sing along, sharing songs of
praise in Hookien Chinese! We’re waiting for Msgr. Bong Lo’s first album!
The northern part of the country was hard hit by a typhoon, and the parish quickly organized itself to help the people affected by the calamity. We also organized Christmas packages of food and clothing for the needy residents of our own city, Iligan. Then, as you all know, the tsunamis hit our neighbors all throughout Asia, and we are still praying and organizing to do our part in helping the massive relief effort. The destruction and the needs are staggering. But we know God will show us what to do next.
Weddings, baptisms, First Communions, and all the daily Eucharists…our parish life goes on joyfully. Fr. Daniel and his Spiritan brothers recently returned from visiting the Spiritans in Taiwan. Thanks to the Spiritans of Taiwan, our Chinese music repertoire has greatly improved, we have beautiful cloth for new vestments and Chinese books for our library! Our big “physical project” now is putting the ceiling in the church and then landscaping the grounds. We hope to pave the parking lot, build a grotto with a beautiful image of Our Lady of China where people may come and pause a quiet moment in prayer, and then finally begin the rectory. Our parish priest, Fr. Dan, has been living in the storage room!
Thank you for all the prayers, help and support! May God continue to bless us all! May we always discover new ways to peace, justice and right! We hope you enjoy the pictures…Come back and visit again soon!