Thursday, December 30, 2010
After the 9-day Simbang Gabi novena masses, the faithful of San Lorenzo finally saw the completion of the traditional Panunuluyan. Taking on a different approach, the Parish Youth Ministry made this year's Panunuluyan into a 9-part telenovela which was shown in the dawn masses. Each day of the novena a short 5-minute film clip was shown depicting the challenges faced by the youth in their search for meaning and purpose in their lives paralleling Joseph and Mary's search for a "room in the inn" where the child Jesus was to be born.
The Panunuluyan culminated with a live interpretative presentation of Joseph and Mary's journey of finding the manger where the Light of the World was born.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
In the spirit of giving this Yuletide season, SLRP held its first Christmas outreach by organizing a haircut day for the marginalized children of the parish. Dubbed "Libreng Gupit 2010", hair salons and barber shops in the parish came together and donated the services of some of its hairdressers and barbers for free last December 22. With its theme "Pagbubuklod para sa Kalinisan at Kabanalan ng Kabataan", this was the Alliance of Salon Owners & Staff way of thanking the parish and its parishioners for their support and patronage throughout the years.
The project was participated in by 10-14 Salon, CCN Saloon, Jocyn Hair & Beauty Expert, Roberto's Barber Shop and Jean Romanos. For the parish's end, it was spearheaded by Ate Bing Lising together with the support of the Catechetical Ministry of SLRP.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Fr. Luke celebrated his 53rd birthday last December 21 with his parishioners. It was during the simbang gabi mass that the parishioners, led by Ate Lina Feliciano, offered him a prayer for his continued good health of mind, body and spirit. After the mass there was a simple almusalang bayan of pandesal, lugaw and hot coffee for everyone.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
During the old times, the pre-dawn mass is announced by the ringing of the church bells. In some rural areas, an hour before the start of Simbang Gabi, a brass band plays Christmas music all over the town. It is also believed that parish priests would go far knocking on doors to wake and gather the faithful to attend the misa de gallo. Farmers as well as fishermen wake up early to hear the Gospel before going to their work and ask for the grace of good harvest.
SIMBANG GABI NOW AND THEN
Source: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila Website