FCCCPC CHRISTmas Spirit Presentation 2019
While Christmas is a holiday celebrated worldwide, some Filipino traditions fully embraced and have modified into something that can quite call "ours".. Below are the things and traditions that are uniquely Pinoy. Completing the Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo is in almost everyone's bucket list. It is a practice originated in the early Spanish colonial period as a practical compromise for Filipino farmers who began working before sunrise, to avoid working in the fields under the heat of the sun. Simbang gabi is a nine-day series of masses to honor Blessed Virgin Mary. The mass starts from December 16 to Christmas eve. Filipinos wake up before the crackdown to attend the mass hoping to have a granted wish once they complete the nine days.
As we close the year 2018, may we be steward of faith that delivers great and remarkable positive results. God uses Bro. Don Quilao, Head Servant, Deacon Bob Rosales and Deacon Masongsong our spiritual Advisers to promote the Mission of Evangelization. In our gathering, we were so blessed with the presence of His Excellency Robert Kasun, CSB, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto who inspired us to our best and let God do the rest.
May we have the love of holiness so that, being blessed of God, we may go out to become a greater blessing to all people. For all these things we give thanks to our heavenly Father, the Giver of all good gifts. We shall return to our homes realizing that the greatest opportunities and responsibilities before us.
Christmas 2012 - Our Memories last Forever!!!
Joyeux Noel et bonne annee!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Maayong Pasko - Mabungahong Bag-ong Tuig kaninyong tanan!
Naragsak a Paskua - Narang-ay a Baro a Tawen kadakayo amin!
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
I am very much overwhelmed by the fun, joy, peace, and ineffable love that filled our CHRISTmas Party last Saturday. The presence and working of the Holy Spirit are much too obvious not to notice.
But this grace-filled event could not have materialized if our communities were just sitting down and waiting for it to happen. NO, on the contrary our communities and their members have been busy planning, organizing, collating ideas and information, and gathering gifts for the occasion. And so, while I certainly thank the Lord God Almighty for His grace, I most certainly thank all of you for manifesting your community spirit by punctuating such with your support, love, cooperation and selfless giving to the glory of our Triune God.
Most sincerely, Norma, my children and I greet you all with the best CHRISTmas wishes and pray for God's best gifts upon you and your families in the coming year. May the Spirit of the Lord guide us and protect us always.
To God be the glory, honour and praise!!!
Bro. Don Quilao
A dance from the members of FCCCPC
Christmas Presentation by the Loved Flock North Chapter
Holy Family Prayer Group
Mary Kris Quilao
Father plus Son, Musically inclined
El Shaddai DWXI - Prayer Partners Fellowship International, Inc.
MESSAGE FROM THE SPIRITUAL ADVISER
My wife Jeanette and I wish you all and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
May the Lord God Almighty continue to bless all of us with continuing good health, peace, joy, and persevering strength as we all serve in His vineyard. May He grant us and our loved ones the finest gifts of faith. love, hope, and charity in our hearts. May His blessings and grace heal us in anything and everything that need to be healed in all aspects of our lives.
Cheers to all, for our health and our salvation.
Sincerely in Christ,
Jeanette and Deacon Bob Rosales
Advent: The Knowing behind the Doing
On December 2nd, we invited Fr. Jim Haley, parish priest of St. Peter's Church and our community's spiritual Adviser for a mini-advent recollection. I can still remember the last advent talk that Fr. Jim gave us a few years ago - he said that advent is the hopeful waiting for Christmas.
This year, Fr. Haley stressed the importance of advent in the light of Christmas. Just as action without faith is meaningless, so is Christmas without Advent.
Christmas is all about the celebration, the reminder to us of how much God loves us as His own by sending His Only Begotten God-Son to be born and to live like us, mortal, human beings. But Christmas should not end on the day we take down and put away the Christmas decorations - Christmas should go beyond Christmas.
It was so well put when Fr. Haley said that if Christmas was all about the celebration of God's love to mankind, then Christmas should not end on December 25th - it should be Christmas all year long - and I am not referring to the decors and carols - it's the spirit of joy, of loving, of kindness and of giving that should continue - the reflecting Jesus in our lives.
But advent without Christmas is like putting up the Christmas tree without the lights, the buntings, the decors - it remains just as a tree and nothing more. Advent is not just the hopeful waiting for Christmas - it is the time of preparation, of knowing what needs to be done. Advent is the time when we arm ourselves with the knowhow, with the strengthening of our Christian faith. And Christmas is the doing, putting our faith into action - living up to what is expected of a Christian.
We should not just be Christians in name - we should also be Christians in the way we live our lives - in words, thoughts and deeds. We as Christians should take advantage of the Advent to prepare ourselves for the fulfillment of God's promises in Christmas - by knowing what needs to be done and by actually doing it.
And as Fr. Haley ended the recollection, he told us to reflect on this question - IS THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE I AM A CHRISTIAN