Friday, June 27, 2014



This powerful Novena Prayer of Petition recited every First Fridays is characterized by its "Christ-centeredness" and the petitioner's absolute trust and confidence in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Its main purpose is obviously to obtain some important favor from the Lord.

The specific favors/graces requested may vary, depending on the petitioner's intentions, for this is the prayer of anyone in need. But what is common to all petitioners must be the basic attitude of being rooted in a strong faith, sincere humility, and total trust and resignation in the Sacred Heart.

The five paragraphs of the Novena Prayer itself are highlighted in bold prints followed with a brief commentary providing an insightful analysis to reflect on the meaning and detailed content of the entire prayer.

1. Divine Jesus, you have said, "Ask, and you shall receive; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Behold me kneeling at your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by your Sacred Heart and pronounced by your adorable lips, I come to ask this favor: (Silently mention your petitions.)

The first paragraph is introductory in nature and expresses synthetically the two main reasons that have brought the petitioner to approach Jesus.

The first reason is the fact that Jesus himself invited His followers to ask favors from Him. The quotation from Mt. 7:7 is very appropriate and most encouraging in its threefold invitation to ask, seek, and knock.

The second reason is even more compelling: it is based on the fact that Jesus Himself made many valuable promises to the devotees of His Heart. What the petitioner has in mind here are the Twelve Promises made by Jesus Himself through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, and the main one of which is the twelfth which amounts to an assurance of eternal salvation for those who fulfill certain conditions.

Emboldened by such promises, the petitioner finds himself/herself "filled with a lively faith and confidence," and therefore has the courage to present his/her specific request. The One who has promised such precious graces will surely grant the minor ones that the petitioner needs.

2. To whom can I turn if not to you whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us. I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In you I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.

This second paragraph is totally devoted to mentioning the other reasons why the petitioner turns to Jesus and no one else. The result is a beautiful and breathtaking list of exceptional "titles/roles" attributed to Him. Jesus is the "Source of all merits and graces"; he is "the Treasure which contains all the riches of kindness and mercy"; He is "the Door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God."

Jesus is the Consoler of those who are afflicted, the Protector of those who are persecuted; the Strength of those who are 'burdened with trials"' and the "Light to those who are in doubt and darkness." This portion of the prayer is a dense summary of the qualities and roles of the Redeemer which make Him lovable and absolutely reliable. He is the real "Tanging Yaman" (Natural Wealth) the only Mediator and Hope of all mankind. Who can compare with Jesus? What could be more encouraging? Jesus is everything. He can do everything!

3. Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that you can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it, and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged, You are the God of mercy and you will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of you, and your kind heart will find in my miseries and weaknesses a reason for granting my prayer.

These are the considerations that bring the petitioner to firmly believe that Jesus can, indeed grant any petition, no matter how difficult this may seem, After all, Jesus can even work miracles. He performed so many miracles during His Apostolic Ministry! He did so many things which, by human standards, seem impossible.

But at this stage, the petitioner is faced with a big difficulty which comes not from Jesus, but from himself/herself; the awareness of being unworthy to receive the favor requested. Yes, Jesus can do even what appears to be impossible because He is omnipotent. But why should He use His power and omnipotence to please a person who does not deserve to receive such favor?

The petitioner humbly and sincerely admits this. But this is not the end of everything. There is still a glimmer of hope - a hope rooted in a quality of Jesus which had already been mentioned in the second paragraph - His MERCY. The petitioner may be "unworthy" because of his/her sinfulness, but Jesus is merciful. And His Mercy is immensely more important than the unworthiness of the sinner.

This is why, at this stage, the petitioner's certainty that Jesus is "the God of Mercy" becomes for him/her a source of courage - a courage that overcomes any uncertainty that could derive from the awareness of one's own sinfulness. Now the petitioner knows for sure that the merciful Jesus "will not refuse a contrite heart."

But this is not all. A most unexpected sentence, at the end, of this third paragraph, strikes us like an incredible paradox: the very "miseries and weaknesses," which should lead to the refusal of the requested favor, become the very reason for granting his/her prayer! This is quite an unconventional logic which defies any human logic. But things are really so because of Jesus' mercy, because of His merciful Love!

4. O Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and by all Your creatures for ever.

In the light of these considerations, all difficulties appear to have been solved. And yet a cloud still seems to cast a shadow on the petitioner's horizon; the possibility that his/her petition may not be granted. These things happen. It has already happened many times, that a petitioner did not get his/her wish, no matter how good the intention was and the need pressing. 

After all, God is absolutely free. He may have His own reasons for denying a favor, or postponing it almost indefinitely, or for commuting it into something else that seems irrelevant.

This chilling prospect tests the faith of the petitioner. The unmentioned struggle ends with the heroic decisions to unconditionally accept Jesus' decision with complete resignation. No resentment. No arm-twisting. No threats of "retaliation" as some disgruntled petitioners sometimes harbor in their hearts. Just a simple, straight, humble acceptance of Jesus' decision.

Nor is this all. Even in the event of a negative answer, the petitioner declares, "I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You!" Such "perfect resignation," such a heroic acceptance of God's will definitely reveals a strong faith and an immense love for God that far outstrips any unworthiness deriving from human frailty and sinfulness.

What matters most is not what the petitioner wants or needs, but that God's will be done. This is what we proclaim in "The Lord's Prayer," the model of all prayers. This was the conclusion of Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane, Such should be the closing sentence of all our petitions.

5. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I know that there is but one thing impossible to You: to be without pity for those who are suffering or in distress. Look upon me, I beg of You dear Jesus, and grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate heart of Your Most Sorrowful Mother. You have entrusted me to Her as Her child, and Her prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen!

The prayer could have ended that way, But it does not. The prospect that the grace requested my be denied inevitably hurts the sensitivity of the petitioner. He/she desperately needs help. For all his / her heroic readiness to accept a negative answer, he / she would be much happier to have the requested favor granted. That is why he / she makes one last appeal to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a daring remark: "I know that there is one thing impossible to You: to be without pity for those who are suffering or in distress."

And the basis for such undying hope is in the Gospel of St. John, specifically in the episode of the wedding at Cana and the moving scene of the last moments of Jesus' earthly life on Calvary. At Cana there was a "crisis situation." It was solved thanks to Mary's intercession. Jesus granted Her request in spite of some objective difficulty.

That was not an isolated case. It established a precedent. It was meant to be a pattern that would be verified endlessly in the history of the Church and of each trusting human being. The powerful intercessory role of Mary, Jesus' Immaculate Mother, is clearly evident at Cana and was universalized on Calvary with that brief sentence of the dying Christ: "Woman, here is your son!"

That "son" was not just John, the disciple whom Jesus loved in a special manner. It was every human being, especially when in distress. A mother's heart cannot be insensitive when a child of hers is in need of help. Will a Mother's petition/intercession be ignored by the all-loving and omnipotent Elder Brother? The answer to this question is found in the episode of Cana and in Mary's instruction, "Do whatever He tells you." This is what ground the conclusion of the prayer to the Sacred Heart.

Jess P. Balon
Volume III Number 4
April - June 2009



O Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Lord and Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before You. We are yours and we freely consecrate ourselves today to your most Sacred Heart. In our world today, many have offended You and despised Your precepts.

Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them all to Your Sacred Heart. Be compassionate, O Lord, not only to the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also to the prodigal children who have abandoned You. Grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, to experience the fullness of life.

Be King of those who are led astray or those who have been hurt by our indifference. Call them back to Your church, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to Your church assurance of freedom and rest in its hope in You. Give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from peoples of the world with one cry: Praise to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Him be the honor and glory for ever. Amen.


Leader: Lord, have mercy on us,
All: Christ, have mercy on us.

Leader: Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
All: Christ, graciously hear us.

Leader: God the Father of Heaven,
All: Have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit
in the Womb of the Virgin Mary,

Heart of Jesus, united with God's Eternal Word,

Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,

Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God,

Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,

Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,

Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of Charity,

Heart of Jesus, abode of Justice and Love,

Heart of Jesus, full of Goodness and Love,

Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,

Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,

Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,

Heart of Jesus, in Whom all are the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge,

Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwells the fullness of Divinity,

Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased,

Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received,

Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,'

Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,

Heart of Jesus, generous to all who turn to You,

Heart of Jesus, source of life and holiness,

Heart of Jesus, atonement for our sins,

Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches,

Heart of Jesus, bruised for our sins,

Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,

Heart of Jesus, sacrifice for sins,

Heart of Jesus, salvation of all who trust in You,

Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You

Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints, have mercy on us.

Leader: Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
All: Spare us, O Lord.

Leader: Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
All: Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Leader: Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
All: Have mercy on us.

Leader: Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,
All: Make our hearts like yours.

Leader: Let us pray, O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Heart of Your dearly beloved Son, and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers You in the name of sinners; and for those who implore Your mercy, in Your great goodness, grant us pardon in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.
All: Amen.

Friday, June 20, 2014


June is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. The following is a series of excerpts from Jesus, Mercy Incarnate, Marian Press, 2000 (currently out of print), by Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy. The series explores the relationship between The Sacred Heart and The Divine Mercy.

According to the popes of the last 100 years, there is no devotion more important to the life of the Church than devotion to the Heart of Jesus. For example, in 1899 Pope Leo XIII, in what he called "the greatest act of my pontificate," consecrated the whole world to the Sacred Heart on the threshold of the new century, and he wrote of the Sacred Heart as "the symbol and sensible image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ." 

In 1928, in his encyclical "Miserentissimus Redemptor," Pope Pius XI taught that devotion to the Heart of Jesus is "the summary of our religion," which, if practiced, "will most surely lead us to know intimately Jesus Christ, and will cause our hearts to love Him more tenderly and to imitate Him more generously."

Then in 1956, in his famous encyclical on the Sacred Heart "Haurietis Aquas," Pope Pius XII was even more effusive than his predecessors in praise of this devotion: It is altogether impossible to enumerate the heavenly gifts which devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has poured out on the souls of the faithful, purifying them, offering them heavenly strength, rousing them to the attainment of all virtues ... 

Consequently, the honor paid to the Sacred Heart is such as to raise it to the rank — so far as external practice is concerned — of the highest expression of Christian piety. For this is the religion of Jesus, which is centered on the Mediator who is man and God, and in such a way that we cannot reach the Heart of God, save through the Heart of Christ ...

After the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI pleaded with the Church not to forget the devotion to the Sacred Heart. In his apostolic letter of 1965, "Investigabiles Divitias Christi," he wrote:

This, therefore, seems to us to be the most suitable ideal: that devotion to the Sacred Heart — which, we are grieved to say, has suffered somewhat in the estimation of some persons — now reflourish daily more and more. Let it be esteemed by all as an excellent and acceptable form of true piety ...

In a follow-up letter to the heads of the religious orders, Paul VI was even more emphatic:

Thus, it is absolutely necessary that the faithful venerate and honor this Heart, in the expression of their private piety as well as in the services of public cult, for of His fullness we have all received; and they must learn perfectly from Him how they are to live in order to answer the demands of our time.

Finally, in 1994, the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, contains the following remarkable statement about the importance of the symbol of the Heart of Jesus (no. 478):

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by our sins and for our salvation, "is quite rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that ... love with which the Divine Redeemer continually loves the Eternal Father and all human beings" without exception.

We need not belabor the point. Suffice it to say that for more than a century now, the successors of St. Peter have repeatedly exhorted the faithful to honor the Heart of Jesus, and to practice this devotion with love and zeal.

The popes have good reason for this recommendation, for the devotion to the Heart of Jesus has an impressive pedigree. It is rooted in the gospels, in our Lord's call: "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Mt 11: 28-29). Again, our Lord cried out on the feast of the tabernacles: "If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink ... as the scripture has said 'Out of His Heart shall flow rivers of living water' " (Jn 7:37-38). In the Heart of Jesus, therefore, we can find rest for our soul's weariness, and refreshment for our soul's thirst. All this was made manifest on the Cross, when His side was opened by the lance, and out of His Heart flowed streams of water and blood (Jn 19:34), symbolic of all the graces of Baptism and the Eucharist.

Many great saints have had a special devotion to the Heart of Jesus, including St Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Albert the Great, St. Bonaventure, St. Lutgard, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Peter Canisius, St. Francis De Sales, St. John Eudes, St. Claude De La Colombiere, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, and Bl. Dina Belanger. The greatest impetus toward the spread of this devotion, however, came from the apparitions of our Lord Jesus Himself to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 1670s. To her the glorified Jesus unveiled His tender, burning love for souls, and through her He asked for the establishment of the annual liturgical feast of the Sacred Heart, as well as devotional practices such as the Holy Hour, the First Friday Communions, and the veneration of the image of His loving Heart. By these means our Lord intended to rekindle the fire of love in the hearts of the faithful, in a modern world in which the hearts of many were growing cold.

Hence, rooted in scripture, the delight of many saints, and given the highest endorsement by the popes again and again, it is clear that the devotion to the Heart of Jesus — especially to the living Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist — is vital to the life and spiritual health of the Catholic Church. Simply put: A living body needs a living heart, and the Church, the Body of Christ, has its own living heart: we have been given the Heart of Jesus Christ, the Head of the Body, as our Heart, too, the living source of all our spiritual refreshment and peace.

Rev. Fr. Victor Y. Apacible
Rector / Parish Priest

Wednesday, June 18, 2014





June 18 Wed  For the Particular Mission of the Laity

12:15 NN - H. E. Bishop Broderick Pabilio
Sponsor: AP Vicariate of Saints Peter and Paul

June 19 Thu For an Awakening to the Danger of Consumerism

12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Manny Flores
Sponsor: AP National Office

June 20 Fri  For the Poor and Exploited

12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Max Ocampo / Rev. Fr. Vic Apacible

Sponsor: Religious Communities / Senior Citizens / Third Order Carmelite
06:00 PM - Rev. Fr. Dave Concepcion
Sponsor: Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) / SSDM Vicariate
Recollection after the 6:00 PM Mass

June 21 Sat  For the Poor and Exploited Children and Youth

10:30 AM  Recollection
12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Douglas D. Badong
Sponsor: Catholic Women's League (CWL) / Archdiocese of Manila

June 22 Sun For a more Discerning and Responsible Voting

12:00 NN - Rev. Fr. Ogie Orpiada
Sponsor: Couples For Christ (CFC)

June 23 Mon  For Business with Honor and Compassion

12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Gerard Reyes
Sponsor: Business Community / Mother Butler's Guild (MBG)

June 24 Tue  For Exploited and Excluded People

12:15NN - Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon
Sponsor: Educational Institutions / Catechetical Ministry / Legions of Mary

June 25 Wed  For Christian Married Couples

12:15 NN - Rev. Fr. Wilmer Rosario
Sponsors: Daughters of Mary Immcaulate (DMI) / Knights of Columbus (K of C)
06:00 PM - Rev. Fr. Gigi Yabut
Sponsor:  Barangay Sta. Cruz and Residents

June 26 Thu  For Knowledge and Practice of the Faith

12:15 NN - Msgr. Romy Violeta
Sponsor: Makati Central Police / MAPSA / MAPA
06:00 PM - H. E. Bishop Teodoro Bacani
Sponsor: Ministry of Greeters and Collectors (MGC)

PROCESSION after the 6:00 PM Mass

June 27 Fri  For Courage to Stand and Speak for the Faith


05:30 AM 06:30 AM 07:30 AM

08:30 AM Mass Sponsor: Rustans

10:00 AM Imposition of Scapulars

12:15 NN H.E. Bishop Bernardino Cortez
Sponsor: City of Makati

05:00 PM

06:15 PM H.E. Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales / Concelebrated
Sponsor: Barangay San Antonio Council, Neighborhood Associations/Residents

07:30 PM



(During Novena Masses on June 18-June 26)

Priest: We have come together in the power of the Holy Spirit to offer the Eucharistic Sacrifice to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for the great love He has shown us by giving us His Son, He revealed the depth of His Love through the symbol of the Heart. As we prepare to unite our hearts with His in offering this sacrifice to the Eucharist, let us pray to Him, for our needs and needs of the People of God.

Lord Jesus Christ, You promised that wherever two or three are gathered together in Your name, You will be present among them, come to us who have assembled here to honor You in Your most Sacred Heart. Fill our hearts with Your blessings and grace and enkindle them with the fire of Your Love.

People: O Divine Jesus, hear and grant our petitions.

Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, You said "Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Obtain for us an increase of faith, hope and love so that we may remain faithful to our baptismal promises until death.

People: O Loving Jesus, hear and grant our petitions.

Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, You said: "Come to me all who labor and are burdened and I will refresh you." We come to You confident that Your Merciful Love will lighten all our burdens of soul and body.

People: O Kind Jesus, hear and grant our petitions.

Priest: Let us now pray for the intentions of the Church and the People of God.

Lector: For the Holy Father in Rome, for the Bishops and Priests of the world and all the People of God, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lector: For the world You came to save, that every man and woman may learn to know You and open their hearts to Your Love, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lector: For the Church, sprung from Your side as You died upon the Cross, that it may bring all men to the Way, the Truth and the Life, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lector: For all who are in any way afflicted, that they may find comfort for their spirits in the tender love that wells from Your Sacred Heart, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Lector: For all those who are present here, and who are seeking Your Divine Assistance in their material and spiritual needs, let us pray to the Lord.

People: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Priest and People: Lord Jesus Christ, You have called us to share Your saving mission. Sinners though we are, we accept this mission and we renew today our baptismal promises. We renew our consecration of ourselves to Your Sacred Heart; we offer to You ourselves, our loved ones, all that we have, all that we do and all that we suffer, to be united with Your Eucharistic Offering to Our Father in heaven.

That we may serve You with greater fidelity, we ask You, our Divine Mediator to obtain the favors we seek in this Novena (request to be made in silence).

If what we ask is not for God's greater glory or for the good of our souls, grant us what is most pleasing to Your Divine Goodness.

Deepen our faith and touch fire to our hearts, that we may respond with love to that burning love for us and for all men that fills Your Sacred Heart. O Heart of Love, we place all our trust in You. We fear all things from our own weakness, but we hope for things from Your Goodness, Amen.

(After Communion)

Priest and People: Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You for being with us today. We thank You for the graces we have received from You. For the grace of Your Divine Life in our souls. For the Love of God our Father and the abiding gift of the Holy Spirit. For the wonderful gift of Your Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and most especially for the Love in Your Heart which makes us more one with You and with each other in the depths of Your Sacred Heart.

Lector: Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of Charity.

People: Teach us to love one another as You have loved us!

Lector: Heart of Jesus, pierced by a lance, Victim of Sin.

People: Forgive us for all our ingratitude and our negligence!

Lector: Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful to those who trust in You.

People: Be our refuge and our strength in the trials and temptations of life!

Lector: Heart of Jesus, Fountain of Life and Holiness.

People: Draw us closer to You and sanctify our lives with Your Grace!

Lector: Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection.

People: Obtain for us at the hour of death, the grace to share in the glory of Your Resurrection by a new life of unending happiness in heaven.

Let us Pray.

ALL: O Divine Savior, You love every man and woman with such profound intensity that You had to reveal it through the symbol of Your Wounded Heart. Many of us live as though You did not exist.

Many others ignore You, or despise You, or reject Your precepts. In our parish, in our country, throughout the entire world, there are many Christians who are indifferent to Your Love.

Perhaps in our own families and in our communities, You are not loved as You deserve. Lord, we want to make up with You. Because You have given us the grace to know and to love You, we will love You inwardly as You wish.

In the midst of a sinful world, we will be healthy members of Your Mystical Body, overflowing with Love. Through prayer and sacrifice, we will make reparation according to our abilities, for the evil in the world and for the ingratitude of men and women,

We will contribute our part so that You can offer to the Father in heaven a glorious human race. We can do it because we are united inwardly with You and share in Your Life's work and in Your task of Redemption.

Heart of Jesus, Heart of Love, inflame our hearts with Your Love, Amen.


Friday, April 4, 2014


Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.  You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. [MICAH 7:18-19]

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. [1JOHN 1:9]

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, [ACTS 3:19]

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; [DANIEL 9:9]

"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. [ISAIAH 1:18]

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace [EPHESIANS 1:7]
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. [MARK 11:25]

Come to the KUMPISALANG BAYAN (NATIONAL CONFESSION) on April 4 and April 11, 2014 at the NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART at Makati City, Philippines and experience the graciousness of God's Divine Mercy. 

Confession starts at 5:30 PM. Lenten Recollection after the 6:00 PM Mass.

The Act of Contrition Prayer is recited during Confession right after the enumeration of sins and before the Absolution of sins is performed.


O my God, 
I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee
and I detest my sins
because I dread the loss of heaven
and the pains of hell.

But most of all, because they offend thee,
my God, Who are all good 
and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace
to confess my sins, to do Penance,
and to amend my life.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many 
for the forgiveness of sins. [MATTHEW 26:28]


Date/Day Time/Celebration




5:00 AM - ASSEMBLY at Sta. Cruz Chapel for 1st Blessing of Palms
5:30 AM - PROCESSION from Sta. Cruz Chapel to Shrine
6:00 AM - MASS at the Shrine


SHRINE: Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
AM: 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, AND 10:30
PM: 12:00, 3:00 4:00, 5:30 7:00 and 8:30

STA. CRUZ CHAPEL: 6:30 PM only (No 7:30 AM Mass)


Mass Schedule:  6:00 AM, 6:45 AM, 7:30 AM, 12:15 NN and 6:00 PM

After 6:00 PM Mass
General Rehearsal of Church Servants for Holy Thursday and Good Friday


Mass Schedule:  6:00 AM, 6:45 AM, 7:30 AM, 12:15 NN and 6:00 PM


No Morning Masses at the Shrine
7:00 AM - CHRISM MASS at Paco Catholic School
6:00 PM - MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER and Washing of the Feet inside the Church, followed by VIGIL of Parish Organizations until 12:00 midnight


(7 Stations at Barangay San Antonio, 6 Stations at Barangay Sta. Cruz, Last Station at the Church).

12:00 NN-03:00 PM - SEVEN LAST WORDS

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES inside the Church.
followed by VENERATION OF THE CROSS in the Church until midnight.


9:00 AM - General Rehearsal of Church Servants for Easter Vigil
8:00 PM - EASTER VIGIL MASS inside the Church


4:00 AM - Start of PROCESSION of 2 Images for SALUBONG.
Men - from the Shrine with Image of the Risen Christ
Women - from Sta. Cruz chapel with Image of Mater Dolorosa

5:00 AM - EASTER MASS at Barangay St. Cruz - at Yague corner Visita Street in front of Sta. Cruz Chapel


SHRINE: Regular Sunday Mass Schedules

AM:  6:00, 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30
PM: 12:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00 and 8:30

STA. CRUZ CHAPEL: 6:30 PM only (No 7:30 AM Mass)

April 24-26 Thursday-Saturday

TRIDUUM PRAYERS to the DIVINE MERCY after the 6:00 PM Mass


"This Feast emerged from My most tender Pity and it is confirmed in the depths of My Mercy. I desire that it be celebrated with great solemnity on the First Sunday after Easter.

I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. The very depths of My tender Mercy are open on that day. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon souls who will approach the fount of My Mercy."

"The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on that day, shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet."

More details on the Feast of the Divine Mercy here.

Rector and Parish Priest
Makati City, Philippines

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Start your 2014 Holy Week right with a meaningful Spiritual Reconciliation. 

Come to the LENTEN RECOLLECTION to reflect, recharge, and reconcile on April 4 and April 11, 2014 at the NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE SACRED HEART, Makati City. 


RECOLLECTION follows after the 6:00 PM Mass.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014



Dear Sacred Heart, Panalangin ko Po na makarating ang bawa’t miyembro na Apostolado sa pook na ito. Salamat po. Kami ay nagmula sa 2nd District ng Laguna na mayroon 24 na Parokya.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for allowing time for healing; thank you for allowing us to forgive each other; thank you for conscience; thank you for teaching me how to forgive. - Len
Thank you Lord for all the donors and kind-hearted people and countries who lend a helping hand to victims and survivors of typhoon Yolanda. God bless them. - Nerisa
Dear Jesus, Thank you so much for hearing my prayer. Knowing that the company is giving me a regular contract is already the answer I was looking for. Thank you for the continuous blessings. - Roly
Most compassionate Heart ever burning with love, thank you for giving my son a good job. He got a job offer from a reputable company. Praise be your name and most Sacred Heart. - Adela

Dear Lord, thank you for all the blessings that you are always giving, for protecting my mother who is in another country, I also thank you for the good health in our family, for the food that you give us everyday. Thank you also for giving me knowledge and making me active in school. Most of all, I thank you for forgiving me every time I commit sin. - Andrea

Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thank  you for answering my prayer. I gave birth to my first child, a healthy daughter. Thank you for a safe and fast delivery and for provisions for paying the hospital bills and expenses. Most of all, thank you for the strength and  the health you have given in this gift of life of my daughter. We pray for your continued help and protection of our family. - Vince and Karen
Dear Father in heaven, Maraming salamat Po for granting my mother 52 years of life. Bless her Lord. Matigas talaga ang ulo pag tumatanda. Nangangamba lang talaga ako sa kalusugan niya eh. I hope you continue to shower her strength, guidance and forgiveness with herself and with my Dad and others. I thank you most of all for giving her to our lives. We wouldn’t know what to do without her. - Clay
Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace. You have spared my adopted children, girl 13 and boy 8 from dying of hunger and dehydration as victims of typhoon Yolanda. Thank you for keeping them alive. Heal them Lord for they have become sick. - Maricel
Thank you Lord for helping me make it to the Dean’s list for this semester. Thank you for giving me enough strength and for my parent's acknowledgment of my accomplishments. Thank you for calling my name in 2010. Through this I learned the value of service and love for others. Thank you for surrounding me with people who loves me for who I am and would never ask me to change Thank you for letting me love them in return. - Jan
Thank you O Sacred of Jesus for the improved health of my husband; for the US visa and trip and the healing of my relationship with my brother. - Teresa
Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, Maraming, maraming salamat po at pinakinggan mo ang aking kahilingan. Ngayon po ay Civil Engineer na ako. Kelan lang ang liit ng tingin ko sa sarili ko. Sobrang pasasalamat ko sa pagsagot Mo sa aking pagdarasal na makapasa po ako with Your guidance. Salamat din po at alam ko na hinding-hindi Ninyo kami pababayahan pati na rin ang pamilya ko at mga kaibigan. - Bryan
Dear Lord Jesus, We thank you wholeheartrdly for saving our family members during the super typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8. - Pesa Family

Do you have a prayer request? 

Then, pray to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

"The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth." Psalm 145:18 [NIV]




Every start of the year we talk about our new year's resolutions. From the simplest to the most complex of lists, we jot down our goals for the year, with much intent to achieve every single one of them.


However, after starting off with a Big Bang of determination, we often fail to sustain it. The resolutions simply become things of the past. We eventually walk away from them.

One man changes that today. As one of the most powerful men in the world, this man shows us what it truly means to be relevant and influential in our present day: to be real, simple, humble, sincere, compassionate and accountable for the things we say and do.

Now, without further ado, I give you, the man who can truly walk his talk, His Holiness, Pope Francis.


1. Don't gossip.

It's one of our hobbies. For Francis, it's also one of the most evil activities. The Catholic leader denounces gossip as “murder.”

He feels so strongly about it that in less than a year as pontiff, Francis has preached against gossip in at least 6 different instances. Read the following homilies by Francis as well as a recent speech:

· “Never speak poorly of others.” March 27

· “The temptation to gossip about others.” April 9

· “No gossip, no fear.” April 13

· “The threat of gossip.” September 2

· “From gossip to love of others.” September 13

He says when we gossip, we “are doing what Judas did,” and “begin to tear the other person to pieces.”

“Every time we judge our brother in our hearts or worse when we speak badly of them with others, we are murdering Christians,” Francis says. “There is no such thing as innocent slander.”

2. Finish your meals.

No leftovers, please.

Named after a 12th-century saint who lived in poverty, Francis slams a “culture of waste” that neglects the plight of the hungry. (READ: Pope: Wasting food is stealing from the poor)

Nearly 870 million people suffer from chronic malnutrition, says the Food and Agriculture Organization. (VISIT: #HungerProject)

The Pope says: “We should all remember... that throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor, the hungry! I encourage everyone to reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy.”

3. Make time for others.

Tending to 1.2 billion members, Francis seems too busy for anything else.

That is, until he calls up strangers. Or entertains a random biker . Or sends a handwritten letter to a Jesuit he has never met.

The Jesuit who got the letter, Fr James Martin, says Francis inspires him “to be more generous in my own life with my time.”

Martin says: “If the Pope can find time to be kind to others, if he can pause to say thank you, if he can take a moment make someone feel appreciated, then so can I. So can we.” (READ: Making time for others: the Pope's way)

4. Choose the 'more humble' purchase.

Take it from the head of state who rides a 29-year-old Renault.

In July, he warns against luxurious lives that seek “the joy of the world in the latest smartphone, the fastest car.” (READ: Pope hits priests, nuns with brand-new cars )

“Cars are necessary,” he says, “but take a more humble one. Think of how many children die of hunger and dedicate the savings to them.”

The Pope preaches against materialism. “Certainly, possessions, money, and power can give a momentary thrill, the illusion of being happy, but they end up possessing us and making us always want to have more, never satisfied. ‘Put on Christ’ in your life, place your trust in him, and you will never be disappointed!” (READ: Pope warns youth against materialism)

He calls for a “sober and essential lifestyle.” (READ: Pope: Choose 'sober' lifestyle, share wealth)

5. Meet the poor 'in the flesh'.

Sure, we donate to charity. But this is not enough for Francis. Commitment to the poor, he says, must be “person to person, in the flesh.” (READ: #ReliefPH: Pope Francis on disaster, charity)

Known as pro-poor even when he was archbishop, he explains more in the book On Heaven and Earth, which was published 3 years before he became pontiff. “It is not enough to mediate this commitment through institutions, which obviously help because they have a multiplying effect, but that is not enough. They do not excuse us from our establishing personal contact with the needy. The sick must be cared for, even when we find them repulsive and repugnant. Those in prison must be visited.”

He calls for long-term commitment. “Hospitality in itself isn't enough. It's not enough to give a sandwich if it isn't accompanied by the possibility of learning to stand on one’s own feet. Charity that does not change the situation of the poor isn't enough.” (READ: Pope Francis and Zamboanga's refugees)

6. Stop judging others.

In the same way he denounces gossip, Francis condemns prejudice.

He reminds “intolerant” Catholics, for one, to respect atheists. “If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good.” (READ: Pope to 'intolerant' Catholics: Good atheists exist)

He also says of gays: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?" (READ: Pope Francis is gay magazine's Person of the Year)

Francis urges us “to keep watch over ourselves.” “Let us not forget that hatred, envy, and pride defile our lives!” (READ: Pope's 1st clarion call: Protect creation)

7. Befriend those who disagree.

What can we do to our worst critics? We can take our cue from Francis.

In November, Francis surprises Mario Palmaro, a traditionalist who wrote the article, 'The Reason Why We Don't Like This Pope.'” “He just wanted to tell me that he is praying for me,” says Palmaro, who is gravely ill, in an article by the Catholic News Agency.

Francis does this in line with what he calls a “culture of encounter.”

He says in July: “When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families, and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice.”

8. Make commitments, such as marriage.

Don't be afraid to say “forever.” Francis advises the youth, for instance, not to fear marriage. (READ: Pope: Marriage not 'out of fashion')

The Pope says: “Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion; in a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of ‘enjoying’ the moment. They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘forever,’ because we do not know what tomorrow will bring.”

“I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage ‘to swim against the tide.’ Have the courage to be happy,” he says.

9. Make it a habit to 'ask the Lord'.

Bothered about the future? Pray always, the Pope urges us especially the youth.

“Dear young people,” he says, “some of you may not yet know what you will do with your lives. Ask the Lord, and he will show you the way. The young Samuel kept hearing the voice of the Lord who was calling him, but he did not understand or know what to say, yet with the help of the priest Eli, in the end he answered: 'Speak, Lord, for I am listening' (cf. 1 Sam 3:1-10). You too can ask the Lord: What do you want me to do? What path am I to follow?”

10. Be happy.

The true Christian, says the Pope, exudes great joy. He says keeping this joy to ourselves “will make us sick in the end.” So important is joy to him that his first apostolic exhortation, the first major document he wrote on his own, is titled "Evangelii Gaudium " (The Joy of the Gospel).

“Sometimes these melancholy Christians' faces have more in common with pickled peppers than the joy of having a beautiful life,” Francis says in a homily. “Joy cannot be held at heel: it must be let go. Joy is a pilgrim virtue. It is a gift that walks on the path of life, that walks with Jesus: preaching, proclaiming Jesus, proclaiming joy, lengthens and widens that path.”

Francis says, “The Christian sings with joy, and walks, and carries this joy." This joy, he reminds us, should translate to love of neighbor."

Let us pray for him that he may continue to mold the church into the shape of greater things to come and bring our faith closer to all who are in need of it. Pope, exudes great joy. He says keeping this joy to ourselves “will make us sick in the end.” So important is joy to him that his first apostolic exhortation, the first major document he wrote on his own, is titled "Evangelii Gaudium " (The Joy of the Gospel).

Rector / Parish Priest