Wednesday, February 18, 2015


February 18, 2015
Schedule of Masses

5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 AM

Afternoon / Evening
12:15, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 PM

GOSPEL [Mt 6:1-6, 16-18]

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order 
that people may see them; 

Otherwise, you will have no recompense from your Heavenly Father.

When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, 
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets 
to win the praise of others.

Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know 
what your right is doing, so that your alms-giving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, 
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues 
and on street corners so that others may see them.

Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. 

But when you pray, go to your inner room, 
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.

They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear 
to others to be fasting.

Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 
so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father 
who is hidden.

And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”



Are you hungry for God and do you thirst for his holiness? God wants to set our hearts ablaze with the fire of his Holy Spirit that we may share in his holiness and radiate the joy of the gospel to those around us. St. Augustine of Hippo tells us that there are two kinds of people and two kinds of love: "One is holy, the other is selfish. One is subject to God; the other endeavors to equal Him." WE ARE WHAT WE LOVE. God wants to free our hearts from all that would keep us captive to selfishness and sin. "Rend your hearts and not your garments" says the prophet Joel (Joel 2:12). The Holy Spirit is ever ready to transform our hearts and to lead us further in God's way of truth and holiness.

Why did Jesus single out prayer, fasting, and alms-giving for his disciples? The Jews considered these three as the cardinal works of the religious life. These were seen as the key signs of a pious person, the three great pillars on which the good life was based. Jesus pointed to the heart of the matter. Why do you pray, fast, and give alms? To draw attention to yourself so that others may notice and think highly of you? Or to give glory to God? The Lord warns his disciples of self-seeking glory - the preoccupation with looking good and seeking praise from others. True piety is something more than feeling good or looking holy. True piety is loving devotion to God. It is an attitude of awe, reverence, worship and obedience. It is a gift and working of the Holy Spirit that enables us to devote our lives to God with a holy desire to please him in all things (Isaiah 11:1-2).

What is the sure reward which Jesus points out to his disciples? It is communion with God our Father. In him alone we find the fulness of life, happiness, and truth. May the prayer of Augustine of Hippo, recorded in his Confessions, be our prayer this Lent: When I am completely united to you, there will be no more sorrows or trials; entirely full of you, my life will be complete. The Lord wants to renew us each day and give us new hearts of love and compassion. Do you want to grow in your love for God and for your neighbor? Seek him expectantly in prayer, with fasting, and in generous giving to those in need.

The forty days of Lent is the annual retreat of the people of God in imitation of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness. Forty is a significant number in the scriptures. Moses went to the mountain to seek the face of God for forty days in prayer and fasting. The people of Israel were in the wilderness for forty years in preparation for their entry into the promised land. Elijah fasted for forty days as he journeyed in the wilderness to the mountain of God. We are called to journey with the Lord in a special season of prayer, fasting, alms-giving, and penitence as we prepare to celebrate the feast of Easter, the Christian Passover. 

The Lord gives us spiritual food and supernatural strength to seek his face and to prepare ourselves for spiritual combat and testing. We, too, must follow in the way of the cross in order to share in the victory of Christ's death and resurrection. As we begin this holy season of testing and preparation, let's ask the Lord for a fresh outpouring of his Holy Spirit that we may grow in faith, hope, and love and embrace his will more fully in our lives.

"Lord Jesus, give me a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, and a great love of you. Take from me all lukewarmness in the meditation of your word, and dullness in prayer. Give me fervor and delight in thinking of you and your grace, and fill me with compassion for others, especially those in need, that I may respond with generosity."

A meaningful and sincere Lenten Season to you

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

Friday, February 13, 2015


39th Foundation Anniversary Prayer
Makati, Philippines
February 14, 2015

Loving God,
We bring You our praise today, 
for the 39th Anniversary of the 
National Shrine of the Sacred Heart:

We praise You for Your Goodness
For the Gift of this Shrine: 
its faithfulness in adversity, its fellowship in the Gospel, 
its fearless witness in every generation,
we lift up our hearts in joy.

We praise You for Your Goodness
For the gift of its people: the splendid variety
and infinite possibility of its parishioners and the community,
we lift up our hearts in joy.

We praise You for sending us Your priests:
They who bring us Your Sacraments, who guide us
to Your way and keep us in Your love,
we lift up our hearts in joy.

We praise You for Your Goodness
For the gift of Jesus and His Most Sacred Heart:

Savior of the world, Friend of all people, 
Our True Love and Lord of the church,
We lift up our hearts in joy

We praise You for Your Goodness 
Ever hopeful that You will continue to bless this shrine, 
its parishioners and servants, the pilgrims, the clergy, the community 
and all generations who will come and adore You in this shrine.

Together with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 
All this we ask You through Your Son, Jesus Christ.


Sunday, November 30, 2014



Nov 30-Dec 07 Fri.-Sat.

Monday-Friday 6:00 PM; Saturday 6:30 PM; Sunday 5:30 PM

30-Sun. First Sunday of Advent  


NOVENA to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at all Masses
Whole Day / Night Vigil and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7:00 PM Additional Mass
8:00 PM to 12:00 MN – Continuation of Vigil and Adoration
12:00 MN – MIDNIGHT MASS, followed by continuation of  
Vigil and Adoration until 5:00 AM

No Dawn Procession in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
After the 5:00 PM Mass, Community-wide Procession in honor 
of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7:30 AM Mass for the Elderly (Shrine and Sta. Cruz Chapel)
5:30 PM Mass for the Youth

7- Sun. Second Sunday of Advent

8- Mon. 

Schedule of Masses:
6:00 AM, 6:45 AM, 7:30 AM 12:15 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM
Procession after the 6:00 PM Mass


After 6: 00 PM Mass 

Recollection Talk by Rev. Fr. Manuel 'Manoling' Francisco, S.J.
Well-known Composer of Liturgical and Religious Music 
like "Tanging Yaman", "Ikaw Lamang", "Sayo Lamang".
Moving Spirit behind JesCom, Media Arm of the Philippine Jesuits
Bukas Palad and Tanging Yaman Foundation.



After 6:00 PM Mass

Recollection Talk by Rev. Fr. Manuel 'Manny' Flores, S.J.
Director General of Apostleship of Prayer, Asia and the Pacific.
Spiritual Director, Trans-Parochial Communities, Adoracion Nocturna
and Bukas Loob Sa Diyos Community.



9:00 AM-11:00 AM – Free Legal Consultation and Marriage
SSS, NSO, and City Civil Registration Assistance Desk 
After 6:30 PM Mass, On-Going Parish Formation inside the Church

7:30 AM - Mass for the Elderly (Shrine and Sta. Cruz Chapel)
5:30 PM – Mass for the Youth

15-24 Mon.-Wed.

SIMBANG GABI (Dec. 15-23) 
Shrine at 8:00 PM / Sunday at 10:00 PM
Sta. Cruz Chapel at 9:00 PM
Shrine at 4:00 AM / 5:30 AM

14-Sun. Third Sunday of Advent


After 6: 00 PM Mass 

Recollection Talk by Rev. Fr. Matthieu Dauchez
Executive Director of TULAY NG KABATAAN
Assistant Parish Priest of EDSA Shrine
A French National who deeply loves and cares 
for our forgotten and neglected street children.


21-Sun. Fourth Sunday of Advent


Shrine at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM
Sta.Cruz Chapel at 9:00 PM                                             


Sunday Mass Schedules at the Shrine, without 6:00 AM Mass                         
Sta. Cruz Chapel - No 7:30 AM Mass / 6:30 PM Mass only

Special Blessing of Families at all Masses 
Pondo ng Pinoy Sunday in the Parish


New Year's Eve Mass at 8:30 PM  

Jan.1, 2015-Thu. NEW YEAR'S DAY



Sunday Mass Schedules at the Shrine, except no 6:00 AM Mass
Sta. Cruz Chapel – No 7:30 AM Mass / 6:30 PM Mass only

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.