Monday, September 19, 2016

San Lorenzo Ruiz (Sep 24, 2016)

You are all invited to attend the

San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Celebration
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016
St. Dominic Catholic Church
8215 Reservoir Dr, Houston TX 77067
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10:30am - Rosary, Novena and Procession
11:00am - Con-celebrated Mass
Potluck Reception follows Mass

 St. Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila is the first Filipino Saint, canonized on Oct 18, 1987Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married and had two sons and a daughter.

His life took an abrupt turn when he was accused of murder. Nothing further is known except the statement of two Dominicans that “he was sought by the authorities on account of a homicide to which he was present or which was attributed to him.”

At that time, three Dominican priests, Antonio Gonzalez, Guillermo Courtet, and Miguel de Aozaraza, were about to sail to Japan in spite of a violent persecution there. With them was a Japanese priest, Vicente Shiwozuka de la Cruz, and a layman named Lazaro, a leper. Lorenzo, having taken asylum with them, was allowed to accompany them. But only when they were at sea did he learn that they were going to Japan.

They landed at Okinawa. Lorenzo could have gone on to Formosa, but, he reported, “I decided to stay with the Fathers, because the Spaniards would hang me there.” In Japan, they were soon found out, arrested, and taken to Nagasaki. The site of wholesale bloodshed when the atomic bomb was dropped had known tragedy before. The 50,000 Catholics who once lived there were dispersed or killed by persecution.

They were subjected to an unspeakable kind of torture: After huge quantities of water were forced down their throats, they were made to lie down. Long boards were placed on their stomachs and guards then stepped on the ends of the boards, forcing the water to spurt violently from mouth, nose and ears.

The superior, Antonio, died after some days. Both the Japanese priest and Lazaro broke under torture, which included the insertion of bamboo needles under their fingernails. But both were brought back to courage by their companions.

In Lorenzo’s moment of crisis, he asked the interpreter, “I would like to know if, by apostatizing, they will spare my life.” The interpreter was noncommittal, but Lorenzo, in the ensuing hours, felt his faith grow strong. He became bold, even audacious, with his interrogators.

The five were put to death by being hanged upside down in pits. Boards fitted with semicircular holes were fitted around their waists and stones put on top to increase the pressure. They were tightly bound, to slow circulation and prevent a speedy death. They were allowed to hang for three days. By that time Lorenzo and Lazaro were dead. The three Dominican priests, still alive, were beheaded.

In 1987, Pope John Paul II canonized these six and 10 others, Asians and Europeans, men and women, who spread the faith in the Philippines, Formosa, and Japan. Lorenzo Ruiz is the first canonized Filipino martyr.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thanks & Videos


Thank you to all who participated in the Simbang Gabi masses.  Those who prayed, volunteered and donated to the different events this year.  We are grateful to all of you.  May God bless you and your families and as we celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy, may our Lord God grant you his love and mercy.

The following videos were taken at the Culmination mass at St. Edward last December 23rd.  Pictures of the various Simbang Gabi will follow.  Keep visiting our site for more updates.

Prelude: Simbang Gabi!

Entrance Hymn-Sa Hapag Ng Panginoon 

First Reading

Responsorial Psalm 

Gospel Reading and Homily

Prayers of the Faithful

Offertory-Paglamig Ng Hangin (part 1)

Offertory-Paglamig Ng Hangin (part 2)

Santo, Consecration, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Our Father, Lamb of God

Communion 1-I Believe

Communion 2-Pasko Na!

Rev Father Christian Bui - Thanks

Final Blessings by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo

Recessional Hymn - Pasko Na Naman Medley