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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Auntie Gilda and the Sacraments of: Reconciliation, Confession & Anointing of the Sick

Last July 23 around 11:30 pm, I got a call from auntie Eden and this is what she told me, " Bong we're here in your auntie Gilda's house and she is very sick," then she asked me if I can gave her the Sacrament of Holy Communion the following morning. I said I cannot because my authority as a Lay Minister of the Holy Communion is only confined to our Parish and aside from that before I give this Sacrament there must be a delegation from our Parish Priest. So she said Ok and it ended our conversation.

After about 5 minutes of thinking about the phone call, I told myself they called on me because they taught that in that dire situation I can be of help to them. I called them back and told them that if they think that Auntie Gilda's situation is dangerous, they must call a Priest immediately so that she can be given the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and if possible the Sacraments of Communion and Confession. Auntie Eden told me that they cannot go to the Church because it was already past midnight and the Priest is already sound asleep. I told them they should just go and knock on the Church, who knows somebody might wake-up and tell them the predicament that they were in. I further told them that if they think that she will still be Ok until the next morning, I will just take care of everything I'll attend first the 6:00 am Mass at our Church then, I'll consult our Priest on what to do. They told me that they'll just wait for me in the morning. I tried to sleep immediately but I wasn't able to do so. Finally, I retired exactly 3:00 am.

I woke-up 4:45 am, I prepared breakfast for my wife then, off to the church. I first went to the Perpetual Adoration Chapel after 15 mins. I went to the church to hear Mass. I only had one fervent prayer, that God will give me a Priest in Las Piñas so that Auntie Gilda will recieve the three Sacraments, After the Mass I briefly spoke with our Priest.

Around 8:00 am, I left Carmona for Las PIñas I arrived in the Hospital 10:00. I went immediately to her room and saw her lying on her bed & resting. I approached her and told her that I am going to call a Priest so that she can have the Sacraments of Confession, Communion & Anointing of the Sick and she said yes!

I went to the Parish Office of Moowalk Village and inquired if they have an available Priest. The secretary told me that there is a Priest, I filled-up a form. After a few minutes the amiable Thai Priest named Father Joseph came out. I blessed his hand introduced myself as a Eucharistic Minister and we went to the Hospital.

Upon arriving on her room Fr. Joseph introduced himself and wore his Sutanna & Stole. He asked us to go out of the room because he's going to hear the Confession of Auntie Gilda. After the confession he called us back and told me to participate in the prayers and during the Communion I will be the one who will give the Communion to her. I said yes! So he gave me the Body of Chirst neatly secured inside the Corporal. After the prayers were said. I gave her the Body of Christ afterwards the Priest anointed her with Holy Oil.

I gave the Priest his stipend and accompanied him back to the Church, I said thank you very much! He said welcome, no problem it's part of my Vocation.

I arrived home around 6:30 pm, tired but fulfilled because I was able to Live my Faith....

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Reunion/Originally Posted on April 30, 2007

April 29, was a day to remember. We went to Moonwalk Las Piñas to attend the get together sponsored by Auntie Elsa. We went there for no other reason but to renew acquaintance with our relatives.

Upon arrival we were immediately ushered to the dining table and there we got our food. Then with our plates full, we joined our relatives in the veranda and slowly we eat and conversed with them as well. As the night was maturing the Karaoke music was also being kept busy by my relatives, all kinds of songs were being played and it was music to my ears to listen to them, although some of them were mangling the lyrics.

On our table I was busy eating pulutan, and I had a few shots of Red wine while at the same time silently listening to the friendly arguments of my relatives. The topics of the debates was varied: from the current slump of Miami Heat, an NBA team with superstar players like Shaq Oneil and Dwayne Wade being overpowered by the relatively young team of the Chicago bulls to the current political situation of our beloved province in Motiong Samar.

After a long while it was time to go home, we were given our presents directly brought in from the USA by Auntie Elsa...

As we were cruising home I was on a reflective mode... once in a while it's good to have this Reunion because it always reminds us of our older relatives who has made a difference in our lives...

Anointing of the Sick/Originally posted May 7, 2007

It was May 2 around 9:00 pm, a fellow Minister of the Holy communion called me, I was quite annoyed because it was time to relax and eventually retire for the day. I have not yet uttered a single word when he said, bong can we call Father Nards? (Our Parish Priest) I asked him? for what reason? And he told me that there is a gravely ill woman and she might go anytime. I thought about it for quite sometime because it was late in the night already and I don't want to disturb our Priest.

However, we went to the her house upon knocking on their gate we were meet by her son and we introduced ourselves as Extra Ordinary Ministers of the Communion . Then I asked him "Can we see your sick mother?" he said yes, we went inside and saw a very thin old woman lying on her bed. She can't talk anymore because she has cancer on her throat but she can still recognize. I looked closely at her, there was a sudden gush of emotion on me because I knew her face. I always see her attending Mass or Bible service and whenever she in the church she always caught my attention because she was always alone on the farthest pew, she was alone but she was constantly following the ceremony whether it was Mass or Bible service.

So we went home and I decided to text our Priest and told him that there is a gravely ill woman sick with cancer, she's near death, I further told him if it is possible for him to gave the last sacrament that night or early morning. after a few minutes I got a reply and he said. I am ready now, so I texted him back and said Father I will fetch you now. I hailed a tricycle and went to the church when we arrived Father was already prepared and we went to the house of the sick lady. Immediately Father put his stole and said: I am the Priest I will gave you the Anointing of the Sick .

It was so touching seeing the Priest laying his hand on the sick and praying at the same time. After Father was through we accompanied him back and said thank you very much Father.When I was going back home I said to myself thank you dear God for calling us and making us an instrument of your grace...