For Filipino migrants in the United States, particularly in NYC’s Queens area , the enthronement of San Lorenzo Ruiz (SLR) at the Holy Child Jesus (HCJ) Church was truly a blessing! When HCJ’s Parish Administrator (Rev. Father Francis Colamaria) met with the Filipino leadership apostolate two months ago and discussed about plans for SLR’s image enthronement in the church, there was no hesitation at all from both sides!. Said plan was actually opportune and timely as the enthronement was to be undertaken within the centennial celebration period of HCJ, which made it more signficant. The installation of SLR’s 4-ft. image at HCJ may … Continue reading San Lorenzo Ruiz Enthronement – A Significant Event
The new catechetical year kicked off with a presentation and special blessing of religion teachers and catechists at Mass a week ago, a.k.a. “Catechetical Sunday”. Our Director of Religious Education (DRE) pointed out the significance and the mission of religion teachers and catechists, one of which is the commitment to nurture the seed, i.e., our knowledge and faith in God’s word and to share the same to others until it’s manifested and ultimately fruitful. While each one of us has been given the responsibility to spread the Good News by the time when we are baptized, it is worth noting … Continue reading Nurturing The Seed – A Meaningful Commitment
This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the International Women’s Day. As tribute to women from all walks of life, I posted a brief article on the subject early this year, specifically on how women throughout the globe commemorated the said event. Before 2010 concludes, there are two interesting “voiceless” events this year which need a chock-full support: one is in October which is for Domestic Violence Awareness and another in November which pertains to the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I am neither an activist nor a feminist, as a matter of fact I can be submissive under … Continue reading “Women Empowerment” – Does It Ring A Bell to Victims of Domestic Violence?
September 11, 2001 was the day when two local commercial planes started crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. I recall vividly this day, I was in my home country when the said tragic incident happened. Coming from a grueling work-related meeting that day, I decided to relax a bit, turned on the TV before going to bed. To my dismay however, I wasn’t able to sleep early and well after being glued on TV until the wee hours of the morning watching live via CNN the two planes flying strangely low and hitting the twin towers … Continue reading A Memorial Mass and Peace Concert – A Tribute to 9/11 Victims, Relatives and Survivors
Back in my home country, I hardly experience the so-called “line dancing” perhaps due to the nature of my previous work and the lack of time for extracurricular activities. I was relatively new in the U.S. when line dance (LD) was introduced to me by a hometown-mate at a festival. I wasn’t pretty much attracted to it at first because I didn’t have the drive in knowing it just then. It is not that I don’t have the knack for dancing, as a matter of fact at some point in my younger days, I get to be invited in dance troupes. … Continue reading The Fun and Fitness of Line Dancing*: A Phenomenon – Tips and Thoughts
Two months ago, I met Ana from Bulgaria in one of the mentor-mentee training sessions organized by a non-profit organization dealing with employment related issues. Ana has been here in the U.S. as an immigrant for 4 years now and is still looking for a “good” job in a dynamic city like NYC. I would say Ana is both academically competent and functionally well-equipped. She obtained her PhD in engineering and held senior technical job positions in the same and related fields in her homeland for many years. Her work experience is exceptional and she speaks German, English and her … Continue reading The Saga Of An Underemployed Immigrant: A Quest for Her Dream – Tips and Thoughts On The Impact Of The U.S. Bleak Job Scenario