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    To know someone through one’s achievements, family background, referrals of other people and self-revelation can give us a glimpse of who the person is. It gives us an idea who might be this person and how one can relate with him or her. But to know someone by heart does not only give us an idea of the person. It also enables the person to be engaged and enter into a relationship with the other. Knowing from the heart makes one understand the whole being of the one being known, strengths, weaknesses, sensitivities, likes and dislikes.

    Jesus had been known by many. They were His disciples, people whom He performed miracles and those who listened to His teachings in the synagogues, on the mountain and along the roads. The account of the Gospel of John that we hear or read on this 5th Sunday of Lent tells us that some Greeks went to Philip who in turn asked the assistance of Andrew that they would like to see Jesus. What is there to see from Jesus? Would it be His physical appearance, His stature, His clothes and things that may be seen with the sense of sight? It may be so but in the Gospel of John, “to see” means more and that is “to know Jesus in depth” or to “discover his identity” and in the long run, to enter into a relationship with Him as the Son of God, the Savior of the World.

    Jesus answered their desire to see Him in a different way. He manifested Himself as a grain that falls to the ground and dies to bear much fruit, Someone to be lifted up from the earth and people would draw everyone to Himself. Thus it came true. Jesus has been lifted up at the Mount of Calvary on a cross where He suffered and died.
    It is so sad to think that many of those who wanted to see and follow Him abandoned Jesus in the end. Only few left. Why? Because they really did not see in Jesus what they were looking for. But the few, did see, knew and believed in Jesus as the Son of God Who manifested the greatest love of offering one’s life for the salvation of all. That is, our salvation from sin so as to live in grace and become truly sons and daughters of God.

    We are in the remaining days of Lent. While we journey through these remaining days of the season, let us all continue to search for Jesus and know Him truly well by heart. Let us open our Bibles and know Him more and not just to read about Him and leave things at that when we close the Venerable Book. Let us keep on doing the disciplines of Lent through Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving for they may open our minds through these actions what Jesus did for all. Let us aim that when we celebrate Easter, we have grown deeper in our relationship with Him. So that knowing Him, we will be able to give witness to Him to the people around us and eventually change our world into a community of Disciples of Christ, Stewards of the Gospel, ready to offer everything to God with our Time, Talent and Treasure. ╬
    Yours in Christ,

    Fr. Pascual G. Abaya, IV
  • NEWS

  • Dear Parents,
    On behalf of OLGC Clergy, staff, and the leaders that minister to our youth, we want to bring to light the concerns being voiced and published about the very recent new Netflix series "13 Reasons Why".  Many teens have already watched the full series.  Briefly the story is about a teen girl who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 detailed cassette tapes for the people who she felt caused her to take her life.  Though the writers and producers state their intentions was to bring about awareness, which it has, the series, in Hollywood glorification, leaves a huge message of no hope.  But this is not who we are as Catholics. During this sacred season of Easter, we especially celebrate HOPE, for 50 days! Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” – 1 Peter 1:3Many agencies (Catholic and non-Catholic), Health Professionals, and leaders who work with teens are urging parents to be aware and to open up dialogue with their teens.
    Listed below are several resources with information to help you.  If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office at 455-3012.  We are here and want to work together with our families.
    God bless.
    “So as parents and educators, we’re not overexposing them by talking about the issues, we’re going to help them process it and discern the truth in it. And I think it is really valuable to talk with teenagers about mental health issues.”
    One thing that was “starkly missing” from the book and the T.V. show, Dr. Langley said, was Hannah’s parents, who seemed loving but at the same time were largely unaware of Hannah’s experiences at school and her interior experiences.  
    “So it’s so important for parents to play a really active role in their kids’ lives, even though a teenager’s number one priority is to individuate from mom and dad, which is healthy, you still have to be involved and talk with them and let them know that you care and that you’re invested in them."
    If you think you or a friend is struggling with suicidal thoughts, ask for help from someone you can trust and/or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (available 24 hours everyday). For Catholic counseling, contact your local priest, diocese or your local branch of Catholic Charities.  -- excerpt from the CNA article below
    Catholic leaders urge extreme caution for new Netflix series - Catholic News Agency

    Is your teen watching ’13 Reasons Why’? Here’s why you should be concerned   -  By Aleteia (Catholic resource)
    Published on Apr 19, 2017 - LIFETEEN
    The hit Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why" brings up a lot of important topics that need to be discussed, but it gets a few things wrong in its commentary on suicide. Those are explained here. 
    Published on May 1, 2017 - Roy Petitfils, LPC a licensed counselor
    In this video (see link below) Roy Petitfils, LPC a licensed counselor, discusses the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Roy discusses the serious topics that come up in the show and offer teens a few things to consider before and/or after watching. He suggests that teens be aware of the serious and potentially triggering content in the show.
    Published on May 4, 2017 - LIFE TEEN
    "13 Reasons Why" isn't bad because it deals with heavy issues. It's incomplete because it doesn't tell the whole story -- it doesn't depict a life where hope exists and despair in death has the last word. You deserve a better message. You were made to live in hope.
    Published on May 5, 2017  - LIFE TEEN

    If your son or daughter isn't watching the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," they've probably heard a lot about it and theydeserve your guidance, as they process some of of the incredibly serious issues the show addresses.

    1.      Crisis Emergency (808) 832-3100
    2.      Crisis Text Line: text the word ALOHA to 741741
    3.      Catholic Charities (808) 521-4357