Friday, January 22, 2010

Telethon for Haiti NOW!


A telethon is now being held, with support provided by celebrities from the USA. From among some Internet sites, it can be viewed live at cnn.com Donations can be made through:

USA & Canada
1-877-99-HAITI
(1-877-994 2484)

International
+1 773 360 0205
hopeforhaitinow.org

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti needs help fast: Relief orgs contact

The 7.0 magnitude (Richter scale) rumbler that hit Haiti last Tuesday has left the already poor country in even greater shambles. Fatalities are still unknown up to this time, but numerous collapsed structures are proof how devastating the earthquake was. More than a million people lived in the area where the intensity of the earthquake was highest.

Haiti needs immediate help. The following are some hotlines to Haiti (from yahoo.com):
Most of all, prayers from everyone around the world are needed by the people of Haiti.

Sunday Mass--it couldn't have been a walk-out

The priest, in his homily last Sunday at the 6PM Catholic Mass at the Mt. Carmel Church in Quezon City, Philippines, mentioned that 80 percent of the 90 million Filipinos are Catholics. But, he said, 40 percent of these Catholics are nominal Catholics—or those who neglect to do a lot of things that Catholics should do. He gave examples of how one can be called a nominal Catholic, such as going to Mass or to church, for that matter, only on three occasions in one’s life—that is, during baptism, during a wedding, and during a funeral, or during one’s own funeral.

Get up and leave
After his homily, in the minutes before the Host was raised, I took note that about 15 people—young and old, some as a group or maybe as families—stood up to leave the ongoing Mass. Now those people were just from my side of the Church, I was sitting at the left of the altar. I don’t know how many people left from the other side, if anyone did.


I also don’t know if some other churchgoers took note
the same way I did of those people leaving, because I was thinking whether they were walking out because of the priest’s homily, or did they have to go someplace else so they had to go out right away? But seeing how these people were in a hurry to get out, I surmised that they had to go some appointment or some place else where they couldn’t be late. Maybe they had jobs that Sunday night. But it would have been sad to know if they were hurrying to leave the ongoing Mass only because they had to attend some party or merry-making. After all, that Sunday, according to the same priest that Sunday, was the last day of the Christmas season (where Jesus was baptised by John). So that Sunday was still the time for gift-giving and maybe Christmas parties for the merry-makers, the priest said.

Earlier Mass?
But then, I thought that if these people who were in a hurry knew that they had to go someplace else even before the Mass could end, why didn’t they have the initiative to go to Mass earlier in the day? That way, that they can still finish Mass and go unhurriedly to their appointments? Maybe they could have attended the 5PM Mass or even the 3PM or 4PM Mass. Almost all Catholic churches in the Philippines have almost hourly Masses on Sundays, in the morning and in the afternoon up to early evening.


I just feel sad when I see people leaving a Mass when it’s not yet over. I feel sad for them that they don’t seem to realize how wonderful a Mass is and how wonderful it is to be part of a Mass. And its even more wonderful, and even proper, to be in it the whole time--meaning, don't be late for a ridiculously long time or not at all, and don't leave early. After all, it’s only a hour in a week that a person is offering for the Lord. Of course, there are also Masses during the other days of the week. But many people don’t attend or can’t attend Masses in these other days. Sunday Mass is supposed to be where all Catholics should be, a hour or so, to join other churchgoers in celebration.

If some people will only make their stay in the Mass a stopover en route to their real destination after the Mass, or even before the Mass, then that’s a really regretful thing to happen.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

01-02-2010

That's the date today. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. Ok, I'm a bit late in giving this greeting full force. I was busy :) yesterday, the start of the year, 01-01-2010. Nice numbers, don't you think? Here's a short video I took of my mom and sister with sparklers, while the rest of the neighbors blew up the sky with fireworks.
video
It's good that our sky had the "blue moon" that night. The moon was like a static firework display in the sky with all its brightness.
The morning after, the streets around the city had a lingering smog or haze from all the fireworks that lighted our city and nearby cities.