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April 19, 2014 at 08:35 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday I always remember what my spiritual mentor, Nim Gonzales, once said, “At times, the unpleasant things that we reject in our lives, such as our… (read more)
April 5, 2014 at 09:56 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
April 6, 2014FifthSunday of Lent  The Pope broke another protocol. Usually, he confesses to a priest in private, but two weeks ago, he surprised everyone at St. Peter's Basilica. He… (read more)
March 29, 2014 at 04:49 PM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
March 30, 2014 Can we all be amazed by what God can do for each of us? Can we believe in God that anoints, heals, calls, invites, and sends? Can… (read more)
March 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
In challenging and difficult times, how can we maintain peace? What we can we do to keep our minds sane and our spirits high? “We’ll just have to keep hoping… (read more)
March 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM PST
Stations of the CrossEvery Friday of LentMass- 5:30pmStations at 6:00pmViacrusisViernes de Cuaresma Viacrusis a las 7:00pmApril 12, 2014 - Palm Sunday Vigil/ Vigilia de Domingo de Ramos 5:00pm English Mass 7:00pm… (read more)
March 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
March 16, 2014 I feel immensely inspired in my Catholic faith and in my vocation as priest after I attended the LA Archdiocese's 2014 Religious Education Congress at the Convention… (read more)
March 1, 2014 at 09:04 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
March 2, 2014 “Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself.” These words of Jesus are wise and unburdening but they’re challenging. It’s because for many of… (read more)
February 22, 2014 at 01:20 PM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
February 23, 2014               When Jesus said in the Gospel that he came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it, he meant it well. In fact, he wants… (read more)
February 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
February 16, 2014   In his homily on Valentine’s Day, Pope Francis reminded all that love is “not a mere emotion, a psycho-physical state…it is a relationship, a growing reality.”… (read more)
February 15, 2014 at 09:21 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
February 16, 2014 A poor man asked a priest, “Why am a poor? The priest answered, “Because you have not learned to give? “What can I give, I don’t have… (read more)
February 11, 2014 at 02:39 PM PST
by Fr. Rodel Balagtas
Dear Parishioners and Friends, Greetings!The year has passed by very quickly. We are grateful to God for finishing another year filled with many blessings.It is hard to believe that I… (read more)
January 19, 2014 at 08:23 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
January 19, 2014 The cool and refreshing wind of Naga caresses my face and reminds me of my youthful days in the minor seminary. I remember those days vividly, particularly… (read more)
January 11, 2014 at 08:59 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel Balagtas, D.Min
January 12, 2013Have you been in a place with people from around the world? If so, you must have found it to be an amazing experience. You must have realized… (read more)
January 4, 2014 at 09:14 AM PST
by By Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
January 4, 2014As we celebrate the New Year, let’s remember the famous words of Dag Hammarskjold, the Swedish diplomat and second Secretary-General of the United Nations, “For all that has… (read more)
December 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
December 29, 2013 Of all the universal themes in life, "family" is one that is closest to our hearts. It one of the "favorite things" that we can talk about… (read more)
December 22, 2013 at 08:42 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
December 22, 2013 Once again, the Simbang Gabi Masses in our parish have been filled with excitement, joy and faith. Each early morning has been a period of reflection, heartfelt… (read more)
December 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
December 8, 2013 The 8th of December is important and meaningful for those of us who were raised strongly in the Catholic faith. It is the Solemnity of The Immaculate… (read more)
December 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
December 15, 2013 I was in awe of the beauty of the liturgies and the devotion of our parishioners during the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe last Thursday. I… (read more)
November 22, 2013 at 01:46 PM PST
by By Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
We’ve all heard the urging of the Holy Spirit to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. We’ve all been moved with compassion and kindness as we saw pictures… (read more)
November 15, 2013 at 04:46 PM PST
by By Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
Archbishop Socrates Villegas has written a prayer in behalf of Filipinos on the tragic devastations of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Here’s an excerpt of his prayer: Lord we are in great need.… (read more)
November 9, 2013 at 09:46 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
November 10, 2013The First Reading of last Sunday’s Mass from the Book of Wisdom still echoes in my mind. “For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you… (read more)
November 2, 2013 at 09:52 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
November 3, 2013 Some time ago, a parishioner caught my attention when she expressed her concern about the “forgotten souls”: those who have no one praying for them anymore. They… (read more)
October 26, 2013 at 09:45 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
I’ve said many times in my homilies that our Christian spirituality or piety is not just about receiving grace but also about sharing grace. It’s not just about the Church… (read more)
October 18, 2013 at 02:48 PM PST
by By Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
Many of us need to have a wider understanding of the concept of prayer. Some of us think that prayer is just coming to church for an hour on Sunday,… (read more)
October 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel Balagtas, D.Min
It was eight o'clock on a quiet night in the municipality of Izalco in Sonsonate, El Salvador. The parish priest, Padre Napo and his vicar, Padre Jorge, invited me to… (read more)
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