Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Advent Recollection of the Bl. Maria Sagrario TOC Community, Pampanga

On December 13, the Carmelite tertiaries of Pampanga conducted their advent recollection focusing on the spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux. This was held in the rustic town of San Luis, Pampanga at the Parish Church of St. Aloysious Gonzaga. The recollection started at 3:00 pm and ended at 6:00 pm culminating with a Holy Mass. Bro. Severino Santos was formally received to the Order as an aspirant after adminitering the Rites of Admission to Formation. After the mass, a small dinner was held at the parish refectory together with Fr. Fernando David, parish priest.

The recollection was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Ver Rhoniel Cristobal, TOCarm.

Image of St. Therese at the venue of the recollection
Fr. Rhoniel explaining the meaning of advent and what is a recollection as a prelude to his talk

The aspirants listening to the talk

Fr. Rhoniel explainig the importance of recollection and what is joy in the spirituality of St. Therese

Sis. Elvie, prioress of the Community, reading the 1st reading

Sis. Linda, treasurer of the community, reading the 2nd reading

Imposition of the Brown Scapular to Bro. Severino Santos

(Rite of Admission to Formation of Aspirants)

Small dinner at the parish refectory

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church at night


Bro. Marwil N. Llasos said...

I noticed there is a picture of distribution of holy communion by self-intinction. Is this the normal or usual practice of your community? May I be enlightened on the liturgical basis for doing so? I've read in Redemptionis Sacramentum that this may not be so. Correct me if I'm wrong. Thank you for whatever information you may share with me.

God bless!!!

Bro. Marwil N. Llasos said...

I think the pertinent paragraph of Redemptionis Sacramentum is par. 94. I may have misapprehended it.

TOC National Secretariat said...

No. This is not. This was the first time that the reception of communion was done as I observed in the previous recollections I arranged in the different communities. As for the liturgical basis, I don't know the reason why the recollection master opted to choose this manner.

Yes, it is paragraph 94 of Redemptionis Sacramentum that speak of againts this manner of distrubution.

Bro. Marwil N. Llasos said...

Thank you, Brother.