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  • Sunday Gospel reflection with Fr. Bill Grimm

    October 20, 2017

    We Christians have been shown Christ, the image of God, so that we can proclaim that image to all the world. In order to do so, we must clear away whatever mars that image in us.

  • Honoring Our Lady of La Naval de Manila

    October 19, 2017

    Filipino Catholic devotees took part in the annual procession for the Our Lady of La Naval de Manila, whose annual festivity is celebrated every second Sunday of October.   The religious procession started at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila in Quezon City where a 424-year-old image of the Virgin is being kept.   The image was carved in 1593 by a Chinese artisan who later converted to Catholicism. It was given as a gift to the Dominicans, and is now considered the oldest ivory carving in the Philippines.   Measuring approximately four feet and eight inches, the body of the image is made of hardwood while the face and hands and the image of the child Jesus in its arms, are made of ivory.    The feast of the Our Lady of La Naval de Manila is one of the highlights of the annual celebration of the Month of the Holy Rosary in the predominantly Catholic Philippines.   Filipinos credit the Virgin Mary's intercession for successfully repulsing the Protestant Dutch invasion during the Battles of La Naval de Manila in 1646.   In 1975, the "Our Lady of La Naval de Manila" was declared the official patroness of the Philippine Navy.