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  • Sunday Gospel reflection with Fr. Bill Grimm

    November 10, 2017

    Signs of God’s kingdom are all around us. If we remember that, we will see them and thus build up our supply of oil so that at any time, in any way that God comes to us, we will be ready.

  • Filipinos honor war heroes on All Souls' Day

    November 01, 2017

    Every year, Filipinos brave the heat of the sun, sometimes the rain, to visit the tombs of their dear departed on Nov. 2, All Souls' Day.   In the central Philippine province of Cebu, descendants of soldiers — Americans and Filipinos — who fought during the three major wars in the country — Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, and World War II — spend time at the Cebu Veterans' Cemetery.   Many of those who were laid to rest there are considered war heroes. Philippine and American flags are displayed on tombs.    Over one of the tombs, a tarpaulin with a photograph of Mercedes Abanes, wife of the late Lt. Federico Abanes of the United States Army Forces in the Far East, hangs on a tent.   Federico and Mercedes were married on Sept. 18, 1943, a week Federico was sent to the frontline to face invading Japanese soldiers. He never came back. His remains were never found. Mercedes continued to serve the troops by cooking and washing their clothes.   People still remember the story of Federico and Mercedes and remember the couple on All Souls' Day.   The other war heroes, although nobody visits their graves, are not forgotten. A priest celebrates Mass for them, and candles are lit by those who attend the celebration.   (Photos and text by Victor Kintanar)