Prayer Rally on Aug 4 at EDSA against RH Bill: What would St. Ignatius do?

Prayer Power Rally against RH Bill on Saturday, Aug 4, 2012

Prayer Power Rally against RH Bill on Saturday, Aug 4, 2012

Dear ALMS members and friends,

The Catholic Church hierarchy has called us to join the Prayer Power Rally at EDSA Shrine on Aug. 4 against the RH Bill. Some of us may still be undecided regarding the RH Bill. But as faithful sons of St. Ignatius, it may be worth pondering on his Rules for Thinking, Judging, and Feeling with the Churchas stated in his Spiritual Exercises:

Rule 1. With all judgment of our own put aside, we ought to keep our minds disposed and ready to be obedient in everything to the true Spouse of Christ our Lord, which is our Holy Mother, the hierarchical Church.

Rule 13. To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What I see as white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, his Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls. For it is by the same Spirit and Lord of ours who gave the ten commandments that our holy Mother Church is guided and governed.

In his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius asks us to meditate on the Two Standards. Now before us are two standards: the Standard of Christ and of His Church against the RH Bill and the Standard of the Pro-RH groups. The battle lines are clear. There is no middle ground. To waver is to fall. Let us join the standard of Christ and of His Church.

This is a historic moment.

Across the Pacific in US, Obamacare is currently being implemented, which requires to institutions to include contraception coverage to their employees.  Those who don’t get health insurance coverage will be penalized with tax.  The Catholic Church is against this law because Catholics cannot promote contraception.  Though the Catholic Church itself is exempted, Catholic schools, hospitals, and charities are not.  Business run by faithful Catholics have to fight their way in court to be granted exemption.  Hercules Industries won the fight vs. Obamacare.  And there are still other business and institutions who have to fight their own battles.  The US Bishops have been divided on so many issues, but not this one: they are all against the Obamacare.

And the same story is replayed in the Philippines.  The Philippine president and some lawmakers wishes to promote the Reproductive Health Bill which would require government to buy contraceptives and give it freely, so that we can lower our population, which the government thinks is the reason why we are poor.  The bishops are against this bill because it would make Filipino Catholics accomplice to the sin, because the government will use taxes to buy these contraceptives.  The Catholic Church promotes Natural Family Planning which respects the reproductive cycles of the woman’s body.  Contraceptives only makes a woman’s body a tool to be used for the sexual gratification of the man, and the proliferation of contraceptives will promote fornication and adultery to the destruction of the Filipino family.  Pope Paul VI, in his Encyclical Humanae Vitae, have prophesied all these long before in 1968:

Consequences of Artificial Methods

17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection. Finally, careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. Who will blame a government which in its attempt to resolve the problems affecting an entire country resorts to the same measures as are regarded as lawful by married people in the solution of a particular family difficulty? Who will prevent public authorities from favoring those contraceptive methods which they consider more effective? Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone. It could well happen, therefore, that when people, either individually or in family or social life, experience the inherent difficulties of the divine law and are determined to avoid them, they may give into the hands of public authorities the power to intervene in the most personal and intimate responsibility of husband and wife.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Reproductive Health Bill is supported and funded by international groups: Planned Parenthood (the world’s largest abortion provider), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Marie Stopes International, the Packard Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  As St. Paul says,

“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”

All these groups seek to depopulate the Philippines and make it another wasteland like Europe whose birthrates have plummeted close to one child per woman, resulting to a graying work force that drains the government’s coffers due to more pension costs and lesser sources of taxable incomes.  If this cultural suicide of not having babies does not end, Western Europe as we know it would soon be gone.  And if US also falls, the West would plunge to a new Dark Age of Faith, and the Philippines would become the last bastion of Judaeo-Graeco-Roman Civilization.  Let us defeat the RH Bill once and for all–a defeat so definitive that  none can foresee its arising ever again.  This may be our last stand before Congress decides to terminate the debates on August 7 and decide the fate of the Philippines.  As Aragorn said before the march of the Western armies to the Black Gates of Sauron:

If this be jest, then it is too bitter for laughter.  Nay, it is the last move in a great jeopardy, and for one side or the other it will bring the end of the game.  (The Return of the King, p. 164)

Tomorrow, August 4, is a First Saturday, a day of battle which we shall dedicate to Our Lady.  She is The Woman Clothed with the Sun who accomplished the bloodless revolution in EDSA in 1986.  She is The Woman Who Crushed the Head of the Serpent who destroyed the Berlin Wall in 1991.  And tomorrow, She will be known once again as Our Lady of EDSA–Our Lady of the Epiphany of the Saints:

Who is this that comes forth like the dawn, as beautiful as the moon, as resplendent as the sun, as awe-inspiring as bannered troops? (Song of Songs 6:10)

So tomorrow, August 4, please come to EDSA and bring your rosaries. As Our Lady said to St. Dominic whose feast we celebrate tomorrow:

Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?… I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation stone of the New Testament.  Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter. (St. Louis de Montfort, Secret of the Rosary, p. 21)

Our Lady’s Psalter is the Hail Mary. And a string of Hail Mary’s is the Holy Rosary:

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

I hope to see you there at EDSA tomorrow afternoon.  We can meet at 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Loyola House of Studies and join the  Loyola School of Theology delegationconsisting of Jesuit priests, brothers, and lay people.  Wear red for martyrdom.  Those who wish to join the convoy are asked to bring their cars.  Those who wish to join me–we’ll take the train  If there are only few who will come and EDSA is not filled to the brim, let us fear not but  bravely stand and weather the storm.  As Aragorn said:

Stand, Men of the West!  Stand and wait!  This is the hour of doom.

For this is not just our war.  Heaven is fighting with us.  And may God open our eyes as he did to Elisha’s servant, and see the hosts of angels in fiery chariots and horses surrounding EDSA (c.f. 2 Kgs 6:17)

Lex orandi, lex credendi.  May we who are faithful to the rubrics of the Latin Mass may also be obedient to the teachings of the Catholic Church.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.

Ateneo Latin Mass Society


Latin Low Mass at the Oratory of St. Ignatius on 19 July 2012, 6:00-7:00 pm

Ateneo Latin Mass Society poster for July 19, 2012 mass

Ateneo Latin Mass Society poster for July 19, 2012 mass

Low Mass on 21 June 2012, 6 pm at the Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Ateneo Latin Mass Society Low Mass June 21, 2012

Ateneo Latin Mass Society Poster for Low Mass on June 21, 2012

SLSSG Updates on on the TLM priest celebrants of the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Christ the King Parish (Greenmeadows)

After a period of recuperation from their illness, the Most Rev. Archbishop Pedro R. Dean, Bishop Emeritus of Palo, Leyte, and Rev. Msgr. Cesar Salomon, Vice Rector of the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, will resume celebrating the Traditional Latin
Mass on the month of June, 2012. Let us pray for their continuous recovery and good health.

Archbishop Dean will resume being our priest celebrant for the 1st Saturdays of each month at Christ the King Parish-Greenmeadows, while Msgr. Salomon will share in the rotation of priest celebrants for our Sunday Holy Mass at the Chapel of the St. Therese Columbarium at Villamor Air Base.

Rev. Fr. Dominic Maria Lim, OFM Conv., Rector of St. Maximilian Seminary, is on leave for his annual visit to his family in Canada for the whole month of June. Rev. Fr. Felix Maria Duenas, FI, JCL,, Superior of the FI Mission House in Novaliches, will be taking on the schedule of Fr. Dominic in addition to his regular schedule in June.

Attached is our Traditional Latin Mass Schedule for the month of June.

Please continue to pray for our apostolate on the Traditional Latin Mass — its continuity in celebration, promotion and propagation. We continue to receive requests for training on how to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass among priests in different parts of the country. Let’s pray that we’re able to accommodate their needs — even if slowly, but surely!

Marilou B. Cortes
Coordinator, SocietasLSSG

Altar of the Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Loyola House of Studies, Ateneo de Manila University

Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Fr. Gilbert Emmanuel P. Levosada, SJ is the new Director of the Campus Ministry Office of Ateneo de Manila University

Fr. Gibert "Nono" Levosada SJ

Fr. Gibert “Nono” Levosada SJ

1 June 2012

Memo to : The University Community

Subject : Director of Campus Ministry Office for the Loyola Schools

I am pleased to inform the community of the appointment of Fr Gilbert Emmanuel P Levosada SJ as the Director of the Campus Ministry Office (CMO) of Loyola Schools from 16 May 2012 to 31 March 2013. As director, he shall supervise the strengthening of our formation in Ignatian spirituality for the Loyola Schools. This is consonant with our goal of strengthening Ignatian spiritual formation under the strategic thrust of Mission and Identity.

Fr Nono, as he is fondly called, has a BS degree in Management (1993), and two MA degrees in Philosophy (2004) and Pastoral Ministry (2010) from the Ateneo de Manila. Prior to joining the Society, he worked in various financial institutions such as Manulife Financial, Union Bank, and Allied Banking Corp. He entered the Jesuit order on 30 May 1999 and was ordained priest on 17 April 2010. After ordination, he served as assistant chaplain at the Philippine General Hospital from 2010 to 2012.

We thank Fr Nono for accepting this important mission and we welcome him back to the University. Let us all support him and our colleagues in the Campus Ministry Office.

On behalf of the Ateneo de Manila, I would also like to thank Fr Anthony C Pabayo SJ who served generously as Director of the CMO from June 2011 until his appointment as Vice President for Basic Education.

ad majorem Dei gloriam,

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ


TLM of Bishop Antonio Tobias in the Diocese of Novaliches

TLM of Bishop Antonio Tobias in the Diocese of Novaliches, 2 June 2012

TLM Schedule in the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and in Christ the King Parish (Greenmeadows) for June 2012

TLM Schedule in St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel and Christ the King Parish (Greenmeadows)

TLM Schedule in St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel and Christ the King Parish (Greenmeadows)

Pontifical Solemn High Mass of Archbishop Jose Palma, DD on March 26, 2012 at the Church of Mary Coredemptrix

Solemn Pontifical Mass of Archbishop Jose Palma, DD on March 26, 2012 at the Church of Marcy Coredemptrix

Pontifical Solemn High Mass of Archbishop Jose Palma, DD on March 26, 2012 at the Church of Marcy Coredemptrix

ALMS Financial Report for 22 March 2012

Description Amount (Php)
Donation by DCC 3,000
Donation by JM & GA 2,500
Mass Collections 0
Subtotal 5,500
Donation to the Society of Jesus 3,000
Choir Training 2,000
Dinner for 5 persons 1000
Photocopying of Missal (4 sheets/missal for 50 copies at Php 0.70/sheet) 140
Subtotal 6,140
Income – Costs (640)
Organizing Committee’s subsidy 640
Net Balance 0


Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.
Ateneo Latin Mass Society

Date Prepared: 23 March 2012