First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr. Jorge E. Ubau

Next day, Sunday June 18th 2017, at the solemnity of the Corpus Christi and celebrating also Father's Day, the newly ordained priest, Father Jorge E. Ubau, celebrated his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving with all the parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows. During that Mass it was presented to him the Chalice and Paten our parish gave him as a gift. The Mass was celebrated with a great and profound rejoicing and gratefulness to God and the gift of both sacraments: the Eucharist and the Priesthood.

Solemnity of the Corpus Christi

Dear parishioners,
Christ reveals the mystery of the Eucharist. There is such realism in what he says that it cannot be given a metaphorical or figurative interpretation. His listeners know exactly what Jesus is saying, but they do not believe he can be speaking the truth. If they had thought he was speaking in symbols or metaphors, they would have taken it in their stride; no dispute would have arisen. Here we find the source of the Church’s belief that Christ becomes present in this sacrament through changing his bread and wine into his Body and Blood. “The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: ‘Because Christ our redeemer said that it was truly his Body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation’ (DS 1642)” (CCC, 1376).
                                                              God bless you all.

                                                              Fr. Francisco M. Tovar

Our Lady of Altagracia

Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia o Virgen de la Altagracia es una advocación mariana católica considerada como la «madre protectora y espiritual del pueblo dominicano». Su fiesta patronal es el 21 de enero, día festivo/no laborable en la República Dominicana en el que muchos fieles devotos de la Virgen concurren desde todo el territorio dominicano a la basílica de Higüey, en la provincia La Altagracia

Christ of Esquipulas

The Black Christ of Esquipulas is a wooden image of Christ now housed in the Cathedral Basilica of Esquipulas in Esquipulas, Guatemala, 222 kilometres (138 mi) from the city of Guatemala. It is one of the Cristos Negros of Central America and Mexico.

The image is known as "black" because over more than 400 years of veneration its wood has acquired a darker hue, although such a name is relatively recent - in the 17th century it was also known as the "Miraculous Lord of Esquipulas" or the "Miraculous Crucifix venerated in the town called Esquipulas". Esquipulas holds its patronal festival on 15 January, when the largest number of pilgrims come from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and other Central American countries

Salvador del Mundo

The patron saint and namesake of El Salvador—El Salvador del Mundo (the Savior of the World)—is honored with a national festival. Festival proceedings commence the week before the saint's day, on August 6, which is also the same day as the Feast of the Transfiguration. Some Salvadorans refer to the festival as Fiestas Agostinos (August Feasts).

The observance of the festival dates back to 1525, the year that the city of San Salvador, the present-day capital, was founded. The grandest of the celebrations take place in that city, but there are also observances throughout the rest of the country and in Salvadoran communities settled abroad.

The main events of the festival are a religious procession, a large fair, various sporting events, a beauty contest, and a riotous party featuring street floats and dancers. The religious ceremony takes place in front of the national cathedral and entails a spectacle known as la bajada (the descent). This ritual features an old wooden image of Christ that is paraded through the streets and then lowered inside a wooden shell. There the sculpture's purple garments are removed, and it emerges from the shell appareled in gleaming white robes, a symbolic representation of Christ's transfiguration.