May 29, 2009

The homily I preached at Mass today, Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter.

Click HERE for it.

No baptism if you don’t take the class and pass the catechism examination!

From a devout Kenyan Catholic man here in San Diego County, California, I know, they still administer formal examinations in catechism classes in Kenya, and if you don’t pass the examination, you must repeat. This news article makes mention of such an examination.


Embraced Christianity After Learning to Read Bible

Nairobi, Kenya, MAY 27, 2009
he world-record-breaking oldest primary school student, a Kenyan great-grandfather, was baptized after he learned to read the Bible.

Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge, the Guinness World Record holder for being the oldest person to enter primary school at age 84, was baptized Sunday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kariobangi, east of Nairobi, Ecumenical News International reported Monday.

Now 90 years old, Maruge chose the baptismal name "Stephen" as he stated, "I commit my life to God, from now until the end."

"I decided to be baptized after reading the Bible," he explained.

In a wheelchair due to stomach cancer, the new Catholic added: "I read the Bible and came across the name Stephen. This is a name for those who have endured hardships like me."

Father Paulino Mondo, Holy Trinity pastor, affirmed that the schooling helped Maruge to read and understand the Bible, and pass all his catechism tests.

Maruge enrolled in school due to the government's introduction of free primary education in 2003. Two of his 30 grandchildren attend the same school.

He addressed the U.N. Millennium Development Summit in Sep. 2005 in New York on the importance of free primary education.

Maruge continued schooling despite being forced to a refugee camp due to post-election violence in 2008, and later relocation to a senior citizen retirement home.

The Kenyan's story will be told in a Hollywood-produced film, titled "The First Grader," which is currently being produced.

May 26, 2009

Aim high!

I've posted the homily I preached at Mass today.
Click HERE for it.

May 24, 2009

Upcoming Priestly Ordinations

Two Carmelite friars (of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites) will receive priestly ordination, and I will be attending.
There will a good number of nuns in full habits present also.
It's open to the public.
Saturday June 20 at 10 A.M.

Saint Therese Catholic Church
510 North El Molino
Alhambra, CA 91801