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castleofsaints by Fr. Sunny Castillo ® 361 N Saint Joseph Avenue, Kankakee, IL 60901
"I would like to thank those who encouraged me to unify all my online activities in one website. I never mean this to be anything but an avenue for ministry, to make myself available to others. These are not mine to begin with, and so I feel the need to share them to others - these thoughts, ideas, creative things, for whatever they're worth, may you find them somewhat helpful. God bless you."
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PRAYER FOR MERCY
Heavenly Father, you look at us your children in their time of great distress, with mercy and compassion, desiring that we may find You as the light in the midst of our darkness.
Be merciful, O Lord, as you are Mercy itself, to your people lost in sin and isolation. Look upon me, in my weakness and ignorance, and see deep within my heart that I desire You and only You, my one true happiness and peace.
Increase the longing in my soul for a profound sense of the Good and the Beautiful, and manifest to me your untiring love, that I may be moved to the core of my being to respond to You with fervor and devotion.
Be merciful, O Lord, for I am unworthy of Your love. Help me to never let go, as You never let go of me in your divine grace.
GOD IS GOOD
For out of His love for us, He creates
the universe by the sheer power of
Word. He desires this loving
relationship with his creation, but especially with every human life, endowed with the ability to love Him back. It is because of this that your
life and mine and all sacred, that all human life is precious in His eyes.
By the same loving initiatiave, God
visits our human condition by dying
for us on the cross - the stupendous mystery of God's desire to heal us
and keep us in his Divine Sustenance,
in Jesus Christ.
What marvelous love indeed! The questions is: how do we respond to
such divine love?
(Fr. Sunny Castillo)
SOME MORE RECENT NEWS
TRANSITION IN KANKAKEE. Fr. Sunny has made announcements in Kankakee about the merging of the three parishes under his pastorate upon the decision of the Bishop of Joliet. This is in response to a crisis of priest that happened in one of the parishes in Dupage County. This story was covered in the front page of the Kankakee Daily Journal. Click here for the story.
CELEBRATION OF WEDDING VOWS: AN SGFS FUNDRAISING. The Support Group for Filipino Seminarians (SGFS) has successfully held a fundraising, Panunumpa: a celebration of love. Fr. Sunny and the rest of SGFS extend their thanks to the many who supported their cause, especially the couples and sponsors, and the priests and seminarians who joined in the celebration.
PILGRIMAGES IN 2017
Fr. Sunny is looking forward to another year of pilgrimages. This year, he will venture into new areas of pilgrimage. He is scheduled to host a Pilgrimage to Mexico on July 17-23, and a Pilgrimage to Croatia and Slovenia, with Medjugorje and Dubrovnik as highlights, on November 6-17. Please go to Pilgrimage section for more details.
UPCOMING TALKS & LENTEN MISSIONS
Fr. Sunny will offer the following presentations
and Lenten Missions:
1. WE GOT SPIRIT: A LENTEN MISSION. St Mary Church
in Mokena, IL on March 12-15, 2017, focus on the
Holy Spirit, witness talks and healing mass.
2. THE POWER OF PRAYER: A MORNING OF MISSION.
Saint Walter Catholic Church in Roselle, IL on April 8, 9:30-12AM, with two sessions on prayer.
3. On the Gospel of Luke at MBVM in Bourbonnais, IL. March 20 & 26 at 6PM.
In his recent visit to the Philippines, Fr. Sunny was able to visit some special Catholic Shrines and Churches in the Philippines, including the Kamay ni Hesus (Hand of Jesus) Shrine, the Church of Lilio, Laguna (shown above), the Shrine of Jesus the Way, Truth and Life in MOA, Pasay and the Church of Saint Pedro Calungsod in SM Aura Taguig City. In his home province of Ilocos Sur, he again revisited the beautiful colonial churches of Candon City (Saint John Sahagun), Bantay (Nuestra Senora de Caridad) and Vigan (Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral). Needless to say, Fr. Sunny considers it a great privilege and blessing to have been raised in a country where the Catholic Church has deep and vibrant roots. God bless the Philippines!