Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Haloween, All Saints' Day & All Souls; Day


The vigil of this feast, on October 31, is popularly called "Hallowe'en" or "Halloween". The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows' Even (both "even" and "eve" are abbreviations of "evening", but "Halloween" gets its "n" from "even") as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day",which is now also known as All Saints' Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European traditions,until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day to November 1.

The carved pumpkin, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween's most prominent symbols in America, and is commonly called a jack-o'-lantern. Originating in Europe, these lanterns were first carved from a turnip or rutabaga.


All Saints' Dat is solemnly celebrated on the first of November. It is instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful's celebration of saints' feasts during the year.

In the early days the Christians were accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr's death for Christ at the place of martyrdom. In the fourth century, neighbouring dioceses began to interchange feasts, to transfer relics, to divide them, and to join in a common feast; as is shown by the invitation of St. Basil of Caesarea (397) to the bishops of the province of Pontus. Frequently groups of martyrs suffered on the same day, which naturally led to a joint commemoration. In the persecution of Diocletian the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. But the Church, feeling that every martyr should be venerated, appointed a common day for all. The first trace of this we find in Antioch on the Sunday after Pentecost. We also find mention of a common day in a sermon of St. Ephrem the Syrian (373), and in the 74th homily of St. John Chrysostom (407). At first only martyrs and St. John the Baptist were honoured by a special day. Other saints were added gradually, and increased in number when a regular process of canonization was established; still, as early as 411 there is in the Chaldean Calendar a "Commemoratio Confessorum" for the Friday after Easter. In the West Boniface IV, 13 May, 609, or 610, consecrated the Pantheon in Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, ordering an anniversary. Gregory III (731-741) consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and fixed the anniversary for 1 November. A basilica of the Apostles already existed in Rome, and its dedication was annually remembered on 1 May. Gregory IV (827-844) extended the celebration on 1 November to the entire Church. The vigil seems to have been held as early as the feast itself. The octave was added by Sixtus IV (1471-84).


The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on 2 November, or, if this be a Sunday or a solemnity, on 3 November. The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy and all the Masses are to be of Requiem, except one of the current feast, where this is of obligation.

The theological basis for the feast is the doctrine that the souls which, on departing from the body, are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past transgressions, are debarred from the Beatific Vision, and that the faithful on earth can help them by prayers, almsdeeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Schedule of Masses on All Saints Day

For all who wish to attend Mass at Tanay on ALL Saints Day, Saturday, November 1, 2008, we are posting the Schedule of Masses confirmed from the Office of the Parish of San Ildefonso de Toledo as follows :

6:00 a.m. at the Church of San Ildefonso de Toledo
2:00 p.m. at the Tanay Municipal Cemetery
2:00 p.m. at the Haven of Rest Memorial Park
3:00 p.m. at the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park
3:00 p.m. at the Tanay Catholic Cemetery

To those who would be proceeding from other places to Tanay, please travel safely.

Friday, October 24, 2008

2008 SIC Cheer Leaders

To the 2008 Cheer Leading Team of San Ildefonso College. Congratulations for Winning Second Place in the Tanay Park Inter-School Competition held during United Nations Day coinciding with the Birthday Celebrations of Mayor Rafael "Lito" Tanjuatco.

You did well...and we all support you !

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sa Mga Magulang ng Mga Bata Sa Eastern Rizal

Ako si San Ildefonso. Mas naaalala ninyo ako tuwing ika 23 ng Enero dahil masaya kayong pumnupunta sa Tanay dahil Feast Day ko. Masaya ako lalo na kahapon dahil ang Pangulo ng San Ildefonso College, si Monsignor Canonero ay nakipagkasunduan sa mapayapang pag-sasaayos ng mga kahilingan ng mga guro sa pamumuno si Ms. Belinda Penano-Viray na isa ring Alumni ng SIC mula Elementarya, High School, at College. Masaya ako sa pag-papairal ninyo ng ating vision "GOD ABOVE ALL".

Ako lang ay nagtataka kung bakit parang kumakaunti ang mga mag-aaral ng ating paaralan. Bakit ganoon samantalang napakagagaling naman ng ating mga graduates at napakamatagumpay sa kanilang mga piniling propesyon ?

Mga mahal kong Alumni, kung nasaan man kayo sa mundo, magbigay saksi sana kayo sa kagandahan ng edulasyong inyong natamo sa ating abang paaralan na ngayon ay mapayapa at nag-kakaisang itinataguyod ng mga tagamamahala at guro sa San Ildefonso College.
Mag padala sana kayo dito tulad ng mensaye kong ito na may kalakip ng larawan ninyo ang lalong maganda kung kasama ang inyong pamilya upang maipaabot sa lahat...lalo na sa mga magulang kung ano ang puno ng inyong edukasyon kaya nagbunga ng inyong tagumpay. Huwag sana kayo mag-atubili. Mas malaki pa sa puhung halaga ang pagbibigay saksi ninyo sa kabutihan ng pag-papaaral sa San Ildefonso College.

Para sa Diyos, Higit Sa Lahat, nagmamahal


Note : This is a request for personal endorsement from all Alumni to persuade parents and guardians to send their siblings, children or grandchildren to San Ildefonso College. Drafts of endorsements may be sent with attached photographs to HTML files of endorsements will be done by sicaa_communications.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

We need more photos for Batch Videos

The youtube statistics as shown above confirm tht as of October 17th 2008 sicaa_youtube videos have reached a peak both in viewership by numbers and age coverage.

We wish to continue to produce batch videos but we have not been receiving batch photos lately. We seek photos from SIC HS Batch 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 1998 for the moment but we do not mind doing the video of any batch who would submit the required photos first. For foreign sources, kindly upload them at If you require assistance in the uploading procedures, email and detailed instructions will be emailed back to you. For Local sources you may have your photos in a cd and kindly leave them together with the title and singer(s) of your song choice with Mr. Ryan S. Flores HS 94 at the San Ildefonso Parish Office.

For any further information, please email

Happy weekend to all.