Holy Week is upon us! While many of us may be making plans for going back to the province or getting some R&R during the holidays, let’s not forget the true reason for the break, i.e. to have some time to reflect on the passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus.

Without further ado then, here are some suggestions for a more meaningful Holy Week (please note that some of the ideas here were inspired by Kiendra Tierney’s blog Catholic All Year):

Palm Sunday

– Wear red to Mass, and explain to your kids that red reminds us of Jesus’ suffering. Point out to them that the priest at Mass is also wearing red.

– Join in the palm-waving at Mass. Once it’s done, take the palms home and display them on your family altar.

– Read Matthew 21:1-11 together as a family.

– You can also make it more fun for your kids (especially the younger ones) by having family members act out the abovementioned Bible reading: One person can be Jesus, another the donkey, then the other people will be waving palms. (To this day, my kids still remember us doing this one Palm Sunday years ago!)

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Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 29, 2015 · 0 comments · Catholic, Living the Liturgical Year

There is a song by Hillsong United that goes like this:

I remember singing this song while we were still on mission in Timor Leste. Usually, I’d end up in tears, overwhelmed by the thought that Someone loves me unconditionally, constantly, despite my weaknesses, failures, SINS!

I still sing this song now, especially during times of prayer and worship, or just when I feel like singing it! (Sometimes, it’s my “lullaby” for my children. ;) )

Yes, I believe that there is such a thing as “Forever”: only with Jesus! 

And I invite you to experience it with me and thousands of other people at Kerygma’s Grand Easter Feast happening on April 5 at the SM MOA Arena!

grand easter feast

Join us as we celebrate Christ’s glorious resurrection with Bro./Kuya Bo Sanchez and the rest of the Kerygma preachers, and find out what forever means to you and your loved ones!

This much-awaited Easter gathering will have two sessions — 8 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 6 pm, with a High Mass celebrated by Bishop Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David, powerful worship by the Kerygma Worship Team, and a life-changing talk by Bro./Kuya Bo.

grand easter feast

Attendees will also get to avail of exclusive Kerygma Conference 2015: Coming Home discounted tickets that come with a FREE conference shirt for every purchase.

You can also get Bro./Kuya Bo’s latest book, Haunted House, at an exclusive launching price.

Tickets are priced at PHP100.00 only. Log on to or visit any SM Tickets outlet for your tickets to this inspiring event. Hope to see you there (I promise, this will be even more fun than an Easter egg hunt)! :)

grand easter feast

A Giveaway

grand easter feast

Now, here’s something especially for you, my dear readers and friends: a chance to win TWO (2) VIP tickets to the Grand Easter Feast! This is my way of thanking you for your awesome support and prayers. :)

The guidelines are below:

1. The giveaway is open only to those who can attend the Grand Easter Feast at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

2. The winner will be contacted via e-mail as to how he/she can get the tickets (they’re already with me! Yay!). So please make sure you leave a valid e-mail address as directed, and that you will be able to check your email regularly.

3. Please do not resell the tickets. :)

Here is how you can join the giveaway:

1. Like my NEW Facebook page: Truly Rich Mom (in line with my exciting announcement earlier this month)

2. Like Light of Jesus Family on Facebook so you can receive inspiring messages even beyond the Grand Easter Feast.

3. Leave a comment on the post on my Facebook page about the Grand Easter Feast, telling me why you want to go there, and tagging at least five other people who you think should be there too. Use the hashtags: #MayForever #GrandEasterFeast2015 in your comments. Please don’t forget to leave your email address.

I’ll personally choose a winner next week, on the Tuesday of Holy Week, and announce it on my Facebook page in the evening. God bless, guys!

P.S. Don’t forget — join us at the Forever: Grand Easter Feast at the Mall of Asia Area on April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday! :) (Do say “Hi” if you do see me, OK?)

*Images courtesy of The Feast PICC

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 27, 2015 · 0 comments · Advocacies, Amazing Grace Giveaways, Catholic

Let me start this post by being completely honest with you: Before news of this miraculous event broke out, I had no idea who Saint Januarius (or San Gennaro / Saint Gennaro, as he is also known) was. Apparently, this particular saint, who was a bishop and martyr, “supposedly protected Naples from a threatened eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius” (source).

blood of saint januarius liquifies in the presence of pope francis


Furthermore, one of the ongoing miracles of the Catholic Church — a “blood miracle” — is attributed to Saint Januarius. Here’s a brief description of the miracle from

“At least three times a year—on his feast day, December 16 and the first Sunday of May—the sealed vial with congealed blood of the saint liquifies, froths and bubbles up. This miraculous event has occurred every year, with rare exceptions.”

blood of saint januarius liquifies in the presence of pope francis

Source: Wikipedia

Well, the blood miracle of Saint Januarius happened again just recently, when Pope Francis visited Naples (Saint Januarius  / Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples)! I saw Catholic friends posting about it on Facebook and found this video on YouTube, from Rome Reports. I got goosebumps while watching it, and kept exclaiming, “Wow! Wow! WOW! Ang galing! (Loosely translated: That is awesome!)”

The kids were so surprised by my reaction to the video and wanted to know what was going on, so I tried to explain the miraculous event to them in simple terms. It’s so wonderful that I/we get to share exciting news like this to them, and learn more about our Faith with them, too! :) Oh, the joys of parenting!

How do you feel about this awesome miracle? Feel free to share about it to your family members and friends!

Saint Januarius, pray for us!


Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 23, 2015 · 0 comments · Catholic

you are amazing

It’s the weekend, friends! :) For the parents out there, don’t forget to spend some time building beautiful memories with your kiddos (yes, even if sometimes you—like my husband and I—would rather spend it lazing about with your own individual interests)! I know many of you are celebrating your kids’ special milestones this weekend, too, like moving up and graduation. If that is the case, congratulations to you and your kids! :)

I attended Catholic Filipino Academy or CFA’s Graduation and Moving Up Day yesterday and was once again inspired by Bro./Kuya Bo Sanchez‘s short message to the parents (one of the “perks” of my work as editor of CFA’s e-newsletter and blog is that I get to hear Bro.Bo speak a lot ;) ). He told the parents present to help their children grow in confidence, to believe that they were born to do great things for God, but not to pressure them to be someone they’re not. He said (and I’m paraphrasing here),

“Tell your child, ‘You’re amazing,’ but add these three important words: ‘as you are.’ “

Sometimes we parents forget this (especially yours truly), so it’s always good to be reminded — each child is special in God’s eyes, and has unique talents, gifts and skills that God can use to bless the world. Part of being truly rich and blessed is learning to see the treasure we have in our own homes.

So go ahead — “spoil” your awesome kids today with LOVE. Tell your child/ren: “You are amazing, just the way you are.”


If you’re looking for a fun family movie to watch with your kids, one that highlights their uniqueness in God’s eyes, here’s one from Veggie Tales (our kids love this!):



(Image credits: Photo in image by David Castillo Dominici |

Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Family, Parenting

saint joseph feast day

From the Collect for today’s Mass:

“Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph’s intercession your Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation, whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”


For ideas for celebrating the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, please refer to my latest article on

Oh, and if you’re looking for wonderful music to listen to on this special feast day, here’s a great playlist I found on YouTube:

Saint Joseph, pray for us! :)

Image credits: Photo of Sleeping Saint Joseph was taken from the Sleeping St Joseph Facebook page. Used with permission.


Posted by Tina@TrulyRichMom on March 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Catholic, Family, Homeschooling, Living the Liturgical Year