life of the spirit seminar
The Alliance of the Two Hearts – Infant Jesus Parish was invited to attend to a Life of the Spirit Seminar at Our Lady of Hope church in Philadelphia, PA. It was a two-day seminar about renewing the Catholic faith as well as receiving the the gifts from the Holy Spirit.
There were a lot of speakers who shared their life changing experiences and what made them stronger in their faith. Some of their stories seemed unbelievable but I guess when you have such faith anything is possible. The speakers shared stories that were so emotional and funny at times. It is really difficult to write about the seminar because one has to experience it for themselves.
The highlight of the seminar was getting a confession and pray over, reconnecting with our Lord. Then topping if off with the celebration of the Mass. Click here to see other pictures.
October of last year at Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Sicklerville, NJ, there was a living Rosary concert. People who attended prayed the Rosary while others were selected to sit at the altar with a candle. It started with all the lights turned off and they lighted one candle for each Hail Mary prayed.
After the Rosary, they featured two musicians, Donna Lee and Gretchen Harris, who sang and gave their testimonies on how their lives were changed for the better despite of their struggles and troubles.
Click the picture above to see other pictures I took during the event or you can click here.
st catherine drexel shrine
After our visit to Our Lady of Czestochowa, some of us decided to visit the Shrine of St. Catherine Drexel since it was still early. I believe that was my second time visiting the place. I only took a few pictures and you can click here to see the rest.
our lady of czestochowa church
This posting is long over due because I have taken this picture October of last year. Our prayer group suggested to visit the church of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. Some were able to make it and attended the mass and afterwards ate at their cafeteria to sample the Polish dishes.
It was a huge place. They have a living Rosary, station of the cross in front of the church, a museum and cemetery. After lunch, I did take the obligatory shots with family and friends, then I went on my own to survey most of the church grounds. Click here to see other pictures.
This is my second time to visit Jim Thorpe, actually the original name of this place is Mauch Chunk. The first time I visited this, my wife and I stopped by from Eagle Rock before driving home, we went to a small museum in the town and watched a video about the town’s history and how the name came to be. We just strolled the town for a little while and my wife did a little shopping.
The picture above was taken during a train ride which we were not able to do the last time we were there because it was closed for the season. It was not a perfect weather for the ride since it was cloudy and rainy but we we have to make due with what we had. I will probably go back there because there was so much picture opportunity, specially when you are on foot.
The picture was a composite of a single shot processed two ways. One was converted to black and white and the other was colored enhanced. Then used onOne software to process in Perfect Layers, I just did a simple mask to show the colored layer underneath. Click here or the picture to see the rest of the pictures I took.
I am posting this long awaited pictures, I hope, taken during a Halloween party at Layos’ residence. It was so nice for them to host it at their residence again. There was so much food courtesy of all those who attended and the host, pot luck is always best to get the party started. Also, almost everybody were in costumes.
There was also another party that our family usually attend every year, another friend’s birthday (from another group). It’s always a struggle when you are faced with such situation. I chose to go to the Layos’ since I was not able to go there last year.
I really don’t grasp the whole idea of Halloween, celebrating the ghouls and hideous. However, kids and adults alike loved it. Was it because of the treats the children get and the adults get o wear costumes and throw parties?
Above was taken in the basement where the kids hung out, In this shot I had the flash off camera and put it on the floor to get the ghoulish feel. Click here for other pictures.
For this month, our photography club (Gloucester County Photography Club) opted to go to Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, Pennyslvania to shoot instead of our usual club meetings. It was a nice day to be outside and take pictures. However, we were a few weeks late because most of the leaves are gone and the fall colors were not as colorful as it was. But we still did manage to make the best of it because the Cathedral and the surroundings were wonderful.
I brought my tripod and my wired trigger which proved to be helpful shooting landscapes. I also thought that setting up my camera on manual focus was great specially with the peaking feature in my Sony Alpha 99. What the peaking feature does is to display a color on the image you are trying to focus on (the color shows on the edges depicting the image in focus). It was really easier using manual focus with this feature. In addition, when using a macro lens stick with a tripod. Most of my handheld shots on shallow DOF are blurry and were not deemed to be shown.
The above picture was a combination of 5 exposures and merged in CS5. Though, I did not process them as HDR. After merging in CS5, I saved it and opened in Lightroom 5 and finished up the post processing using onOne software. Click here to see the other pictures (or should I say the ones that made the cut).
That day was my second time being there. My first time was by accident, when my family moved from Bensalem to Warminster (both town are in Pennsylvania) we were looking for a Catholic church one Sunday morning and we happened to go to Bryn Athyn Cathedral. We went inside the church in the middle of the service and we were surprised (i guess as well as the people inside). We immediately went out because I immediately recognized that it was not a Catholic church.
The day after my son’s birthday, our parish – Infant Jesus, conducted a blessing for the pets after the 1130 AM mass. After the mass, we hurried back home to get Cooper.
I thought that it would be a quick drive since we are about 10 minutes away from the church, but it was not to be. My son took Cooper out and he was confident that the dog will just go straight to the car. Well he was boasting that every time he leaves for school, he will take the dog out without the leash and Cooper will go straight to the car and climb inside the back seat. I guess that time was different, when the dog got out he went straight to the backyard (and we did not have a fence) and straight to the wooded area. It took us a long time to get him back, actually the dog came back or came out on his own.
Had to drive hurriedly to the church and we had minutes to spare. There were a lot of dogs and a few cats. Our dog was so hyper and could not keep still. I guess it’s understandable since he’s still a puppy.
If I was not mistaken, the blessing was because of Saint Francis’ feast day a few days ago and just delayed the blessing for that Sunday. It went well, Father King, the priest who officiated the blessing was so good with the animals and was not bothered by them. There was a photographer on site but I took a few shots of my own.
We celebrated my son’s birthday with a first Friday mass celebration at Infant Jesus Parish in Woodbury Heights, NJ. It was the Alliance of the Two Hearts’ first Friday and first Saturday vigil. We just brought cake and other food to share with other members who attended the vigil. My son had the blowing of the cake past 2 AM after the mass before we all headed home.
That same day, we planned to just have lunch at Minado. It is a popular Japanese Buffet place that my kids loved so much. However, we were kinda late leaving the house and opted for dinner instead. We had so much time to kill and decided to go to King of Prussia Mall. We did grab some light lunch in the food court and just strolled inside the mall. It was different from the last time we were here, there were a lot of stores before as compared to now. I guess nobody was immune to the recession.
I am not a mall person and I don’t think will ever be. Strolling inside the mall for several hours was not something I look forward to but I had to. I just asked my son to look for a sneakers for his birthday present. My wife and daughter were some place in the mall as my son and myself were just sitting somewhere waiting for them.
After the stroll in the mall, we decided to drive to Minado for dinner. It took us a while to get to the restaurant because I took the back roads instead of using the turnpike. We need to more time because we were still full from our light lunch. The restaurant did not disappoint us because the food was still good as ever. If you like sushi then go try to visit, lunch is about $20 per person while dinner was about $30 per person. Mind you, this buffet’s different from other familiar buffet. Click here to view other pictures I have taken that day.
One Sunday morning, my wife asked me to drive her to work in Magee Rehabilitation in Center City, Philadelphia. Since it was early in the morning and the sun was just about to rise (the good thing about fall), I decided to stop by Arts Museum. I was not able to get parking in front of the museum because it was closed due to some preparation for an event, I parked at the Water Works behind the museum.
I took my bag, Clik Elite Pro Body, and my tripod. It was chilly that morning and already cars are piling up in the parking lot. The picture above was taken on a tripod using the following settings in the camera: F/32, 10 second exposure at ISO 100. I was able to take this long exposure because I used two ND filters. Oh by the way, I almost loved this bag, however, i returned it back because the opening for the camera compartment was too small for my taste. I later replaced it with Sony LCSBP3 which I adored (now I have a matching bag with my gears).
I continued to walk towards the front of the museum while looking for a better vantage point to take pictures. I had my ND filters mounted on the lens and the camera was mounted on the tripod. I did not know that walking from my car and back put a toll on my quads, I found out the next day.
Please click here to check the other pictures I took (as well as the other earlier pictures).