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Celebrations in the Philippines Mission - January 2017
11th: Sr. Sapna Colaco and Sr. Angela Rodrigues organized a simple thanksgiving celebration for the people of IDEA village, Sorsogon for the 25 years of our foundation in the Philippines. The Sisters welcomed all the families of IDEA village gathered for the celebration and led them in prayer through the Holy Rosary.
21st: As a sign of love and gratitude to Lord for the bountiful blessings received in these 25 years of the Franciscan Hospitaller presence in the Philippines, the Sisters of St. Joseph Novitiate, along with the aspirants organized a small gathering for the street cleaners of Sucat. The Sisters then shared their blessings with the street cleaners by giving them gifts and lunch packs. The street cleaners were happy and grateful to the Sisters for choosing them to be part of this celebration.
23rd: The Sisters of St Francis of Assisi Convent, along with the Staff from Haven for the Elderly visited the poor families at Sitio Lalabasin, Sampaloc, in preparation of the forth coming Silver Jubilee in the Philippines. They visited five poor families and shared with them some grocery, rice and spent some time in prayer. They also spoke to them about the Foundress Blessed Maria Clara. People were overjoyed to see the Sisters sitting and praying along with them and felt very happy and comfortable with the presence of the Sisters. It was indeed an enriching experience for all of us.
27th: A day of celebration brought tidings of joy and hope to the Sisters as they recalled with gratitude 25 years of their missionary journey in the Philippines. The Sisters of St. Joseph Novitiate, Manila and St. Francis of Assisi Convent, Tanay, came together for this celebration and were blessed with the presence of the Provincial Superior, Sr. Marjorie Caldeira. The community of St. Joseph Novitiate, led the Sisters in a prayerful service through a power point presentation. The theme “Look to the past with gratitude, live the present with passion, embrace the future with hope” was well elaborated to help the Sisters reflect well on their vocation as missionaries in the Philippines. The Sisters offered fervent prayers for the growth of the mission and for an increase of vocations in the Philippines.
28th: The celebration was further intensified through the thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration. Rev. Fr. Francisco Magnaye, CM, Rector of the Shrine presided over the festive Eucharist along with Fr. Lawrence Talangan, CM the assistant Parish Priest. This was followed by a delicious meal. Earlier, as preparation for the jubilee, the Sisters spent twelve hours in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Each hour was allotted for various intentions of the mission in the Philippines.
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