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Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 09/09/2015

Our two golden jubilarians:  Sr. Mary Tarcila Abano and Sr. Mary Clare Leones looked radiantly beautiful as they processed   to the strians of  “Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord we love.....”.  They were celebrating  their Golden Jubilee of Profession  with the theme  Joyful Gratitude for Yahweh’s faithfulness.         

At the altar were the main Celebrant, Father Ron Bagley, CJM , Homilist Father Miguel Garaizabal, SJ  and Father Victor Leones, SVD.  Indeed the Entrance Hymn of joy said it us to rejoice in Thee,  lift us to the joy divine.

The Eucharistic celebrants  were somehow connected to the two Golden Jubilarians.  Father Victor  Leones, SVD is Sr. Mary Clare’s brother who is a missionary in Ghana for more than 30 years. He scheduled his home visit this year so he could be in this joyful celebration.  Father Miguel Garaizabal, SJ, is missioned in Thailand.  He was in Buhi, Camarines Sur  for his rural experience as a tertian in 1976 when Sister Tarcila was assigned there.   By Divine Providence, he is at this time in the Philippines for a course in Galilee  Retreat Center for Priests in Tagaytay City.  And Fr. Ron Bagley, CJM is our brother Eudist who is part of our religious family.

Sr. Tarcila’s niece, Kinca Abano Ranada read the First Reading, the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians1:21-23 and the Prayers of the Faithful was read by Sr. Clare’s niece Joanne Leones.  Communion song was  a duet:  Sr. Tarcila and her niece Gigi Otacan sang Yahweh the Faithful One.

The two Golden Jubilarians renewed and confirmed the vows they made 50 years ago in the presence of the whole congregation  just before the Offertory.   Having done so, they placed  their written vows on the altar table while all the Good Shepherd Sisters, apostolic and contemplative sang Mother Foundress’ aspiration.

Before the Mass ended, Sister Mary Tarcila and Sister Mary Clare thanked  all  the persons they hold dear to their hearts and grateful for their growth and perseverance.  

Reception was held at the Heart of Mary pavilion and conference hall.  All went home:  “Ang puso ko’y nagpupuri sa Panginoon, nagagalak ang aking espiriu sa ‘king tagapagligtas.”