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Lay Affiliates' Act of Commitment and Renewal of Commitment

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 19/12/2014

November 27, 2014, marks the Act of Commitment and Renewal of Commitment by our twenty-two lay affilities.  The introduction to the Mass celebrated by Fr. Serg Kabamalan, CJM, our ever faithful Eudist  priest, gives the important historical context of this celebration.


Today, November 27, is the feast of the Miraculous Medal. It marks 184 years since Our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure on November 27, 1830, and gave her the Miraculous Medal.  While it does not appear in the General Ordo for today’s Mass, it is a fitting theme for our celebration today for the initial commitment of Diana de la Cruz Calderon and Sen Kagahastian, then the renewal of commitment of our 20 Lay Affiliates.  We will take the common of the Blessed Virgin Mary with this entrance antiphon:  Blessed are you, Virgin Mary, who carried the creator of all things in your womb; you gave birth to your maker, and remain forever a virgin.


This year, some of the Lay Affiliates joined the Sisters in a 2-day Recollection with Fr. Edem Afoutou, CJM in preparation for our annual renewal of vows.  He took for his theme:  Called to experience the mercy of God in order to become missionaries of mercy.  Those who attended felt most prepared to re-commit themselves and for the two, they saw more clearly what it was they would be committing themselves for at least another year.


- Sr. M. Tarcila Abaño RGS