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SME's Feastday Celebration

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 04/05/2015

We celebrated St. Mary Euphrasia’s 147th death anniversary with a gathering of the girls and women we served from the 5 Centers located in Luzon:  Welcome House, Heart of Mary Villa, Euphrasian Residence, Bukid Kabataan and Ruhama Center for Women.  The theme chosen was:  “Magbunyi . . . magsaya . . . sa pagmamahal na ipinakita ni Sta. Maria Euphrasia.” 



The program was:


8:30a.m. Eucharistic celebration was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Billy Juan. It was also his thanksgiving mass, having been ordained April 14 in Batanes Diocese. 4 girls from Ruhama made their first Holy Communion. The congregation received the blessing of Father Billy after Mass and all had a chance to kiss his anointed hands.




Program followed:

Opening remarks               Sr. Regina Kuizon

Song (group)                     Welcome House

Song and dance                 Ruhama Center for Women

Song (group)                     Euphrasian Residence

Interpretative dance           Welcome House

Song (group)                     Heart of Mary Villa

Song (trio)                        Welcome House

Interpretative dance           Ruhama Center for Women

Song (group)                     RGS Lay Mission Partners

Closing Song (all)               “We are All God’s Children”

Closing remarks                 Sr. Añanita Borbon


Games followed and after lunch was the Magic Show. The magician is an “old” friend of the RGS, Cris, a former Boy Scout Master, at the time when the Sisters were at Caritas Manila.


Booths were put up in the garden, selling IGP products plus rummage sale of collected “white elephants.”


A filipina OFW, Mary Jane Veloso, scheduled to be executed tomorrow was the focus of our prayers and concern. After the Mass, Sister Maureen Catabian asked everyone present to sign a petition to reconsider the execution of Mary Jane. Then at 6 p.m. everyone was invited to a candle lighting ceremony, a symbolic way of appealing to spare the life of Mary Jane, held at 1043’s front gate. The whole filipino nation was praying for a miracle to save her.