Grass Lake– Since Fr. Satheesh has been installed as pastor at a Diocesan parish, Fr. Leo Joseph has been named chaplain of Huron Valley Catholic School in his place. Fr. Leo has quickly found favor with parents and students alike. He can often be seen interacting with the students and helping them with their work. In October the preschoolers were learning about color mixing. Fr. Leo dipped his hand in blue paint and a student in red. They high-fived and then stamped their hands on paper to see the results. Fr. Leo had just as much fun as the children.
Bangalore – What a wonderful thing it is to help the little ones understand how unique and beautifully they are made. On the October 14th Rainbow Brush group led by Christine, Guanellian Cooperators and GLM members organized a workshop at Guanella Preethi Nivas for the Oratory children. It was indeed a very fun filled day. The workshop began with some warm-ups, and a little Zumba dance to pep the little ones. The children were very excited to participate and learn new moves. Christine then narrated a small story where she made the children understand how they have been made so unique and beautiful. Some lack gifts but are not to be kept aside. We are to accept them and walk together. She also told the children not to bully anyone for their appearance but we need to always look into the heart of each person which is so beautifully created by God.
After this the main part of the workshop began, coloring a giant puzzle. The children were not sure what they were coloring until each piece was put together and they could see the exact picture. The student volunteers were trained at Rainbow Brush accompanied by their parents. We also had a group of volunteers from the University who helped us to coordinate activities, to organize sumptuous snacks for the kids and to give small gifts for the children to take home.
Titled “The Servants of Charity – In All Things… Love,” the event showcased the work of acclaimed artist Fernando Sena and serves as a fundraising exhibition for the benefit of Guanella Home for Special Children.
The exhibit brought together the artist’s most sought-after suite of work, from botanical panoramas and picturesque vistas, to religious iconography, portraiture and daily life. Sena has been conducting free art workshops among the less fortunate in Tondo, Smokey Mountain, Sapang Palay, Carmona, Malabon and other areas in the provinces. He established advocacy groups such as Kabataang Tondo Art Group and Art Discovery and Learning Foundation. His works have been exhibited in the Philippines, Germany, Belgium and China. In recognition of his efforts, the city of Manila honored him as Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan and one of the Ten Outstanding Manilans.
Special thanks to all those who have walked the extra mile in making this project possible: Mrs. Zenaida Tantoco, Rustan Commercial Corporation, SSI Group, The Philippine Italian Association, Silvana Diaz, Gabriela Wegfahrt, Sonja Vodusek, Fernando Sena, Sen. Loren Legarda, Bel Madamba, Sam Versoza, Nito Asuncion, PTV 4, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Manila Standard, and to Fr. Ronnie Samaniego.