First Holy Communion

Kumbakonam – It was a great joy for Guanella Nagar Parish. Nineteen of the parish children received their First Holy Communion. Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. A. John Bosco. In his homily he taught that the first Holy Communion is a Catholic ceremony in which a child is given the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist is Christ’s body and blood present in the consecrated host on the Altar, and we believe that the consecrated bread and wine are actually the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ. Fr. Vincent and Sr. Christy prepared the children spiritually for the past twenty-seven days for this great event. The first Holy Communion is without question a time of great joy. Hence, their parents, god-parents, relatives and friends were very happy. The children smiled exuberantly upon reception of the Eucharist.

Leadersheep: Youth Camp

Manila – The Guanellian Youth Camp 2017 happened in Pavilion Campsite, Banaba Cerca, Indang, Cavite May 29th-June 1st with the theme “Guanellian Youth: Bellwethers of the Flock.” Being compared with a bellwether, a leader sheep, each of the member of the Guanellian Youth Ministry (GYM) is being moulded to be a leader and role model of faith to his/her family, friends and community through good deeds and following the life of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
The participants listened to a series of talks and activities to enhance their leadership skills equipping them with wisdom and knowledge. Bro. Mark Jay Gensis shared that being brave, positive, responsible, accepting opinions and challenges, and believing in your God-given potentials will help you become a happy and productive leader/member. Bro. Harry Indonilla talked about the importance of commitment and how to stay committed in order to keep the faith burning while following our Lord Jesus Christ. Lastly, Ms. Charmaine Ramirez shared that having a good character is an essential part in being a good leader this means that one should be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring and a good citizen, this also includes constantly doing the right things and following the golden rule, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Divided into three mini teams named after the Young Three Seers of Fatima, St. Francisco, St. Jacinta and Blessed Lucia, Guanellian youths enjoyed and showed their competitive spirit in different team building activities including the ‘Amazing Race’. Running while blindfolded, crawling through mud, and answering logical questions tested each of the team’s physical and mental capability to work as one.
Aside from physical and mental activities participants did not forget to strengthen their faith through praying the rosary and other devotions that help them endure all unnecessary challenges especially bad weather. The last day was spent swimming at Layu-Layo beach in Nasugbu, Batangas.
GYM would like to thank all the people who supported us financially to make this activity possible.

House Inauguration

Kallathupatti – Don Guanella Illam is thankful to God’s magnificent grace for the new mission in the Dindigul Diocese. On June 9th a long anticipated desire was fulfilled a house for the poor and needy was officially opened. The house is named in honor of our Founder ‘DON GUANELLA ILLAM’. This is a historical moment for the diocese and the Congregation. The new Bishop of Dindigul, Most. Rev. P. Thomas Paulsamy D.D., officiated the blessing and opening ceremony in the presence of Provincial Superior, Fr. Soosai Rathinam, SdC. Nearly 50 priests and religious from various congregations as well as diocesan priests participated in the event. About 300 parishioners also attended the program.

Ascension Day

E. Providence – To celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday, May 25th, the students of Sacred Heart School planned a May Crowning and special Mass. The tradition is to crown a statue outdoors, but this year the weather did not cooperate. Mass and the Crowning were held inside. Fr. Franklin Michael, SdC, who was visiting the Rhode Island Community assisted Fr. Silvio at the school Mass.

First Holy Communion

E. Providence – The second grade students of Sacred Heart School had the culmination of their year-long preparation for Holy Communion on Sunday, May 7th. It is a parish tradition for the children to experience the miracle of transubstantiation on the altar up close to Fr. Silvio. This year there was a special priest present to concelebrate the Mass, Fr. Jeremy Rodrigues, uncle of one of the first communicants. At the same celebration the children in their First Communion attire crowned the Blessed Mother statue following the tradition of the Catholic Church.

In the Month of Flowers

Manila – Flores De Mayo, which means “flowers of May,” was celebrated by the Filipinos throughout the month of May in honor of and gratitude for the Virgin Mary. The Servants of Charity and San Isidro Labrador Parish offered this annual program for the children of Pantanco, San Agustin, Roque and the ‘good children’ from Guanella Center and Guanella Home. The purpose is to emphasize the Catechism and educate them about celebrating the month of May in honor of Mary. For the first time, the San Isidro Labrador Parish conducted a quiz bee which focused on topics in the Bible. All of the children participated. May 26th was the culmination of the Flores De Mayo celebrations, beginning with a question period by the seminarians. They quizzed the children on their knowledge of Flores De Mayo. Prizes were given to those children who were able to answer the questions. A series of presentations given by the children who participated in the Flores De Mayo program brought the month to a close.

Evening School Annual Day

Cuddalore – March 6th was a special day for the children from St. Joseph’s Evening School. To close the Academic Year they had a grand valedictory function with many events: skill development competitions, prize distributions, culturals and dinner. The celebration was headed by Fr. Visuwasam, and Fr. Assisi. The students were very happy and felt at home in the Guanellian atmosphere. To keep improving the evening school program, an assessment of this Academic Year and its objectives was conducted. With its guidance there were some concrete proposals and suggestions to implement in the coming years.

Village Progress Continues

Chelsea – Here in Michigan, we were finally able to say goodbye to our cold winter weather during the month of April, and an explosion of activity took place in the creation of St. Louis Guanella Village. Because of all of the preparation work that had been done, the first children’s home began going up fast during the third week of the month, as exterior and interior walls were built on top of the foundation, and roofing materials were added to the roof joists. The foundation was poured for the second home, and tangible results can now be seen on a daily basis.

Parish Offers Day Care Center

Cuddalore – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish has a Day Care Center where six students gather daily for rehab. To enhance this ministry of love, many other groups join as one family with spiritual and material assistance. These groups include the Franciscan movement, the St. Vincent de Paul movement and Sahothara Vazhvu Sangam, who helps the mission with greater kindness and love. One example is their timely support for a student named Daniel, who was suffering from an accident. Their deeds of kindness, words of love and material help supported him in his suffering. The Center also acknowledged Rev. Fr. Visuwasam, SdC., for arranging the tailoring class for the students. As a part of their training, they sewed bags for the catechism children to carry their rosaries and prayer books.