Manila – May is the month of flowers, and the month in honor of Mary. Like the different parishes throughout the country, Guanella Center hosts a daily catechetical program for children and the praying of the Holy Rosary and offering of flowers to Mary for the whole month of May. Aside from Guanella Center, our staff, volunteers and seminarians are also going to three different chapels to help catechize the children and pray the rosary. These chapels, San Agustin, Pantranco and Roque 2, located in some depressed areas, become the center of evangelization not only for the children but somehow also for their mothers and other adults who sit in once in a while. Our Flores De Mayo activities are always in collaboration with the Flores de Mayo of our parish, San Isidro Labrador. At the end of the month, a traditional annual procession called “Santacruzan” is being held in honor of Mama Mary.
Manila – Fifty special children from the Guanella Center participated in Flores de Mayo during the month of May. This helps them develop their awareness about the essence of their relationship with Jesus Christ and Mary. Instead of afternoon social activities they have Catechism taught by Sir Luis Llames, a volunteer catechist, and assisted by physical therapy interns and psychology students. During class they learned the Sign of the Cross, the Creation story and topics like “God Made me,” “I have a Family,” “God gives me people to take care of me” and “God Gives me the things I need to live.” For proper class participation, the children also engaged in coloring, games with prizes, singing and dancing. According to the catechists, it was a very challenging yet fulfilling task especially since the children were becoming closer to God. The culminating activity was held at the Guanella Center on May 30th, they performed in a play, “The Last Supper.”
Manila– Flores de Mayo is a month-long celebration honoring earthly mothers and the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of the church, and our mother too. The Guanella Center hosted many activities to show admiration and love to the Blessed Mother; teaching the Holy Rosary, catechism class, flower offering, etc. for the staff and neighboring community. About 200 children learned how to pray the rosary, basic Catholic teachings, who Mary is, how she leads us to her Son, Jesus Christ, and the beauty of a mother’s love and Sacrifice. The Santacruzan of the San Isidro Labrador Parish began on Pentecost Sunday culminating on May 31st with prayer, singing and performances by children from each community. Games were played and certificates of participation were distributed.