Pforzheim – The beginning of a new year full of dreams and hope obliges us to reflect upon the past 12 months and the cold experiences of a troubled world. But between the ashes of our dreams and memories, every day it rains new wishes and graces as a timid attempt to exorcize the days to come as an impulse to retake our walk along old itineraries always listening to the new growing seeds, which grow up without rumors. This suggests a Poet! We have dreamed and listened to what other religious orders do in our country, what is the aptitude and response of the conscience of the German Catholics towards increasing poverty, naked desperation, the destruction of families, and the total disorientation of an entire generation. These are the facts. We have learned what the others do and we tried to imitate their decisions. The motto for 2015 is, “Be a carrier of faith, but first become yourselves a personification of God’s blessing and loving Fatherhood.” This message of Kindermission – Aachen was mobilized on January 6th to more than 75,000 young boys and girls, who traveled thousands of streets in our cities and villages; begging financial support for the poor, sick, and disabled children around the world. Every year their carols in front of each building touch the hearts of believers and non-believers alike; each small coin helping to carry out prestigious projects, like ours in Legapzi, Manila, Congo and India.
Our structure at Legapzi was selected as the best developed project in the Philippines, with support from the Stern Singers and the help of Mrs. Steiner of Aachen for 3 long years! An interesting article was written by the Kutsch Family reporters of Aachen, who had visited Sagrada Familia in 2013. The news appeared in the local press on January 5, 2015. Fr. Battista Omodei, with one of his special pupils, is happy and his smile speaks for itself! Mrs. and Mr. Kutsch also organized a private Charity Gala and collected 5000 Euros for the a.m. Sagrada Famila at Legapzi.
Following this appreciation we have proposed to Mrs. Beate Jantzen to select both our projects in RD Congo for 2016. There, Kindermission has donated a brand new ambulance for the Lemba Mission which collects Aids patients, street stranded and abandoned youth 24 hours/day.
Now we await the authorization from the Bishop’s Office at Freiburg in order to continue our activity as agreed “Mission Procura.” The General Council has already appointed our entity as an integral part of the missionary Guanellian work in Germany in favor of our missions around the Guanellian provinces.
Therefore during Lent let us pray, “Indue me Dominen, novum hominem.”
O Lord make of me a new charitable person!
Gero Lombardo, German Guanellian Procura
Legazpi – On October 25th, the Harong Kan Sagrada Familia community went on pilgrimage to Penafrancia Shrine and Basilica, in Naga City, in preparation for St. Louis Guanella’s feast and the threshold of his centennial celebration. The participants were special children accompanied by their parents, Nutrition Program children with their parents, the elderly, residents, patients, staff, seminarians and novices together with the confreres. As one family we honored Mother Mary; reciting the holy rosary in the Basilica and then processing to the shrine for holy Mass celebrated by the superior, Fr. Dong Cerbito. It was a golden opportunity to share our joy and happiness with people from the community.
Legazpi – October 4th, Harong Kan Sagrada Familia hosted the 6th Annual ‘Dinner for a Cause.’ It was quite challenging; selling the tickets, collecting donations and the event itself. About 500 people attended the event. Our special children preformed dances and skits with the help of the staff. The other performances were by the Sagrada choir, seminarians, novices and guests. The visitors enjoyed the programs and dining together. There was also raffle with prizes for the winners. As a send off, the superior expressed his heartfelt thanks to all the visitors for their encouraging support to the least and the lost in society.
Legazpi – On August 23rd the residents and feeding program children had a special event organized by Getz Pharma Philippines, Inc. Nancy Joy Orpia, Product Manager, Frances Orenson, District Manager, and Ria Zuniga, the Medical Representative, shared their blessings and talents in performing dances, songs and games with the children and residents. They made the day more colorful and meaningful by serving them. The children and the residents were all smiles and laughter. The group gave toys to the children and brought food from Jollibee for everybody. During lunch, the Jollibee mascot, Jonabelle, showed his talent in dancing with the children. “He is so cute,” said Jonabelle of one of the feeding children. Hearing this, Ms. Zuniga shed tears and revealed her affection for them. In her final blessing, she left the following message “Let you not lose hope in life. I hope there are still many people who are willing to help you.” The group left Sagrada a happier place. Dios mabalos po sa indo gabos (May God return you more blessings.)
Legazpi – Harong Kan Sagrada Familia held a seminar on health awareness July 23rd. The seminar was given by the group from Alliance Global Company. The participants were confreres, novices, seminarians and Guanellian youth. The speaker gave a PowerPoint presentation titled “Heath Information Drive and Cancer Prevention Seminar.” She presented signs and symptoms of cancer and the factors that trigger its onset. According to the speaker, STRESS is one of the main factors that weaken the immune system thus the body becomes vulnerable to many diseases including cancer. She said cancer has no status and no age limits, whether rich or poor all might become victim of it. People develop different kinds of cancer in their life span due to various reasons. After having the presentation, the group proposed certain preventive systems to the audience which might bring about sound health care. After the session many questions were raised by the participants to elaborate the topic.
Legazpi City -The staff, their families, residents, seminarians and priests gathered at Mayon Resort, St. Domingo, to celebrate life as a family. It was beautiful, everyone shared their time, love and care with fun. Upon arrival at the resort everyone began to share their joy of being together by swimming and playing. It was like the early Christians sharing meals and works with one another. At mid day, Fr. Battista granted a public farewell to Fr. Benson, who is going to India for good, and Bro. Christian who will be going to Manila for postulancy. After the simple sendoff, the family continued their joyful togetherness for the remainder of the afternoon.
Legazpi City – The Special Therapy and Education Program (STEP) held its 9th recognition exercise and blessing of the Special Learning Room(SLR) April 7, 2014. Participants in the event were the priests, children with special needs, their parents, caregivers, teachers and guests. The distinguished guest was Mr. Nick Atos, the parent of a former STEP student, Francis Atos, who is now in college. The SLR, which was funded by German Kindermission and contributions of the parents, was blessed in a simple way by Fr. Battista Omodei, SdC. Everyone then assembled in the HKSF Pavilion for the recognition program. The children put on a performance to showcase their talents. Mr. Atos praised STEP in his speech because of his son’s ability to reach college level as a result of STEP; and he encouraged the parents to believe in their children and give the teachers proper support. He invited everyone to strive for their goals. The awards were distributed to the children based on their class performance. It was a joyful family celebration.
Legazpi City – It was a long ago promise and an eagerly awaited event by the Rotary Club of West Cubao District. They provided two beautiful wheelchairs for residents of Harong Kan Sagrada Familia on March 25th. HKSF runs a rehabilitation program for the physically handicapped who are abandoned by the families for almost 16 years. Four months ago the president of the Rotary Club paid a visit to HKSF and realized the need for new wheel chairs for Mr. Victor and Mr. Carlito. She promised that she would bring wheelchairs for the patients and she followed through; bringing smiles to the recipients.
Legazpi – The 5th Annual Dinner for a Cause to benefit Harong Kan Sagrada Familia and to reunite with the generous heart was held on October 5th. It is scheduled in the month of October so that the love of our Founder, St. Louis Guanella, can be communicated to the people of Legazpi City. It is really an act of goodwill and friendship among our benefactors, friends, fellow religious and clergy of the Diocese of Legazpi.
Nearly six hundred people of goodwill joined the Bishop of the Diocese of Legazpi, Most Rev. Joel Baylon, in making the event a success and a night to remember. A program that showcased the rich and colorful cultural heritage of different countries like the Philippines, India and Vietnam was presented by the feeding children, children with special needs, youth, seminarians and staff. Dinner for a Cause not only served as a source of income but also as a celebration of friendship and generosity.
‘Doing something worthwhile is never easy; a lot of thing requires patience, perseverance and the will to do it responsibly.’
Legazpi – September 21st was a very special day for the Harong Kan Sagrada Familia choir. By the outpouring guidance and support of HKSF community, the choir reached its 7th year by God’s grace with service, dedication and enthusiasm to continuously sing songs of praise to the Lord. That day, the HKSF choir and the elders gathered to celebrate thanksgiving mass with beautiful songs. After mass, the choir went to Joroan, Tiwi, Albay on pilgrimage. They prayed the Holy Rosary offering their personal intentions. In the afternoon, a simple program showcasing the choir’s talents was arranged for friends, guests, parents and the HKSF community. Fr. Battista delivered an inspirational talk, highlighting that singing is not just for liturgical celebrations; but also to stay together singing the praises of God. The celebration was full of fun and enjoyment, especially the showcase, performing for their parents made the choir feel proud and inspired. The day ended with a simple, joyful dinner.