Manila – On May 23rd the Guanellian Family journeyed on a local pilgrimage to five Churches in Quezon City. Around one hundred thirty participated including the special children, parents, youth, elderly, staff, volunteers, lay cooperators, seminarians and religious community. The group visited the Immaculate Conception Cathedral-Cubao (Diocesan priests), the Shrine of the Divine Word (SVD priests and brothers), Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine (Carmelites-OCD), National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary-La Naval de Manila (Domincans) and the National Shrine of our Lady of Lourdes (Franciscan Capuchins). The pilgrimage was planned in connection with the celebration of the Centennial of the Death of St. Louis Guanella. In each Church, a decade of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary was prayed in the Guanellian way, using the Guanellian Rosary Prayer Book. Everyone was full of gratitude for the opportunity to be together, to pray and experience God through Mary.
‘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.
Legazpi – The sun was shining on August 29th after a few days of heavy rain in Albay. The residents of Harong Kan Sagrada Familia (HKSF) had a long awaited pilgrimage to Our Lady of Salvation. Each year at the feet of the Blessed Mother the residents ask for the grace of spiritual, physical and psychological strength to lead their lives. Upon arrival at the shrine, the whole community; residents, staff, postulants and seminarians led by Fr. Battista Omodei, gathered to pray the rosary. Each person lit a candle for their individual intentions. The pilgrims had lunch and visited the beautiful Mayon volcano. Life, though difficult due to disabilities, is boundless when entrusted to the Blessed Mother.