Baptism: Birth into God’s Family

Manila – On August 15th the Servants of Charity community celebrated not only the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but also the birth of five special children into God’s family through the sacrament of Baptism. The Holy Mass was celebrated by the Provincial Superior himself, Fr. Luigi De Giambattista. The five newly baptized special children are: Bernie, JP (after Blessed John Paul II, as per Fr. Luigi), Ronnie, Josephand Lito. Father Luigi focused his homily on the role of godfathers and godmothers in the absence or in place of the parents. He stressed the guiding principles; that the responsibility of the godparents is not merely the “pakimkim (gifts)” that they will give to their “inaanak (godchild)”.

Truly, God shows His love and grace through the sacraments. Thank you Lord for constantly inviting us into Your family, for calling us to be Your sons and daughters. Amen.

New Birth in Christ

Saigon – The Servants of Charity do a different apostolate each weekend. On second Sundays they help the aged, some of whom are affected with HIV, by celebrating Mass with the parish priest and doing little things for them after Mass. Some of them are Catholic and some are not, but even the non-Catholics participate in the pious practices. Fr. Jerin had his first opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Baptism in Vietnam. A non–Catholic lady in that house wanted to become a daughter of Christ. With the permission of the parish priest, Fr. Jerin baptized her on Aug 18, 2012. She was given the name ‘MARIA’. Many of these elderly people want to die in Christ. Thank God that He continues to drag their souls to Him.