LUZON CLUSTER (Philippines)
THEME: St. Bonifacia, a woman Chosen by God, a Prophetess from within the World of Work
This year’s celebration of the Feast day of St. Bonifacia especially during the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Nonong Pili at 10:00 am in Provincial House Chapel, we relish and thank God for the gifts received, namely:
o the person of Bonifacia to the Congregation, to the Church and to the poor working world
o the privileged call to be audacious signs and prophets that breaks inertia, that challenges, liberates and empowers especially women workers and young women at risk
o the renewal of the vows of Genelyn Caminian, SSJ and the acceptance to the Noviceship stage of Cecilia and Hue
|SR. GENELYN CAMINIAN, SSJ|
|DURING THE ACCEPTANCE RITE TO THE PRENOVICESHIP STAGE |
OF CECILIA AND HUE
|SR. MILAGROS MARAVILLA, SSJ ACCEPTING CECILIA AND HUE TO THE PRENOVICESHIP STAGE|
|CECILIA, HUE (NEW NOVICES) AND SR. GENELYN, SSJ SINGING THEIR SONG OF JOY AFTER THE ACCEPTANCE TO THE NOVICESHIP STAGE AND THE RENEWAL OF VOWS RESPECTIVELY|
All these are God’s concrete manifestation of love and guidance to us, God’s mercy and compassion for all.
Celebrating the 180th Birth Anniversaryof our mother-St. Bonifacia last June 6, 2017, the Holy Eucharist was held at the Archdiocesan Shrine of our Lady of Lourdes Parish at 6:30 am. The Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Randy Figuracion,SDB was the mass presider.It was participated by Talleres de Nazareth Cebu Workers, SSJs, aspiring LJs and co-parishioners.
Co- Parishioners lined up before the image of St. Bonifacia for blessings and to pick up novena cards and pamphlets.
C-T SILAY (Philippines)
A special mass to celebrate the feast of St. Bonifacia in the Church was held at San Diego Parish last June 6, 2017 at 6:00 am and was attended by STA teachers, LJs, SSJ sisters and some parishioners. The event was previously announced in the preceding anticipated and 7 regular Sunday masses ( June 3 and 4) as a way of promoting St. Bonifacia and inviting the people to participate in the Mass.
The assistant parish priest, Fr. Mark was the Mass presider and the newly ordained deacon, Reverend Chad was the homilist. To the delight of everyone, Rev. Chad captured the life and spirituality of Bonifacia in his prepared homily.
The following is an excerpts from his homily:
“… Bonifacia’s experience of God had grown and matured at the rhythm of her work, which occupied her whole life… this brought change and difference to the lives of many people especially to the poor women workers and young women at risk… Pope Benedict XVI described her as a woman “who knew how to unite Christ and daily work. Working as she did from a young age, was not just a way to not be a burden to anyone, but also implied the freedom to achieve her own vocation and at the same time gave her the possibility of drawing in and forming other women who could meet God and hear his loving call…” In other words, she is a woman whom we can describe as a “luminous witness of the Gospel.” She lived the Gospel through her works, making her work as a way to praise and contemplate the goodness of God and follow Jesus…”