A new school year once again started and it is going to be exciting for the students especially to the Freshmen who are starting high school.
St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City held the Initiation Week for the Freshmen last June 29 to July 1. The said event was organized by the Students Affair Council (SAC) and the Grade 10 students. It aimed to boost the confidence of the Freshmen in getting along with their fellow high school students. But most especially, it aimed to enliven the core values of St. Francis of Assisi to the Freshmen.
Every Freshman was given a task by their "manang" and "manong" in Grade 10 while wearing a themed attire every day. The first day was themed as the "Religious Habit Day" where Freshmen dressed like saints, clergymen, monks, nuns and other religious persons. Professional Day was the theme on the second day as the 7th graders wore their future professions. The third day was "Military Outfit" and on the last day, it was "Mother Earth Day."
On Friday, July 1, the Acquaintance Party was held to showcase the talents of the Freshmen. Water War and Paint Party added more enjoyment to the students while band music and worship songs serenaded the school campus.
Written by: Lord William B. Pacurib, Grade 10-Hope
Water War Game video (c) Lina Gabiño
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Last April 25-30, the St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City's Youth Marian Crusade Animators, teachers Romnick Sadio, Jennifer Tabujara and Mia Joy Villanueva, joined the annual pilgrimage in Luzon. They visited 7 churches in Luzon of the 7 Doors of Mercy: Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo, Rizal; Our Lady of the Abandoned in Marikina City; San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija; St. Joseph Cathedral Shrine in Balanga, Bataan; Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan; San Fabian Church in Pangasinan and Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral in Baguio City.
"I was overwhelmed when we visited different churches in Luzon. One church attracted me most was the 5th Door of Mercy, The Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan. There are so many devotees on that day who were in line to pray and touch the image of Our Lady of Manaoag. It tested our patience as we also waited for our turn. I gained a lot of things as an Animator of this congregation. I feel so blessed to continue to serve the young through camaraderie with the youth ministry." by Romnick Sadio
"This year, the Catholic Church is celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Last April 25 to 30, 2016 was indeed a great and unforgettable experience for me. As a Y.M.C. animator, I was given a privilege to experience the Pilgrimage in Luzon via Door of Mercy together with the other Y.M.C. animators (teachers from other schools- public/private school). We visited the Seven Doors of Mercy in Luzon, Mt. Samat in Bataan and other Historical Churches. We met the Animators-Luzon Chapter, YMC trainors, and inspiring priests there. They shared their love and experiences in YMC that made me more inspired to continue as an animator. Every morning we prayed the rosary. Before we entered the door of mercy, we prayed the Jubilee Year of Mercy prayer, I had the feeling of acceptance, accepting that I am a sinner but God is so merciful because He forgives all my sins. As a pilgrim, it strengthened my faith to be more prayerful, compassionate and merciful animator and as a Christian as well. A pilgrimage, I must say, every Catholic should experience just like what our Pope Francis said. Regardless of the beautiful churches and places, it made me realize that we should "live by faith and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). I came home full of hope to share with my Y.M.C. members that we should always put God in our minds and hearts first before anything else." byJennifer Tabujara
"During the pilgrimage, every moment was perfect. It was the best journey I ever had. Every minute was well spent. Every schedule was followed and on time. The best activity we had was entering the Holy Doors of Mercy. Every time I entered, I had goose bumps. The very memorable church we visited was in Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan. I learned that staying in a place where we always pray is not enough but to travel to different houses of God is much better because you will see the people who praise Him and visit Him in the church. I promised to myself to continue visiting other God's houses (the Catholic churches). byMia Joy Villanueva