Friday, September 23, 2016

Grade 4 Recollection

Amidst the busy school life and LAS writing, there is a great need for a spiritual retreat and renewal. Before exam week, last August 3, the Grade 4 had a recollection at Balay Kalinungan, Universtity of St. La Salle, Bacolod City with Rev. Fr. Salvador Barcelona, the school's spiritual director, and teachers Romnick Sadio and Ms. Jennifer Tabujara as the facilitators.

Several activities were held during the recollection.  Students collected objects that best represented them and shared it with their classmates. They also had to share about their knowledge of God.  They wrote a letter to God and burned it.  The ashes were wiped on their forehead and then cleaned with a white cloth.  The ash on their forehead signified their sins and the white cloth symbolized Christ. "The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." (John 1:29)

One of the core values of St. Francis is being prayerful and the recollection contributed so much in the spiritual and prayer life of the students.

"My experience during the recollection was I feel so blessed because God is there and Fr. Barcelona is helpful."  by Shan Gabriel Flores

"I felt God's love and I enjoyed the activities we had that day.  I feel so happy to know that God loves me!" by Anne Marie Gulmatico

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Marriage Enrichment for SFAS Parents

One of the newest programs of the Campus Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City (SFAS) for this school year is holding the Marriage Enrichment (ME) for parents of students. Organized by the Christian Family Movement (CFM), this is a one-day seminar for married couples which promotes enrichment and awareness in strengthening marriages. Many of married couples nowadays are busy with work and taking care of the children that husbands and wives forget to take care of each other already.  During the ME, they are given this time to just "be" with each other.

The Couples of Christian Family Movement (CFM)

Three batches of 20 couples per batch have been given already.  All ME's were held at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City.  A big thank you to the following CFM couples who volunteered their time and resources in making this possible: Toto and Irene Hilado, Jake and Gina Tan, Agnes and Marius Hechanova, Toto and Bel Gatuslao, Boy and Emilu Acoso and Fr. Salvador Barcelona.

Batch 1 - May 14, 2016
Batch 2 - June 11, 2016
Batch 3 - July 30, 2016
It is our hope that we can get financial assistance from donors so that we can invite more parents to join ME.  To sponsor a batch of 20 couples, Php25,000 or $500 is needed.  Couples are treated on a nice venue with great food.  Many, if not all of them, have never been on this "special date" in their lives.

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