QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES- On August 29, 2020, Memorial of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, six scholastics of the Philippine Delegation have received their Ministry of Lectorate and Acolytate. The new lectors are: Bro. Harold Anthony T. Montoya, SMM and Bro. John Michael G. Uy, SMM and the new Acolytes are: Bro. Francois Leonard P. Ancheta, SMM, Bro. Ronald B. Baruela, SMM, Bro. Armel R. Collantes, SMM and Bro. Lester C. Bonete, SMM. It was held at the chapel of the Delegation House, New Manila, Quezon City at around 10:00 in the morning. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided by Rev. Fr. Norwyn V. Baydo, SMM, the Delegation Superior, with Rev. Fr. Paul Arnel L. Lucero, SMM, council member, Rev. Fr. Benjie A. Notarte, SMM, formator of the scholastics, Rev. Fr. Roy Millano, SMM, the homilist and some Montfortian priests as concelebrants. It was witnessed by the Collegians community. The celebration was made simple yet memorable one, since we are still in pandemic situation and large gatherings are still not allowed and that social distancing is to be followed.
The celebration highlighted the significance and relevance of the Memorial of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist to the Installation of Lectorate and Acolytate. It was a very inspiring homily by Fr. Roy Millano, SMM. He emphasized that despite the pandemic, how the new lectors and acolytes can still be able to exercise their ministry since parish involvement may be difficult, yet there are still other opportunities to serve. Before the final blessing, Fr. Benjie A. Notarte,SMM, formator of the scholastics thanked the community for their presence and support given especially to the new lectors and acolytes as they start their new ministry in living out the Word of God, proclaim it to the people and in serving the Lord in the Liturgical Celebrations. Everyone then gave a thundering applause.
After the Eucharistic Celebration, everyone proceeded to the dining area for a simple lunch together. It was indeed a meaningful celebration despite the pandemic, praising the Lord through Mary, in the footsteps of the poor apostles and with Fr. De Montfort.
Glory to God Alone!