QUEZON CITY – On January 13, 2020, the SMM Philippine Delegation held a gathering of the perpetually professed members of the Delegation for a meeting from 9:00 in the morning until 12:00 in the afternoon. On that same day, they celebrated a Post-Christmas and New Year party for the different Montfortian Communities at the Delegation House in New Manila, Quezon City.
It started at 12:15 in the afternoon with a prayer from Fr. Santiago Casing and proceeded immediately with the blessing of the food. Lunch was then shared by everybody which was prepared by the Delegation Community and some foods were brought by some communities. Prizes and gifts were also coming from the generosity of the different communities: Dagupan, Bulacan, Collegians, Santa Teresita Parish, Association of Mary Queen of All Hearts, Scholasticate and Novitiate.
After lunch, a short program followed, where all the different communities participated in the individual and group games. Prizes were given to all who won the raffle and games much to the delight of everyone. Names of the winners for the raffle were randomly picked by Fr. Norwyn, Fr. Richard and Fr. Santiago. These Raffle prizes were added to the event to make it more exciting for everyone. The winners of the major prizes were the following: Ms. Fe Banaag of Santa Teresita Parish, Mrs. Antonia Estrada of Dagupan and Fr. Ariel Aquino, SMM.
Fr. Norwyn Baydo, SMM, the delegation superior shared in his message that more than the material things that were given during that day, the simple celebration and the bonding that were shared, where the most important blessings that were received by each members of the Philippine Delegation. The party ended with the final blessing led by Fr. Norwyn Baydo, SMM.
It was a very memorable celebration indeed and a good start to welcome the New Year 2020 with much enthusiasm and joy.
Bro Francois Leonard P. Ancheta, SMM