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Marist School Marikina celebrates St. Marcellin’s Feast Day


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18/06/2018: Philippines


Journeying Together as One Global Family
Celebrating St. Marcellin’s Feast Day (June 6, 2018)

Last June 6, during the feast of St. Marcellin Champagnat, the Marist School Marikina community gathered together as one family to commemorate his 178th death anniversary. With the theme, “Journeying together as One Global Family”, the Marist community of Brothers and lay Marists of Champagnat, including a number of retired personnel and alumni members, started the day with a centering prayer in the Chapel of the Magnificat. The prayer drew its inspiration from Mother Mary, a woman of contemplation, in drawing out the prayerful nature centered on silence and meditation.

The 30-minute contemplative prayer was then followed by a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Edward C. Bacus, the Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish. In his homily, Fr. Edward emphasized the value of living in a community of people working together towards the fulfillment of its goals and objectives. He reminded everyone to remain steadfast amidst difficulties and challenges and to always seek the intercession of Mother Mary - "If your mission becomes complicated always consult the Blessed Virgin Mary."

Part of the day’s activities was the gathering of all personnel of the school to listen to the sharing of Br. John Haselman, FMS and the reflections of a few pilgrims who visited the significant places in the life of St. Marcellin in France.

Bro. Nino Pizarro, the president of the school, in his opening remarks during the program, expressed his gratefulness to the gift of St. Marcellin Champagnat and for his gift to the Church and to all Marists of Champagnat all over the world, who shares and committed to his mission to educate and love the young especially the least favored children. Br. Nino highlighted his message by echoing the reminder of Br. Ernesto Sanchez, Marist Brothers’ Superior General to “rediscover Jesus’ attentive eyes and compassionate heart” to be able to be more quick to notice those children who are sick, destitute and suffering, especially to the little ones who are in need of our loving presence. He also enunciated Br. Ernesto’s call for all Marists of Champagnat to be attentive and respond quickly to the vulnerabilities of the young who, despite their positive characteristics might fall to self-centeredness and indifference in this globalization and digital era. He said that the feast of St. Marcellin Champagnat is a good time to inspire all Marists of Champagnat to renew commitment to and strengthen Marcellin’s dream as rekindled in the recent 22nd General Chapter to the Marist Institute.

Br. John Hazelman, FMS, the Director of Marist Asia Pacific Center, shared about the life and mission of St. Marcellin. He  focused on the call of the Brothers to “become living witnesses among the children and young people” and to “live out their vocation based on the true spirit of communion, spirituality and mission”.  As for the lay Marists, Br. John emphasized on vitality of having a deep sense of spirituality rooted on the shared life and commitment to mission. He reminded the community about the responsibility that lay mission partners hold in further recognizing and supporting the distinctive vocational paths as Marists. As Marists of Champagnat, he stressed that everyone is called to become beacons of hope, to be the face and hand of God’s tender mercy, to be bridge-builders, to journey with children and the young people living on the margins of life, and to respond boldly to the emerging needs of the community.

Moreover, a number of Marist pilgrims, which included, Mrs. Shellah Marie Cruz, Mr. Virgilio Arguelles, Mrs. Necesita Yator, Mrs. Leandra Lambinicio and Miss Marilyn Caro, shared about their experiences in visiting the significant places in the life of St. Marcellin Champagant and the early Brothers, where St. Marcellin lived his life, grow in Spirituality, lived with the brothers in prayer, communion and mission. The group was one in saying that the pilgrimage helped them in seeing more deeply their charism and mission in making Jesus known and loved through their individual ministries. They were positive about the activity, which enabled them to understand better the life and mission of St. Marcellin, the same mission they live and share as lay Marists of Chamapagnat.

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