by Fr. Polash Henry Gomes SX
About 800 children took part the 3rd Diocesan Children Congress of Novaliches Diocese, on Saturday May 26, 2012, at “La Consolacion College”, Deparo. The “Mission Animation ministry”, together with the “Vocation” and the Catechetical Ministry of Novaliches Diocese, chose as theme for this event “Bata Bata, may Misyon ka! (Children, you have the Mission!)”which was very much in line with “Year of the Mission”.
The main goal of this activity was to promote “Mission Awareness” among our children and to celebrate the Flores de Mayo with praying the Mission Rosary. The rich program of the day saw: animation, Mission, storytelling of St. Pedro Calungsod, Mission games and “Mission Rosary”.
The climax of the day was the Holy Eucharist presided by Bishop Antonio Tobias- Bishop of Novaliches.
The main highlight of Congress was “Mission Rosary”, with the aim of encouraging children to choose their respective mission to pray for. It was done with games and prayer, and of course sharing mission story of St. Pedro Clungsod.
Sr. Graciela LMSC introduced the topic: “What is the Mission Rosary? It’s history and purpose”. It was done befittingly with some nice pictures in slide-show to catch the attention of the children. Each of the children was given a “Mission Rosary” with a guide-book in Tagalog to teach them how to pray the mission rosary they were given. We prayed the mission rosary, together with the 800 children attending, for an increase “mission and vocation awareness” in the world.
Fr. Joel Buenviaje – Vocation Director of Novaliches- animated the children mission with fun and various moments of prayer. Ms. Sky Ortigas from the Philippines’ “Pontifical Mission Societies” helped the kids to know better the new Filipino’s saint, St. Pedro Clungson”.
During his homily, Bishop Antonio Tobias D.D., Bishop of Novaliches, shared about the Holy Spirit as the main agent of mission activities and the need of Her guidance for better mission” in the church. He then encouraged the kids to pray daily the Mission Rosary. After Communion, Fr. Soc Mesiona MSP National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies in the Philippines was invited to share about ‘Holy Childhood’ in order to ignite the mission flame among children’s heart.
At the end, Fr. Polash H. Gomes SX, Mission director, thanked all parish priests, Sto. Nino de Maligaya-the animation team and the all catechists of our diocese. He especially acknowledged for their dedication and commitment: Sr. Eliosa SOLC, Sr. Carmen NSC, Sr. Graciela LMSC, Sr. Cecilia RMM, Sr. Elenita SFI, Sr. Fatima M.id and Ms. Mrisel. They had been instrumental in making this event meaningful and successful.
This 3rd Diocesan Children Congress was initiated by Mission Animation Ministry collaboration with Catechetical ministry and Vocation Ministry in Diocese of Novaliches.
Let us all work together in animating our children for the Church’ Mission.