IBEd celebrates St. Mary Euphrasia’s Birthday through Sisters’ Day
Celebrating the 222nd St. Mary Euphrasia’s (SME) birthday becomes more meaningful for the Integrated Basic Education (IBED) students and employees as Sisters’ Day for the Good Shepherd Sisters was also set, July 31.
Around 30 Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters coming from Provincialate, Maryridge, Batangas, Euphrasian, Contemplatives, Welcome House and Good Shepherd communities graced the occasion. The festivities started with a Holy Mass presided by Msgr. Rafael “Boy “Oriondo, parish priest of the Holy Trinity Parish. In his homily, he said that SME, school’s mother foundress, has sown good seeds just like the man in the parable of the sower. Through the Good Shepherd Sisters that good seed continues to grow not only in Batangas but in the world.
Having the theme, “Looking Back with Gratitude, Calling the Young to Answer God’s Call”, Mrs. Rossana Bagon warmly welcomed the sisters, emphasizing that Sisters’ Day is the community’s way of thanking the congregation for providing Catholic education and for their compassionate shepherding through the years. It is also one way for the students’ awareness on religious vocation to be intensified.
A special program that featured the winning performances in the recent Batangas City Foundation Day entertained the sisters at the SBC Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium. A sister was also gracious enough to render a song number for the class officers, grades 6 and 10 students. Highlight of the celebration was the vocation stories of the sisters which they themselves shared during the program in the auditorium and during their encounter with the different grade levels. Each sister was delighted to bring home a bag filled with gifts from students.
Prior to the Sisters’ Day celebration, a triduum was also held to commemorate the 222nd birthday of St. Mary Euphrasia.
As the local church declared Year 2018 as Year of the Clergy and Religious, not only Sisters’ Day will be held to honor and appreciate the people who played an important role in the formation of the children but also Priests’ Day. This will be celebrated on August 20, 2018.