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The Celebration of the Feast of the Santo Niño

Published by Bro. Harold Anthoy T. Montoya, SMM in newsupdate · 1/2/2018 22:22:00
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Last January 21, 2018, on the\nfeast of Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus), the parishioners of Santa Tersita\nParish were gathered at West Rembo Covered Court for the Sinulog Festival. It\nas an act of thanksgiving in a form of dance in honor of the Child Jesus and in\ncommemoration of the birth of Catholicism in the Philippines way back in the\nyear 1521, where the first image of Santo Nino came in the country.
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At around 1:00 PM, the\ncelebration started with an opening prayer led by Fr. Angelo Pusikit, SMM,\nassistant parish priest of Santa Teresita Parish followed by the procession\nwith street dancing. The procession was participated by the Montfort Fathers,\nthe parish community, seminarians and devotees of Santo Nino. After the\nprocession, the Sinulog Dance Festival began and was partaken by the Parish\nOrganizations such as: the Catechetical Ministry, the Parish Renewal Experience\n(PREX) Group, Youth/Music Ministry, and the CFC-Handmaids Group. The\ncelebration ended with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Richard\nMagararu, SMM, Parish Priest with his concelebrants, Fr. Federick Yumang, SMM,\nFr. Rene Bustillo, SMM, and Fr. Wordy, SMM. In his homily, Fr. Richard reminded\nthe devotees saying, “the feast of Senor Santo Nino invites us to have a heart\nand an attitude of a child, a childlike character, not a childish one, in which\nthe nature of Santo Nino who is humble, trustful, and innocent.” He also added\nthat, “adults should be like children; easy to forgive and dependent to the\nLord’s protection and blessings in their lives.”
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Before the final blessing, the\nwinners of the Dance Festival were announced. The people with their statues of\nSanto Nino were blessed too. It was indeed a blessed experience for all and the\njoyful celebration which deepens the devotion of the faithful to Santo Nino and\npracticing one’s authentic devotion, manifesting the richness and beauty of it.\n
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Viva Pit Senor!


SMM Philippine Delegation Assembly 2018

Published by Bro. Samuel M. Gonzales, SMM in newsupdate · 25/1/2018 22:12:00

The SMM Philippine Delegation started the year 2018 with a General Assembly last January 11-12 at the Delegation House in New Manila, Quezon City. The meeting was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Benjie A. Notarte, SMM. He thanked all the confreres for their full participation in the life of the delegation in the previous year. The priorities of the delegation on Vocation Animation, Formation, On Going-Formation, Mission and Self-Sufficiency were highlighted in the gathering. The individuals were called to re-visit and to evaluate the activities which the delegation has fruitfully done for the past six months. The members were divided into small groups for sharing of experiences and the fruits of it were shared to the whole assembly. All were challenged and felt motivated to continue what has been started. On the next day in the afternoon, the delegation assembly culminated in a solemn Eucharistic celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Richard J. Magararu, SMM, Delegation Superior and joined by his councilors Rev. Fr. Sherwin Y. Nunez, SMM and Rev. Fr. Benjie A. Notarte, SMM. Before the final blessing, Fr. Richard announced that Fr. Benjie will be going to Rome in May to attend a training in Communications for three months. He also introduced the new Indonesian priest in the community, Rev. Fr. Ordi who will stay in the Philippines to study. The Post New Year gathering together with the Lay Associates, some benefactors and friends then followed. It was hosted by the Novitiate and the Old Montfort Center Communities. The house was filled with joy as everyone enjoyed the games and the presentations of each community. The exchanging of gifts has added to the fun also. A simple dinner was also served. It was indeed a good start of the year for the whole delegation, imbibing positivity, hope and camaraderie. We thank the Lord and ask Him through Mary to be with us always as we continue our journey together. Glory to God Alone!


JOY of being together: Philippines Delegation Outing 2017

Published by Bro. Precious Fukizi, nSMM in newsupdate · 2/12/2017 22:29:00

Before the liturgical calendar ends, the Montfort Missionaries in the Philippines had their Delegation Outing together with their respective community staff last November 29-30, 2017 at Laiya, San Juan, Batangas. Though it was a long travel and reaching the place in the evening, the joy of being together remained. After the dinner, a social-recreation night followed, wherein all the communities participated in the said activity. The variations of games, of sharing of experiences and of cultural presentations was part of the program and everyone really enjoyed the night full of learnings and fun.
On the next day, a Eucharistic celebration was offered in the feast day of St. Andrew, the Apostle, as a thanksgiving for all the blessings received by the whole delegation. It was presided by Rev. Fr. Richard J. Magararu, SMM, Delegate Superior. In his homily, he emphasized that as Christians and as religious – montfortian we should not let the problems, difficulties and the feeling of dryness reign in us and replaced the JOY that has given to us by God. He reminded that people are more motivated when they see in us that JOY of serving. Before the mass ended, he also thanked the generosity of the family (resort’s owner) for accommodating the whole delegation in the said event.
As the day continues, the community-championship game (volleyball – Yellow vs. Blue) was carried on and the Yellow Team won the game; while others relished the moment in swimming, chatting and boat ridding. A simple and yet very nice food was served by the owner of the resort during lunch time. On their way back home, inside the bus, the prizes were given and some announcements were made. Two days of togetherness and sharing gives each one to be recharged to continue the mission and be filled with JOY in service to God alone.       


The 27th Montfortian Pilgrimage

Published by Bro. Armel R. Collantes, SMM in newsupdate · 24/11/2017 22:10:00
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On\nNovember 11, 2017, the SMM Philippine Delegation Center of Spirituality in\ncooperation with the Montfort Totus Tuus Journey has successfully organized the\n27th Montfortian pilgrimage to the Diocese of Balanga, Province of Bataan with\nthe theme: Living and Sharing Jesus Christ through Mary. It was actively\nparticipated by the Montfortian Communities: Collegians, Postulancy,\nScholasticate, Santa Teresita Parish, TTJ Lay Associates and friends. There were\ntwo buses that served for the transportation of 140 pilgrims.
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The\npilgrimage started at 5:00 in the morning with an opening prayer inside the\nbus. The Eucharistic celebration was held at the church of Orion, St. Michael\nthe Archangel Parish. The other churches and shrine visited were: Mt. Samat\nNational Shrine in Pillar, Bataan, Cathedral Parish Shrine of St. Joseph\nBalanga, Bataan, Parish of St. Dominic de Guzman, Abucay, Bataan, and Parish of\nOur Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Orani, Bataan.
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The pilgrimage\nhad culminated at the Beso Manto of the Virgin Mary, beside the Orani church,\nand the closing prayer was held. Fr. Federick B. Yumang, SMM, gave his words of\ngratitude to all who have contributed to the success of the pilgrimage and all\nthe participants.
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Fr.\nRichard J. Magararu, SMM, together with the Montfortian priests present gave\nthe final blessing. Everyone felt deep joy in their hearts during the\npilgrimage and have shared their grace-filled experiences inside the bus while\ntravelling back to their respective homes. It was indeed a heartfelt encounter\nwith the Lord Jesus, Incarnate Wisdom, through Mary, Queen of All Hearts.
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Glory To\nJesus in Mary! Glory To God Alone! 


The SMM Philippines Vocation Team participated in the Regional Vocation Jamboree in Laguna

Published by Bro. Harold Anthoy T. Montoya, SMM in newsupdate · 18/11/2017 22:08:00
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The SMM\nPhilippine Delegation Vocation Team had participated in the 4 th Vocational\nFestival of the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila (E.P.M.) last November 4,\n2017. There were more than 2,000 young men and women who joined in the said\nevent. This year’s theme was “Your Call Sounds Familiar”. It was held at Alonte\nSports Arena, Biñan, Laguna. The Diocese of San Pablo accommodated this whole\nday event on vocation awareness for young men and women. The activity was\nparticipated by the different Dioceses under EPM. It was a joyful and lively\nencounter with the patroness of the Diocese, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de\nTurumba. The delightful youth and some religious participated in every\nactivity, from the procession to the veneration of the Virgin Mary through\nsongs and praises all throughout the event. During the inspiring talk of Rev.\nFr. Paul Villacarlos, he shared with everyone a glimpse of his vocation story.\n“Ang tunay na nagmamahal, nasasaktan” (The one who truly loves, is hurt), he\nsaid. A series of presentations by some priests, brothers, seminarians, and\nsisters from the host diocese followed this short talk.
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The\nhighlight of the program was the heart-to-heart talk of the different religious\nwith the participants. Different congregations were assigned to youth groups to\nshare about their short vocation stories, mission, charism, and a little\npersonal experience about their religious life which lasted for about two\nhours. The members of the Vocation Team from the Montfort Missionaries who\nattended and participated in the said event were Rev. Fr. Arnel Pagaduan, SMM\nand four scholastic brothers; Bro. Armel Collantes, SMM, Bro. Ronald Baruela,\nSMM, Bro. Lester C. Bonete, SMM, and Bro. Harold Montoya, SMM. A Eucharistic\nCelebration which was presided by San Pablo Bishop, His Excellency Buenaventura\nFamadico, DD, culminated the program. He also shared his experience when he\nentered the seminary. “Choosing one’s vocation is not a magic. Vocation\ndiscernment is a process,” he said. Bishop Famadico reminded the youth to be\nfaithful to God for He will never leave them hanging and their prayers\nunanswered. Truly, many are called but few are chosen because only a few\nresponded to the voice and call of Christ. Rev. Fr. Mauricio “Ric” Llarena, the\nVocation Director of the Diocese of San Pablo, gave a word of thanks to those\nwho supported and participated in this fruitful and meaningful event.
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Lastly,\nthe program ended when Bishop Famadico, together with the priests and\nreligious, blessed the youth who wanted to follow Jesus as priests and\nreligious. They fervently prayed for their vocation. Indeed, it was a fruitful,\nmeaningful and blessed experience for the Montfortian Vocation Team and for all\nthe participants as well. 


SMM Scholasticate Family and Cultural Day 2017

Published by Bro. Jayson A. Estacion, SMM in newsupdate · 13/11/2017 22:06:00
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Last\nOctober 28, 2017, the Scholasticate community had a family and cultural day. It\nwas held at the old Montfort Center in New Manila, Quezon City. The celebration\nwas attended by the Scholasticate Community, Collegians Community,\nInternational Novitiate Community, Old Montfort Center Community, and the\nfamilies of the scholastics.
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The\ngathering started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist which was presided\nby Fr. Norwyn Baydo, SMM, Scholastic Master, with Fr. Rene Bustillo, SMM,\nPostulant Master and Fr. Paul Arnel Lucero, SMM, Novice Master, as\nconcelebrants. The Mass was followed by the introduction of the different\nMontfortian communities and the families of the scholastics. After the\nintroduction, the scholasticate community entertained everyone with their\ncultural presentations and some games which was participated by their families\nand the SMM communities.
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Lunch was\nthen served after all the presentations. The scholastics themselves prepared\nthe foods that are specialties in their respective places.
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After\nlunch they had an open house. They brought their visitors to the Scholasticate\nbuilding and allowed them to see their rooms, including the room of Fr. Norwyn.\n
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They\nended the celebration by bringing their families to the Collegian Formation\nHouse and the Montfort Center of Spirituality in Scout Madriñan, Quezon City,\nto pray the creative rosary and to see the Marian exhibit organized by Fr.\nFederick Yumang, SMM, the delegation bursar and the director of the Montfort\nCenter of Spirituality.
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Images of Mary’s Beauty – A Marian-Montfortian Exhibit

Published by Sis. Gelly Fernandez, TTJ Lay Associate in newsupdate · 11/11/2017 22:02:00
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The\nAnnual Marian Exhibit was launched last October 21, 2017 led by Fr. Nelson\nCabanero SMM, through prayers and hymns on the opening rites of the two-week\ndisplay from October 12, 2017 to November 4, 2017. Fr. Nelson warmly welcomed\nfriends and guests who came to witness the unveiling, which was held at the\nMontfort Center of Spirituality (MSC), spearheaded by Fr. Federick B. Yumang,\nSMM, with the assistance of the seminarians. The concerted effort redounded to\na perfect showcase of the life of our Blessed Mother, her titles and\nprivileges, in the images that were beautifully arrayed. Mrs. Caridad C.\nResurrecion, a TTJer, cut the ceremonial ribbon, and the guests entered the MCS\nchapel to experience the unveiling of a panorama that featured unique images of\nour Blessed Mother. After the Mass, the exhibit was graced with the presence of\nRev. Fr. Richard Magararu, Superior of the Philippine Delegation, who venerated\neach image as the Ave Maria was sung.
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As part\nof the activity of Marian exhibit, a Living Rosary, participated by seminarians\nand youth mostly from the University of Makati, was held at the open grounds of\nMSC last October 28, 2017. Candles were lighted to form beads of a grand rosary\nlighting up the evening while Hail Marys were lifted up to the heavens. The\nyouth would not be ignored, for a feast of a boodle fight, the Filipino way of\neating, awaited them after the Living Rosary.
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On\nNovember 4, groups gathered to see the exhibit for the last time and to witness\nthe Himig Para kay Maria. The atmosphere was both solemn and rejoicing as a\ncrowd of some 150 gathered to crown the Queen of all Hearts. The rain poured\nearlier but ceased in time for the outdoor celebration. As the exhibit drew to\na close, it ushered the tenderness of our Mother, Maria na ating sinisinta, to\na next step of knowing her a little more than we had known her. Fr. Fed\nexpressed himself in elegant Filipino that set the evening’s brilliant glory with\nhis introduction. After his welcome address, the collegians rendered the\nopening song ‘Emmanuel’. This was followed by Inay by the choir of Sta.\nTeresita Parish (STP), who provided a fitting choral tribute to our Lady. Under\nthe tutelage of musical director Mark Carabaña, the ensemble successfully\nhonoured the Blessed Mother with their rendition of Marian songs as she was\ncrowned: ‘Stella Maris’ for Crown of Holiness; Maria, Bukang-Liwayway for Crown\nof Power; and Awit ng Sto. Rosario for Crown of Gentleness. After a brief\nsilence, white roses were offered by the congregation as a sign of a sweet\ndevotion to her. The STP choir appropriately accompanied the floral offering\nwith the epic hymn Our Lady of Fatima. Finally, the original composition of\nBro. Armel Collantes, SMM entitled “Mary, Queen of All Hearts”, was sung\neffortlessly by STP choir member and Legionary Sis Jackielou Foster. The song\nis the official hymn of the Association of Mary Queen of All Hearts in the\nPhilippines. It was one of the thirteen official entries to the 32nd Original\nMarian Song Festival of the World Apostolate of Fatima in Cebu, which was a\ntribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary on her birthday.
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For the\nlove of singing and of course, Mary, Fr. Richard Magararu, SMM, Superior of the\nPhilippine Delegation and STP Parish Priest joined the chorale throughout the\nsongs. He also gave the final remarks and thanked the people who made the\nexhibit a successful one. Dinner was served and everyone parted with full\nstomachs and fuller hearts. Just when the night ended, the rains came again.\nBlessings! 


Renewal of Vows of Bro. Francois Leonard Ancheta, SMM

Published by Bro. Samuel M. Gonzales, SMM in newsupdate · 31/10/2017 21:57:00

On October 29 2017, the Feast of the Archangels, the Scholasticate Community celebrated the Renewal of Vows of Brother Francois Leonard P. Ancheta , SMM. It was held within the mass presided by Rev. Fr. Richard Magararu, SMM, Philippine Delegation Superior with Fr. Sherwin Nunez, SMM and Fr. Norwyn Baydo, SMM as concelebrants. In his homily, Fr. Richard encouraged Bro. Francois and all the scholastics to be faithful to the vows and draw inspiration from the main traits of the Archangels. Be like Archangel Gabriel- messenger of Good News. Be like Archangel Michael- fighting evil in the world. Be Archangel Raphael- bringing healing to people. He further challenged each one to value community life and make it a place where they can grow together as religious. He also warned the community of the danger of unhealthy competition that might destroy fraternal life. After the homily, Bro Francois pronounced his renewal of vows and was received by Fr. Richard in behalf of Father General. A simple breakfast was shared together after the simple but meaningful celebration. 


Launching of Totus Tuus Journey (TTJ) - Batch 15

Published by Rev. Fr. Federick B. Yumang, SMM in newsupdate · 12/8/2017 21:54:00
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On August\n6, 2017, the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, 51 participants coming\nfrom different parts of Cebu came to
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the\nMontfort Mission House at E. Apostol Street, Lower Calajo-an, Minglanilla, Cebu\nto start their TOTUS TUUS JOURNEY (TTJ)- a 33 days Preparation for Total\nConsecration to Jesus through Mary, according to St. Louis-Marie de Montfort.\nThe Launching of the TTJ - Batch 15 began with the celebration of the Holy\nEucharist at 8 o’clock in the morning presided by Rev. Fr. Richard J. Magararu,\nSMM, the Delegation Superior of the Montfort Missionaries in the Philippines.\nTogether with him, as concelebrants, were Rev. Fr. Federick B. Yumang, SMM, the\nDirector of St. LouisMarie de Montfort Center of Spirituality and Rev. Fr.\nSherwin Y. Nuñez, SMM, the Superior of the Montfort Cebu Mission Team.
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The\nEucharistic celebration was also attended by those who already made their\nconsecration (from Batch 1 to 14), the Daughters of Wisdom, the regular Mass\ngoers from the neighborhood, and the families and friends of the participants.
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After the\nmass, Fr. Fed gave the introduction and orientation of the whole process\nfollowed by the 1st session given by Fr. Richard. After the session, a\nsumptuous meal prepared by the TTJ Cebu was shared by everyone. Before heading\nhome the participants expressed how much they were inspired by their experience\nof the first step of their Totus Tuus Journey. They are determined to continue\nparticipating in the forthcoming sessions and to be able to renew their\nBaptismal Promises. They are excited to consecrate themselves to Jesus though\nMary so that they can wholeheartedly say “I am all yours and all that I have is\nyours O Jesus through Mary”.
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First Religious Profession in Quezon City, Philippines

Published by Bro. Horrice Mkandwire, SMM in newsupdate · 4/8/2017 21:50:00
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The\nPhilippine and African-Anglophone delegations of the Company of Mary celebrated\nthe first religious profession of the five brothers: Harold Montoya, Jayson\nEstacion, Horrice Mkandawire, John-Michael Uy and Montfort Funsamtima. The\nceremony was held at the Montfort Missionaries Center of Spirituality in South\nTriangle, Quezon City with the celebration of the Holy Mass which begun at 10\nAM. It was presided by Reverend Father Richard Magararu SMM, the superior\ndelegate of the Philippines.
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During\nthe reading of the backgrounds of the five brothers, it was very enriching to\nnote that, all of them were fruits of the missions of the Montfortians. Brother\nHarold who comes from St. Louis Marie de Montfort Parish in Pangasinan,\nPhilippines, has his vocational roots from his parish. In the same way, Brother\nMontfort also comes from St. Montfort Parish, a well-known historical parish of\nthe Montfortians in Malawi which is now under the diocese. Brother Jayson comes\nfrom Sta. Teresita Parish in Makati City, the first Montfortian parish in the\nPhilippines. Brother John Michael comes from Minglanilla, one of the mission\nareas in Cebu, Philippines. Brother Horrice discovered his vocation in a\nMontfortian parish in Balaka-Malawi. Indeed, where there is a seed sown for the\nmission, there will always be significant fruits.
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After the\nprofession of the three evangelical vows, Father Richard Magararu handed over\nthe Constitution of the Company of Mary to the newly professed to take it as\npart of their lives. Giving to each one, he highlighted the need to take the\nConstitution as their guide always. Subsequently, as Montfort had wanted\nhimself and his followers to see Wisdom in the cross, during the rite of giving\nthe rosaries, the superior delegate accented on the need to meditate upon the\nmysteries of the rosary so as to know more about Mary, to see the wisdom found\nin the cross and to integrate them in their daily lives. In his homily, Fr. Richard\nstressed on the need for the brothers to look at the cross like Mary and to\ntake their vows with full responsibility. “It is very important for you my dear\nfriends to be brothers to all and never to be cocooned to one individual or a\nparticular group of people” he spoke lengthily on the vow of celibacy. If not\nwell understood, it would detriment your missionary spirit which you have\ncultivated during your one year journey in the novitiate, he added. On the vow\nof poverty, he underscored that the vow does not align itself to destitution,\nrather it hints on the need for simplicity of life and embracing the only\ntreasure who is Christ worthy of being possessed. The superior delegate also\nemphasized on Obedience which requires to surrender one’s will to those above\nthe order so as to favour the smooth flow of mission work. My dear brothers\nobey, the superior pleaded with a face of joy.
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Representing\nthe newly professed, in their message of appreciation, brother Montfort and\nHarold expressed their gratitude to their Novice Master, Fr. Paul Arnel Lucero,\nSMM for being an understanding, fatherly, firm and a man with full conviction\nin imparting to them the Montfortian spirituality and way of life. The two\nrepresentatives also mentioned how patient their formator has been during the\nprocess with many surprising gestures of gentleness in times of the ups and\ndowns of their journey. On the two brothers from the African-Anglophone\ndelegation, brother Montfort thanked the entire Philippine delegation for being\nwelcoming, very friendly to them and teaching them essential elements on how to\nlive in the Philippine culture.
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In the\nsame celebration, four Filipino Scholastics also renewed their religious vows,\nnamely: Brothers Ronald Baruela, Armel Collantes, Samuel Gonzales and Lester\nBonete.
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The\njoyful celebration ended at around 12:30 PM. Afterwards, the newly professed\nwith their parents and the whole group had lunch together. It was indeed a\ncolourful and meaningful celebration and we really thank God for His enduring\nlove. 


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