The Cordian family celebrated the feast day of its patron saint, St. Vincent de Paul on Saturday, September 26, 2020 with the theme “Magkaisang Puso (One in Heart)” at the Rendu Cultural Center and Gymnasium and via Sacred Heart College Christian and Vincentian Formation facebook page.
The celebration started at 7:30 am with the procession of the image of St. Vincent de Paul in the school campus, from the tomb of Hermana Fausta, the school foundress, to SHC Gymnasium under the care of Social Work affiliate, Mr. Kenneth Egamino and with the involvement of the Marillac Grantees, SHC Personnel, and DC Sisters. Simultaneously, a virtual Vincentian Saints procession through CVF Facebook Page was also held live under the assistance of Mr. Earl Gicana, Mr. Andrian Reglos, and Patrick Cueto.
At 8:00 am, the Eucharistic Celebration begun with Rev. Fr. George Vargas as the presider. In his homily, he emphasized, “Si St. Vincent ay hindi dole-out ang ginawang pagtulong instead he institutionalized charity, which means structured, may ayos, at ‘yon ang galing niya”. In ending, he emphasized “Ibinabato ni St. Vincent de Paul sa kanyang kapiyestahan ang dalawang bagay, i-localize natin ang pagtulong, nasaan ang Sacred Heart College sa Lucena? Ang maganda ay madami tayong partner communities na ina-apostolate pero madami pa tayong pwedeng magawa at mabago. Pangalawa, patuloy na mag-eecho [ang kabutihan], ang tanong, saan tayo tutungo?”.
Towards the end of the mass, Sr. Maria Luisa B. Javier, DC the school president and sister servant, delivered her message of thanksgiving to all stakeholders, sponsors, personnel, alumni, students, parents, partner communities, DC Sisters, priest-presiders and organizers who have been involved since day one of the novena up to the feast day celebration.
In her message, Sr. Malu said, “The Celebration is not over yet…Let not all our efforts go in vain because we, Vincentians, will continue to strive to make the kingdom of God present through the services we give to our brothers and sisters.” The celebration ended with a Simple Salo-salo, raffle, and fellowship activity prepared by the CVF Team and HRDO with the active participation of the SHC Personnel.