The month of October is not only the month of the rosary but of the mission as well.
To highlight the month allotted for the mission, 1,500 youth representatives from different Catholic schools, parishes, communities and youth organizations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces gathered at the Ateneo de Manila University high school covered courts at Loyola Heights, Quezon City last October 9. The overall theme of the gathering was “Nurturing the Family for the Mission.”
The event started with the celebration of the holy Eucharist with Fr. Socrates Mesiona, PMS National Director, as the main presider. Other priests who joined him were: Fr. James Kroeger, MM (missiologist), Fr. Alex Abiera (Mission Director of the Archdiocese of Manila), Fr. Lauro Toledo (Mission Director of the Diocese of Caloocan), Fr. Nilo Pacuribot (MSP Mission Promotion Director) and Fr. Polash Gomes (Mission Director of the Diocese of Novaliches) who arrived when the mass was already starting.
Anthony and Tina Rodriguez of Couples for Christ International and Stephen Borja of the Episcopal Commission on Youth were the guest speakers. Anthony and Tina shared their remarkable and inspiring experience as missionaries working in East Timor. Allan picked up the sharing of Anthony and Tina and challenged the youths to open their hearts to the call for mission. The response of the participants was expressed in art work containing their commitments to do their share for the mission.
Read more: Celebrating the Mission Month