Sacred Heart College celebrated the mass of the Holy Spirit last July 18, 2019, at Rendu Cultural Center and Gymnasium and last July 17, 2019, 10:00 AM at Munting Paaralan ni Hermana Fausta in Barra.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is an annual tradition of the school, signaling the start of the new academic year and asking for the Holy Spirit’s intercession and guidance throughout the school year.
Last July 18, 2019, there were three schedules of masses participated in by the students, faculty, and staff: 7:30 AM for Kinder to Grade 8, 10:00 AM for Grade 9 to 11 and 3:00 PM for Grade 12 and College Students.
Rev. Fr. Ruzzell Habito, priest-in-charge of Sacred Heart College presided the Eucharistic celebration in the morning. In his homily, he emphasized that in this academic year, teachers should lead and guide the students in goodness and try to understand what they are going through. Teachers and students should ask the guide of the Holy Spirit for the blessings and graces for this school year. On the other hand, Rev. Fr. Oliver Lacorte presided the afternoon mass, in his homily he shared three signs that the Holy Spirit is in us; vision, vocation, and mission. If you are inspired by the Holy Spirit you a have a good vision, and vocation would not only be measured by being successful but being faithful to your chosen vocation and we should have Christ in our mission.
After the mass, the school president, Sr. Josefina R. Quiachon DC, gave her a welcome message to the students and personnel. She said, “the Mass of the Holy Spirit we have just celebrated today offered us an opportunity to reflect on our shared vision-mission and core values. We ask God for the gifts we need to celebrate life together in this academic community which we call our second home. Ultimately, we pray that what lies ahead will be a life-giving and transformative year for each of us (amidst the inconveniences that may be brought about by our present situation caused by the fire). Likewise, the Mass of the Holy Spirit provided us with a prayerful way of marking the beginning of the new Academic Year 2019-2020. We collectively pray that each of us will discover how God in Jesus will use the blessings and challenges of our lives as opportunities to draw us closer to him, to make us increasingly aware of God’s abiding presence and love for us, and to discover that in the Holy Spirit we have all that we need to grow and flourish. May our Blessed Mother accompany us this school-year and may our Patron Saints, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac together with Hermana Fausta Labrador, our Saintly Foundress, guide us more in our search for the absolute truth in the person of Jesus Christ.” This was followed by her formal declaration of the opening of the academic year 2019-2020 which was responded by the students and personnel’s whole-hearted singing of the college hymn.
Students and teachers before leaving the gymnasium picked one gift of the Holy Spirit in the form of popsicle sticks that can be used as a bookmark in their prayer book or Religion notebook and would remind them to call on always to the Holy Spirit for guidance and inspiration in accomplishing their goals for the academic year 2019-2020.