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CHURCH OF SAINT BENEDICT

English Speaking Community Annual Report 2015-2016

 

The English Speaking community is a multi-national congregation comprising mainly Filipino Domestic Helpers, expatriate workers, overseas Chinese staying in Hong Kong and local people. The parish activities enrich the spiritual life of community members and enable them to socialize in a place far away from their homeland.

Fr. Raja Duggimpudi, PIME was the assistant priest and spiritual advisor of the English Speaking community, together with Fr. Mark Anthony Serna, OMI, attended to our monthly activities and meetings. 

We had invited parishioners from different parishes within our deanery to attend the Lenten and Advent Recollection in our parish. We also hosted a Living Rosary, which was participated and joined by the members and parishioners.

      Also, Sister Eddula Anitha, a missionary sister of Immaculate Heart of Mary, had joined our English community to assist the English Sunday School.

The following groups with members serving a two-year term are responsible for most of the parish activities for the English speaking community:

 

Coordinating Group

The Coordinating Group coordinates major activities of the English speaking community and acts as a link between the English and the Chinese communities through the Parish Council. Mrs. Susie Cheng, Mrs. Grace Chan and Mrs. Marian Sun were the elected chair-ladies of the community.  Mr. Joseph Poon is our representative to the council and Mrs. Adelia Poon is our treasurer. The secretary of the community is Ms. Marilou Jamoyot.

This year, we welcome new elected vice chairman, Mr. Fernando Sun and vice chair-lady, Ms. Susan Baydo.

The group meets once a month on Sunday with the Working Group leaders. Together they organize parish functions such as Christmas and Easter celebrations, group anniversaries and birthday celebrations. They also assist the priests in celebrating important events like Midnight Mass, Holy Week liturgies and annual recollections.

 

Working Groups:

1.   ALTAR SERVER GROUP

      Ms. Grace Arizabal is the leader of the group. The Altar Server Group has 15 members, including Filipinos, Indonesian and children or students taken or enrolled in the Sunday School Catechism class. They prepare the Altar for the Eucharistic celebration and instruct members of their proper places and functions of service during the Eucharistic celebration such as to keep used sacred vessels and linens for the next Mass. The group also helps and joins in many church activities such as sharing, teaching, cooking and other activities of the church.

 

2.   BIBLE SHARING GROUP

      Miss Derlyn Ramos is the leader of the group. The Bible Sharing Group is 22 years old in this July 2016. Its main objective is to read, live and share the Word of God through the Holy Bible and to prepare any new member to choose or join in the four liturgical groups: Lector, Eucharistic Ministry, Altar Server and the Usherettes. Its 44 members are divided into 3 working ministries, (1) the Membership Ministry, to conduct orientation of new comers to become a prospective members and let them understand the procedure of the work done in the group. (2) Tradition and Procedure, prepares the altar during the Bible sharing activity. (3) Music Ministry, prepare songs and lyrics for sharing sessions. Rosary is prayed every Sunday morning and a monthly Bible Enthronement for every first Sunday of the Month with the invited speaker.  They listened and shared their Bible reflections and faith experiences in life before the twelve noon mass. They also actively participated in some community outreach activities and church activities.

 

3.   CHOIR GROUP

Miss Alma Caballeda is the leader of this group. The English Choir has about 36 members. The group leads the singing in the Church during the Sunday English Mass and other liturgies. Singing is usually accompanied by guitar and organ. They have 1 guitarist, 1 organists and 2 conductresses, sometimes the Youth Band will join and help. Every Sunday from 10:30-11:30 am they have their song practice. They have their monthly birthday celebration. Besides singing they have excursion, outing and outreach activities during statutory holidays. They usually stay in the Church after Mass on Sunday for the song practice and group meetings. Some members also join in the Monthly Rosary prayer.

 

4.   EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS GROUP

Ms. Nilda Jabinigay is the leader of the group; her duties are to give the schedule and tasks to the members in preparation for the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharistic Ministers Group has about 18 members, both Filipinos, African and Chinese parishioners. Their duties are to help the priest to deliver the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass. They had finished the refresher / training seminar both for old and new members to refine their way of serving the Eucharist. Some members are helping in teaching at Sunday school and also join other activities of the community.

 

5.   LECTOR GROUP

Ms. Marcia Sun is the leader of this group. The Lector Group consists of 20 members who read the Scriptures during Sunday Mass and other liturgies. Members are Filipinos, Chinese, African, American and Indian nationals. Many of them serve as commentators and readers in all liturgies. The group in-charge prepares and attends to those who wish to offer prayer intentions during Mass and helps and coordinates with the priest in preparing the Prayers of the Faithful. Some of the members also help in preparing the celebration of the community.

The Scriptures, prayers and hymns are projected onto the Church front wall by 2 (two) projector operators, Antolie Rimando and Mary Jane Galletes.

 

6.   SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUP

Ms. Marilou Capawa is the leader of this group. The English Sunday School prepares children of the community for their Sacrament of Initiation. School term starts in September and ends in May and classes begin at 10:15 am to 11:30 am.

 Last year, there are 49 students registered and they were divided into 5 levels according to their knowledge and age. They were taught and looked after by 12 teachers, under the supervision of Sister Anitha. They also encourage the student to participate in Mass celebration and do the Rosary prayers.

The teachers and students from level 5 are participating in the liturgy as readers and Prayers of the Faithful; while parents in level 1-4 participate in the offering. Since January 2015, the Sunday school children sing as the choir at the 12:00 noon Mass on the fourth Sunday of each month.

This year Easter, there are 4 students baptized and 6 students received the First Holy Communion on the Corpus Christi. They also take part in the monthly celebration of the community, including the celebration of Mother’s day, Christmas and Holy Easter.

 

7.   USHERETTES GROUP

Miss Flocel Abellanosa is the leader of the group. The Usherettes Group has 26 members.   They collect donations, Mass intentions and prepare the offering during Eucharistic celebrations.  Before the mass, they prepare the Bulletin board, candles and chairs needed for the Extraordinary ministries, escort the parishioners to their seats before the start of the Mass especially the late comers.  They coordinate with the Lector and the Eucharistic Ministers groups during the Eucharistic celebration. The members also participate outside activities of the church such as Bible encounter and seminars; also help and join the activities of the community.

 

 List of English Speaking Community Activities 2015-2016 

Date

Year Activities

2015

 

September

5

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer 

 

10

Opening day of the English Sunday School

 

20

17th Monthly meeting of English Community

First meeting with Father Raja

 

27

English Sunday School Teachers’ Oath taking

 

28

Statutory Holiday

Joined DEY Holympics Day at Sing Yin Secondary School

October

4

Group Rosary Prayer (Weekly Rosary prayer for this month) led by the Choir

18th Monthly Meeting of the English Community

 

11

Group Rosary Prayer led by Bible Sharing Group

Evangelical day

 

 

 

List of English Speaking Community Activities 2015-2016

 

 

Date

Year Activities

2015

 

October

18

Group Rosary Prayer led by English Sunday School

Farewell and Welcome party

 

25

Solemn Living Rosary  4:00 pm

November

1

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

8

Charity Pre-sale for Caritas – 3rd floor hall

 

15

Caritas Bazaar Day

 

22

Rehearsal day

 

29

19th Monthly Meeting of the English Community

Start the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2015-2016

December

6

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

15

Christmas Celebration – Lunch and Program prepared by the English Community

Lighting of the Christmas Tree

 

20

Advent Recollection

 

24

Midnight Mass – The Nativity

Tea gathering with Fr. Raja after the evening Mass.

 

31

10:00 pm New Year Eve’s Bilingual Mass

2016

 

January

3

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

10

20th Monthly Meeting of the English Community

 

17

Altar Servers Faith Formation with Father Raja  2:00 pm.

February

7

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

14

Chinese New Year Gathering

 

21

Pilgrimage to Tai Po (Immaculate Heart of Mary Church)

 

28

Choir celebrated its anniversary

BBQ at Hung Mui Kuk

March

6

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

21st Monthly Meeting of the English Community

 

20

Palm Sunday

Lenten Recollection – by Fr. Raja – 2nd Floor hall

 

  

List of English Speaking Community Activities 2015-2016

 

Date

Year Activities

2016

 

March

 

25

Good Friday

14:00 Stations of the Cross

15:00 Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

 

27

Easter day

Easter Sunday Celebration

Lunch and Program prepared by the English Community

April

3

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

22nd Monthly meeting of English Community

May

1

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

Working group leader election starts

 

15

Pentecost Sunday

General Assembly

23rd  Monthly Meeting of the English Community

 

22

Sunday school student receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation

Rehearsal

 

29

Corpus Christi

Renewal of Eucharistic Ministries

First Holy Communion of the English Sunday School Students

Solemn Living Rosary (2) 4:00 pm.

June

5

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

12

24th Monthly Meeting of English community

July

1

Statutory Holiday

BBQ Outing of the English Community – Tai Mei Tuk

 

3

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

25th Monthly Meeting of the English community

 

10

Feast Day of St. Benedict

Oath taking of the new elected leaders of the English Community

August

7

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

29

Vigil mass for Rev. Father Paolo Morlacchi

   

 

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