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CHURCH OF SAINT BENEDICT

English Speaking Community

 Annual Report 2018-2019

  

The English Speaking Community is a multi-national congregation comprising mainly Filipino Domestic Helpers, Expatriate Residents, Overseas Chinese residing in Hong Kong and local people. The parish activities enrich the spiritual life of community members and enable them to socialize in a place where they can share and serve others in Christ.

Fr. Raja Duggimpudi, PIME, is the assistant priest and spiritual advisor of the English Speaking Community.  In addition, Sister Eddula Anitha, a missionary sister of Immaculate Heart of Mary, joined the community to assist in the Sunday School Catechism Classes.  Later in March 2017, Fr. Fructuoso (Tito) Lopez Martin, MG, joined the parish.

We invite parishioners from different parishes within our deanery to attend the Lenten and Advent Recollections. Living Rosary is also held twice a year, participated by different group members and parishioners.

Every 1st Sunday, at 9:30 in the morning, Rosary Prayer is alternately hosted by the Bible Sharing, Choir and Sunday School groups.  Rosary Prayer after the Mass is also said for the sick and elderly.

This year, the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement continued to provide a series of values formation teachings focused on Christian Personal Relationship. These were held for 4 Sundays within 14th of April up to 29th of September 2019.

      The following groups with members serving a three-year term are responsible for most of the parish activities for the English Speaking Community

 

Coordinating Group

The Coordinating Group is responsible for planning the major activities of the English Speaking Community and acts as the link with the Chinese Community through the Parish Council. Mr. Fernando Sun, Chairman, Mr. Andy Li, Vice-Chairman and Mrs. Susie Cheng Vice-Chair Lady, were elected to represent the community in the Parish Council.  Mrs. Adelia Poon was our appointed Treasurer up to until September 15, 2019. Thereafter, Ms. Paula Francesca Sun was appointed as the Treasurer. The Secretary of the community is Mrs. Sol Tang. Mrs. Marcia Sun is the Assistant Secretary.

 

The group meets once every two months on a Sunday or whenever necessary. Meetings include the Working Group Leaders. Together they organize parish functions such as Christmas and Easter celebrations. They also assist the priests in celebrating important events like Christmas Midnight Mass, Holy Week Liturgies and annual recollections.

 

Working Groups

 

1.   ALTAR SERVERS’ GROUP

      Ms. Vivian Guillermo is the leader of the group. The Altar Servers’ Group has 17 members, including Filipinos, Indonesian and youth and children of the English Sunday School. The group prepares the Altar for the Eucharistic Celebration and instructs the members of their proper places and functions of service during the Holy Mass. The group is also in charge of keeping the used Sacred Vessels and linens for the next Holy Mass. The members also help and join in many church activities such as sharing, teaching, cooking and actively participating in the church’s evangelization activities.

 

2.   BIBLE SHARING GROUP

      Ms. Ritchel Ortilano is the leader of the group. The Bible Sharing Group is 25 years old in July 2018. 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 Usherette. Its 36 members are divided into 3 working ministries, (1) the Membership Ministry, to conduct orientation of new comers to become 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 an invited speaker.  An invited Priest and Brother outside the community and Sister within the community also help the group conduct regular Bible Enrichment sessions. They listen and share their Bible reflections and faith experiences in life before the twelve noon mass. They also actively participate in some community outreach activities and church activities.

 

3.   CHOIR GROUP

Ms. Susan Baydo is the leader of this group. The English Choir has 43 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 3 guitarists, 1 organist and 3 conductresses. 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 Holy Mass on Sundays for the song practice and group meetings. Some members also join in the Monthly Rosary Prayers.

 

4.   EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS’ GROUP

Ms. Jocelyn Nogar 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 17 members consisting of Filipino, African and Chinese parishioners. Their duties are to help the Priest to deliver the Body and Blood of Christ during Holy Mass. The group conducts refresher and training seminars for old and new members to refine their way of serving the Holy Eucharist. All members join other activities of the community. Some members also help teach at the English Sunday School.

 

5.   LECTORS’ GROUP

Ms. Marcia Sun is the leader of this group and serves by preparing the Holy Mass Readings for the week and the Lectors’ Schedule for the month. The Lectors’ Group consists of 20 members who read the Scriptures during Sunday Mass and other Church Liturgies. The group’s members consist of different nationalities. They serve as Commentators and Readers. The group also prepares and attends to those who wish to offer Prayer Intentions during the Holy Mass and helps and coordinates with the Priest in preparing the Prayers of the Faithful. Many of the members also help in various community celebrations and activities.

The Power Point Team headed by Ms. Antolie Rimando and assisted by Ms. Mary Jane Galletes, serves by making sure that the Scriptures, Prayers and Hymns are properly projected in the Church’s front wall during Holy Mass.

 

6.   SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUP

Mr. Andy Li 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 and finish at 11:30 am.

 Last year, there were around 40 students registered and they were divided into 6 levels according to their knowledge and age. They were taught and looked after by 10 teachers, under the supervision of Sister Anitha. They also encourage the students to participate in Mass celebrations 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. They also take part in the monthly celebration of the community, including the celebration of Christmas and Holy Easter.

This year, there were 5 students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday and 6 students receiving the First Holy Communion on Corpus Christi. 

 

7.   USHERETTES’ GROUP

Ms. Aileen Nebrida is the leader of the group. The Usherettes’ Group has 22 members.  The group is in charge of collecting Mass Intentions and preparing the Holy Mass Offerings.  Before the mass, they also prepare the English Community Bulletin Board by posting the latest Parish Newsletter, put new candles for offerings and arrange the chairs needed by the Extraordinary Ministers. They also greet the parishioners and escort them to their seats before the start and during the Holy Mass paying special attention to those parishioners requiring special assistance.  During the Holy Mass, they guide the offerers, bring the children up near the Altar for the Lord’s Prayer and assist the Eucharistic Ministers at Holy Communion. They coordinate and work closely with the Lectors’ Group and the Eucharistic Ministers’ Group.

 

List of English Speaking Community Activities 2018-2019

 

Date

Yearly Activities

2018

 

October

7

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

Evangelization Day at Lek Yuen Plaza 2:00-5:00 pm

 

21

Coordinating and Working Group Meeting at Rm. 201 3:30-5:00 pm

 

28

Solemn Living Rosary 4:00 pm (with Fr. Tito Lopez)

November

4

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

11

Coordinating and Working Group Meeting at Rm. 201 3:30-5:00 pm

 

18

Caritas Bazaar Day at Shatin Yuen Wo Road Playground

December

2

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

General Rehearsal for Christmas Celebration Performances at 3rd floor hall 1:00-5:00 pm

December

9

Christmas Celebration – Lunch and Program prepared by the English Community at 3rd floor hall 1:00-4:30 pm

Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Church Lobby 5:00 pm

 

16

Advent Recollection at the 3rd floor hall 2:30-5:00 pm – Guest speaker (Bro. Sonny Manuel)

 

24

Christmas Eve Mass at 9:30 pm

 

25

Christmas Day Lunch combined for all groups at 3rd floor hall

 

31

New Year Eve Mass at 8:00 pm

2019

 

January

1

English Holy Mass at 10:00 am

New Year Celebration at 3rd floor hall 12:00-5:00 pm

 

6

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

February

3

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

Coordinating and Working Group Meeting at Rm. 201 3:00-5:00 pm

 

10

Chinese New Year gathering at 3rd floor hall

March

3

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

17

Lenten Recollection at 3rd floor hall 2:00-5:00 pm (Speaker: Fr. Raja Duggimpudi, PIME)

April

7

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

Coordinating and Working Group Meeting at Rm. 201 3:00-5:00 pm

 

14

Palm Sunday 

LCSC Values Formation Teaching – Christian Personal Relationship Talk 1 “Learning to Love One Another” at 3rd floor hall 2:00-4:30 pm

 

19

Good Friday

 

21

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Celebrations at 3rd floor hall 1:00-5:00 pm

May

5

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

12

English Sunday School Student’s Sacrament of Confirmation and First Holy Communion

 

26

Solemn Living Rosary 4:00 pm (Fr. Tito Lopez)

June

2

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

LCSC Values Formation Teaching – Christian Personal Relationship Talk 2 “Honor and Respect” at Rm. 101 2:00-4:30 pm

 

9

Pentecost Sunday

June

23

Corpus Christi

Renewal of Eucharistic Ministers

Coordinating and Working Group Meeting at Rm. 201 3:00-5:00 pm

July

7

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

14

Feast Day of St. Benedict Bilingual Holy Mass

Feast Day Celebration at 3rd floor hall

August

4

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

25

LCSC Values Formation Teaching – Christian Personal Relationship Talk 3 “Taming the Tongue” Rm. 208 2:00-4:30 pm

September

1

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer

 

15

Coordinating and Working Group Meeting at Rm. 201 3:00-5:00 pm

 

29

Group Photo Taking Activity of Working and Coordinating Group and Members with Fr. Martin, Fr. Raja and Fr. Tito 1:00-1:30 pm

LCSC Values Formation Teaching – Christian Personal Relationship Talk 4 “Loving Correction” Rm. 208 2:30-4:30 pm

 

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