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CHURCH OF SAINT BENEDICT

English Speaking Community

 Annual Report 2017-2018

  

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 where they can share and serve others in Christ.

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

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 twice a year, which was participated and joined by the members and parishioners.

 On every 1st Sunday, at 9:30 in the morning, there is a Rosary prayer joined by the Bible Sharing group, Choir and Sunday school alternately.  Also, we have Rosary prayer after the Mass for the sick and elderly.

 This season, The Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement shared a series of talks which were held for 6 Sundays from 15th of April to 18th of June 2018.

           The following groups with members serving a two-year term are responsible for most of the parish activities for the English speaking community.  This June 2018, we had new election of the Coordinating and working groups, the period of the service was now revised to three (3) year term.

 

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, Mr. Fernando Sun and Ms. Susan Baydo were the elected chair-ladies and chairman 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.

 On June 24, 2018, our new elected Chairman is Mr. Fernando Sun, Mr. Andy Li and Mrs. Susie Cheng were elected as vice-chairman, our new secretary of the community is Mrs. Sol Tang, and Mrs. Marcia Sun as the assistant secretary.  Mrs. Adelia Poon remained as our Treasurer.

 The group meets once or twice a month on Sunday with 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 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 24 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 39 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 about 40 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 Lector’s 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 21 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 2017-2018

  

Date

Yearly Activities

2017

 

September

3

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (English Sunday School)

34th Community Meeting held at Fr. Raja’s office 10:30am.

 

10

Opening day of the English Sunday School

Basic Bible Seminar Rm 101 1:00-5:30 pm.

 

17

Basic Bible Seminar 3rd floor hall 1:00-5:30 pm.

 

24

Basic Bible Seminar last session in the Church 1:30-5:30 pm.

October

1

 (Weekly Rosary prayer for this month)

Group Rosary Prayer led by the Choir Rm 301

 

8

Group Rosary Prayer led by Bible Sharing Group Rm 302

Evangelization Day – City One

 

15

Typhoon

 

22

Group Rosary Prayer led by the English Sunday school Rm 208

Solemn Living Rosary 4:00 pm (with Fr. Mark Anthony Serna)

 

29

Group Rosary Prayer led by the Choir Rm 301

November

5

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (Bible Sharing Group) Rm 302

35th Community meeting held at Rm 201 3:00 pm.

 

12

Charity Pre-sale for Caritas – 3rd floor hall

 

19

Caritas Bazaar Day

Birthday Dinner Banquet for Fr. Edward Yu

 

26

Follow up Meeting held for the preparation of the Community Christmas Party

December

3

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (English Sunday school)

Advent Recollection ; Guest speaker (Fr. Denis)

 

10

Christmas Celebration – Lunch and Program prepared by the English Community

Lighting of the Christmas Tree

 

17

Christmas Street Caroling 2:00 pm

 

24

Midnight Mass – The Nativity

Tea gathering with Fr. Raja after the evening Mass.

 

31

10:00 pm New Year Eve’s Bilingual Mass

2018

 

January

1

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (Bible Sharing Group) Rm 302

 

21

36th Monthly Community meeting held at Rm 201 3:00 pm.

February

4

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (English Sunday School) Rm 208

 

25

Chinese New Year gathering

March

4

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (The Choir)

37th Monthly community meeting held at Rm 201 3:00 pm.

 

18

Lenten Recollection (Guest speaker: Fr. Mark Anthony Serna)

 

25

Palm Sunday

 

30

Good Friday

April

1

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (Bible Sharing Group)

Easter Day

English Community Easter Celebration (after Noon Mass)

April

8

38th Monthly community meeting held at Rm 201 3:00 pm.

 

22

Pilgrimage

May

8

Weekly Group Rosary Prayer (English Sunday School) 9:30 am.

 

13

Weekly Group Rosary Prayer (Choir) Rm 301

 

20

Pentecost Sunday

Weekly Group Rosary Prayer (Bible Sharing Group)

 

27

Weekly Group Rosary Prayer (English Sunday School)

Solemn Living Rosary  4:00 pm.

June

3

Corpus Christi

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (The Choir)

Renewal of Eucharistic Ministries

First Holy Communion of the English Sunday School Students

July

1

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (Bible Sharing Group)

 

8

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Saints in China

Movie (of God and Men) shown at the 3rd floor

 

15

Feast Day of St. Benedict

Joined the programmed after the Noon Mass

Feast Dinner – Choi Fook Restaurant

 

29

St. Luke Health Talk  2:30 – 5:00 pm.

August

5

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (English Sunday School)

1st Meeting of the Coordinating & working group (New Elected 2018-2021)

 

19

Liturgical Bible Study workshop at 2nd floor hall 2:00-5:30 pm.

September

2

Monthly Group Rosary Prayer (the Choir)

Tea party 12:00 – 2:30 pm 3rd floor hall

 

9

English Sunday school opening day

 

16

Typhoon

 

23

Blessing of the Sunday school teachers (during English Mass)

2nd Meeting of the Coordinating and Working group

 

Liturgy Group

English Choir

English Sunday School

Bible Sharing Group

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