by Rey Julo Biliran
November 3, 2013 – marked the start of the new semester in St. Alphonsus Collegiate Formation House. We seminarians, were warmly welcomed back by our formators as we arrived in the seminary after almost a month’s vacation in our respective homes. The following day, November 4, 2013, the community also started to have the semestral planning which lasted for two weeks due to some urgent needs and things that we needed to respond to.
First on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, SACFH was graced with the presence of Redemptorist General Very Rev. Fr. Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R., when he visited the seminary, together with his two official Visitors Fr. Clement, and Consultor Br. Jeoffrey, and celebrated the Holy Eucharist with us and together with us also were Fr. Cruzito Manding and our Seminary Director, Fr. Glenn Tito Pascual, C.Ss.R.
During the month of November there were other urgent needs that we responded to and the major need that called for our attention and helping hands was of course the relief operation for our brothers and sisters affected by the Super typhoon Yolanda that hit the Provinces of Samar and Leyte and several others. All of the seminarians, together with our formators, Fr. Glenn Tito Pascual and Fr. Jean Paul Tabasa, helped in packing relief goods, loading and unloading sacks of rice and gallons of water to be sent to the evacuees in the Redemptorist Church in Tacloban City.
Then on November 24, 2013, the whole SACFH community, together with the other religious congregations and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Cebu joined the launching of the International Eucharistic Congress 2016 at Fuente Osmeña. The whole park was filled with people from the North and South provinces of Cebu. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by His Excellency Archbishop Jose Palma, D.D. and concelebrated by Bishop Julito Cortes, Bishop Bataclan and other members of the clergy.
The mass started at around 4:30pm and was followed by a procession going to the Sto Niño Basilica where Benediction followed.