Vocation Year Culmination
By Provincial Vocation Office
The special Year for the Promotion of the Redemptorist Missionary Vocation (Ano Vocacional Redentorista) which was launched last year on the occasion of the Feast Day of St. Alphonsus following the call of Father General Michael Brehl, CSsR culminated last November 7 – 9, 2014 under the diection of the Provincial Vocation Office (PVO) in collaboration with the Redemptorist Youth Ministry (RYM) of the Redemptorist Province of Cebu.
The three-day celebration started with a Press Conference graced with the presence of the local media in Cebu City who also made press releases of the event days prior to the occasion.It was followed by a motorcade from our church going around Fuente Osmeña circle all the way to Ayala Business Center Cebu then back to the church, and under the guidance of the Parish Pastoral Council led by Fr. Leo T. Armada, CSsR of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish and joined in by Redemptorist Fathers, Brothers, Theologians, Postulants, Aspirants, PGAP formands, Collegians, Redemptorist Youth delegates from Davao, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Tacloban, Cebu Parish and Cebu Chaplaincy with the different Church Groups and Organizations, sponsors, donors, friends and parishioners.
At 5:30 in the afternoon the opening mass took place at Our mother of Perpetual Help church presided over by Archbishop of Cebu, Most Rev. Jose Palma, DD with Bishop Emiritus of Tandag Most Rev. Ireneo Amantillo, CSsR, DD, Redemptorist Province of Cebu Provincial Seperior Fr. Cruzito B. Manding, CSsR and a number of Redemptorist Priests concelebrating.
In the evening of November 7, 2014 the much awaited First Redentorista Film Festival 2014 organized by the Redemptorist Youth Ministry headed by Fr. Julius Martin Malacas, CSsR was officially opened and followed bya Premier Night showing of the films produced by the youth from the different apostolic communities. The film entries competing in the festival showcased the theme of vocation and life discernment. The goal was that the film entries would not only become art masterpieces that would showcase the youth’s prowess in film making but also and most importantly be occasion for them to preach the gospel ever anew and to evangelize through different types of media providing them with opportunities to reflect, nurture their faith and make life choices.
The official entries: 6 Short Films – BAPAS(Davao), HIGMATA (Cebu), TUBIG (Iloilo), BALANGAW (Tacloban), LIGOY (Dumaguete) & LENTE (Davao) 2 Documentary Films– A BOY AND LAY MISSIONARY FROM PALO (Tacloban) & PARAISO (Sacred Heart – Redemptorist Chaplaincy). A feature film entitled TARA produced by St. Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute (SATMI) students was also shown during the premier night.
Another icing on the cake was Kanta Ta! Duyog Redentorista Concert highlighting songs written and popularized by Redemptorists through the years featuring FIDELIS, Christian Voices and Sacred Heart Chaplaincy choirs, RYM Cebu Parish, Redemptorists Fathers, Brothers and Formands.
Artists Joey Ayala, Bayang Barrrios, Popong Landero, Gary Granada and Sheila Labos were also present, singing their own songs parasa Kinaiyahan. Then Fr. Emerardo Maningo, CSsR did not disappoint the crowd, rousing them to a crescendo, as he rendered his own composition “Yolanda” all at St. Theresa’s College Auditorium November 8, with a 4:00 pm. Matinee and a 7:00 pm. evening Gala Performance.
Finally, on the third day November 9, 2014 – Redemptorist Foundation Day, Father Provincial, Cruzito B. Manding CSsR presided over the vocation year closing mass at 10:45 in the morning. At 6:30 in the evening, a fellowship and thanks giving dinner was shared by everyone – all concert performers, youth delegates, Redemptorist Fathers, Brothers, formands and staff. A tribute to the Redemptorist Formators through the years followed together with the First Redentorista Film Festival Awards Night.
Indeed it was a successful and memorable celebration of the special year for the promotion of the Redemptorist missionary vocation made possible by the help and support of everyone – the generosity of the sponsors and donors, the performers, guest artists and jurors, the different apostolic communities, formators and formands, Redemptorist Youth Ministry, all of you – most especially the unfailing assistance of the Provincial Superior Fr. Cruzito B. Manding, CSsR and its council and Fr. Aidan Mc Mahon, the Provincial Bursar.
Lastly, according to Father General Michael Brehl, CSsR in his message sent to us, “The work of promoting our missionary vocation does not end with the close of this special year. The challenge remains! We pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide the work of those engaged in the Vocation Ministry in your Province. We entrust this work to the care of Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help, so close to the hearts of Filipinos. May St. Alphonus and all our Saints and Blesseds, along with Redemptorist Missionaries from every age, accompany and inspire us as we live our missionary vocation to preach the Gospel ever anew.”