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Inspired by our Father, St. Augustine, San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Cavite celebrated its 51st Founding Year Anniversary with a week-long calendar of activities. An Institutional Mass capped the 09-day Novena Masses commemorating Recollect Saints. The Eucharistic Celebration in honor of St. Sebastian was held at the Recoletos 4th Centennial Gymnasium. Rev. Fr. Dioniso Q. Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial, was the Mass Presidet and Homilist.
Among the highlights of the celebration was the now-traditional Pistang Sebastino/Agape wherein the whole Sebastinian school community shared food and bonding moments with the various stakeholders (employees, Faculty members, members of the Secular Augustinian recollect Fraternity, parents, students, and alumni) as well as other invited guests.
This year, SSC-R de Cavite celebrated the heritage of the other Recollect schools in a Cultural Night presentation wherein selected students from the Basic Education and Senior High School Department sang and performed dances evoking the fiesta spirit of the South. Wearing colorful costumes, these talented students wowed the crowd with their interpretation of the Sinulog, Dinagyang, Ati-Atihan, and Masskara dances among others. A celebration of pulchritude was foremost in the 2017 Mutya ng San Sebastian pageant wherein female students from the Senior High School students and College Department vied for the title.
The Testimonial Dinner and Service Awards Night paid tribute to employees who have rendered service to the institution with loyalty and dedication. This year, Miss Emma D. Chico, Dean of the Graduate School, was awarded for her 35 years in service. Other awardees were Dra. Maria Josefina Soledad C. Milanes (25 years), Mr. Rheymard G. Doneza, Mrs. Olivia B. Del Rosario, Mrs. Gerlen Herrera, Mrs. Christine F. Galicia, Mrs. Sherry A. Macapagal, Mr. Alvin M. Ignao, and Mr. Guiller J. Marcial.
Cebu City — The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish-Recoletos has received a much-needed facelift and upgrade to distinguish it from the adjacent and more popular University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) on Magallanes Street here.
Parish priest Fr. Joseph Granada, OAR installed on the façade of the 45-year-old parish church a giant clock that is connected to a digital bell system (DBS) in lieu of the traditional church bell.
The church structure couldn’t support a more traditional bell after it endured the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu in October 2013.
“We are doing this because ever since this church was constructed in 1971, it didn’t have a bell,” Fr. Granada said in Cebuano. “Nothing calls the parishioners’ attention whenever we have Eucharistic celebrations here.”
“People even think that this church is just a big chapel for USJ-R,” he added, noting that this had discouraged people from attending masses here, choosing instead to go to nearby and more popular churches like the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño.
Fr. Granada said the giant clock measures 10 feet in diameter. It is perched just atop the also giant statue of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel which in itself measures 27 feet by 12 feet.
The parish priest revealed that they ordered the giant clock and DBS from a Singapore-based company which also supplied the same products to some big churches here, including the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Archdiocesan Shrine of San Roque and Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
He said the DBS sounds 30 minutes and 5 minutes before every mass respectively. It also reminds the parishioners to pray the Angelus every 6 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m.
It also rings for the 3 o’clock prayer and at 8 p.m. for the poor souls in purgatory.
It has 5 horns that blast sounds facing Carbon Market (Cebu’s biggest market), Brgy. Ermita, and the surrounding streets of Panganiban, Borromeo, and Balagtas.
“More or less, we can notice that the number of churchgoers is rising,” Fr. Granada said. “We have been telling our parishioners during sermons that this is your church and that we are waiting for you here.”
The parish church serves parishioners coming from portions of Brgy. Ermita, Kalubihan and Pahina Central.
Today at the Carbon Market, when the DBS sounded at noon, flower and handicrafts merchants scampered to the nearest carenderia. “Let’s go eat,” they said in Cebuano upon hearing the bell sound. “Let’s eat together with the priest.”