Last January 21, 2018, the Ministry of Altar Servers held their ministry mass and thanksgiving party. The Ministry mass was at 5:30pm with Rev. Fr. Francis as the mass presider. In his homily, he said that the Feast of Sto. Nino teaches us to be like a child, dependent on God and forgiving to everyone.
The thanksgiving party started at 7pm at the celebration hall. Opening remarks was given by John Paul Alejo wherein he thanked the altar servers who are committed in the ministry. There were games and lots of prizes given to the altar servers. Rev. Msgr. Nestor C. Cerbo gave a short message that God is grateful to those who are thankful to Him. Msgr. Cerbo added that it is better to be a thankful person rather than a person who always asks something to God. He also encouraged the members to invite other young boys to be part of the ministry because one of our goal is to guide others to Christ. Not only the parish priest but the priest in charge of the worship ministries were introduced and gave an inspiring message. Rev. Fr. Mark Marbella told to the members that he too was an altar server and he experienced what some of the young boys are doing but he strived to be a priest because of the blessings he received. He said that in being an altar server, it is a good way to prepare them in becoming a priest and everything should not be taken easily, “ lahat ng madaling nakukuha ay madali rin nawawala kaya ang pinaghihirapan ay mas tumatagal at nalalaman natin ang tunay na halag ng bagay na pinaghihirapan”.
Towards the end, special awards for the year 2017 were given to the following altar servers that showed good characteristics of an Altar servers. The following were the awards and the awardee:
Most Punctual – Aaron Santos
Most Reliable – Danielle Simon
Most Healthy – John Paul Alejo
Most Intelligent – Piolo Fuentes
Most Alert – Caneil Alfonso Mansueto
Most Obedient – Johnsin Almonguera
Most Self-disciplined – Ian Telan
Most Helpful – One Miguel Castillo
Most Amiable – Jose Encio
Most Prayerful – Rogie Man Lacap
Most Neat – Timothy Pascual
Most Respectful – Rovic Coquilla
Most Active Apprentice – Joseph Mari Quinto, and
Altar Server of the Year 2017 – Franco Miguel Evangelista
Mocked awards were given to Jas Kenneth Solis, JM Landayan, Ace Villafuerte and EJ Magpayo. In addition, the Altar Servers that gave a big contribution and served the ministry for the year 2017 received a certificate of appreciation.
Special acknowledgement and certificate of appreciation were awarded to Bro. Romuel Zara and Bro. Ernesto Maaghop for imparting insights and knowledge to the altar servers during the basic formation of altar servers last November 2017.
The thanksgiving party ended at 9:45pm. Though the thanksgiving party is done, the thankful hearts of the Altar Servers will not stop as they continue serving the Lord and the parish.
By: Herwin U. Fortuno