Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima
13 October 2012
Circular Letter 06-2012
Dear Fathers, Parents, Guardians, Seminarians and Friends,
Today we officially end our first semester of the current school year. We celebrated yesterday by the Talent Show of our Seminarians aptly entitled, “Gifts.” Truly we thank God for the gift of 67 vocations that God has given to the Church. We appreciate their giftedness and we promise our prayers and support for their perseverance in the seminary formation.
We also launched our new fund-raising drive called “Helping Hearts of the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary” or MHCCS-HH. Yesterday more 50 pledges came from our generous guests who promised to support our formation programs by giving one thousand pesos every semester. This will help us, not only in the maintenance of our facilities, but moreso for the formation programs that are our top priorities in the seminary.
Our seminarians are expected to return to the seminary on November 2, and the first activity for your family is the November 18 Prayer Session. The Holy Hour starts at 9:30AM as usual and it will be followed by the Holy Eucharist to be sponsored by the Sophomore Class. There will be a Spiritual Conference for the Families of the Seminarians in the afternoon. Therefore not only the parents are encouraged to attend but your entire family. It is now seen that your presence to these Prayer Sessions are very important for the vocations of your seminarian-sons.
Coming up this November is the “Blessed John Paul II Philosophy Week” from November 29-30. More than 8 college seminaries from Northern Luzon are converging in Bonuan Seminary for this very important academic event.
Finally as your seminarian-sons go home, let me again remind you to spend quality time with them and accompany them especially in their prayers and attendance at Holy Masses. I also repeat that medical and dental check-ups are to be scheduled during the semestral break. Your children are seminarians and they should not be encouraged to live in too much comfort and care. The spirit of sacrifice must always be inculcated in their hearts in view of their future ministry especially to the poor. Nonetheless, the vacation should truly be a time for rest, relaxation and recreation for them so that they may be ready to face another challenge this coming second semester.
May Mary, Help of Christians, always pray for us.
Very truly yours in Christ,
Fr. Mario Dominic C. Sanchez