For the first time in Xavier School, a Children’s Mass was celebrated last Thursday, 1 August 2013, in honor of the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Presided by Fr. Art Borja, the Children’s Mass was attended by Grades 2 and 3 boys who, after the celebration, are expected to be more familiar with the Church community and the presence of Jesus Christ in Eucharistic celebratons.
The Children’s Mass started with a well-prepared skit showing the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, from his life as a soldier to his emergence as the founder of the Society of Jesus. The second and third graders enjoyed and learned a lot from watching Enrico Yao-Bate, who played the role of St. Ignatius, and other chosen grade three students. During the homily, Fr. Art Borja animatedly recounted the experiences and good deeds of St. Ignatius, which the children attentively listened to. They also showed active participation by singing the mass songs wholeheartedly while doing the actions for these songs.
The Children’s Mass did not just help nurture the spiritual life of the young boys, but it also helped them develop the heart to share God’s blessings with others, as they were asked to bring canned goods and slippers. These donations will benefit ERDA Tech and the children of Katutubo (Aeta) Village, both adopted communities of Xavier School.
Photos below by Mrs. Joal Ria Orqueza, Grade 2 Team Leader.