October — Month of the Holy Rosary, the October Medal, and PJAA

GS students raise their rosaries to be blessed by School Chaplain Fr. Arturo Borja, SJ. Photos from Mrs. Clarisse A. Ednacot, GS Web Editor.

Each year, we dedicate the month of October to the Holy Rosary. In honor of Mary, members of the Xavier School community observe the tradition of wearing the October Medal.

Since the 1950s, Jesuit schools in the Philippines have observed the tradition of wearing the October Medal. Xavier School began this tradition in 2004 when Fr Arturo Borja, SJ suggested for Xavier School to observe the tradition. Presented by the Blessed Virgin herself to St Catherine Labouré, the October Medal bears the image of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal with the words Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous (“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”). On the other side of the medal, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword, are all surrounded by twelve stars signifying graces. Our Holy Mother stated that “All who wear (the October Medal) will receive great graces.”

In receiving our graces, we invite you to share these graces through the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association (PJAA) drive. The PJAA aims to drive support especially in the following areas: Recruitment, Training, and Commissioning of a New Generation of Jesuits, Apostolic Works that Require Subsidy: Especially Work for – and with the Poor, Caring for Aged and Infirm Jesuits, Mission Work in Cambodia, Myanmar, and East Timor, and Building up the Church in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. This drive further aims to support the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Chaplaincy, and pastoral care for indigenous Filipinos.

During the September 30 Grade School General Assembly, Deacon Rev. Antonio Martin Basilio, SJ, PhD, a Chemistry professor at the Ateneo de Manila University, provided an introduction to the said drive. Inquiries regarding PJAA may be directed to the Campus Ministry and Service Office (CMSO).

Recognized as 2 of only 3 official Marian sacramentals, we invite the Xavier community to pray the Holy Rosary and observe the October Medal tradition. We further invite you to share these blessings through the PJAA.

Through our simple act of generosity, may we become God’s light to others, and bring more people closer to Him. Let us remember that we are called to give without counting the cost, all for God’s greater glory.

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