Hospital Ministry Thanksgiving Mass and Lunch By Sabrina Soriano-Sy

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It was more than 20 years ago when Steve Lopez (may he rest in peace) founded the PGH Adopt-A-Child-Foundation. Over the years, it has transformed until its current form as the Hospital Ministry supporting the Philippine General Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, and Our Lady of Porciuncula Hospital.

The members and volunteers visit the hospital pediatric wards weekly, giving out medicine to referred patients. Aside from these regular visits, they have a variety of activities throughout the year – such as the healing mass, Stations of the Cross, Flores de Mayo, art contests, field trips, Christmas gift giving, and more – supporting the wards and the school.

The Hospital Ministry would not be possible without the kind hearts and generosity of the donors / parishioners who share their blessings of time, talent, and treasure to the ministry. In line with this, the Hospital Ministry held a Thanksgiving Mass and Lunch last May 16 (Saturday). This was their way of showing appreciation to the people who continue to make the ministry and their work possible.

The mass was led by Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy followed by a simple lunch. 2 patients (Camille Vizcarra and Brix Durante) and their families came to give testimony as to how the ministry helped them with their medical conditions. Representatives from PGH and RMC also came to thank the ministry and the donors for the support and good work they have done throughout all these years, helping countless patients along the way.

Thank you once again to our donors and volunteers. We cannot express our gratitude enough for the support that you continue to give to the Hospital Ministry. Especial thanks also to the following donors / volunteers who attended the thanksgiving mass and lunch: Mrs. Doris See, Mrs. Nena Jalandoni, Mrs. Nenette Jalandoni, Mrs. Estela Lopez, Mrs. Grace Padilla, PPC President Jaime Blanco and his wife Karen, PPC VP Edmund Lim, Paul and Caron Macasaet, Mark Lim, Rachel Ybanez, Marty Santos, Raymond and Claudette Katigbak.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assissi

*** Photo credits to Rachel Ybanez