ECUMENICAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE by Jayme Blanco

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Last November 22, 2015, our parish hosted the Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions in the United States and Canada, this annual event is the gathering of the representatives of the Anglican/Episcospal Holy Trinity Chuch of Manila, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City, the Evangelical Protestant Union Church of Manila, Legaspi Village, Makati City and Catholic community of our parish.

Our parish priest Fr. Reu Jose C. Galoy, OFM led the beautiful prayer service together with Senior Rev. Charlie Pridmore and Rev. Noah Kennedy of the Union Church of Manila, Rt. Rev. Arthur L. Jones of the Holy Trinity Church of Manila and our parishioner Deacon Luis Rivilla who was also the homilist. The aforesaid service was accompanied by glorious music by the three different church choirs led by our very own SSAP CORO De San Antonio conductress Ms. Amelita Guevara.

Aside from the visitors of the different religious groups, esteem guests include the United States of America Ambassador Philip Goldberg who gave a short thanksgiving message from US President Barack Obama, India Ambassador to the Philippines Lalduhthlana Ralte and Bangladesh Ambassador Maj. Gen. John Gomes, PSC. Also present were SSAP PPC President Jayme Blanco and incoming PPC Officers Edmund Lim – President, Cristina Teehankee – Vice President and Suzette Gatmaitan – Secretary.

Moreover, we would like to thank the following food sponsors: Holy Trinity for the delightful salad, Union Church for the scrumptious apple and pumpkin pies, Joe and Marivic Concepcion, CCD through Kathy Cua and PPC Edmund Lim for the mouth-watering turkey and lechon.

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