LeComs Year in Review
by Letty Lopez and Eleonore Gutierrez, with Isa Gutierrez
(As published in the July 31 issue of the Parish Bulletin)

In November 2015, Dee Chan informed Eleonore Gutierrez and Letty Lopez that they’re the newly elected chairpersons of the LeCom Ministry to serve for two years, 2016 & 2017. “We’d rather follow than lead,” both replied. However, the die was cast when Father Reu responded, “Things will sort themselves out, in time.” Eleonore, under Dee’s wings, hit the ground running (Letty was unavailable until Dec. 2015).

On November 10, 2015 the new officers of the Parish Pastoral Council were installed (LeComs Edmund Lim, Tina Teehankee, Suzette Gatmaitan and Girlie Sison as head of Worship Committee) followed by the Feast of Christ the King on Nov. 22nd, with prayers and procession organized by Zari Poe. On Nov. 28th, a half-day recollection on the Year of Mercy was held followed by an early Christmas Party. The schedule for the Misa de Gallo was finalized followed by the traditional masses for Christmas and New Year.

January 12, 2016 ushered the 1st General Meeting of LeComs where the Budget was approved (P51,500) with topics discussed like the LeCom organizational structure, services to villages and condos, substitutes, proper attire and the Buling-Buling with a Dekada Theme. Rehearsals for Buling-Buling went underway in mid January. Cynthia Menchaca, Jeannie Bitanga, Micki Poe, Jaja Ledesma, Karen Blanco, Isa Gutierrez, Estee Cerilla, with Father Reu and Jayme Blanco danced to rock and roll and twist music.

February 9th was Buling-Buling highlighted by dinner and a musical variety show and capped by the burning of palms.

February 10th Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Season of Lent.

March 12-24 LeComs attended the Ongoing Formation seminar conducted by the Archdiocese of Manila.

Seder Meal on March 14th, a Jewish tradition celebrated by the Parish with dinner, prayer readings and
songs. The family of Jun Rodriguez led the celebration.

Palm Sunday March 20th with Dee, Edmund and the Coro led by Mrs. Amelita Guevarra with the dramatization of the Passion of Christ.

Holy Thursday March 24th had the vigil at the Garden of Repose with LeComs holding a one-hour meditation with video slides prepared by Caron Macasaet and Javier. The adoration altar was adorned with flowers by Wilma Huang’s group. Also, Father Jesus Galindo and Father Serge Santos celebrated their 50th year as Franciscan friars.

Good Friday March 25th featured the 7 Last Words as shared by members of different ministries during the mass followed by a Santo Entierro procession around the village. Jun Rodriguez and
EMHC Ministry designed a diagram to ensure the smooth flow of devotees during the veneration of the cross.

Easter Vigil March 26th High Mass in the main altar with Commentator Melon Recto and Edmund Lim, Jun
Rodriguez, Anton Conejos and Ricky Sison as Proclaimers of the Word. Aside from the traditional church music, the Coro added two songs during Communion Be not Afraid by Taylor Davis and Hesus ng Aking Buhay. Three adolescents from South Africa were baptized, confirmed and for the first time, received the Holy Eucharist. The image of the Risen Christ was set up on a rock garden by Wilma Huang. The Salubong followed right after the Easter Vigil.

April 2nd – 12 LeComs attended the Ongoing Formation (OGF) at San Carlos Seminary.

April 9th – 6 Lecoms attended the OGF.

April 3rd Divine Mercy Sunday.

April 24th, the directive from CBCP on kneeling from Consecration until the Great Amen, was reintroduced to the Faithful. A portable microphone helped in reminding the Faithful.

May 14th – 11 Lecoms attended the OGF.

May 17th was the 2nd General LeCom Meeting where topics discussed covered the OGF Renewal, updated Lecom Directory (with photos) and three new LeCom candidates(Norman Camungol, Ivy Lim, Zyrene Valencia). Caren Torres Rama from Ormoc City was welcomed as a visiting LeCom. And back into active service as LeCom are Fortune and RJ Ledesma.

May 28th – 4 Lecoms attended the OGF.

May 29th Feast of the Corpus Christi. The CBCP directive on Kneeling was discontinued.

June 1, start of the Novena to St. Anthony. There was early morning breakfast sponsored by LeCom and served by Alice Guerrero who brought 200 eggs, Eleonore and Isa Gutierrez, Dee Chan, Cathy Goquingco and Rachelle Wenger. During the 6pm mass, three (3) new LeComs—Sean Cannon, Mercy Dauz and Sheryl Malit—were commissioned by Father Reu. Mass was presided by Father Jhoan Pader, OPM, focusing on the virtue of Humility.

June 13th Feast of St. Anthony. High Mass with Coro followed by a sit-down dinner catered by Via Mare with music, raffle and dancing. Generous donors and sponsors enabled the Parish to engage a company to digitally scan and assess the structural integrity and efficiency of the (church) building.