On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last July 16, I accepted, with much trepidation, the chairmanship of Santuario de San Antonio Parish’s prestigious annual fund-raising event – FRANCISFEST 2016. My prayer then was:
“Lord, I do not know where I am going or what you would have me do, but I trust that you have a purpose for everything and that you are leading me to where you would like me to be.”
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace”
This beautiful prayer of St. Francis of Assisi was our constant inspiration during the two and a half months our team diligently prepared for FrancisFest 2016. While the objective was to raise funds for our many outreach programs, my main thrust was to entice more and more parish families and the youth to become involved in Santuario de San Antonio Parish activities.
Last Monday evening, my heart overflowed with happiness and gratitude as, together with Fr. Reu, our Parish Priest, and Edmund Lim, our PPC President, we welcomed so many parishioners at the door of our church. The atmosphere the whole evening was happy, intimate, everyone genuinely enjoying each other’s company while listening to the beautiful music rendered by the INCREDIBLE Orchestra of the Filipino Youth and talented piano soloist Brian Berino, conducted by young, handsome Maestro Olivier Ochanine.
Amazingly, FRANCISFEST 2016 transformed into a joyful reunion of One Eucharistic Parish Family coming HOME to enjoy an evening of music together. It was a dream come true! “Thank you, dear Lord, for leading me to where you would like me to be!”
In behalf of Santuario de San Antonio Parish, the beneficiaries of our outreach programs, and the FrancisFest 2016 team, I would like to thank all of you – our kind and generous parishioners, friends, and relatives – for your overwhelming support.
May the good Lord bless you and keep you,
May He let His face shine upon you,
May He give you peace!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank in a very special way my amazing FRANCISFEST 2016 team – ALL of you who worked so hard to make this event a great success:
Fr. Reu, Amelita, Suzettte, Edmund, Girlie, Tina, Dee, Entang, Lita, Fortune, Mert, Millette, Jean, Fortune, Dora, Wilma, Mariza, Jayme, Mickie, Cesar and Zari, BingBIng, Pin, JJ and Ian, my guardian angels – Sabrina, Berna and Inday, Bernie and Elma, the SSAP Office Staff and Maintenance Staff. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
Menchu O. Bautista
FrancisFest 2016 Chairperson