A DAY OF RECOLLECTION AND REFLECTION FOR CCD CONFIRMATION STUDENTS
The morning of Saturday, 23 January, dawned cool and sunny. With happy anticipation, the CCD (Continuing Catholic Development) level 7 Confirmation students and their teachers gathered early at the Parish Centre – it was the day of their 2016 annual Recollection. After a full briefing on the day’s program from the teachers, and a prayer for guidance and a safe journey, the group departed in two busloads from Santuario de San Antonio Parish promptly at 8.00am for the first part of their journey to Antipolo and the Eugenio Lopez Centre, the Recollection venue.
For the fifth year in a row, Father Edwin Soliva, SDB, was again the Facilitator and as in previous Recollections, his lecture, his advice, his counselling, his mentoring, his charisma – held the students spell-bound from the beginning to the end of the day’s activities. The Recollection proper started at 9.00am and his opening remarks were “Confirmation is allowing God to bring out the best in you and saying I CAN.” And yet, he continued, of all the seven Sacraments, Confirmation is the most neglected, forgotten, and un-appreciated of all. Therefore, as he told the students, he would teach them and show them how to receive, to respect and to sustain the coming of the Holy Spirit into their lives which would enable them to live their lives each day, to the fullest. Read more…..