The birth of the SSAP Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)- Scholarship Program Committee was inspired by the FrancisFest ’96 Committee with the support of Fr. Romy Abesamis, OFM, then Santuario de San Antonio Parish Priest. It was their desire to do something for the youth coming from marginalized families. It started with 12 male scholars for the school year 1997 – 98, and now 16 years later, there are 78 young men and ladies in the program. With God’s grace, the program has thrived healthily growing from year to year through the generosity of our parishioners and the continued efforts of the parish and the Scholarship Committee.
Beneficiaries are high school graduates, out of school youth of indigent families who are highly motivated to succeed and to help themselves and their families. Applicants referred by Franciscan sister parishes and NGOs, are carefully screened.
Our thrust is to provide academic and technical knowledge and skills in partnership with our partner schools. Vocational courses are encouraged so that jobs are acquired after fifteen or twenty four months allowing them to help their families after completion of their course and On-the-Job Training (OJT).
A significant part of the program is to provide values formation with the purpose of developing our scholars as Kristiyanong Mamamayan able to conduct themselves as inspired citizens at home, in school, in their communities and workplace. An Orientation starts with a big kick off activity with scholars, parents and representatives from our partner schools capped with the Commitment candle lighting ceremony and signing of contract which pledges responsibility, hard work and perseverance.
The Committee members meet with the scholars each month for updates. Workshops for time and money management, and good conduct are held as well as bi monthly English tutorials to boost their English proficiency. To deepen their spiritual life, Fr. Joel celebrates an Interactive Mass with them and gives his Modules on the Ten Commandments. Our JPIC Socio-Pastoral worker is our liaison officer, making house visitations, distributing weekly allowances and monitors their progress.
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IT’S NOT THE FROG!
by THE JPIC SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE / MTO
Yes it was not the frog that croaked but the laptop assigned to Ms. Jackie, Socio-Pastoral worker of the JPIC Scholarship Program, has been using for several years as it was donated by a caring Scholarship Committee member/parishioner. It has outlived its use as having caught a virus it cannot save and hangs!
Do you grit your teeth when this happens? Or stand up in exasperation because you cannot do your work and the machine just refuses to budge?
It is the laptop assigned to JPIC Scholarship Committee that croaked and we now NEED another one as in yesterday! NOT a brand new one but a GOOD PREVIOUSLY OWNED LAPTOP that will serve for making presentations to our scholars, communicating with partner schools and the preparing reports to the Foundation and Parish Council, completing our data, correspondence, and the like.
We know we run to you dear parishioners for our needs but we do so because we prioritize thefunds you lovingly give for the education of our scholars.
And somehow we hope that a kind soul with big perceptive ears and a noble heart WITH AN EXTRA LAPTOP will answer this need.
It is a Christmas wish we are hitching to a star!
Dreamily we hope for a human Santa to answer this croaking need.
We promise to let you know if our wish comes true.
Spread Holiday Cheer!
by SSAP JPIC Scho. Comm. / Marietta Cuyegkeng
Once again, the holiday season is almost here! How about sharing your abundant blessings with our SSAP JPIC-scholars? It is time to bring out from storage the NUMEROUS UNUSED CLOTHES, TOILETRY AND TRAVEL KITS, BACKPACKS, HANDBAGS, WALLETS, TOWELS, UMBRELLAS AND OTHER ESSENTIALS. There are many young men and women who certainly appreciate these and could use them.
Our Annual SSAP JPIC Scholarship Program-Christmas Party on the 1st Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Parish Center is an eagerly anticipated event where entrance raffle prizes, games, and hearty party fare bring a lot of good cheer to about 250 of our JPIC Scholars, past & present.
Do bring your donations to the Parish Office c/o Ms. Jackie Rafales, our Parish Pastoral Worker soonest and no later please, than Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
As we anticipate your overwhelming response, we do appreciate your labeling the items “M” (male), “F” (female) or “U” (unisex) to facilitate our volunteers’ task of sorting, wrapping and listing them. Be generous, a sense of joy and fulfillment are guaranteed for all.
by SSAP JPIC Scho. Comm./Dely Fernandez
The JPIC-Ministry Scholarship Program is once again organizing a Christmas party for approximately 250 Parish JPIC scholars. We are also inviting the past scholars so they can update us on their successes due to the training they received as JPIC scholars. We expect about 250 scholars.
Most of them though, have never had much in the way of getting gifts since their parents are so preoccupied with making enough to feed their children and be able to send them to school. Given a limited budget, we at JPIC would like to appeal to those kindhearted people who are willing to share their unused gifts — clothes, shoes, bags, brushes, toiletries, airline bags, houseware, kitchenware, anything you can think of that would bring delight
and gladness in the scholars’ hearts. What you may consider ordinary, someone else will treasure. What you have an excess of, someone will be so happy to use.
WE NEED RAFFLE PRIZES, DOOR PRIZES, GAMES PRIZES SO THAT THEY CAN ALSO SHARE THE GIFTS WITH THEIR LOVED ONES WHEN THEY GO ON CHRISTMAS BREAK. We will be happy to do all the wrapping for you.
Please drop off the gifts at the Parish Office c/o JPIC Socio- Pastoral worker Ms. Jackie. The party is scheduled on the 1st SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015 and we would appreciate receiving the items at your soonest possible convenience so we have time to wrap the gifts.
by JPIC Scholarship Committee
Is it almost Christmas again? Where did the all the months after June go? When half the year is over time seems to fly and once more we are confronted with the thought of Christmas and all the joys, preparations and hassle that accompany the season. But as the saying goes “you never cross the same river twice” and this is so true for our most celebrated and wonderful season of Christmas.
Traditional rituals stay but there is always something added or lacking or just different. Whether it’s as trivial as a new place or décor or as painful as the passing of a loved one, Christmas calls for thinking about its essence and vitality – celebrating with loved ones, sharing, and the thought of making it better, happier, more meaningful and even more organized knocks at our consciousness. Keep reading…..
By the grace of God and our Blessed Mother, Santuario de San Antonio Parish has been blessed by the inception and continuation of its JPIC Scholarship Ministry, allowing its parishioners and churchgoers to be instruments of God’s peace and making a difference in the lives of young men and women who have applied and been accepted in the Program. In turn, those of us who have committed to work in this particular area of our Lord’s vineyard have been doubly blessed as our lives continue to be enriched by this Ministry. Read more from this week’s Parish Bulletin
Recently our JPIC scholars and JPIC Scholarship Committee members trooped to the Mini-Forest Park, Miriam College for the annual JPIC Scholars’ Graduation Picnic.
Conceptualized by Sr. Marisa Lichauco along with the JPIC Scholarship Committee, the moving force behind this green oasis, the much anticipated event is a JPIC scholars’ culminating activity that seeks to enhance everyone’s appreciation of nature and its beauty – the Integrity of Creation. Read the full story….
Our SSAP JPIC SCHOlars in our Partner Schools
We thank the Santuario de San Antonio Parish, through its SSAP Foundation Inc., for generously allocating a budget of Php1.3 Million for the JPIC Outreach Ministry’s SCHOlarship Program.
EDUCATION, coupled with faith in God, determination and hard work, is one of the most effective tools that offer equal opportunity for all.
However — the high cost of education and cost of living — limits the number of deserving students from marginalized families who could benefit from this worthwhile program. Read the full story…
“Service is Prayer,” “Making Time” and the “Virtue of Asceticism”
The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Ministry – JPIC Scholarship Program of Santuario de San Antonio Parish Foundation, Inc. recently held its one-day Recollection at the week-end house of member Bambina Buenaventura. In attendance were Menchu Bautista, Dely Fernandez, Doris See, Mert Loinaz, Millette Ocampo, Girl Velasquez, Sister Marisa Lichuaco, Jean Chavez, Bambina’s sister Angela Quila, Mariza V. del Rosario and Jackie Macasias, JPIC Socio- Pastoral Worker. Read the full story…
SCHOLARSHIP (headed by Menchu Bautista & Mariza del Rosario)
The Scholarship Ministry assists young men and women with the educational opportunity and assistance to enroll in and finish their courses which will enable them to work with dignity and improve their families’ lives. This is strengthened by a Formation program managed by the Committee in the parish… (Continue reading the July 10 article on JPIC Scholarship here.)