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Up the Mountains of Antipolo

The cool and windy weather of Antipolo beckoned CFC-FFL families to the Assumption School of Antipolo for the CFC-FFL Family Day on December 06, 2010. Along Sumulong Highway en route to the venue, one could see a convoy of cars, vans and even tourist buses bringing families, whole households and chapters from the Districts of Novaliches, Cubao, Manila, Caloocan, Paranaque, Pasig, Antipolo, and the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite.

As in all CFC-FFL activities, the day started with the recitation of the Rosary. This was immediately followed by the Eucharistic Celebration. It was a celebration indeed as the processional was accompanied by joyful singing and led by a procession of beautiful and creative lanterns from the different districts and provinces. The Main Celebrant was Rev. Fr. Sandy Enhaynes, Parish Priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish of Antipolo, and concelebrated by our very own Rev. Fr. Justin Sequierra. Being a celebration of the second week of Advent, our Servant General, Frank Padilla and his wife, Gerry, lit the Advent candles.

Fr. Sandy’s homily was a very timely reminder for all of us as we prepare for the birth of our Lord. He enjoined all to pray and ask the Lord to “Disturb us.” It is in disturbing us that we are made more sensitive and aware of people and events around us. It is in disturbing us that we are called to act and to respond. As we prepare for the coming of our Lord, our Lord of love and hope, we too are called to be instruments of love and hope to others.

Our Servant General, Frank Padilla, gave the community his message of hope as we near the end of the year and look forward to the year ahead. As we look back with the posture of gratitude and joy for all the great things God has done for our community, we are also called upon to look forward and plan ahead. We are all called upon to look forward to the work God has entrusted to us. This work can be summed up as evangelization, renewing families, and defending life.

The whole day was made more exciting and enjoyable with indoor and outdoor games for each member of the family. Thecool breeze of Antipolo and the Christmas carols sung by the various choirs from the different districts made us feel and smell the scent of Christmas in the air. The fellowship among brethren, good food and good company, as well as the Ukay-Ukay sponsored by our Work with Poor completed the day of fun and revelry.

The lantern-making contest, which challenged the districts to create their own lantern from purely indigenous materials, was won by the Province of Laguna. Their lantern was constructed from corn husks, so creatively and ingeniously crafted.

It was truly a time of love overflowing among brethren and among members of the family. It was a time of rest and a time of renewal. It was a time of looking back with gratitude and a time of looking forward with hope.

It was a day well spent up in the mountains of Antipolo.

Contributed by:

Mimi A. David
CFC-FFL Education Ministry

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