Centro Escolar University's School of Eduaction-Liberal Arts-Music-Social Work COMPASS Chapter held its 5th Praying with the Scriptures that carried the theme "Follow me! John 21.19" at Luwalhati ng Maynila Last May 25, 2011 from 8:00 am to 11 am.
Luwalhati ng Maynila is a home for the aged administered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Manila City goverment which is located within the 23-hectare Boys Town compound in Parang, Marikina.
These senior citizens are mixture of those who are picked up from the streets and are placed in a government run home either because their families cannot be located or refuse to take them in. Some of them voluntarily went to DSWD and asked if they can stay at Luwalhati ng Maynila.
Each of them have different stories why and how they are there and each one of them will touch your heart.
We started the activity with a prayer followed by a morning calisthenics led by Dr. Jonathan Catapang, the PE Department Head of CEU. Unexpectedly our Dean and our COMPASS adviser asked me and my other classmate to join in leading the exercise. (Hindi ako handa, kaloka! Pero syempre GO parin para kina lolo't lola. Exercise with SMILE and cheer. Hahaha.) The grandparents really enjoyed the calisthenics with the beat of "One Way Ticket" etc. (Mga tugtugan noong kapanahunan nila.) They even asked for a copy of the songs. :)
Our lolos and lolas were divided into 5 groups and one prayer leader from each group came from the teaching and non teaching personnel of CEU. Within their group they introduced themselves, read the bible particularly John 21.19 and shared their insights and prayed their petitions and the healing prayer of Padre Pio de Pietrelcina.
|Group 2 led by Dr. Catapang (upper left picture) whom also led the morning calisthenics.|
This activity aims to provide an opportunity for the participants to deepen their faith through group praying with the scriptures...
|Dr. Erlinda Santos|
The SELAMS-COMPASS Chapter adviser and she also teaches Filipino
|Group 3 with Dr. Santos|
to discover the meaning of the words of God through sharing of insights and...
|Group 4 led by Mr. Roden Delos Santos (the man wearing brown shirt). My other classmates also helped him on facilitating the group.|
to pray for each other through shared petitions.
|Dr. Teresita Carey, the Dean of SELAMS|
|Group 5 with Dean Carey|
|students facilitating and helping lolos and lolas :)|
For our snack we prepare "unli" Lugaw and juice. :)
Usually they eat 4 meals each day...fish, vegetables and fruits are serve to them.
PICTURE PICTURE! =)
"After a lifetime of working, raising families, and contributing to the success of this nation in countless other ways, senior citizens deserve to retire with dignity." -Charlie Gonzalez
Photo Credit: Majean Menor