Celebrating Christmas with a Mass at J.R Borja General Hospital

“Christmas happens when Jesus is born in our hearts.” These were the words which Father Szymon Bendowski said during his homily at a mass held at J.R Borja General Hospital this Christmas Day. Together with my fellow members from the Lay Dehonian Philippines – Cagayan de Oro Chapter, a lay group of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Congregation, we decided to hold a mass at the hospital for the patients and staff. Actually, our fellow member, Doctor Ninong Macoy, who is a physician at the public hospital, requested our spiritual director, Father Szymon, to hold a mass at the hospital for the patients.

Doc Ninong told us that it has been a long time ever since a mass was held at the hospital. He said that the patients had been yearning for this celebration.

The mass with the patients and staff is a worthwhile experience since we get to reach out to them spiritually this Christmas.

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The mass was held at the hospital’s corridor situated at the 2nd floor
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Together with Ate Love, who is also a member of the Dehonian Youth. She was also a participant during the World Youth Day 2016 last August held at Krakow, Poland. Likewise, Atty. Rosalie Grace Escobia led the choir.

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Yours truly, the first reader and psalmist

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Selfie after the mass. From L-R, Ate Love, Andrew, Atty. Grace, my cousin Joy, me, Doc Ninong, Ate Marian, Father Szymon, and Sister Karolina

After the mass, we had a simple fellowship held at the Sacred Heart Formation House at Aluba, Macasandig.

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With the accountants.

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Christmas lights from the Sacred Heart Formation House ❤
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Simple token given by Father Szymon during the fellowship. What i love most is the cross of the Sacred Heart. Finally, I got one! ❤ 😀

May Jesus be born in your hearts this Christmas and for the rest of the year because where there is God, truly, there is love!

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