The Community of Fr. Di Francia Center of Studies in Parañaque City organized the “Annual Gathering of the Knights of the Altar” last February 25, 2017. The young participants, who are mostly altar servers, came from the different parishes where the religious brothers are serving, as part of their parish apostolate every Sunday.
The theme was “Sakristang Hokage: Naglilingkod sa Community upang maging Holy”. Bro. Alex Henon, RCJ and Bro. John Quincy Caballo, SDB further elaborated the theme through their talks. Furthermore, during the Eucharistic Celebration, Fr. Eric Raveza, RCJ shared his reflection on the importance of friendship in building future leaders in the parish. He also encouraged the participants to be open to God’s call for religious and priestly life.
In the afternoon, the participants enjoyed and shared their camaraderie through different sports and parlor games. After the games, Fr. Rodolfo Patiag Jr., RCJ, the Superior of the Community, gave his concluding remarks, thanking the participants and cheering them to continue their service in the parish as a way to holiness. The day ended with the participants going home and bringing their experience of joy and fellowship through youthful and friendly encounter with the religious brothers and with their fellow altar servers.
At present, the religious brothers render their weekly Sunday parish apostolate in some of the parishes in the Diocese of Parañaque and the Archdiocese of Manila. The parishes from where the altar servers come from are: Holy Eucharist Parish –Parañaque City; Immaculate Conception Parish – Parañaque City; Last Supper of Our Lord Parish – Las Piñas City; Our Lady of the Abandoned Shrine – Muntinlupa City; Our Lady of Fatima Parish – Las Piñas City; Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish – Parañaque City; Our Lady of Unity Parish – Parañaque City; Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish – Parañaque City; Sacred Heart Parish – Muntinlupa City; San Antonio de Padua Parish – Parañaque City; San Juan Nepomuceno Parish – Pasay City; and San Isidro Labrador Parish - Pasay City