September 29, 2018 – Family Is a Gift recently partnered with the Commission on Family and Life of the Diocese of Pasig in the celebration of their 14th Anniversary at the ICC Formation Center of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pasig City. More than 100 participants came to hear the message of the Lord for their families.
The program started with Holy Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Darwin Calderon, spiritual director of the Diocesan Commission on Family and Life and the parish priest of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish. In his homily, he shared that we are to value, nourish and protect our own families and to make them our everyday gift.
Games followed with prizes from Ablaze Communications delighting the winners. The first main session of the event was on “Chastity and Sexuality Education in the Family,” given by Sis. Grace Panagsagan, Sector Head of CFC Central A. Sis. Grace discussed the duty of parents to reveal to their children how their bodies show that they are created by God to be a gift to others, and how their bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D. of the Diocese of Pasig in his address, stressed that “we are a community of families” and that it is our call to share the giftedness and wonders of our family to other families.
The second session, “Winning the Battle against Depression and Suicide” was given by Ms. Ilsa Reyes, a retreat director and inner healing facilitator. She talked about how families can help and support loved ones experiencing depression.