The Commission on Family and Life (CoFL) of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Paranaque partnered with Family Is a Gift in conducting their Family Day celebration last November 17, 2018.
During the event dubbed “Celebrating the Gift of Family,” families gathered to listen to sessions focused on appreciating the blessing of family and learning the importance of praying as a family.
The day began with a Kids’ Praise led by the parish CoFL head Jesus Secretario together with his family. Parish priest Fr. Virginio B. Pedregosa gave the opening remarks, reminding each family of the importance of praying together even after they have received what they have prayed for, and of being a blessing to others.
After some fun games, families participated in the “Thankful Tree activity” where families recalled the many things they were thankful for about their families. This served as the springboard for the first session, “Appreciating My Blessing of Family” given by Lester Guillermo, a Fulltime Pastoral Worker of Singles for Christ. He started his talk by introducing his family to the participants and reminding them to love each member of their families despite their imperfections. He encouraged the children to be the Jesus Christ in their families through their simple acts of service, while he also reminded parents to make sure they show their appreciation for the efforts of their children.
This was followed by another activity called “Family Flag” where each family made their own flags to symbolize their families. The second session, “Praying as a Family,” was given by Bro. Donald Abrematea and his family. During the session the speakers reminded the families of the importance of prayer in strengthening the family and in leading it closer to Jesus. Before the session ended, the families were taught how to conduct a Family Household.
Certificates were awarded and the closing remarks and closing prayer were led by Bro. Aris Oruga, chapter head of South B 3C. Dinner was served for all the families who participated. The day ended with an anticipated mass led by Fr. Pedregosa.