Jul 21 2016
Last October 5, 2016, the Junior High School community celebrated a Novena Mass in honor of our Lady of La Naval de Manila and the Month of the Holy Rosary. Organized by the religious organizations of the Junior High School, it was held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, commonly known as Santo Domingo Parish, in Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. As expected from the Glee Club and Music Ensemble, they again took on the challenge to use their musical abilities for the said mass.
Chaired by the Junior High School’s regent, Fr. Jannel N. Abogado O.P., the mass lasted for about 1 and a half hours Students are asked to return to the university on or before 11 immediately while regular classes are to be observed in the afternoon.
As part of this celebration, Grade 10 students, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts Officers, and Citizen Advancement Training (CAdT) Officers also participated in the grand procession on Sunday, October 9. The said march was set to start at 4:00 pm; however, due to some cases it caused nearly a one and a half-hour delay. The procession lasted for approximately 2 hours, with many people coming from the Junior High School body and other departments from the university.
On the 7th of October, 2015, the University of Santo Tomas Junior High School gathered as one family to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Naval. This annual eucharistic celebration is part of the devotion of the university and the school to the Rosary Month held every October and the celebration of the Feast of the Solemnity Our Lady of The Holy Rosary. This year’s theme is Inang Maria: Kalakbay Sa Pagharap Sa Hamon ng Karalitaan at Kabanalan. Organized by the Student Catholic Action, the Dominican Network, and the Liturgical Ministry of the UST Junior High School, this year’s mass was held at the Sto. Domingo Parish and was presided by the school regent Father Jannel N. Abogado, O.P. As part of this celebration, the Grade 10 students also participated in the grand procession held last October 11, 2015 at said parish.
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Eight students represented UST High School in the 19th DYG Summer Camp organized by the Dominican Network Youth Group held at San Pedro College – Ulas Campus, Davao City. The said encounter endorsed the theme “Liberating Truth: Key to Freedom” for five days, from April 28, 2015 to May 3, 2015. UST JHS DomNet Adviser, Ms. Lydia Basaysay, joined the eight representatives: Agatha Tacneng (St. Daniel ’14-’15), Maria Andrea Capiral (St. Dominica ’14-‘15), Micah Apostol and Reinalyn Cadavillo (St. Catherine ’14-’15), Joshua Raphael Tan and Stella Santos (St. Dorothea ’14-’15), Erika Marie De Guzman (St. Dionysius ’14-’15), and Al Vicente Riano Lisboa (St. Cecilia ’14-’15).
Fr. Ramonclaro Mendez, O.P. presided the opening mass which was succeeded by San Pedro College President Sr. Anabella Roña, O.P.’s welcoming remarks. DYG National Coordinator Dave Marangay oriented all 264 delegates from 38 schools nationwide through the “welcome presentation,” wherein all representatives divided themselves into different teams and made their own cheers and flags. The first day of camp directed the youth towards the meaning of truth through a talk entitled “Unsa ba ang tinuod?” by Fr. Lauro de Dios, O.P., the rector of Angelicum School Iloilo. “Unsa ba ang tinuod” is a Bisayan translation of “what is the truth?”
Teambuilding activities were held in the Bluejaz Beach Resort at Samal, Davao City. On the third day, three DYG alumni namely Kuya Bagani, Ate Ivy, and Ate JV shared their own inspirational stories highlighting their faith in God and overcoming life’s ordeals. All delegates were provided the Youth Annual Report, a narrative which showcases DomNet’s activities throughout A.Y. 2014 – 2015. A new set of DYG officers was also determined on the same day. Another talk with the title “Gawasnong Kamaturoan sa Ginoo” (God’s Liberating Truth) was offered to each contingent by Fr. Stephen Besa, O.P.
The fourth day of the DYG summer camp began with a mass presided by Mindanao Vocation Promoter Fr. Norman Quilaquil who shared in his homily that “…a DomNet kid should have a grateful heart, a sincere heart, and a joyful heart.” All delegates registered themselves in various workshops that could enhance their skills involving singing, dancing, drama, photography, painting, or modelling to disseminate further the essence of truth as the ultimate key to freedom.
The 19th DYG Summer Camp was concluded by a final mass presided by Fr. Christopher Jeffrey Aytona, O.P. who gave a Pope Francis Cross to each delegate as a “pabaon” along with Fr. Lauro de Dios, O.P. and Fr. John Stephen Besa, O.P. On the same day, the Core Team acknowledged every school’s participation through the awarding of certificates. Jessieca Infante, member of the UST DomNet Core Team, spearheaded the Ritual of Goodbye after the new set of DYG officers had their corresponding inductions.
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