Baclaran kids star in month-long celebration

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PARAÑAQUE City, Oct. 1, 2014—October being the month especially dedicated to children, the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Baclaran Church), is set to come out with a host of activities which aims to pay tribute to whom Rizal once called as the “hope of the fatherland”.

Baclaran children, mostly from depressed areas nearby, perform a doxology as part of the shrine's "Flores de María" celebration while the famous icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help "watches" them from behind. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

Queenamor Monserrat, an engineer who donates her free hours catechizing poor children, many of whom are neglected and abandoned by their parents, shared the annual event, which is organized in coordination with its Redemptorist Catechetical Commission, is one that the Baclaran Shrine regularly observes.

“This is to emphasize the importance of children in our society, especially the children in the Redemptorist [community],” she said.

Monserrat explained this celebration is also in keeping with the Presidential Proclamation No. 267 [which] declared the month of October of every year as “National Children’s Month”.

Themed “Batang Layko, Si Kristo Like (A)ko”, Baclaran Church’s Children’s Month event schedule is as follows:

October 4 (Saturday)
10:00 a.m. – Practice for Launching

October 5 (Sunday)
1:30 p.m. – Mini Symposium with Kids
2:30 p.m. – Children’s Mass
3:30 pm- Ribbon Cutting of Children’s Exhibit

October 12 (Sunday)
1:30 p.m. – Catechesis
2:30 p.m. – Children’s Mass
3:30 p.m. – Battle Round “The Voice of RedempKids”

October 18 (Saturday)
6:00 a.m. – Outreach Program with above Grade 5 level kids

October 19 (Sunday)
1:30 p.m. – Catechesis
2:30 p.m. – Children’s Mass
3:30 p.m. – Shrine Clean-Up Project

October 26 (Sunday)
1:30 p.m. – Catechesis
2:30 p.m. – Children’s Mass
3:30 p.m. – Final Round “The Voice of RedempKids”
& Culmination Program

According to the Council of the Welfare (CWC) website, the National Children’s Month seeks to “emphasize the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building”.

Section 13, Article II of the Philippine Constitution “recognizes the vital role of the youth in the nation building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth, patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs”. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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