Mass for the Solemnity of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

The Grade School celebrated the Holy Mass for the Solemnity of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest and founder of the Society of Jesus presided by Fr. Nono Levosada, SJ and concelebrated by Fr. Earl Barredo, SJ and Fr. Irvin Salanio, SJ.  Before the Mass, the Knights of Christ had their rite of Investiture and Commissioning with their parents in attendance. Their vestments were blessed and their parents helped them put on their habit. The 22 Knights of Christ for SY 2017-2018 who were vested and commissioned in front of their teachers and schoolmates served in the solemn celebration of the Mass.

In his homily, Fr. Nono related that he only got to know about Saint Ignatius when he was in college and the more he got to know about him, the more he became attracted to follow him. He encouraged everyone to keep learning about Saint Ignatius, not to get tired of studying his life, teachings, and example year in and year out. Finally, he emphasized two values from the life of Ignatius: Resilience and Joy. Saint Ignatius did not let his injury and failure stop him from dreaming; instead, he got up and went on a totally new adventure - following God. Fr. Nono also shared the accounts of people who knew Ignatius. He did not always show a stern and strict face. When people saw him, they get a sense of joy in him, a joy that can only come from God.
Before the final blessing, the AGSCOM, the student leaders, and the class officers had their oath-taking and their commissioning. The Buwan ng Wika was also launched. Saint Ignatius founded one of the most fruitful missionary orders of the Church and in our celebration of his feast, our students wore clothes representing the indigenous peoples and the regions of a country which received such missionaries.