Submitted by Sr Paola fcJ, from the Manila community
The celebration of Christmas (Paskomunidad) in the FCJ Learning and Development Center is always the highlight of the year. Of course, this year the big community celebration was not possible because of all the COVID19-related restrictions, so we had to find another way of celebrating. The Toy Raffle for children aged 3-10 years livestreamed on our Facepage generated great excitement. Santa Claus came, and there were 60 lucky winners! The toys were then delivered to the children’s homes by Santa’s helpers.
As a consolation to those who were not so lucky, we distributed colouring sheets of the crib with the Christmas story on the back. Food parcels were distributed to the elderly and to some very poor families. There was also an online Christmas presentation which included photos from previous community celebrations, carolling and a Christmas message from the staff.
Even though the way of celebrating is different this year, the same deep meaning of this beautiful season shines through. We pray that all families will experience the Hope and Joy of knowing that, even in these difficult times, Emmanuel, God is with us.
Maligayang Pasko sa Inyong Lahat!!