Celebrating St. Candida Maria de Jesus’ Feast day at Sitio Minahang Bato

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     After a year of preparation, the first fiesta Mass of St. Candida Maria de Jesus was held at 9:00 in the morning and celebrated by Rev. Fr. Peter Ymari C. Balatbat, with BEC Leaders and Barangay officials among the attendees at St. Candida Maria de Jesus Chapel at the Sitio Minahang Bato, at Brgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal. After the mass, there was a simple offering of food to the community in collaboration with the Diocesan Shrine & Parish of St. Clement - Social & Human Development Ministry (SOHDEM). the first fiesta mass was held on this blessed day of August 9, 2022.

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   From August 6 – 9 the Triduum was held in honor of Sta. Candida Maria De Jesus.  On August 9, the BECs and 3 Caritas Manila YSLEP Scholars helped prepare the Mass and other fiesta activities.

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   Remembering what Sta. Candida used to do; giving omelets to the poor, and scrambled eggs and bread were distributed to the community as a sign of gratitude to Sta. Candida Maria De Jesus. 

It must be remembered that during the Covid19 Pandemic (2021), despite the poverty, the community of Sitio Minahang Bato located at Brgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal, the community worked hard to build the dream of a small chapel for Sta. Candida Maria De Jesus. They wanted to build the Chapel in gratitude for the contributions of HIJAS DE JESUS to their community. Despite the uncertain dream, the house of the poor was started for Sta. Candida Maria De Jesus. The home of Sta. Candida will remind the community to make room for everyone in need…”Where there is no room for the poor, neither is there room for me.” Thanks to all those who helped build the house of Sta. Candida Maria De Jesus.

 

 

 

 

On May 31, 2021, the chapel was blessed by  Rev. Fr. Peter Ymari C. Balatbat, Parish Priest & Rector of Diocesan Shrine & Parish of St. Clement. The community happily witnessed the simple dedication of the Chapel and formally presented STA. CANDIDA MARIA DE JESUS as the patroness of Sitio Minahang Bato. Among those who attended were the officials of Barangay San Isidro.

 

On August 9, 2021 the community was waiting for the first fiesta, but due to the lockdown Mass was not held.

 

After a long period of pandemic, the small home of Sta. Candida has been opened to church activities such as Rosary, Bukluran, Bible Service with communion and also as venue for HAPAG-ASA Feeding Program, this is truly a place for the poor, a poor home of Mother Candida Maria De Jesus.

 

Thanks to everyone who worked hard to celebrate the blessed day of Sta. Candida; thanks to HIJAS DE JESUS who shared their charism of Mother Candida. Because of their apostolate, they were able to introduce Sta. Candida Maria De Jesus to us and she is now the Patron saint of Sitio Minahang Bato.

 

Thanks be to God! The first fiesta Mass was celebrated. The home dedicated to her, although small is always open to all who are looking for a room to be with GOD and pray through the intercession of Sta. Candida Maria De Jesus.

 

Sta. Candida Maria De Jesus…pray for us! 

 

Contributed by Nelson Amora, head of  Diocesan Shrine & Parish of St. Clement - Social & Human Development Ministry (SOHDEM). Angono  Rizal