Manresa School Holds a Thanksgiving Mass for its 50th Founding Anniversary


Last June 19, 2021, the whole Manresan Educative Family came together physically and virtually to celebrate 50 years of quality Catholic education of their alma mater through a Thanksgiving Mass held at the El Rosarillo Chapel and streamed live online via the official Facebook page of Manresa School. Reverend Father Dave Dominguez, MCCJ presided over the Holy Mass.




            In his homily, Father Dave reminded everyone that the 50th golden jubilee celebration should be a way of remembering everything that the Lord has done out of His loving mercy for everyone. He further emphasized three points that should be remembered about the celebration: (1) to contemplate the faithfulness of God, (2) to celebrate joyfully the generosity of God, and (3) to surrender themselves to the providential care of God. These points are aligned to the theme of the celebration: Grateful. Faithful. Hopeful.

            Fr. Dave stressed out that “If there’s something to brag about, it’s not the achievements, not the diploma, not the perfection that we achieved, but our weakness.” He further stated that humility is the condition required to acknowledge the goodness of God and through seeing one’s weakness, it will be easier to taste and see the goodness of the Lord. He concluded his message by asking everyone to have a humble and undivided heart, to not worry about tomorrow, and to continue in keeping the eyes of the heart open especially in these trying times.


            As part of the thanksgiving prayer which was focused on the people who built and supported the institution, the gift of people was also given importance. They are the ones who dedicated their lives to enriching the institution’s mission in molding the children and youth into mature Christians through the charism of St. Candida Maria de Jesus. Everyone was invited to “Look back in appreciation for all the learnings and beautiful memories this institution had bequeathed for the past 50 years. As we look forward to another half a century, we ask that you continue to bless Manresa School and all members of this educative community.”

            As a way of expressing gratitude while also helping others, Manresa School teamed up with its stakeholders to stage a virtual concert as a medium to gather assistance for the collaborative legacy projects. The donations from the legacy projects aim to provide support to deserving Manresan students who are in need in this time of the pandemic, as well as for the upgrade of the data network infrastructure for the ongoing Online Distance Learning (ODL) set-up of Manresa School.