Kapatiran children answer the call for service

Attendees of the Wellington Archdiocese Filipino Chaplaincy mass on Sunday 20 September witnessed the installation of 13 children as altar servers. They will be assisting in the celebration of the Holy Masses of the Chaplaincy. The blessing of the children was led by Fr Danny Cipriano. This is a momentous event to the Community as all children are from Kapatiran families.

The new members of the Knights of the Altar are Angelo Araiza, Ellan Bugas, Ethan Bugas, Shaun Cajilog, Sam Catalan, Aaron Dado, Alyanna Gierran, Karl Gratela, Jigs Ibarra, JL Ibarra, Mary Malicden, James Malicden and Fiona Pagtakhan. They are headed by Gus Umali.


Filling up the emptiness

A testimony of a Life in the Spirit Programme participant
by Viluz GrayPicture1

I belong to a relatively religious family and one thing that our parents taught us when we were growing up was to instil in us the value of being good Catholics. Going to church every Sunday, reciting the rosary every day and helping others, to mention a few, were part of our lives. In my mind, I thought I’m a good person and am fine.

One day, my friend invited me to attend the prayer meeting. I said to her I have no time am too busy. She didn’t give up on me and kept on inviting me. My reply was always the same; no time, I am busy.

Meantime, life was good, blessings that were more than what I prayed for kept on coming. But there was something missing in my life. There was a feeling of emptiness. I thought I just needed a break so I went for a holiday.  Though enjoyed my holiday, when I came back, the feeling of emptiness didn’t go away. Even the analytical skills that I thought I was good at didn’t make any sense of it all.

One day I bumped in with my friend again and she said, “I will invite you to serve the community and join the Kapatiran”. “I will see if I’m not busy,” I replied. What I didn’t realize is that this good friend of mine kept on praying for me all this time.

Then the day came and I attended the Kapatiran Life in the Spirit Programme (KLSP). On the first session, we were asked why we are there. My simple answer was “I want to nourish and strengthen my relationship with God”.  It is exactly what KLSP is all about.  I learn so much about my faith and keep on growing every day.  I feel the joy in my heart and the feeling of emptiness was totally gone. One of the sweetest moments of my life was when I opened my heart and accepted His invitation to become one of his disciples.