Tuesday, 30 October 2018 06:54

San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry holds Holy-Win: Dress Like a Saint contest

The San Felipe Neri Parish Youth Ministry (SFNPYM) conducted their 6th year of Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint-Contest last Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2:00 p.m., at San Felipe Neri Parish, Mandaluyong City. 

The Holy-Win: Dress Like A Saint-Contest is a yearly activity of SFNPYM where the children, the youth, and the adults are dressed in saints’ vestments or costumes to bring back the celebration of the "Hallowed Eve" or the Feast of All Saints, rather than letting them wear scary and horrific costumes of ghosts, witches, and other evil characters. Instead of Halloween, it is named as “Holy-Win” where the saints are honored and glorified with God for their victory against the temptations of sin and their success in attaining holiness.

Photo by Information and Communications Ministry / San Felipe Neri Parish

Parishioners and other members of the parish’s ministry and organization were highly encouraged to participate in the activity to replace the secular celebration of the Halloween with a sacred and meaningful one and also to encourage the children, the youth and the adults to become models of holiness by imitating the Saints. 

The participants were divided into three (3) categories: ages 5 to 12 for the Children’s Category, ages 13 to 25 for the Youth Category, and lastly ages 26 & up for the Adult Category. 

This year, there were sixty-three (63) young and brave participants who registered for the event.

The program started with the presentation and introduction of the Saint participants. Each participant was on their best character and attire to really let people see the Saint that they are portraying to. Resourcefulness, creativity, and simplicity were evident. 

Highlighting the event was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang, the Parochial Vicar of San Felipe Neri Parish, at 4:00 pm where the participants and their parents were recognized.

Before the final blessing, the winners of the said contest were announced and awarded. The Holy Win Dress Like A Saint is not only a contest but an occasion that teaches everyone to be holy, not scary. (Fatima Maisog Llanza and Ma. Chiara Raphaela D. Leornas / San Felipe Neri Parish)


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