Saturday, 23 April 2016
On 16 April 2016, at 10:00 in the morning Saturday, the Somascan Community of Sto. Hieronimus Emiliani in Ruteng, Indonesia, had their formation house and home for boys blessed by Msgr. Hubertus Leteng, Bishop of Ruteng.
The celebration started with the traditional “Manggarai welcome ceremony”. The bishop and the Mayor of Ruteng, Hon. Kamilus Deno, together with the heads of different government offices, were warmly welcomed by the elders of the village with their traditional costume, song, and dance.
The celebration was indeed a blessing from the Lord! It was graced by "VIPs" - Very Inspiring Persons, headed by the Rev. Fr. Angeles Javier P. San Jose, crs., Provincial Superior of the Southeast Asia Province and his councilor Fr. Joseph Don Castro, crs. It was also honored by the presence of friends from the Philippines, and the generous benefactors from Jakarta. There were about six hundred persons in attendance coming from the villages around the place and good a number of religious coming from the different congregations in the Diocese of Ruteng.
Immediately after the Holy Mass, a short program of speeches, singing, and dancing was staged to entertain the honorable guests - benefactors, priests, religious sisters and brothers, government officials, families, and friends. Meanwhile, a sumptuous lunch was prepared by the people of the village with their unique "BAYANIHAN" in collaboration with the generous sponsors.
"Why only now, (the blessing)?" This was the common question among the guests, for it was known that the house has been being occupied already for almost seven years before the blessing. Inspired by the scripture, Fr. Erwin V. Manalang, crs., the superior of the said house, answered, "There is a time for everything. Today is the perfect time, the time blest by God!" And it was unanimously approved by the guests with their big applause.