St Francis Xavier
THIS IS IT!
Fiesta na, Pasko pa! sa Xavierville Phase II!
“PASASALAMAT AT PAG-ASA”
Hi neighbors! This is
(1) a blog on the above-named Saint, after whom our Village is named, and
(2) an advanced notice page on an exciting FIESTA cum CHRISTMAS celebration you surely don’t wanna miss 🙂 So, since “Christmas is for KIDS” as they’d say, all kids (I guess that includes all of us) are WELCOME to this FIESTA celebration 😉
1) We plan to have this celebration on DEC.5, Sat., the Saturday closest to Dec. 3, FEAST of St Francis Xavier, beginning with a Mass at 5pm at the Shrine (Alvero cor. N. Reyes). On the same spot will follow our “Fiesta-cum-Christmas celebration” !
2) It’s a potluck event, with families bringing the food they can bring ;
3) The THEME will be “PASASALAMAT AT PAG-ASA” to express: our solidarity with those who went through crises lately due to typhoons, our awe at the generosity of the human spirit helping out those who suffered, our HOPE that, if we keep UNITED, we can overcome problems & build a better COMMUNITY leading up to a better SOCIETY 🙂
5) Just like during Halloween last Oct.24, this is gonna be a COSTUME party, according to the COLORS of CHRISTMAS & the theme of SOLIDARITY, e.g., each Street will have a specific color assigned to them 🙂
6) And lots more exciting SURPRISES for everyone! And of course there’ll be GAMES galore! and PRIZES 🙂 which I’m sure the kids will enjoy!
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ST FRANCIS XAVIER
FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris 1525, secured his licentiate in 1528, met Ignatius Loyola and became one of the seven who in 1534, at Montmartre founded the Society of Jesus. In 1536 he left Paris to join Ignatius in Venice, from whence they all in tended to go as missionaries to Palestine (a trip which never materialized), was ordained there in 1537, went to Rome in 1538, and in 1540, when the pope formally recognized the Society, was ordered, with Fr. Simon Rodriguez, to the Far East as the first Jesuit missionaries. King John III kept Fr. Simon in Lisbon, but Francis, after a year’s voyage, six months of which were spent at Mozambique where he preached and gave aid to the sick eventually arrived in Goa, India in 1542 with Fr. Paul of Camerino an Italian, and Francis Mansihas, a Portuguese. There he began preaching to the natives and attempted to reform his fellow Europeans, living among the natives and adopting their customs on his travels. During the next decade he converted tens of thousands to Christianity. He visited the Paravas at the tip of India. near Cape Comorin, Tuticorin (1542), Malacca (1545), the Moluccas near New Guinea and Morotai near the Philippines (1546-47), and Japan (1549- 51). In 1551, India and the East were set up as a separate province and Ignatius made Francis its first provincial. In 1552 he set out for China, landed on the island of Sancian within sight of his goal, but died before he reached the mainland. Working against great difficulties, language problems ( contrary to legend, he had no proficiency in foreign tongues ), inadequate funds, and lack of cooperation, often actual resistance, from European officials, he left the mark of his missionary zeal and energy on areas which clung to Christianity for centuries. He was canonized in 1622 and proclaimed patron of all foreign missions by Pope Pius X. Feast Day Dec. 3.
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