Day By Day

The Life-changing gift of appreciation
A story by Barbara Glanz

In my keynote speeches and workshops, CARE is an acronym I use for the elements of a caring, creative, joyful (and more productive!) workplace and home. The “A” in CARE stands for “Appreciation for ALL.” As I speak about appreciation, I use one of my favorite quotations from Albert Schweitzer:

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who rekindled this inner light.”

Then I ask my audiences to please shut eyes and think about someone who at sometime in their lives has rekindles their inner light. I leave the room in silence for several minutes, and it is always a profound experience for everyone as they remember the joy they received from being appreciated by someone when they needed it the most.

Afterward, I ask them to write down the name of the person they thought of and to commit to their own act of appreciation by letting that person know in the next seventy-two hours that he or she was thought of. I suggest a phone call, a note, or even a little prayer if they are no longer living.

After one moving session, a gentleman came up to talk with me and thank me for creating a new awareness in him. He said he thought of his eighth-grade literature teacher because she was everyone’s favorite teacher and had really made a difference in all of their lives. He planned to track her down and let me know what happened.

One afternoon, I received a call from him. He was choked up on the phone and could hardly get through his story. He said that it had taken him nearly two months to track his teacher down, and when he finally found her, he wrote her.  The following week he received this letter:

Dear John,

You will never know how much your letter meant to me. I am eighty-three years old and I am living all alone in one room. My friends are all gone. My family’s gone. I taught fifty years and yours is the first “thank you” letter I have ever gotten from a student. Sometimes I wonder what I did with my life. I will read and reread your letter until the day I die.

He sobbed on the phone. He said, “She is always the one we talk about at every reunion. She was everyone’s favorite teacher – we loved her!” But no one had ever told her.. until she received his letter.

Excerpted from the introduction of the Simple Truths book
The Simple Truths of Appreciation by Barbara Glanz

To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel, but to the loved-starved,
a WORD OF AFFECTION can be a feast.
= Max Lucado =

Thank you for your kindness, courage and perseverance.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Have a safe and restful summer!


Year-End Chapel Videos


Brent Cares / Service Learning

Brent School has, over the years kept a strong Service Learning arm as an important part of its holistic approach to the Brent Educational System. Students, teachers, staff and administrators participate actively in the after school activity by giving of their time and resources in reaching out to those in need. The whole school goes into full support mode when the need arises, especially during the typhoon season. The generous time and preparations that everyone gives to those in need are concrete expressions of the values that Brent stands for.

Brent’s Expected School-wide Learning Results touch on the need for self-development, sincerely reaching out to our community certainly develops the minds and hearts of those in our school. Being responsible in all that we do at school and at work reinforces the service-learning element.

Helping another might be viewed as giving of your time and/or of sharing your talents and resources. It is, and more. It is in fact, a two-way street. The child and person who goes out of his/her way in return gets something that contributes to her/his own wellbeing. “You never know when one act, or one word of encouragement, can change a life forever.” ~( Zig Ziglar)

There is an inherent and spontaneous reward that comes from helping one another. Jesus speaks of such reality when He said: “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me…. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of theses who are members of my family, you did it to me.” ~ (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)

Indeed, the joy that one receives in giving far surpasses anything that anyone can ever wish for.

Community Pantry

Thank you for your generous donations to the Brent community pantry. The Pantry, which was stationed near the Brent Chapel area, started operations last May 3 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm daily. It has served a daily average of 40 staff and their families since it opened. The staff and their families are truly grateful for your kind and generous help.

The Brent community pantry operations will continue for as long as there are goods to share. Any further donations are appreciated and will be accepted until Friday, 14 May. Health and safety protocols are strictly observed. Thank you so much.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
– Numbers 6:24-26


Holy Family Episcopal Church

How have we been?

“If you are a person of faith and you are reading this, be bold for the sake of those around you. Love thy neighbor is not a bumper sticker. It means the people you share this planet with come before you. Demonstrate love through works. Ask what you can do for the people around you. Bearing fruit means doing something for others with no expectation of anything in return. When people think of the Father, they must feel his love through us. God Bless! Let God lead your life!!” ~ Molly Dooker, Wealth Management/Finance at Self-Employment (2000-present)

December 2019

  • Caroling at Riles: Alay Pasko Sa Riles 2019
    As Christmas was fast approaching, the Youth of the Holy Family, along with some students and teachers of Brent School brought Christmas cheer at the residents of Riles and Apat na Gatang with Christmas carols accompanied by some instruments, courtesy of Master Paul Leggatt, his children, Joseph and William along with some students.

January 2020

  • Taal relief
    St. Barnabas, Tagaytay
    A group of Brent Students accompanied by Padi Mary and Ms. Genevieve Dubroof went to St. Barnabas in Tagaytay to bring relief goods from donations of Brent Family (Brent Cares). They also brought books to read to the children evacuees.
  • February 2020
    Candelaria, Holy family Fiesta, February 2, 2020
    The feast of the Candelaria is also the Feast for the Holy Family. The Episcopal Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rex B. Reyes, graced this occasion as the celebrant. A sumptuous lunch was enjoyed by all after a little entertainment from the Sunday School, ECW and SKEP as well as the goodies raffle draw of the ECW. Everybody was happy to go home especially those who won some good from the raffle.

  • Lemery, Batangas
    A group of Brent Students with some Holy Family Youth and two ECW accompanied by Padi Mary and Ms.
    Genevieve Dubroof went to St. Barnabas in Tagaytay to bring relief goods from donations of Brent Family (Brent Cares). They also brought books to read to the children evacuees.

  • ECW garage sale
    Some women who were not able to go with the Lemery contingent had a garage sale at Brent to raise money for the Taal cause.
  • ECW Diocesan Convention
    The annual EDCP-ECW was held last February 15-16 in the St.,Luke’s Cahedral in Novaliches, Quezon City. Delegates from Holy Family were Mrs. Jane Oreste, ECW-HFC President and Mrs. Nellie Japie.

March 2020

  • EDCP Convention
    The Annual Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines (EDCP) convention was held at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. John last March 2-5, 2020 with the theme, “Celebrating with thankfulness: lengthening our cords; strengthening our stake” (Colossians 2:6- 7, Isaiah 54:2-4). It was attended by the delegates from Our Lady of Walsingham, an outstation of Holy Family, Mrs. Grace Britt and Michael. The Holy Family also was represented by Mrs. Nelly Japie with Padi Mary and Fr. Jonathan Britt.

  • Lay Training, Deanery Level,
    After the Convention, the Southern Tagalog Deanery Lay Training took place to take advantage of the presence of the delegates from Aklan, Mindoro, Tagaytay and Lemery. Engineer Bucat volunteered his rest house in Tagaytay as the venue for this event.

  • Enhanced Community Quarantine – Luzon Lockdown o Food shelf – relief goods

A peaceful Sunday day to all of us. Our parish has taken a little help from some of our friends in Brentville. That’s why whoever of us or our neighbor has full needs and no income and income during this time, it happens to sign up to cover a little PANTAWID HUNGRY in our FOOD SHELF. Please text me to give your name to the Guard and know if there are still any left. Thank you so much and may God always bless and keep you away from any sickness. (Padi Maria, Brent Holy Family, March 22, 2020)

A food shelf was organized by Padi Mary encouraged by some Brent School teachers living in Brentville to provide relief goods particularly food items to some daily wage workers affected by the enhanced quarantine of Luzon. Daily jobs were stopped, thereby no income to bring home to their families. The food shelf aims to somehow augment the lack of daily sustenance. Beneficiaries were mostly from the congregation of the Holy Family. Some SKEP members of the Holy Family helped the good Padi to pack the goods while observing social distancing and safety measures. Family members in the list were advised to come pick up their goods from the Brent Chapel while strictly observing safety measures such as wearing face masks and dousing their hands with alcohol.

  • Lenten events
    Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and Social Distancing protocol by the National Government enforced by the Local Government to control the spread of COVID-19 from March 13 to April 13, 2020, all gatherings were suspended including Church events and Holy Eucharist. Sunday Eucharist were observed at home through online streaming. The good Rector sends through social media, i.e. Facebook the readings and collects and even her reflection for members to read in lieu of the regular Sunday Eucharist. Each family was encouraged to do family devotions while at home guided by the Daily Office Liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) A morning prayer, Noonday Prayer or Evening Prayer may be observed.

Holy Family Episcopal Church is a parish of the Diocese of Central Philippines, one of the 7 dioceses that make up the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, an autonomous province in the world-wide Anglican Communion. Our congregation came into being when in 2009 Brent International School, in accordance with the wishes of its founder, Bishop Charles Henry Brent that the school participate in the Church’s mission, opened Brent Memorial Chapel services to members of the surrounding local communities seeking a regular place of worship, whatever their denomination. The response was quite enthusiastic, and we were admitted as an Organized Mission at the Diocesan Convention in March 2010 and upgraded to Aided Parish in March 2012. Today we form a lively and enthusiastic congregation with an average Sunday attendance of around 60, a thriving Sunday School and a very active women’s group – and our acolytes are second to none! Services are mostly in English though readings are frequently in Tagalog.

Our present rector is Padi Mary Balitog, also the Assistant Chaplain of Brent International School Manila, after Father Joe Mock, retired and is now the interim rector at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Forbes Park, Makati.

All regularly scheduled services at the chapel will be maintained as follows and are open to both the Brent and the Holy
Family communities. All services are according the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines.

Daily services are: Monday to Friday
• Morning Prayer at 7:15 a.m.
• Noonday Prayer at 11:30 a.m. and
• Evening Prayer at 3:30 p.m.

Mass: Sundays
• Holy Eucharist – 10:00 a.m. (Brent Memorial Chapel)
• Holy Eucharist – 4:00 p.m. (Langkiwa Outstation ever 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month)

Parish Organizations

1. Youth Ministry (Samahan ng mga Kabataang Episcopal) – SUNERGOS
Our Youth Group call themselves “Sunergos” meaning working together is one of the most vibrant elements in our parish life. They form a local chapter of the National SKEP of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, and are represented at the National and Diocesan meetings of that Organization. Members of our youth group also participate in the life of our parish as

Sunday School Teachers (see below for Sunday School)
Our Sunday School and our VCS (Vacation Church School), supervised by Padi Mary Balitog, run and taught exclusively by the older youth.

Composed of young people, boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 19, the Holy Family acolytes assist at all parish Eucharist and are otherwise active in the life of the Church. They are trained and supervised by Rev. Jonathan Britt

2. ECW (Episcopal Church Women)
Early on, the women, the pillars of our church community, organized themselves to form a chapter of the ECW and have since then been the heart of the community. Beyond the traditional ‘women’s’ tasks, which they perform with gusto, (washing and ironing church linens and vestments, polishing utensils, etc.)) they are instrumental in organizing most parish social events and run highly successful fund-raising activities. They meet every first Sunday of the month under the leadership of their elected officers.

Parish Programs

1. Sunday School
This program aims to provide spiritual nourishment to our youngest members through singing, interactive reading and watching appropriate videos. Average attendance is between 20 and 30 youngsters every Sunday. Some Sunday school ‘alumni’ are now trained Sunday school teacher themselves, while others serve as acolytes and readers.

2. Education Assistance Program

This program aims to support any student from a low-income family who is an active member of the parish and desires to pursue a College Degree. The sources of fund come from offerings made during school wide Eucharist and Sunday school fund-raising efforts made by concerned members of the Brent community who continually support the programs of the parish.

• Educational Loan Program
Support is given in the form of interest-free loans to be repaid once the student has graduated and gainfully employed. At the end of the school year 2018-2019, one recipient finished a technical course and an incoming fourth year for a degree of BS in Elementary Education.

• Scholarship Program (for University Students)
This program, initiated by Brent School’s Project Compassion Club, supported a full time college student who graduated in April, 2017, passed the Licensure examination for teachers and has taught at a Pre- School in Biñan. Another recipient graduated last April 2018.

The program hasn’t been active recently as it is dependent on the project of a Brent School club or
sustained by private individuals supporting a student but managed by the parish.

3. Edukalye Program

This is a new program recently launched this June 2019. Initially it was planned to be a Kariton Klassroom patterned from the CNN Hero in 2009, Efren Peñaflorida, who brought education to poor children in Cavity City. A Kariton was constructed for this purpose. As this program is still in the infant stage, lots of needs were identified after the first successful trial in two target communities in Biñan. Funding is a primacy concern since the Kariton can not be rolled along the main thoroughfare of the city, the teachers volunteers need transportation, except the nearby communities as Apat na Gatang or Mamplasan. As for resources there are lots of children’s books donated by a generous member of the congregation so reading stories is the jump-start activity but other activities such as arts and crafts are in the plan.

The volunteer young ‘teachers’ from the Sunergos with Padi Mary and Ms. Laura Murray, also with the support of Mrs. Jocelyn Morales (ECW) has been going to the target communities, Riles, Apat na Gatang and Mamplasan, to read to young interested children despite being interrupted by rain. While some of the women stay at the chapel to cook for these young people when they come back tired and hungry. Sometimes, if there is more food, they take some to share with the children. Our thanks go to generous donors of food items.

To our Edukalye children: Rain or shine, we come to you. We roll our kariton with books to bring you. If at all available, we bring food (sopas or lugaw) to share with you. Just sit tight and … we will be there.

Parish Preaching Stations

In 2015, the Pitong Gatang settlement from which most of our original members came was relocated in Langkiwa, a good 50 minute by public transport, i.e tricycle from Brent Chapel. Some children still show up for Sunday school on Sunday mornings along with some adults. For those who can’t find the time, Deacon Mary Balitog visits regularly with the Celebration of Word and Communion one Sunday a month. A house in the area is being rented to serve as a house of worship and at the same a fellowship site or other Church functions. Brent school sent old tables chairs , and shelves to furnish the building.

Timbao, where some of our members reside, is located at some distance from Brent School. For those who find it hard to get to us on Sundays, Deacon Mary Balitog visits once a month to conduct a Celebration of Word and Communion.

Mindoro (Tubili)
A contingent of Holy Family members lead by Deacon Mary and Mrs. Grace Britt had been going to Tubili in Mindoro with the permission of the Dean of the Southern Tagalog Deanery and the Priest-In-Charge of an existing church in the area to start a mission with the Mangyan Tribe of Mindoro. This mission was initiated in 2016.

Cavinti (Our Lady of Walsingham Preaching Station)
In 2012 the former Deacon Jonathan Britt and his wife Grace opened a preaching station on their property in Cavinti, Laguna. Before long a small but regular congregation was formed which meets on a regular Sunday Service. Deacon Jonathan conducts a Celebration of Word and Communion second and fourth Sunday of the month and Fr. Joe Mock celebrates the Eucharist on first and third.

Deacon Jonathan is also seeking ordination to the priesthood. Soon, the services at the Our Lady of Walsingham will be maintained by a resident priest and will eventually upgrade to an Organized Mission.

The Holy Spirit is using the Holy Family Episcopal Church through the then Deacon Mary by sending children in need of help her way. Out of the blue, somebody calls Padi Mary about a kid in need, and there she is to help. Isn’t that amazing work of the Holy Spirit?

Name of Child Age Condition
1. Gabriel de la Cruz 8 Cerebral Palsy with Epilepsy
2. Bobby Babon 4 “Down Syndrome”
3. Andrea Tabilog 7 healthy (sponsored)
4. Rachelle Casingoy 8 Blind
5. Aniluv Padohinog 13 healthy (sponsored)
6. Evan Blanco 10 healthy (sponsored)