Day By Day
Take care and God bless.
Fr. Benjamin A. Jance III
School Chaplain/Community Relations Officer
May 19, 2020
Dear Brent family,
Every end of the school year, we put together a culminating ELC, LS, MS and US Chapel video. It is shown during the last chapel assembly of each school. Despite the unusual situation, we have tried to put together the year end Chapel videos for this school year 2019-2020.
This year we would like to honor and thank all and the support from our students, chapel leaders, teachers, coaches, parents, speakers, engineering, maintenance, JAMMAS, administrators, staff and everyone. We give thanks for this year and the many and wonderful Chapel presentations and inspirational messages, academic and school activities and the positivity shown each day.
We pray for everyone and for safety.
Have a restful and safe summer.
God bless us all.
Fr. Benjamin A. Jance III
Prayers, Poems and Artwork
Saint of the Month
St. Philip and St. James
Feast Day: May 1
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus’ twelve apostles. Philip was one of the first apostles chosen. He was born at Bethsaida, in Galilee. Our Lord found him and said, “Follow me.” Philip was so happy to be with Jesus. He wanted to share his happiness with his friend, Nathaniel. “We have found the one Moses and the prophets wrote about,” Philip explained. “He is Jesus of Nazareth.” Nathaniel went to see Jesus. After he had spoken with him, he, too, became a zealous follower of the Lord.
St. James was also one of Jesus’ twelve apostles. He was the son of Alpheus and a cousin of Our Lord. After Jesus ascended into heaven, James became the bishop of Jerusalem. People thought so much of him that they called him “James the Just,” which means “James the Holy One.” He is also called “James the Less,” because he was younger than the other apostle named James. The other James was called “James the Greater” because he was older.
The saint of today’s feast was very gentle and forgiving. He prayed very much. He kept begging God to forgive the people who persecuted the followers of Jesus. Even when Our Lord’s enemies were putting him to death, he asked God to pardon them. St. James died a martyr in the year 62.
Almighty God, who gave to your apostles Philip and James grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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.
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) https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-facts-about-coronavirus-that-everyone-should-
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
• 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)
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.
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.
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.
WITNESSING: PARISH AT WORK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
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)