Loyalty Days 2014
September 2-6, 2014
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
March 27, 2014 - Elementary
March 28, 2014 - High School
March 29, 2014 - Graduate School, College & VOCTRAC Departments
-SJC Educative Family-
Theme: "Putting Christ as the Foundation of our Lives"
February 19, 20 & 21, 2014
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
February 19, 2014 (Wednesday)
8:00 A.M. - Holy Mass (Covered Court)
9:00 A.M. - Opening Program
10:00 A.M. - Opening of different Booths & Services
10:30 A.M. - Symposium on "The Role of SME's in the Philippines Economy Today"
1:00 P.M. - Academic Quizzes
4:00 P.M. - Street Parade
7:00 P.M. - Literary Musical Contest
February 20, 2014 (Thursday)
8:00 A.M. - Continuation of Different Boots & Services
9:00 A.M. - Symposium on "Yolanda & Climate Change"
1:00 P.M. - Symposium on "The Culture of Corruption"
4:00 P.M. - Holy Mass
7:00 P.M. - The Voice of SJC
February 21, 2014 (Friday)
8:00 A.M. - Continuation of Different Booths & Services
1:00 P.M. - Restoration/Volleyball Exhibition Match
4:00 P.M. - Holy Mass
5:00 P.M. - Closing Program
BOOTHS AND SERVICES
To impart meaningful words to a group of successful people is not a walk in the park for an engineer like me who prefers to be negotiating contracts, do planning and management and make buildings. But, I cannot say "No" to my alma mater, whose teachings have helped me a lot through the years. So, it is with utmost hope and prayer that in my own little way, this College Alumni Homecoming message I am going to share tonight, would spark some enlightenment in our hearts and would deepen our friendship as members of the College Alumni Association, of our beloved Saint Joseph College.
In line with the year's celebration theme."Deepening our Friendship with Christ Present in the others", I was able to get a good springboard for my message tonight from Brother John Taize's book, "Friends of Christ: Paths to a New Understanding of Church". Brother Taize upholds that although friendship is a universal human activity, there is a particular type of friendship that defines what it means to be a Christian, and that is: we are friends of one another because we are friends of Christ, and thus, implicitly, friends of God. With the Brother Taize's enlightenment which is a glaring truth in Christian friendship, what I believe that is left for us Josephinians to consider, is the extent of friendship that we give to humanity. Plainly speaking, on the scale of 1-10, with ten as the highest and 1 as the lowest, what is the level of friendship that we have rendered to others or what is the level of friendship that we could willingly give unto others.
Let us first consider on how we view the "others" as emphasized in our theme. This "others" could be our family, our friends, our neighbors, our fellow job workers, our leaders, our subordinates, and other groups of people whom we encounter and whom we know as we go about our daily social engagements. The fact remains that at the center of our communal undertakings, we need to establish friendly relations with these "others". As Josephinians, our religion teachers taught us on how to be Christian friends. We have carried with us the teachings of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Let me emphasize the point of this message that figuratively, as Christians, we are travelling on our Jericho roads is for us to ponder upon. There is no other person who can tell better if we acted like the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan in treating others whom we met on our Jericho roads. Personally, I could tell that I had been all three at certain points on my own Jericho road. While writing this message, I came to realize that there are still bigger chances for me, but for every one of us present here tonight. As this year's theme suggest, we can deepen our friendship with these "others" if we consider God?s presence in them. This is the bottom line: our attitude toward others, is of utmost importance, and this attitude greatly depends on how we see Christ through the people, that we meet as we journey in life.
At this point, we need to make some thinking, as to who Jesus Christ on us? As mentioned by Dr. James Houston in his book. The Prayer: Deepening Your Friendship with God, He explains that when we read the four gospels which tell the story of Jesus life, we are overwhelmed by the sheer mass of incidents that took place: Jesus healing, parables, miracles, and his meetings with so many different people. As we listen to the teachings of Jesus we become like the first disciples. We simply cannot absorb all the implications of his teachings because it has many repercussions for our lives. It means renouncing all self-will, abandoning ourselves to the Father and living for God in ways that we can barely imagine.
If we are to be guided by Dr. Houstons explanations of who Christ is and how it affects our levels of friendship with others, our theme implies for us to see Jesus Christ as being present in the other person, the Christ who died on the cross for us. This Christ is worthy of our love and respect and since He is present in the totality of other persons, we need to deepen our friendship for these other people through love and respect.
Dr. Houston emphasizes that following Jesus is so radically different, from what the world of today, allows that we can begin to see why the New Testament calls us strangers and pilgrims in the world, we see Jesus half as a stranger. Dr. Houstons point infers that the way we treat others on our Jericho roads, as we travel to keep pace with the times. Looking at the world around us, the plethora of information, the modernity, and the technicalities are overwhelming. At the click of fingers, at the push of button, or, at the wink of an eye, man could be provided with a lot of things that he needs. Progress and discovery, in education, in science and technology, in literature and the arts, in medicine and in religion, are incredibly fascinating. Another ambitious endeavor, that we are aware of, is the ASEAN Economic Community which is the goal of regional and economic integration by 2015 that will transform ASEAN into a region with the free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and freer flow of capital. To get on in life, with this overwhelming happenings around us, the way we see Christ present in others, is affected. So, there is need for us to further strengthen it.
Keeping pace with the modern times is our very own Saint Joseph College which continuously upholds its vision and mission, through quality education, empowered services, Catholic faith, a high regard for morality and welfare for others. I know, that a lot of us here are happy, of how our alma mater tried its very best, to keep up with the times and to uphold its social responsibilities. Saint Joseph College has never wavered to instill in the students the value of Christian friendship and Christian living. On my part, I could proudly say that, if not for this institution, I dont know where I will be. Back then, I made a firm grip of faith, on my instructors and never ceased praying to pass in my subjects and in my board exam. After years of using the values and faith instilled by Saint Joseph College in my work, here I am now, proud to show off to my alma mater of the great wonders it has done to me. And I know, sitting there in your seats, you are also proud to tell of your own success story. A success story, made more beautiful because there is a great amount of deep friendship involved.
Taking sides with the modern and sophisticated changes in our country are the worst and very emotional results of calamities and social problems. To name a few, we had the bad results of Habagat and typhoon Maring and the fateful collision between a ferry and cargo ship; the sensational Million People March versus the pork barrel; corruption; sex-for-flight; child labor; and the Jane Lim Napoles surrender and the scandal attached to it. Then, we need to consider the things going on in North Korea, our relationship with China, and to be aware of the Syrian crisis, and a lot more of global happenings. The consequences of the varied happenings of our country, and of the world have encouraged in us the constant battle to keep up and to belong and unfortunately, there is the tendency for us to forget, Jesus Christs presence in our fellow human beings.
As a result, chaos, misunderstandings, unhealthy competitions, dishonesty, and a lot other negative implications would surface. Our very own Saint Joseph College has its own share of down moments. There had been times when unexpected worst situations surfaced, but our alma mater has never wavered to envision a society united in love, justice, and peace through service, unity, and simplicity of life for all. In fact, the SJC workforce has stood its ground, to build a Christian community through quality integral education and to form authentic individuals, who live their faith through humble service and simplicity of life.
So, as we continue our journey, in whatever profession, business, or personal endeavors we are concentrating, let us strengthen the bond of friendship among us, by allowing Gods love, to work on us fellow Josephinians and by using his love to be good Samaritans, in treating people of all walks of life. Let us not forget the ideals of our alma mater and let us deepen our friendship as member of the alumni association because there is no greater gratification that we could give to Saint Joseph College than becoming the best of empowered friends that it has envisioned us to be.
In closing, allow me to use some inspiring lines from Hachs compilation when he illuminates that while we are here on earth, we participate in Gods training program for his children. As part of that program, we are to use his guidance to learn to live a life that is self-fulfilling and self-improving. This is reflected in our relationship with our fellow humans. This is to be accomplished by doing the best that we can in satisfying our God-placed position in His human family. The only way we can meet this goal is through his guidance (through the Holy Spirit) and help (through grace). One of the key factors and fruits of our success in this area is our love for our fellow man and God.
As we celebrate tonight, let us renew our friendship, make new ones, and strengthen active ones. By that, we will have bond rooted in life friendship. Thank you! AND GOD BLESS US ALL
Gundfrida Covered Court
Honoring Ceremony for the new CPA Board Passers
Senior Convo Program
Elementary - March 21, 2013
High School - March 22, 2013
Graduate School, College & VOCTRAC - March 23, 2013
For Incoming Freshmen,
1st Semester SY 2013-2014
April 13, 20 & 27
May 4, 11 & 18
Time: 09:00 am
Venue: Rooms 213, 214 & 215
ELEMENTARY ALUMNI HOMECOMING
December 20, 2014
For details, contact:
Estrelita Plarisan, Principal 5709844 loc 301
Dr. Felicima D. Equipilag, Alumni Affairs 5709844 loc 107