LCUP HOLDS MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
July 17, 2020
La Consolacion University Philippines commemorated the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Kalinangan Auditorium on July 17, Friday.
The mass was LCUP’s first Eucharistic assembly in five months since the government-imposed ban on religious gatherings was lifted this July. It was also the University’s Misa de Apertura which marked the opening of the new school year.
To ensure the health and safety of the attendees, only selected administrators and personnel were allowed inside the venue. Alcohol, facemasks and foot bath mats were provided and medical staff were stationed at the entrance to check the temperature of the employees before entering. The participants also complied with proper social distancing protocols as they sat several feet away from each other for the duration of the mass.
The Eucharistic celebration commenced with the entrance of the LCUP administrators, college deans and principals in their academic gowns led by University President Sr. Editha S. Zerna, OSA, Ph.D. which was followed by the Oratio Imperata and the Prayer for Beatification of Ven. Mo. Consuelo led by Mr. Jose Neal Tabingo, Master of Ceremonies. The event was the first instance that the faculty members were garbed in their academic gowns while attending the Misa de Apertura.
The mass presider was Most Rev. Dennis C. Villarojo, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Malolos. His cocelebrants were Fr. Dario Cabral, Parish Priest of the Barasoain Church, and Fr. Alexander Boli, University Chaplain. In his sermon, Bishop Villarojo stressed the importance of school-based education in values training and formation. He also invited the attendees to be critical in discerning good from evil and to take a stand against any form of injustice and oppression. The lighting of the scholastic candle for Academic Year 2020 - 2021 was held during the mass and was administered by Sr. Edith and Dr. Divina Ann Eusebio, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
After the communion, Sr. Edith addressed the University in her Discurso de Apertura, wherein she encouraged the employees to stay strong and keep the faith amid the problems brought about by COVID19.
Following the mass was the unveiling and blessing of the LCUP landmark situated in front of the St. Augustine Build- ing. The “I Love LCUP” structure stands as an icon of hope and a symbol of the institution’s resilience in the midst of this pandemic. It is a proud reminder that LCUP will continue to stand strong in its mission of shaping the minds and hearts of the youth.