Junior High School celebrates Vocation Month
The launching of the Vocation Month in the Junior High School (JHS) Unit last November 6 at the school field commenced with a skit depicting the three states of life any person can choose from after discerning God’s will. In a nutshell, “each person is responsible for her/his choice of vocation. Vocation is a commitment to love in a certain way and the object is always God. No vocation is superior to the other because each vocation has its own values. What is important is to discover which one is right for you.”
The Curtain Call, moderated by Miss Gello De Jesus, presented the short but riveting paths a single individual can follow. The teaser was followed by a succinct input on Vocation by Miss Carolyn Aquino, CLE teacher and vocation animator. Sister M. Isabel Orito, OSB and Sister Mary Emmanuel Espera, OSB who are both vocation animators were also in attendance to present the month-long activities of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters in collaboration with the Institutional Campus Ministry Office, the JHS Campus Ministry Office (CMO) and the Christian Living Education (CLE) Area.
A week-long Vocation Exhibit at Gate 1 (Pergola) prepared by the Benedictine Sisters was put up from November 09 to 13. Similarly, from November 9-14 and 23-28, two sisters made themselves available at the Vocation Office located across the Registrar’s Office and facing the Sacred Heart garden to entertain and answer inquiries or clarifications about life direction, one’s vocation or about faith. The HS CMO and the CLE Area also invited the sisters for a Vocation talk during their CLE classes for the month of November. The Vocation Talk cum call to worship preceeded the celebration of the First Friday Mass by Fr. Hero Frias, a guest priest of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and who also integrated the importance of prayer in pondering one’s vocation in his homily.
After the Morning Praise last November 23, Sister M. Isabel Orito, OSB reminded the JHS community to “Continue to grow in all aspects. You don’t have to be perfect at once.” She reiterated that God loves and accepts us as we are in our process of growing. She ended her talk on Vocation to the delight of the Scholasticans by singing the chorus from Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are”: When I see your face/ There’s not a thing that I would change/ ‘Cause you’re amazing / Just the way you are/ And when you smile / The whole world stops and stares for a while/ ‘Cause you’re amazing / Just the way you are / The way you are/ The way you are/ You’re amazing/ Just the way you are.
By Carolyn M. Aquino, Faculty