The idea to launch a monthly Xavier Family Mass for the whole community sprang from the successful monthly family Masses celebrated by Batch 86 since August of 2006. Last year, inspired by the Golden Jubilee spirit of renewal, representatives from the batch, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary, aproached the school for a special and most welcome request. They asked permission to celebrate Mass in school once a month to forge closer ties among their batchmates and families. It was, of course, approved and enthusiastically supported.
Their first Mass was held Aug. 5, 2006 at the GS Chapel. It was a successful event pulled off by the active team of Jacinto Ng, Richmond Yang, Lucio Rodriguez, Edrik Perez, Nixon Ngo and Cary Go. They took care of communication; coordination of priest, venue and other Mass details; and even their own music and accompaniment! In his homily, Fr. Zuloaga encouraged them to continue caring for each other, but challenged them further to mobilize themselves and their resources to help in the country’s progress - in ways big or small.
Since then, the batch has celebrated Mass together each month, officiated by various Jesuits including Fr. Ari Dy, Fr. Guy Guibilondo, Fr. Johnny Go, Fr. Maximo Barbero, and Fr. Felipe Ortiz, who had returned last December for the Jubilee celebrations. Each Mass was an occasion for batch members to reunite in fellowship, but it was also an opportunity for spiritual renewal. Indeed, the homilies, an often overlooked and underappreciated source of inspiration and reflection, were faithfully transcribed (usually by Jacinto Ng) and distributed the very next day through the Batch 86 email group.
Inspired by this batch activity that has been going on quietly, regularly, and effectively for a year now (a practice unique among all batches), the school has decided to open the Family Mass to the entire community. The objectives are the same: unity, fraternity, and spiritual growth and enrichment through the families’ celebration of the Eucharist together. Thanks to the example of Batch 86, the Xavier Family Mass - starting on Aug. 4 (Sat. at Fr. Cortina Sports Center) and every first Saturday of the months thereafter - will help the members of the Xavier community become stronger in faith, and closer to God and one another.