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AizaKnights Tale and Princess Diaries Thailand: A Weekend of Love and Empowerment
Posted by Aiza Garnica on 6/23/2012 9:34:30 AM

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On June 9-10, 2012, fifty young men and women from North and Central Bangkok and Chiang Mai gathered at The Pine Resort in Pathum Thani for the very first Knights Tale and Princess Diaries in Thailand.

The first day started with an uplifting worship led by Andrew Balgoa of SFC Central Bangkok. Then, the brothers and the sisters went on with their respective weekend retreats. For the sisters, it was a day of laughter, sharing, and reflection as they listened to the talks and testimonies of the service team from Manila. As for the brothers, they learned how to be a true man of God through the sessions given by Tito Art Roa, CFC North Bangkok Chapter Head and Lance Fernandez, SFC Metro Manila Mission Volunteer. After the third session of each retreat, participants were gathered as one for the penitential rite and confession officiated by Fr. Doroteo Reyes. It was followed by a solemn yet, rejuvenating mass also led by Fr. Reyes. During his homily, Fr. Dorot, as he is often called, discussed lengthily about the Parable of the Prodigal Son and related to it the 3 elements of the Sacrament of Reconciliation namely confession, conversion, and celebration. He did so not just to remind everyone the importance of the sacraments, but also to make everyone realize how great the love of God is, that despite our sinfulness, and even before we’ve mustered the courage to admit our wrongdoings, He has always been there, joyfully anticipating our coming home, waiting to welcome us with His warm and loving embrace as if we never sinned. The Liturgy of the Eucharist became a very personal encounter with the Lord as Fr. Dorot allowed the people to take in their own hands the Body and Blood of Christ, reminding them of what St. Augustine said that once they receive the Eucharist, their sins, no matter how grave they may be, are already forgiven. The night ended with the healing session for the sisters and the 4th and final session for the brothers.

On Sunday morning, the sisters started the day with a powerful worship as the brothers prepared for their team building. The highlights of the second day were the knighting ceremony for the brothers and the crowning ceremony for the sisters. Plenary session followed when the sisters were given the opportunity to share their realizations and experiences during the weekend. The day ended with a very moving praisefest led by Nemboy Rivera of SFC Central Bangkok.

The Knights Tale and the Princess Diaries are part of the new Pastoral Formation Track of Singles for Christ which aim to instill in the hearts and minds of SFC members the truth that they are sons and daughters of the King and that they were created men and women for a specific purpose.

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Hellow Sisters and Brothers in Christ name!wow whatta great experienced you had..I hope someday somehow I could be able joining the volunteer group...I pray for the success of many Godly activities that our community offers...I love you Guyz and more power!

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