CaRes Celebrates the Feast of St. Rita of Cascia

BAGUIO CITY—On this auspicious day, May 22, 2024, the community of Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary (CaReS) celebrated the Feast of St. Rita of Cascia and conferred the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion).

The sacraments were received by Analona Cutara, a dedicated seminary employee; Zenaida Dalando, a beloved member of the community; and Marcilyn Tinio, Jenelyn Tinio, and Joysend Tinio, the cherished daughters of one of the kitchen personnel.

The Holy Mass, a solemn and sacred ceremony, was presided over by Fr. Ralph Lauren Ciceron, OAR, along with the other Recollect priests as concelebrants.

Fr. Ralph Lauren Ciceron, OAR during the holy mass.

In his inspiring homily, Fr. Ralph drew parallels between St. Rita’s life and the sacraments, emphasizing that just as St. Rita’s life was full of God’s miracles, the sacraments are divine gifts that bestow spiritual blessings and grace upon the recipients.

He added that on this day, the miracle of God is to be bestowed in the lives of those who were to be baptized and encouraged them to hold on to it.

The rites of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation followed after the homily. They were ministered by Fr. Lauro Larlar, OAR, the rector, and prior of the house, assisted by Fr. Rellyric Delos Santos, OAR, the house liturgist.

Fr. Lauro V. Larlar (center) ministering the sacrament of baptism.

St. Rita of Cascia, Patroness of the Impossible

St. Rita of Cascia is one of the Augustinian Saints whom the Order venerates. She was born in Roccaporena, Italy, in 1381.

Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age to marry a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons. After her husband was killed in a brawl and her sons died, Rita tried to join the Augustinian nuns in Cascia. Unsuccessful at first because she was a widow, Rita eventually succeeded.

St. Rita is revered as the Patroness of impossible cases because of the numerous miracles that God performed in and through her, including the miraculous blooming of a rose in the winter, a testament to her unwavering faith and God’s infinite power. She also received the stigmata of Christ on her forehead.

The devotion to the Roses of St. Rita came from an event in her life in which she was already on her deathbed. Rita’s cousin visited her and asked if she could do something for her. Rita said that she wanted a rose from her garden at home. It seemed impossible to see a rose at that time because it was winter. Although discouraged, Rita’s cousin returned to Roccaporena, and to her surprise, she found a rose shooting up from the soft, white mound of earth.Bro. Ramon Jayson Valdez

Casiciaco Correspondent

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