THE Block Rosary Crusade of Toronto celebrated its 30th anniversary with a Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday, September 29.
The Block Rosary member families and parishioners prayed the Rosary at the church grotto of Mother Mary, to thank the Lord for all his graces in allowing their families to pray together continuously for the past thirty years.
The Knights of Columbus Honor Guards led the procession to Prince of Peace Church, followed by the devotees.
The Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by Most Rev. Bishop Vincent Nguyen in the Prince of Peace Church.
Pastor Fr. Regulo Imperial and Fr. Ben Ebcas con-celebrated and Deacon Terrence Rebello assisted. Several hundred Block Rosary members, including Members from out of town (Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Stouffville, Newmarket), friends and parishioners attended the Holy Mass.
Most Rev. Bishop Nguyen admired the Block Rosary, for their daily prayer and devotion to honor Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Block Rosary Crusade of Toronto started 30 years ago with a few families in Scarborough. They have grown to over 600 member families, with members located in Metro Toronto, to Oshawa to the east, and Newmarket and Stouffville to the north. They are reported to be the largest and oldest well-organized Block Rosary group in Canada.
On Sunday, September 30, the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Block Rosary continued at Sts. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough.
The Block Rosary executives composed of overall chairperson Madeleine Ong, Sir George and Lady Dolly Poblete, Sir Jimmy and Bing Marasigan, Tony and Lita Leano, Conrad and Myrna de Leon, Jun and Linda Henderin welcomed the guests as they arrived.
Ceremonies started with the playing of the national anthems of Canada and the Philippines. This was followed by a procession of the statues of the Infant Jesus and the Virgin Mary by coordinators Madeleine Ong, Citas Ibanez, Anna Sadia, Tessie de la Cruz, Cecilio Santiago, while Rudy Sadia sang the Ave Maria.
Sir George R. Poblete, the event chairman, gave the welcome address.
The Block Rosary Over-all Chairperson for 2012 Madeleine Ong talked about the Block Rosary, and how the members evangelized the community and encourage the families to pray the Holy Rosary daily with their families.
Invocation was recited by Lita Leano, before the delicious and sumptuous dinner was served.
The guests started dancing and the others socialized with their fellow members and friends.
Program Coordinator Lynn Widjaya entertained the guests with a number of Filipino folk dances (especially the famous Tinikling) by the Youth of MFFC and songs. This was followed by the line dancers of Lynn and Jozef Widjaya, and the Latino dancers of Lady Mila Lupango.
The Block Rosary Committee welcomed the newly appointed Senator of Canada, Sir Hon. Tobias (Jun) Enverga Jr., who is BR Group 2 member of the Block Rosary. He is the first Filipino-Canadian appointed to the upper house of Canada.
Jun Enverga assisted Sir George and Sir Jimmy in the presentation of Awards to the active Block Rosary members. (PR)