The October 21 “Missionary Festival” was the first fund raising activity of its kind organized by
Verbum Dei in the country. It kicked off with the Holy Mass in which Fr. Filipe Vaz Pardal, FMVD,
invited the assembly to pray not only for the success of the event, but for missionaries around the
world, who face all sorts of hardships in trying to announce Christ.
The Mass was followed by a fun-filled program conducted by members of the VD Family, including
the performance of the “Catalyst” teenage-band, an international fashion show by the Verbum
Dei Kids, as well as a Mexican dance and Zumba, where everyone was invited to participate.
All throughout the event several booths offered local and international food; videoke, games and
services such as reflexology, massage, face painting and many more were offered, creating a
festive and enjoyable atmosphere for all the families who attended.
The fund raising activity was first and foremost a gathering of all members, families and friends
that are happy collaborating and supporting the mission of Verbum Dei. The money gathered from
the event will be used to support Verbum Dei’s missionary work of evangelization and the
different needs of the missionaries in Cebu.
Sr. Mico reminded us all the relevance of supporting missionary work, “The work of evangelization
is very important in our time. Our people nowadays need to have a fresh encounter with the Word
of Life. Only the Word of Life can give us the hope, meaning, and courage to face the different
challenges of our present situation,” she said.