On January 24, 2020 the Xavier School community celebrated the new lunar year through a Eucharistic Celebration presided by the School President, Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ. Concelebrating with Fr. Ari Dy were the School Chaplains, Fr. Vic De Jesus, Fr. Art Borja, Fr. Ben Sim, and Fr. Candido Lim, and the Campus Minister, Fr. Arnulfo Bugtas, all of the Society of Jesus. The Mass was followed by the Chinese Spring Festival at the quadrangle, chow time inside the classrooms, and various year-level events.
In his homily, Fr. Ari Dy gave a background on how the symbolic animals of the Chinese zodiac came about, as well as a refresher on the beliefs that surround the Year of the Rat. He further talked about the Chinese way of understanding the world: the sky or heaven that represents what we have been blessed with, the earth or nature that we must be in harmony, and the human person that represents how we respond to what God has given us.
The homily in its entirety may be viewed in the video below.
XS wishes everyone prosperity and good fortune this new lunar year!