Dear Sisters and Benefactors
Loving greeting to you from all of us, the blind girls/young women, the staff and the Sisters of Margaretha Home for the Blind. We are all in the midst of this pandemic crisis, and we continue to trust that all of this will soon be well… in God’s Time and Way.
Here in Metro Manila, we are now back to a lock-down quarantine. Our street is blocked again. Only persons with proper local government passes are allowed to go out. Schools are not in session yet. But here in Margaretha Home, we try to prepare our girls for the coming school year. We are not sure, how the government will do this, but definitely, there will be on-line classes via Zoom. So we provided more time for our students to learn and practice computer. In between we have different educational activities and games for our Learning Center students. ( Go to the link of our Philippine Mission)
Dear Sisters and Benefactors,
Here we are again, in spite of the locked-down and quarantine, to share with you our joys and fun, as we try to rise above our fears and anxieties during this pandemic time.
At Margaretha Home for the Blind we continue with our daily activities and programs: for our daily living skills, personal development, spiritual growth and educational enrichment.
We pray every day for you and your loved ones during our afternoon rosary time and during our on-line TV Mass on Sundays. Our Mass last July 12 at 10:30 a.m. was offered for you and all your intentions. To help to keep up with our health; we have morning exercises and walks on the tread mill, since we cannot walk outside. We also have our weekly Catechism classes, scripture sharing, reading club, workshops, “watching” movies and karaoke singing. Since the school system will be different now, computer classes are offered to our girls. Thank God and thanks to Acer Philippines, we have enough laptops to get our blind students ready for the coming school year.
During the last week of June our entire Margaretha Home Family went for a mini vacation of four days to the Tan’s residence at Sta. Quiteria, Caloocan City. The Tan family members are all in the United States, so we are free to use the house. During these days, we had the outdoor summer camping fest with our Margaretha Home Girls and Staff. We had several relay games outdoor, swimming in an inflatable pool, and group activity games. In between we “watched” downloaded movies, and of course there was more time for everyone to just relax and sleep. Our girls also had a chance to play piano (instead of keyboard) and enjoyed the nice sound produced.
Thanks again for your gifts and support that help us to make these continuing programs possible for our blind girls. Your love and expressed concern for us, especially during this pandemic time, are really gratefully appreciated. In return, we try to call our friends, benefactors and elderly people around us by telephone or mobile phone, and we sing to them and talk to them to make them smile and happy.
In the meantime, let us continue to pray for all the front-liners and victims of CoVid19. The number of victims is still increasing in our area, although not drastically. Let us all stay safe. May our good Lord continue to bless you and all your loved ones. May God bless us all through the intercession of Mama Mary and our dear Mother Pauline.
MHB Blind Girls & Staff
Sr. Maria Dolores
Dear Sisters and Benefactors,
Loving greetings to you and your family from all of us, the blind girls/young women, the staff and housemothers and from Sister Theresia and I.
As of today, we are all experiencing some form of quarantine due to CoVid19 pandemic. At Margaretha Home, we tried as a family to use this opportunity to reach out to the victims and front-liners of CoVid19 through prayers and in any possible ways we can.
Early this month, our Parish Priest came on his way through our Parish to Margaretha Home with the Blessed Sacrament. He blessed all of us by the gate and we also asked Jesus to bless you and all who continue to love, care and support us during this challenging time. It was a very grace filled moment for us to have Jesus come to bless all of us.
Every afternoon this May, we pray the rosary with songs for “Mama Mary”, and each of us offers flowers. Each one makes paper flowers since we cannot go out to get fresh flowers.
On May 14, our Holy Father asked for a day of prayer, fasting and work of charity to offer to God during this pandemic time. At Margaretha Home, we all sang and prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The girls did not have their “merienda” or snacks, and instead, with their own workshop money saved, they bought snacks and packed them for the poor children in our area. With the help of our staff and housemothers, we also packed some rice for poor families.
We also had lots of fun time during these quarantine days. On Mothers’ Day, our blind girls/young women honored the housemothers, staff and the sisters by presenting a great fun-filled program with games, songs and dances. They prepared everything themselves. (I just helped by providing for the things they needed).
We took the opportunity to teach our Margaretha girls more household chores and activities. They learned to wash their clothes better. They have more time now for cooking lessons. They learned, how to cook different Filipino desserts and how to sent and to serve food.
Aside from the usual daily scheduled activities in Margaretha Home, the spiritual and psychological needs are also taken care of. We scheduled different catechism classes, scripture sharing, counseling, group sessions about CoVid19, understanding of quarantine, communication under stress, etc. To help to release the tensions of our staff and housemothers for not being able to go out, Sister Theresia and I met with them in the afternoons for various activities like playing Filipino games (piko), watch videos, play online bowling, karaoke singing, bingo game, guessing game or just to sit around and share about their childhood or family stories. We tried to keep everybody occupied and entertained, since they, too, miss their families in their own home provinces.
In spite of this CoVid19, we are able to attend our Sunday Masses on TV and remember you in our prayers. However, on May 17, we were able to ask our friend priests (Fr. Jay, AA, Fr. Elmo, MJ, Fr. Denis, Fr. Lawrence, Msgr. Ding) to pray for you and your family during their masses at their respective convent chapels and parish churches. We would like to continue to express our gratitude to you for all your goodness, care, and love extended to all of us always. Let us be united in prayers, and may God bless us all during this CoVid19 crisis and, please, stay safe.
News from Manila during the time of Covid 19
Sister Maria Dolores sent some photos and wrote: „Jesus came and gave us His blessing. Our street was blocked off but Father walked to our Margareta Home and blessed us with the Blessed Sacrament."
"On May 14 we joined Holy Father in the day of prayer, fasting and work of charity against Covid 19. Our blind girls and staff fasted from merienda, we prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet singing, and for charity the girls and staff bought snacks goodies with their own workshop money to be given to poor children. We also shared rice with 6 poor families."