BACOLOR -- Some 1,000 persons flocked Thursday to a healing mass at Mary the Queen Academy of Pampanga in Barangay Cabalantian here.

Among them are 150 elderly and young individuals with various ailments.

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The healing mass officiated by Monsignor Jesus Noriel Bandojo was part of the school’s 10th year anniversary and with the observance of the World Sick Day.

Teresa David-Carlos said the mass was celebrated in cooperation with the House of David Foundation, Incorporated and was intended to benefit sick individuals all over the province.

“We opted it to be celebrated as a healing mass so it can be more meaningful. Those who are here now came from different parishes and towns. We also are conducting a medical mission for them,” she told Sun.Star Pampanga.

She added that the entire House of David Group has been proactive in its corporate social responsibility initiatives and will continue to serve the needy communities of the province.

Carlos said the school, the first in the region to be accredited with the bronze Institutional Spirituality Quotient from the Bishops-Businessmen Conference of the Philippines, is now moving to become the first ever Mariology Center in Central Luzon as its vision and mission were launched and revisited.

Carlos’ statements were corroborated by school directress Mary Rechelle Guzman, who said the move to become a Mariology Center would benefit all Marian communities in the region with its students and stakeholders as partners in inculcating good values and the Marian spirit in the academe. (Jovi T. De Leon)