Last week the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother who live in Playa Prieta and run the Holy Family Educational Center had a week of OLYMPICS. Amid saints and sports, we tried to grow closer to Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother. While we were at it, we had a great time.
We began on Monday with the presentation of the different grades. Each year we design a jersey, choose a protector saint, a motto that goes with that saint, and a banner to cheer the team on at each game.
This year the winning teams’ protector saints were St. Catherine of Siena (11th grade) and St. Dominic Savio (4th grade). 12th grade took the Queen of all saints as their protector: Our Lady of Knock, patroness of Ireland. A missionary group from Ireland came to our school in July and gave us an 80 cm statue of Our Lady of Knock. The seniors of the schools wanted to have the image in their class to help and protect them, so there she stayed.
The days went by between match and match. The students love soccer. And in the end, after very good playing and an atmosphere of good sportsmanship and joy, the classes that won the most matches and scored most goals were ranked. The long-awaited finals took place on Sunday, the day when the families of all the students were invited to participate and watch their children’s games. That special day began, of course, with the best: the Holy Mass on the school's outdoor court, since the shrine is too small. Then, as some of the boys' dads are policemen, they invited a theater group that the Portoviejo Police Force uses, putting on for the little ones and not so little a very funny play where, at the same time, taught a lesson for all on how to avoid dangers.
The parents of each class had prepared a variety of food, drinks, ice cream, etc. They sold the food, not only to give a taste of the local cuisine, but rather to raise money for the school and their children’s education.
After the exciting final matches, the parents also played a match against the alumni of the school who show the great affection they have for their school. We give thanks to God for so many blessings and for being able to spend a beautiful day together with the families. We hope that it has been of great help to everyone and, most importantly, a way to grow closer to the Lord and Our Mother.