Christmas in Gonzaga, Holy Eucharist and film festival

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January 5th, 2005 civitas academica ­of Gonzaga College opens year 2015 by celebrating Christmas’ mass in Auditorium of Wacana Bhakti Seminary. Holy Mass is led by Fr. Leonardus E.B. Winandoko SJ, and Fr. Antonius Vico Christiawan SJ, followed by teachers and staff. In his sermon, Fr. Vico said, ”In this Christmas’ mass, we focused in good news in which words became human.” The birth of Jesus becomes special because its mystery is the beginning of His life, death, and resurrection that is being commemorated and celebrated in the Eucharist. It also invites the civitas academica to see weakness and flawed in 2004 and to build good news for school, family, and all Indonesian society by upholding collegian values; Competence, Conscience, and Compassion.

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The happiness of Christmas and New Year celebration becomes complete because after the Eucharist, the best academic achievements of students are appreciated to. Those appreciations are given to students with the best average score. For students with average score of first semester 8.5 to 8.99 got Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude for average score up from 9.00. Appreciations are also given to the winner of non academic competition in 2014.

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After the Eucharist, the students who participated in basic leadership training for senatorial candidate of Gonzaga College are presenting an event named FlashBANG or Flash Back of Gonzaga Students. The event is a film festival which screening on some popular films in 2014 and inviting students to write experiences in 2014 as a form of flash back. Film festival is started from 09.00 to 13.00. Theme that is chosen by the committees is “You are never too old to set another goal and to dream another dream”, that is an invitation to formulate and struggle for the goal and dream in 2015.

Concept of this event is “Cinema”. It is realized by decorating 8 class rooms as like as auditorium of film screening. Those screenings are enthusiastically watched by students who filled every room. All eyes are focused to the screens that have been decorated by the committees according to the theme of the films. Those class rooms that are decorated as like as a cinema gives an experience of memorable screening.

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After the screening is over, students gathered in basketball court to join balloon ceremony as a closing ceremony. In the ceremony, students wrote their resolutions of 2015 and release it together. A banner of Marry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015 and the theme of FlashBANG is rolled down from Climbing Wall by one of Morester (Mountain and Forest Explorer) by a head first rappelling skill using a Kernmantle rope. The event is closed by enjoying chocolates.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015! God bless us. AMDG!