PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment
Views 655 Comment 0


Zatti Friends after 5 years,

SYM growth in Philippines South province

By Fr. Joriz Calsa, SDB 

FIS Youth Ministry Delegate

Cebu, the Philippines, 18 July 2018 -- We have started in Cebu - Lourdes parish last 2013, when we saw that the young people are not interested in the present or existing youth groups in the parish. We gathered them and told them of a possibility of another group which they can join.

And the response was positive. And so I named it after Blessed Artemides Zatti because of the nature of their mission in the parish and SYM. The goal is about well being and especially about first-aid providers during regular Sunday Mass or big events and youth camps.

The training of Zatti Friends is regular so as to build mental alertness when needed. It was formally introduced to the SYM National Assembly Days in 2015 during the Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco.

In the Philippines South province (FIS), we just started a provincial animator or point person to be the in charge of animating the Sodality and before each setting or house follows up its youth groups. Now we have a youth animator in charge of Zatti Friends, Mr. Ralph Gerald Padilla, a fresh graduate of a medical course and is also currently employed as assistant to the pastoral head (catechist SDB) at Don Bosco Technical College Cebu.

The contact to our Zatti Friends: FIS SYM Delegate: Fr. Vince Michael Sabal, SDB. FIS SYM Lay Youth Animator: Mr. Ralph Gerald Padilla (Alumnus).

Training of Zatti friends are very much regular. They continue to serve as first aiders on a standby mode every Sunday Mass, and in every celebration or camps. They were also trained to do blood pressure reading since their animator is a medical practitioner.

In the FIS we have revived the disaster risk and reduction management team or the DB DIRECT which was born duringthe Haiyan Typhoon but this time it will more long term and more educative and preventive (mitigation) and we are targeting the youth groups and Zatti is in our mind. And we are also happy to share with other EAO provinces the basic regulations of Zatti Friends. Indeed our SYM - FIS invites the young people to join our main 6 youth groups: KOA (Altar servants - boys), LOA (Altar servant - girls), Zatti Friends, Savio Friends, Auxilium and Biblos.


The ZATTI FRIENDS is a group of young people who desire to follow the example of Blessed Artemides Zatti. It is the first youth group dedicated to Blessed Zatti that was formed in the Philippines and is present at Lourdes Parish, Cebu.


The patron of the ZATTI FRIENDS is Blessed Artemide Zatti, Salesian Brother (1880-1951).


Like any group, the ZATTI FRIENDS foster activities in the areas of Formation, Celebration, Fellowship and Service.

Its typical activities are:

  1. Activities that foster prayer and participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Communion.
  2. Activities that promotes healthy living and balance living.
  3. Activities that promote the use of first aid in all the youth group activities as well as giving training or coordinating with non-governmental organizations that gives free first aid seminars and workshop.
  4. Exposure or immersion to charitable institutions.

The big events of the year are:

  1. Blessed Zatti's feast day: March 15
  2. Zatti Friends Medical Mission Day



Drag and drop your files here, or Click attach files button.

Maximum File Size : 0MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

0 file(s) attached ( / )

  1. 5016_Magone inspires the life of young people today

    ALA_5016 By Our Own Correspondent Liloan - Cebu, the Philippines, 20 February 2019 -- Since 2010 when the Magone Home Aftercare Program first opened, more than 150 young marginalized people have been transformed thanks to this new Don Bosco...
    Date2019.02.20 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views627 file
    Read More
  2. 5014(I)_We can't go to heaven alone!

    Don Bosco Home Cebu By Our Own Correspondent Cebu-Liloan, the Philippines, 18 February 2019 -- One of the Salesian Valdoccos around our EAO region is Don Bosco Home in Cebu-Liloan. 10 Salesians and about 100 Lay mission partners are committ...
    Date2019.02.18 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views1745 file
    Read More
  3. 5012(II)_Vocation journey from SYM to the Young Salesian Cooperators

    Interview with a young Cooperator Ms Nenith Cuadernal By Our Own Correspondent Mambucal Center, the Philippines, 16 February 2019 -- The following is an interview with a young Cooperator in FIS What makes you happy as a Young Salesian Coope...
    Date2019.02.16 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views596 file
    Read More
  4. 5008(I)_ASC Delegate needs to be fully involved in the mission

    Interview with the ASC Delegate Fr Medelino Borgueta ('Bong') By Our Own Correspondent Negros Island, the Philippines, 10 February 2019 -- What makes you happy as a Salesian Cooperator Delegate? As a Salesian Cooperator Delegate, I choose t...
    Date2019.02.12 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views593 file
    Read More
  5. 5003(I)_Blessing of St Francis of Sales Chapel

    Talisay, Lawaan February 7, 2019 By Novice Russell Samonte Cebu, the Philippines, 31 January 2019 -- The Salesian Family, students, benefactors, novices and aspirants witnessed the blessing of the new novitiate chapel of St Francis of Sales...
    Date2019.02.07 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views494 file
    Read More
  6. 5000(II)_Bosconian Code of Ethics - Light of the World

    DBTC Cebu 2019 Homecoming Day By Bro. Louis Domasian, SDB Provincial delegate for DB Alumni Cebu, the Philippines, 3 February 2019 -- Just one day after the Victorias DBTI (Negros Island) Alumni Anuual Homecoming, the traditional motherhous...
    Date2019.02.03 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views600 file
    Read More
  7. 4998(I)_Don Bosco's spirit really works through the Salesian Cooperators!

    Interview with Fr Ronel Vilbar - SDB Delegate to the Salesian Cooperators By Our Own Correspondent Cebu, the Philippines, 2 February 2019 -- What makes you happy as the Salesian Cooperators’ Delegate? As a delegate of the Salesian Cooperato...
    Date2019.02.02 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views533 file
    Read More
  8. 4994_Blessing our Saints

    The new statues of the Novitiate chapel, Talisay City By Nov. Paulo Miguel Calderon Cebu, The Philippines, 24 January 2019 -- On the feast of St. Francis of Sales, Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, who was in Cebu to give a seminar to the novices a...
    Date2019.01.30 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views784 file
    Read More
  9. 4994(I)_Bosconians in Cebu celebrate for 9 days Don Bosco Feast

    Vibrant Don Bosco Novena in Cebu DBTC (Don Bosco Technological College) By Our Own Correspondent Cebu, the Philippines, 24 January 2019 -- The nine days of Novena to Don Bosco, in the Cebu Salesian Mother-house of the Southern Province (195...
    Date2019.01.30 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views702 file
    Read More
  10. 4987(II)_FIS Province extraordinary visitation commenced

    By Fr Gino Godinez, SDB Provincial Secretary Cebu, the Philippines, 23 January 2019 -- The FIS (Philippines South - Pakistan) Province Extraordinary Visitation commenced on 21 January with the arrival of our EAO Regional Councillor, Fr Vacl...
    Date2019.01.23 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views612 file
    Read More
Board Pagination Prev 1 ... 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 ... 24 Next
/ 24