Wedding Bells and Thank Yous! 

My time here in the Philippines has been blessed in so many ways! God is incredible, and this year He used me for so many things. But He also used SO many people in the States and around the world, to serve Him through prayers and financial donations. For that, I am thanking everyone who has been by my side this year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

This blog post was written with my church parish, Holy Rosary, in mind. Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and I think it’s the perfect time to say a special thank you to my friends and family back at home! I could almost feel your prayers carrying me this year. I have such an amazing priest behind me who loves and supports me. Thank you so much Father Mark! 

There is one thing that I would like to thank, Holy Rosary Parish, especially for. Your generosity with the collections picked up in mass and the support you have shown me has been such a special blessing to me all year, so I wanted to do something very special here with the money you donated.

I am excited to tell my you all that this past week Holy Rosary Parish sponsored an entire mass wedding for eight beautiful couples to receive the sacrament of marriage.

Here in the Philippines, it is very common for couples to live together for years and have children but not be married in the church because they cannot afford a wedding. This past weekend eight couples were able to get married in the church because of you all! Your donations and prayers provided for booking the church, general paperwork fees, renting the wedding gowns for the brides, flowers, cakes for each couple, and even food for each couple to take home after the wedding to share with their friends and family. 

You have no idea what a huge blessing you were to these eight beautiful couples! Because of your generosity they now have their marriages blessed. 

I hope and I pray that you are all blessed by how we served the Lord together!  

Know that you are all in my prayers and I look forward to seeing you when I come home in November! 

With love and in Him, 

Olivia Briolo 


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