Diocese promotes ‘youth café’

Diocese promotes ‘youth café’

The Café is a refurbished bus generously donated by Sir Knight Jorge Allan Tengco, whose family owns the Baliuag Transit and Golden Bee bus companies.

By Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban

Feb. 17, 2019

MALOLOS CITY

The Diocese of Malolos has opened a livelihood project in line with the 2019 Year of the Youth. Spearheaded by the Diocesan Commission on Youth (DCY), the diocese opened Café Lolek, an income-generating coffee shop operated by the commission at the Malolos Cathedral-Basilica complex in this city. 

“It helps sustain the diocesan youth programs of the commission, focusing on the 4 pillars of formation: human, spiritual, social consciousness, and pastoral. It supports our youth representatives subsidize their expenses [during] various local, regional, national and/or international youth gatherings,” said DCY officers led by DCY chairman Fr. Gener S.R. Garcia

They added that through the program, the Commission can support underprivileged students and volunteers with their school expenses. The café also serves as a venue for youth groups to brainstorm, to gather and share their stories.

Building friendships

They envisioned this place to be “an avenue where they can inspire others to be involved in the youth ministry in their respective parishes through meetings that build camaraderie and companionship.”

DCY programs include the annual “Days in the Diocese” exposure of active Catholic youth in different parishes in Bulacan and Valenzuela City; the Diocesan Youth Big Day; the DCY Cross Journeys; Central Luzon Youth Pilgrimage promotion; Leadership, Disaster Preparedness and Environmental Care seminars, among others.

Who is Lolek?

Lolek is Pope St. John Paul II’s nickname as a boy growing up in Poland. Pope John Paul II has been known to have initiated the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations, leading the first one in 1985. The WYD is said to have been inspired by Poland’s Light-Life Movement where Catholic young adults gathered for 13 days of summer camp.

The Filipino youth remember the late Pope heading the historic 1995 WYD.

The DCY encouraged the faithful to support the project, saying: “In the spirit of ‘Lolek’, we in the DCY commit ourselves [to] supporting the youth apostolate of the Diocese of Malolos. Thus, by patronizing this café, you become one with us in this noble work for God and for the Church.”

Café Lolek also serves as a place to promote different Church programs and activities that help strengthen the Christian faith. For more information, interested parties may visit its official Facebook page.