Bishop’s reminder: Church isn’t the building but the people

Bishop’s reminder: Church isn’t the building but the people

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David

CALOOCAN City – In a homily at the San Roque Cathedral in this city, Caloocan Bishop Pablo David reminded the faithful that although the existence of parishes, chapels, and sanctuaries play a big role in community-building, the people of God play the bigger part.

“The Church isn’t the building, the Church is about the devotees,” said the prelate.

“Even if I do not see lots or structures, whenever I see the people of God active and animated, I declare it as a Church,” he stressed.

Addressing the BECs in his diocese, David appealed for help in building communities and establishing new parishes to address the needs and demands of the people.

“There are currently 27 parishes [in our diocese] serving and catering to more or less 2 million Catholic faithful, we need to further strengthen and build community and parishes,” he said in Filipino.

The prelate also encouraged the lay faithful to heed the call to be “stewards of creation” and to take care of every ministry and group.

“Let us advance the idea of stewardship and be defenders of all our fellow men in schools, churches, ministries, and other places in our diocese,” the bishop encouraged the Mass-goers.

David also emphasized the importance of BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities) and their roles in building the Church of God. CBCPNews