PCNE 7 – Sending off to a mission
In a short period of time, the Executive Committee of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization or PCNE came up with PCNE7. Similarly, at a short notice, many attended the PCNE7 filling Smart Araneta Coliseum to the brim. PCNE is the brain child of His Eminence, Luis Antonio “Chito” Cardinal Tagle. It started in 2013 at UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, the venue for the past six PCNE series. On its 7th, Smart Araneta Coliseum was the venue to accommodate the faithful, local and international, since it might be the last that Cardinal Chito may have before he leaves to his new mission to Rome as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide). The theme of PCNE7 “At sino ang aking Kapwa?” (“and who is my neighbor?”) – Luke 10:29.
We thank Cardinal Chito for giving time to be with us during the PCNE7. We understand his tight schedule, with the so many farewell and thanksgiving gatherings he must attend, we know that he cannot be absent at PCNE7.
Cardinal Chito, you are really destined to spread the New Evangelization both in the Philippines and all over the world. Pope Francis’ keen mind and heart saw it in you, one of the able shepherds of the biggest Catholic-populated country in Asia. He knew how you performed as President of Caritas International. Hence, the Holy Father gave you another tough job, as member of the Roman Curia, because he needs your knowledge, experience and expertise on important issues that he must decide on.
Our selfless love to the Universal Church must take precedence. If the Philippines needs you, the World needs you more. We wish you good health because you need to be strong in performing your new assignment, a very hard task to do. We pray for God’s divine assistance and divine guidance in your daily mission.
In behalf of our Bishop Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David, the Diocese of Kalookan and the Council of the Laity of Kalookan, we thank you very much for gracing and singing solo “Maging Sino Ka Man” and a duet “Handog” with Bishop Ambo, in our LaYKo si Pads Suportahan Kita Clergy Concert at PICC last January this year. We know your busy schedule but you gave us your time. Your presence helped a lot in raising funds for the completion of the Divine Mercy Spiritual Renewal Center, the retirement home of our retired priests and formation house of our seminarians and laity. We hope that you will bring with you to Rome our token of appreciation, an elegantly styled Icon worked on canvass, an Icon of “Theotokos”—Mother and Child. It is coated with hall-marked weighted pure silver worked on by expert artisans from Rome, Italy. More than anything else, it is also a reminder to everyone and to you Cardinal Chito, that our Mother and Her Child will never abandon us as we are being “sent on a mission” in making manifest God’s kingdom on Earth.
PCNE7 opened with the Caracol procession of the image of Nuestra Seňora del Pilar from the Cathedral of the Diocese of Imus, where Cardinal Chito was baptized, grew and ordained as priest and as bishop. In Misa ng Bayang Pilipino, Cardinal Chito mentioned in his Homily that when Jesus died, at the foot of the Cross was his agonizing mother together with his apostles. A new family was created, a family not only based on blood but based on Jesus’ words that they treat each other as brothers and sisters under one God, his father, and now his mother.
Then, Bishop Ambo David talked about “And who is my neighbor”. CBCP has declared the Year 2020 as the “Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and the Indigenous Peoples.” Bishop Ambo said that the key word is Dialogue, and there are 3 kinds of dialogue: dialogue with non-Catholic), dialogue with non-Christians and dialogue with indigenous peoples who have unique culture. He said that despite our differences in doctrines, faith, or outlook in life, people still have something in common. They know how to love, be merciful, understanding and to share. He said the start of a dialogue is to respect others and his being unique. He mentioned that Pope John XXIII asked “why fight about your differences when you can unite your similarities or the things that connect you to each other?” He ended saying “We should listen and respect each other’s differences in customs, traditions and culture.
Then the segments Listening Heart, Artist for Harmony, Heart to Heart with Cardinal Chito and Day one ended with Concert for Peace. On the 2nd day, there was Ecumenical Prayers, Weaving Hearts, Pananagutan, Conference Synthesis by Cardinal Chito.
In the Concluding Mass, Cardinal Chito said “like Jesus may we be a living seed to be sown. If we are at the edge of the road, be like Jesus. If we are at rocky ground, be like Jesus. If we are at the road full of thorns, be like Jesus. Do not chose rich soil for the one that you chose might not be rich. Let God choose the grounds where you will be sown.”
A small image of Sto. Niňo and a small bottle for holy water were distributed to the participants symbolizing the gift of baptism. Everyone is gifted, as baptized, to be a gift. The sending off message “Kapatid Kita, Kapwa Kita, Mahal Kita, Magkasama tayo sa Misyon ni Hesus.” (We are brothers and sisters, We are neighbors, I love you, We are together in Mission of Jesus.”
In behalf of our parish priest Fr. Bong Gino and the Parish Pastoral Council, the San Ildefonso Parish in Navotas City would like to thank Fr. Andreas Chang, Director of Joseph Clinic of the Diocese of Kalookan, Fr John Youn, the medical doctors and dentists, health workers and volunteers from the Archdiocese of Seoul, Korea and Navotas City in making the Medical Dental Mission a success. Thank you for the medicines given to the patients. Many thanks to the members of Commission on Social Service and Development volunteers of the parish. God knows who you are. Beneficiaries of the Mission are: 212 adults, 119 pedia, 43 dental and 20 x-ray patients.
Five years ago our dear mother Gloria Santiago passed on to new life. We request the pious readers to pray for her. Also Birthday greetings to February Celebrators in our family: our nephew Romarico Santiago, our niece Dra. Ria Edeliza Imperial and sister-in-law Nisa Santiago.