Sister stresses media’s power to evangelize

Sister stresses media’s power to evangelize

Sr. Gemma Ria Dela Cruz (seated) of the Daughters of St. Paul congregation recently organized an exhibit in a major mall in Tacloban City to celebrate the 11th year anniversary of DSP’s talk show “Pamilyang May K, Ok” and 10th year of the Gospel-based Ang Binhi homily show. EILEEN BALLESTEROS

TACLOBAN City – Celebrating another milestone for the Daughters of St. Paul’s media evangelization programs, a sister, who has been part of the congregation’s media work, underscored media’s potential for evangelization.

“Since 1965 after the Second Vatican Council was organized, the Mother Church has already appreciated media to be a form for evangelization,” said Sr. Gemma Ria Dela Cruz, FSP, now the head of Sto. Niño Parish’s Social Communication committee and long-time secretary of the Palo Archdiocese Soc Comm ministry.

“Media is a gift,” added the sister who helps produce the Pamilyang May K, Ok television talk show, and Ang Binhi social media Gospel program.

Dela Cruz noted the significant role of the Divine in her media apostolate, saying: ”I always get the source of strength from God since this is my mission, and I really feel that the Lord is working in me.”

According to the religious sister, she only considers herself “a channel in order to spread God’s words” through media mainstream and social media.

The Pamilya TV talk show, which focuses on family values and catecheses, is now on its 11th year and occasionaly had Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Florencio as a host before he was ordained bishop.

Now turning a decade old, Ang Binhi, which is regularly shared via Facebook and Youtube, shows Sunday homilies given by invited clerics from the Archdiocese of Palo.

Personal mission

Dela Cruz writes the script and invites the guests for Pamilya and has likewise been behind the technical production of these two programs since she being assigned to Tacloban 10 years ago

She admitted praying fervently for divine inspiration before conceptualizing topics for Pamilya and inviting resource persons to the show.

“It just came to my mind, especially in my prayers, and I invite persons I have in mind, if it would be ok for them to be a guest, then once they okay, I write the script,” explained Dela Cruz.

She added, “The Holy Spirit provides the questions so fast, which I soon give to the guest to be ready for during the talk show.”

“After I have written the script and produced the program, I really thank the Lord for the outcome of the episode,” shared Dela Cruz.

Laity’s support

Assisting in sustaining the Pamilya and Ang Binhi shows are supporters of DSP, collectively called the Association of Pauline Cooperators. They do not only help fund the shows, many members provide technical support and production assistance, venues for the shows’ tapings, and prayers.

Ang Pamilya talk show was conceived in 2006 without Pauline sisters and APC members having any technical knowledge to properly produce it “but they have the faith in God and assured of help of the people who consider the program as an apostolate,” said Dela Cruz.

“They didn’t have these gadgets, no lights, no place, until I was assigned here and then we were able to acquire cameras and all the gadgets needed for the apostolate, and of course with the help of the funding agencies in Europe,” she narrated. CBCPNews