‘Year of the Parish’ in full swing nationwide
MANILA – Activities to celebrate this Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities are going full-scale nationwide, with many dioceses kicking off year-round events.
In the Diocese of Baguio, after the launching of the Year of the Parish, several parishes had pastoral assemblies to plan and disseminate information about the Church in the Philippines’ celebration this year, through seminars and meetings.
According to Leticia Bueno, a staff of the Diocese of Baguio, a significant activity was the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC), re-tooling seminar given to the clergy and lay leaders, which was conducted by a team from Bukal ng Tipan on Feb. 21 to 26.
Revisiting the vision
“The seminar helped the diocese … revisit their vision and mission, relative to the present situation and needs, it also offered some tools for sustaining BECs-NL,” she added.
Meanwhile, in the Diocese of Pagadian, leaders held a training called a GSK Leader’s Training, focusing on this year’s theme.
“That training is our preparation to take action for another year of a pastoral call in year 2017: “The Parish as a Communion of Communities,” said Urso Aya-ay, one of the diocese’s lay leaders, in a social media post.
Last year’s activity carried the theme “The Eucharist and the Family,” shared Aya-ay, and in both assemblies participants tackled the 5 characteristics of “a renewed Church.”
Actively take part
The executive Sscretary of the Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Fr. Amado Picardal, encourages the whole Catholic community to take part in such events.
“If there is an active BEC in the area, actively take part and volunteer because in every parish we would want to have a parish formation team,” stressed the priest.
“We aim to have evangelizers, organizers: who undergo training; who can become the missionaries of their area, this aims to have a sharing of time ability and riches,” he added. CBCPNews