No. 887 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 31 July 2016
Bishop Dinualdo visited San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Parish, T’boli, South Cotabato, 30 July 2016.
Purpose was to give an overview of the Comprehensive, Relevant, and Systematic Program (CRSP) on Marriage Preparation and Pastoral Accompaniment (PA) of the Newly Weds and Christian Families from Womb to Tomb and Beyond. This is a response to Pope Francis’, “Amoris Laetitia.”
- Comprehensive: all inclusive. Pastoral Accompaniment Starts from Pregnancy (Conception, “Womb”) to Burial (Tomb) and beyond this earthly life.
- Relevant: to the individual, time (now) and place (Diocese of Marbel, Philippines)
- Systematic: Pastoral Accompaniment has 6 phases or stages, (see PA I – VI).
- Pastors or shepherds: parents, other married couples, priests and religious, professionals and other experts.
Another purpose was to give an orientation on the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs), the theme of the Year 2017. This is to prepare us for the 5th centenary (500th anniversary) of the beginning of Christianity in the Philippines (16 March 1521).
A. Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris “Laetitia” was signed on 19 March 2016 and released 8 April 2016.
On 18 June 2016 we held a strategic planning workshop at Villa Princessita, Koronadal City. Forty-one persons were present. Six discussion groups. Each group with a facilitator. Mr. Andres Magallanes, PhD, Executive Vice-President, Notre Dame of Marbel University, over-all facilitator. The six small groups worked on the responses from the parishes.
The draft strategic plan was designed that same day. A nine-member review team completed the review after several days.
CRSP’s vision or desired end-goal: “Christian/Christified Families: Effective Evangelizers.”
CRSP’s general objectives:
(1) Christian families, effective evangelizers through personal witnessing to Christ (Mission).
(2) Increasing knowledge of the Faith (Creed).
(3) Growing intimacy with Jesus Christ through prayers and the sacraments, especially confession and holy communion (Cult).
(4) More spiritual and corporal works of mercy performed as years go by (Code).
(1) Study (Doctrines)
(2) Pray (Worship)
(3) Act (Pastoral Charity)
CRSP’s Pastoral Accompaniments (PA)
PA I. Pregnancy and Birthing (Care of the Unborn, 0-9 months)
PA II. Early Childhood Formation in Integral, Faith (Ages 1-11 years)
PA III. Developing Youth as God’s evangelizers and embracing Youth’s Catholic identity (Puberty, Adolescence. Ages 12-19)
PA IV. Catholic States of Life: “Fulfilling the Vocation of love and commitment” (Ages
PA V. Mid-Life. Family Apostolic Spirituality” “Living out the value of generativity
PA VI. Senior, Elderly, Retirement, Burial. Accompanying Senior members of Family and
Preparing them for Life with God (Ages 60 upwards).
CRSP’s Responsible persons:
- Principal: Bishop, Priests, Religious, Lay Leaders and Catholic Schools.
- Partners: LGUs, Professionals, Business People
Note: BECs are lead ministers; assisted by KRISKA and F&LM.
CRSP’s Funds: Local resources (parishes, Catholic Schools, Business, LGUs).
CRSP’s Expected Outcomes: responsive and responsible citizens and transformed/Christified/humane/more just social structures, improved peace and order, generally happy people.
B. Basic Ecclesial Community
(1) A new way of being Church.
New : in size – small: between 30-60 families.
: in personal contact – easier to know each other.
: location – usually, rural.
: membership – economically poor, politically deprived/oppressed, little schooling.
: management – by lay leaders under the supervision of the parish priest.
(2) Locus, focus and strategy of evangelization. Place, Center and means of evangelization.
(3) Characteristic: SELF-RELIANT COMMUNITY: Self nourishing and self-sustaining through weekly Bible Service with communion, recollections, religious celebrations, bayanihan, etc and self-governing through their elected officersin union with the parish priest.
(4) 2017 Theme” “The Parish as Communion of Communities.”