RCBN Staff gathered for a “Day of Prayer and Study”
By: Dharel D. Cuntapay
(“Charis kai Eirene.”(Grace and Peace!) – The RCBN staff with Msgr. Jesus Romulo Rañada, Vicar General for Administration took a wacky and happy pose right after the Closing Mass on the Day of Prayer and Study held on August 19, 2015 at Diocese of Novaliches House of Spirituality,Tagaytay City.)
“Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous,
teach me to serve you as I should…”
As part of the staff’s holistic development program, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Novaliches (RCBN) Staff took the opportunity of the Quezon City holiday last August 19, 2015 to attend the Day of Prayer and Study at the Diocese of Novaliches House of Spirituality (DNHS), Tagaytay City.
On the afternoon of August 18, the RCBN staff left the Obispado de Novaliches, drove to Tagaytay and spent the rest of the night at DNHS in preparation for the Recollection the following day.
Guided with the theme for this year’s recollection, “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” (John10:10), the staff greeted the new day with a body prayer and guided meditation led by Sr. Emelina Villegas, ICM, Faith and Formation Commission Program Officer.
Msgr. Jesus Romulo C. Rañada, Vicar General for Administration of the Diocese of Novaliches, facilitated the recollection. Msgr. Romy focused his talk on “Working for the Lord and His people, Working for the Church and with One Another.” He discussed first the Roman Catholic Church as an institution and went deeper as he described the Church as a ‘community of the Lord’s disciples with a sense of Christ’s mission.’ He also shared on St. Paul’s teaching, “As a Church, we are one body with many parts.” The staff got a chance to share their feelings and experiences on working in the Church, for the Church, and with the Church particularly in the Diocese of Novaliches.
Right after the lunch break, Msgr. Romy started to share his reflection on the Scriptural text, “The Vine and the Branches (John 15:1-8), then presented to the RCBN employees the proposed RCBN Manual as guide for our continuing growth and development as disciples of the Lord and fellow workers in Christ. The staff appreciated the consultation process on the proposed manual and welcomed this move as the start of a healthy partnership with the Church. The employees shared their opinions, cleared some provisions and gave their proposed amendments for consideration before its full implementation.
The recollection ended with a Holy Mass presided by Msgr. Romy. During his homily, he motivated the staff by telling them that, “There’s joy in working in the vineyard of the Lord. That joy is in realizing that we are working for the Lord. Let’s us all be generous with ourselves—with our time, talent, and treasure—as He is and has always been gracious and generous to each and every one of us.”
Indeed, it was a memorable and fruitful day for the 23 RCBN employees who shared their time and experiences for the bond of communion and solidarity among themselves. They are now all recharged with full energy to continue their work in the vineyard of the Lord!
… to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wound,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and ask not for reward,
Save that of knowing that I do your most holy will.”