“Evangelization is the key to seamlessly put together the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Year of the Family, and the Year of the Eucharist,” remarked Diocese of Novaliches’ Commission on Faith and Formation Director Msgr. Romulo Rañada to encapsulate the purpose of the Diocesan Orientation on the Year of Threefold Blessings held last February 20, 2016 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Good Shepherd Parish Hall at Regalado Avenue, Fairview Park, Quezon City.
According to Msgr. Rañada, Catholics would only come to a common and useful understanding of this Year of Threefold Blessings–the Universal Church’s celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy as declared by Pope Francis last December 8, 2015 with the local celebration of the Year of the Eucharist and the Family declared by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) beginning November 29, 2015–through evangelization.
He emphasized in his almost two-hour talk entitled, “The Eucharist, the Family & the Jubilee of Mercy: Towards a Common Understanding & Vibrant Celebration”, of the need of each Catholic, especially those belonging in the Diocese of Novaliches, to concretize the often-forgotten aspects of evangelization of Joy, Mercy, and Mission in their daily lives.
“Ang na-ebanghelyo masaya–kahit madaming problema, hindi nagagapi ng problema,” he said reiterating the Joy that comes from receiving the Good News of Christ. As such, an evangelized person is one who smiles often in witness to having received the Joy of Christ–the Good News–in his/her life. (“An evangelized person is joyful–amidst the many problems he/she faces, an evangelized person is never overcome by one’s problems.”)
He also threw several questions for reflection to the almost 700 participants present during the said event. Questions like, “Are you aware, are you conscious that the heart of our evangelization is Mercy?”; “(Na) Ang pagala-ala kay Kristo ay hindi lang dun sa simbahan, kundi sa ating daily life?” (“Are you aware that remembering Christ is done not only within the church but also in our daily life?”); “‘Pag tayo ba nagdiriwang ng Misa, damang-dama ba natin ang pagiging pamilya?” (“When we celebrate the Mass, do we feel we are a family?”); and “Pwede ba tayong hubugin para tayo maging Tagapagpadala Ng Awa?” (“Can we be molded into Missionaries of Mercy?”).
Msgr. Msgr. Rañada’s rich-in-content talk was actually based from two important documents of the Catholic Church: Pope Francis’ Misericordiae Vultus or Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and CBCP’s Pastoral Exhortation on the New Era of Evangelization that he presented through practical applications in the daily lives of those present in the event.
As such, he highlighted everyone’s role in making the family a focal point of evangelization; in making the celebration of the Eucharist an opportunity for the deepening of the Faith; engaging in an “internal” pilgrimage in this Jubilee of Mercy that requires dedication and sacrifice; and in rediscovering the Works of Mercy that include practicing Pope Francis’ “Judge Not, Condemn Not” and “Forgive and Give”. In addition, he also focused on the important role of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) members in evangelizing families beyond their own as the missionary aspect of evangelization in the context of community.
The Year of Threefold Blessings was spearheaded by the Diocesan Pastoral Office’s Commissions on Faith and Formation, Family and Life, and Social Action to arrive at a unified understanding and direction for the actual celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy, the Year of the Eucharist, and the Year of the Family in the Diocese of Novaliches.
Divided into four main parts, the event began with the Holy Mass presided by Diocese of Novaliches Bishop, Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D.; the orientation conducted by Msgr. Romulo Rañada; the Panel Discussion & Open Forum facilitated by Vicar General for Pastoral Affairs Rev. Fr. Antonio E. Labiao, Jr., Social Action Commission Overall Lay Coordinator Atty. Ira Agustin, and Social Communications & Media Ministry Director Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi; and, finally, the Workshop that involved the different Commissions and Ministries that were present.
The event surprisingly gathered almost 700 participants composed of Clergy, Religious, and Lay coordinators / ministry heads from the 63 parishes of the Diocese. Currently, the result of the Workshop held during the event is in the process of approval of the Presbyteral Council, Clergy, and Diocesan Pastoral Commissions prior to its release by the Pastoral Office to all Commission and Ministry members. (~SocComm Nova)