The Social Communications and Media Ministry of the Diocese of Novaliches (SocComm Nova) came out last Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016, during the Chrism Mass held at the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd with a comprehensive video report on its coverage for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC 2016).
As the outcome of the IEC 2016 Delegates Send Off Mass last December 17, 2015, the Soccomm Nova IEC 2016 Comprehensive Video Report intended to cascade the experience and reflections of the Diocesan Delegates to parishioners who totally did not have any idea about it or who were not able to follow the event through Social Media and thereby create better appreciation of the Holy Eucharist and lively participation in it.
The video report presented the IEC 2016 journey of the Diocese of Novaliches’ Delegates as experienced through the Congress Session Talks from Jan 24-30; the Parish Immersion, which was part of the IEC 2016 programme for all delegates and held on Day 4 or Jan 27; the Opening / Closing Ceremonies with the Host Parish, which was the Holy Cross Parish in Basak-Pardo, Cebu, for the Diocese of Novaliches delegates; the experiences with Host Families of the Diocese; the Visita Iglesia to select Cebu City churches, which was an optional activity of IEC 2016 on Day 5 or Jan 28 for those who do not wish to participate in the Youth Vigil in Hoops Dome; the monumental Procession from Capitol Building to Plaza Independencia on Day 6 or Jan 29; the First Communion Mass on Day 7 or Jan 30; and the Statio Orbis, which was the closing ceremonies and Mass of the World on Day 8 or Jan 31, held in the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod in South Road Properties (SRP).
As such, the video report encapsulated learnings or reflections of the Diocesan Delegates on their IEC 2016 experience through post-event interviews. Those interviewed were with Mr. Dharel Cuntapay, a member of the Chancery Office who served as Delegation Coordinator for the Diocese’s IEC 2016 Non-paying or subsidized delegates; Ms. Vivien Talisayon, Lay Coordinator of the Diocesan Commission on Faith and Formation who went to Cebu as one of the delegates; and Sr. Jennifer Orit, CSHT, a Catechist of the Diocese at the San Antonio De Padua Catholic School in Batasan Hills, Q.C. who was one of the 21 Diocesan subsidized delegates.
The video report made sure there was representation from each member of the Diocese–that is Clergy, Religious, and Lay. Thus, SocComm Nova Director Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi, who went to IEC 2016 not only to cover the event but also as Director for the Diocesan Commission for Persons With Disabilities (NPOWRD), was also interviewed on his experience as a delegate.
Other delegates were also contacted to share their IEC 2016 experience but due to conflicts with their schedule did not make it to be part of the video report. These were Ms. Marita Tobias, Sr. Erla Dalen, CSHT, and Rev. Fr. Arnel Glodobe, OCarm.
Aside from the delegate interviews, the video report also highlighted the talk of one of IEC 2016’s most acclaimed speakers–the Diocese’s very own–Rev. Fr. Luciano Ariel Felloni to help parishioners of the Diocese of Novaliches realize the value of the Holy Eucharist in their daily lives. Fr. Luciano’s talk, entitled, “Washing The Feet Of The Poor“, was divided into three parts: Jesus In The Eucharist, Jesus In The Poor, and Jesus In The Priesthood.
The showing of the comprehensive video during the Chrism Mass, which recalls the institution of the Holy Eucharist and of the Holy Orders during the Last Supper of the Lord. It was meant to highlight the importance of that particular Eucharist Celebration (Chrism Mass) through the IEC 2016 experience. The video then endeavored to prepare the Faithful of Novaliches for the Easter Triduum, which began with the Last Supper of Our Lord on the eve of Maundy Thursday.
In addition to these highlights, the video report contained the post-IEC 2016 message of the Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches, the Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias. The Bishop, who flew in to Cebu as early as Jan 19 for the annual Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) meeting and joined the IEC 2016 thereafter until Jan 29 as he had to fly back to Manila for other pastoral engagements, emphasized in the video report the need to regularly participate in the celebration of the Eucharist as a family and as a community and the need to make the Eucharist relevant in one’s daily life.
“Share, participate in the Sunday Eucharist. If not as a family, at least, let’s do that individually–but always in a community,” Bishop Tobias said, which was his call to action in the video report for the Faithful of Novaliches in this Year of the Eucharist and the Family.
The video report, viewable below, is available for sharing through Social Media at the Diocesan YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V04vJwv9b-I (~Minnie De Luna)