The Diocese of Novaliches, through its Social Communications and Media Ministry (SocComm Nova), was lauded by members of the Social Communications Ministry of the Ecclesial Province of Manila during its first quarterly meeting for 2017 for being the first to hold the gathering with the presence of a bishop.
Also hosted for the first time by the Diocese of Novaliches, the SocComm Ecclesial Province of Manila Meeting was in progress when the Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, Bishop of Novaliches, entered the Rectory of Christ The King Parish, Filinvest 2 last February 21, 2017 surprising most of those present.
Invited by SocComm Nova to welcome the members of the Province who will be attending the meeting, the Bishop’s presence portrayed a strong support for the Ministry and was really appreciated by the representatives of the other dioceses belonging to the Province of Manila.
“I have been listening to your discussions. I wish you would invite your bishops to your next meetings because these things inspire us,” Bishop Tobias said in Filipino, urging the attendees when he was asked to give his message before the end of the meeting.
Bishop Tobias also shared what he is doing through SocComm Nova in using the technology available–the Diocesan Website as well as email and text blast–to help the Clergy of Novaliches in preparing their homily for Sundays and special seasons through a weekly reflection guide.
He said he was actually inspired to do this undertaking every week after hearing parishioners having difficulty understanding the homily and learning of SocComm Nova Director Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi using a PowerPoint presentation during Mass for his homily that parishioners really look forward to.
The Bishop also suggested the possibility of doing this across the Province for all priests through His Excellency Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s Gospel Reflections Kape’t Pandasal that he hoped would be released every Thursday unlike the current practice of releasing it every Sunday.
In addition, the Bishop also supported the suggestion of Fr. Legaspi during the said meeting to reach out to celebrities and entertainment artists–being part of the Media Sector–to provide their need for spiritual growth and guidance. The Bishop said it would be good to do this constantly on a per diocese level before having a big gathering for the entire Province unlike the one done annually by the Archdiocese of Manila last 2014 and 2015 as an Advent Recollection for Media Practitioners.
The Social Communications Ministry of the Ecclesial Province of Manila comprise of the Dioceses of Antipolo, Cubao, Imus, Kalookan, Malolos, Novaliches, Pasig, Paranaque, and San Pablo; the Archdiocese of Manila; and Catholic Media Partners Radio Veritas, TV Maria, and EWTN Asia Pacific. There were 30 attendees during the said meeting composed of Media Ministry Teams–Priest and Lay–of the said Dioceses and the heads and staff of the Media Partners.
Established after the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC)’ National Media Convention of August 2015, the Social Communications Ministry of the Ecclesial Province of Manila is spearheaded by CBCP-ECSC Head Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara and began holding its meetings in November 2015. (~Minnie Agdeppa)