A speaker of the recently-concluded 2nd SocComm Nova Communications Camp held at the La Mesa Eco Park, in Fairview, Quezon City told Newbies to remain in their call as Communicators of the Catholic Church.
“You better STAY as the Communicators that you are…Make this your mantra,” said SocComm Nova Director Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi, to the new participants of MediaCamp2018 on its first day, May 4, 2018.
In his talk, “Ministry Imagineering: Bridging the Feast of the Ascension and the Ministry of Social Communications”, Fr. Legaspi came up with the acronym STAY (Synergy, Tenets, Agape, Yes) to make it easy for the young parish communicators to remember how to become an effective mouthpiece of the Catholic Church in a world that is questioning the Ascension or the existence of God, in general, more than ever.
First, he stressed the importance of Synergy; since from the very beginning, man and woman are commissioned to work with God. Just like in the parishes, their Parish Priests, the PPC and other ministers such as the SocComm should work hand in hand to encourage the people to go back to the Church.
“Wherever you are, please be communicators. There is always synergy from the beginning of life to the end,” he urged.
According to him, Tenets, or the knowledge of the teachings of the Catholic Church, can help us decide for ourselves the difference between fake news and a legitimate one. Another factor that he suggested to help inspire parish SocComm members to share positive or good stuff through Social Media is unconditional love or Agape.
Finally, he said that our Yes to God also means saying no to sin, to evils and lies. Definitely, no to fake news, hate and bashing and yes to the Good News, acceptance and love in order to evangelize our audience.
The MediaCamp2018, which ran until May 5, 2018, was organized to provide spiritual and technical formation to existing SocComm members in the parishes of the Diocese of Novaliches, making them more effective proclaimers of the Gospel and Catholic teachings. (~Shirly Benedictos)