The First 10 Years

A scene from the 10th Anniversary Concert of the Diocese of Novaliches, ‘Pagsibol’, with the Clergy of Novaliches singing the 10th Year Anniversary Song. (Video credit: Fr. James Nitollama)

The Diocese of Novaliches’ first decade of existence may be compared to a ten year old child able to walk confidently alongside his/her parent, the Archdiocese of Manila. It is now able to shepherd the faithful with more independence and flexibility. It has already laid the foundation for its steady growth in the years to come, ensuring sustainability in shepherding the flock even in the event of a change in bishop.

First, it has also grown as an organization being staffed with Christ-centered professionals for its administration as a social enterprise. Second, its fully autonomous yet co-existing tripod of Clergy, Religious, and Lay actively provide, sustain and fund most of its services, programs, and projects through its Commissions, Ministries, and Departments.

Finally, it has realized five areas so far of what it has declared to attain in its Mission and Vision: renewal, empowerment, unity, development, and synergy. Realizations experienced and testified to by the people through Programs that not only to bring the faithful closer to God but also to provide them the opportunities to serve others.

Concrete examples of these are the Diocesan Catechethical Ministry under the Commission on Education and Formation (now Faith and Formation) now having coordinators and full time catechists deployed under different parishes and public schools within the Diocese and the great efforts to promote and implement since 2011 Stewardship as a lifestyle among the faithful through its Balik Handog Program.

Targeting to serve at least 10% of the poor in its overall population, the Diocese’s Social Action Commission has communed with the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized through its multifaceted programs, such as the 2011 Dinner for A Cause fund-raising campaign for the Hapag-Asa and Educational Programs of Caritas Novaliches that was able to collectively generate P1.1M.

The Diocese has created awareness on the importance of building and developing Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) as the means to truly attain total human development and social transformation in society since 2002. The revised PPC Guidelines of 2012 has made BEC a part of the Executive Committee of the PPC. In addition to a formulated a set of BEC modules on organizing, mobilizing, formation, and social engagement, the Diocesan BEC Team has collaborated with private organizations and other Pastoral Commissions to address the needs of the Kawans.

The Diocese fulfilled its promise to empower the Laity and form servant-leaders through the promulgation of the 2nd Edition of the Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines in 2012 and to empowered sectors in society that have often been considered a minority with its fully-operational Pastoral Care for Women and Children (now called Pastoral Care for Children and Vulnerable Aduts) Ministry that holds a Women’s and Children’s Desk in various parishes.