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STP Evaluation and Pastoral Planning 2015

Published by Sis. Linda Igna in News Update · 11/3/2015 10:43:57

The Evaluation and Pastoral Planning was held last February 28 to March 1, 2015 at the Montfort Missionaries House of Prayer in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.  This two-day meeting was participated by the Pastoral Council Officers and the heads of the different religious organizations and ministries.  It begun with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Richard.  After a short break, the different activities for each month were then plotted on the calendar.  The afternoon session was a brainstorming activity wherein the Vision-Mission of the Archdiocese of Manila was reviewed alongside with the Vision-Mission of our parish.  

Fr. Richard presented some important messages of Pope Francis during his visit to the country.   He also presented the nine pastoral priorities of the Church in the Philippines in preparation for the 500 years Anniversary of the Christianization of the country in 2021.  The nine year preparation for this great event already started in 2013, the Year of Faith.  Last year 2014, the role of  the laity was highlighted and this year 2015 is dedicated to the poor.  Fr. Richard advised the body to consider these pastoral keys in reformulating the Vision–Mission of the parish.

After a long discussion everybody agreed that the pastoral priority is to reach out to the marginalized sector of our parish as well as to the uninvolved members through the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC).  This was the model of the Church that the parish had envisioned it was established in 1992.  Finally, the participants came up with a revised vision statement:
“Kami ay isang pamayanang nagsasabuhay at sumasaksi sa Mabuting Balita sa pamamagitan ng Mumunting Sambayanang Kristiyano.” (“We are a community that bear witness to the Good News through the Basic Ecclesial Communities.”)

For the realization of our dream, we formulated our mission as follows:
We commit ourselves to:
a) Attend to those in need.
b) Invite those who are not involve in parish life parish activities.
c) Be creative in spreading the Good News.
d) Defend and promote the sanctity of marriage and the stability of family life.
e) Form the youth.
f) Continue to deepen the understanding and faith in Sacraments and other church celebrations.
g) Wholeheartedly serve for the common good.
h) Give importance to the Cleanliness of the Environment.

Our programs:
1. Values Formation (for all Pastoral workers)
2. Team Building (for all Pastoral workers)
3. Retreats/Recollections (for all Pastoral Workers)
4. Leadership Training (for all Heads of organizations and ministries )
5. Profile of the Parish  –Census/Surveys
6. Livelihood Programs – Parishioners

The second and final day started with a morning prayer, after which the Vision-Mission was reviewed for finalization.  A working committee was organized to spearhead the revision of the parish program and structure. A Eucharistic celebration ended our two-day Evaluation and Planning sessions.

It was a wonderful experience to be together in a serene and peaceful atmosphere.  After a successful brainstorming, bonding, realization, lots of stock knowledge shared and awareness, we went home refreshed and re-energized.  We are grateful to the Montfort Missionaries for opening their house; to Rev. Fr. Melvin Ordanez and his staff; to Bro Rey Silverio who saw to it that we were provided with comfortable accommodation and meals; to Bro. Frederick Yumang who assisted Fr. Richard in all the proceedings; to Mark who provided the music and to all of us who journeyed together physically and spiritually for this activity.  Not to forget, the energetic PREX animators for the ice-breakers and, of course, to our dear Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Richard J. Magararu, SMM who patiently led us to this wonderful encounter.

To God Almighty, we pray that all the plans we had will bear fruits! Amen.

-Sis. Linda Igna

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