LIST OF CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Concurrent Session 1

July 28, 2017

"Encounter with Jesus"

The first of the “trilogy” workshop for catechists, religion teachers and those involved in faith education, “Spirituality of Communion: its Biblical Roots” unfolds the scriptural foundation of communion that Pope St. John Paul II proposed as the spirituality for the third millennium. “Before making practical plans, we need to promote a spirituality of communion, making it the guiding principle of education wherever individuals and Christians are formed, wherever ministers of the altar, consecrated persons, and pastoral workers are trained, wherever families and communities are being built up.” (NMI 43)

It was good. It was good. It was very good: A Spirituality of Creation
Description: A prayer-workshop on the ecological spirituality of Laudato Si’. The participants are led into an experience of union with God through creation. By being in touch with the presence of God in everything around us, we become more responsible stewards of the Earth, our common home.

The Ties That Bind (Family Spirituality)
Description: A recent study by Holy Cross Family Ministries (HCFM) and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) found that 83% of Catholic families do not have any kind of shared spiritual life at home.

Family life is supposed to be about forming persons–parents and children growing together, learning from each other, supporting one another in living out a shared mission and goals – all of which has to do with spirituality. Without a strong sense of spiritual well-being, families too easily become collections of individuals living in the same house.

The Sacred Dialogues: Finding Communion in Spaces
Description: A prayer-workshop on finding the sacred and the holy in different cultures and religions. By opening ourselves to listening and dialogue, we enter into the ineffable mystery and presence of God among those that are “different” from us.

Does the Digital World Have a Soul?
Description: A prayer-workshop on the “spirituality of the internet”. Is it possible to find Jesus in the digital world? How can we use the social media to promote the Good News and not Fake News?

Community and Worship: Communion in Song and Prayer
Description: A prayer-workshop on the Taize spirituality. Participants are initiated into the essentials of the Taize way of life. Through an atmosphere of prayer and contemplation, the participants are led into an experience of Jesus in a simple yet intimate way.

Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith: The Church as Communion
Description: A workshop on how to understand the meaning of Church as Communion and how to put into practice a lifestyle and spirituality of communion. In the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities, it is important that we explore the scriptural and theological foundation of the celebration. The workshop title is taken from Pope Benedict XVI.

The school track is designed especially for members of the SACRED (Society for the Advancement of Catholic Religious EDucation) and Christian Formators (Religious Education Faculty, Campus Ministry Staff Social Action Directors and Staff) who are assigned in schools.

“Magkasama – Parokya at Eskwela”
Every Catholic School, rooted in the Church as communion, provides an experience of Christian community. It is distinguished by collaboration, co-responsibility and solidarity. Members of the school community actively engage parents and their families, alumni, and other sectors of civil society in meaningful partnerships to make Catholic Education responsive to the challenges of the contemporary world (PCSS, Defining Characteristics#3). This session will tackle, in broad strokes, how the school and the parish work together to manifest collaboration in action.

The Privilege of the Poor: The Embrace of Jesus
Description: A prayer-workshop on finding God in the face of the poor and the outcast. Pope Benedict XVI once said that the poor are the privileged recipients of the Gospel. But many times we fail to find grace in poverty and blessing in suffering. This workshop will lead us to an experience of Jesus, the poor one and the suffering servant of God.

Can’t Help Falling In Love
Description: on Love and Life Relationships. Love is the overused and misused word in this world. How can we journey with young people for them to realize the different levels of love and compassion for humanity? This prayer workshop will allow us to dialogue with the different persons in the Bible. Nagmahal, Nasaktan, Nag _________!.

Concurrent Session 2

July 29, 2017

"Making Room"

The second of the “trilogy” workshop for catechists, religion teachers and those involved in faith education, “Forming Social Conscience: the Ground and Fruit of Communion” discusses the necessity of developing a good conscience that upholds convictions, values and lifestyle of a true Christian steward who is in communion with God and with others, especially the poor and marginalized. This workshop highlights that “having more is never enough; being more in paramount.” (US Catechism of Adults, p. 454)

What a Wonderful World: Working Together for Our Common Home
Description: A workshop on how parishes and other Church groups can put into practice the pastoral principles of Laudato Si’. How can we promote a culture of stewardship and discourage a “throwaway culture”? The workshop will suggest some concrete responses (both individual and communal) for the care of the environment.

Me, Myself and I
Description: workshop for single parents; husband/wife works abroad or somewhere else, not married but with a child or children, separated or annulled.

Parenting is a gift and has always been but single parenting has become prevalent in the age of the millennium. This reality seeks to find its place in the church and the society. Although technology places various options in handling such situation, one cannot replace the presence of the community to raise a family. This is a growing segment of the Filipino church, brought about by various reasons - consists of a diverse group of men and women who are divorced, widowed, separated, never married, or are otherwise functioning as single parents. Some are newly single, others have been single for years.

Good News Sells: It’s Free. It’s True.
Description: A workshop on how the Church can use the new media to foster communication that leads to communion. In the so-called post-truth society and the proliferation of fake news, what can we suggest to parishes and other church groups in order to exploit the power of social media for the promotion of Gospel values and the truths of our faith?

Building a Community of Faith: The Feast Experience
Description: A workshop on how to build and sustain a dynamic community of faith. What are the fundamental aspects of a healthy faith community? What do the Millenials look for and how does the community effectively minister to them? What can parishes and other church groups learn from the experience of The Feast?

Go Forth with One Heart and Soul
Description: A workshop on how we can make our parishes and communities move from mere conservation or maintenance to mission (Evangelii Gaudium, 15). Pope Francis says that missionary outreach is paradigmatic for all the Church’s activity. Mission is not optional. It is integral to our faith. Some concrete suggestions on how parishes and communities can engage in missionary transformation will be given.

Kapwa and Loob: The Filipino Concept of Communion and Solidarity
Description: A workshop on the Filipino concept of communion and solidarity. Using the dynamics of kapwa and loob, the workshop will lead the participants to a better appreciation and acceptance of one another. There are many things that divide us today. But deep within, we are really one. We just need to discover it from within and with everyone.

As a continuation of the first concurrent session that discussed parish and school integration in broad strokes, the second concurrent session for the School Track will break-out into subtracks representative of the Christian Formation Tripod (Religious Education, Campus Ministry, Social Action) to discuss the same thesis in more specific terms with the end goal of providing skills and practical application for the Christian formators when they go back to their schools.

  • Religious Education Subtrack – Communion in and with Jesus. This session will discuss how to integrate parish integration in the lesson/curriculum.
  • Campus Ministry Subtrack – Communion in and with the Church. This session will discuss how students can actively get involved in the life of the parish especially in engaging in the liturgical activities of the parish.
  • Social Action Subtrack – Communion with and for the World. This session will discuss how the social action /community extension services of the school can also be geared towards reaching out not only to the indigents but also to the “unchurched” residing in the parish in the spirit of new evangelization.

Healthy When Dirty: The Prophetic Witness of the Church
Description: A workshop on the prophetic role of the Church as communion and as Church of the poor. Pope Francis prefers a Church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security (EG, 49). How can our parishes and communities concretely respond to this challenge? How can we transform the Church culture so that social justice is not seen as a suggestion but a demand of the Gospel?

Making Room
Description: EXTRA JUDICIAL FEELINGS – Being Jesus with the families of ‘Tokhang Victims’ Thousand victims!!! So what and who cares? How daring are you to reach out? How long are your arms to embrace them? Let us incarnate the dangerous memory of Jesus with our Radical Act of Kindness.

Concurrent Session 3

July 30, 2017

"Embracing Mission"

The last of the “trilogy” workshop for catechists, religion teachers and those involved in faith education, “Let’s Unbox and Promote Communion among the Communities” presents the needed shifts and changes in today’s catechesis and religious instruction in schools to form the catechized (children and adults) into Christians who are involved in the Christian community, foster spirituality of communion and live as Christian stewards.

AMORIS LAETITIA Chapter 3 – Looking to Jesus The vocation of the family
Description: workshop for priests, religious sisters, educators and family and life ministers. “The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church”. In and among families, the Gospel message should always resound; the core of that message, the kerygma, is what is “most beautiful, most excellent, most appealing and at the same time most necessary”. This message “has to occupy the center of all evangelizing activity”. It is the first and most important proclamation, “which we must hear again and again in different ways, and which we must always announce in one form or another

La La Land meets Leron Leron Sinta: A Leadership Experience in multi-cultural Church in Los Angeles, CA
Description: A workshop on the Filipino experience of ministering to the Church in America. East meets West. The result is a beautiful convergence of cultures and faith. The participants are given a taste of what it means to serve in a leadership role in a multi-cultural and new model of setting in the Church in Los Angeles.

Social Conditions of Migrants and Our Christian Response.
Description: A workshop on how we can make our parishes and communities more welcoming not just to migrants and refugees but to all who come to us. Through powerful stories and testimonies, the participants will be awakened to the refugee crisis in the world and how all of us are affected by it. Concrete action points to minister to migrants and refugees will be discussed.

New Media and Evangelization: Expanding the Horizons of Hope
Description: A workshop on how to harness the influence of the new media for Church advocacies. If social media can spur political revolutions and sway election results, can it also be employed to initiate a “spiritual revolution”, new evangelization and social transformation? Let us explore the ways that these aspirations can be put into reality.

Beyond the Frontiers: The Missionary Backpack
Description: A workshop on the dynamics of life of a missionary. Through testimonies and witnessing, the participants are given a taste of the beauty of going out into the peripheries and sharing the Good News to all especially in Asia. How can we encourage the young people and families to do mission for their faith?

Religion and Politics: Finding Common Ground for Common Good
Description: A workshop on how the Church and the State can work together for the good of all. Although they do not always agree on principles and policies, what are they key elements in modern societies where they can work together and pursue a common goal? How can the Church bring the Good News to politics without being accused of meddling in the affairs of the state?

Sakay na sa JEEPGY (Justice and Peace, Ecological Integrity, Engaged Citizenship, Poverty Reduction, Gender Equality, Youth Empowerment)
The Catholic School is intentionally directed to the formation of the whole person in pursuit of his/her ultimate end and the good of society (GE,1). Integral formation f osters education for Justice and Peace, Ecological Integrity, Engaged Citizenship, Poverty Reduction, Gender Equality, Youth Empowerment, among others. Through a variety of programs and learning activities that integrate the moral and religious formation, both the mind and heart are developed in conformity with Christ, leading to a conversion that transforms persons and communities.

  • Religious Education Subtrack – Communion in and with Jesus. This session will discuss how to integrate parish integration in the lesson/curriculum.
  • Campus Ministry Subtrack – Communion in and with the Church. This session will discuss how students can actively get involved in the life of the parish especially in engaging in the liturgical activities of the parish.
  • Social Action Subtrack – Communion with and for the World. This session will discuss how the social action /community extension services of the school can also be geared towards reaching out not only to the indigents but also to the “unchurched” residing in the parish in the spirit of new evangelization.

It’s A Beautiful Life: Human Dignity, Reloaded
Description: A workshop on the meaning and implications of human dignity in the life of the Church and society. In the face of cruelty and dehumanization, how must a Christian respond? What can our parishes and communities do so that we can always protect the humanity of each person against the attempt to redefine human life and its inherent sacred worth?

WANBU. TUBU. TRIBU. – Communing with our TRIBAL Roots. In this modern world of technology and fast faced living, young people’s appreciation for roots and history doesn’t matter anymore. Communing with comfortable reality is their game. But how can they embrace the identity unknown to them and part of who they are? Let the beat of the gongs, cymbals and flutes lead them back to who they are.

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