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Concurrent Session 1

July 21, 2018

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

"Encounter with Jesus (Moved with compassion)"

1. Huwag Kang Papatay: Stories, Songs and Reflections on Political Involvement

Should a Christian be engaged in politics? When human life and dignity are trampled upon and impunity reigns supreme in our land, how should a Christian respond? What does the Church say about it? This session answers these disturbing questions in three parts: a film documentary, a sharing from the ground, and songs for advocacy.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ditsi Carolino (Bunso, Riles, Minsan Lang Sila Bata) presents her latest film, Huwag Kang Papatay” about extrajudicial killings in Payatas. Filmed at the height of the war on drugs in 2016 and 2017, the film tells the story of Lola Remy and her 7 young grandchildren who face the tragedy of losing Juan, a dumpsite worker, during a Tokhang operation in Payatas.

Fr. Danny Pilario, dean and professor at the St. Vincent School of Theology has been working in Payatas every Sunday since the last fifteen years. He tells stories about his encounter with the victims of Duterte’s drug war and reflects on how the killings challenge his own priesthood and ministry. Fr. Danny makes a case for why it is crucial for Christians to be socially and politically involved.

The session is capped by Gary Granada – celebrated singer and songwriter – best known for his songs that hit at societal ills and push for social justice. He shares with us his new album Mga Awit ng Pagsamba at Pakikibaka and sing a mix of old favorites “Bahay”, “Iisa”, “Pagsamba at Pakikibaka” and new compositions like “Normal” and “Pambili ng Karapatang Pantao” about extra-judicial killings and other tragedies of our present political situation. These popular songs now in DVD can be used for group reflections and social analysis in parish groups, youth organizations and grassroots communities.

This one and a half hour program of film, songs, and stories also presents the new book, Faith in Action: Catholic Social Teaching on the Ground, edited by Daniel Franklin Pilario and published by the St. Vincent School of Theology – Adamson University. The CST book – in English, Tagalog and Cebuano versions – is packaged with three DVDs “Mga Kwento ng Pagsamba at Pakikibaka” with seven short films directed by Ditsi Carolino about men and women of faith fighting for social justice and Gary Granada’s album “Mga Awit ng Pagsamba at Pakikibaka”. This package of films-music- and-workshop guide is a MUST-HAVE for parishes and schools who want to teach the CST to students and parishioners in an interactive way.

2. Kulturang Laudato Si- Parish Version: A Spirituality of Man, His Life, His Home & His Parish

Humans live in their home, the planet Earth, not only to enjoy its wealth and resources without wasting any gift for today in favor of tomorrow, but also to look at the stars and mountains and reflect on the wisdom, beauty and love hidden in every gift. Only humans can thank the Almighty and extract meaning in what could have remained a mystery. So for the human person the mystery of beauty and goodness translates into love (Cardinal Rosales). It is a concrete living experience of God. “Caring for the Earth is embracing the interconnectedness of everything”. (Laudato Si#16)

This concurrent session will help us enter into a culture of compassion as witnessed by the apostles in Mark 6:30-31,33- 36. They themselves experienced how Jesus was moved with pity in the Feeding of the Multitude. In our present reality, we are moved with compassion as we witness our common home slowly deteriorating which manifests our indifference to God and others. This session hopes to help us in entering into a spirituality of re- discovering the awe and wonder of being created, re-created and re-creating others.God is the source of strength and tenacity needed to continue the great work with which we have been entrusted:God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light and the strength needed to continue on our way. In the heart of this world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, is always present. He does not abandon us, he does not leave us alone, for he has united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward. Praise be to him! (Laudato Si #245)

The apostles were with Jesus. He chose them and shared His mission with them. The apostles were given the gift to encounter Jesus. This paves the way for continuing on personal relationship with Jesus and imitating His openness to God.

3. May 'forever' sa BEC

‘Community’ is a word forever related to the Christian faith. Community was the only legacy Jesus left behind and communities were also the vehicles the apostles used to spread the faith to different parts of the world. Believing in a Trinitarian God, our BECs carry this responsibility and privilege to live the faith in their contexts and pass the lived Good News to the next generation. In this first session, let us celebrate this life of God in our communities (BECs and other faith communities). Like the crowd in John 6:1-15, we too hunger for God’s presence. Acknowledging the possibilities and limitations (verses 7,9) in our community life, and inspired by a BEC story from Mindanao, we prepare ourselves for a miracle that is sure to come.

4. Munting Espasyo, Gawing Sagrado

Description: The call resonates in the heart of every person but in our immensely secularized world, this call is muffled by the din of materialism, personal aggrandizement and the incessant quest for pleasure.

In a Catholic school, the classroom ceases to be just a learning space, it is a sacred ground where the muffled call could be transformed into reverberating echoes summoning the youth to respond, in all earnestness, “Here I am Lord, send me!”

In this session, the participants shall be led to traverse and transcend the challenge of reviving, amplifying and making the call enticing to the young within the sacred confines the classroom.

5. Gising Na at Tumutugon sa Tawag ng Panahon

The Laity, as Co-responsible with the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, has committed to become Renewed Servants in the Age of the New Evangelization. Through this encounter let us earn how!

6. Stronger Links: Understanding the Generation Z and Alpha Generation

Some forecasters, demographers, and even marketers have been trying to define the essence of Generation Z and Alpha Generation. There is a pressing need to have a socio-cultural read on these as the widening generational gap between parents and children stretches by the day! Questions arise: “Who are they?”, “What do they like?”, “How do they relate?”, “How can they be loved more?”, “How can we teach the faith more concretely in the family?” The lack of awareness and appreciation of their similarities and differences impacts family relationships, losing along the way many opportunities of building solid relationships and stronger links from within the nucleus of society.

7. Love at First and Last Sight

A discourse on God's call from the Biblical to contemporary times. It situates love in the whole process of discerning one's vocation.

8. "Vocation in a Digital World" (Focus on Vocation Call)

encouraging people to still find vocation even in this modern digital world wherein things like moral relativity, tolerance, etc. are what's "in" in keeping with the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons

9. Catechist Connect 1 with the Parish Priests, Consecrated Persons and Family

One with the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and the Consecrated, participants in this workshop are to deepen their connectivity with the parish priests who represent their bishop, the first catechist in the diocese. The workshop includes the theological foundations and pastoral strategies on how catechists can connect with those living the consecrated life and are often found active in the catechetical ministry. In this workshop the catechists will look into creative possibilities of making their family connection stronger, more effective and also affective.

10. Holiness and Missionary Compassion

This workshop will explore two pivotal documents of Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, and Gaudete et Exsultate, Rejoice and Be Glad: The Call to Holiness in Today’s World). Several key insights of Pope Francis on “missionarydiscipleship” and the “call to holiness” will form the bases of these sessions. The methodology employed will include some input, a brief open forum, personal sharing, a missionary testimony, and a concluding synthesis. Discover new dimensions of your call to holiness through engagement in missionary-discipleship! You will be renewed and inspired by the profound insights of Pope Francis!

11. SANLAKBAY: The Parish and Civil Leaders hand-in- hand (The programs of SANLAKBAY)

After hearing the background and history of SANLAKBAY follows the ways and means how SANLAKBAY communicate help and organize modules for healing and restoration. Pastoral accompaniment is one main nature of SANLAKBAY. Leaders are companions on the journey and not mere dictators for the kalakbays. SANLAKBAY aims to foster companionship and acceptance towards recovery and healing. The role of the Church and Civil leaders is given necessity. This is a collaborative work of the Church and the state to offer help and ways for growth in their community life and spiritual life. The laws and Gospel truths about life and hope is the touch-stone of the collaboration of the Church and the Government. By the presence of those in authority, both the Church and Civil society hands updating and consultation to the kalakbays yearning for healing and new life.

12. Liturgy is to be Lived: Millennials demand Authenticity and Connectivity

Encountering our own brokenness – our own discomfort – awkwardness (homeless, embarrassment, shame, sin, judments, expectations) in ourselves and in others Be-lived to Be-loved

THE FEAST

a weekly gathering of the Light of Jesus (LOJ) Family featuring Holy Mass, Powerful Worship, and Inspiring Talks. No ordinary prayer meeting, it is a new way of evangelization which includes “One-to-One Discipleship for Catholics” which aims to provide venue for building relationship. The Feast believes that true discipleship is relationship, thus it happens not only during in prayer meetings or spiritual seminars, but in a loving one-on-one relationship.

13. Liturgy is to be Lived: Millennials demand Authenticity and Connectivity

“To inspire and equip parishes to become missional.” (James Mallon, Halifax, NS)

Concurrent Session 2

July 21, 2018

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

"Communion (Sharing in the Priesthood of Christ)"

1. Prophets in Times of Living Dangerously

Three mothers and widows of extrajudicial killings in the Ina ng Lupang Pangako Parish will share about their pains and struggles to survive after their husbands or sons were killed. We will hear what are their personal and communal strategies of survival and resistance.

Vincentian priests, Mike Sandaga and John Era, and Carol Daria of the Ina ng Lupang Pangako Parish and Project SOW (Support for Orphans and Widows) will share what their parish is doing in response to extrajudicial killings. They will tell us that solidarity with the victims is not only a courageous political act but also a needed Christian response in a world where persons are denied of their rights and dignity.

Finally, we screen Ditsi Carolino’s short film “Ang Bagong Normal”, a documentary about two millenials from La Salle, singer-songwriter Gary Granada, La Salle brother, Bro. JJ as they grapple with the extrajudicial killings and the Marcos burial at the heroes cemetery. “Bagong Normal” is a documentary on the Filipino millenials’ emerging political consciousness in our times.

2. Ka-Parokya Kasama sa Kulturang Laudato Si: Creating a Culture in my Parish

Pope John XXIII was fond of saying: The parish is to be the "village fountain" to which all would have recourse in their thirst. If this is so, it is the responsibility of everyone to safeguard this fountain, this would entail a network of love in caring not only for one’s spirituality but for caring for the very environment of faith. “This environment speaks of a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it. (Laudato Si # 139)

This second concurrent session emanates from a spirituality of encounter with God who challenges us to think and act the way Jesus did when he was with his apostles. He expected them to feed the people themselves by initiating and finding the way to do it (Mark 6:34, 38-4). Thus, this session would be an active response on THE HOW, THE WAYS & THE MEANS to care for this environment- an environment of faith and life by starting a plan of networking as a parish. We hope to share how we can further develop strategies and skills that would create a culture of Laudato Si in our parish.

“Caring for the Earth is living Integral Ecology. Ecology is not just entirely ‘environmental,’ it is beyond environmental. It is the quality of life in all elements of ecology: environmental, economic, social, cultural, behavioral, and structural.” (Laudato Si’ #137) “Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”  (Laudato Si’ #139)

3. “BEC: ang munting kaharian ng Diyos sa aming sulok ng mundo!”

In this second session, let us listen to an inspiring Parish in Manila and its BEC movement. Blessed, broken and given away (John 6: 11), Jesus puts courage and hope in their hearts as they actively engage in issues of poverty, health, drug addiction, and political life. Let us be challenged by ordinary and simple people who take up their baptismal calling to build a “solid starting point for a new society based on love”, which is how St. John Paul II looks at BECs in Redemptoris Missio (#51).

4. Pusong Pugon

“Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Lk. 24:32). It takes a heart aflame with the love for God to dive into the ministry that Jesus himself engaged in – teaching. The flame in a teacher’s heart illumines the mind, fires up the soul and ignites the passion. It dispels the darkness wrought by ignorance, thaws cold apathy and fans the embers of charity so that it becomes a conflagration of love.

This session will be a communal expression of hope that the flame may continue to burn, that it may not be extinguished by the propensity of the young towards the more lucrative careers and that the league of enflamed hearts may continue to multiply, fructify and edify.

5. Gising NA! Maki-Isa Na!

Description: The Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership (PMTL), in communion with other faith- based groups, has forged a stronger movement towards inclusive democracy in our society through leadership development and transformative politics.

6. Stronger Ties: The H-ear-t of the Matter

Description: The Filipino family is the most important social group in Filipino culture; it is “the center of their universe”. This is very descriptive of the Filipino identity as we are strongly defined by our close-knit family relationships. The unprecedented rise of technology, migration, extreme poverty among others has affected the family in many ways. Where are we now given the tremendous change and evolving environment of the family? How have we been communicating with one another? Are we deeply connected or growing apart from each other? A connected family constantly communicates with love and respect despite the realities they face. When we listen, we do not just hear the voice of the person but we hear the voice of the person’s heart. This session hopes to help participants explore ways to strengthen family communication by primarily listening with the ear of the heart.

7. Piece ny PEACE

Description: Know the most practical tools in knowing God's will for one's state of life. Be elated in a prayer experience making one's spirit more docile to God's promptings.

8. "We Have the Message: Now What? How to Get People to Listen"

(Focus on developing strategies and skills) Description: concrete tips and tactics in communicating to an audience slowly becoming dominated by millennials and "digital natives"

9. Catechist Connect 2 with the Millennials and Gen Z and the next Gen …

Description: Challenged by the millennials and Gen Z and the future generations, participants in this workshop are given a quick look on the profile of today’s children and youth the so that in the spirit of the New Evangelization, catechists are enabled to communicate the faith in their language and spirit. The catechists will look into creative possibilities of doing more effective and affective catechesis with today’s young generation.

10. HOW TO BE YOU: BEING CHRIST IN THE MIDST OF WORST VIBES

Description: We grow up as Catholics in a Catholic country. Many other Catholics abroad are not as blessed as we are on this aspect of life. This workshop brings to the awareness of people the modern-day persecution of Christians mostly in places of conflict but also in stable nations where they are the minority. They are marked because of their faith and often driven away from their communities by extremists or governments that do not countenance the practice of other religions except their own. Through an “interactive game” the workshop participants will enter the world and situations of persecuted Christians. This will be followed by a talk that also features videos showing how these Christians are helped amidst their dire situations and also how their needs to be able to practice their faith are responded to and met through the mission of Aid to Church in Need, a Pontifical Foundation operating now for 70 years with main office in Konigstein, Germany, that opened a national office in the Philippines in 2016. The workshop hopes to encourage “mission partners” and get insights for a more effective ways of helping and responding.

11. SANLAKBAY: The Parish and Civil Leaders hand-in- hand (The programs of SANLAKBAY)

After hearing the background and history of SANLAKBAY follows the ways and means how SANLAKBAY communicate help and organize modules for healing and restoration. Pastoral accompaniment is one main nature of SANLAKBAY. Leaders are companions on the journey and not mere dictators for the kalakbays. SANLAKBAY aims to foster companionship and acceptance towards recovery and healing. The role of the Church and Civil leaders is given necessity. This is a collaborative work of the Church and the state to offer help and ways for growth in their community life and spiritual life. The laws and Gospel truths about life and hope is the touch-stone of the collaboration of the Church and the Government. By the presence of those in authority, both the Church and Civil society hands updating and consultation to the kalakbays yearning for healing and new life.

12. Liturgy is to be Lived: Millennials demand Authenticity and Connectivity

Encountering our own brokenness – our own discomfort – awkwardness (homeless, embarrassment, shame, sin, judments, expectations) in ourselves and in others Be-lived to Be-loved.

THE FEAST

a weekly gathering of the Light of Jesus (LOJ) Family featuring Holy Mass, Powerful Worship, and Inspiring Talks. No ordinary prayer meeting, it is a new way of evangelization which includes “One-to-One Discipleship for Catholics” which aims to provide venue for building relationship. The Feast believes that true discipleship is relationship, thus it happens not only during in prayer meetings or spiritual seminars, but in a loving one-on-one relationship.

13. Bringing your parish from maintenance to Mission. Session 2

“To inspire and equip parishes to become missional.”

(James Mallon, Halifax, NS)

Concurrent Session 3

July 22, 2018

10:30 AM to 12:00 NN

"Mission (Feed the Multitude)"

1. Catholic Social Teachings for the Grassroots

To show the situation of oppressive labor in times of contractualization, Pabelle Manikan screens her short film – “Kayod Kabayo” – a documentary on the everyday life of Nante, janitor by day at a big mall and laborer at a fishport in Navotas from night til dawn. His life puts us Christians and the way we live our everyday lives into question.

Fr. Danny Pilario and Pete Batangan walks us through the modules, film documentaries, advocacy songs, and other processes to impart the Catholic social teachings to different audiences – students, parish groups, Basic Ecclesial Communities and social movements.

Faith in Action which contains the book edited by Fr. Danny Pilario, the seven film documentaries of Ditsi Carolino and the advocacy songs of Gary Granada will be available during all the sessions.

2. Ka-hinga, Ka-likha at Ka-hangin Celebrating Laudato Si

Description: “Go and see” was the instruction of Jesus to his apostles as they were contemplating on how to feed the multitude. The Concurrent Session preceding this taught us how to create a culture in our parishes grounded on what is fundamental: being with them, knowing their gifts and their needs. These affirm that we are a common people of God- Ka-hinga, Ka-likha at Ka-hangin.

5,000 and more were fed out of 5 loaves and two fish and everybody was satisfied. The most awesome if that they were able to pick up 12 baskets full of fragments (Mark 6:42-44). This is a celebration of life on how sharing from littleness can bring satisfaction and abundance. This session is a showcase of a vision from a little parish in Velasquez, Tondo which turned into a reality. We hope to be inspired by their stories of best practices that are now experienced by the multitude with great joy and thanksgiving.

We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it. (Laudato Si #229)

We continue to dream, we continue to work and we continue to network as we celebrate Laudato Si.

3. Kapitbahay-Kapitbuhay

Description: John 6, verses 12-13 help us recognize how miracles happen around us in acts of generosity and solidarity. Listening to the life of the BECs in Jaro (Visayas), let us see how small faith communities make a difference in the life of the bigger society. In this third session, we want to look at the new BEC tools, approaches and practices that we can bring home so that the miracle of multiplication of the Good News happens in our communities.

4. Magtanim ay di biro: Laudato Si in Schools

Description: The title is a remark on how we should take the environment more seriously. When we were made stewards of creation, it’s a reponsibility that extends to taking care of the environment and of each other. The session will feature best practices of schools in Ecological Integrity.

5. Manggising at Magbigay ng Buhay at Hanap Buhay

Description: The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, with its Partners-in- Mission, will offer best practices within the workplace which can give purpose, dignity and missionary zeal to organizations and their workforce.

6. Stronger Bond: The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions

Description: Traditions are behaviors, activities, or actions that are done repeatedly and form part, or become in essence, a ritual. Family traditions are important! It acts as a foundation, a source of identity of families. When done together, families are brought closer. Traditions are a source of strength and stability and offers comfort and security as these are constants in one’s life. The familial bond is strengthened; creates lasting memories to be cherished for a lifetime.

We hope that this session shall encourage parents and children alike to invest in creating family traditions no matter how young or mature one’s family is. Meaningful traditions - no matter how simple or life-changing - passes on cultural and religious heritage to the next generation. The positive intentionality builds solid households in the faith and contributes to effective Christian witnessing, one family at a time.

7. Bundles of JOY

Description: Featuring 3 awe-inspiring real-life stories testifying to the unique joy founded in God's perfect plan. Touch base with the resource speakers for more personal queries after the session.

8. "Building Authentic Digital Communities"

Description: establishing and nurturing communities through digital media, i.e. blogs showing that we can have a voice in this noisy digital world, that it can be done

9. Catechist Connect 3 with Pope Francis in the spirit of the New Evangelization

Description: Inspired by Pope Francis, participants in this workshop reflects on the Pope’s insights on pastoral conversion, spiritual accompaniment and missionary spirituality. These are important guideposts on the roadmap of the catechetical ministry as it takes the path toward the New Evangelization.

10. OUR MISSION, OUR MOMENT

Description: One priest said it very well. According to him, “Ang chismoso / chismosa, kahit hindi mo kinakausap nakikinig, kahit hindi mo tinatanong nagkukuwento.” In the words of St. Peter and St. John, “It is impossible for us not to speak….” (Acts 4:20) Every baptized Christian is a missionary disciple. Each one has a mission. This workshop will celebrate the generous responses of lay people to the call to mission in the spirit of gratitude to God who loves them. Despite God’s great love, our families go through different forms of crisis. But with God’s abiding love we can rise to the challenges, identify the opportunities, pursue our mission and seize our moment. Through videos and testimonies, interactions and prayers may we be more inspired and empowered to be missionary disciples, not only because others need to hear and see, feel and experience, but also and most especially because we need “to tell the world of his love.”

11. SANLAKBAY: A Sanctuary of Communion, Nourishment, and Peace

Description: The experience of community and family is much needed by those who experienced such illness. The Parable of the Good Samaritan fits well on how our kalakbays could move on in their life. As the Good Samaritan brought the victim in the inn, so shall the action of the Church be to these kalakbays. The Church is the inn where they seek refuge and where acceptance is embraced, and family life is strengthened. The Church ‘as a hospital’ seeks to improve their way of life and maintain their relationship patterned after the life of Christ. Through the Word of God and the Sacraments, kalakbays receive such medicines and nourishment for their mind, body and soul so that armed with such gifts from God, they face life in grace and in peace. Benefiting the Good News and the Body of Christ, kalakbays embrace the Church as their sanctuary, their resting place, their home, their family.

12. Transforming Relationships and Community through Faith Tech Media

Description: Entering into Communion with Jesus through our wounds – allowing His spirit to come up within us – sharing in the priesthood of Jesus – the living sacrifice

THE FEAST

a weekly gathering of the Light of Jesus (LOJ) Family featuring Holy Mass, Powerful Worship, and Inspiring Talks. No ordinary prayer meeting, it is a new way of evangelization which includes “One-to-One Discipleship for Catholics” which aims to provide venue for building relationship. The Feast believes that true discipleship is relationship, thus it happens not only during in prayer meetings or spiritual seminars, but in a loving one-on-one relationship.

13. Bringing your parish from maintenance to Mission. Session 3

“To inspire and equip parishes to become missional.”

(James Mallon, Halifax, NS)

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