"A LISTENING AND ACCOMPANYING CHURCH"

HINDI KA NAG-IISA, KASAMA MO AKO: Journeying with the Youth through Mental Health

When we journey with the young, we always look after their well-being: physical, emotional, and psychological. This session addresses one of the more pressing issues among the young today – mental health. In this session, we will discuss the framework of mental health education, identification/assessment, and provide possible remediation, and intervention.

Although designed primarily for educators, this session is open to all participants of PCNE because mental health – its myths and facts – is everybody’s concern.

BUHAY SI KRISTO! MABUHAY SI KRISTO: A reflection on “Christus Vivit”

The title of the workshop is the Filipino translation of the recent post synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis “Christus Vivit” / Christ is Alive. The participants in this workshop will have a bird’s eye view of Pope Francis’ letter to the youth of the world and the People of God. The workshop will highlight the youth situation as seen by Pope Francis with his pastoral lens, the essential message of faith for every youth and everyone (for Francis “we should never be quiet about it”), and the vision of the Church in her ministry for the youth today. In “Buhay si Kristo. Mabuhay si Kristo” workshop the participants will face the challenge of Pope Francis to make youth ministry (and also catechesis or education to the faith) synodal, popular, and inclusive. Are you ready?

ANIMATING BELOVEDNESS, GIFTEDNESS AND EMPOWERMENT IN POST-MILLENNIAL SLANGS – USAGE, UTTERANCE, AND UNDERSTANDING

Animated mangas are inferential reflections of current society depicting social environment that includes history, language, culture, politics, economy, family, religion, sex and gender, education, deviance and crime, and demography. The invitation to Blessedness, Giftedness and Empowerment to the Filipino youth are embedded in them. The session aims to share positive pointers to the invitation through the characters and episodes of animated mangas. It also looks at the current communication among the post-millennials. Better understanding leads to effective communication. Effective communication leads to wholesome growth.

ARUGA: THE DOOR THAT LEADS TO FREEDOM AND SUCCESS OF THE YOUTH IN CRISIS

Discovering the beauty of a tagalog word “ARUGA”, becoming flesh in the life of those whom He called to partake in His Mission to reveal the face of GOD to the young who are delicate and fragile beings. What they may become is not of their own doing. It is ours.

THE SOUND OF GOOD NEWS

New Evangelization invites us to bring the Gospel to all peoples with new methods, expression and ardor (cf John Paul II). The Sound of Good News is a way of evangelizing anew through Gospel music. This session with Fr. Marfori, a singer-songwriter missiologist with a very promising band of young people will be in a concert format and will feature original song compositions, most of them inspired by the Good News and some, based on themes of various ecclesial gatherings. Come and hear the songs from God's Word.

FATHERLESS NO MORE

“Perhaps your experience of fatherhood has not been the best. Your earthly father may have been distant and absent, or harsh and domineering…but what I can tell you, with absolute certainty, is that you can find security in the embrace of your heavenly Father…” (Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, n.113). Taking the cue from Pope Francis, the session will explore ways to understand and overcome the effects of absent fathers on young people today.

BATA, BATA, PAANO KA GINAWA?: On Family, Gender and Sexuality

“Anyone can be called a parent, pastor, or guide to young people must have the farsightedness to appreciate the little flame that continues to burn, the fragile reed that is shaken but not broken (cf Is 42:3). The ability to discern pathways where others onle see walls, to recognize potential where others see only peril… Each young person’s heart should thus be considered “holy ground”, a bearer of seeds of divine life… (Pope Francis, Christus vivit, n 67). Considering the many challenges that we face today, how can parents, teachers, and pastors best share with the young the beautiful mystery of life, family, and love.

TAKE ME OUT OF THE DARK, MY LORD.

The young, with their youthful passion, is prone to various forms of addiction which eventually lead to the dark and into destruction and despair. This session will tackle the various forms of addiction that plague the youth of today and how they youth ministers can help wean them away from these “addicting activities” into more productive engagements and enriching endeavors.

“The Church wants me but they don’t want ME!” — however —- #iamstillbeloved

Bearing their disappointments the two people on the road to emmaus were accompanied by a stranger to whom they shared their being confused. Are we a Church who can really accompany the young people who are feeling misunderstood? In the world of the millennials and genzies, we awaken to the mystery of their unfinished stories. As “bearers of seeds of divine life” they walk the dark alleys of digital media. In journeying with the hidden Christ, they in turn light up the access ways for others who share different kinds of poverty: those hungry for communion and thirsty for living waters. Pope Francis exclaims “each young person’s heart should be considered “holy ground”. Let us take off the shoes of our quick judgments and hasty assumptions about them and approach in wonder with vulnerable hearts for the dear young people.

Journeying Together

Pope Francis gifted the Church with a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive!, which affirms and challenges the status quo of youth ministry. Come spend time exploring why the Church needs the momentum of young people, their intuitions, and their faith. Come discover how young people are creating new trends in youth ministry. During our time together, we will engage in a new way of dialogue, which can shape how the Church ministers to young people now and in the future. Practical tools will be shared. There will be time for questions and dialogue. Let us journey together.

LABAN LANG! YOUTH IN SOCIAL ADVOCACIES

Calling on young people to be inspired by Jesus, a young prophet from an unknown land. He took on the issues of a society in search of its own integrity in the midst of political and social ills. Let us engage with young people from urban and rural settings who took on leadership roles and made an impact in their wider societies.

MGA HUGOT AT GALAK: THE JOYS AND PAINS OF THE FILIPINO YOUTH WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

The young have always wished for a LISTENING CHURCH, there is a need for the church to open her ears to their joys and pains. This is a listening session, a focus group discussion (FGD) open only to the young, 15-29 years old. The PCNE provides a venue for the youth to openly express themselves with the assurance that their mother church is listening to them.

Note: There will be 30 small group sharing sessions (with 30 participants per group) allotted for this.