RETREATS AND RECOLLECTIONS MODULE MAKING WORKSHOP WITH RELIGION TEACHERS OF ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY, BAGUIO / MARCH 24-26
Following the path of Phillip and the Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40), the 12 core group members of SLU religion teachers with Fr. Mcwayne Maniwang, CICM reflected on the significant places of the Eunuch’s story. Deepening the experience of community in Jerusalem; identifying the cries and struggles on the desert road; transformative encounter at the spring; and challenges to do action in Gaza. These four places became the springboard of the workshop that leads them to make their own retreats and recollections modules.
EMMAUS LEADERSHIP TRAINING:
SAN ISIDRO PARISH, AFGA SIBAGAT, MINDANAO / APRIL 28-30
Almost 50 young leaders from San Isidro Labrador Parish, CICM, in Afga Mindanao were inspired and passionately energized by the Gospel of St. Luke about the Emmaus Story. The 3 days taught them different skills on how to minister to young people by building relationships, listening workshop, making prayer meetings, community experience and planning skills. At the end, these young people were challenged to write their commitment in their own footprint die-cut as a response and call to action. This activity was supported by Fr. Gary Brazas and Fr. Robertus Bijaksana, CICM priests.
COLOR AND FAITH: SUMMER YOUTH CAMP ON COMMUNION OF COMMUNITIES. APOSTOLIC VICARITAE OF TABUK, KALINGA. / MARCH 30-APRIL 2
The heat of the sun added colour to tradition and faith in the communities of Kalinga and Apayao, as the Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk (AVT), with almost 80 participants coming from the different parishes, had their seminar and workshop held at Chair of St. Peter Parish in Pinukpok as the host parish with Fr. Joseph Pumihic, CICM.
Crossing rivers and conquering mountains didn’t hinder the youth of AVT and proved that culture and beliefs can be instruments of communion as they reflected with the theme, “Being at Home in the Parish as Communion of Communities”.
Bishop Jun Andaya, CICM, reminded us that the Church is our bigger home. Coming home to the Church as communion of communities is all about acknowledging that we have one faith in one God. Despite the uniqueness of each tribe the youth of Kalinga-Apayao were affirmed in their roles in their parishes as messengers of the Good News especially to the millennial generation.
COMING HOME: IN THE YEAR OF THE PARISH AS COMMUNION OF COMMUNITIES AMADEO, TAGAYTAY
An annual summer youth camp held by the Sisters of Social Service in Amadeo , Tagaytay City was successfully done. It was participated in by the scholars of the sisters, some youth in the parish, and from other places such as Cotabato and Palawan. It was held last April 10-12, 2017 with 40 active participants joining the whole program. This is a yearly formation development program of the young people handled by the sisters to prepare them for giving a mini camp to small children. The theme was patterned after what our Church in the Philippines is focusing on this year; Coming Home: In the Year of the Parish as “Communion of Communities”. They reflected on the four characteristics of the community as exemplified by the early Christian community (Sharing, Bearing & Caring, Serving and Praying) and on how these young people can live these values and spirit in their respective local communities.
UP, UP AND AWAY: PALIPARAN YOUTH SUMMER CAMP ON COMMUNION OF COMMUNITIES (APRIL 21-23)
This year is the fourth year of a fruitful journey with the young people of Bahay Lingkod Community Center in Paliparan, Dasmarinas, Cavite spearheaded by the congregation of Sisters of Social Service. For the past years since 2014, the Bukal ng Tipan Youth Unit has always been collaborating for their annual Summer Day Camp. This year, as part of their twentieth anniversary celebration the theme of the retreat was, “Coming Home in the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities” attended by 50 participants.
The Bukal ng Tipan team journeyed with them by facilitating an encounter of retreat, reflecting on what the community had been through for the past years. The said theme of retreat helped them to understand the life of being in communion with one another and understanding what it means to be a disciple for other people. The whole experience opened up a gateway to a new dream for the group and for future involvement in the parishes where they belong. We are thankful for the experience we had with them. Dreaming ahead with one another is a blessing for their youth community in Paliparan. We are also grateful as they expressed their desire to continue the journey by strengthening the roots and foundation of their group.
OUTBOUND LIMITS SINGLES JOURNEY BYAHENG NORTE / MAY 4-7
Fifteen adventurous young adults embarked on a Summer Journey in the Negros Island Region for an experience of Retreat on the Road. This encounter is one of in the new programs that the Bukal ng Tipan team is doing as facilitating new way of experiencing retreats. Parts of the journey were falls diving, cave spelunking, sand bar walking, swimming, mountain trekking. Each activity was processed and deepened using the Paschal Mystery of Christ. The whole journey inspired the participants to move on from the present situation of their life and make a concrete plan of action for their future.
SAN ISIDRO PARISH MONTALBAN RIZAL,
YOUTH SUMMER CAMP ON COMMUNION OF COMMUNITIES / MAY 16-18
Another CICM Parish that Bukal Ng Tipan journeyed with is the 2 years old Parish of San Isidro Labrador in Rodriguez, Rizal. 21 young people gathered for 3 days of encounter at Maryhill Retreat Center to reflect on the theme “Coming Home in the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities”. The experience brought the participants in solid communion of pure camaraderie, knowing and accepting themselves, and led them to a deep longing for God that ended up in a Coming Home Ritual led by Fr. Romy Nimez and Fr. Willian Fernandes . Before they departed, they were asked to plan the activities they want to experience in their youth ministry and to commit themselves to be more active and available in the respective chapels of their Parish.
“PAMILYA KO, HIGUGMAON KO” SUMMER YOUTH CAMP IN SIMBALAN, AGUSAN DEL NORTE
Marked by a favorable outcome: Another Summer Youth Camp was held in the Parish of Simbalan, one of the mission stations of the CICM congregation in Mindanao particularly in the Diocese of Butuan. This is our 4th year that we are giving a summer youth camp program in this parish. It took place last May 21-24, 2017 with a number of 90+ youth leaders from their respective chapels/ BEC. The theme was inspired by the latest encyclical letter of Pope Francis on the Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia),
focusing on the family and the responsibility of the youth. “Pamilya ko, Higugmaon ko” (I Love my Family) was the focal point of the program.
This is a yearly formation of the Parish Youth Ministry as programmed by the PYC and PPC. The coming together of the community as they prepare and during the camp itself was very inspiring in a sense that the spirit of “Bayanihan” is still visible in this far flung barrio. Every FG “Family Grouping” (BEC) took turns for their duty in the campsite to do errands, prepare meals and the like. The entire process was effectively done and appreciated by the participants.
COMMUNITY JOURNEY: ONE HEART, ONE SOUL SUMMER YOUTH CAMPJOSEPH DAGUPAN PARISH YOUTH MINISTRY, TABUK KALINGA/ JUNE 2-4
4 Tribes, 12 Gimongs, 68 young people, 3 days in 1 City. This is how we described the summer Youth Camp held in St. Joseph Parish in Dagupan City of Tabuk Kalinga. In line with the 2017 Pastoral Theme “Communion of Communities”, the Bukal ng Tipan Youth Unit facilitated an experience of Community with the different tribes among young people who desire to become one with Christ and with one another. Amidst the conflicts in their place, these young people proved that communion is possible in their tribes. Before the camp ended, the youth community chose their Gimong (chapel) representatives who will comprise their Parish Youth Council. They were presented and prayed over during the closing Eucharistic Celebration with their supportive Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Jean Bosco Makolo Jibikilayi, CICM. Indeed, a spirit-filled Pentecost gave re-birth to the Parish Youth Ministry.