FINAL STATEMENT of the
8th NATIONAL WORKSHOP FOR THE BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE
Seven Years have past since National Workshop for the Biblical Apostolate; seven years remain before the end of the 2nd Christian millennium. We find ourselves, like the 2nd plenary council of the
Our National Workshop, now on its eight year, has moved to the southern most big island of our archipelago,
We shall implement the PCP II provisions in regard to the promotion of the word of God in responds to the call of Pope John Paul II for an evangelization” that is new in its fervor, new in its methods and new in its expression” (PCP II nn. 186-291).
1. We shall celebrate Pentecost each year as a period of prayer when we shall rededicate ourselves to the faithful, creative and persevering evangelization, kindled with the zeal of the Holy Spirit.
2. We shall devotedly promote the role of Mary, our Mother, “Star of evangelization”, and seeking inspiration from her guided by the teaching of PCP II n. 174.
3. We shall look upon basic Ecclesial Communities as a means of evangelization and help ensure that they shall always be guided by gospel values. (See PCP II Art. 112 #1 & 2).
4. We shall work for the immediate implementation of the PCP II decrees on youth, namely, articles 7, 23 #1, 50-52 and 55 (see appendix).
5. We shall continue and improving the use of means of social communication the Biblical Apostolate. (See PCP II n. 200).
6. we reaffirm our past resolutions on inculturation and express our happiness in seeing them reflected in PCP II nn. 201, 202-211.
7. we assure the indigenous people of the Philippines that in our evangelization among them we will strive to respect their cultures and traditions, learn from their values in regard to harmony with nature, engaging them in a dialogue of faith as we work together with hem to enhance their human dignity and cultural identity (cf PCP II Acts and decrees, No. 379; cf Letter of Bishop Morelos, Jan 25, 1993).
We commit ourselves to achieve these works so that to him who is able to strengthen us in gospel which we proclaim when we preach Jesus Christ to all so that they may believe and obey to him, the God who alone is wise may glory be given through Jesus Christ unto endless ages. (See Rom 15:25-27).
Concluding our celebration and learning experiences, turn to Mary, the obedient handmaid of the lord, Star of Evangelization, with a prayer to help us reach new heights of Christian life missionary endeavor.
Approved on this 18th day of February, 1993 in Davao City Mindanao, Philippines.
For the Participants,
(Sgd.) Most Rev. CIRILO R. ALMARIO, JR, D.D.
Bishop of Malolos
Chairman, Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate
Article 7: Since the majority of our people are young, great effort should be exerted to make liturgical celebrations meaningful and instructive while at the same time adhering to liturgical norms and the provisions of canon 838.
Article 23. #1: The social action apostolate of the Church must set special programs to address such crucial issues as peace and economy, agrarian and industrialization concerns, The exploitation of women and minors, migrant overseas workers children and youth, and intensify the organization of the grassroots people or empowerment and self reliance through cooperative and livelihood projects.
Article 50. #7: The strength vitality and relevance of the church as sacrament of the kingdom implies a laity fully come of age, that is; a laity who, imbued with an animated by the gospel of Christ, shall have assumed consciously, actively, and fully their role and responsibility in church and society.
#2: Since youth constitute a large dynamic portion the laity, the youth ministry should be assured of the fullest attention and highest priority in every way all in the church.
Article 51. #1: Every diocese should form, organize and mobilize the youth in such a way that they get creatively involved in his life of diocese/parish as evangelizers of their fellow youth, a youth center, and a sufficient logistical support.
#3: Under the direction of the bishop, the diocesan youth centers will be tasked with:
1. creating and elaborating a diocesan pastoral youth program
2. ensuring that youth in the parishes grow in authentic Christian spiritual, and
3. helping the youth become involved in socio-transformation in line with the social teaching of church.
Article 52. #1: The CBCP resolutions on youth Ministry must be
immediately implemented and mechanism must be set up to evaluate their effectiveness.
#2: A national program of catechist or out of school youth must be given high priority.
#3: parish youth program must be given special attention to those in difficult situations, e.g. street children, migrants those in crisis.
Article 55. #1: Priority should be given to the calling, training and formation of professional volunteer catechists for children and youth
In public and sectarian schools and put of school children and youth.
#2: Catechist should be professionally trained and adequately compensated, ideally with financially support from parishioners.
#3: Catechist should be provided with pastoral exposure and in-service especially those working with BEC’s.