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Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

ECBA Annual Report 2012

106th BISHOPS’ PLENARY ASSEMBLY

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

January 27, 2013

 

Summary Report

“Proclaiming God’s Word towards National Transformation” (Jonah 3:1-10 and Mt 5:13-16) was the theme for the National Bible Week in January 2012. The Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) joined ranks with Philippine Bible Society in celebrating Bible Sunday with the “I Proclaim” event which was held in Alfonso, Cavite. Several readers from different sectors and religious persuasions proclaimed assigned texts from the Bible to the public. The celebration of Bible Week in dioceses and parishes in the country included Bible exhibits, Bible quizzes, interpretative dance contests, poster making, slogan contests, Bible Conferences, Radio and TV programs, and motorcades.

The 104th Bishops’ Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on January 25-26, 2012 likewise set precious time for the presentation and discussion of the Verbum Domini document in three parts by the ECBA Chairman, His Excellency Pablo Virgilio S. David (Verbum Dei), ECBA Vice Chairman, His Excellency Renato P. Mayugba (Verbum en Ecclesia) and the Bible Director for the Archdiocese of Manila, His Excellency Broderick S. Pabillo (Verbum en Mundo).  To concretize the relevance of the document with various commissions, the active participation of different commissions through their respective chairmen and executive secretaries was sought, complied with, and highly appreciated. Presentors were his Excellency Socrates Villegas for Catechesis and Religious Education, His Excellency Joel Z. Baylon for the Commission on Youth, Sr. Mapeth Bulawan, DC for the Commission on Justice, Peace and Social Action, Rev. Fr. Genaro Diwa for the Commission on Liturgy, Rev. Fr. Jaime Noel Deslate for the Commission on the Clergy, Rev. Fr. Amado Picardal for the Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities and Rev. Fr. for the Commission on Social Communication and Mass Media.

The substantial input from the discussions during this plenary assembly was dessiminated and further discussed with the Bible Apostolate regional and diocesan directors, lay coordinators and associates in the 19th National Bible Workshop held in Dumaguete on February 6-10, 2012. Their sessions and reflections on the theme “Verbum Domini: Animating All Pastoral Work with the Word of God”  inspired them to commit themselves to 1) promote Verbum Domini by conducting seminars, symposia, retreats and workshops for the clergy, religious, lay pastoral workers at the regional, sub-regional and diocesan levels, 2) coordinate and/or collaborate with other apostolates and ministries (especially with the Commission on Catechesis, the Commission on the Youth, and the Commission on the B.E.C.) in the common task of providing biblical formation modules, 3) sustain and intensify the promotion of the MTBO bible project and its ancillary project, the handwritten Unity Bible (H.U.B.), 4) strengthen our regional centers by sharing our “best practices” and resources in the Biblical Pastoral Ministry through the ECBA Office, and 5) review and streamline the organizational structures of our Regional Centers to make them more functional, effective and responsive to the directions set by “Verbum Domini”.

A.     Promote Verbum Domini by conducting seminars, symposia, retreats and workshops for the clergy, religious, lay pastoral workers at the regional, sub-regional and diocesan levels

Verbum Domini seminar-workshops, spearheaded by Bp. Pablo Virgilio David, Bp. Rene Mayugba, Bp. Broderick Pabillo, the ECBA executive secretary, members of the Catholic Bible Association of the Philippines (CBAP) and the regional bible directors, were conducted in Tuguegarao, Baguio City, Lingayen-Dagupan, Bontoc-Lagawe, Tabuk, Quirino Province, San Fernando, Pampanga, Angeles City, Tarlac, Novaliches, Legazpi, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Malaybalay, Iligan, Boracay (for Western Visayas), Surigao, Zamboanga, and Bandung, Indonesia. Only 18 out of the 86 ecclesiastical provinces had Verbum Domini seminars. The Verbum Domini seminar-workshops are given upon invitation by bishops, parish priests, school heads or Bible Apostolate leaders to individuals or a team to conduct the seminar-workshop. It can also be organized by a core team and opened to the faithful to attend. To date, the least group who were given the Verbum Domini seminars are the clergy.

B.     Coordinate and/or collaborate with other apostolates and ministries (especially with the Commission on Catechesis, the Commission on the Youth, and the Commission on the B.E.C.) in the common task of providing biblical formation modules

To collaborate with other ministries, Bible Apostolate (BA) leaders made themselves available for services needed for formation, information and moral support. The BA bishops accepted invitations from different commissions for talks, seminars and teaching sessions. The executive secretary, responded to invitations for talks and seminars for catechists and the youth (Don Bosco, Makati; Lunduyan, Bayombong; Pasig Catholic College),  for BEC leaders (Baguio City), for leaders of the Episcopal Commission for Migrants (Bataan), for Justice and Peace and the Integrity of Creation (Vivat International, Manila). In Jaro, the BA leaders did biblical catechesis every Monday at the St. Paul Hospital, they teamed up with the Commission on Liturgy for the formation of lectors and commentators, with the Commission on communication for their weekly cable TV program on the Sunday gospel reflection (Ang Oras Sang Manugsab-og). In Bicol, the BA conduct bible activities for BECs in the different dioceses and the Neo-Catechumenate ( particularly of Legazpi, Albay district). They have daily and weekly bible programs (DZGB, Legazpi; DWBS, Legazpi; DWRV, Naga; DZGN, Sorsogon in coordination with the commission on communication; the BA leaders of JP1 Biblical Pastoral Center under the leadership of Bp Renato Mayugba, play a major role in the formation of the seminarians, the catechists, BECs, the youth and lay leaders from the Family and Life commission. In Malaybalay, Bukidnon the BA leaders take active participation in the celebrations of the catechists during the catechetical month, and the formation of the youth through seminars and retreats.  Several dioceses organize youth camps during summer time in coordination with the youth ministry.

C.     Sustain and intensify the promotion of the MTBO bible project and its ancillary project, the handwritten Unity Bible (H.U.B.)

To maximize time and energy, the Verbum Domini seminar-workshops were usually followed with the Handwritten Unity Bible activity, the ancillary of the May They Be One (MTBO) Bible project. As of December 31, 2012,  14,068 verses of the 70,948 total verses have been written in 75 writing sessions all over the country. Fourteen (14) books of the Bible are completed. The proceeds helped in the partial subsidy of 260,947 MTBO bibles distributed in 2012.  Only 89 churches and parishes were involved in the MTBO bible distribution, a marked decrease from that of 2011 where 191 churches and parishes distributed 226,070 MTBO bibles. There were less parishes and churches involved in the past year but there were more bibles distributed. A total of 764,805 MTBO bibles have been distributed from 2009 to 2012.

D.     Strengthen our regional centers by sharing our “best practices” and resources in the Biblical Pastoral Ministry through the ECBA Office

Efforts on sharing “best practices” and resources in the Biblical Pastoral Ministry are done through the submission of modules and other written materials to the ECBA office to make it available for the use of Bible Apostolate leaders who may need it. It is also done through formal and informal sharings among the bible directors during the executive committee meetings. When practices are shared through the email, it is forwarded to all bible directors and lay coordinators for discussion and possible adaptation in their respective places. An example of this is the commentary on the weekly Sunday readings by CBAP Bible scholar and ECBA consultor, Fr. Cielo Almazan, OFM. He prepares the readings and commentaries on powerpoint including suggestions for the homily and sends it to the Archdiocese of Manila office who forwards it other offices among whom is the ECBA office. Upon receipt of the same, the executive secretary forwards it to all Bible Apostolate Regional directors, priests who have requested to be on the list, catechists, lay formators and friends. Biblical materials which can be used for catechesis, BEC leaders, the youth, etc. are made available in the office for inquirers, researchers and speakers. Some members of the CBAP prepared a lecture series for dioceses on themes related to faith from the biblical perspective. They have asked the help of ECBA to coordinate with the bible directors in the different dioceses and regions for the implementation of the modules as a summer course with no professional fee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

E.     Review and streamline the organizational structures of our Regional Centers to make them more functional, effective and responsive to the directions set by “Verbum Domini”

Some of the regional centers along with their respective regional directors met for discussions on this issue. Their decisions are subject to the approval of their respective bishops, hence, the implementation and updating on this matter will be taken up in the next executive commission meeting in June of the current year.

 

F.                    Other Activities

                   F.1. Family Bible Encounter

Several dioceses participated in the Family Bible Encounter. Since the project is on-going, the evaluation and final report on participation and other matters will be available in the next annual report.

                   F.2. Catholic Daily Bible Reading Guide and the National Bible Week Calendar 2013

An informal survey was done in 2012 to find out whether there was still a need to continue publishing the Catholic Daily Bible Reading Guide (CDBRG). Since the response was positive, an order form was passed during the previous plenary assembly where it was explicitly explained that each box containing 4,000 pieces will cost five hundred pesos (P500) and and freight charges will be on the one who ordered.  A total of 389 boxes or 1,556,000 copies has been distributed to different dioceses, groups and individuals.

                   F.3. Organizing Bible Celebrations (OBC)

East Asian Pastoral Institute was particularly interested with the Bibliodrama modules offered by Bibliodrama Philippines coordinated by the executive secretary of ECBA. Thus, the ECBA Chairman was invited as a speaker for students from Asia who were either enrolled for a course or having their renewal program at EAPI. His talk was followed by days of Lectio Divina on Stage facilitated by 3 pairs from Bibliodrama Philippines, a group of priests, sisters and lay people trained in facilitating bibliodrama sessions.

            F.4. 3) Promoting Bible Translation (PBT) 

Eight CBAP Cebuano speaking exegetes have finished a Cebuano translation of the gospels which was launched on November 17, 2012. It was attended by His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal and His Excellency Jose S. Palma, the main celebrant in the thanksgiving mass. To show appreciation for this great work and offer encouragement to the team, the ECBA executive secretary was sent by the chairman to be part of the celebration.  There is also an ongoing joint project of ECBA and PBS on the ITNEG BIBLE Translation among the Tinggian indigenous peoples of Abra. The project is an initiative of ECBA in coordination with the Abra Bible Apostolate and the Indigenous Peoples Apostolate of Abra with the technical expertise of the PBS  translation department in response to a long time request of the Tinggians of Abra for a translation project into ITNEG (Tinggian).

 

BIBLE SUNDAY COLLECTA (30%)

 

Thirty percent (30%) of your Bible Sunday Collecta is given to ECBA. The other 30 % goes to your Regional Biblical Center. You keep the 40 % for your Diocesan Biblical Center. For 2012, fifty (50) of 86 or fifty eight percent (58%) of ecclesiastical provinces remitted their Bible Sunday Collecta. Some ecclesiastical provinces also remitted their donations of past years. All in all your donation amounted to Php 1,332,985.92, a significant increase from the amount of Php 821,860.04 of 2011. We are truly grateful for your donation.

We thank Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle for allowing ECBA to avail of the services of the auditor of the Archdiocese of Manila

 

 

WEBSITE: Kindly visit our website for your updates.

 

                       

Reported by :    MOST REV. PABLO VIRGILIO S. DAVID, DD

                       ECBA Chairman

                       Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga

 

Prepared by: Natividad B. Pagadut, Ed.D.

                    ECBA Executive Secretary

 

ECBA ANNUAL REPORT 2011

104th BISHOPS’ PLENARY ASSEMBLY

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

January 28, 2012

 

Summary Report

The Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) by virtue of its mandate as a pastoral commission from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) spearheads the annual celebration of National Bible Week during which the year’s theme is highlighted through different activities all over the country. The theme for the National Bible Week for 2011 remained to be May They Be One with its sub-theme “Becoming One Nation in the Stewardship of Creation” (Ps 8:3-6 GNT). The Bible Week activities for 2011 focused on the “I Proclaim” event which was a continuous reading of the Bible from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. Assigned readers from different sectors and religious persuasions in different parts of the country practiced reading their assigned texts before proclaiming it to the public. In the metropolis this was done at the Quezon City Memorial Circle through the joint efforts of the Philippine Bible Society and ECBA along with government officials and leaders. Other places in the country with Bible directors and lay coordinators like the Divine Word College of Urdaneta spearheaded the participation of their respective organizations, schools and parishes. 

To respond to the sub-theme “ Becoming One Nation in the Stewardship of Creation” biblical celebrations and bible rallies that respond to the social concerns of ecological care, family life and values and youth formation were highly encouraged. Places like San Fernando, La Union through its bible coordinator and its bishop organized a symposium on the topic where more than 1000 teachers, catechists, government officials and employees, youth leaders, senior citizens actively participated.

To further encourage participation  and appreciation of the Word, other activities like the Bible Enthronement in Families, BECs, Schools, Churches, Institutes, Convents, Houses of Formation, Public Places etc.; Gospel Sharing in homes, campuses and public places; Family Bible Encounter (quiz); Extemporaneous speech (proclamation) of the Word of God on Creation Texts; Biblialympics (walk - run for the bible, palaro sa biblia) etc.  were put forward. Creativity on how to integrate stewardship (care, protection, awareness) of Creation to these activities for the Bible Week was left to the imagination of the promoters and bible leaders. Maximization of the use of the Salitext, the radio, tv (cable) to promote the Word of God was a challenge.

Concretely, ECBA tries to realize its mission-vision through the following action plans  1) Animating Biblical-Pastoral Formation (ABPF) 2) Organizing Bible Celebration (OBC) 3) Promoting Bible Translation (PBT)  4) Assisting Bible Production (ABP) 5) Coordinating  Bible Distribution (CBD).

 

1.      Biblical-Pastoral Formation

The episcopal commission for the biblical apostolate recognizes the role of the Word in the formation of people. Thus, it initiates, participates, encourages, inspires, supports bible programs, modules, activities like:

a)         Annual Biblical Institutes in Northern Luzon – WABI (Word Alive Biblical Institute – JPIBC), Semestral Biblical Institute for Mindanao (SBI – Paul VI), Dei Verbum Biblical Institute for Western Visayas, St. Jerome Biblical Institute for Cebu (April – May – October 2011) These regular Bible formation programs in different parts of the country went on for the laity and religious by Word Alive Biblical Institute (WABI) Lay Formation Center, Dagupan City of John Paul I Biblical Center of Northern Luzon, the Summer Biblical Institute (SBI) Lay Formation Center of Tagum City, the Bible courses offered in summer and October for bible animators and facilitators by the Paul VI Regional Biblical Center for Mindanao aside from their many Basic Bible Seminar sessions (1-2-3).  For the Visayas, a two day workshop on the Apostolic Exhortation “Verbum Domini” was given to Bible enthusisasts  (Bible animators, facilitators, youth) by Bishop Renato P. Mayugba, the Vice Chair of ECBA on May 16-17, 2011. The executive secretary likewise gave talks and conducted Bible seminars and recollections for students and lay leaders in Nueva Vizcaya, Mirriam College, Paranaque, Pudtol in Apayao. Ramon in Isabela, Tuguegarao, Malaybalay, Tongohin in Infanta, 7th Jn Paul 2nd Conference in Makati, Maryhill School of Theology, etc.

b)         Biblical-pastoral formation (retreats) for the national champions of the Family Bible Encounter as Family Evangelizers in their dioceses (April – May 2011)

c)         National Catholic Family Bible Encounter in full coordination with the Secretariat of the National Catholic Family Bible Group Incorporated (c/o Ms. Elvira Yap Go). The Family Bible Encounter is a fully subsidized program (no expense from the diocese) by the national secretariat. The NCFBE project will be handed over to the Diocese (Bishops) after the 5th NCFBE (2012) for them to continue empowering the Families as Family evangelizers of other families. Since 2005, the Champion Families from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were given annual Family retreats as part of their formation and preparation to be evangelizers to other families.

d)         ECBA also recognizes the need among Bible facilitators to grow individually and communally. Thus, bibliodrama facilitators gather periodically for Bibliodrama Exchange which engages in training, sharing, prayer, interaction, creative exchange of ideas, communal reflection on the Word, module making and evaluation in their growth in the Word. Bibliodrama  courses for seminarians, lay leaders, catechists, teachers, religious, priests in the Philippines and in the Marshall Islands (July 6-15) were conducted. Bibliodrama Philippines Exchange in 2011 was held at the St. Joseph Retreat Center Opifices Christi Missionary Priests, Anonas West, Urdaneta City from February 8-10, 2011. A Bible Facilitators Seminar was also held at San Rafael Parish, Balut, Tondo, Manila on Feb. 25 – 27, 2011. This was conducted for the Bible Apostolate Formation Team to empower them to give the Basic Bible Seminar in their BECs

e)         A Bi-Monthly Bible Relevance in Modern Times (BRIMTs) was given to community leaders, recipients and partners in the apostolate especially in the MTBO (formation before distribution). – March – December 2011

f)          Tele-radio and communications’ network : Men of Light (Archdiocese of SF, Pampanga), Formation for general public on the Bible and update information on the Biblical Apostolate (TV Maria, CBCP on-line radio, DZRV, DZMM, DZPA). January – December 2011j)       SALITEXT: texting daily scriptural messages and prayers (Fr. Salvador Banga of Pagadian)

g)         BIBLE ANIME in You Tube: texting the animated form of the Sunday Gospel reading – go to www.enzima.jp and click Animation. January – December 2011.

h) Another annual activity of regional biblical centers and dioceses is the celebration of the national bible week/ Sunday through different activities and formation programs. The CAVISA Bible Congress (Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela) was held in Tuguegarao on March 4-5, 2011 where 350 people gathered together as an Archdiocese to reflect on Verbum Domini.

i)          The Military Ordinariate of the Philippines (MOP) was assisted by ECBA in the formation of a team tasked to go around the country to facilitate Basic Bible Seminars in the different camps. The project was conceived and initiated by the Pillar of Fire Biblical Apostolate of the MOP who agreed that February 2011 to February 2012 will be their Bible Year with the theme, “The Word of God as the Foundation of a Family Unity and Caring Community”. They projected that by February 2012, all the military camps in the country would have been given the BBS, with the hope of effecting moral transformation among men in uniform along with their families.

j)          Organizing Bible Celebration (OBC)

Several Biblical Celebrations were organized throughout the country through ECBA’s bible directors and coordinators using bibliodrama elements.  The National Bible Week Celebration 2011: “I Proclaim” event - continuous reading of the Bible (Genesis to Revelation) in schools, parishes, public plazas (whole day – Bonifacio Shrine, Manila; whole Lent Vigil 7am to 10pm at Holy Rosary Parish - Angeles City, Pampanga, 1 hour (Divine Word College campus, Urdaneta etc). The Hearts on Fire – Bible Festival: Bible Parade, Bible Symposia, Bible quiz, (Bangued, Laoag, Ilagan, San Ferna LU, Malolos, Antipolo, Jaro, Cebu, Iligan, Davao etc) January – February 2011.  Mongolia and the Marshall Islands also benefitted from creative bible celebrations. ECBA’s former executive secretary in coordination with Bukal ng Tipan did it for Mongolia on July 18-25, 2011. ECBA’s current executive secretary upon the invitation of Fr. Ray Sabio did it for the Marshall Islands from July 6-15, 2011.

3) Promoting Bible Translation (PBT) 

There is an ongoing joint project of ECBA and PBS on the ITNEG BIBLE Translation among the Tinggian indigenous peoples of Abra. The project is an initiative of ECBA in coordination with the Abra Bible Apostolate and the Indigenous Peoples Apostolate of Abra with the technical expertise of the PBS  translation department in response to a long time request of the Tinggians of Abra for a translation project into ITNEG (Tinggian). Eight CBAP Cebuano speaking exegetes have finished a Cebuano translation of the gospels which will be launched in the 19th National Biblical Workshop in Dumaguete (February 6-11, 2012).

4) Assisting Bible Production (ABP)

ECBA and PBS in coordination with John Paul I Biblical Center and Nueva Segovia Biblical Apostolate launched the Handwritten Unity Bible Project in Vigan City on May 4, 2011. Again on June 11, 2011 Bishop Renato Mayugba, DD, the Regional Chair of the Biblical Apostolate for Northern Luzon organized an archdiocesan celebration of the Handwritten Unity Bible Project in Dagupan City, Manaoag and Abra. Christians from all walks of life and literate age levels were invited to carefully copy a text either from the Old or New Testament and give a small donation to augment the financial support for the MTBO. A catechesis on scripture writing and on the book assigned to the people preceded the copying of texts to help the writers experience the value and the importance of the activity. After the whole Bible will be copied, it will be put together and called the Handwritten Unity Bible in the Philippines.

5) Coordinating  Bible Distribution (CBD). MTBO Promotion)

a) MTBO Bibles:

From January 2009 to January 6, 2012 a total of 533,858 copies of MTBO Bibles were distributed to 83 dioceses with 1245 parishes. The target for 2011 was to distribute 300,000 Bibles but only 226,070 were distributed. This is still a positive result for us Catholics but it has also left us a balance of two million eight hundred thirty nine thousand four hundred and eighty pesos (Php 2,839,480.00) for the MTBO Bibles and three hundred forty thousand and seven hundred nineteen pesos and fifty centavos (Php 340,719.50) for the BEC Bibles, all payable to Philippine Bible Society. There are receipts however that have to be re-checked with both the PBS treasurer and the ECBA office secretary.

b) Catholic Daily Bible Reading Guide                1.5 M pcs                                    

c) National Bible Week Calendar 2011               10,000 pcs

d) Handwritten Unity Bible (HUB) Posters         1,500  pcs

 

BIBLE SUNDAY COLLECTA (30%)

Thirty percent (30%) of your Bible Sunday Collecta is given to ECBA. The other 30 % goes to your Regional Biblical Center. You keep the 40 % for your Diocesan Biblical Center. Thirty two (32) dioceses, seven (7) archdioceses, one (1) Prelature and two (2) Apostolic Vicariates submitted their Bible Sunday Collecta altogether amounting to Php 821,860.04 only, which is Php 122,186.66 less than that of 2010. Still we are grateful for your donation.

 

WEBSITE: Kindly visit our website for your updates.

        

Reported by :    MOST REV. PABLO VIRGILIO S. DAVID, DD

                                    ECBA Chairman

                                    Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga

 

Prepared by: Natividad B. Pagadut, Ed.D.

                    ECBA Executive Secretary

ECBA ANNUAL REPORT 2010

 

102nd BISHOPS’ PLENARY ASSEMBLY

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

January 29-30, 2011

SUMMARY  REPORT

The Catholic Church in the Philippines has been celebrating a National Bible Week annually for the past thirty nine years now (1972 – 2011). The National Bible Sunday used to be celebrated on the first Sunday of Advent until, in 1979, the CBCP moved the celebration to the last week of January with the last Sunday as National Bible Sunday. This coincides with the government’s annual celebration of National Bible Week for national transformation which is held also on the last week of January.  The celebration likewise follows the weeklong prayer for Christian Unity. Thus the National Bible Week celebration is the only national program in which the Church, together with mainstream Protestant churches and the State, are united and collaborating very well. We look forward to more coordination and meaningful participation among the dioceses and archdioceses toward a transformed Philippines by the power of the Word of God.

The National Bible Week celebration highlights the theme of the year which is explained by the ECBA chairman in a homily printed at the backfold of the Catholic Daily Bible Reading Guide (CDBRG). The theme captures national and global concerns which call for reflection and action in the light of the Word of God. Through constant study which is accompanied by Lectio Divina and different forms of gospel sharing, people are moved to witness to the Word. The prepared homily on the theme is a good source of inspiration for recollection and retreat for the on-going formation of the faithful throughout the year. The theme for 2010 was, “The Word of God is the Life and Mission of the Church” - inspired by the 12th Ordinary Assembly of Bishops for the Synod on the Word of God in Rome (Oct. 2008).

ECBA as a pastoral commission of CBCP is fully engaged in the biblical-pastoral ministry in the five-fold ministries of Animating Biblical-pastoral Formations, Organizing Bible Celebrations, Promoting Bible Translations, Assisting in Bible Productions and Coordinating Bible Distribution. The regional and diocesan bible apostolate centers are supposed to do the same in their own region.

 

  1. BIBLICAL PASTORAL FORMATION

 

a)      Biblical-Pastoral Training for Asia–Oceania at the EAPI (a 3-month course) for the laity, priests and religious involved in the Biblical Apostolate (January 4 – April 2, 2010)

b)      18th National Biblical Workshop (Theme: “The Word of God is the Life and Mission of the Church”) – Evaluation, Planning and sharing of Programs, Launching of the National Catholic Family Bible Encounter (Theme: God’s Word Calls Us to be Caring Stewards of Creation.)  February 2010

c)      Annual Biblical Institutes in Northern Luzon – WABI (Word Alive Biblical Institute – JPIBC), Semestral Biblical Institute for Mindanao (SBI – Paul VI), Dei Verbum Biblical Institute for Western Visayas, St. Jerome Biblical Institute for Cebu (April – May – October 2010)

d)      Biblical-pastoral formation (retreats) for the national champions of the Family Bible Encounter as Family Evangelizers in their dioceses (April – May 2010)

e)       National Catholic Family Bible Encounter in full coordination with the Secretariat of the National Catholic Family Bible Group Incorporated (c/o Ms. Elvira Yap Go). The secretariat observed the growing interest of families to participate despite the perceived reluctance and indifference of some sectors. The Family Bible Encounter is a fully subsidized program (no expense from diocese) by the national secretariat. Out of 86 dioceses /archdiocese, there are 56 that participated (same as last year); 809 families less 220 from 1,029 families in 2008 (174 - NL, 63 -SL, 200-Visayas, 330-Mindanao,  42-NCR) – May 2010 – March 2011.

f)       Bibliodrama Exchange – training for the Bibliodrama Philippine team and Bibliodrama  courses for seminarians, lay leaders, catechists, teachers, religious, priests in the Philippines and in Nigeria (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria) – March – December 2010

g)      Bishops’ Institute for the Biblical Apostolate (BIBA III) and 5th Asia-Oceania Bible Congress in Pattaya, Thailand – review – evaluation and planning for greater involvement of Bishops in the Biblical Apostolate and the revision of the Constitution of the Catholic Bible Federation (CBF) for “a new beginning” and revitalization of CBF. (November 2010)

h)      Monthly Bible Relevance in Modern Times (BRIMTs) to community leaders, recipients and partners in the apostolate especially in the MTBO (formation before distribution). – March – December 2010

i)        Tele-radio and communications’ network : Men of Light (Archdiocese of SF, Pampanga), Formation for general public on the Bible and update information on the Biblical Apostolate (TV Maria, CBCP on-line radio, DZRV, DZMM, DZPA). January – December 2010

j)        SALITEXT: texting daily scriptural messages and prayers (Fr. Salvador Banga of Pagadian)

k)      BIBLE ANIME in You Tube: texting the animated form of the Sunday Gospel reading – go to www.enzima.jp and click Animation. January – December 2010

 

  1. BIBLICAL CELEBRATION:

 

a)      National Bible Week Celebration 2010: “I Proclaim” event - continuous reading of the Bible (Genesis to Revelation) in schools, parishes, public plazas (whole day – Bonifacio Shrine, Manila; whole Lent Vigil 7am to 10pm at Holy Rosary Parish - Angeles City, Pampanga, 1 hour (Divine Word College campus, Urdaneta etc). January 2010

b)      Hearts on Fire – Bible Festival: Bible Parade, Bible Symposia, Bible quiz, (Bangued, Laoag, Ilagan, San Ferna LU, Malolos, Antipolo, Jaro, Cebu, Iligan, Davao etc) January – February 2010

 

  1. BIBLE TRANSLATIONS:

a)      Three Scripture Projects of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) are completed and in the process of getting the IMPRIMATUR:

-          Ang Bagong Tipan Filipino Standard Version (FSV); “literary-liturgical” translation of the New Testament using the resources of the Filipino language to provide translation appropriate for liturgical use

-          Revised Hiligaynon Popular Version (HPV): Censor Deputatus – Fr. Gil    Alinsangan, SSP – revision of the first interconfessional translation of the Bible into Hiligaynon making use of the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and Alfred Rahlfs’ Septuaginta as textual bases for the OT and deuterocanonical books and the 4rth Ed of UBS Greek NT for the NT

-          The Bible: A Glimpse at Every Book – a Bible primer for the May They Be One (MTBO) Bible campaign. It stimulates the new reader to go further from bible reading to studying the Word of God. It contains one page introduction for each  book – how the book is written, what is special in the book, and key verses of the book.

b)      Itneg Bible Translation:  project of ECBA-PBS-SIL for the New Testament  into Itneg. (Tinggian). A feasibility study in Abra was done by the Translators’ Association of the Philippines (TAP) in coordination with the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in 2009 as a follow up of an earlier study by SIL (Dr. Walton) and ECBA (Fr. Alunday) in 2007. The project will finally start in February 2011.

 

  1. BIBLE  PRODUCTION AND PROMOTION

“It is very evident that if there is anything that can reunite us Christians, it’s really the Word of God”. (Bp. Pablo Virgilio S. David)  The MTBO aims to bring about a transformed Philippines through God’s Word. It is a five year plan of printing five million bibles for five million poor Catholic families (5-5-5 – 2009-2013). It is a program for Catholics supported by non-Catholics (viz., by the United Bible Societies in the Philippines and abroad, such as USA, Africa, Australia, New Zealand). The Overseas Filipino Workers are also actively involved in the promotion and support of MTBO.

 

  1. DISTRIBUTION

a) MTBO Bibles: There are seventy eight (78) out of eighty six (86) dioceses / archdioceses that are currently participating in the May They Be One Bible Campaign. There are one thousand sixty one (1,061)  parishes (communities, churches) already served

      Total Bible Distribution: January 2009 – January 26,2010                    : 318,892 copies

      Target number of copies for 2011                                                  : 400,000 copies

Total Funds needed for PRINTING and TRANSPORT of Bibles in 2011 is amounting to sixty million pesos (Php 60,000,000.00)

 

b) Catholic Daily Bible Reading Guide                                          1,000,500pcs                                    

c) National Bible Week Calendar 2011                                          7,000 pcs

d) Handwritten Unity Bible (HUB) Posters                                    1,500  pcs

 e) Bible Anime Posters                                                             1,000 pcs

 

BIBLE SUNDAY COLLECTA (30%)

Thirty percent (30%) of your Bible Sunday Collecta is given to ECBA. The other 30 % goes to your Regional Biblical Center. You keep the 40 % for your Diocesan Biblical Center. Forty three percent of the dioceses (86) submitted their Bible Sunday Collecta amounting to Php 944,046.70 only – coming from thirty seven (37) dioceses.  Our heartfelt thanks for your donation.

WEBSITE: Kindly visit our website for your updates. You will find important updates and information regarding the Biblical-Pastoral Ministry in the national and global Catholic Biblical Federation.

 

Reported by :        MOST REV. PABLO VIRGILIO S. DAVID, DD

                              ECBA Chairman

                              Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga

 

                                                                  Prepared by:   REV. FR. OSCAR A. ALUNDAY, SVD

                                                                                          ECBA Executive Secretary