ECY-Philippines Group Orientation

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“ECY-Philippines”, the official delegation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)-Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) to the World Youth Day (WYD) 2016, formally met in the persons of its Delegation Secretariat and its Group Leaders and Assistant Leaders through a Group Orientation last 2015 August 15 in the Santa Isabel College along Taft Avenue, Manila.  The orientation was led by the Delegation Head, Rev. Fr. Conegundo B. Garganta, who is also the Executive Secretary of the ECY.
There were twenty-nine groups present in the orientation, namely:

From particular churches and their diocesan youth ministries:
Archdiocese of Caceres
Archdiocese of Davao
Archdiocese of Lipa
Archdiocese of Palo
Diocese of Antipolo
Diocese of Bangued
Diocese of Butuan
Diocese of Cabanatuan
Diocese of Dumaguete
Diocese of Kalibo
Diocese of Maasin
Diocese of Malolos
Diocese of San Jose (Antique)
Military Ordinariate of the Philippines

From member organizations of the Federation of National Youth Organizations (FNYO)
Chiro Youth Movement
CFC-Singles for Christ
CFC-Singles for Family and Life
CFC-Youth for Christ
CFC-Youth for Family and Life
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – Youth
Youth for Mary and Christ

From educational institutions
Assumption Antipolo
Assumption College, SLV (San Lorenzo Village)
School of Saint Anthony
St. Scholastica’s College-Westgrove

From other communities
Holy Trinity Community
Light of Jesus Family-The Feast Makati
Order of Augustinian Recollects
YouthPinoy

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In the orientation, Fr. Garganta, together with other members of the Delegation Secretariat, led the attendees in understanding the application procedure set for the ECY-Philippines, the required preparations after acceptance, and an overview of the pilgrimage from the Philippines to Poland and back.

From this initial encounter, these Group Leaders and Assistant Leaders have been commissioned to start the preparation of their groups in their respective settings, both in the practical and pastoral aspects.

Youth group all out for marriage, family

QUEZON City, July 5, 2015 (CBCP News)—Reiterating that the law of God, the “author of love and marriage,” is above man’s, the youth arm of the Catholic charismatic group Couples for Christ (CFC) Global chooses to uphold the sanctity of marriage and family life in line with the Gospel, while refusing to join the rainbow bandwagon celebrating same sex “marriage”.

Revolution

“God’s law is above man’s law. So let us be guided and live according to the law of God—the law of truth and love, which cannot be separated. Let us all be revolutionized by the love of God. And let us revolutionize the world where we live in with the same love that we have in Christ Jesus,” shares Lawrence Quintero, international coordinator of CFC Youth for Christ (YFC), in a recent circular.

In view of the ever growing threats to marriage and family life, he invites all CFC-YFC members to proactively counter what Pope Francis referred to as “ideological colonization” by going back to Jesus in prayer, scripture reading, and reflection.

READ: Prelate to priests: ‘Be with the flock, but stay pure’ 

Selfless love

“Let us continue to be rooted, founded, and growing in love according to God and exemplified by Christ. A love that is selfless, finds its joy in the fulfillment of caring for and serving others, Let us grow in our faith and let it be our guide in our choices,” Quintero says.

Despite their shortcomings, he also calls on everyone to cultivate a deeper relationship with their families, cherishing their parents and siblings, rejoicing in their collective victories, and learning from their challenges and trials (Continue Reading).

CFC-YFC LiveLoud Concert

An estimate of 10,000 participants coming from various CFC communities gathered in World Trade Center, Pasay City for the LiveLoud Praise Concert last 2015 June 12.

LiveLoud is an Annual Praise Concert organized by the CFC-Youth for Christ that started 6 years ago. It serves as a venue to share new original praise and worship songs to the whole of YFC, striving and hoping to achieve unity in the songs that they sing as a community.  But more importantly, they envision the youth LIVELOUD their faith in action – making every day, every action, and every word as a living proclamation of our deep and great love for God.

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The participants were guided to be spiritually disposed for the gathering.  At first, they were led to pray the Holy Rosary, invoking the intercession of our Blessed Mother in their journey of faith.  This was followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, led by Fr. Ruper Solis, SVD,  a former member of the CFC-YFC, with Fr. Jonathan Letada, SVD as concelebrant.  It was very timely that the event happened on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which became the inspiration of the homily during the Eucharistic celebration.  Everyone present on the said gathering were challenged to have a heart like Jesus – a heart that truly loves, a heart that saves others, and a heart that forgives.  The participants were invited to ask for God’s grace that will help transform their hearts in imitation of our Lord.


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The praise concert immediately followed after the Holy Eucharist.  Everyone was really in high spirits as the first worship song is played.  The joy and energy of young people was simply infectious!  It was great to see everyone – young ones, the elders, even a number of families present for the LiveLoud clapping, jumping and singing their hearts out for the Lord!

“Tear Down Walls” was the main message that resounded during the entire LiveLoud Praise Concert.  Participants were led to sing, and even reflect on the call to surrender everything to God and let Him tear down or break all the things that keep us from seeing the wonders of His grace and the greatness of His love in our lives.  Two gentlemen from the CFC-YFC gave witness to how they have experienced God’s power that tear down their doubts, hatred, and sinfulness, which changed their hearts and made them stronger in their faith.  Their stories of surpassing the tests faith gave inspiration to all the people present to place their trust and hope in God alone.

The praise concert lasted for almost two hours, yet the energy never died down.  It was an experience of witnessing the outpour of the Spirit to all those present; an experience of being loved and embraced by the God of love and mercy.  It was such a blessing that a praise concert such as LiveLoud happens every year to bring more and more young people to a youthful, intense, and reviving faith experience.

It is the dream of the CFC-Youth for Christ that LiveLoud will be able to set foot on a bigger stage next time, bringing not only their members, but a lot more young Catholics to a powerful and renewing experience of singing and worshipping before our Lord together.

In God’s grace, this dream is never far from becoming a reality.

 

AYD6 Update

INSTRUCTIONS
for the last period of application to the Philippine Delegation to the 6th Asian Youth Day

For this last period of acceptance of applications to be part of the Philippine Delegation to the 6th Asian Youth Day (14 March – 11 April), the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth will accept applications only from those dioceses and organizations which accepted the invitation by 14 March 2014.

REMAINING SLOTS
For these dioceses and organizations that accepted the invitation: You may submit two more candidates aside from the three priority applicants, for a total of five (5) applications. Because if by 11 April 2014, there are still slots available, then the remaining application/s, if deemed qualified, will be taken into account. Please consider sending lay young people.

DIOCESES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHICH HAVE ACCEPTED THE AYD6 INVITATION
We will post within this afternoon the final list of dioceses and organizations which have accepted the AYD6 invitation from the ECY and are allowed to add more applicants.

Once more, we strongly encourage these dioceses and organizations to consider sending lay young people.

DEADLINE
The ECY Secretariat must receive a candidate’s AYD6 Application Form and his/her complete application requirements, whether personally submitted or sent by courier, on or before 11 April 2014. Let us not put off to the last minute the submission of applications.

Only complete applications, i.e. with full requirements as enumerated in the Primer (pp. 4-5), will be processed for screening.

Kindly refer to the Primer (http://cbcp-ecy.ph/ayd6/) for detailed instructions as regards the application process. The instructions specified here prevails over previous ones to which they are related; other instructions in the Primer remain in effect.
Reminders and additional information will also be published on our Facebook fanpage and website. Please be guided accordingly.

May the Lord Jesus, the Glory of the martyrs, shine on us all!

~The ECY Secretariat