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North A MC Inspired Through Mission With The Poor Retreat

CFC leaders in the mission core of MM North A gathered to ponder on the essence of sharing and caring for brethren in need during the Mission with the Poor Retreat held on November 18 to 19 at the North A Mission Center in Caloocan City. The two-day retreat enabled the participants to share their reflections and experiences in their encounters with those considered nasa laylayan ng lipunan. 


Sheh Canlas of Cornerstone began the first day of the retreat with an orientation session. She encouraged the participants to make the retreat a time to encounter the Lord and to unlearn things in order to fill themselves with new learnings. Worship followed.The first session, “The Church of the Poor” was given by Eric de los Reyes, Provincial Area Head for Laguna and former ANCOP worker. He discussed the different kinds of poverty issues and how to integrate these issues with compassion, exhorting the participants not to nurture indifference towards the poor as it is tantamount to indifference to God.Metro Manila Missions Director Mike Bukuhanh and led the session on “Caring for the Person in Need”. He focused on the message of embracing each and every person and being a blessing to the poor, not just materially but also spiritually.


In the afternoon, participants were given the opportunity to immerse in different households in North A in order to understand the people living in poverty. The retreatants were divided into two groups: the first group going to the ANCOP Tala Village, and the other to the Bahay Kalinga home for orphans and the elderly. 

 

The first group heard the stories of the healed Hansenites in Tala and shared simple Christmas gifts with them. It was the same experience encountered by those who went to the Bahay Kalinga, bringing back with them the stories of the elderly and children that profoundly touched their hearts.


In the evening session, Lito Tayag, Chairman of CFC ANCOP, talked about “Sharing for the Common Good”. He enumerated concrete actions that one needs to do to enable him/her to stretch oneself and reach out to the marginalized. He challenged the retreatants, “Mga kapatid, napakadaming challenges na ating hinaharap dito sa ating mundo. And truly, the Lord is telling us to really do something about it (poverty).” 


The last day of the retreat had Jimmy Ilagan, former chairman of CFC ANCOP, for the fourth session, “Future Full of Hope”. Ilagan laid the different programs of ANCOP and Social Development intended to help the poor help themselves. He set before the retreatants Mother Mary as a prime example of how to love brethren in need. The retreat ended with group discussion and sharing of the retreatant’s different perspectives in the spectrum of uplifting the marginalized. (Diana Mendoza)

Added on Monday, January 15, 2018


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