The Catholic Church will focus this year on the active involvement of the various Church mandated communities as well as the various parishes geared towards a far reaching evangelization thrust.
This year, declared by the Catholic Church as the “Year of the Parish – the Communion of Communities” will bring the Gospel far closer to the faithful at their respective parishes while getting everyone involved, thus stressed Bishop Alberto “Abet” Uy during his brief remarks at the sectoral breakfast fellowship of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) at JJs Seafood Village yesterday.
The newly ordained bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran said this year’s focus is to have the parishes be “in communion, in participation and go with the mission of the Catholic Church.”
“Christianity without a mission is a scandal,” the bishop said.
He rallied the faithful to think and do on how to bring the Gospel active in the lives of others. He said the Church wants every Christian to think on what they can do for others (in the families, workplace, neighbors and their respective communities).
“We should not think just of ourselves,” the bishop stressed
Bishop Uy told the businessman’s group that he will even encourage the clergy to know more about Catholic communities like the BCBP as this will also give the clergy a “learning experience” on how the faithful do their personal walk with the Lord.
The bishop was appreciative on hearing life testimonies of Christians like what he heard in yesterday’s breakfast fellowship in the life sharing of couple Nestor and Jojie Pestelos.
The presence of the bishop is a tradition of the BCBP in every first breakfast of each year.Â
During the event, BCBP donated P100,000 for theÂ Balay sa Kabus Foundation, a project of Bishop Uy which started while he was still with the Diocese of Talibon.
The four chapters and four outreaches in Bohol attended yesterday’s breakfast fellowship led by BCBP chapters heads Jun Navarro (North), Jayvee Bullecer (East), Dodong Gasatan (West), Vic Bantol (South) together with Aladin Lumayno (Ubay), Cito Suarez (Talibon), Dan Kidlat (Tubigon). and Cris Aclan (Jagna).Â Â
Presently Al UyÂ is a national trustee while Soc Fucanan is the regional council director.
BCBP (Tagbilaran) which started in 1992 will be celebrating its 25th year anniversary in August this year. It has grown to four chapters and four outreaches. The BCBP (Tagbilaran) which opened outreaches in Ubay, Talibon, Tubigon and Jagna towns likewise opened BCBP Dumaguete and BCBP Siquijor.
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