St. Joseph the Worker Community
Mabalacat, Pampanga
Philippines

Seed of faith sown in your soil yesterday:
• Christianity brought by the Spaniards
• taught by parents, school, convent
• joy and service to others
• evangelization for the poor : start of technical school for young, poor women
• conferences, retreats, monthly happy death
• optimism, simplicity of lifestyle
• family spirit
• difficult moments as an experience of the need for God
• through human mediations: community
• respecting and upholding one another

Challenges you encounter in living the faith in the community and the mission today:
• different personality of the Sisters
• witnessing
• different forms of poverty
• influences of the media and technology
• bringing Jesus in our classes
• educate in prayer, sacraments
• activism
• no sense of right and wrong
• sexual immorality
• hi-technology
• type of young people, “poor”

New ways for an evangelization tomorrow:
• to witness to the joy of having met Jesus
• living in God’s love as an educative community
• communities as houses where the Word of God resounds
• the Gospel of charity is proclaimed with one’s life
• community of relationship where the young can feel at home
• speaking, proclaiming God to other people
• continuous proposal to the young: ugliness of sin and beauty of virtue

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THEME: TOGETHER IN FAITH TOWARDS FULLNESS OF LIFE
Seed of faith sown in your soil yesterday
 Religiosity embedded in our culture
 Christianity brought to our people by Spanish missionaries: Catholic beliefs and traditions were introduced to us
 FMA missionaries who sowed the seeds of the Salesian charism in our country
 FMAs who were models of happy consecrated life
 Faith inherited and learned from home and school; parents and teachers who not only taught the faith but exemplified it; religious instructions received in school
 Active parish life and belonging to parish associations
 Challenge posed by other religious beliefs and groups
 Catholic readings and literature
 Fervent liturgical celebrations
 Testimonies of our first martyrs

Challenges you encounter in living the faith in the community and the mission today
COMMUNITY
 Incoherence between faith and life
 Difficulty in perceiving God in persons and events
 Secularism and consumerism

MISSION
 Secularism and consumerism
 Negative and all-encompassing influence of mass media and technology
 Conflict between the faith and socio-political-cultural values (example: Reproductive Health Law, corruption, pop culture)
 Dichotomy between worship and moral transformation
 Ignorance of the faith (“baptized but not catechized”)
 Lack of catechists and ministers of the faith
 Irregular family situations
 Lack of adult role models
 Counter-witnessing of Christians

New ways for evangelization tomorrow
 Rediscover the beauty of our faith through a deeper knowledge of the person of Jesus and the content of our faith
 Witnessing through Gospel joy and goodness
 Maximize the evangelizing potential of mass media and technology
 Enhance cultural expressions as means of bringing people to God (theater, music, arts, dance, literature, sports)
 Revive youth and adult groups
 Pay attention to the culture of young people so that we may understand them more deeply
 Strengthen family ministry

--- Provincial House

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SHARING FOR THE FEAST OF LA MADRE
(Second Novitiate from Phil-PNG and CMY Provinces – Sr. Anne Andres, Sr. Mina Pajarillo, Sr. Lani Barañao, Sr. Doi Ling Cecilia, Sr. Thida Myint Camilla and Sr. Ning Sian Vung Nicholas)

Seed of Faith Sown in Our Soil Yesterday

As the family is the basic unit in the society, it is so with our family as the primary fertile ground where the seed of faith began to grow in us. Our experiences during our younger years with our family members particularly among our parents had a great impact on our faith life. Our relationship with God was developed through the initiative of our mothers who lead us to pray daily introducing to us the presence of God. This relationship is deepened in our going to Holy Mass every Sunday and every day for those who have the possibility as a whole family – father, mother, brothers and sisters. Moreover, our grandmothers also played great role in our growing in faith as they too help us deepen our relationship with God by teaching us some of their devotions most especially to our Blessed Mother, Mary. Some activities in the parish and in the school also brought us deep experiences of God like our first holy communion, the weekly catechism classes, observance of liturgical traditions and involvement in religious organizations. However, more than all these experiences, what makes us believe that God is present is the experience of being loved. God’s love is made concrete to us in our families and in the faith communities where we belong.

Challenges in Living the Faith Today

The growth of the seed of faith planted in our younger years underwent trials for its survival, like a seed planted on the ground that needs to surpass the scorching heat of the sun, the freezing cold of the rain or the terrifying strength of a storm, to keep on growing. Even when our faith has already grown, it still subjected to several tests to keep it firm and strong. Today, these challenges are basically our expressions of the value of loving. There is a call for everyone to be truly charitable in the community and in the field of our mission. This is made possible when there is forgiveness, peace, justice, unity, understanding and seeing the goodness of each other. Nevertheless, what is the greatest challenge to live in love is to love first the Person who is Love Himself. With this, we must be committed to deepening our personal relationship with God in our prayers and only then can we be able to love other people around us.

New Ways of Evangelization for Tomorrow

The challenge to deepen our personal relationship with the Lord, is what we have to respond to, for us to become more effective bearers of the Good News of Jesus. We must be ready to manifest this relationship outward, for others to perceive through our quality presence among them particularly among the young people. We must make our lives a witness to the person of Jesus himself. We are to make ourselves available to those who are in need, even by just listening to them. We can dare to use other tools like images, social media and experiential strategies that would help the others understand more clearly the contents of our faith.

As the seed of faith blossomed from our families, there is a need to take into consideration the care for family ministry which may be in the form of adult catechism for the parents and the bible study sessions. The parents may be helped first to understand and deepen their faith to be able to pass it to their children and even to other families.

Let us also involve the young and our lay mission partners in planning activities for a better understanding of the faith because they have their own expressions and language that can give adults a wider and richer view of what would work for them.

Take interest in the young, know them and we will know how to touch their hearts and lead them close to God.

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Casa Maria Domenica Mazzarello
Pansol, Calamba City
PHILIPPINES

COMMUNITY SHARING, La Madre's Feast of Gratitude 2013
1. Seeds of faith sown in your soil YESTERDAY
 Family:
- a strong Marian devotion
- basic, solid catechesis
- praying from the heart
- ecclesial sense and participation
- social responsibility
- values of solidarity, sharing, support system, compassion, justice, openness and welcoming to all, trust in Divine Providence, generosity, service, work and temperance
- seedbed of faith and Religious vocation

 Parish life:
- a lively faith-community, especially those of Salesian Parishes
- the Family spirit extended beyond the natural family ties
- a strong Marian slant

 FMA School:
- deepened faith sown at home
- sense of service and solidarity, sacrifice and mortification
- developed a strong Sacramental life
- "youth-serving-youth", youth protagonism
- holiness in the "daily"

2. Challenges encountered in living the faith TODAY (in the community and in the mission)
 building community-communion, due to the inherent difficulties of having diverse backgrounds, formation, experiences, etc

 carrying out the service of authority in the Salesian style, particularly that of individualizing accompaniment and rallying everyone to put all efforts to create communion around the Risen Lord

 living a "relevant" and radical faith-witnessing, particularly in heeding the challenge of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to "live as a poor Church giving preferential option to the poor, especially the lost and the lapsed…"
 witnessing to the faith, in the community and in the mission

 counter-witnessing (personal weakness and those of others, even among Superiors!), particularly in carrying out tasks as an expression of one's faith

 to help nominal Catholics, especially those in our own ambient, discover the beauty and joy of a deep relationship with Jesus, and live this in the Church, among and with other believers

 going against the current of relativism, materialism, hedonism, etc

 to allow myself to be challenged and inspired by the holiness of others

 fast-paced progress of science and technology, particularly its effect on human and family relationships

 Q: How do we nurture vocations / create a culture of vocations?

 to overcome inconstancy, lukewarmness and indifference

 how to bridge the seeming wide gap between us and the young, to make ourselves “relevant and attractive” to the young in order to lead them to Jesus and fullness of life

3. New ways of evangelization TOMORROW

 there is so much hope in our young people --- their exuberance, enthusiasm, love for life, even their sense of adventure and daring!
- they are attracted to and respond to the challenge of "youth-serving-youth"
- accompanying them in their faith-journey, empowering them to become apostles among their peers

 a dream that our own retreat house, Mornese Center of Spirituality, may become a spiritual "hub", where the young can come and feel "safe"; a place of quiet and inner peace, a youthful place to encounter Jesus and Mary --- truly a center of Salesian spirituality!

 a school of prayer and of the WORD, customized for the young and for the family

 a lively Family Ministry by the whole Educating Community

 a truly Salesian Youth Center filled to the brim with adolescents and young professionals

 new/renewed fervor in our witnessing and a stronger commitment to our journey of conversion (be people who walk the talk, live what we preach)

 "befriending" mass media and modern technology to advance our cause for evangelization

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FEASt OF GRATITUDE FOR MOTHER GENERAL
1.  Seed of faith sown in your soil yesterday

-Fiesta devotion, popular religiosity of the people
-Faith learned and deepened in studies and in formation years as religious
-Faith of parents and first missionary sisters
-Seed of the Christian faith handed on by the first Spanish missionaries
-Spirit of Bayanihan, joy and optimism in times of adversity, trust in Divine Providence
-Simple faith and strong Marian devotion (  learned in the family and the community(church)
-The Salesian Family-working together for the good and the spreading and deepening of faith of the people
-Seeds of faith sown by the first FMAs

2.  Challenges you encounter in living the faith in the

a.  Community
    -  radical living of the vows
     - lack of witnessing
      -activism in community life
      -lack of sense of gratitude and appreciation
     - balancing(the tendency of being workaholic-danger) work and prayer to bring spirituality into our  
     - work
      -to be more sisterly in our relationship with each other rather being more functional-II
      -too much emphasis on personal freedom and autonomy
      -living charity
     - keeping the spirit of Mornese and Valdocco alive
     - Vocation Promotion
     - Parents Catholic education
      -Secularism/consumerism
     - Seeing Jesus in the person of each of my sisters
      -Trust and joyful confidence in God
      -Differences in character and temperament
      -Disagreement with co-sisters /others
      -Some sisters still need to purify faith religiosity
      -Inability to help beyond translation of deceased sisters
     
 b.  Mission today
      - hedonism and secularization
      -dichotomy of life
      -dysfunctions in the families of our young people
      -be more credible and effective witness of a poor lifestyle relevant among the poor we cater to
     - the challenging of applying the Preventive System into our times today among the young people
     - education to be critical using the media both educators and the young
     - inculturation with the indigenous communities ( Mangyan )
      -Catechesis for greater impact
     - Fruitfulness of our apostolate is God’s work
      -Live a life of no compromise
      -Baptized but not practice Catholic only by name
      -Distraction wrought by modern technology especially among the young
      -Weak faith
      -Openness to new development in the Church
     - Courageous in proclaiming Christ amidst modernity and without compromise
     - Be a strong prayer warriors

3.  New ways for evangelization tomorrow

   * A more creative catechism
   *Joyful witnessing of the Gospel
   *Family ministry
   *education to critical thinking regarding social network
   *Conversion in the life of the spirit as individual and as a community
   *Campus ministry
   *Vocation ministry enhanced
   *New style of education (all forms of media so as to bring the Christ to everyone)
   *formative Immersions “Babad” and really study and accept their culture
   *formation of Youth Leader, Youth groups and form committed Catechists
   *BEC in all parishes
  
*spirit of sacrifice
*Daily leading and reflection of the “Word of God”
*total abandonment in God’s love for us
*intimacy with Jesus for real in the daily
*community-based catechesis in urban settings
*prayer
*open to the and docile to the Spirit
*live Jesus
*use modern technology to reach out to the younger generations

 FMA Community
Don Bosco School  – Manila, Philippines