Bishop invites youth to ‘Congress of Mercy’

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SAN JOSÉ, Nueva Ecija, Oct. 5, 2015 – San José Bishop Roberto C. Mallari invites young Catholics, particularly those involved in the catechetical and youth ministries, to join the first International YouCat Congress inspired by the Year of Mercy on Nov. 5 to 7, 2015 at the Development Academy of the Philippines Convention Center (DAPPC) in Tagaytay City, Philippines.

“We would like to cordially invite two participants from your diocese, preferably a catechist and a youth minister, to be part of this blessed event,” says the prelate in a letter addressed to the various episcopal sees.

Promised Mercy

Mallari, who also chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE), and oversees YouCat Philippines, calls on young Filipinos to grab the opportunity to mingle with their counterparts from other parts of the Philippines, Asia-Pacific countries, and even Europe, and learn from one another.

“Guided by the words of the Blessed Mother in her Magnificat: ‘For He has remembered His promise of Mercy’ [Luke 1:54] and in anticipation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, this congress aims to be a venue to discover God’s merciful love for the youth and the YouCat as a tool for evangelization,” he explains.

In line with this, YouCat Congress organizers have recently decided to extend the event’s registration period until Oct. 15.

CCC for youth

Youcat PH, short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church-Philippines, is the local arm of the worldwide Youcat based in Germany.

This promotes the spread and the study of the reader-friendly version of the “more intimidating” Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) which was first presented to delegates of the World Youth Day (WYD) 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

Youcat PH was formed in order to undo the influence of secularism, hedonism, consumerism, and like -isms, and to adapt the YouCat book to the Philippine setting.

Among others, those who expected to give talks at YouCat are as follows:

  • Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, who is also a member of YouCat International Advisory Board on “Remembering and Retelling the Story of the Poor Christ in Asia”
  • Mariologist and author Msgr. Sabino Vengco, “The Role of Mary in the New Evangelization”
  • Msgr. Gerry Santos, CBCP-ECCCE executive secretary, “Youth and Catechesis: Echoing God’s Promise and Mercy”
  • Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, chair of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (ECSC), “Responses to the Challenges of Catechesis in the Philippines and Asia”

“Let us look beyond the book. Let us ‘personify’ the book. More than a book, Youcat is a person. I am Youcat. You are Youcat. We are young catechists,” exclaimed Fr. Richard P. Lagos, YouCat PH director, in an earlier report.

The priest went on to encourage youth catechists to cultivate a “spirituality of communion” that will enable all to become the “light of the world.”

Lagos, moreover, stressed the importance of collaboration to “know, share, meet and express” the Gospel more effectively with others, especially fellow youth.

“Let us work together as one,” he added.

To register, interested parties may visit: http://www.youcat.ph/?page_id=14, or email secretariat@youcat.ph/ (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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