PASAY City, May 15, 2016 – Some 3,000 couples, young people, priests, nuns, and laity were reminded that evangelization is everyone’s work at the 3rd New Evangelization Conference held on May 14 at the SMX Convention Center in this city.
“No matter what imperfections we have, we cannot excuse ourselves [from] evangelization. We need to meet Christ, know Christ, live Christ, and we can share Christ,” said Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches Teodoro Bacani at the Couples for Christ – Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL)-organized event.
During a Holy Mass at the event, the prelate emphasized that the faithful “are now new men and new creation” when Jesus breathed into the Church the Holy Spirit.
The power to love, forgive
“The Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life. Through the Holy Spirit, God wants His Church to be alive,” stressed Bacani.
He also said the Holy Spirit is the Giver of Power, through this power, the apostles were successful in evangelization.
“This power enables us to love, to forgive, and to glorify God,” added the prelate.
Frank Padilla, CFC-FFL Servant-General, tackled how great God’s mercy is, in his “Mercy Abounds” talk.
Cocoi Javier, coordinator of the No One in Need program, talked about the progress of the Live Christ, Share Christ Movement, a program that brings the new evangelization to hundreds of parishes and non-parish settings throughout the world.
The program collaborates with parishes in bringing back lapsed Catholics back to the fold by renewal in the Catholic faith. From just one parish four years ago, the program now oversees at least 330 parishes.
CBCP president and Lingayen – Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas gave a recorded video message to welcome the participants after the praying of the Holy Rosary and praise and worship.
The Catholic Expo, which showcased the various charisms and best practices of different Catholic organizations, was also held simultaneously.
A variety show entertained participants while the Expo was ongoing. A Capella Manila, a choir group which had serenaded the last three Popes, sang for the participants.
Confessions were also going on during the whole activity with the help of some Salesians of Don Bosco and Oblates of St. Joseph priests. (Ryan Rayos / CBCPNews)