MAKATI City, May 6, 2014—Heeding St. John Paul II’s 1981 call to new evangelization, the upcoming 10th John Paul II Catechetics & Youth Ministry Conference (JP II CYMC ) on May 14 – 16, 2014 will focus on liturgy and catechesis, as well as on empowerment of the laity.
Joining the Church in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC), the Second Vatican Council’s (Vatican II) “Dogmatic Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy”, the conference aims to renew ways of doing catechesis and youth ministry in keeping with its theme “Celebrating the Mystery, Professing the Faith”.
Knowing that new evangelization requires a personal encounter with Jesus, the 10th JP II CYMC focuses on the liturgy which SC 10 acknowledges as the “summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows”.
Dr. Josefina M. Manabat, Dean of the San Beda College Graduate School of Liturgy, will be guiding the participants through SC, the first document issued by the Vatican II in 1964.
Manabat will be sharing her thoughts on SC’s impact in the liturgical renewal, which had started even before Vatican II, and on the positive and negative practices done in the local church since its implementation.
She will raise issues in linking liturgy and catechesis and youth ministry in the context of the new evangelization.
According to St. John Paul II in his Catechesi Tradendae, “Catechesis is intrinsically linked with the whole of liturgical and sacramental activity, for it is in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist that Christ Jesus works in fullness for the transformation of men.”
Liturgical and devotional prayer experiences on the second day will culminate with a Eucharistic celebration themed “The Eucharist: the Work of Redemption Is Accomplished” (SC 2).
This will be followed by a one-act play on Pope John Paul II as a fitting tribute to one whom the Church recently “raised to the altar”.
The theme “Liturgical Catechesis with Liturgical Life means Evangelizing Liturgy of Life” will set the tone of the conference’s third and last day.
A mini-concert in honor of St. John Paul II will be held in the afternoon capped by a simple barrio fiesta, the traditional closing event of JP II CYMC.
The conference will be held on May 14 – 16, 2014 at the Don Bosco Technical Institute, Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit www.blessedjp2cymc.com, or call+63 2 845 0721. (Raymond A. Sebastián)