THE PARISH PASTORAL COMMUNITIES: COMMUNIO in ACTION


 

 “Communio” (def.) the organic life of the Church where the diversity of gifts—like the various parts of the body—work together in complementary ways to usher in God’s reign.

St. Paul described communio using these words: “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)

It is important to note that in church context, organizations and ministries must be a reflection of communio. The Church—i.e., the People of God consists of the Body of Christ and their gifts—diverse as they are—alive and at work with one another “transforming all things in Christ Jesus.” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that communio requires a harmonious coexistence of unity and difference, and called communio the key to the ecclesiology of Vatican II: the source, means, and the goal of the Church’s life.

The idea of a parish pastoral community (formerly called parish pastoral zone) comes from the necessity of the parish priest to supervise people in clusters, ensuring a richer sense of community who are drawn together to the liturgical and non-liturgical life of the parish. Pastoral communities are meant to be the church’s communio in action, where each Catholic family is united with other families in a given vicinity, where prayer and action are experienced, and where the faith is nurtured and grows.

In a special way, the Parish of Mary, Mother of Good Counsel in Marcelo Green Village has divided the parish into sixteen pastoral communities, each having coordinators who are expected to vivify the parishioners in their faith. Each community will also appoint six coordinators for each of the parish commissions. These communities are expected to engage in various activities that will promote the ideal of communio in the church. Members of the pastoral community use these moments of encounter and dialogue with each other and with the pastor to enrich their Christian lives.

Liturgically, these pastoral communities are further expected to sponsor Masses and the monthly Marian dawn procession, observe the Lenten Stations of the Cross, the October rosary recitation, the Aguinaldo masses and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The parish pastoral communities are as follows with their respective coordinator/s:

          MMGC Phase 1
                 Coordinators:  Shirley Pena     

          MMGC Phase 2
                  Coordinators: Nanette Mojica and Fatima Nartates

          MMGC Phase 3
                  Coordinators:  Cezar II and Ma. Angelina Tirol

          MMGC Phase 4
                   Coordinator:  Manuel Jacela

          MMGC Phase 5
                     Coordinator:  Rovilla Macahilig

          MMGC Phase 6
                     Coordinator:  Paulette Cui

          MMGC Phase 8
                     Coordinator:  Leonila Samson

          MMGC Phase 9
                    Coordinators:  Precilla Gumogda and Racquel Clemente

          MMGC Aquino Village-Ireneville
                    Coordinators:  Danilo Bunagan and Emelita Llaguno

          MMGC Aroma Compound
                    Coordinator:  Ruth Roldan

          MMGC Buensuceso
                    Coordinator:  Cora Franca

          MMGC Cervantes Compound
                   Coordinator:  Vicky Alejandrino

          MMGC GEMBLOCK
                  Coordinator: Dominador Velasquez

          MMGC Greenvale 1 and 2
                  Coordinator:  Lorna Kagingin

          MMGC Manggahan-Kawayanan
                  Coordinators:  Zeny Queja and Amalia Solo

          MMGC Millbarae
                  Coordinator:  Ma. Theresa Moratal

 

The establishment of Basic Ecclesial Communities is set in the context of our parish pastoral communities. The renewal of the faith, the proclamation of the Word and the Eucharist are means that consciously strive to integrate the Christian faith in their daily lives. Indeed, the call to New Integral Evangelization has the pastoral community as its setting.

Non-liturgically, the pastoral community is expected to enliven its members through activities that promote sound Christian and Filipino values. Advocacies on electoral reform and good governance, on disaster risk reduction management, on health and wellness, are best carried out in the pastoral community level.

Involving in the Parish Pastoral Community should enrich one’s relationship with God and with others. It is an effort to put Christ at the center of the pastoral life of the parish. Christ’s law of love pervades it. It is the proper role of laity to engage their pastor and bishop with the spirit of communio.

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