HEARTS ON FIRE – YOUTH BIBLE CAMP ‘2009

 

HEARTS ON FIRE

YOUTH BIBLE CAMP 2009

The John Paul I Biblical Center (JP1BC) in cooperation with the Regional Youth Coordinating Council (RYCC) of Northern Luzon held the first Regional Hearts on Fire with the theme: “Young Missionaries… share the Word.”

hof-1It is the laboratory of all learned and acquired knowledge, skill, and characters in the organizations from the different Dioceses, Schools and Parishes. It is an avenue that provides in-school and out-of-school youth opportunities to improve their spiritual, physical, moral, intellectual and social well-being. It serves as a means to promote the Bible as the youth’s guide in their daily life.

The objectives of the Summer Youth Bible Camp are: to provide venue and opportunity for friendship and solidarity among the student-catechists, biblical animators, youth leaders and liturgical ministers in Northern Luzon; to enhance and intensify the basic formation on Liturgy, Sacred Scriptures, Human Relationships, Leadership Skills and Contextualized Catechesis; to enhance appreciation on one’s mission of being an agent of renewed evangelization and social transformation; to set one’s heart on fire with and through the Good News in the community where one is sent.

hof-2This year’s Hearts on Fire (Summer Youth Bible Camp) with the theme “Young Missionaries…Share the Word” was hosted by St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Penarrubia, Abra whose Parish Priest is Rev. Fr. Efren C. Ambre.

The Region’s young and promising Youth leaders completed the one week convention, gathering and formation to receive the full syllabus of the said event. Each day, different sessions and activities were given by well-versed and efficient facilitators. Some sessions and activities were done in smaller groups so the big group was divided into five clusters, namely: Amos, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Jonah and Isaiah.

hof-3Each sessions or activities which the participant went through were rooted on the Bible. Yet, it already has a modern and youthful approach. In every session, activities always follow, and the deepening of what was being discussed had a touch of personal encounter, that the Word was always at work. The following were the sessions and activities of the said camp: The Call and Formation of YMS; Solidarity Meal; Mandala, Prayer Partners; Torah…Journey with the Word; The Bible as our Book; My Biblical Character; Bible as our Love Story; Our Love Story with God; Monk’s Meal; Circles of Love; My love Story with God; Bible Sharing; Prophets…Witness to the Word; Vignette; Writings… Share the Word; My Psalm; Taize Experience; Seder Meal; Passing Over, The Whole Experience of Exodus; Creative Biblical Activities for Children and Youth; Biblical Newspapers’ Figurines; Sensitivity Meal; Meditation on Fire; Marian Catechism; Sunday Catechism (Pauline); Cultural Night and Panagyaman.

hof-6A total of 130 participants took part in this momentous event. The Arch/Dioceses and Schools who participated were: Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia; Diocese of Bangued; Diocese of Bayombong; Diocese of Ilagan; Diocese of San Fernando de La Union; Diocese of Laoag; Diocese of Urdaneta; Apostolic Vicariate of Bontok-Lagawe; Divine Word College of Vigan; Divine Word High School, Dana-ili, Abulog, Cagayan and Academy of Saint Joseph, Claveria, Cagayan.

hof-7May this week-long journey with the word serve as a guiding map to our youth. With this event we hope that the Word of God may keep on burning the hearts of the youth that in turn this will serve as their engine to heat the hearts of the many. This lifetime aim as we see must start now and must be an unending journey towards its fullness. The Word will indeed keep on hunting our hearts that in won’t stop until our hearts is burning.

May the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.

 

By Roberto Custodio, Jr.

Hearts on Fire ‘09

Summer Youth Bible Camp

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HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE CBF!

“Man does not Live by Bread Alone”: The Catholic Biblical Federation Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

The Catholic Biblical Federation was established by Pope Paul VI on April 16, 1969 to foster and promote an awareness of the unique significance of Sacred Scripture at all levels of ecclesial life. With its roots tracing back to the Second Vatican Council it sees itself as the advocate of the Bible in the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Biblical Federation represents the worldwide multiplicity of the Catholic faith. Its more than 330 member institutions in 134 countries of the world are committed to insuring that people can experience the life-giving message of the Bible in their daily lives.

Rooted in the Catholic Church, the Catholic Biblical Federation avows itself to ecumenical and interconfessional dialogue. It promotes tolerance and respect for other cultures and religions and is actively engaged on behalf of reconciliation, justice and peace.

Through its commitment to the Gospel, the Catholic Biblical Federation tries to play an active role in building a world in which the values of love of God and neighbor, of justice and responsibility are the core of all activity. (CE)

from our mother website:
http://www.c-b-f.org/start.php?LANG=en

GREETINGS FROM NEMI, ROME

Dear Ms Fely and Ms Christa,

The JPIBC rightly remembers with joy and gratitude the many years of your committed service to the biblical ministry in the Philippines. I’ve had the good fortune to get to know Fely through the Dei Verbum Course but not Crista, though!

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate both of you on this wonderful occasion! May the Good Lord and Our Beloved Mother accompany you always in your ministry and let it grow from strength to spiritual strength!!

Wishing you and all the members of your team at JPIBC a grace-filled Holy Week and a happy Easter,

George Koottappillil

Dei Verbum Centre

Nemi, Rome

Our Tribute for Christa & Fely

THE WORD ALIVE AWARD

I joyfully and solemnly give the “WORD ALIVE AWARD” to you Fely and Christa. This is the first time that this award is given to anyone. It is given only to special people who have dedicated their lives to making the Word alive in their own lives and in the lives of others in the Biblical – Pastoral Ministry.

Thus,

In the name of the hundreds of Lay Women and Men, Directors and Coordinators in the Biblical Apostolate in the Philippines and all partners in the minsitry of the Word, I bestow on you Fely and Christa the “WORD ALIVE AWARD” on the occasion of your 30th and 20th anniversary, years  of  dedicated service in the Biblical Pastoral Ministry. May you continue to be an inspiration for all the lovers of the Word to live by the Word, “to make his life our life, his mission our mission”.

Given on the 1st of April in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Nine.

Fely and Christa,  thank you very much for keeping us alive in the Word through your good example of dedicated and selfless service for God’s people in the Biblical apostolate.

In the Living Word,

Fr. Oscar Alunday SVD
ECBA-CBCP

FOOLS FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORD!

FELY AND CHRISTA

FELY AND CHRISTA

Dear Fely and Christa,

April 1 is worldwide considered – or celebrated? – as April fools’ day. How many times in your lives have you been fooled on that day? Have you ever?

Looking back on April 1, 1979, Fely, do you have the feeling that you have been fooled on that day? And Christa, do you think you have been fooled on April 1, 1989?

Fr. Luder

Fr. Ludger

In looking back, do you feel like saying with Jeremiah: “You have fooled me, O LORD and I let myself be fooled?” (Jer 20,7). Or would you rather, seeing a deeper meaning for you in those days, prefer the words of the same Jeremiah: “When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart”? (Jer 15,19). You may not have had the experience in those days that you found God’s Word, but you found a job that was related to God’s Word! And you may not have “devoured” it, but may have been a bit uncertain about the new venture at the beginning. But now – 30 and 20 years later – would you not agree with Jeremiah that this service of he Word has become the “joy and happiness” of your hearts?

Those dates and events did not make any headlines in the papers. But they certainly were important days – first in your personal biographies and then, I dare say, in the biographies of other people as well.

Letty & Fely

Letty & Fely

On April 1, 1979, you, Fely, together with Lettie Taberdo, started the pioneering work of getting John Paul I Biblical Center (JPIBC) off the ground – together with yours truly and the unforgettable Sr. Henrietta OSB. And ten years later you, Christa, started your work in the General Secretariat of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF), at that time still called World Catholic Federation for the Biblical Apostolate (WCFBA).

It may just have been by a mere chance that you started your work – in Vigan and in Stuttgart – on that same calendar day, but ten years apart. You have met personally only many years later – during the Hongkong Plenary Assembly, if I remember correctly – but you have been in contact with each other before since JPIBC was an Associate Member of CBF, indeed the first one of the Philippines.

In two different places far apart and in different functions and positions, you dedicated yourselves to the same work, the ministry of the Word: Fely, the trained catechist and professional teacher as staff member of JPIBC, and Christa with her fluency in English, French and Spanish – aside from her native German – as foreign language secretary in the CBF General Secretariat.

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FELY AND CHRISTA

Though different as to qualifications and occupations, your common title – the highest one I can think of – was certainly “co-workers in the ministry of the Word”. In fact, this is how I considered you when we were working (and at times praying!) together. In fact, in 1984 – five years after starting with you, Fely, and five years before starting with you, Christa, I entitled my acceptance speech as General Secretary “Your Co-Worker”.

Yes, co-workers in the ministry of the Word we have been and for this, I and many other friends near and far owe you our deep gratitude. With your 30 and 20 years of work in JPIBC and in the CBF General Secretariat, we are celebrating 50 years of dedicated service to the Word.

Of course, you also had to make a living. But with your qualifications, both of you could have landed more profitable jobs. But you settled for a more modest salary because work in JPIBC and CBF was not just a job for you. Even though you may not have had a clear idea about what you were getting into when you started in 1979 and 1989, from my observation I can say that both of you grew into something which – looking back after 30 and 20 years – you now would consider your vocation.

In both of you I highly appreciate your dedication, reliablity, correctness as well as your ability and your willingness to think along – instead of just doing what you had been told. Just to mention this, though much more could be said.

Of course, the director of JPIBC and the General Secretary of CBF are more in the limelight – may they like it or not – than the staff. I many not have been consistent in this, but I considered it both fair and necessary to draw attention to the fact that the credit for what had been achieved would not go only to the director or General Secretary: what would they be without their staff!

Fr. Ludger, Ms. Fely & Fr. Wim

Fr. Ludger, Ms. Fely & Fr. Wim

Even though I do not have any longer any position in JPIBC and CBF, I would like to underline, that JPIBC, i.e. the biblical-pastoral ministry in Northern Luzon, in the Philippines at large and even beyond its boundaries world-wide, owes very much to your dedicated service, Fely. And likewise, through your efforts, Christa, the Federation has grown in many regards. People who have never seen you, have benefitted from your zeal!

Often your work has been monotonous and a matter of routine, and it has not always been given the credit it deserved. But rest assured that no effort will be have escaped the attention of Him in whose service we all stand in different ways.

Thus, this short message of congratulations and thanks cannot end more appropriately than with St. Paul’s prayer for his fellow ministers of the Word, which has become the theme song of JPIBC and has been sung at various and many Federation events: “I thank my God, each time I think of you, and when I pray for you, I pray with joy!”

In appreciation and friendship
Your co-worker
Fr. Ludger Feldkämper svd

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Fr. WimDear Christa,

Peace!

Thanks for your 20 years of faithful service of the word, not only through your dedicated work as a secretary, but also through your personal love for the word.

May the Word continue to inspire and guide you!

Together on the way!

Wim Wijtten

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Christa in her working table for 20 years... connecting to the whole world!

Today, APRIL 1, we, the members of the CBF Southeast Asia subregion joyfully celebrate with the CBF General Secretariat to thank and praise the Lord for CHRISTA’s  faithful service for 20 years!

Dear Christa,

Congratulations, happy anniversary, and heartfelt thanks for all your hard work and all the love you put in it.

May our good Lord and Shepherd be your strength and consolation in every new day you dedicate for the cause of spreading the Good News.

We walk hand in hand in proclaiming God’s Word to our world today.

We strongly believe that the CBF will not be what it is now without your diligent, loving and faithful service for 20 years.

Our prayers and love go with you.

Sr. Emma G

Star del Mar

Fr. Doms Ramos

and all CBF-SEA members

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THE “WORD ALIVE AWARD”

I joyfully and solemnly give the “WORD ALIVE AWARD” to you Fely and Christa. This is the first time that this award is given to anyone. It is given only to special people who have dedicated their lives to making the Word alive in their own lives and in the lives of others in the Biblical – Pastoral Ministry.

Thus,

In the name of the hundreds of Lay Women and Men, Directors and Coordinators in the Biblical Apostolate in the Philippines and all partners in the minsitry of the Word, I bestow on you Fely and Christa the “WORD ALIVE AWARD” on the occasion of your 30th and 20th anniversary, years  of  dedicated service in the Biblical Pastoral Ministry. May you continue to be an inspiration for all the lovers of the Word to live by the Word, “to make his life our life, his mission our mission”.

Given on the 1st of April in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Nine.

Fely and Christa,  thank you very much for keeping us alive in the Word through your good example of dedicated and selfless service for God’s people in the Biblical apostolate.

In the Living Word,

Fr. Oscar Alunday SVD
ECBA-CBCP