New Evangelization needs lay-clergy teamwork – bishop By: cbcp news

 

MANILA, Aug. 20, 2015— A Catholic bishop has underscored the need for collaboration in advancing the mission of the New Evangelization in response to secularization.

Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, Jr., said the clergy and the laity must work together in spreading the Good News in the modern world.

“Evangelization is the business of the whole Church. Clergy and laity alike, all are called to spread the Good News,” said Bacani over TV Maria’s “Know The Truth”.

“We have no excuse not to evangelize. This undertaking is not about ‘kami-kami’’ and ‘sila-sila,’ but ‘tayo-tayo’… each and everyone of us. And we have to work together and help each other to make this happen,” he said.

Bacani went on to decry an “exclusivist” mentality, as he called for a welcoming attitude which will open doors to like-minded people who may want to give their share in helping to bring God’s word to others, especially lapsed Catholics and the poor.

Besides using “new methods and new expressions”, the bishop believes another way would-be evangelizers can effectively do this is by witnessing.

“You can start by telling your stories, giving testimonies on how God has personally touched and transformed your lives,” he said.

Bacani warned, however, against the tendency of some testimonies becoming self-focused.

The prelate further highlighted the impact of presence that is not an empty, but one that mirrors Christ’s.

“This is fundamental to evangelization. An effective evangelizer is one who lives out the Gospel, and who reflects God’s word in his life.

“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses,” he added. (Raymond Sebastian/CBCPNews)

Source: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=62135

Comment of Bro. Nelson to a Religious Exposition of Bro. Nicholai M. Luceños (Cebuano)!

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2 responses to “07-17-2015 Dipolog Fish-port Religious Exposition with Nicholai M. Luceños”

  1. Padayon sa pagpanalipud sa pagtulun- ang Katoliko, Sangakapi kanunay ang inyong mga hunahuna sa Ispiritu sa Dios ug batoni ang kalig on sa tagsa tagsa kaninyo pinaagi sa makanunayog paga ampo ngadto kaniya.

    • Salamat kaayo Bro. Nelson sa imoang pag encourage kanako. labina nga imong gipadako ang pag share sa akoa kabahin sa pagkamakanunayong pag-ampo. kining maong buhat ihalad nako sa Dios ug sa Simbahan. CFD Motto: pro deo et ecclesia (for God and the Church). God Bless sa imoa. labina sa pagvisit niining simpleng site. Prayer is our armor ingon pa ni Bro. Nonito tatay dodong lim chua cctn president.

FIVE (5) REASONS WHY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE TRUE CHURCH 10 hours ago by splendor1618


The magnificent  interior of the Dome of St. Mark Basilica in Venice

5 Reasons the Catholic Church is the True Church [Catholic365.com]

BY AMELIA MONROE CARLSON
6/24/2015 11:00:10 AM

There are many reasons the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, however, some of those reasons are necessary for discussions with those outside the Catholic Church. Jesus prayed for unity of believers and unity begins with understanding. The understanding of the Church’s beliefs is essential in working toward that unity. Here are some key reasons to keep in mind when speaking to non-Catholics:

1.) Authority- Jesus gave specific instructions regarding dealing with members of the Church who were in sin. Matthew 18:15-18 says “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” What Evangelical/Protestant Church has the authority to remove someone completely from the church? None. If an individual is removed from a ‘congregation’ then he/she can go down the street and join another ‘congregation’ of the same denomination. The congregations are individualized and have no authority outside their own denomination. That is not true with the Catholic Church. If removed from the Catholic Church, one cannot go to another city and join another Catholic Parish.

2.) History- The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest and original Christian Church, therefore, the beliefs and teachings of the Church were directly passed onto the leaders of the Catholic Church by the apostles. The Catholic Church began with the teachings of Jesus Christ, around 1st Century AD in the province of Judea of the Roman Empire. The Catholic Church is the continuation of the early Christian community established by Jesus and no modern Christian Church can make that claim. By the end of the 2nd century, bishops began congregating in regional synods and to correct doctrinal and policy issues and by the time the 3rd century came around, the Bishop of Rome (Pope) served as the decisive authority, kind of like a court of appeals, for problems and issues the bishops could not resolve. This is identical to the Bible’s teaching. In Exodus 18 we see where the children of Israel brought their disputes to Moses and Moses settled those disputes. However, it also shows where leaders appointed by Moses also worked to settle disputes.

The Catholic Church remained the only Christian Church until the East-West Schism of 1054, which caused medieval Christianity to split and become two separate branches. The greatest division, however, came during the Reformation from 1517-1648, led by Martin Luther. The East-West (Great) Schism was caused by Patriarch Michael I. According to Titus 3:9-11, the divisions led by Patriarch Michael I and Martin Luther were sin. “Avoid foolish arguments, genealogies, rivalries, and quarrels about the law, for they are useless and futile. After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned..”

3.) The Catholic Church gave Christians the Bible- The first official list of books contained is what is the Bible was done at the Council of Hippo in 393 and then again in Carthage in 397 and 419. However, the Council of Trent in 1556 was the first time the Church infallibly defined these books as ‘inspired’ because it was questioned by Reformers. We have to admit, the apostles did not walk around with nice leather bound Bibles in their hand. There are many parts of the Bible that are oral tradition which was written down because when early believers attended the Synagogue or church, the scripture was read. They did not have their own copy with their name engraved on the front. Oral tradition was the norm of practice long before writing and reading was a part of life. The Jews followed the Old Testament before Jesus was born and Jesus is pictured in Scripture reading from the Old Testament in the Synagogue. There were multiple writings from this time but it was only after the list of books determined to be the ‘inspired Word of God’ by the Catholic Church first with the Council of Hippo in 393 that the world had what is called “The Bible”. The Bible remained the original 73 books determined by the Catholic Church until the Reformation, when Martin Luther threw out 7 books of the Old Testament that disagreed with his personal view of theology…the same Old Testament adhered to by the Jews. He threw these 6 books out in the 16th Century. Luther also attempted to throw out New Testament books James, Hebrews, Jude and Revelation. In referring to James, he said he wanted to ‘throw Jimmy into the fire’ and the book of James was ‘an epistle of straw’ with no usefulness. After Pope Damasus I approved the 27 New Testament Books however in 382 AD, Luther agreed with the Pope and accepted the New Testament books but denied the Old Testament books …which remained out of his Bible. Non-Catholics will accept the Biblical books which are contained in the Protestant Bible but do not acknowledge they are accepting and trusting the authority of the Catholic Church because the Catholic Church was the one who proclaimed the entire list, as a whole, as ‘inspired’. The letters within the Bible are not the only letters and materials written by the Apostles so, as a result, those contained within the Bible had to be declared ‘inspired’ and it was the Catholic Church which did that duty.

4.) The Sacraments are Biblical- The Apostles were given the power to ‘forgive sins’ in John 20:23, Peter taught in I Peter 3:21 that ‘baptism now saves you’, ‘anointing the sick with oil was shown in James 5:14-15, laying on of hands in Acts 8:17 and 2 Timothy 1:6, marriage in the Lord in I Corinthians 7:39 and Jesus stated numerous times that the disciples should participate in the breaking of bread (Eucharist) by stating ‘he who eats my flesh has eternal life’.

5.) Sola Scriptura is not supported in the Bible- It is difficult to make a claim such as Sola Scriptura (The Bible Alone) when, in its very essence, the claim must be written within the Bible in order to be Biblical. The concept of “Bible Alone” says it is not truth if it is not contained in the Bible, therefore removing ‘tradition’, but the Bible refutes that principle. Jeremiah 25:3 says the “Word of the Lord” is “spoken”, not just written. Paul told us to hold to our traditions, which are taught by word and mouth or by letter, according to 2 Thess 2:15. The Bible also portrays where a Council was held to settle doctrinal disputes in Acts 15. (Who else has a Council to settle doctrine disputes and holds the authority to do such other than the Catholic Church?) The Bible also warns about ‘twisted’ interpretations of Scripture in 2 Peter 3:16 and I Timothy 3:15 says THE CHURCH is the pillar and the bulwark of the truth. The Catholic Church has one teaching…one unified teaching…as opposed to the now 43,000 evangelical (Protestant) groups currently established, with 2.3 added each day. Their views on everything from the Trinity, homosexuality, abortion, and salvation all contradict each other. Truth cannot be false at the same time and Truth cannot contradict each other.

SOURCE: FIVE REASONS WHY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE TRUE CHURCH

VIA: http://www.splendorofthechurch.com.ph/2015/08/19/five-5-reasons-why-the-catholic-church-is-the-true-church/

07-17-2015 Dipolog Fish-port Religious Exposition with Nicholai M. Luceños

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DEFENDERS(CFD) UGANDA-READY AND PASSIONATE TO DEFEND THE FAITH June 29, 2015! by Aloysius Kayiwa


Left to Right: Bro Nicholas Mukasa, Bro Felix Turyasiima, Bro Aloysius Kayiwa, Sister Cleophas Pacumbe, Bro Geofrey Ssebina, Bro Peter Ssemambo, Bro Edwin Kinene

A new dawn has arrived in Uganda! Catholic Faith Defender(CFD) is finally here in the Pearl of Africa! Praise God! The Lord is good always!

What started as a friendship has now resulted into the formation of the Ugandan Chapter of this great Apologetics Organization Catholic Faith Defenders-many thanks to Fr.Abe Arganiosa who inspired this plus other CFD leaders who have worked tirelessly for advancement of CFD and the defense of the Bride of Christ.

CFD Uganda members during the meeting

Special thanks also go to CFD President, Prof. Ramon Gitamondoc whose exemplary and effective leadership has seen the tremendous growth of CFD across the Philippines and beyond! It is our prayer that he will approve CFD Uganda once we are done with the basics.

We are also inpired by the zeal of Atty.Marwil Nacor Llasos and other CFD Apologists whose dedication to CFD is a great inspiration for others.

CFD Uganda initial meeting

In Uganda, Sunday 28th 2015 was the first initial meeting for CFD Uganda and we announce the formation of our CFD Chapter. The meeting should have been carried out in 2014 but due to a few challenges, everything remained in the pipeline.Thank God, our desire and fire for an Apologetics apostolate did not die with the challenges. We were able to have our first meeting last Sunday 28th June 2015 because we could not keep waiting while the attacks of Fundamentals and enemies of the Church are thrown at us from left and right.

Sister Cleophas raising a point during the meeting

Masterminded and chaired by Bro. Aloysius Kayiwa-a revert to the Catholic Church from Pentecostalism  and a seasoned defender of the Catholic faith-the meeting was attended by 8 young, passionate and energetic warriors filled with the love of the Lord and the faith. They are all Professionals in the fields of Project Planning and Management, Medical and Pharmaceuticals, Accountancy, Mass Communication,Business Management, Surveillance among others. Bro. Aloysius offered his house seating room as the venue for the meeting and also sponsored refreshments for the participants.

Bro Edwin Kinene-the silent warrior intercepting with an idea

Items on the meeting Agenda included;

Opening Prayer

Introduction of Members

Communication from the Chair

Introduction to Catholic Faith Defenders(CFD)

Recess period and Focus Group Discussion-Why Defend the Faith?

Introduction to Apologetics

AOB and wey forward

Closing prayer and departure

Bro Geofrey stressing  points during the meeting

At the beginning of the meeting, Bro Aloysius welcomed all members to the meeting and informed them that this was a blessing from the Lord that the meeting had become a reality. He informed them that all baptized faithful are called upon to be militants for the Church because of the attacks to the Church from cults and misguided Protestants.This is the reason why CFD Uganda is  being formed-to defend the faith!

He specifically Introduced CFD as an organisation of lay Catholics founded in the Philippines with the aim of helping in the Propagation of the Gospel; study of dogmas, doctrines, precepts and Sacred traditions of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and also preserve and defend the faith, moral and spiritual values and virtues of the faithful; strengthen and enhance their faith and actively participate in the apostolic activities of the Church principally through apologetics.

During the recess period, members discussed among themselves why there is need to defend the faith before resuming with and an exposition to Basic Apologetics(Introduction to Apologetics) in which members learnt that Apologetics is simply concerned with building the case for our faith, learning how to explain and defend the faith with confidence and  ease. There is another for everything!

Bro Nicholas, the passionate warrior is ready to defend the Apostolical faith

These few thing were specifically important for the members-who are deeply yearning for knowledge of the faith and skills for the defense for the faith.

Because of the great discussion that took place, the meeting, which was supposed to be carried out from 2-4pm ended at 6pm! The meeting was filled with moments of fun and activeness throughout. All members were free to put up ideas, augment and suggest way forward. There was a teaser moment too at the end of the meeting when Bro.Nicholas Mukasa asked  members why is Jesus called the Son of David?He he

With the success of the first meeting, CFD Uganda is trekking a promising way. Being the first of the kind in Uganda,there is of course a huge number of lay Christians interested in joining. Currently we are beginning in the Metropolitan Arch Diocese of Kampala and possibly CFD will spread to other eleven Dioceses of Uganda. As we hold meetings, we are also working simultaneously to get approval from the Archbishop of Kampala, Dr.Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and also get a National Spiritual Adviser. We have all the paper work required to register CFD Uganda with the Church in Uganda including CFD constitution, letters of Introduction among others. Thank God the beginning is promising and there is already commitment on the show.

We won’t burge along the way. We have specifically put our chapter under the Protection of Our Lord Jesus, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary and the Holy Uganda Martyrs who were burnt alive for their refusal to renounce Jesus!

Although we lack a few logistics like a Data Projector to assist in training, this won’t disable our zeal in advancing CFD, the Propagation of the Gospel and the defense of our Faith. We are powered and God will provide. Prayer is our main weapon and with Prayer, God and His Saints  will assist us. We are also using CFD to inspire us to a life of renewal and discernment. All this for the glory of God and the Church. Pro Deo et Ecclessia!

Our next meeting is on Sunday 5th 2015 at St.Andrew Kaggwa Catholic Church Bukoto beginning from 2-4pm. Each member who attended our last meeting was tasked to come with a friend for the next meeting. We hope to elect a temporary leadership Committee in the upcoming meeting to guide CFD for the beginning until when a fully fledged leadership structure is elected.

ATTENDANCE LIST FOR CFD UGANDA INITIAL MEETING

June 28th 2015

S/N Names Occupation Parish Contact
1 Aloysius Kayiwa Project Planning and Management Holy Trinity Kamwokya 0783315973
2 Edwin Kinene Accountant Holy Trinity Kamwokya 0702221731
3 Nicholas Mukasa Pharmacist 07046441048
4 Geofrey Ssebina Medical Officer St.Kizito Bwaise 0774605041
5 Felix Turyasiima Customer Service Kyambogo University Chaplaincy 0784113601
6 Peter Ssemambo Business Management St.Gyaviira Bunamwaya 0783096459
7 Cleophas Pacumbe Surveillance System Controller Our Lady of Fatima Nankulabye 0789210485
8 Beatrice Nakalembe Tourism and Hospitality Holy Trinity Kamwokya

Bro Aloysius animating the discussion

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Bro Aloysius explaining proceedings

Bro Felix stressing a point

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CFD Uganda members  appearing as if they are checking around for a street preacher! he he

Pray for CFD, Pray for CFD Uganda. May God bless you!

Source: http://www.splendorofthechurch.com.ph/2015/06/29/the-rise-of-catholic-faith-defenderscfd-uganda-ready-and-passionate-to-defend-the-faith/

The Journey Home – 2015-07-13 – Marcus Grodi w/ Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Via: Bro. Cielbert A. Dondoyano, Sr.- Catholic Faith Defender of Dipolog City, Philippines.

Source: EWTN

 CFD LUZON GOVERNOR, ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS FEATURED IN CBCP NEWS DEFENDING ‘SACRAMENTALS’ 11 hours ago by splendor1618

Via : http://www.splendorofthechurch.com.ph/2015/07/17/cfd-luzon-governor-atty-marwil-n-llasos-featured-in-cbcp-news-defending-sacramentals/

Citing Laudato si', Lawyer-Mariologist Marwil N. Llasos, O.P. presents the theological arguments for the use of scapulars, rosaries, medals, and other sacramentals by Catholics. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

Scapular, other sacramentals ‘theological’ – preacher

MANILA, July 17, 2015—Other Christians may disagree all they want, but Catholics should not apologize for wearing the scapular, praying the rosary, and using other sacramentals because they have theology on their side, argues a lay theologian.

Sacramentality

In a recent talk, Marwil N. Llasos, a lawyer, preacher, and renowned Mariologist told members of the Company of St. Dominic (CSD) that the religious use of physical objects is grounded in theology by virtue of what he called the “Principle of Sacramentality.”

“It defines us Catholics that we believe in the Principle of Sacramentality … that God can —and He does—use matter to convey grace,” he explained.

Llasos likened those who reject sacramentals to the early heretics who claimed that matter was inherently evil and, therefore, could not possibly serve as channels of God’s power.

Matter = good

“We are not Gnostics nor Manicheans. Matter is not evil. It is not dirty. It is good,” he exclaimed.

Quoting Gen. 1:31, Llasos shared, “God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.”

By its “very good-ness,” Llasos pointed out that creation is also true and beautiful.

“Good does not only mean ‘mabuti.’ In fact, what is good also means that it is true, and what is good also means it is beautiful. So the good, the true, and the beautiful can already be found in Creation,” he noted.

“That’s why when God said that is was very good, there is already goodness, there is beauty, there is truth. And God does not disdain, He does not hate matter. His material creation, according to Divine pronouncement, is very good,” he added.

Nature

While it strictly speaks about the sacraments, Llasos stressed how a paragraph in Pope Francis’ latest “encyclical on the care for our common home,” might as well be applied to sacramentals given that both involve elements found in nature.

Laudato si’ 235 reads: “The Sacraments are a privileged way in which nature is taken up by God to become a means of mediating supernatural life. Through our worship of God, we are invited to embrace the world on a different plane. Water, oil, fire and colours are taken up in all their symbolic power and incorporated in our act of praise.”

It continues, “The hand that blesses is an instrument of God’s love and a reflection of the closeness of Jesus Christ, who came to accompany us on the journey of life. Water poured over the body of a child in Baptism is a sign of new life. Encountering God does not mean fleeing from this world or turning our back on nature.”(Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

SOURCE:

http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?attachment_id=60054