Maier family is going back home

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The Maier family journeyed with the Family and Life ministry for almost 5 years. Now they are leaving Bontoc-Lagawe. They will return to Germany and live on a organic farm with other families. The girls will go to a catholic school and the parents have to identify a ministry to serve in future. Many will remember the exercises, various topics and simply the family life they shared. We will still keep in touch: via facebook and praying for each other – and the team in Teng-ab is looking forward to welcome another COMUNDO co-worker in 2018!

August PCC breastfeeding month

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This month of August we have the PCC breastfeeding month. PCC volunteer leaders encourage mothers to breastfeed their baby. Have a look at the ten good reasons above!!!

But even older children can practice to be in touch with their mothers, fathers, siblings and friends. Invite the children for this game:

In touch

For this activity, let the children stand in small groups up to 5 children. One child will stand in the center of the group and close his eyes. Some of the other children will put their hand on the arm, leg or back of the child. Now the child in the center will guess how many hands are in touch with him.

E.g. Hanna stands in the center and Marc, Chris, Mary and Franz will place one hand each. Hanna says “4 hands” and will open her eyes to check. Now Marc will be the next child.

1st PCC assembly

07.29.2017PCCassemblyNationalOfficePCC volunteer leaders and interested people from various Mission Parishes celebrated one Year PCC in Bontoc-Lagawe. We are reaching out to almost 400 families with more than 50 trained and commited volunteer leaders. With us were Sr. Tere from the PCC national office and Linda from PCC Novaliche.

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The volunteer leaders shared their experience about Celebration of Life in their communities. Many members from the Catholic Womens League (CWL) shared how that program helps to reach out in different communities.

All learned how to balance children rights and responsibilities. They had a hands on workshop regarding child development milestones, to improve their services during home visits.

07.29.2017PCCassemblysupplementWe were trained in herbal soap making (good for treating sensitive skin) and mixing food supplements for malnourished children.

For the second year PCC in Bontoc-Lagawe we would like to share the program with more families, more volunteer leaders and more communities – but step by step – quality not only quantity matters!!!

If you are interested, you may contact the vicariate Family and Life office via your Mission Rector.

 

PCC in Bauko

03.04.2017PCCBaukoParacelisVolunteer leaders from Mission Parish Paracelis gave orientation on the Pastoral Care for Children Program to interested volunteers in Bauko.

How to motivate volunteers to join the program?

How to organise and train volunteer leaders?

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Many questions and the volunteer leaders from Paracelis shared their good practices and how they overcame challenges. Since PCC is hands on and all about accompaniment, they reached out together to one of the remote BEC in Bauko.

A training for the new PCC volunteers in Bauko will follow soon.

Comissioning of F&L Core Teams

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Participants of F&L Core Team Training prayed during a Taize Prayer in Teng-Ab. They learned so much from the past F&L Core Team Training Modules and are now ready to serve in their respective Mission Parishes of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc Lagawe.

 

12.04.2016ComissioningGladisBefore the Comissioning Kuya Bal gave an introduction to eco-spirituality and Gladis from Layforce / Teng-Ab shared her knowledge about organic gardening and cooking. She inspired us to replace magic sarap with more herbs and natural seasonings – it will not only help to cut down the basura and to cook nutritious with low budget, but it tastes sooo yummy and is a healthy option on top!

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12.04.2016C0mmissioningSadanga12.04.2016C0mmissioningSagada12.04.2016ComissioningBaukoWe are very greatful for Bishop Valentin Dimoc. He did comission and appreciate all our F&L Core Team Efforts and does encourage more volunteers and Mission Parishes to join and learn more, so that we can respond better to the various needs in our Mission Parishes.

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Obviously some Mission Parishes have a larger numer of F&L Core Team members, others are just few and just began to get more organised. However, we can sense, that we have something in common: a passion for families and life. We will continue to journey, to learn and to share – and we are open for more companions in our ongoing training!

Comissioning F&L Core Teams / Teng-Ab

12-2016comissioningBishop Val will comission the 1st batch of F&L Core Teams of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe on December 2-4 in Teng-Ab. Some selected teams will share their best practices on:

Couple Formation (Bontoc and Lagawe),

Natural Family Planing (Barlig and Bauko) and

Family Accompaniment (Paracelis: see picture).

All comissioned F&L Core teams will plan the implementation of the vicariate Family and Life Program and agree with the office on coaching sessions to improve or add to the existing F&L program in their respective Mission Parish.

This will inspire the 2nd batch of F&L Core Teams to plan and kick of their training modules for 2017.

On top: The Faith Formation and Integral Evangelization Team of Teng-Ab (Catechetical, Altar and Youth) and the Lay Formation and Development Team of Teng-Ab (SADC, F&L, Temporalities, LayForCe) will inspire the F&L Core teams: How to journey as families and with families during the Year of the BEC: A Communion of Communities or A Family of Families.

The activity will start Friday afternoon and we will return home on Sunday after breakfast. For more details please contact the Family and Life office in Teng-Ab.

Responsible Parenthood and All Naturale Family Planing Training / November 4 -6 / Teng-Ab

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Bischop Ledesma from Cagayan de Oro and his team on NFP will inspire the Family and Life Core Teams on November 4 -6 in Teng-Ab.

They have experience how F&L teams can  collaborate with the DOH and LGU.

We would like to extend our invitation to F&L Core Teams and to our Barangay Health Workers, POP teams, Midwives, OBs and all those serving couples / parents. Lets team up and share our experiences and expertise!

You would like to serve couple and families? Join the Family and Life Core Team of your Mission Parish and be trained this year (ask your Mission Rector for more details or contact the F&L office in Teng-Ab):

November 4-6 RESPONSIBLE PARENTING and ALL NATURAL FAMILY PLANING Teng-Ab

speaker: Bishop Ledesma, Cagayan de Oro and NFP Team

December 2-4 FAMILY ENRICHMENT and COMISSIONING of F&L CORE TEAMS Teng-Ab

speaker: various Families from the Cordillera

PCC training with Sr. Tere / Paracelis

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Another PCC traning with Sr. Tere is scheduled for August 24 – 27 in Paracelis. We are looking forward to continue the training of 21 volunteer leaders, who are reaching out to 126 families with malnurished children and pregnant women.

We appreciate the commitment of the volunteer leaders (many of the members of CWL!), who continously attend in remarkable numbers our ongoing formation for family and Life Core Teams.

You would like to serve couple and families? Join the Family and Life Core Team of your Mission Parish and be trained this year (ask your Mission Rector for more details or contact the F&L office in Teng-Ab):

September 2-4 BASIC COUNSELING SKILLS TRAINING Teng-Ab

speaker: Dr. Alda Perlita Polestico (Family Pastoral Counseling Association Philippines )

November 4-6 RESPONSIBLE PARENTING and ALL NATURAL FAMILY PLANING Teng-Ab

speaker: Bishop Ledesma, Cagayan de Oro and NFP Team

December 2-4 FAMILY ENRICHMENT and COMISSIONING of F&L CORE TEAMS Teng-Ab

speaker: various Families from the Cordillera

Basic Counseling Skills Training (part 2)/ September 2 – 4 / Teng-Ab

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Some have natural counseling skills, but usually we have to practice and continue training, to be effective counsilors to couples, young mothers, stressed parents, disoriented youth….

This is a follow-up opportunity for all F&L Core Team members, who joined the Basic Counseling Skills Training (part 1) in Banaue or Bauko. We accept beginners as well, who would like to learn and experience basic counseling skills, to improve their service to families in need in their respective Mission Parish or BEC.

Dr. Alda Perlita Polestico from the Family pastoral Counseling Association Philippines will be with us, giving us more insights and challenging us on our basic counseling skills. Don’t be afraid, take courage and take this challenge, because the couples, young mothers, stressed parents, disoriented youth… need you and you need at least basic counseling skills to journey well with them!

This year we train F&L ministers in all Mission Parishes, make sure your join the team and the traning (ask your Mission Rector for more details or contact the F&L office in Teng-Ab):

September 2-4 BASIC COUNSELING SKILLS TRAINING Teng-Ab

  speaker: Dr. Alda Perlita Polestico, Family Pastoral Counseling Association Philippines

November 4-6 RESPONSIBLE PARENTING and ALL NATURAL FAMILY PLANING Teng-Ab

speaker: Bishop Ledesma, Cagayan de Oro and NFP Team

December 2-4 FAMILY ENRICHMENT and COMISSIONING of F&L CORE TEAMS Teng-Ab

speaker: various Families from the Cordillera

AMORIS LAETITIA

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Most Rev. Gilbert Garcera, Bishop of Daet gave an orientation on Amrois Laetitia, the new Document of Pope Francis, during the Northern Luzon F&L meeting in Baguio.

The Apostolic Vicariate was represented by a small delegation and brought home many inspirations and insights.

It was stressed, that each Diocese should have a F&L program including a) community / group organizing, b) formation, c) advocacy, d) media and e) prayer.

We realized that F&L Core teams in some of our Mission Parishes are already doing a good job, for example:

a) the Pastoral Care for Children program (PCC) headed by CWL in Paracelis, is reaching out with monthly homevisits to 126 needy families

b) the Couples for Christ (CfC) in Lagawe offer their couple formation program in various BECs to ordinary community members

c) a training on responsible parenthood and All Natural Family Planing is scheduled for November 4 – 6 in Teng-Ab, to be inspired by Archbishop Ledesma from Cagayan de Oro, how to be more pro-life active

d) we hope that this blog and facebook helps to keep volunteers and padis better informed about our ongoing training and other activities

e) we have a wood carven Holy Family journeying with us to the different Mission Parishes and continue to tune into the Holy Fathers prayer for families.

You would like to see that AMORIS LAETITIA makes a difference in your Mission Parish too? You would like to serve couple and families?

Join the Family and Life Core Team of your Mission Parish and be trained this year (ask your Mission Rector for more details or contact the F&L office in Teng-Ab):

September 2-4 BASIC COUNSELING SKILLS TRAINING Teng-Ab

speaker: Dr. Alda Perlita Polestico (Family Pastoral Counseling Association Philippines )

November 4-6 RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD and ALL NATURAL FAMILY PLANING Teng-Ab

speaker: Bishop Ledesma, Cagayan de Oro and NFP Team

December 2-4 FAMILY ENRICHMENT and COMISSIONING of F&L CORE TEAMS Teng-Ab

speaker: various Families from the Cordillera