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PLDM Ministries and Organizations

 

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A. Worship Ministry

The Worship Ministry provides for orderly, animated and meaningful liturgical celebrations, especially of the Eucharist and the sacraments in the parish center and in the different BEC communities. It also promotes the growth and deepening of commitment of the different liturgical ministries and organizations meant to enhance worship life. Finally, the ministry promotes devotion to the Eucharist, to the Lord of Divine Mercy, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

1. Liturgical Ministries – ministries or groups called upon to serve and/or assist in the Sacraments, most especially in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Mass)

a. Ministry of Lectors and Commentators (MLC) – commissioned ministers called upon to proclaim the Word of God within the Liturgy of the Word during the celebration of the Holy Mass.

b. Eucharistic Ministry of Holy Communion (EMHC) – specially commissioned ministers called upon to assist the clergy in the distribution of Holy Communion within the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

c. Ministry of Greeters and Collectors (MGC) – commissioned ministers of hospitality who insure the solemnity and tranquillity of the Liturgies, which also include the ushering of Mass-goers and the collection of Mass offerings.

d. Mother Butler Guild (MBG) – committed lay women entrusted to attend to the care and procurement of sacred vessels, vestments, linens and other paraphernalia used in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

e. Music Ministry – comprised by the choirs, cantors, instrumentalists and other music-bound groups that support the celebration of the Holy Mass and other special or distinct occasions.

f. Ministry of Altar Servers (MAS) – commissioned boys or girls entrusted to assist the priest presider in the sanctuary during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

2. Devotions and Prayers – movements or orders, mandated or otherwise, that champion and promote Church-recognized devotions and prayers to the community.

a. Divine Mercy Apostolate (DMA) – an apostolate dedicated to the propagation of the devotion to Our Lord of Divine Mercy and of St. Faustina Kowalska’s mission to spread Jesus’ love and compassion to all.

b. Apostleship of Prayers (AP) – the ‘Pope’s own prayer group’ that promotes the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as entrusted to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.

c. Family Rosary Crusade (FRC) – a movement founded by Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton that campaigns for the promotion of the praying of the Holy Rosary especially by families.

d. Legion of Mary (LOM) – known as ‘Legionnaires’ who are encouraged to persevere in their faith by serving God actively under the Blessed Virgin Mary’s banner through corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

e. Third Order of Carmelites (TOC) – the ‘Carmelite tertiary’ congregation of devotees to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel that propagate the teachings of its patrons: St. Simon Stock, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Teresa of Avila and the like, and the wearing of the brown scapular.

f. Adoracion Nocturna Filipina (ANF) – an organization focused on the devotion of the Blessed Sacrament especially through prayers during night vigils.

g. Lord of Pardon (LOP) – lay promoters of the devotional veneration and promises centered on Jesus and His wounds and sufferings that He endured along the way of the cross.

3. Support – special groups encouraged to assemble in order to support certain organization/s’ purpose or mission.

• Ministry of Altar Servers’ Parents and Guardians (MASPG) – a gathering of parents and guardians that aims to support the activities and endeavors of their children who are members of the Ministry of Altar Servers (MAS).

B. Formation Ministry

The primary mission of the Formation Ministry is evangelization, education and providing spiritual formation and renewal to deepen the faith and commitment of the parishioners based on Sacred Scriptures and Church teachings.

The organizations under Formation Ministry are:

a. Lord of Divine Mercy Parish Foundation (LDMPF)

b. Parents of Scholars (POS)

C. Social Service & Development Ministry (SSDM)

SSDM is the pastoral arm of the Parish charged with the mission of responding to the socio-economic needs of the poor, in ways ranging from relief and rehabilitation to confrontation with the root causes of those in need with a view to applying remedies. The goal of SSDM is to find ways and means to help alleviate poverty and improve the living conditions of the oppressed, exploited and depressed families.

Programs usually include: scholarships for elementary, high school and college students; prison apostolate; nursery and elementary school feeding programs; medical-dental missions; catechism for abused children; livelihood training and skills upgrade; rice distribution.

The organizations under SSDM are:

a. Restorative Justice (RJ)

b. Knights of Columbus (KOC)

c. Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy Multi-purpose Cooperative

D. Family & Life Ministry

The mission of the Family and Life Ministry is to implement programs that support and strengthen the dignity, harmony, and stability of the family, the ‘domestic Church’, the first school of evangelization; to deepen appreciation of and enlightenment on the sacredness of life, importance of sacramental marriage, responsible parenthood, enrichment of married-family life; to provide assistance or guidance to address special problems of different members of the family. It is the Family & Life Ministry that runs the Marriage Vocation and Enrichment Program, pre-cana workshop, among others.

The organizations under FLM are:

a. Couples for Christ (CFC)

b. Singles for Christ (SFC)

c. Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD)

d. Foundation for Family and Life (FFL)

E. Youth Ministry

The mission of the Youth Ministry is to provide for the formation and organization of the youth – with talks, events, retreats, outreach, missions, pilgrimages – to realize their Christian potential, empower them to live as disciples of Jesus, elicit their participation in Church activities, and to prepare them as future parish leaders. The vision is to mobilize the youth as instrument of evangelization among their fellow youth and others and to bring Christ to the less fortunate youth and make them feel that they are part of or that they belong to the greater community of Christ.

F. Vocation Ministry

The mission of the Vocation Ministry is to plan and implement programs for vocation awareness and promotion. The most common path to the religious vocation is via the Altar Server role. The ministry holds an annual Vocation Sunday, invites seminarians, and conducts vocation talks among the altar servers and the PYM.

G. Catechetical Ministry

The Catechetical Ministry’s mission is to plan and implement programs for catechesis of children, youth, and their parents; and to assist in preparation of those receiving the Sacraments.

H. Public Affairs Ministry

In pursuit of the prophetic mission of the church, the ministry keeps the Catholic faithful abreast with the socio-political and economic issues in aid of informing their conscience. Thus, the Public Affairs Ministry’s task is to implement programs for a wide range of socio-political advocacies. These include:

a. Women’s rights. The ministry can foster awareness of women issues and implement special programs to assist female domestic helpers, female overseas workers, wives of overseas workers, as well as female victims of abuse and violence.

b. Political affairs. The ministry can work for the transformation of the political order, oppose legislation that contradicts Gospel values and Christian doctrine, and assist in ensuring fair and honest elections.

c. Environment. The ministry can promote the proper care and development of natural resources and the environment as stewards of God’s creation. Activities and programs could include recycling, conservation, tree planting, minimizing carbon footprint, etc.

d. Human rights. The ministry can make its voice heard against human rights abuses, especially extra-judicial killings by police forces committed in the name of combatting the drug menace.

e. Other advocacies might include: drug use rehabilitation for surrenderees; inter-faith dialogue; reproductive health; prison congestion reform; urban poor issues; quick disaster response, etc.

I. Stewardship

The goal is to lead people into spiritual formation that allows them to trust God, to serve God, and enjoy God with all they are and all they have: Time, Talent and Treasure. Scripture teaches us to live out a generous response to God’s abundance in all that we have and with all that we are. The purpose of the church’s stewardship committee and the focus of its programs should be to develop methods and means to call people into personal growth as people with capacity to give, serve, and care generously.

J. Social Communications Ministry

The mission of the ministry is to utilize the various ways of communicating to parishioners to inform them of upcoming events, report on recent activities, call for volunteers, echo diocese priorities such as the DCPA, foster a strong PLDM parish community spirit, and create the strong impression that the ministries are active and that PLDM is a vibrant parish. Avenues currently include quarterly newsletters, website and Facebook page. Future outlets could include other social media such as electronic displays, Twitter and Instagram.

K. Urban Poor Ministry

The ministry focuses on the material and spiritual needs of the urban poor of the parish and the diocese, which may include but not be limited to: housing and resettlement, poverty alleviation, employment and vocational skills training, personal finance training, family formation, criminality and incarceration, education, sanitation, etc.

L. Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC)

Prepares parish-wide BEC-related programs and activities. Organizes BEC workshops for village coordinators and their support teams. Scans and reviews the various BEC programs in other parishes and dioceses to identify what projects and programs might be useful for PLDM. Works with the Area Pastoral Council Coordinators when it comes to BEC projects and programs.

M. Biblical Apostolate

It is tasked with the work of propagating the Sacred Scriptures since it is the source of spiritual nourishment, strength and consolation. A biblically-based spirituality is imperative for the Catholic faithful.

N. Sunrise Ministry

The ministry addresses the spiritual, formational, educational, emotional, physical and communal needs of the elderly in PLDM. Projects may include seniors’ general assemblies, pilgrimages, recollections and retreats that cater to their special needs, and exercise or dance sessions.

Support Committees

1. Finance Committee

Advise parish priest in the generation, maintenance and administration of financial and material resources of the parish within the limits of Canon Law and Diocesan policies; allocates funds for the use of various programs and activities of the PPC; develops, implements and oversees fundraising activities; assists ministries to prepare annual budget; reviews and recommends sound parish budget and effective financial operations.

2. Facilities & Infrastructure Committee

It oversees the parish’s physical assets: its land, buildings, facilities and equipment. It ensures the adequacy and condition of capital assets, to develop and periodically review policies, to advocate for new structures and rehabilitate or remove older structures, and to ascertain that adequate levels of funding exist for maintenance and operations.

3. Monitoring & Evaluation Committee

Responsible for monitoring all areas of the parish’s programs and activities, and for evaluating it to determine the impact, quality and effectiveness of its work.

Area Pastoral Councils

There are seven (7) Area Pastoral Councils (APC) in the parish. The APC is the link between the main church and the areas concerning pastoral activities to help the priest and his parish pastoral council in the various missionary, catechetical and apostolic undertakings.

The seven APCs are:
• APC Botocan
• APC Malaya
• APC Sikatuna
• APC Lambak
• APC Libis
• APC Bliss 1
• APC Bliss 2

DIOCESE OF CUBAO PRIORITY AGENDA 8

DCPA #1: Integrating Families in the Life of the Church

By the end of 2025, the Diocese of Cubao will be a local church where Parishes, as FAMILY of FAMILIES will create an environment of hope, trust, transparency and communion thru pro-active sustainable small-group discipleship programs leading towards fuller integration of families in the life of the church.

DCPA #2: Animating Parish Life

By the end of 2025, the Diocese of Cubao will be a local church where parishioners claim their parish as their community, where they experience belongingness and participate in its mission of new evangelization.

DCPA #3: Developing Effective, Committed and Renewed Witnesses of the Catholic Faith

By the end of 2025, the Diocese of Cubao will develop the Christian faithful of the Diocese to become effective, committed, and renewed witnesses of Catholic Faith.

DCPA #4: Upholding Human Dignity and Integrity of Creation

By the end of 2025, the Diocese of Cubao will be a local church with a fully-developed social action arm with the capability and resources that respond to current socio-political and environmental issues and challenges.

DCPA #5: Engaging the Youth

By the end of 2025, the Diocese of Cubao will be a local church where the youth are Christ-centered servant leaders and active proponents of change.

DCPA #6: Molding Shepherds after the Hearts of Jesus

By the end of 2025, the Diocese of Cubao will be a local church where the clergy are more dedicated, compassionate and effective shepherds, who are able to attract and inspire vocations.

DCPA #7: Maximizing New Media for Evangelization

By the end of 2025, the Diocese of Cubao will be a local church where new media and technology are fully maximized for evangelization.

DCPA #8: Embracing Stewardship as a Way of Life

By the end of 2025, ALL PARISHES in the Diocese of Cubao are "Stewardship Parishes" where parishioners live out the spirituality of stewardship, recognizing the graciousness and generosity of God calling us to be "Good and faithful servants." (Matthew 25:21), acknowledging the gift we have received and sharing them gratefully and generously.