An invitation to Join the National Aids Sunday
A Church Campaign for Aids Awareness
DIOCESAN YOUTH DIRECTORS, COORDINATORS AND LEADERS
YOUTH MINISTERS IN THE FNYO MEMBER-ORGANIZATIONS
FELLOW YOUTH MINISTERS IN VARIOUS SETTINGS
Greetings in the Lord on this Day 351 of our CBCP Year of the Youth, which is also World AIDS Day!
I trust everyone is still afire with the renewal which our national celebration of the NYD2011 has sparked in us. Our thanks continue to ring to our fellow youth ministers in the FNYO. The ecclesial youth organizations and movements truly are a gift to our Church, and are important partners in the mission.
I write to you now concerning a significant partnership which our commission has made. This is on the issue of HIV-AIDS, something which I believe is not foreign anymore to you, and one that is affecting many of our people, among them young. Our Church, loving Mother that she is, is at the forefront on efforts on this, both internationally and locally. Here in our country, we have the Philippine Catholic HIV-AIDS Network or PhilCHAN: a network of Catholic groups has been formed to be our Church’s lead agent in her evangelizing effort on this issue. The Episcopal Commission on Youth is one of those CBCP offices within this network, along with the Episcopal Commissions on Health Care; on Migrants and Itinerant People; and on Social Action, Justice and Peace.
We in the ECY exhort you to join us in supporting the efforts of this network, believing that this is very much a part of our youth ministry. You can do this by:
Reading and studying the new pastoral letter on AIDS, “Who is my neighbor?” (cf. Attachment 1)
Getting yourself informed about this issue, using legitimate sources that are consistent with our Catholic faith (you can begin by using attachments 2, 3 and 4)
Coming to the National AIDS Sunday celebration at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila on 04 December 2011, 07:30 AM – 12:00 NN, with celebration of the Eucharist (related materials are attachments 5, 6, 7 and 8), or joining related events in other dioceses and even in parishes
Regarding the last proposal: May we especially address the invitation to the UST event to youth ministries within the National Capital Region and its neighboring Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Region, with particular attention the Regional Youth Directors, Coordinators and Leaders of these regions. If you are sending a delegation to this UST event, may we ask you to inform us by replying to this email.
Please feel free to share this email and attachments to your networks.
As we have informed you in the Closing Ceremonies of our NYD2011 at the Cuneta Astrodome, this is one of the many occasions where we can share the fruits of our being planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.
Thank you for your kind attention, and your usual enthusiastic support! We wish you all a beautiful Advent season!
REV. FR. CONEGUNDO B. GARGANTA
CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Youth
December 1, 2011