Sunday, 22 December 2019 14:00

Advent Recollection for Media

The Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) recently organized an Advent Recollection for secular and Catholic media at Pope Francis Hall, Manila Cathedral, on December 19, 2019. This is in accordance with the Church's mission of evangelization, not just by using different media platforms, but giving formation and support to media practitioners as well.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle gives a surprise visit to the media during their Advent Recollection.
Photo by Rian Francis Salamat / RCAM-AOC
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Before the recollection, a Eucharistic celebration was held at the Christ the King Chapel of the Manila Cathedral presided by Fr. Roy M. Bellen, Director of AOC.

Reflecting on the Gospel, Fr. Bellen reminded those in attendance in his homily to trust in the Lord and never doubt the Holy Spirit. He stressed that no matter hope hopeless a situation maybe, God can always find a way to help.

The Mass was followed by the Advent Recollection facilitated by Fr. Carmelo Arada, Jr., Parish Priest of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Parish.

Celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Rev. Fr. Roy M. Bellen, Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Communications
Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

Rev. Fr. Herbie Santos, the Director of the Social Communications Ministry of the Diocese of Cubao, who was also present during the event, expressed his thoughts on Christmas as the season of hope.

" Alam natin na iba na ang media ngayon. Ang social media, information is transmitted in the speed of light. So, sabi nga, Christmas is a season of hope, more often now, we see news that is very dark, depressing. So, tayo po yung tagapagdala ng pag-asa para sa mga tao," Fr. Santos said.

Fr. Carmelo Arada is the facilitator during the Advent Recollection for the media.
Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

Msgr. Jose Clemente  F. Ignacio, Commissioner of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle also graced the event and gave a brief message to the media practitioners.

On December 7, 2019, an advent recollection for social communicators from the different parishes of the archdiocese was also held. It was held at the San Pedro Calungsod Youth Center in Intramuros.  Fr. Arnel Calata of Santo Niño de Tondo Archdiocesan Shrine was the guest speaker. A simple Christmas party was also held after the recollection.

Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio visits the media during the Advent Recollection and delivers an inspiring message.
Photo by Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

The advent recollections for church and secular media and social communicators were organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications (ACSC) and Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC). the office aims to further deepen the understanding among the media personnel the celebration of the advent season and to strengthen their faith through spiritual exercises as well as giving a more personal avenue to interact and share their experiences. (Fatima Llanza and Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)



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