THE CAMPUS PASTORAL COUNCIL SLATED ITS 5-YEAR PLAN IN PUNDAKIT
Pundakit, Zambales. The members of the Campus Pastoral Council of the Divine Word College of Urdaneta recently took their long overdue semestral recollection, evaluation and planning in a scenic place of Pundakit, San Antonio, Zambales. The group of 12 hit the road with the president on the wheel at exactly 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon of Friday, November 27, 2009. Due to the re-opening of SM Rosales that caused a snail speed and the inability of a guide the council arrived more than two hours after the expected time of arrival. Nevertheless, the constituents enjoyed the long journey of six hours that includes cruising the whole stretch of Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Subic Bay – SBMA, Olongapo, Catillejos, San Marcelino, San Antonio and finally Pundakit. The first day then was practically spent on a long but exciting and enjoyable journey.
The CPC on the first half of the second day embarked on a recollection journey after a sumptuous breakfast. The recollection started with a bible enthronement using a bibliodrama prayer dance element “Navinadau” blessing the place while lifting up the intentions the members brought with them in every symbolic movement they made. During the bible enthronement each one renewed her/his commitment to be “Witness to the Word” offering an incense, paying meaningful gesture to the enthroned written Word. The life map of Jesus was the focal guide when the recollection master led each one to visit the significant places in the life and mission of the Son of God – the Divine Word. The journey was a synthesis of the gospel that prepared the way to a personal sharing on the intense encounter with the word. The recollection ended with the celebration of the Word and the Breaking of the Bread.
The second half of the second day was a bit more challenging when the members of the council went on a serious heavy work of planning and evaluation using the SWOT analysis tool. The evaluation was focused more on the five components of doing campus ministry: 1.) Organization and Administration, 2.)Facilities and Materials, 3.) Implementation of CM Program, 4.) Human Resources and Relations and 5.) Funding. On the other hand, the 5-year plan generally followed the pastoral theme “Witness to the Word” realigning all ministries into the four characteristic dimension of the Divine Word Missionaries worldwide namely: the Biblical Apostolate, Mission Animation, Justice and Peace – Integrity of Creation and Communication. The evaluation and planning lasted until 10:00 o’clock in the evening when the 5-year plan was finally presented to the plenum. In thanksgiving for the work well done the members of the council spent the remaining hours celebrating like an AGAPE with spirits and music.
The recreation part came on the third day on the occasion of the first Sunday of Advent that started with the celebration of the Eucharist followed by a palatable breakfast and off they went to the Capones Island for a much deserved picnic the description of which will be in pictures below noting the song that goes .. “a picture paints a thousand words….” We leave you the words then to describe the experience, the memorable journey that was… Pundakit!
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