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Diocese of Malolos holds second synod

CITY OF MALOLOS—The Diocese of Malolos held its second synod recently as its participation for the nationwide preparation for the fifth centenary of the coming of Christianity in the country in 2021.

Most Reverend Jose Oliveros, DD, bishop of the Diocese of Malolos, said in his message on the second synod that was read on all churches in the diocese on Sunday that it was a rare ecclesiastical event wherein Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Malolos showed their act of solidarity as they formally received and adopted the agenda for renewal set by the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines in 1991 and the subsequent National Pastoral Consultation on Church Renewal in 2001.

The synod was held from April 8 to 13 this year at the Diocesan Formation Center in Barangay Tabe in Guiguinto town. It was attended by 86 delegates from the clergy, consecrated persons, laity and seminarians.

The word synod came from the Greek words syn, for journey, and hodos, for together.

Bishop Oliveros said the diocese’s second synod was a little journey “within our great pilgrimage as a people united by our common hope in and prayer for the Kingdom of God that is to come. As proof of the active presence of its primary agent, the Holy Spirit, the synod was celebrated during the season of Easter, which is always filled with new and endless possibilities now that Jesus has broken through all the barriers that have enslaved us.”

“As we examined our collective conscience in the synod,” Bishop Oliveros said, “we talked about successes, accomplishments, numbers and figures that made us proud and happy. But we were also put to shame by our inconsistencies and immaturities, dichotomies and divisions by our ‘foolishness and slowness of heart to believe.’”

In the synod, he said, “As we contemplated the face of Christ, the Spirit led us back to words of the Master in Scriptures, which was enthroned from the beginning until its conclusion, and through the teachings and laws of his Church.”

Bishop Oliveros said, “The synod was an experience of deep and sincere prayer, personal and communitarian, begging the Lord to stay with us in order to guide our discussions and decisions.”

After the synod, Bishop Oliveros said “the delegates are returning to their different parishes and communities to narrate the good news that transpired in the ecclesiastical event.”

Participants to the synod, the bishop said, will “continue our pilgrimage as a community of disciples reinvigorated and resolved to respond to the call of the new evangelization.”

Bishop Oliveros said, “The Second Synod of the Diocese of Malolos was opened on the day the Universal Church liturgically celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation. We now turn our gaze on Mary, our Mother and Patroness. With Mary, the very first contemplator of the face of God who became man, and through her, the first to be evangelized and the first evangelizer, we entrust to her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, all our plans, dreams and hopes for a renewed Community of Disciples. May Mary, the Mother of God, always accompany us so that we can effectively and authentically speak of Jesus Christ, show Him and make His face shine to the present and future generations of Bulakeños, Filipinos and people of the world.”

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