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House visit

All things considered, I like being an administrator and guess, i’ll do well despite all evidence to the contrary. It’s hard to tell in every sense of the word if someone is ready or not but commitment makes all the difference. It undeniably is in the honeymoon stage and will last when reality sets in. Well, the intended house visit was a big hit. On the third week, though pending, it received overwhelming positive responses from people offering encouragement, support and goodluck. I have actually started calling parishioners and surprise, “Hello, this is Fr. Jojo, the new Priest in town. May I speak with…?” And all I got was this, I’m sorry but you dialed the wrong number, Father. Patience is of the essence. Just keep trying until you say the words that can’t wait to come out of your lips, boy, I’m out of here. I might bend but I won’t break. A waitress at Old Pueblo restaurant in Florence said to me, “Cuando va a mi casa, Padre Jojo?” i’ll cook tamales for you. Que bueno, de me tu telefono.

House visit is a very bold and ambitious pastoral strategy as it has become in decades past, the road less traveled, an unfamiliar turf in Catholic Evangelization. But since at the present moment, the church is under siege, facing one of the toughest times in her history,  I’d like to provide inroads to the many challenges confronting the grassroots and hopefully, a reformed Catholicism will soon emerge. But, never the end of it.

As long as we remain faithful in our commitment to orthodoxy, spectacular changes will come along the way. This program, a work in progress, has got the impression of raising the bar. That’s exactly the point. We cannot afford to settle in a minimalist approach. It’s designed not simply to perpetuate the institution nor to increase Sunday collection, much less seek popularity but put Catholics back in the pew. We may establish as many guidelines and policies as we possibly can but if we’re not in keeping with the Word, we’re on the losing end. This morning, when I was pulling my car off the garage, I saw a group of people enthusiastically sticking flyers at doors, including mine. When I picked it up, it’s a vacation bible school invitation from a baptist church. Heck! they’re trying convert the Priest. But, of course, that wasn’t their intention. Amen. 

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Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, Gracias a Dios! twelve years in ministry, pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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