Paghayo: Young People Proclaiming the Gospel House to House

by Cassien, sx

We celebrated on October 23, 2017, the 6th anniversary of St. Guido Maria Conforti’s canonization founder of the Xaverian Missionaries. St. Francis Xavier the patron saint of the Missions and St Theresa of Lisieux the patroness of the Missions played a central influence in the Missionary heart of St. Conforti, who considered them as models of holiness. That is why he combined the apostolic zeal of St. Francis Xavier and the contemplative spirit of St. Theresa of the child Jesus. In a homily dedicated to St. Theresa, in 1923, St. Conforti said: “Theresa was not an apostle, but perhaps few apostles have glorified God as she did. It is not always a zealous word that conquers souls for God. Good example, prayer, and penance were the expressions of her zeal and apostolate, these were her simple and sublime glorifications…”

In Fact, the World Mission Sunday enables the missionary heart of Catholics to respond to prayer and action to the pressing needs of the world. Pope Francis has emphasized in his message that the mission is at the heart of the Christian faith and underlined that the young people are the hope of mission. “How beautiful it is to see that young people are street preachers, joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth!” This pope’s call has been carried out by the youth of Ina Nang Laging Saklolo Chapel in Sitio Militar, the Diocese of Cubao, Quezon City. During this month of the mission, every Sunday after the Mass, all active Christians, especially the youth accompanied by BECs members, joyfully go and proclaim the Gospel house to house and explain to the family the chapel’s activities in which they can freely participate. In addition, they give the basic catechesis on the sacraments of the Church and note down those who long for receiving sacraments.

Some families were surprised to see some young Catholics who were doing such activity because they were accustomed to seeing born-again denominations doing so. The instructive experience from all who joined the ‘Paghayo’ activities is that the spreading of God’s mission is not only for the consecrated brothers and sisters, but it is the task of every Christian due to the missionary nature of the Church and our identity as missionary-disciples.

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