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- 2009-09-02,7:30 p.m.
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First Saturday Vigil
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After the first WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS On MERCY which took place in Rome last April 2-6, 2008 as presented by CHRISTOPH Cardinal SCHONBORN to His Holiness, Pope BENEDICT XVI wherein we received the Pope’s blessing and encouragement, we now proceed to the preparations for the Continental Congresses worldwide.
For this year 2009, Cardinal SCHONBORN thru Rev. Fr. Patrice Chocholski, WACOM Gen. Coordinator & Gen. Secretary accepted the suggestion for the Philippines to host the upcoming ASIAN APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY (AACOM) ’09 on November 20, 21, and 22.
Thus, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Josefino S. Ramirez, Continental Coordinator for WACOM Asia as duly appointed by His Eminence CHRISTOPH Cardinal SCHONBORN, President, World Apostolic Congress On Mercy, invites everyone to participate in this significant event together with those who have been attending the previous Asian Conventions since it was first organized in 2005.
For this Asian event, our Theme: “MERCY, The Face of the Son of Man in ASIA” was derived from the Papal Exhortation and Post Synodal Document : "Ecclesia in Asia" integrated with the most recent Synodal Document '08 on the "Word of God" coinciding with the Anniversary of St. Paul and his Missionary endeavor as an Apostle. The Theme, highlights Cardinal Schonborn's Message at WACOM: "Be Apostles of Mercy". Likewise, prominence shall be given on the Scriptural foundation of the Message of Mercy, as well as its Socio-Pastoral dimension in the context of the Church in Asia with its current issues and challenges (Mercy as a Way of Life); and Mercy as a Devotion in the Liturgy and Sacraments centered on the Eucharist. Thus, as an integral whole, Divine Mercy shall hopefully find its full expression in the Asian Churches as a Mystery, Communion, and Mission.
WACOM Asia Secretariat Manila Office is preparing the details of the program, the venue, the site, and other pertinent matters as follows:
Grand Opening of AACOM '09 at the Manila Cathedral with a Concelebrated Solemn Mass at 9:00am presided by His Eminence, Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, D.D.; Presentation of Participating Countries, Welcome Address/Opening Remarks, Keynote Address, Messages, etc. (VIP Lunch at nearest reception area). The participants proceed to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy , Marilao for the Blessing of the Int'l Image of the Divine Mercy, Benediction, etc., and Cultural presentations with Dinner.
Series of Conferences On The Divine Mercy with Eucharistic Celebration and Liturgical Hours as prescribed at the St. Therese' Diocesan Shrine, Villamor Airbase (in front of NAIA 3).; Socialization at Night;
Missionary Festival among the poor and Launching of the Divine Mercy Youth for Asia; AACOM'09 Closing Rites with Holy Mass and Commissioning for the AACOM'09 Delegates; *An exclusive meeting of the duly appointed National Coordinators and Spiritual Directors with Fr. Patrice Chocholski & Msgr. Josefino S. Ramirez
ASIAN APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY (AACOM) ‘09
Theme: “MERCY: The Face of the Son of Man in ASIA”
A multi-cultural and multi-sectoral Community
Blessed by the FATHER
In HIS Divine Mercy
Through JESUS CHRIST,
His mission of Love and Service
Transformed by the action of the Holy Spirit
To empower the weak and the needy
In solidarity with the Church of the Poor
So that all peoples
Christians and Non – Christians alike
“May have life and have it abundantly” (Jn. 10:10)
Under the solicitude of Mary, our Mother
And St. Joseph, our Patron.
Day 1 (Mystery Day): Nov. 20 - Friday
OPENING RITES at the Manila Cathedral and PILGRIMAGE at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Marilao, Bulacan
7:00 A.M. *Registration of Participants, Distribution of Congress Kit, AACOM’09 ID, etc.
9:00 A.M. Eucharistic Celebration at the Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila
Main Celebrant: His Eminence, GAUDENCIO B. CARDINAL ROSALES, D.D.
Archbishop of Manila; WACOM Committee On Patronage
Opening of AACOM ‘09 By Rt. Rev. Msgr. JOSEFINO S. RAMIREZ, H.P.
Continental Coordinator, WACOM-Asia
Welcome Address By the Most Rev. ANGEL N. LAGDAMEO, D.D.
President, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Phil.
Message By the Most Rev. TEODORO C. BACANI, D.D., Divine Mercy Asia Episcopal Adviser
Master of Ceremonies: Rev. Fr. GENARO O. DIWA, Minister, Ministry for Liturgical Affairs, Archdiocese of Manila
Altar Emcee: Rev. Bro. CARLO DEL ROSARIO, UST Central Seminary
11:30 A.M. AGAPE for VIP’s, Episcopate & Clergy at LA CASTELLANA, Cabildo St., Intramuros
* * Lunch of AACOM’09 PARTICIPANTS on Board their designated Tourist Busses
12:30 P.M. Departure of Busses for Marilao, Bulacan
2:00 P.M. Blessing of the Int’l Image of the Divine Mercy at the National Shrine, Marilao, Bulacan
Inspirational Message By the Most Rev. JOSE F. OLIVEROS,D.D.
Bishop of Malolos, Nat’l Episcopal Adviser
Exposition of the Blssd. Sacrament and Liturgy of the Hours
Chaplet of the Divine Mercy By Rev. Fr. VIC ROBLES (1st Rector/ Parish Priest, Nat’l Shrine)
Procession, Benediction By Rev. Fr. MARIO ARENAS (Rector/Parish Priest, Nat’l Shrine)
Divine Mercy Philippines National Spiritual Director
4:00 P.M. Merienda and Souvenir Shopping
5:00 P.M. Cultural Presentation at the Amphitheater with Testimonials by the Asian Delegates
6:00 P.M. Dinner & Socialization at the Activity Center
7:30 P.M. Departure for Manila
*Registration of Participants and Distribution of Congress Kit, etc. will be on-going at the Manila Cathedral and at the
National Shrine in Marilao, Bulacan
Day 2 (Communion Day): November 21-Saturday
CONFERENCES On The Divine Mercy at the Diocesesan Shrine of St. Therese, Villamor Airbase
7:00 A.M. Registration for those who have not registered the 1st Day
8:00 A.M. Liturgy of the Hours (Morning Praise) Presided By Rev. Fr. WALERIAN POZNIAK,MIC
Greetings and Introduction By Rev. Fr. EDGARDO DE JESUS
Roll Call of AACOM ‘09 Participants By MARY ANAWIM, Sec. Gen., D.M.Asia Secretariat
Opening Remarks By Rt. Rev. Msgr. JOSEFINO S. RAMIREZ, Continental Coordinator for Asia
9:00 A.M. Keynote Address By Rev. Fr. PATRICE CHOCHOLSKI, WACOM Gen. Coordinator & Sec. Gen.
*On Behalf of CHRISTOPH CARDINAL SCHONBORN, President, World Apostolic Congress On Mercy
10:00 A.M. Conference 1 : “Called To Be An Apostle of Mercy In Asia” By Rev. Fr. JOEL DE LOS REYES (Guam)
10:30 A.M. Snacks
10:45 A.M. Conference 2 : “Hopes & Concerns In His Merciful Love For Ecclesia In Asia ”
By MINA M. RAMIREZ, PhD, President of Asian Social Institute
11:15 A.M. Conference 3 : “Dialogue with Culture & Mission…” By Rev. Fr. GERARD FRANCISCO P. TIMONER, O.P.
11:45 A.M. Eucharistic Celebration Presided By the Most Rev. LEOPOLDO S. TUMULAK, D.D.
Bishop of Military Ordinariate, and Rector of St. Therese Shrine
12:30 P.M. Lunch at the Assembly Hall of the Shrine
1:00 P.M. Animation By Rev. Fr. “Egai” de Jesus
1:15 P.M. Conference 4 :“New Mission on Mercy for Ecclesial Communion” By Fr. MARCELINE DE PORES (India)
2:15 P.M. Divine Mercy Conference 5 : “Mary, Mother of Mercy…” By Rev. Fr. JOSEPH ROESCH, MIC
3:00 P.M. Chaplet of the Divine Mercy (Chanted/Recited In Various Languages:Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indian, English, etc.
3:30 P.M. Divine Mercy Conference 6 : “Mercy in Eco-Spirituality...” By TELLY FAROLAN SOMERA, PhD.
4: 30 P.M. Recap. & Synthesis By Rev. Fr. JOSEPH ROESCH, MIC
4:45 P.M. Exposition and Benediction By Rev. Fr. GENEROSO GERONIMO
5:00 P.M. Closing Song In Unison “Jesu Ufam Tobie” By Fr. MARIUSZ JARZABEK, MIC
Day 3 ( Mission Day ): November 22 - Sunday
MISSIONARY Festival & Launching of Divine Mercy YOUTH for ASIA at AMVEL (Gate 2 Entrance), Sucat, Paranaque City
4:00 A.M. Ingress of Exhibitors/ Setting-up of Exhibits
9:00 A.M. Grand Entrance Parade of Participating Groups and AACOM ‘09 Delegates
(National Costume and Country Flag or Banner of the Grp. /Organization/ or Institution)
9:30 A.M. Greetings and Introduction By Rev. Fr. EDGARDO DE JESUS & MARY ANAWIM
Brief On-Stage Presentation of Each Participating Group
10:30 A.M. Snacks
Visitation of Booth Display & Exhibits (Participants may freely roam around & Interact w/ Exhibitors)
“Love & Compassion in Action…” By ALFRED LI, President of Tzu Chi Philippines Foundation, Inc.
“The Face of Christ In Social Services ...” By Rev. Fr. ANTON CT PASCUAL, Pres., CARITAS Manila
*Simultaneously, some Groups may have additional Presentations On Stage while the rest of the assembly
may choose to sit down or move about to visit the Exhibits
12:00 P.M. Angelus & Blessing Before Meals
Lunch at the Hall ( At the back of Noah’s Ark)
1:00 P.M. Children’s Street Dance
1:15 P.M. Launching of Divine Mercy YOUTH For ASIA c/o ACE & KING URIETA, Divine Mercy Asia Youth Coordinators
“Divine Mercy Program for the Youth of Asia Today” By CHARLES BERTILLE, Pres. of Fondacio Int’l-Asia
2:15 P.M. Commissioning of AACOM ‘09 Delegates
Presentation of Certificates & Tokens of Appreciation
*Snacks will be made available
3:00 P.M. Chaplet of the Divine Mercy (Recited)
Charismatic Healing Mass with the AACOM ‘09 Delegates & El Shaddai Charismatic Cmnty.
4: 30 P.M. Message of MERCY By Rev. Bro. MIKE VELARDE
Founder of El Shaddai Charismatic Cmnty
5:00 P.M. Recessional Parade to Exit
(Medley of Thanksgiving Songs by El Shaddai Music Ministry
* Red Card Holders are expected at the Meeting of National Spiritual Directors & Lay Coordinators with
Rev. Fr. Patrice Chocholski and Msgr. Josefino Ramirez at 6:00 P.M., Circular Hall by the poolside of AMVEL Mansions
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