By Christina Hermoso
With the aim of bringing the Church closer to the faithful, the poor in particular, the Diocese of Kalookan has set up Mission Stations in the poorest communities under its jurisdiction.
“Small spaces like a room or a warehouse may be utilized as a Mission Station, which can serve as a chapel where masses can be celebrated for small communities. It can also be used for feeding programs and for Bible study,” said Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“This is one way by which the Church reaches out to the poor to make them feel that we are one with them,” David added. The Mission Stations are run by different religious congregations.
The prelate stressed that Mission Stations must not be set up in areas that are hard to reach and far from the communities that they serve.
“The Mission Stations are just around you. Accessibility is one way of encouraging the people to come. We need to bring the Church to our poor brethren. We can serve as the bridge to bring the Word of God to the poorest of the poor,” David said.
The Diocese of Kalookan has already set up 12 Mission Stations. The bishop said they hope to reach their target of setting up 25 Missions Stations in two years.