A brother in the Neocatechumenal Way allowed me to use his testimony in a post. His comment is found here.
My name is Antoine Tajalle and I am from the parish of San Dimas.
As we all know San Dimas had Father Mike Crisostomo for many years. The news of his transfer to Toto was not taken lightly, but then who wouldnt in any case? He was down here for many years. We were so comfortable with him that initially we all had planned that we would follow him to Toto. In fact, I did.
I have always looked and sought guidance from Father Mike, even to this day. Recently I chatted with him the day before the Prayer Service, I had some hesitations on attending and needed a word of encouragement but yes, I a "neo" attended the Prayer Service.
Well after the transfer of Father Mike, we all began the speculations on what exactly we will see unfold in our Parish.
1. A "neo" will be assigned.
-Indeed it happened, Father Wolchek was the 1st neo priest to be assigned to San Dimas.
2. Our Divine Mercy Chapel would cease, since the "neos" dont believe in the Eucharist.
-The Chapel is still open to this day, One of the First things that was encouraged of me by my "neo" Catechist was to frequent the Blessed Sacrament, If I could get to an Exposed BS then even better.
3. We will eventually become a "neo" parish.
-To this day I dont understand the difference.
The team of catechists did a couple rounds of catechesis and I ignored them all. I was recovering from an illness, directing the choir in San Dimas and eventually I was teaching Confirmation at Toto after removing myself from this now "neo" parish. I guess it wasnt my time. Forgot to mention top it off I was already a "brother" in the Cursillo.
Eventually I gave it a shot. I was also looking for something at the time and was experiencing a moment of spiritual dryness but at the same time living my faith as if I was okay. I thought to myself if I gave the Cursillo a chance I must give the NCW a chance, especially since I had grown accustom to despising anything "neo". It was in fairness that if I were to continue to judge the NCW, I should do it from the view of a person who has "tried" it out, rather than a person who heard this from someone who heard this from someone....get my drift? Well here I am today, a sinner, who wishes to tell the Archbishop to go ahead and discard all the nasty emails that I sent him all those times I did not understand something that was happening in our church. I want to apologize to the Communities of Barrigada who celebrate at the Chapel in Canada, for me driving up there with other ministers and placing judgement on their "weirdness" when we would park outside and spy on them dancing after their Eucharist.Today I would rather pray for our church. We have reached a milestone in our church where the "boat is being rocked" and no one likes this. This shaking of the boat is good, it can only make us stronger. Suffering brings families and communities together as seen at the prayer service and the many campaigns of support to all the clergy and also to the Archbishop.Fortunately, I rally behind the Archbishop because his YES has allowed me to now experience the NCW in its fullness. I am now blessed with an Itinerary of Faith that encourages me to celebrate the WORD of God alive in me, I now approach the LITURGY of the Church where I am given this taste of Heaven on Earth and God blesses me with a COMMUNITY to live in praise and simplicity like the Family of Nazareth.
As for the Cursillo, at the Prayer Service held on the Cathedral steps I reminded and explained to the wife of the President of the Cursillo, that even if I am in a Community, I would still like to be informed of activities within the Cursillo, I would love to continue my support, it seemed that as soon as people found out about my involvement with the community, all info was discontinued towards me. This may just be coincidence or an error but I mention this because I realize how the Cursillo may be of help to others and I would love to contribute to this. I also share this because being in the NCW does not mean that I can no longer be a part of other movements, groups within the church.
As Christians we must rise above what we are experiencing within our church. We must continue to pray. There is definitely something that must be worked out but it does not help to be all crowded in a small room yelling at each other, nothing will be communicated. Am I yelling in this post? No, this is not my intent.
My Intent is to support the Archbishop and encourage everyone to unite in prayer.
*you may use this as a comment or as a new blog entry to encourage the support of others towards our Archbishop. Thanks!