Diocesan Pastoral Renewal & Spiritual of Communion Seminar


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THIRTY-EIGHT participants representing their parishes attended a one week Diocesan Pastoral Renewal & Spiritual of Communion Seminar from the 15th to 21st February in Gizo. The program includes lay pastoral workers from the diocese and parishes including the Bishop of Gizo, the parish priests and the Religious.

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5 participants who attending the Education for Life (E4L) workshop were selected out from the 26 participants. Participant were from Nusabaruku, Mile 3 and Sitokava camp and Gizo. This was the first E4L workshop held around Gizo Island and it was the opportunity to identify some of the youths who left secondary school and were originated on Gizo Island. The program was facilitated by the Media & E4L office with the help of Sr.Teresa. The program commenced on the 12 till 16th July.

The 4 days E4L program brought some of the motivations that each group has the skill to form their own educational role plays and present it to all participants. Many committed that it was their life  experience that they put into demonstration.

The team will continue to set up programs to keep them confident in giving out awareness before their first seminar workshop at Moli parish (already done). The team will also contribute by implement the E4L program around the Diocese mainly to tackle the issue affecting the community, family, individual

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Education for life program took a lead in fighting

HIV and AIDS in the Western Province.


Speaking during the closing of the 3 days "Education for life seminar" at Kongu village, Mr.Beingasa thanked the church for their contributions and extends it's program not only for catholics but also other Denominations which participated.


He said last year during the early rehabilitation activity, similar programs were requested from camp leaders, although HIV awareness programs from other Non-Government Organisation (NGO) been organised from themselves.


He then said HIV/AIDS topic is now becoming boring in schools and also those who left schools but education for life activity had its style of providing motivations. The workshop ended successful and a total of 40 youths and young couples attended the seminar. The program commenced 7th till 10th July.

The program which is based on the words of St.John 10 vs 10 "I have come that you may have life have it to the fullest.." It is an invitation from the Lord to live lives to their full potential in totally freedom from thinks that influences youth to contract the HIV Virus and total freedom to deepen a personal love relationship with God through Prayer and the sacraments. This program was introduced here in the Solomon Islands last year by Pastoral group from Africa.

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Education for Life Reflections

Anthony Pataqolomo
(Chairman Moli Parish)

The Education For life (E4L) lead us to identify what I call we are belong to a polluted community. Gambling, Home brewing, sales and consuming these substances was the root cause of other problems which rose in our communities in Moli. The E4L really touched the areas which ignored but came to identified during the 9 sessions of the program.
The program really challenged us to put a stop some of the root cause of the problems raising in our community that caused disturbance to other programs ran by the diocese.


(Moli Parish)


We are caught by these sessions. The sessions really got us right deep within us by telling the story and with honestly we admitted that we did all disturbances which are ignored by some of our elders in the community.
To carry out such problem may challenged our people. Especially for some leaders in other community who are involving in gambling and consuming this substances, this may bring in excuse to others but we will work together to bring these problems to an end.

Arnold Arabatu
( Moli Youth )


For Education for Life (E4L) is a very powerful Seminar for the community to tackle the problems affecting the villages. At the moment I am one of the youth leaders for the past 10 years, but not recognising my life's journey as a leader in the youth ministry. Now when attending the E4L Seminar I am feeling that I am not stable in my leadership for helping the youths to change. But when attending the E4L seminar, the bullet really hits my heart; in order to make others change, we need to change first before changing others and a tool to make other change is only receiving Jesus Christ.
Yeah!! We need our community to identify some of the positive steps to tackle issues that keep us disturb since the introduction of gambling's and home brewing way back since early 90’s.
We need, Change of life style then we can prevent the HIV virus in our community. It is a preventable disease and can be prevented if we adopted the Holistic approach.
Abstinence, Be faithful and Change of life style, our attitudes and behaviours.


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Students Thank Volunteers for Gifts



"I think we are the luckiest students here around the Western Solomons for the frequently receiving gifts from the


Italian volunteers" said some of the students from the Saint Peter's urban training center.

The students would like to thank those Italian volunteers for their gifts. "A cap, a tooth paste and brush, a biro and books is a meaningful gift for each one of us, meaning that they are really concerned for our health and education"

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FLA Complete 3 days Workshop on NOM

The Family Life Apostolate (FLA) has successfully completed its workshop on the Natural Ovulation Methods (NOM).

The workshop lasted for 3 days commenced on the 6th until 8th of April at Nila Mission station Shortland Island.
Facilitatated by Sr. Rita Pitavavini OP and Sr. Alice Salas from the Servant of the Visitation which they based their lectures on NOM. Both Sisters were Religious and they are nurses by professional and with Fr. Calistus Tavisibatu OP, a priest who took on the moral teaching of the Church.

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 Group presentation after a long discussion                                       Fr. Phil gives his message about issues affecting mothers

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Sr. Rita Pitavavine OP

The Family, Center for Evangelization.

Lumen Grentivin calls the Domestic Church. (11).This expression is again taken up in Evangelii Nuntiandi meaning “in each Christian family the various elements of the whole church should be found in the family should be the place from whence the Gospel is transmitted and its message radiated.” (71). Familiaris Consortio calls upon the Christian family to be a “Sign of Unity…. And to exercise its prophetic role by bearing witness to the Kingdom and Peace of Christ….” (21, 48)

The Christian family is then more than an image of church. It is church by reason of its mission and Ministry. It is the centre where Christ is present, where the Gospel is lived, Celebrated and proclaimed.


The Christian Family as Evangelizers.

Families need to be enabled to live their Evangelizing role. They must be empowered to face the challenges of the gospel in all levels of life. Faith formation focusing on Conversion, repentance, and Christian patterns of relating needs to be planned and facilitated. Evangelization challenges the Christian family to recognize the implications of their baptismal call, to commit themselves to reconciliation, and to share their faith.

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Marriage Enrichment Seminar En-lights More Couples


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Receiving Marriage Sacrament during the wedding ceremony is not enough or not the end of the wedding ceremony, but the beginning of the ceremony which is the everlasting wedding ceremony for life”, said many who attended the Marriage Enrichment Seminar at St Peter’s Cathedral, Gizo parish.

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