Mission Apostolate

The Mission Apostolate, as the Community’s apostolate for social action, strengthens the Parish in building basic ecclesiastical communities and assists in breaking the yoke of poverty and oppression.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.”  (Jn 15:12-15)

Contact: Fran Pulumbarit

The Mission Apostolate consists of the following Ministries:

Breaking The Yoke of Poverty (BYOP) Ministry

“Is not this the fast that I choose:  to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?”  (Isa 58:6-7)

BYOP assists families out of poverty towards dignity and productivity as children of God. As education is one of the best ways to help people out of poverty, BYOP has focused on the Scholarship of Hope program. The main recipients of the BYOP Scholarship of Hope program are the needy children of the Immaculate Queen of Heaven Missionaries in Cebu in the Philippines. BYOP also supports the BLD-ANCOP walk for the housing project in the Philippines.

Ministry Coordinators (DLC)

Al & Sol Crisostomo

Mission Ministry

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Mt 28:19-20)

The Mission Ministry is BLD’s arm in serving the less fortunate of various communities.  We live by the Gospel, not only by being a good example to others, but by humbly feeding the hungry and the homeless at the Good Shepherd Ministries, volunteering at the Out of the Cold program, assisting in the Youth Without Shelter program, and visiting and singing Christmas carols to the elderly at the Providence Healthcare Centre and at the Kipling Acres Long Term Care.  The Mission Ministry is also greatly involved in the development of Marriage Encounters and Life in the Spirit Seminars for parishes and other prayer communities, as well as organizing Praise and Worship at Warkworth Correctional Institute and at the Trenton military base.

Ministry Coordinators (DLC)

Richie & Agnes Evangelista

Parish Services & District Development Ministry (PSDD)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations….and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”  (Mt 28:19-20)

PSDD develops faith communities in various parishes in and outside the Archdiocese of Toronto through the presentation of BLD’s formation programs.

Ministry Coordinator (DLC)

Toni Pacis-Velez

St. Joseph Guelph District-in-Process (BLD/OSG Guelph)

“…love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”  (Mk 12:30-31)

BLD/OSG Guelph started as a Prayer Group in May 2013 as an “offspring” of the BLD/OSG GVO Kitchener and was elevated to District-In-Process status in 2018. We have over 200 members with 64 committed members and 4 Covenanted Disciples. We have conducted 3 Marriage Encounters and 7 Life in the Spirit Seminars (LSS), 3 of which were combined Youth and Adult LSS. In addition, we also have 2 Community Teachers and 7 adult LSS Sharers.

Ministry Coordinators (DLC)

Willie & Viv Saguil

Grand Valley Outreach - Kitchener DIP (BLD/OSG GVO Kitchener)

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’”  (Mt 9:35-38)

BLD/OSG GVO Kitchener is BLD’s Mission Apostolate arm in serving and sharing awareness of our evangelization outside of BLD Toronto.  It was established as an official District-in-Process of BLD Toronto District on February 25th, 1998. We live by the Gospel, not only by being a good example to others, but by encouraging the Kitchener Prayer Group to continue their spiritual growth by being a good worker in the Lord’s vineyard, and by being good examples as Christ’s disciples. We encourage members to attend BLD Toronto’s virtual First Friday Mass, Praise and Worship, and Intercessory Prayer on Mondays. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we leave all the plans to be achieved in God’s time.

Ministry Coordinators (DLC)

Gil & Dolly Valencia

Rochester-Elmira Prayer Group

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’´  (Mat 23:21)

BLD/OSG Rochester-Elmira Prayer Group, established in 1994, is a community of families and individuals called together to a relationship of faith, hope and love with God. Currently, with approximately 50 active members, this vibrant community has completed 18 Life in the Spirit Seminars.

Ministry Coordinators (DLC)

Rom & Phoebe Ouano

Greater Barrie Area (GBA) Prayer Group- (BLD/OSG Barrie)

“’Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’”  (Luke 1:38)

The BLD/OSG Barrie Prayer Group was founded on December 8, 2012.  We are composed of encountered married couples, singles, solo parents, and Life in the Spirit Seminar graduates.  We hold regular prayer meetings and conduct Life in the Spirit Seminars and Marriage Encounters in the parishes.  We are called to serve according to the purpose of God with Whom nothing is impossible.   We abide in God’s Word and give Him glory and praise.

Ministry Coordinators (DLC)

Frankie & Weng Perez