Inspired by the Messianic revelation of Jesus from the Book of Prophet Isaiah (61:1-8) in response to the evils of our time: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me. To bring glad tidings to the poor and heal the broken hearted. To announce liberty to the captives and proclaim a year favored by the Lord and a day of vindication by our God.”
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) has long aspired to establish a Center for the Poor that will completely express our concrete concerns for the poor, the little ones and the marginalized in the society.
We are a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to taking care of the well-being of the people and the environment by providing services to the community in terms of spiritual, pastoral and socioeconomic needs.
The Center for the Poor is the working arm of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart responding to different ministries of the congregation, including among others media apostolate, social action of different MSC parishes, livelihood programs, disaster responses, assistance to the disadvantaged youth and the HIV/ AIDS survivors, providing water system projects, in which, the resources were taken from all different individual and collective advocacies within and outside of the congregation.
As a result of our livelihood projects promoting organic and healthy products, we will be operating small business enterprises that transform micro-entrepreneurs to legitimate food suppliers, while funneling any extra income to social service projects.
The Center for the Poor is a place where we can promote our commitment for the total development of the human person, whose fruit is a conversion of the heart and ultimately experiencing the transformative effort in building a heart and a new world.
Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC)-Center for the Poor finds the foundation of its social responsibility and leadership in the Theo-Biblical Concept:
The first disciples of Jesus encountered problems as they grow in numbers. Hellenes are the Greeks and Hebrews are the Jews. Concerns among Hellenistic is that they feel that their widows are neglected in the daily distribution of food. With this situation, Greeks reacted to the complaint of the Hellenists, who find the services of the apostles wanting.
So, the apostles propose to choose seven (7) Deacons: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timor, Parmenas and Nicholas of Antioch. They are reputable men, filled with spirit and wisdom, who will concentrate on the material needs of the Hellenistic widows. While the deacons took the responsibility of the material needs of the widows, the apostles will concentrate on prayer and the ministry of the word (teaching and evangelization). (Acts 6:1-7)
The Center for the Poor with its Theo-Biblical Concept believes that:
1. Church ministries are not only for spiritual needs, they also to answer the material needs of the people, especially the poor.
2. We cannot be a good Church if we are only after good liturgies, preaching, and prayer meetings.
3. We must take care of the poor and the sick, who can’t take care of themselves.
4. God desires total salvation and liberation of the human being, both material and spiritual.
As a grass-roots institution of the MISSIONARIES OF THE SACRED HEART, the Center for the Poor intends to serve the poor and the little ones in building a new Heart in the New World.
Our effort for human transformation as the expression of the spirituality of the Sacred Heart in reading the signs of the time.
• To create venues and programs to promote awareness of environmental care in response to the church document “Laudato Si”.
• To live out the best practices of Sustainable Living while responding to the needs and aspirations of the people.
• To uplift the human dignity and eradicate poverty by introducing skills training, livelihood programs and educational assistance to the disadvantaged and by protecting the rights of the Indigenous People.