“Let us fix our eyes to the Lord” a powerful reminder from the CFAM Minister, Rev. Fr. Carlo Magno S. Marcelo, to all catechists of the Archdiocese of Manila as they start the school year 2019-2020. He announced to the catechists during their first assembly for the year, that the theme of the new school year is “VAMONOS”, a Spanish word, which means, “Let us go!” Along with this announcement, he also presented the new structure of CFAM.

In this gathering, Fr. Carlo mentioned that CFAM’s structure should be dynamic and everybody should always be ready to embrace any change so that it can fully respond to the demands faced by the ministry.

The change presented was an inspiration of the rationale of the Zone and GrappoloGrappolo is an Italian word, which means bunch of grapes; number of things fastened or growing together.  The plural of Grappolo is Grappoli.(Wikipedia)  This will refer to the area handled by the coordinator.

CFAM is presenting ZONE as a strategy to improve operational efficiency and to foster innovation and tacit knowledge sharing.  The 10 areas handled by the 10 coordinators will be clustered into 3 Zones and will be composed of 3 to 4 Grappolo.   Zone 1 is compose of Grappolo 1, 2, 3 and 5, while Zone 2 is composeof Grappolo 4, 7 and 8 and Zone 3 is compose of Grappolo 6, 9 and 10.

Every Coordinator will be handling the same number of catechists from the Zone and each group will be called Grappolo.  EachZone will choose a Leader/Perno, a coordinator for Formation, Human Resource and Finance.  They will act as small CFAM in the zone.  CFAM will be dealing with the Zone not with the grappolo.  To create an environment where information can easily flow and dessiminate, each Zone will be in charge of program planning, evaluation and implementation of the program planned for the cluster. (Formation, team/community building, information dessimination, Dalaw Tahanan, etc.) 

Classroom observations, Individual Conferences and monitoring of individual catechists however, will be the responsibility of the coordinator in-charge.  Problems encountered will be discussed to the zone and a resolution will be expected.   Problems that arise concerning the grappolo and or particular catechists will be processed in their level before submitting it to CFAM intervention.   Finally, the evaluation/appraisal of catechists will come from a consensus decision made by the coordinators of each grappolo. The coordinator in-charge will only present the facts and figures related to a particular catechist to be used as reference for the evaluation or decision.

Fr. Carlo encourages each one to embrace the new change and challenged everybody to be ready to whatever spark the new modification may bring.