30 January 2009

Youth Encounter under the new PYAC; First for 2009

The Youth Encounter (YE) announcement at the Mt. Carmel Chapel

San Fabian-30 January.
The Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, today holds a "Youth Encounter". The YOUTH ENCOUNTER serves as the basic formation program for the youth in the Archdiocese. The YE as it is popularly called started in Virac, Cantanduanes in 1971. Since then, it has spread to countless schools, parishes and dioceses all over the Philippines.

The YOUTH ENCOUNTER is a special weekend for young people: a three day experience of real Christian life for young people. It has been prepared for the youth of the Philippines, and for those involved in the youth ministry -- the parents, educators, animators. (From the "A Guide for the Youth Encounter")

The first Youth Encounter in the parish was held in15-17 August 2003. the parish has held several Youth Encounters since then. In its vision of a revitalized and extensive evangelization of the parish, the Parish Youth Apostolate Committee will be offering the Youth Encounter program to the different barangays of the parish. Hopefully, the first of these YEs will be held by March 2009.

A new Parish Youth Apostolate Committee officers were appointed by the Parish Priest, Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, to respond more fruitfully to the challenges of the evangelization program of the Parish. This YE is from 30 January to 1 February, the first for the year 2009.

The first Youth Encounter of the Parish held last 15-17 August 2003 was facilitated by the Archdiocesan Youth Apostolate staff. This batch has become the nucleus of the present PYAC and they have been giving YEs to the youth of the parish as well as to the Vicariate of our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.