16 August 2009 – San Fabian. The “'’Antabay’: Becoming Neighbor” formation program for the ministers of Social Action Apostolate was held at the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr last 16 August, Sunday. The “Antabay” formation seminar was given to the core team members of the different Parish Social Action Apostolate of the four vicariates of the Archdiocese. The Parish of St. Fabian is now re-echoing the same program to the parish social action ministers.
The core team of the parish facilitated the seminar. Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza and Bro. Estephen Espinoza gave the main talks to the participants. Thirty-six (36) parishioners participated in the “Antabay” seminar. The core team of the parish is composed of Bro. Tony Supremido, the Social Action Apostolate Chairperson, Sis. Elizabeth Terte, Secretary, Sis. Shirley Tersol, Treasurer, Bro. Felipe Dagarag, BEC coordinator, Bro. Marvin Borja, Youth Apostolate Coordinator. The three ministry coordinators are: Sis. Ma. Rowena A. Nicer, Caritas, Bro. Martin Estayo, Advocacy, and Sis. Leonara Datuin and Sis. Nida Bautista, Justice and Peace.
The different Desk Coordinators and the members were also chosen after the one-day seminar.
The Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate (ASAP) has been undergoing a re-organization, re-structuring and formation since Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, DD, formalized and institutionalized the apostolate. ASAP is the ecclesial response to our being sent by Jesus, through the Church, to fulfill the mission of loving our neighbor and loving our God, for one cannot be separated from the other. It is our service as a Church, specifically, the local church of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. It is our service as Christians to the poor and the marginalized in our society, for this kind of service is also directed to the cause of God for His people.
The ASAP ministers of the parish undergoing a workshop during the “Antabay” formation seminar.
Role-playing for the participants of the “Antabay” seminar.