22 August 2011

Reflexology Seminar for Livelihood

by Lea Flor P. de Vera

19 August 2011- San Fabian, Pangasinan. A five-day reflexology skills-training seminar was held at the Parish Center last 15-19 August 2011. There were 73 participants,  many of these were out-of-school youths.08172011183

Livelihood opportunities

The Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, has been providing several skills trainings as part of her livelihood programs through the Ministry of Social Action (MISA). A hair dressing and a reflexology training programs have been  held at the Parish Center.

The recently held reflexology training was given by Ms. Tina Reyes and Mr. Mike Lomibao. It was held with the sponsorship of the Vice-Governor Ferdinand Calimlim through his “Programang Pangkabuhayan”.

The skills training was able to provide information on stress management, promote fat loss, develop team building and personality development.


Ms. Lea Flor P. de Vera is presently a Teacher-III of the San Fabian East Central Elementary School, San Fabian, Pangasinan.

17 August 2011

San Fabian Parish holds “BEC Day”

by Dionisia E. Embuido

San Fabian, Pangasinan – 14 August 2011. The Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, held a one-day gathering of the different communities or Cenacles in the parish. The gathering was called “BEC Day” held at the Parish Center of the parish.

08142011160The Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) of the parish are also called Cenacles of the Divine Mercy because of the devotion of the communities to the Divine Mercy. (SeeFormation of BECs through the Devotion of the Divine Mercy” – ed.).

Basic, Ecclesial, Community

The gathering of the different communities began with the reflection of Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest, on the vision of the parish regarding the BEC. He reflected on the three fundamental meanings of the words "BEC”.

He said that the Cenacles are communities composed of different members, and are neighbors to one another. “One” cannot be a 08142011161community; but “where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name” is a community. The basic members are families, the smallest community. They are the church. “You belong to the church; we are the church”, Father Mendoza reminded the BECs.

The communities then broke into groups to reflect on the present situation of the different communities. They  asked themselves what they could do to better improve their communities regarding their membership, celebration of the Eucharist, reflection on the Word of God and their livelihood opportunities.

The Cenacle Resolutions: “Saray Paknaan”

After the sharing their reflections, the cenacles came out with very concrete resolutions, which they called “Paknaan”, their “Promises”:

Saray Paknaan na BEC-Cenacle na Parokya na San Fabian, Papa tan Martir:

Siak so kabiangan na BEC-Cenacle na Divine Mercy, sirin:

  1. Anggapo so paolyan kon miembro na Cenacle ko.
  2. Mabonlok ak ya mangiter parad Cenacle ko, laut la ed say oras tan panaon ko.
  3. Mandasal ak ed inagew-agew na Chaplet na Divine Mercy.
  4. Pablien ko so Salita’y Dios diad pambasak na Biblia ed inagew-agew.
  5. Awiten ko so Bibliak ed oras na Cenacle mi kada simba.
  6. Ibilay ko so nanpapaknaan ya “Word of Life” ed kada simba.
  7. Mimisa ak! Masakbay ak. Mantanggoyor ak na kaibak ya mimisa.

Ten Zone BEC-Cenacle Coordinators

The communities divided the parish into ten zones. They then chose from among themselves 10 coordinators who would meet every 3rd Sunday in the Parish to better coordinate and make concrete plans and programs for the BEC-Cenacles.

Bro. Antonio Supremido, the parish BEC coordinator, facilitated the gathering.




Ms. Dionisia E. Embuido is a regular news contributor of the parish website. She is at present a Grade 4 teacher at the East Central Elementary School (San Fabian), and a member of the Feeding Program of the parish. – ed.

14 August 2011

PREX Class 46

San Fabian, Pangasinan – 31 July 2011.  The Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, recently held PREX Class 46 last 29-31 July at the Parish Center. PREX or Parish Renewal Experience is the adult formation program of the parish. It has been held regularly since 2004.

Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest, who has been giving the PREX seminars, has  been very enthusiastic about PREX. “So many have better understood who they are as Catholics; so many have been blessed to prex46.6have been renewed while undergoing the PREX weekend seminars", Fr. Mendoza said.

 “There have been remarkable increase in the attendance in the celebration of the Eucharist. There are now more who take active part in the parish apostolate, ministries,  programs and projects.” Fr. Mendoza observed.

The PREX seminars in the Parish of St. Fabian have undergone several revision with regard to its focus and emphasis. Lately, the seminar has focused on Stewardship Spirituality. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-prex46.5Dagupan has embarked on an intensive catechesis on the Spirituality of Stewardship. “PREX has provided the parish with a venue in communicating the meaning and life of Stewardship to our parishioners”, Father Mendoza further remarked as he noted the continuing program of the parish in forming good Catholic stewards among the parishioners.

Sis. Cleofe Nabua has been chosen as the PREX Class 46 coordinator with Bro. Art Gagute as the assistant coordinator.
Faith Families, PREX Class 46

All photos courtesy of Sis. Weng A. Nicer.