27 August 2012 – San Fabian, Pangasinan. The Vicariate of St. Thomas Aquinas Biblical Apostolate recently held two basic seminars pertaining to its programs in the Biblical Apostolate: the Basic Bible Seminar and the Basic Facilitators’ Seminar. It was attended by the different Biblical Coordinators of the parishes of the vicariate. The Basic Bible Seminar (BBS) was held last 11-12 August. The Basic Facilitators Seminar (BFS) was held on 25-26 August 2012. The seminars were conducted by the Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate. Sis. Silvana M. de Vera gave the Basic Facilitators Seminar.
Biblical Apostolate of the Vicariate of St Thomas Aquinas
Rev. Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the Vicariate BA Director, encouraged the participants during the two seminars. “The Biblical Apostolate will provide skills and the needed coordination with the different parishes of the vicariate to achieve our goals”, he said.
The Biblical Apostolate has the following goals: The widespread distribution of Bibles, in Pangasinan and other languages, to the Christian faithful of Pangasinan. The study, understanding and use of the Bible among Catholic clergy and Christian faithful who are active in the ministry of the Word through various seminars and formations, like: the Basic Bible Seminar (BBS), Bible Orientation Seminars, Core Team Formations, Trainers’ Training Seminars, Biblical Institutes, Bible Youth Camps, Bibliodrama Workshops, Recollections, Retreats and many more and the the promotion of the Lay Ministries of the Word that “will be able effectively to provide the nourishment of the Scriptures for the People of God” (DV 23).
BBS and BFS in the parishes
After the seminars, the Vicariate Team will go to the different parishes to give the BS and the BFS. The Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in David, Pangasinan will be the first parish to be given the seminars to their parish biblical team. It is hoped that each parish in the vicariate shall have their own biblical team who will be equipped in giving the Basic Bible Seminars and the Basic Facilitators Seminar. Bro. Bert Doria is the Vicariate Biblical Apostolate Coordinator.
The Vicariate of St. Thomas Aquinas has 7 parishes: St. Thomas Aquinas in Mangaldan, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Brgy. David, Mangaldan, St. Joseph Parish, Mapandan, St. Hyacinth in San Jacinto, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in Manaoag, Holy Cross in Laoac and St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr in San Fabian.