(L-R) Letty Syquia , head of Marian Cenacle; Tina Teehankee, head of St. Francis Friendship Home Livelihood and Spirituality Center and Secretary-PPC; Betty Go Roxas-Chua, Catholic Women’s League President; Rafael Galvez, head of EMHC (Eucharistic Ministry); Edmund Lim, VP-PPC; Jayme Blanco, President-PPC and Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM, SSAP Parish Priest.
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) together with the heads of the different ministries met recently for a brief discussion of plans for the parish’s 2014 activities. Led by an opening prayer by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM and followed by a brief introduction on Pope Francis’ Encyclical of the Laity, the following activities were proposed for 2014:
• Planned monthly talks by guest speakers on topics from Pope Francis’ Encyclical of the Laity.
• Franciscan priests to share their knowledge and experience on the Franciscan community through their homilies during weekend masses for the month of February.
• A Ministry Fair wherein the different ministries will market their activities at the entrance of the main church and try to invite mass goers to participate, become members and even to donate.
• 2014 Buling Buling theme will be on things Filipino and will have the title: Bayanihan, Haranahan sa Sayawan sa SSAP.
The objectives are to encourage the different ministries to invite the youth to participate in their activities and open youth activities to all ministries. How to encourage the youth – parishioners and non-parishioners alike – to be more active in church so that they will become future ministry members and heads is a long term goal that the PPC envisions.
The parish theme for this year is: One Family, One Parish, One Faith.
And as 2014 is the Year of the Laity, we are all called to be apostles of Christ. We choose to be brave and we are all called to be saints. We are sent forth as heroes, doing the best we can to bring the gospel message of Christ to the world.