San Fabian — 8 December 2009. To celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope andMartyr, held an early gift-giving program to marginalized families of the parish. The gift-giving activity was dubbed “Panangaro na Ina, Regalo na Ina”showing the love of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Gift she had given us through her Son could be our model in sharing and loving our fellowmen, especially the most vulnerable in our community.

“Panangaro na Ina, Regalo na Ina” is a project program of the Social Action Apostolate of the Archdiocese. The different parishes and chaplaincies of the archdiocese simultaneously held this gift-giving activity. The gifts consisted of kilos of rice, noodles and canned goods, including clothes which were received by the archdiocese through the Social Action Apostolate from different groups and individuals in thePhilippines and from abroad. There were 150 families who took part in the “Panangaro na Ina, Regalo na Ina.”

The parish held the activity at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The families were gathered at the parish Church where a sharing on the Divine Mercy was done. The parish has had a strong devotion to the Mercy of God and considers the recent program as a corporal work of mercy.

A Holy Mass was celebrated with the families. Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest, celebrated the Eucharist.

The families had a great time at the Parish Center after receiving their gift-box. The Parish Center was transformed into a huge “Ukay-Ukay” center where the individual members of the families got to pick and try the clothes they liked and needed.

The Parish Social Action team prepared and repacked the gifts, and supervised the whole activity.It was a fitting tribute to a Mother who gave her all, including her Son for the salvation of all.

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To see more pictures of “Panangaro na Ina, Regalo na Ina” gift-giving program, pleas click HERE.

Dagupan City – 27 November 2009. The Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate (ASAP) is planning to hold a Caritas Day on 8 December 2009, Tuesday. The planned day will coincide with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The initial planning of the ASAP Team is geared towards a simultaneous distribution of gift packs and boxes in all the parishes for the most needy families in the different parishes. The ASAP will start distributing the boxes and packs to the parishes by 1 December 2009.

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