Directory: Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate

A. RATIONALE

The Church exists and is at work within history. She interacts with the society and culture of her time in order to fulfill her mission of announcing the newness of the Christian message to all people, in the concrete circumstances of their difficulties, struggles and challenges. She does so in such a way that faith enlightens them so that they can understand the reality that “true liberation consists in opening onself to the love of Christ.” The Church’s social pastoral ministry i the living and concrete expression of the full awareness of her evangelizing mission in the social, economic, cultural and political situations of the world. (Cf. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, No. 524).

B. NATURE

Consonant ith the mission enjoined by and the vision contained in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, the Parish Social Action Apostolate is a Lead-Servant Body in the Parishes and Chaplaincies — inclusive of the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools according to the latter’s possibilities — categorically constituted and concretely intended for the proclamation of the Gospel by placing it in the context of social realities.

C. TASKS

The Parish Apostolate on Social Action has the following fundamental tasks with the affirmatory collaboration of the Parish Priest:

1. To provide a systematic proclamation of the Social Doctrine of the Church as the indispensable reference points that determine the nature, modality, articulation and development of pastoral activity in the social sphere.

2. To thus help the Parishioners discover the truth and to choose the path that they will follow according to the content and spirit of the said Social Doctrine of the Church.

3. To wherefore eventually encourage the Parishioners to bear witness with a spirit of service, to the Gospel Truths in sound Social Action Apostolate in their respective Parishes.

D. COMPONENTS

The Social Action Apostolate of all the Parishes in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, has the following operative structural components:

1. Advocacy Ministry:

Its main concern is to provide the study and understanding of current social issues, and offer a concrete stand on the the same issues, together with the lasting social problems of both legal and illegal gamblings, illegal drug use and trade, men and women and children prostitution, graft and corruption in government, inclusive of periodic local and national elections.

2. Caritas Ministry:

It is the charitable service arm of the Social Action Apostolate that provided for medical and scholarship programs among the marginalized members of the parish, as well as train and develop self-sustaining livelihood programs in and for BECs constituencies.

3. Justice and Peace Ministry

It is concerned with all the circumstances, situations and quetions contrary to human dignity, human life and human rights.

E. COMPOSITION

1. De Officio Members:

All the Parish Coordinators of the following Apostolate and Movements:

Social Action Apostolate

Basic Ecclesial Communities

Parish Youth Apostolate

2.  Appointed Members:

Subject to the appointment by the Parish Priest, if needed, the Parish Social Action Apostolate may nominate for membership the Coordinators of other Parish Apostolates and/or Movements, based on their organizational preference and/or expertise.

3. Particular Provisions:

a. Key Servant-Leaders with their respective functions in the Parish Social Action Apostolate:

1. Apostolate Chairperson:

Chosen by open consensus from the de Officio and Appointed Members and confirmed by the Parish Priest.

2. Ministry Coordinators for Advocacy, Caritas and Justice and Peace:

Chosen by open consensus from the other de Offficio or Appointed Members, and confirmed by the Parish Priest.

3. Secretary:

Chosen by open consensus form the other de Officio or Appointed Member, and confirmed by the Parish Priest.

b. Service Meetings:

1. Regular Meetings: Quarterly Meetings on a date, time and place duly communicated by the Parish Priest.

2. Special Meetings: Any number according to the special needs to be called by the Parish Priest on a date, time and place accordingly communicated to the members of the commission.

3. General Meetings: The Archbishop, upon the recommendation of the Episcopal Council, may call a periodic General Meeting to respond to archdiocesan concerns.

c. Service Tenure

1. All de Officio Members retain their service tenure in the Parish Social Action Apostolate as long as they retain positions in the Parish Organizations and/or Movements.

b. All appointed Members have a service tenure of three years from their appointment date, open to re-appointments upon re-nominations by the members of the Parish Social Action — but not more than three consecutive times.

DEEMED EFFECTED FROM 15 JULY 2007 UNTIL OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR BY THE ALD COMPETENT CHURCH AUTHORITY.

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