BORONGAN CITY, March 27, 2017–The Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has chosen the Diocese of Borongan to host the Visayas Launching of Alay Kapwa.
This regional activity was held at the Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral in Borongan City on March 22-23, 2017.
Alay Kapwa is the Lenten Evangelization-Action program of the Philippine Catholic Church established by the CBCP in 1975 in order to concretize the love of neighbor.
“Alay Kapwa is a concretization of the Church’s program of Lent to set aside our selfish concerns–which accounts for our sins–and open ourselves, both as individuals and communities of faith, to God and to people, especially those in the margins of society,” said Borongan vicar general Msgr. Lope Robredillo who presided the closing mass.
Inspired by the Year of the Parish of 2017, the theme of Alay Kapwa for this year is “Alay Kapwa as Communion of Communities” that looks into the work of evangelization in the framework of Basic Ecclesial Communities.
Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona graced the event and, at the opening mass which he presided, encouraged the delegates, especially the social action directors from all Visayas dioceses, to address the recent demands of social action work especially in the of context of the BEC.
“The short description of the meaning of Alay Kapwa is embodied in the song that we usually sing at the end of the mass, waray hin-o man nga nabubuhi para la ha iya, waray hin-o man nga namamatay para la iya…Kita ngatanan mayada katungdanan ha tagsa-tagsa,” said Borongan bishop Crispin Varquez during his message.
“I hope that this launching will deepen our commitment to concretely spread Alay Kapwa down to the barrio chapels,” Varquez added.
Being national in scope, Alay Kapwa was launched for Mindanao in the Diocese of Tandag on March 6-8, 2017; and in the Diocese of San Pablo for Luzon on March 27-28, 2017.
At the second day of the Visayas Launching, the executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) Fr. Edwin Gariguez gave a basic orientation on social action work where he emphasized the spirituality of social action. (Este News)