MANILA, June 4, 2014 – The diocese of Antipolo commissioned a handpicked mix of lay and religious men and women on June 1 to head the social communications efforts of the diocese.
Arnel Yango (asst. coordinator); Marites Barbieto (secretary general); Rosana Paguia (asst. secretary general); Tessie dela Cruz (consultant); Fr. Lawrence C. Paz (director); and Fr. Gerald Metal (asst. director) were commissioned as Antipolo’s social communications officers during the celebration of a 10:30 a.m. holy mass on June 1.
In an interview, Paz stressed the importance of social communications in the life of the Church, calling it the “handmaid of all evangelization efforts of the parish.”
“It is highly commendable that each parish priest should strive to organize a local social communications ministry in parishes…All ministries can make use of the various means of communications available in an organized manner through this ministry,” he added.
The commissioning was part of the diocese’s celebration of its 1st Diocesan Social Communications Day and the 3rd Parish Social Communications Day of St. Paul of the Cross parish.
In a special message issued in time for the celebration of the 48th World Communications Day on June 1, Pope Francis stressed the need for more than just online connections, but authentic encounters among “neighbors.” (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)