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Circular 2018-20: Confraternity of Mary Help of Christians

November 22, 2018

Circular 2018-20 RE: Confraternity of Mary Help of Christians

My dear Reverend Fathers:

It has been three months since we celebrated the momentous canonical coronation of the ninety year old image of Mary Help of Christians as old as the See of Lingayen. The Beso Manto Chapel at the theology seminary in San Fabian continues to draw pilgrims and devotees from many different parts of Pangasinan. The Mother who calls in Manaoag is the same Mother who helps in Palapad.

I am inviting you to organize visits of the image of Mary Help of Christians to our parish and school communities. There are three pilgrim images that are available for community visitations and veneration. You can coordinate with our Chancery staff for possible schedules when you can borrow the pilgrim statues to your parishes or schools.

In order to institutionalize the promotion of the devotion, we now constitute an association of the lay faithful in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan to be called CONFRATERNITY OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS. The launching and organizational meeting will be held on December 8, 2018 at the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City from 8:30am until 12:00 noon.

From the parishes, I request the parish priests to send5 lay members and the school directors to send 2 members from the student leadership, to the launching meeting. Please choose leaders who are ready to collaborate with our vocation ministry in the promotion of vocations. Being a holiday of obligation, the meeting will close with a Eucharistic celebration.

Our Lady cares for us as her Son whispered to her before He died. Our Lord at Calvary asked us also to take care of her. His mother is ours too. De Maria numquam satis.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2018-18: Pananabangan Month

October 22, 2018

Memorial of Saint John Paul II

Circular 2018-18

RE: Pananabangan Month

My dear people of God:

The core message of the Second Vatican Council and the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines is that the Church is communio. In the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, we have adopted communio, which is PANANABANGAN in Pangasinan, as our nature, our mission and our vision. Without communio our faith in God cannot be proclaimed; that same faith cannot be lived and our identity will be lost. PANANABANGAN is our spirituality–it is our way of knowing God, serving Him and being with Him. Pananabangan is our way to God.

The month of November is Pananabangan Month in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan. Although Pananabangan is a yearlong and daily commitment, in November we highlight it, study it more and celebrate its beauty.

  1. We shall have an ARCHDIOCESAN PANANABANGAN ASSEMBLY on November 10, Saturday, in the Parish Church of Saint Dominic in San Carlos City from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. The parishes and Catholic schools are kindly advised to send their Pananabangan Team Members and five youth leaders. This assembly will also be the occasion to launch the Year 2019 as Pananabangan na Kalengweran as part of the Decade of Communio for the centennial year of the See of Lingayen in 2028. The CBCP will also observe 2019 as Year of the Youth. There will be no registration fees but the assembly participants are kindly requested to bring their food for sharing.
  2. The parish priests, team ministry moderators and school directors are to set aside a date to observe a school or parish Pananabangan Day within the month of November. This local Pananabangan observance can include a shortened renewal seminar on the values of stewardship and a reporting of the current status of the Pananabangan ministry in the school or community. In the spirit of the Filipino fiesta, please have an agape within the parish or school Pananabangan Day.
  3. The Credo of Stewardship should be prayed in all Masses from November 1 to 30 after the Post Communion Prayer before the final blessing.  A copy is enclosed.
  4. There will be a SECOND Collection in all the Sunday Masses of November for the Archdiocesan ICTHUS Pastoral Fund which must be remitted to the Chancery before December 8, 2018. This fund is used to finance the pastoral programs of the archdiocese as well as the support of the financially challenged new parish communities.
  5. You will receive HOMILETIC Guides for all the Sundays of November in order to help our Catholic faithful renew their passion for Pananabangan.

I plead with you to renew your commitment to Pananabangan.

Pananabangan is who we are. Pananabangan is what the Church is. God is Pananabangan of Father and Son and Holy Spirit. Pananabangan is the cure to the social and ecclesial maladies of our age.

Set your heart on Pananabangan. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2018-17: Attire of Women EMHC

September 28, 2018

Memorial of San Lorenzo and Santo Domingo Ybanez

ALD Circular 2018-17

RE: Attire of Women EMHC

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

The Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan decreed that Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion shall be lay persons between 25 to 60 years old who have received all the sacraments of Christian initiation. (Title IV Chapter 1, Article 46.2).

This decree effectively opened this lay ministry to women. Some parishes have installed women Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion last Pentecost Sunday.

For the sake of pastoral order and liturgical decorum, the women EMHC must observe the following norms with regard to attire:

1.   The standard attire for women EMHC when assisting at Mass is long sleeved white blouse and below the knee black skirt. The long sleeved blouse is matches the long sleeved barong Tagalog of the men EMHC.

2.   The women should refrain from wearing heavy facial make up, perfumes, coiffed hair and ornate jewelries.

Saint Paul admonished women in these words I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. (1 Tim 2:9-10)

3.   It is forbidden for women EMHC to wear pants or slacks when assisting at Mass. For the sake of stability when walking, the women EMHC are kindly advised to avoid wearing high-heeled shoes to avoid tripping while doing their ministry.

4.   The practice of monthly confession, frequent Communion and family rosary is the best attire that our women EMHC must always strive to wear.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. (1Peter 3:2-5)

I commend all our women Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2018-16: New Community of Christ’s Faithful

September 27, 2018

Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul

ALD Circular 2018-16

RE: New Community of Christ’s Faithful

 

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

 

I am pleased to inform you that we have a new community of Christ’s faithful duly recognized by the Holy See called CENACOLO COMMUNITY now living behind the Chapel of Saint Jude in Barangay Inmalog, San Fabian. God willing, the community plans to open a fraternity house in Ambalangan Dalin in San Fabian to help us in ministering to young people addicted to drugs.

The Community proposes a way of community called “school of life”, where through fraternal friendship and prayer, conscience is enlightened, freedom is recovered and availability to service is developed.

The community is present in 18 countries in the world. San Fabian will be the first community in Asia.

The pioneer community is headed by Father Adrian Crowley, an Irish priest member of the Cenacolo, with three brothers from Italy, Croatia and Slovakia.

Cenacolo is not only a place of rehabilitation and social assistance, but a place where people can be educated to freedom and hope. It is a clear proposal of Christian experience proving that rediscovering faith in God rewards, gives dignity and beauty to the human being.

Let us pray that this apostolic initiative may bloom and grow and bear abundant fruits of renewal and hope for those who live in confusion and spiritual isolation because of drugs. Our addicted brethren need hope and love not threats and more fears. Pray for the Cenacolo Community.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2018-14: Confraternity of Mary Help of Christians

July 11, 2018

Memorial of Saint Benedict

ALD Circular 2018-14

RE: Confraternity of Mary Help of Christians

Reverend Fathers:

Beyond the historic day of the papal coronation of the image of Mary Help of Christians this coming August 22, we envision a people in this part of the world growing in piety and maturing in the faith under the mantle of Our Lady. We dream of generations of young men in the archdiocese eager to answer the call of the priesthood, sustained by the sacrifices and prayers of our parishes and schools.

We dream with Mary Help of Christians and through her we pray for an abundant harvest of vocations to the priesthood.

Beginning July 15 this year until December 8, we will be sending seminarians from the Mary Help of Christians Seminaries to visit your parishes and speak to the parishioners for a couple of minutes and animate them to join the Confraternity of Mary Help of Christians.

As members of this lay association, they will pray for the sanctification of priests and seminarians, promote vocations to the priesthood and build up a scholarship burse for seminarians in need.

Let us dream of a renewed Church together and let us together honor Our Lady through the Confraternity of Mary Help of Christians.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

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