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Circular 2018-12: Post Synod Commissions

May 31, 2018

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Circular 2018-12

RE: Post Synod Commissions

My dear people of God:

After months of consultation and coordination meetings resulting from the promulgation of the Acts and Decrees of the Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan, we are now ready to make another step forward in constituting the archdiocesan membership of the three Post Synodal Commissions that will become the implementing agents of the spirit and vision of the Synod.

The three Post Synodal Commissions are WORSHIP, EVANGELIZATION and SOCIAL SERVICES.

By now, it is imperative and necessary that every parish must have these three commissions constituted in the parish level.

THE COMMISSION GENERAL ASSEMBLIES

On July 14, Saturday, from 8:30 am until 11:30 am at the Lay Formation Center in Bonuan Gueset, we shall have the General Assembly of the parish leaders for the Commission on Worship. Every parish must send TWO LEADERS who are the Worship Minister who heads the lay liturgical ministries and the Liturgical Music Minister who coordinates the parish choirs. I will facilitate the flow of the General Assembly assisted by Father Eric Galivo, the Commission Chairman. We will start promptly so please advise your parish leaders to come on time.

On the same day July 14, Saturday, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm in the same venue LFC, we shall have the General Assembly of the Commission for Social Services. Every parish must send THREE LEADERS who are involved in the Ministry of Social Action, Ministry with the Poor, Ministry of Mercy, Ministry for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Prison Apostolate, Health Care Apostolate and Aid to the Church in Need. Like the morning assembly, I will facilitate the flow of the meeting assisted by Father Estephen Espinosa. These three parish leaders must be distinct and separate from the parish leaders for the Commission on Worship held earlier in the day. Parish Worship Ministers will not be allowed to join the afternoon assembly.

On August 4, Saturday from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm at the Lay Formation Center, the General Assembly of the Commission on Evangelization will be convoked. Every parish must send FIVE LEADERS who are engaged in the various evangelization programs indicated by the Synod namely, Ministry on the Clergy, Biblical Ministry, Family and Life Ministry, Catechesis, Ministry on the Youth, Ministry on Pananabangan, Social Communications, Ministry on Community Apostolate, Ministry on Vocations, Ecumenical and Inter-religious Dialogue, and Cultural Heritage of the Church. These five parish evangelization ministers must not be directly engaged in the Commission on Worship or the Commission on Social Services. Like the two past General Assemblies, I will facilitate the flow of the meeting assisted by Msgr. Manuel Bravo, the Commission Chairman.

GOAL and DYNAMICS OF THE ASSEMBLY

In every General Assembly of each of the three Post Synodal Commissions, we will present briefly the Synod background and the event itself; followed by a presentation of the Commission pastoral plan. As a plenary assembly, we will review all the Synodal articles that pertain to the Commission, draft implementing rules and policies and propose the needed parish pastoral action including the timetable, budget, personnel, etc.

THE PARISH COMMISSION MEMBERS

The Parish Commission members, i.e. two for Worship, three for Social Services and five for Evangelization, must be diligently selected avoiding duplication of Commission membership although they can be in two ministries under the same Commission. A Commission is composed of various ministries.

While it is meritorious to tap the old reliable parish leaders to insure pastoral efficiency, please prudently consider other unnoticed parish leaders particularly from the young and the young adults so that we can give birth to a new generation of Christian leaders. As the slogan says, please “Think outside the box”.

WHERE DOES IT LEAD US?

Depending on the results from the three part General Assembly, we hope to convoke an Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly where all the three Commission members will be present during which we can present the consolidated pastoral plan, own the pastoral plan and commit together to pursue the same pastoral plan.

God willing, we hope to see these ten parish Commission members cascade down to the parish and barangay communities the spirit of the Synod. In time, we can consider these ten parish Commission leaders as the members of the Parish Pastoral Council. We can veer away from the traditional paradigm of PPC members and make our parish lay leadership more ministry oriented rather than “position” based. This is work in progress needing discernment and consultation.

In every step we take, let prayer be our armament, the Holy Spirit be our guidepost and the pastoral welfare of the people of God be our singular purpose. I trust that you share the vision of the Synod and you appreciate the importance of these assemblies to pursue our goals. I plead for your cooperation.

May the Lord help me to thank you more!

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2018-11: Bishop of Bayombong

May 28, 2018

Circular 2018-11

RE: Bishop of Bayombong

Reverend Fathers:

On account of the appointment of Bishop Elmer I. Mangalinao as Bishop of Bayombong, he has ceased to be Titular Bishop of Urusi and Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen Dagupan since last May 24.  His name will no longer be mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayer in Masses celebrated in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan inasmuch as his name will be mentioned already in all the Masses in the Diocese of Bayombong.

He will be installed Bishop of Bayombong on July 25, 2018 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the Cathedral of Saint Dominic in Bayombong. We will send out information about a delegation from the archdiocese who will send him off and attend the installation rites.

Our thanksgiving Mass and farewell fellowship for Bishop Elmer will be held on July 21, Saturday at 10:00 am at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist. Kindly reserve the date and organize a delegation from the parishes and schools for this despedida.

Let us thank the Lord for the ministry of Bishop Elmer to our Church in Lingayen Dagupan. We know the Diocese of Bayombong will be equally blessed by his ministry.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

TURNING TO MARY IN OUR NEED

Today is the feast of Mary Help of Christians. Mary the Helper is as old as the title Mary the Mother. This devotion was the armament of the Popes in the past against the attacks of kings and emperors on the Church. The devotion to Mary Help of Christians has been the recourse of the Church from centuries ago to resist anti-Christian forces.

Let us gaze at the Virgin Mary and let us look at our country.

There are many things happening to our country that are repulsive and revolting.

Fake news abound, lies are peddled and truth is bargained for the right price. The smoke of graft and corruption keeps going with no one to snuff out the fire from where the smoke comes. Politicians are abundant while statesmen have gone scarce. Constitutional rights are violated and legal processes are ignored.

But among all the social ills that are slowly eating up our national soul, the murders and the vulgarity are incredibly and sadly on top of the list. Years from now, this chapter in our history as a people will be called the Reign of Murder and Vulgarity. Sobra na!

The poor Filipinos killed by still unknown assassins for the past two years are enough to fill up the Narciso Ramos Athletic Field in Lingayen. Most of them are adults, many are youth, a few are children but all of them have a common adjective to describe them—defenseless and silent poor. If they were not killed by government agents, the government agents have been incredibly yet systematically unable to trace the killers and bring the wheels of justice to roll.  Sumosobra na talaga!

The vulgarity in language used to shock us years ago. It feels like we were more decent and respectful, polite and courteous many years ago; but it has been only two years since this downslide to vulgarity started rapidly. Women are disgraced in words not once but habitually, as if it were a standard policy to mock womanhood and reduce the God given dignity of personhood to genitals. Anger can be righteous but in recent months, anger had lost its righteousness. If you are angry, you have a right to be vulgar. If you are afraid of the backlash do not get angry at the wrongdoer. We have become numb to vulgarity. We laugh at vulgarity instead of getting shocked and angry.

Now, vulgarity has taken another twist—to mock the memory of the murdered; to calumniate a faithful departed who cannot defend himself; to gossip about the dead; to add inconsiderate sorrow to the grief of those they have left behind. Is murder to be excused due to the unproven immorality of the killed? Tama na!

We have anti-Christian forces around us shaking our Catholic values. Murder is offered as a solution to our problems and vulgarity is glorified as a way of life. There is hostility towards decency. Human life is under threat. It would be naïve to hope things will improve without us lifting a finger. Please pray and from prayer let us act together to defend the values of Christianity. Vulgarity and murder are anti- Christian.

Hindi ba sobra na? Hindi pa ba tayo maninindigan? Kung hindi ngayon kailan pa? Turn to Mary Help of Christians and let her send you forth in battle for her Son.

Mag-isip. Manalangin. Kumilos nang sama sama.

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, May 24, 2018

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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PANGASINAN TRANSLATION

LÍNGAYE’Y MARIA DIAD PANGKAKAUKOLAN TAYO

Sisilibraan tayo ed sayan agew so fiesta nen Maria Tulong daray Cristiano. Say panamagalang ed si Maria ya Mananulong et ontan lan kabayag a singa panamagalang ed si Maria ya Ina. Sayan dibosyon so inusar na saray Santo Papa nen saman ya pilaban ed saray nanduroman pang-atake ed Simbaan na arari tan imperador. Sayan dibosyon ed si Maria Tulong daray Cristiano so batikan na Simbaan nen saman pian nalabanan iray nanduroman pwersa ya onsusumlang ed Simbaan.

Itilan línga-yen si Marian Virgen tan nengnengen so bansa tayo.

Dakerakel iray nagagawad bansa tayo ya makapasinsinagem tan makapaingongot.

Ataytayak iray tila tan pekin balita; tila ya pagmamaliwen ya katwaan tan say katwaan so natatawalan na dugan presyo. Say asewek na panagtakew tan kurapsyon so tuloy-tuloy tan anggapo so maneerep ed say apoy ya panlalapoan na sayan asewek. Atakatak iray politiko balet dinmaiset iray matwaan managlinkur na baley. Sosonggayen so kanepegan unong ed Konstitusyon tan papaolyan so nepeg tan maptek a tutontunon a legal.

Balet ed sarayan dakerakel ya sakit na baley ya kalkalnan manederal na kamarerwa na bansa, say panagpatey tan panagbastos so makapaermen ya manuna ed amin diad listaan.

Saray mairap bilay iran Filipino ya pinapatey na agkabat iran pumapatey ed dwaran taon et napano to la so Narciso Ramos Athletic Field ed Lingayen na sarayan apatey. Dakerakel ed saraya et matatakken, tan kalangweran, wala met iray ogogaw balet ed amin daraya, saksakey so pakabirbir ed sikara — sikaray anggapoy pakayari tan anggapoy bosis iran mairap bilay. No ag ira pinatey na saray walad gobierno, makapakelaw la ya say sisteman natutumbok et say agpakabirbir na sarayan managpatey pian komun et say katonongan so nagamuran. Pete-peteg ya alablabas la!

Nen saman a panaoan, nabigbigla tayo ed say bastos ya panagsalita tan say panagayew. A singa nen saman sikatayo so disente, magalang, tan walay baing; balet, dud-dwaran taon labat ni so apalabas nen agay lay peles ya insabi na kabastosan. Saray bibii et pabpabaingan aliwan aminsan labat no ingen amin piga-piga la, ya singa magmamaliw ya ordinarion tutontonen so panagbastos ed say inkabii tan pagmamaliwen ya say dignidad na inkatoo ya nanlapud Dios et naalmod say kayaryan to labat. Walay matunong ya panag-pasnok balet ed sarayan apalabas ya bulan, abalang lay katuoran na panagpasnok. No sikay manpasnok, walay kanepegan mon manayew. No agmo labay so nabalesan, agka mamapasnok ed say akagaway mauges. Singa anggapo lad sikatayo so panag-bastos. Elek-elek tayo labat ingen ed say panag-bastos imbes na nabigla tan manpasnok.

Natan, walay balon nengneng na panag-bastos: say panagbalaw ed say pinatey; say panderal na reputasyon na sakey ya pinablin naandi lad bilay ya agto la nailaban so dili to; say panaglabir ed say naandi lad bilay; say panarum ed say kaermenan na saray ataynan. Rason la kasi so pamatey lapud say agni apatwan immoralidad na say pinatey? Tama na!

Wala ray aliwan ma-Kristianon pwersa ya manetenyeg ed saray pinabli tayon kaugalian ya Katoliko. Papapawayen ya say panagpatey so solusyon na saray problema tayo tan gagalangen so panagbastos a singa balon panag-bilay. Walay panag-bosol ed kinasimpit. Walay panagtaktakot ed say bilay na too. Agtayo ilaloan ya ondakep so kipapasen no anggapoy pibabali tayo. Mandasal tayo tan lapud sayan panagdasal, sikatayo so mankakasakey ya ilaban iray ma-Kristianon kaugalian. Say panagbastos tan panagpatey so aliwan maka-Kristiano.

Aga kasi alablabas la ya? Agtayo ni kasi onalagey ed saya? No aliwan natan, kapigan ni? Linga-yen si Maria, Tulong daray Cristiano tan abuloyan ya ibaki to itayon mibakal para say Anak to.

Man-nunot. Mandasal. Ongalaw ya mankakasakey.

Diad Katedral nen San Juan Ibanghilista, Dagupan City, May 24, 2018.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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TAGALOG TRANSLATION

PAGBALING KAY MARIA SA ATING PANGANGAILANGAN

Ipinagdiriwang natin sa araw na ito ang kapistahan ni Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano.  Ang taguring ito ni Maria bilang Mapag-ampon ay kasingtagal na ng taguri ni Maria bilang Ina.  Ang debosyong ito ay ang mabisang sanggalang na ginamit ng mga Santo Papa upang ipagtanggol ang Simbahan laban sa iba’t ibang pag atake ng mga hari at emperador.  Ang debosyon kay Maria Mapag ampon sa mga Kristiyano ang naging takbuhan ng Simbahan laban sa maraming pwersa laban sa Kanya.

Ating sulyapan ang ating Inang Birheng Maria at tingnan ang ating bansa.

Napakaraming paninirang-puri at kasuklam-suklam na nangyayari sa ating bansa.

Napakaraming mga pekeng balita, ang lumalabas ay ang mga kasinungalingan at ang katotohanan ay ipinagpapalit sa kaunting halaga ng pera.  Ang usok ng pandarambong ay nagpapatuloy at walang magsabi kung nasaan ang apoy na pinagmumulan ng usok.  Ang mga pulitiko ay sagana ngunit ang tunay na namumuno ay kakaunti na. Patuloy na nilalabag ang karapatang isinasaad sa saligang batas at isinasantabi ang mga legal o makatuwid na proseso.

Ang pagpatay at kabastusan ay ang mga nangungunang mga sakit ng ating lipunan na dahan dahang kumakain ng kaluluwa ng ating bansa.

Ang bilang ng mga pinaslang na mahihirap na mga Pilipino na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nakikilala ang mga pumatay ay sapat na upang ma        puno ang Narciso Ramos Athletic Field sa Lingayen.  Marami sa kanila ay matatanda, ang iba ay mga kabataan, ang ilan ay mga bata pero silang lahat ay may pare parehong mukha – sila ay mga mukha ng mga walang kalaban laban at tahimik na dukha.  Kung hindi man sila pinatay ng nasa pamahalaan, hindi naman kapani-paniwala ang tila sistemang umiiral sa hindi pagkilala sa mga pumaslang upang mabigyan ng hustisya ang mga pinaslang.  Sumosobra na talaga!

Dati rati ang kabastusan at kahalayan sa pananalita ay ating ikinabibigla at ikinababahala.  Maraming taon ang nakalilipas na dama ng bawat isa na tayo ay disente, respetado at magalang ngunit nitong dalawang taong nakalipas tila mabilis na nagsimula ang kabastusan at kahalayan. Ang mga babae ay ipinapahiya sa pananalita hindi lamang minsan kundi maraming beses na tila naging ordinaryo na at naging karaniwan na ang mang alipusta ng kababaihan na ang dignidad ng pagkatao na regalo mula sa Diyos ay tumutukoy na lamang sa maselang bahagi ng katawan.  Ang galit ay maaaring makatuwiran ngunit sa mga nakalipas na panahon tila nawala ang katuwiran sa galit.  Kapag ikaw ay galit, tila may karapatan kang maging bastos.  Kung natatakot kang balikan, huwag magalit sa gumagawa ng masama.  Tayo ay naging manhid na sa kabastusan.  Tumatawa na lang tayo sa kabastusan sa halip na tayo ay mabigla at magalit.

Ngayon, ang kabastusan ay nagkaroon ng bagong anyo – ang alimurahin ang alaala ng pinaslang; ang siraan ng reputasyon ang walang buhay na hindi na maipagtatanggol ang sarili; ang yurakan ang pagkatao ng pinatay; na nakadaragdag sa bigat ng kalooban at pagdadalamhati ng naiwan.  Ang pagpatay ba ay ipagpapasawalang-bahala na lamang dahil sa di-napatutunayang imoralidad ng pinatay? Tama na!

Mayroong mga hindi-maka-Kristianong pwersa sa ating paligid na pinapawalang halaga ang ating mga Kristianong kaugalian. Ang pagpatay ay iniaalok na solusyon sa ating suliranin at ang kabastusan ay niluluwalhati bilang isang paraan ng pamumuhay.  May poot sa kabutihan.  May pagbabanta sa buhay ng tao.  Hindi tayo pwedeng umasa na ang mga nangyayari ay mapapabuti kung hindi tayo makikisangkot.  Magdasal tayo at sa mula sa pananalangin ay sama-sama tayong kumilos upang ipagtanggol ang maka-Kristiyanong pagpapahalaga.  Ang kabastusan at pagpatay ay hindi maka-Kristiyano.

Hindi ba sobra na?  Hindi pa ba tayo maninindigan?  Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?  Dumulog tayo kay Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano at hayaan nating ipadala niya tayo sa himagsikan para sa kanyang Anak na si Hesus.

Mag-isip. Manalangin. Kumilos nang sama-sama.

Mula sa Katedral ng San Juan Ebanghelista, Dagupan City, May 24, 2018.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

Circular 2018-9: Canonical Coronation of Mary Help of Christians

TO BE READ IN ALL MASSES ON APRIL 29, 2018 AFTER POST COMMUNION PRAYER

April 26, 2018

Circular 2018-9

RE: Canonical Coronation of Mary Help of Christians

My dear people of God:

By the grace of God and favor of His Holiness Pope Francis, the image of Mary Help of Christians, venerated in our archdiocesan seminary, has been granted the honor of receiving papal coronation.  This is a clear message of affirmation from the Holy Father that this image of the Mother of God with the Child Jesus has contributed to the growth of the Catholic faith in Pangasinan for the past ninety years. The image was a gift of the then Apostolic Delegate Archbishop Guglielmo Piani to Bishop Cesar Maria Guerrero, the first Bishop of Lingayen. This gift caused the naming of our archdiocesan seminary as Mary Help of Christians Seminary.

This papal decree authorizing the coronation of the image gives the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan the unique honor of having two images canonically crowned, the first image being Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag crowned on April 22, 1926.

The liturgical rites of crowning the venerated image will be held on August 22, 2018 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Dagupan City at nine o’clock in the morning presided by the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia.

The next four months leading to the historic ecclesial event will be a period of intense catechesis, acts of piety and works of mercy in honor of Mary Help of Christians.

I call on you our brothers and sisters to consider this blessing as a challenge to love the Lord even more and seek ways to grow in holiness.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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PANGASINAN TRANSLATION

April 26, 2018

Circular 2018-9

RE: Say Pankorona ed say Imahen di Maria, Tulong Daray Cristiano

Pinablik iran Totoo’y Dios:

Lapud say grasya na Dios tan say panangaro na Santo Papa Francisco, say imahen nen Maria, Tulong Daray Cristiano (Mary Help of Christians), ya papagalangan diad saray seminario tayod arkidiosis, so naitday kagalangan diad say pangawat toy korona a manlapud Santo Papa. Sakey iyan malinew a pakabat a nanlapud say Santo Papa ya sayan imahen na Ina na Dios a kaibay Anak ton Jesus so akapangiter na inpamabaleg na pananisia Catoliko ed Pangasinan diad apalabas ya siam a pulon taon. Sayan imahen so inpangaro nen saman ya Apostolic Delegate Archbishop Guglielmo Piani ed si Bishop Cesar Maria Guerrero, say unaan ya Obispo na Lingayen. Sayan regalo so rason no akin et atawag ya Mary Help of Christians Seminary so seminario tayod arkidiosis.

Sayan decree ya nanlapud Santo Papa ya mangigagangan ed say pankorona na sayan imahen so mangiiter ed say Arkidiosis na Lingayen-Dagupan ya niduman kagalangan lapud say dwaran imahen ya akoronaan na ganggan na Santo Papa. Say unaan et say Inan Birhen na Santo Rosario na Manaoag ya akoronaan nen Abril 22, 1926.

Say rito ya pankorona na sayan gagalangen ya imahen so nagawa no Agosto 22, 2018 diad Katedral na San Juan Ibanghelista ed Dagupan City ed oras na alas nueve ed kabwasan. Saya so ipangulo na say Apostolic Nuncio Arsobispo Gabriele Caccia.

Diad sarayan apat a bulan ya mamaarap ed sayan maawaran ya nagawad simbaan so panaon na naspot ya katekismo, panagdasal tan panagaway kimey na panangasi a pamagalang ed say Ina, Tulong Daray Cristiano.

Tatawagen ko so imano yon amin, agagik ira, ya akoen iyan bendision a sakey a ayatan ya mas aroen so Katawan tan anapen iray dalan a mamabaleg ed panagbilay na kinasanto.

Say matoor ed sikayo,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Arsobispo na Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2018-8: Northern Luzon Clergy Retreat

April 25, 2018

Feast of Saint Mark, Apostle

Circular 2018-8

RE: Northern Luzon Clergy Retreat

Reverend Fathers:

In order to more fittingly observe the 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, as desired by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the diocesan and religious clergy of the Metropolitan Provinces of Nueva Segovia, Tuguegarao and Lingayen Dagupan and the suffragan dioceses will have a joint Northern Luzon Clergy Retreat from July 16 midday until July 20 midmorning at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart in Baguio City. The retreat preacher will be Father Michael Gaitley, MIC who is known worldwide for the Marian campaign “33 Days to Marian Consecration”.

The obligation to make a yearly spiritual retreat is imposed upon all ordained ministers as indicated in the Code of Canon Law # 276 par4. The annual spiritual retreat is not optional.

Kindly contact the Chancery to indicate your chasuble size so that you can receive the token vestment for the event.

We will leave from Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral together on July 16 at 10 am. We will be lodged at the Betania Retreat House in Baguio and will be shuttled by bus daily to the Baguio Cathedral for all the conferences and liturgical acts. All the meals will be in the retreat house.

I trust that you value the importance of such an event not for just for our spiritual renewal but in order to foment sacramental brotherhood with the priests from the other dioceses.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

 

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