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Circular 2017-16: Pari sa Sambayanan

October 10, 2017

Circular 2017-16: Clergy Formation

Reverend Fathers:

In pursuit of the need for ongoing formation for the clergy as indicated during the Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan, we shall have a seminar for diocesan and religious priests entitled Pari para sa Sambayanan to be held in two batches on October 26 (first batch) and October 27 (second batch) both at the Guerrero Hall of the Archbishop’s House from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

The aim of this seminar is to equip our clergy with skills and knowledge in community organizing and pastoral leadership. I trust that you agree that such talents are greatly needed these days in view of our current social situation and on account of the vision set forth by the Synod.

You are kindly requested to contact the Chancery in order to reserve a slot in the batch you have chosen to join before October 16, 2017.

Thank you for your openness to participate in ongoing formation programs like this.

Oremus pro invicem.

Sincerely yours,

 

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2017-14: Eucharistic Celebrations for the Second Synod

August 14, 2017

Memorial of Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Circular 2017-14

RE: Eucharistic Celebrations for the Second Synod

My dear people of God:

You are invited to join the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit on the occasion of the Opening of the Synod of Lingayen Dagupan to be held on Saturday September 2, 2017 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist at nine o’clock in the morning. The catechists, lay liturgical and social action ministers and our youth leaders must attend this Opening Mass.

All the members of the synod must be at the Mass to make their oath of office before assuming their ecclesiastical function. The Sacred Penitentiary will grant a plenary indulgence with Apostolic Blessings upon all who will attend the opening Mass.

The closing Mass will be held on September 9, Saturday, at the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag at three o’clock in the afternoon.  The medallions of participation at the synod will be bestowed at this Closing Mass as well as the usual plenary indulgence and Papal Benediction.

We are at the threshold of a new chapter in our pilgrimage as a people of God in Lingayen Dagupan. This a wonderful time to be Catholics!

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2017-8: Community Organizer

April 5, 2017

Memorial of Saint Vincent Ferrer

Circular 2017-8

RE: Parish Community Organizer

Reverend Fathers:

In the spirit of the 2017 Year of the Parish, our pastoral attention is set on the formation and fostering of basic ecclesial communities in EVERY PARISH of Lingayen Dagupan. A good number of our parishes already have the structures and networks in place for parish BECs. Unfortunately, it cannot be said of all parishes. Our vision is by the end of the 2017 Year of the Parish, every parish would have at least the seminal structures of basic ecclesial communities.

I understand that due to your many pressing concerns in the parish, you are unable to foster the basic ecclesial communities. In consideration of this pastoral limitation, I invite you to select one member of the Catholic laity in the parish or pastoral station to become a FULL TIME COMMUNITY ORGANIZER. The stipend for the full time community organizer may be taken from the parish Pananabangan Fund.

The Archdiocesan BEC Desk will offer an orientation seminar for these parish full time community organizers on MAY 6, 2017 at the LAY FORMATION CENTER in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City from8am until 5pm.

Please be very keen and ingenuous in selecting your parish community organizer. Much will depend on your parish CO in fostering the basic ecclesial communities in the parish.

I trust that you share the vision and appreciate the importance of employing such lay workers. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2017-7: Chrism Mass

March 25, 2017

Solemnity of the Annunciation

Circular 2017-7

RE: Chrism Mass

My dear people of God:

It is my pleasure to invite you to the celebration of our CHRISM MASS on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist at 8:00 o’clock in the morning. There will be solemn Morning Prayers at 7:30am.

I invite the Catholic faithful to avail of this occasion to publicly express their prayerful appreciation for the priestly life and ministry of our priests who devoutly serve the Church.

On this same occasion, we shall give recognition to the most generous contributors for our mission fund and the Icthus pastoral fund.

In addition to these, the summons for the members of the Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan will also be issued.

I am looking forward to your wholehearted and active participation at our Chrism Mass.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2017-5: Annual Clergy Retreat

February 16, 2017

Circular 2017-5

Annual Clergy Retreat

Reverend Fathers:

As decided during our clergy meeting, our CLERGY ANNUAL Retreat will be a preached retreat to be held in July in preparation for the September Archdiocesan Synod.

The first retreat batch will be held on July 17 to 21 and the second retreat batch will be from July 24 to 28 both at the Betania Retreat House in Pansol, Los Banos Laguna.  The retreat director will be Father Noel Jetajobe, a professor of Sacred Scriptures at the Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary. The retreat conferences will focus on the biblical foundations of Communio in preparation for our Synod whose theme is COMMUNIO AS GIFT AND MISSION.

The annual spiritual retreat is an obligation imposed on us by Church laws as indicated in Canon 276 par. 4.

The coordinator of the first batch of retreatants will be Father Antonio Ray Quintans while the coordinator of the second batch will be Father Jim Cerezo.

All diocesan and religious priests exercising ministry within the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan must enlist in any of the two groups by making a reservation at the Chancery before Palm Sunday April 8.

Please make arrangements that the parish sacramental needs are attended to while you undergo the spiritual retreat by coordinating with the other priests who will join the other batch.

Every batch will go together by common transport to and from the retreat house.

Please choose your retreat batch and block off the dates in your schedule. Thank you for your generosity in the pursuit of priestly piety.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

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