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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,


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,


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,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan


Circular 2018-10: Oratio Imperata Against Calamities

May 28, 2018

Circular 2018-10

RE: Oratio Imperata

Reverend Fathers:

Following our established pious tradition, the Oratio Imperata Against Calamities herein enclosed, must be prayed in all parishes, chaplaincies, pastoral stations and schools in every Mass BEFORE the POST COMMUNION PRAYER from the Sunday of Corpus Christi, June 3, 2018 until November 1, 2018, the Solemnity of All Saints.

Through the past years, our province has been spared from natural calamities thus helping our Catholic faithful to maximize the fruits of agriculture and aqua culture. Our parishioners gratefully attribute this blessing to our Oratio Imperata.

The English, Pangasinan, Tagalog and Ilocano translations may be used according to your prudent pastoral judgment.

Oremus pro invicem.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan



In the Archdioceses of Lingayen Dagupan to be prayed in every Mass BEFORE the POST COMMUNION PRAYER from the Sunday of Corpus Christi, June 3, 2018 until November 1, 2018, the Solemnity of All Saints.


Almighty God, Lord of the universe, Creator of everything, we come to you seeking your divine protection as we face our fears and confront the threats that cause us anxiety.

After every invocation let us say


From strong typhoons

From relentless rains

From destructive earthquakes

From drought and pests

From deadly floods and storm surges

From red tides and fish kills

From deadly lightning

From violence and wars
From corruption and sin

From criminality and terrorism
From selfishness and indifference


Divine Jesus, you calmed the storms and walked over the waters. Give us fine weather. Shield us from distress. Drive away from our land all calamities and disasters of nature. We entrust ourselves you now and forever.

Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, pray for us.




Dios a Makapanyari, Katawan na kalapagan, Manamalsa na amin, onaasinger kamin manaanap na madibinon panangiyagel Mo no arapen mi ray pakataktatakotan mi tan saray kaugsan ya mangiiter na pagpaga’d sikami.

Kasumpal na balang pikakasi, say ebat tayo:


Ed saray maksil ya bagyo,

Ed saray agmanondan oran,

Ed saray makaderal a yegyeg,

Ed say kaekatan ed tiagew tan saray peste,

Ed red tides tan ipatey na saray sira-sira,

Ed maka-andi rad bilay a kirmat,

Ed say violenten kipapasen tan bakal,

Ed corruption tan kasalanan,

Ed kriminalidad tan terorismo,

Ed inkasiblet tan anggapoy pibabali.


Jesus a Dios, pinatondam iray bagyo tan nanakar kad tapew na danum. Iter mod sikami so maabig a panaon. Iyarawi Mo kamid saray gonigon. Ekal Mod bansa mi so amin a kalamidad tan panderal na kalikasan. Imamatalek mi dili mi’d Sika natan tan diad andi-aggaan.


Ina’y Santo Rosario na Manaoag, pikasi mo kami.


Circular 2018-6: Pilgrim Jubilee Cross

March 19, 2018

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary

Circular 2018-6


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

In order to prepare the people of God more deeply and fittingly for the celebration of the centennial jubilee of the creation of the Diocese of Lingayen in the year 2028, we have declared a DECADE OF COMMUNIO for the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan.

I was inspired to have a PILGRIM JUBILEE CROSS launched for our archdiocese. The pilgrim jubilee cross has a stone relic from the Upper Room where the first Eucharist was celebrated and where the Apostles received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem graciously accommodated our request for this unique relic. The Upper Room is closely linked to our Cathedral patron Saint John the Evangelist who rested his head on the chest of the Lord at the Last Supper (cfr. John 13:23).

The PILGRIM JUBILEE CROSS has ten icons embedded on the vertical and horizontal planks corresponding to the Communio themes that we have assigned for each year:

Jesus Gives Keys to Peter 2018 for Taoir na Pananisia

Jesus Accompanies the Disciples of Emmaus 2019 for Tabin

Jesus and Samaritan Woman by the Well 2020 for Pandurungo

Jesus at Last Supper 2021 for Dayew tan Pisasalamat

Jesus Meets Blessed Virgin after Resurrection 2022 for Panaabetan

Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers  2023 for Aro tan Panangasi

Jesus Washes the Apostles Feet  2024 for Panag-asikaso tan Panaglingkor

Jesus in the Manger  2025 for Panagpaabeba

Jesus Ascends to Heaven 2026 for Pasimbalo

Jesus at the Wedding in Cana 2027 for Sipanan


There will be Para-Liturgical Guide which may be used by the Catholic faithful when the pilgrim cross visits the schools, pastoral stations or parishes.

Here is the 2018 schedule of the pilgrim cross vicarial and school visitations:

April 2 to April 30 within the Vicariate of Saints Peter and Paul

May 1 to May 31 within the Vicariate of the Epiphany

June 1 to June 30 within the Vicariate of Saint Thomas Aquinas

July 1 to July 31 within the Vicariate of Saint Dominic

August 1 to August 31 within the Vicariate of Saint Vincent Ferrer

September 1 to September 30 within the ALDCS

October 1 for safekeeping at the Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral until the next pilgrimage season in 2019

The Vicars Forane  and Superintendent of Schools will make the schedule of visits to the parishes or schools in coordination with the parish priests, school directors or pastoral directors for this year’s pilgrimage season.

When the pilgrim cross is brought to a parish, school or pastoral station:

1.    The parish or school must organize a FESTIVE  jubilee welcome procession of the pilgrim cross attended by a good number of the faithful;

2.    The Eucharist is celebrated to welcome the pilgrim cross;

3.    Parish organizations or campus ministry may venerate the cross by kissing or touching the cross;

4.    The para-liturgical guide is used by the Catholic faithful assigned to take turns in praying before the cross.

5.    The priests in the vicariate must be available for confessions at particular times while the pilgrim cross is present in the church or school.

I trust that you understand that pious devotions such as these are closest to the heart of our Catholic faithful. While some of us priests have a tendency to intellectualize our faith, the JUBILEE PILGRIM CROSS can be a focal point for raising awareness about the Church and fomenting devotion to the Lord and loyalty to the Church.

Let us encourage and inspire such pious devotions as avenues for new evangelization.

I advise the parish priests to discuss with the parish lay leaders and the school directors with the campus ministry, the activities that the community may hold while the JUBILEE PILGRIM CROSS is visiting the parish or school.

We dream of a community of Christ’s disciples called to Christian witnessing and mission living out the spirit of ICTHUS inspired by Mary Our Lady of Manaoag.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan


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