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Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly Documents

On ALD Priests’ Retirement Foundation


As an act of both equity and charity to Priests who have dedicated the best years of their lives to ecciesial service, Church Magisterium enjoins that as a sign of gratitude for their priestly labors and affirmation of their personal dedication, proper and decent financial support should be extended to them through a common fund specifically gathered and applied for this purpose according to need, during their retirement age, the more so when they become sick or disabled, until the Good Lord ultimately calls them to His Kingdom, in the spirit of the first Christian faithful in the pristine Church of Jerusalem where “they held everything in common” (Acts 4:32) and “distribution was made to each according to need” (Acts 4:35,). 

1. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council

“In countries where social security has not yet been adequately organized for the benefit of the Clergy, Episcopal Conferences are to make provisions for the setting up of diocesan organizations, the purpose of which is that under the supervision of the Hierarchy, satisfactory provision should be made for the proper support of Priests who suffer from sickness or old age… Priests should assist this organization when it has been set up, moved by the spirit of solidarity with their brother Priests, sharing their hardships…” (Presbyterorum Ordinis, No. 21). 

2. Code of Canon Law

“Suitable provisions is to be made for such social welfare as Priests may need in infirmity, sickness or old age” (Canon 281 par 1 CIC). 

3. Second Plenary Council of the Philippines

‘When … Priests retire from years of service in the Ministry, the Church should see to it that their respective Dioceses continue to support them through health care and adequate financial support” (FCP-IJ: Acts, no. 561). 


Pursuant to the above basic pronouncements from the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, the Code of Canon Law and the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines. the ALD PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FOUNDATION (ALDPRF) is hereby established — in auxiliary subvention to the already existent and operative “CI3CP Pension Plan” in the national level, and the “ALD Clergy Emergency Fund” in the local level. 


The ALD-PRF has the following auxiliary finality in favor of the retired Members of the Diocesan Clergy: 

1. To provide them with a continuous financial support upon their actual retirement from all pastoral and/or administrative assignments.

2. To extend to them additional financial help when they become sick or disabled during their retirement.

3. To make the Home for Aged Priests (Villa San Rafael) operational for those desirous of staying therein.

4. To help in defraying their funeral expenses upon their demise.

5. To establish and maintain a common Cemetery for dead Priests. 

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As provided by Canon 113 par. 2 CIC, Canon 115 par 3 CIC and Canon 117 CIC, the ALD PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FOUNDATIONAL or simply AID-PRF has an ecclesiastical juridical personality in accord with the competence and by authority of the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan. 


1. All the retired Members of the local Clergy are ipso facto by right Beneficiaries of the ALD-PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FOUNDATION on the following three-fold proviso:

a. THAT they are incardinated to the Archdiocese of LingayenDagupan, Pangasinan.

b. THAT they have rendered at least twenty five years of priestly service in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan.

c. THAT they are in good canonical standing in the Church. 

2. All other retired Members of the local Clergy could be by concession Beneficiaries of the ALD PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FOUNDATION in the event that they fall short of the above three-fold proviso, at the discretion of its Directorate and on condition: 

a. THAT they are in financial need.

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c. THAT there are funds available. 


The sources of the funds of the ALD PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FOUNDATION are primarily the following:

1. Monthly contributions from the Parishes and Chaplaincies according to established proportionate amounts.

2. Monthly contributions from the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools according to established proportionate amounts.

3. Occasional fund raising campaigns in the Archdiocese.

4. Occasional contributions from the Chancery.

5. Occasional contributions from the Archbishop. 


The ALD PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT FOUNDATION as an ecclesiastical Juridical Person has a management body in terms of a Board of Directors with the following particulars:

1. Composition

a. De officio Chairman: Archbishop

b. Dc officio Treasurer: Archdiocesan Oeconomus

c. Dc officio Secretary: Archdiocesan Chancellor

d. Delegate Members: One Priest from every T4cari ate.

e. RCA Appointed Members. Three lay people at most.

2. Tenure of Office

a. De Officio Constituents: As long as they retain their respective constituting Offices.

b. Delegate Priest Members: At the discretion of their respective Vicariate Clergy.

c. RCA Appointed Lay Members: At the discretion of the Archbishop. 

3. Functions

The over-arching function of the Board of Directors is to administer the affairs and business of the Foundation for the realization of its auxiliary threefold finality as above stated through the following more salient functions: 

    a.     To collect, receive and hold any and all contributions, donations, grants and/or bequests to the Foundation.

    b. To deliberate, decide and execute the particulars regarding monthly contributions and the occasional fund raising drives in the Archdiocese.

    c. To deliberate, decide and execute the particulars regarding the Beneficiaries of and the Benefits from the Foundation.

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    d. To safeguard well and securely invest the funds of the Foundation, and to release any and all benefits to the Priest Beneficiaries concerned.

    e. To render an annual accounting to the Members of the Clergy, to the Benefactors of the Foundation, and to all others concerned.


This Directory may be amended in part or as a whole with the recommendation of the majority of the General Presbyteral Assembly and/or the unanimous endorsement of the Board of Directors, with the approval of the Archbishop. 


This Directory becomes effective upon its promulgation by the Archbishop and rests operative until and unless otherwise provided by the competent Church Authority.


On Assignment Policies


In general, there are three pivotal reference terminals that should be considered in the formulation of Assignment Policies for the Clergy in a Particular Church whereto they are incardinated for service: First, the different and manifold pastoral and administrative needs of the People of God in the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction according to their various conditions and particular circumstances in life; second, the number, charism and aptitude of the Clergy who must thereto respond in pastoral and/or administrative service; third, the competent Church Authority expressedly enjoined to foster and sustain, direct and coordinate all the apostolic agenda in the Archdiocese especially through the Ministries of the Clergy.

And in the matter specifically of any assignment or appointment to any office or task in the Church, the Theology of Stewardship proclaims that the Church and any pastoral and administrative office therein for that matter, is infinitely much bigger, definitely more lasting and certainly more significant than its mere mortal Holder who is always but temporary steward of the Good Lord in a Vineyard that is in divine truth really His in ownership and in dominion.

The Ministerial Priesthood is a vocation and a mission, a discipleship .and an Apostolate, a life and a mystery. No mere canonical norms, no mere human policies wherefore can adequately provide for it. Still, pastoral order and ecclesiastical discipline dictate that the actual exercise of the Priestly Ministry should be regulated by reason illumined by faith.


1. Christus Dominus

a. “Bishops should do their utmost to ensure that the activities of evangelization and the Apostolate are zealously supported and promoted by the faithful” (No. 6).

b. “All priests, diocesan or religious, share and exercise with the Bishop the one Priesthood of Christ… The diocesan Clergy have, however, a primary role in the care of souls because, being incardinated in or appointed to a Particular Church, they are wholly dedicated in its service… In order to allot the sacred ministries more suitably and more equitably among his priests, the bishop must have the requisite liberty in making appointments” (No. 28).

c. “In forming judgment as to the suitability of/a Priest … the Bishop should take into consideration not only his learning but also his piety, his zeal for the Apostolate, and those other gifts and qualities which are necessary for the proper care of souls” (No. 31).

2. Code of Canon Law

a. “An ecclesiastical office is any position which by divine or ecclesiastical disposition is established in a stable manner to further a spiritual purpose. The duties and rights to each ecclesiastical office are defined either by law establishing the office, or by a decree of the competent Authority not only establishing and also conferring it.” (Canon 145 par 1-2 dC).

b. “Unless the law expressedly states otherwise, it is the prerogative of the diocesan Bishop to make appointments to’ecclesiastical offices in his own particular Church by free conferral.” (Canon 157 CIC).

c. “An ecclesiastical office is lost on the expiry of a predetermined time, on reaching the age limit defined by law; by resignation; by transfer; by removal; by deprivation.” (Canon 184 par 1 CIC).

d. “A person may not be removed from an office conferred for an indefinite period of time except for grave reasons and according to the procedure determined by law. The same holds for the removal of someone from an office conferred for a specified period of time before the expiration of the term…” (Canon 193 pars. 1-2 CIC).

e. “A grave reason is required if a transfer is made against the will of the holder of the office, without prejudice to the right of presenting reasons contrary to the transfer, and with due observance of the procedure prescribed by law.” (Canon 190 par 2 CIC).

f. “For a resignation to be valid, whether it requires acceptance or not, it must be made to the Authority which is competent to provide for the office concerned … The Authority is not to accept a resignation which is not based on a just and proportionate reason.” (Canon 189 pars. 1-2 CIC).

g. “A pastor ought to possess stability in office, and therefore, he is to be appointed for an indefinite period of time; the diocesan Bishop however can appoint him for a certain period of time only if a Decree of the Conference of Bishops allows this” (Canon 522). The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines with the approval of the Holy See, allowed a definite tenure for Parish Priests (CBCP 27 September 1985).

3. Directory on the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops

a. “In making use of the human resources of those who cooperate in serving the Church, the Bishop is led by supernatural considerations, and by pursuing above all the good of souls, he preserves the dignity of persons by employing their talents in the most fitting and useful a way for the service of the community and by placing the right person in the right place.” (No. 98).

b. “The Bishop directs the use of priestly energies, keeping in mind both supernatural considerations and the true needs of organized pastoral action. Above all, he takes into account the good of souls and the needs of the Diocese without however neglecting the talents and abilities of individual Priests:. ‘ (No. 115).

c. “The Bishop takes care not to put inexperienced people haphazardly, as it were, in charge of offices and services. Rather, he sees that they first have the necessary training, whether technical or theological, and pastoral, and that they are then gradually introduced into the various fields of their special work. He also sees that those who are no longer suitable are not kept in office.” (No. 209, e.).


Considering the pastoral good and administrative welfare of the People of God in this Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and attending to the consensus of the Presbyterium for this Particular Church, the following normative provisions are enacted in the matter of the assignments of the Members of the local Diocesan Clergy in the light and context of the above Basic Reference Points and General Principles — and subject to the expressed canonical requirements and to the standard personal attributes needed for the offices concerned:

1. All assignments of pastoral nature carry a tenure of six consecutive years, subject to an extension of three consecutive years for just am reasonable cause — except for Parochial Vicars with a tenure of t consecutive years, subject to an extension of one year for just reasonable cause.

2. All assignments of administrative nature carry a tenure of three years, subject to a extension of another term of three years for just and reasonable cause.

3. All things being substantively equal in conjunction with the pastoral and/or administrative agenda considered and in relation to the canonical and personal qualifications of those concerned, seniority in Priestly Ordination assumes greater and consequently more accountable pastoral and/or administrative assignments.

4. All Members of the Diocesan Clergy have their retirement from any and all major pastoral and/or administrative offices at their sixty fifth birthday, with the option however to assume any auxiliary pastoral and! or administrative assignments.

5. All major pastoral and administrative assignments in the Archdiocese are officially confirmed and directly given by the Archbishop with the advisory of the Board of Assignments composed of the Vicar General, the Vicars Forane, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and a presbyteral Representative from every Vicariate elected by the Priests constituents thereof. For assignments that are minor at the judgment of the Archbishop, he seeks counsel directly from the Members of the Clergy concerned therewith.


This Instrument may be amended in part or as a whole upon the formal instance of at least two-thirds majority of all the active Members of the Diocesan Clergy and with the expressed approval of the Archbishop.


These Statutes takes effect upon official promulgation by the Archbishop and continues to be effective until and unless otherwise provided.


On Parochial Board on Church Temporalities


In Church law, the Parish is a juridic person (Canon 515, par 3 CIC). As such, it has the right to own properties (Canon 1255 CIC) in order to attend to its standing temporal requirements which are primarily “the organization of divine worship, the provision of decent support for the clergy, and the exercise of the works of the Apostolate and of charity, especially for the benefit of those in need” (Vat. II: Presbyterorum Ordinis, no. 17).

Intimately linked with the right of ownership is the right of administration whose primary functions are the preservation and amelioration of temporal goods or material assets be these real properties or movable resources, and their application to the objectives intended in their acquisition, retention and improvement.

The Parish Priest or his equivalent is the Administrator of the temporalities of the Parish (Canon 532 CIC; Vat. II: Presbyterorum Ordinis, no. 17; Directory on the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, no. 133). Church law accordingly provides that all Administrators must have advisers in order to carry out effectively their function and to attend efficiently to their delicate task (Canons 1281-1288 dC). Consistent with this particular norm, Canon 537 CIC specifically provides that each Parish must have a Board on Church lemporalities regulated by universal Church law and moderated by more concrete provisions enacted by the competent Church authority.

The Decrees of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines expressedly stipulates in accordance with Canon Law that the pertinent and necessary guidelines for this Board should be drawn, disseminated and authorized by the competent Church Authority (FCP-II: Decree 127) for mandatory observance (Idem: Decree 120).


The Parochial Board on Church Temporalities (PBCT) is an auxilio-advisory Body to the Office of the Parish Priest or his equivalent in the administration, i.e., the preservation, amelioration and fruition, of the movable and immovable temporal goods of the Parish.


1. While according to Church law the temporal goods owned by a Parish fall under the direct and immediate administration of the Parish Priest or his equivalent in representation of the Parish owner thereof (Canons 532, 1279 CIC), before the laws of the Republic of the Philippines however, all Church temporalities in a given ecclesiastical territory are owned by the Roman Catholic Arch/Bishop of the place as a Corporation Sole.

2. Church law states that the administration of Church temporalities owned directly by any juridical person therein are subject to prudential regulations and normative provisions enacted by the Arch/Bishop of the place (Canon 1276 CIC) precisely in order to ascertain the correct and prudent administration of these ecclesiastical goods according to the finalities behind their acquisition and retention (Canon 1260 CIC).

3. The auxilio-advisory competence of the PBCT has reference to the temporal assets — cash, movable, fixed — owned by the Parish and clearly not subject to direct accounting before the legitimate superior arch/diocesan Administrator through periodic external audit by the Office of the Archdiocesan Oeconomus under the authority of the Archbishop.

4. In the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan, the amount limit set down by the Archbishop for extraordinary administration by the Parish Priest or his equivalent whereby for validity the latter must have the duly written permission of the Archbishop prior to its transaction, is Phil. one million and above (Cf Canon 1281 par. 2, CIC).

5. In the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan, the amount limit set down by the Archbishop for ordinary administration by the Parish Priest or his equivalent whereby for validity the latter must have the duly recorded consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council, is from Phil. Pesos nine hundred ninety nine thousand to Phil. Pesos two hundred fifty thousand (Cf Canon 1281 par 1 CIC).

6. In the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan, the amount limit set down by the Archbishop for ordinary administration by the Parish Priest or his equivalent subject only to his own administrative prudence and discretion, is any amount lower than Phil. Pesos two hundred fifty thousand.


The Parochial Board on Church Temporalities has the following primary functions:

1. To carefully list down, periodically review and accordingly watch over the Parish movable properties and fixed assets according to the Book of Inventory of the Parish, and to keep this safe in the Parochial Office in line with the provision of Canon 1283 CIC.

2. To advise the Parish Priest or his equivalent on the ways and means of preserving the tenure and maximizing the use of the material resources of the Parish in cash and in kind (PCP II: Decree 120), and to do other administrative functions enjoined by the Parish Priest or his equivalent for the better administration of parochial temporalities.

3. To plan and supervise periodic fund-raising activities for special Parish projects, to see to it that the funds are accordingly applied for the intention, and to render proper public accounting of the funds received and disbursed according to the principle of financial transparency, all in close collaboration and coordination with the Parish Priest or his equivalent (Idem: Decree No. 119).


1. Appointment

The Members of the Parochial Board on Church Temporalities are appointed by the Parish Priest or his equivalent after consulting with the Parish Pastoral Council, committing their Appointments to writing as a matter of policy (Canon 156 CIC).

2. Composition

The Parochial Board on Church Temporalities is to be composed of at least three but not more than seven Members of the Christian faithful from the Parish.

3. Qualifications

Church temporalities or ecclesiastical goods have a rather peculiar nature. These financial assets or material holdings validly and licitly acquired and owned by juridical persons in the Church such as Parishes and their equiparates are fundamentally and ultimately intended to sustain and promote Church apostolic goals and pastoral concerns. Nevertheless on account of their economic value although with inherent religious dimensions, they are also ruled not only by Church law but also by Civil law and by the world of commerce.

Wherefore, it is a canonical requirement that Church temporalities or ecclesiastical goods be administered in collaborative endeavor among Members of the Christian Faithful who are competent in Church law, Civil law and the world of commerce. In addition to their expertise, the Members of the Parochial Board of Temporalities should be outstanding in their integrity since Church financial administration must be marked by scrupulous honesty (Canon 492 par 1 CIC).

4. Restriction

Persons related to the Parish Priest or his equivalent up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity — second cousins — are ipso facto excluded from membership in the Parochial Board of Temporalities (Canon 492 par 3 CIC).

5. Tenure

Church law expressedly provides that the Members of the Parochial Board of Temporalities shall have a five-year office of service, open to indefinite re-appointments for other five-year terms (Canon 492 par 2 CIC).

At the start of their tenure of service, the Board Members take the Oath of Office whereby they profess the Catholic Faith, pronounce their commitment to the functions of the Board and pledge the standard confidentiality required in their task (Canon 471 dId).


1. The Parish Priest presides over all the meetings of the Parochial Board on Church Temporalities.

2. The Board has a Treasurer who should be one of the Members of the Board, appointed by the Parish Priest after consultation with the Board for a tenure of five years, open to indefinite re-appointments for other five-year ternis. The Treasurer acts as the Property Custodian of the Parish, records all receipts and disbursements, keeps all fmancial papers and/or contractual instruments, and gives at least an annual Income and Expenses Statement to the Board, at the start of the incumbency of a new Parish Priest or his equivalent.

3. The Board has a Secretary who is not a Board Member, appointed by the Parish Priest at his option with no term of office, who writes the minutes of the Board meetings, makes the needed communications, keeps the pertinent Board records, and attends to other secretarial tasks given by the Parish Priest.

4. The Board has an external Auditor who is not a Board Member, appointed by the Parish Priest with no tenure after consultation with the Members of the Board. His primary function is to examine yearly at least the Financial Books of the Board, at the start of the incumbency of a new Parish Priest or his equivalent.


1. The Parochial Board on Church Temporalities has its regular meetings in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December of every year according to predetermined date, time and place.

2. At the instance of the Parish Priest or of majority of the Members, the Board may have as many special meetings as necessary according to duly pre-agreed date, time and place.

3. The order of the Board meeting is as follows:

a. Opening Prayer.

b. Scripture Reading.

c. Shared Prayers/Common Songs.

d. Reading, correction and approval of previous minutes.

e. Business arising from the minutes.

f. Agenda proper.

g. Next meeting date, time and place.

h. Closing Prayers and blessing.


In order to make the Parochial Board on Church Temporalities more effective in its necessary auxilio-advisory role in the administration of ecclesiastical goods for the glory of God and in service to His People, with the approval of the Archbishop, this Directory may be modified in part or revised as a whole upon the recommendation of all the Vicars Forane and in consultation with all the Parish Priests or their equivalents in the Archdiocese.



On Pastoral Stations


To date, there are sixty-five (65) Members of the Diocesan Clergy in active major pastoral and administrative Ministries in the Archdiocese — discounting three (3) others assigned to responsible Seminary Offices elsewhere in service to other Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions.

Considering the rather young age of the local Presbyterium as a whole, the Good Lord willing, the number of diocesan Priests envisioned to render ecclesial service in the Archdiocese can be prudently predicted to grow still — somehow in cadence with the numerical growth itself of God’s People in the ecclesiastical territory.

Available statistics show that with an area of some one thousand one hundred twenty six square kilometers (1,126), there is a total population of some nine hundred ninety four thousand nine hundred sixty six (994,966) in the Archdiocese, ninety two percent (92%) of whom are baptized Catholics who then number to some nine hundred fifteen thousand three hundred sixty eight (915,368) individuals. Ministered to only by a total of sixty five (65) diocesan and seven (7) religious Members of the Clergy, this means that no less than about twelve thousand seven hundred thirteen (12,713) lay persons should be given pastoral service by every Priest.


The law provides that Parish is a definite community of Christian Faithful established or identified on a stable basis in a delineated area within a Particular Church such as an Archdiocese, the pastoral care of which is entrusted to a Parish Priest as its own pastor under the authority of the Archbishop (Cf Canon 515 par 1 CIC).

It is likewise provided by law that for pastoral necessity and/or administrative advisability, one or more Parochial Vicars may be assigned to a Parish Priest, As the latter’s collaborators and under his authority they all exercise the pastoral ministry through common counsel and labor (Cf Canon 545 par 1 CIC). Parochial Vicars may be appointed for the Parish as a whole, for a certain part thereof or a particular group of Christian Faithful in the Parish (Cf Idem par 2 CIC).

The rights and obligations of Parochial Vicars are thus defined not only by universal Church Law, but also more concretely by Diocesan Statutes and by the Appointment Letters of the Archbishop (Cf. Canon 548 par 1 CIC).


The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP-Il) of 1991, taking into consideration the national scene, made the following signal pronouncements:

1. “The community that needs renewal as a very important means and venue of Church renewal is the Parish. It is here where the full ministry and life of the Church is experienced by the faithful on a regular basis, In the Arch/Diocese, the Parish continues to be the customary place where the faithful gather to grow in holiness, to participate in the mission of the Church and to live out their ecclesial communion” (No. 598).

2. “Our Parishes are usually too big… The national ratio of the Clergy to the people is one (I) Priest for about every ten thousand individuals (10,000)… Indeed, the situation is far from ideal of what a Parish should be. A Parish should be a dynamic eucharistic and evangelizing Community of communities, a center which energizes Movements, Basic Ecclesial Communities and other apostolic groups and in turn is nourished by these” (Nos. 599-600).

3. “Pastors wherefore have to devise new and effective ways of shepherding the faithful so that the faithful will feel that they are part of the Parish family where each one is important, each one is needed, each one is served and is called to serve” (No. 601).


Attentively considering the “Archdiocesan Situation” on the over-all pastoral picture of the markedly deficient number of the Members of the Diocesan and Religious Clergy not only in conjunction with the number of the Catholic lay faithful who all have the right to pastoral service, but also in relation to the still big territorial coverage of the Archdiocese whereat the said faithful have their domiciles established, further carefully attending to the provisions of the “Code of Canon Law” on the nature of a Parish, on the significance and implications of the Office of Parish Priests and of Parochial Vicars. and on the administrative and pastoral agenda of the latter open to greater definition and formulation, and finally responding faithfully to the pronouncements of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines” on the imperative of Parish renewal, of Parish manageability through new and effective administrative structures of shepherding, in line with the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, “Pastoral Stations” are hereby established in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan according to the following norms of provision regarding their basic nature, inherent finality and administrative discipline:

1. Basic Nature

a. A Pastoral Station is a defined territory established within a Parish, the Christian Faithful in which are given administrative and pastoral service by a resident Member of a Pastoral Team Ministry or a Parochial Vicar thereto specifically assigned through the Parish Priest, with whom the former promotes collaboration and communion in his prophetic, priestly and kingly ministries in building those under his direct shepherding care into a community of faith, hope and love.

b. Any priestly ministry engaged in by a Parochial Vicar beyond the Pastoral Station he is specifically assigned to, within the Parish or altogether outside thereof, falls within the standard norm of jurisdictional delegation from the Parish Priest concerned.

c. A Pastoral Station with its resident Parochial Vicar is wherefore substantially different from a Parish proper, from a “Quasi-Parish”, and from a Chaplaincy according to their strict significance and implications.

2. Inherent Finality

More immediate and closer, more personalized and effective formational, liturgical and ecclesial attention to and pastoral care of the People of God residing within the territory covered by the Pastoral Station in order for them to have unity, become a community and enjoy communion through the study of the Word, the worship of the Lord, and service of neighbor — this is the overarching and inherent finality of Pastoral Stations.

3. Administrative Discipline

For administrative order and pastoral discipline, Pastoral Stations have the following observances:

a. They have their respective Pastoral Station Councils that have the same substantive, constitutive and functional nature as the Parish Pastoral Council, that coordinate and collaborate closely herewith, and that have permanent Financial Committees akin to the Parochial Board on Church Temporalities.

b. They draw pastoral, administrative and financial support from the Parish Churches wherein they are established, in the kind and manner needed, and thus accordingly stipulated with the confirmation of the Archbishop if required.

c. They use the Canonical Books of Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages and Deaths bearing the name and designation of the Parishes they are part of and whereto they should be entrusted for record purposes and safekeeping after their entries have been all used. They however use and keep their own Canonical Books of Holy Masses, Accounts and Inventory, bearing their own name and designation.


To better understand and appreciate the significance of Pastoral Stations in the life of the Parishes and in the ministry of Parish Priests, it is imperative to consider carefully the substance of the following Canons and to ponder well their connotations in conjunction with the great extent and intensity, the signal nature and magnitude of parochial agenda:

1. CANON 528 CIC

PAR. 1: “The Parish Priest has the obligation of ensuring that the word of God is proclaimed in its entirety to those living in the Parish. He is therefore to see to it that the lay members of Christ’s faithful are instructed in the truths of faith, especially by means of the homily on Sundays and Holy days of Obligation and by Catechetical formation. He is to foster works which promote the spirit of the Gospel, including its relevance to social justice. He is to have a special care for the Catholic education of children and young people. With the collaboration of the faithful, he is to make every effort to bring the gospel message to those also who have given up religious practice or who do not profess the true faith.”

PAR. 2: “The Parish Priest is to take care that the Blessed Eucharist is the center of the Parish assembly of the faithful. He is to strive to ensure that the faithful are nourished by the devout celebration of the Sacraments, and in particular that they frequently approach the Sacraments of the Blessed Eucharist and Penance. He is to strive to lead them to prayer, including prayer in their families, and to take a live and active part in the Sacred Liturgy. Under the authority of the diocesan Bishop, the Parish Priest must direct this Liturgy in his own parish, and he is bound to be on guard against abuses.”

2. CANON 529 PAR. 1-2 CIC

PAR. 1: “So that he may fulfill his office of Pastor diligently, the Parish Priest is to strive to know the faithful entrusted to his care. He is therefore to visit their families, sharing in their cares and anxieties and, in a special way, their sorrows, comforting them in the Lord. If in certain matters they are found wanting, he is prudently to correct them. He is to help the sick and especially the dying in great charity, solicitously restoring them with the Sacraments and commending their souls to God. He is to be especially diligent in seeking out the poor the suffering, the lonely, those who are exiled from their homeland, and those burdened with special difficulties. He is to strive also to ensure that spouses and parents are sustained in the fulfillment of their proper duties, and to foster the growth of Christian life in the family”

PAR. 2: “The Parish Priest is to recognize and promote the specific role which the lay members of Christ c faithful have in the mission of the Church, fostering their Associations which have religious purposes. He is to cooperate with his proper Bishop and with the presbyterium of the Diocese. Moreover he is to endeavor to ensure that the faithful are concerned for the community of the Parish, that they feel themselves to be members both of the Diocese and of the universal Church, and that they take part in and sustain works which promote this community.”

3. CANON 530 CIC

The functions especially entrusted to the Parish Priest are as follows:

1. The administration of Baptism.

2. The administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation to those in danger of death, in accordance with Canon 883, n. 3 CIC.

3. The administration of Viaticum and of the Anointing of the Sick, without prejudice to Canon 1003 par.2-3 CIC, and the imparting of the Apostolic Blessing.

4. The assistance at Marriages and the imparting of the nuptial blessing.

5. The conducting of Funerals.

6. The blessing of the Baptismal Font at paschal time, the conduct of processions outside the Church, and the giving of solemn blessings outside the Church.

7. The more solemn celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays and holy days of obligation.


On Lay Ministries


1. Principle

One of the central teachings of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is the important role that ordinary baptized persons the Laity — have in the Church. They are full-pledged Members of the People of God, full- time constituents of the Church. And they have a proper role to play both within the Church and in the mission of the Church to the world (Cf. VAT II: Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People, 18 November 1965).

2. Institution

Subsequent to the Council, this cardinal teaching on the Lay Faithful progressively became a reality both in the institutional observances within the Church and in the perception of lay persons themselves (Cf. Paul VI, Apostolic Letter “Ministeria Quaedam, 15 August 1972). This Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction wherefore now officially addresses and formally recognizes the existing, emerging and possible Lay Ministries in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan.

3. Notion

Lay Ministries are services — functions or tasks — undertaken by the Lay Faithful and exercised for the good of many, whereby they share in the Church’s institutional responsibility of manifesting the presence of Christ’s saving action among the people through their formal Installation into the Ministries concerned by the competent Church Authority as a guarantee of ecclesial communion (Cf. Asian Colloquium on Ministries in the Church, 27 February-March 1977, No. 32).


Subject to the definition of their proper functions according to the nature and implications of their respective tasks, and without prejudice to other lay ecclesial functions in the future that the Church could recognize, the Laity in this Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction now have the following Ministries:

1. Laity in the Worship Ministry

a. Existing Lay Worship Ministers

(1) Special Eucharistic Ministers

(2) Lectors and Commentators

(3) Music/Choir Ministers

(4) Knights of the Altar

(5) Collectors

b. Emerging Lay Worship Ministries

(1) Interior Liturgical Artists

(2) Liturgical Writers/Translators/Publicists

(3) Church Ushers/Usherettes

c. Possible Lay Worship Ministries

(1) Bible Service/Sunday Worship Presiders

(2) Emergency (Danger of Death) Baptizers

(3) Family Altar Servers

(4) Funeral Service/Prayer Presiders

(5) Sacred Triduum Presiders

2. Laity in the Catechetical Ministry

a. Existing Lay Catechetical Ministers

(1) Professional School Catechists

(2) Volunteer School Catechists

(3) Volunteer Student Catechists

b. Emerging Lay Catechetical Ministers

(1) Pre-Cana, Cana, Post-Cana Catechists

(2) BEC Catechists

(3) Formators on Advanced Ecclesiastical Courses

c. Possible Lay Catechetical Ministers

(1) Catechists on Sacred Scriptures

(2) Catechists on Church Social Doctrine

(3) Catechists on Christian Ecology

(4) Catechists on Liturgy

(5) Catechists on the Sacraments/Sacramentals

3. Laity in the Social Action Ministry

a. Existing Lay Social Action Ministers

(1) Ministers for Livelihood Programs

(2) Ministers for Scholarship Programs

(3) Ministers for Health Programs

(4) Ministers for the Poor

(5) Ministers for the Disabled

(6) Ministers for the Sick

(7) Ministers for the Aged

(8) Ministers for the Orphans

(9) Ministers for Disasters/Emergency Situations

(10) Ministers for Fund Raising

b. Emerging Lay Social Action Ministers

(1) Ministers on Parish Church Temporalities

(2) Ministers on Church Construction/Preservation

(3) Ministers on Prisoners’ Welfare

(4) Ministers for Public Affairs

(5) Ministers for Sectoral Apostolates

c. Possible Lay Social Action Ministers

(1) Ministers for OFW Families

(2) Ministers for Skills Development

(3) Ministers for Legal Aid


1. Qualification

To quali1y for basic formation and eventual installation into a Lay Ministry, the faithful concerned should be:

a. A practicing Catholic both in private and public, personal and professional life with good moral standing in the community.

b. An intellectually, physically and emotionally fit subject of the Ministry concerned.

c. A genuinely interested and committed, able and available person to carry out the tasks/functions of the Ministry.

2. Formation

The Candidate for a Lay Ministry should undergo an initial and thereafter an on-going formation on:

a. Human Formation: Self-knowledge as a human person, understanding of human relations, development of human virtues, and the like.

b. Christian Formation: Knowledge and appreciation of Christian Faith and Morals, Church Magisterium, observance of Christian virtues, and the like.

c. Apostolic Formation: Catechesis on the mandate of apostolic service, on the nature and significance of the Ministry concerned, development of the needed ministerial skills, and the like.

3. Installation

The Installation of Lay Ministers is their own personal acceptance of and formal commitment to the Ministry concerned, their official recognition and public admission into the Ministry by the competent Church Authority, subject to the following particulars:

a. That the due attire/vestment is defined.

b. That the Installation Rite is properly observed.

c. That the needed evaluation is made.

d. That the Installation is on a yearly basis.

e. That the necessary ID is given.



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