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Circular Letter on Chrism Mass

March 12, 2010 Prot. 2010/2

TO:  All Diocesan and Religious Priests RE: Chrism Mass

My brother priests:

Please be reminded that the 2010 Chrism Mass for the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will be held on Holy Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the Saint John the Apostle Parish Church in Dagupan City.  The Chrism Mass is one of Jun 21, 2014 – the sublime expressions of the sacramental brotherhood of priests under the headship of Christ represented in our particular Church by your Archbishop.  It is a serious responsibility on the part of the local presbyterium to be present during this Mass and join in the public renewal of commitment to the priestly ministry. Every parish must bring fifty lay delegates representing the parish pastoral council, lay liturgical ministers, youth leaders, social action ministers and BEC heads.

The liturgical program will start at eight o’clock in the morning with Solemn Morning Prayers. It will be followed with the recognition of the most generous Mission Sunday contributors.  The Solemn Chrism Mass will follow right away.

All the concelebrating priests must come in cassock, religious habit or bring an alb for the concelebration.

The newly blessed oils may be claimed after Mass at the Saint John the Apostle Cathedral.  There will be a small reception for the priests at the Archbishop’s House after the liturgy. It is the feast of the institution I am looking forward to your wholehearted participation in the Chrism Mass. Jul 25, 2015 – Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Requiescat in Pace

6 March 2010 – Dagupan City. Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, issued the following announcement today: “Our brother in Christ, Father Roberto C. Villamil died in the grace of the Lord on March 5, 2010 in Dagupan City at the age of fifty nine. At the time of his death, he was the procurator of the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City. He was born on January 5, 1951 and received priestly ordination on April 16, 1977. We request our Catholic faithful to pray for the repose of his soul.

His body lies in state at the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary. We will announce the burial arrangements later.”

Fr. Roy Villamil (5 January 1951 – 5 March 2010)

Farewell, Father Roy!

(Photo courtesy of Fr. Luello N. Palacpac)

 

Pastoral Guidelines of the “Books of Conversion and First Communicants”

2 March – Dagupan City. Archbishop Socrates  B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, has laid down the pastoral guidelines covering converts from those “who have received valid baptisms in other Christian churches, sects and denominations”. In the same document, the Archbishop Villegas also provided guidelines in the diligent and correct recording of the First Communicants in the parishes.

Below is the pastoral guidelines addressed to all parish priests and team ministry moderators:

March 13, 2010 Prot. 2010/4

TO: All Parish Priests and Team Ministry Moderators RE: Book of Conversions and Book of First Communicants

In our desire to make more effective the documentation of the members of the Catholic Church who have received the sacraments of Christian initiation; by virtue of our office as Metropolitan Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan, we hereby decree that all parishes within our ecclesiastical jurisdiction maintain in the parish archives the BOOK OF CONVERSIONS and the BOOK OF FIRST COMMUNICANTS.  The diligent and correct recording of the conversion to the Catholic Church of those who have received valid baptisms in other Christian churches, sects and denominations is the responsibility of the parish priests Feb 28, 2014 -  or moderators of team ministries. The same diligence and care must accompany the recording of the First Communicants in the parishes. These two additional canonical books will be inspected during pastoral visits by the Local Ordinary or his delegate.

This archdiocesan ruling imposing the obligation to record all conversions and first communicants in the parishes will take effect on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010.

For your pastoral guidance, the following Christian churches have valid baptisms using the Trinitarian formula for baptisms:

Seventh Day Adventists United Methodist Church of the Philippines Convention of the Philippine Baptist Churches Philippine Episcopal Church Lutheran Church in the Philippines Methodists IEMELIF Presbyterian Church United Church of Christ in the Philippines

After receiving liturgical admission to the Catholic Church, the converts must receive Communion and Confirmation immediately and the necessary recording must be made in the canonical books pertaining to them. All other adult baptisms in Christian churches not mentioned above must be entered in the Book of Baptisms.

As I thank you for your usual faithfulness and pastoral diligence, I also invoke upon you the blessings of God.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

 

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