Archive for February 2011
“You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him.” (cf. Col 2: 12)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Lenten period, which leads us to the celebration of Holy Easter, is for the Church a most valuable and important liturgical time, in view of which I am pleased to offer a specific word in order that it may be lived with due diligence. As she awaits the definitive encounter with her Spouse in the eternal Easter, the Church community, assiduous in prayer and charitable works, intensifies her journey in purifying the spirit, so as to draw more abundantly from the Mystery of Redemption the new life in Christ the Lord (cf. Preface I of Lent).
1. This very life was already bestowed upon us on the day of our Baptism, when we “become sharers in Christ’s death and Resurrection”, and there began for us “the joyful and exulting adventure of his disciples” (Homily on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, 10 January, 2010). In his Letters, St. Paul repeatedly insists on the singular communion with the Son of God that this washing brings about. The fact that, in most cases, Baptism is received in infancy highlights how it is a gift of God: no one earns eternal life through their own efforts. The mercy of God, which cancels sin and, at the same time, allows us to experience in our lives “the mind of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2: 5), is given to men and women freely. The Apostle to the Gentiles, in the Letter to the Philippians, expresses the meaning of the transformation that takes place through participation in the death and resurrection of Christ, pointing to its goal: that “I may come to know him and the power of his resurrection, and partake of his sufferings by being molded to the pattern of his death, striving towards the goal of resurrection from the dead” (Phil 3: 10-11). Hence, Baptism is not a rite from the past, but the encounter with Christ, which informs the entire existence of the baptized, imparting divine life and calling for sincere conversion; initiated and supported by Grace, it permits the baptized to reach the adult stature of Christ.
A particular connection binds Baptism to Lent as the favorable time to experience this saving Grace. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council exhorted all of the Church’s Pastors to make greater use “of the baptismal features proper to the Lenten liturgy” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum concilium, n. 109). In fact, the Church has always associated the Easter Vigil with the celebration of Baptism: this Sacrament realizes the great mystery in which man dies to sin, is made a sharer in the new life of the Risen Christ and receives the same Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead (cf. Rm 8: 11). This free gift must always be rekindled in each one of us, and Lent offers us a path like that of the catechumenate, which, for the Christians of the early Church, just as for catechumens today, is an irreplaceable school of faith and Christian life. Truly, they live their Baptism as an act that shapes their entire existence.
2. In order to undertake more seriously our journey towards Easter and prepare ourselves to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord – the most joyous and solemn feast of the entire liturgical year – what could be more appropriate than allowing ourselves to be guided by the Word of God? For this reason, the Church, in the Gospel texts of the Sundays of Lent, leads us to a particularly intense encounter with the Lord, calling us to retrace the steps of Christian initiation: for catechumens, in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of rebirth; for the baptized, in light of the new and decisive steps to be taken in the sequela Christi and a fuller giving of oneself to him.
The First Sunday of the Lenten journey reveals our condition as human beings here on earth. The victorious battle against temptation, the starting point of Jesus’ mission, is an invitation to become aware of our own fragility in order to accept the Grace that frees from sin and infuses new strength in Christ – the way, the truth and the life (cf. Ordo Initiationis Christianae Adultorum, n. 25). It is a powerful reminder that Christian faith implies, following the example of Jesus and in union with him, a battle “against the ruling forces who are masters of the darkness in this world” (Eph 6: 12), in which the devil is at work and never tires – even today – of tempting whoever wishes to draw close to the Lord: Christ emerges victorious to open also our hearts to hope and guide us in overcoming the seductions of evil.
The Gospel of the Transfiguration of the Lord puts before our eyes the glory of Christ, which anticipates the resurrection and announces the divinization of man. The Christian community becomes aware that Jesus leads it, like the Apostles Peter, James and John “up a high mountain by themselves” (Mt 17: 1), to receive once again in Christ, as sons and daughters in the Son, the gift of the Grace of God: “This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favor. Listen to him” (Mt 17: 5). It is the invitation to take a distance from the noisiness of everyday life in order to immerse oneself in God’s presence. He desires to hand down to us, each day, a Word that penetrates the depths of our spirit, where we discern good from evil (cf. Heb 4:12), reinforcing our will to follow the Lord.
The question that Jesus puts to the Samaritan woman: “Give me a drink” (Jn 4: 7), is presented to us in the liturgy of the third Sunday; it expresses the passion of God for every man and woman, and wishes to awaken in our hearts the desire for the gift of “a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life” (Jn 4: 14): this is the gift of the Holy Spirit, who transforms Christians into “true worshipers,” capable of praying to the Father “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4: 23). Only this water can extinguish our thirst for goodness, truth and beauty! Only this water, given to us by the Son, can irrigate the deserts of our restless and unsatisfied soul, until it “finds rest in God”, as per the famous words of St. Augustine.
The Sunday of the man born blind presents Christ as the light of the world. The Gospel confronts each one of us with the question: “Do you believe in the Son of man?” “Lord, I believe!” (Jn 9: 35. 38), the man born blind joyfully exclaims, giving voice to all believers. The miracle of this healing is a sign that Christ wants not only to give us sight, but also open our interior vision, so that our faith may become ever deeper and we may recognize him as our only Savior. He illuminates all that is dark in life and leads men and women to live as “children of the light”.
On the fifth Sunday, when the resurrection of Lazarus is proclaimed, we are faced with the ultimate mystery of our existence: “I am the resurrection and the life… Do you believe this?” (Jn 11: 25-26). For the Christian community, it is the moment to place with sincerity – together with Martha – all of our hopes in Jesus of Nazareth: “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world” (Jn 11: 27). Communion with Christ in this life prepares us to overcome the barrier of death, so that we may live eternally with him. Faith in the resurrection of the dead and hope in eternal life open our eyes to the ultimate meaning of our existence: God created men and women for resurrection and life, and this truth gives an authentic and definitive meaning to human history, to the personal and social lives of men and women, to culture, politics and the economy. Without the light of faith, the entire universe finishes shut within a tomb devoid of any future, any hope.
The Lenten journey finds its fulfillment in the Paschal Triduum, especially in the Great Vigil of the Holy Night: renewing our baptismal promises, we reaffirm that Christ is the Lord of our life, that life which God bestowed upon us when we were reborn of “water and Holy Spirit”, and we profess again our firm commitment to respond to the action of the Grace in order to be his disciples.
3. By immersing ourselves into the death and resurrection of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are moved to free our hearts every day from the burden of material things, from a self-centered relationship with the “world” that impoverishes us and prevents us from being available and open to God and our neighbor. In Christ, God revealed himself as Love (cf. 1Jn 4: 7-10). The Cross of Christ, the “word of the Cross”, manifests God’s saving power (cf. 1Cor 1: 18), that is given to raise men and women anew and bring them salvation: it is love in its most extreme form (cf. Encyclical Deus caritas est, n. 12). Through the traditional practices of fasting, almsgiving and prayer, which are an expression of our commitment to conversion, Lent teaches us how to live the love of Christ in an ever more radical way. Fasting, which can have various motivations, takes on a profoundly religious significance for the Christian: by rendering our table poorer, we learn to overcome selfishness in order to live in the logic of gift and love; by bearing some form of deprivation – and not just what is in excess – we learn to look away from our “ego”, to discover Someone close to us and to recognize God in the face of so many brothers and sisters. For Christians, fasting, far from being depressing, opens us ever more to God and to the needs of others, thus allowing love of God to become also love of our neighbor (cf. Mk 12: 31).
In our journey, we are often faced with the temptation of accumulating and love of money that undermine God’s primacy in our lives. The greed of possession leads to violence, exploitation and death; for this, the Church, especially during the Lenten period, reminds us to practice almsgiving – which is the capacity to share. The idolatry of goods, on the other hand, not only causes us to drift away from others, but divests man, making him unhappy, deceiving him, deluding him without fulfilling its promises, since it puts materialistic goods in the place of God, the only source of life. How can we understand God’s paternal goodness, if our heart is full of egoism and our own projects, deceiving us that our future is guaranteed? The temptation is to think, just like the rich man in the parable: “My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come…”. We are all aware of the Lord’s judgment: “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul…” (Lk 12: 19-20). The practice of almsgiving is a reminder of God’s primacy and turns our attention towards others, so that we may rediscover how good our Father is, and receive his mercy.
During the entire Lenten period, the Church offers us God’s Word with particular abundance. By meditating and internalizing the Word in order to live it every day, we learn a precious and irreplaceable form of prayer; by attentively listening to God, who continues to speak to our hearts, we nourish the itinerary of faith initiated on the day of our Baptism. Prayer also allows us to gain a new concept of time: without the perspective of eternity and transcendence, in fact, time simply directs our steps towards a horizon without a future. Instead, when we pray, we find time for God, to understand that his “words will not pass away” (cf. Mk 13: 31), to enter into that intimate communion with Him “that no one shall take from you” (Jn 16: 22), opening us to the hope that does not disappoint, eternal life.
In synthesis, the Lenten journey, in which we are invited to contemplate the Mystery of the Cross, is meant to reproduce within us “the pattern of his death” (Ph 3: 10), so as to effect a deep conversion in our lives; that we may be transformed by the action of the Holy Spirit, like St. Paul on the road to Damascus; that we may firmly orient our existence according to the will of God; that we may be freed of our egoism, overcoming the instinct to dominate others and opening us to the love of Christ. The Lenten period is a favorable time to recognize our weakness and to accept, through a sincere inventory of our life, the renewing Grace of the Sacrament of Penance, and walk resolutely towards Christ.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, through the personal encounter with our Redeemer and through fasting, almsgiving and prayer, the journey of conversion towards Easter leads us to rediscover our Baptism. This Lent, let us renew our acceptance of the Grace that God bestowed upon us at that moment, so that it may illuminate and guide all of our actions. What the Sacrament signifies and realizes, we are called to experience every day by following Christ in an ever more generous and authentic manner. In this our itinerary, let us entrust ourselves to the Virgin Mary, who generated the Word of God in faith and in the flesh, so that we may immerse ourselves – just as she did – in the death and resurrection of her Son Jesus, and possess eternal life.
From the Vatican, 4 November, 2010
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
© Copyright 2010 – Libreria Editrice Vaticana
Homily delivered by Archbishop Socrates B Villegas during the Mass on the occasion of the twenty fifth anniversary of Edsa People Power on February 25, 2011 at the Edsa Shrine at 12:15 pm.
My priesthood is as old as the Edsa people power. I am proud to say that my view and appreciation of my vocation as a priest has been greatly influenced by Edsa 1986. Ngayong silver jubilee ng Edsa, silver ko rin bilang pari. Sa golden jubilee ng Edsa, golden ko rin bilang pari. Sa centennial ng Edsa, patay na ako noon, ayoko nang mag centennial bilang pari. Sobra na. Tama na. Pahinga na. I know that the Edsa spirit will outlive all of us because the Edsa spirit represents the best and the highest, the noblest and the most sublime aspirations of humanity for a society of peace and justice and freedom. The Edsa spirit is not just a Filipino spirit. It is a universal spirit in the family of nations.
We are here to remember and in remembering, we give thanks. We remember Edsa by remembering the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary. We remember how He offered bread and wine on the night he was betrayed and told us to eat his Body and drink his Blood. Today we remember the love of Jesus. The memory of that love impelled us in 1986 to love one another here on the holy ground of Edsa. The Lord is the source of all love and the Lord is our peace. Without the Lord, Edsa would not have been such.
The Edsa epic story did not begin on the night of February twenty second 1986 when Cardinal Sin called on all of us through Radio Veritas to support our friends Minister Enrile and General Ramos. Neither did the Edsa story just begin with the killing of Ninoy Aquino on August twenty one 1983. In the divine plan of God, the Almighty already knew from the beginning of creation that in February 1986, the glory of being Filipino will shine all over the world. Edsa was not just a plan of men and women. Edsa was planned by the hand of God no less. Do not forget God when you remember Edsa.
As we behold the timelessness of God, we also exclaim in amazement: How time flies! How fast time flies! How we miss Cardinal Sin! How we wish Tita Cory were here with us! So much has happened to us in the past twenty five years. Our cynical friends in 1986 have fallen away and just refused to join the ceremonies which for them have become meaningless. Our opponents in 1986 have joined our kapit bisig. The rabid protesters against the dictator have become symbols of corruption themselves. The demonstrators against the conjugal dictatorship have become builders of their own political dynasties. The idealists have become pragmatists. The tortured have become torturers. Our pride has turned into frustrations. All of these in only twenty five years!
The twenty fifth year of Edsa gives us reason to thank the Lord and thank the millions of Filipinos who brought four shining days of glory to the history of our beloved country. But our joy and thanksgiving are mixed with frustration and disdain. As we say Salamat, we also shake our heads and strike our breasts with heads bowed and say: Sayang!
Sinayang natin ang Edsa! In 1986, the people came together to defend our soldiers from the revenge of the President who cheated the elections. The election cheating of 1986 was not the last. Many more cheatings happened after—massive, systematic and brazen and the guilty just refused to resign. Sinayang natin ang Edsa!
In 1986, the military was the darling of the people. AFP was armed forces of the people. With the dizzying magnitude of corruption among our military officials, shall we still gather together at Edsa if they seek our help and protection? The pre-Edsa military corruption that we rallied against in the 1980’s is chicken feed compared to the corruption we have been hearing about lately. Nakakasuka! Sinayang natin ang Edsa!
In 1986, we saw the power of millions of people coming together for freedom and peace. The more people, the more secure we felt. Now on its twenty fifth year, we say the opposite—the less people the better! In 1986, we said Tama na! Sobra na! Palitan na! Now, we say, Tama na ang isa! Sobra na ang dalawa! Mag pills ka na! Bakit nagkaganito? Contraception and corruption belong to same family. Contraception is corruption of the soul. Sayang.
In 1986, we raised our rosaries in prayer and stopped with our bare hands the tanks sent to crush us. I can still remember the billboard that stood on this street corner twenty five years ago. The family that prays together stays together. A world at prayer is a world at peace. Are will still a nation in prayer? If we want peace, pray. If we want unity, pray. If we want healing, pray. Tita Cory taught us that. Did we bury prayer power when she died? Sayang.
President Noy won our hearts with his campaign promise Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap. After twenty four years of Edsa, corruption is incredibly still our problem and we are still searching for a solution to this social cancer. Sayang! Should not Edsa have taught us how to select leaders of integrity, sincerity and character? But in the elections after 1986, we so easily compromised our principles and chose “to see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil”, provided we were given our share in the loot of corruption. Sayang.
Can we who are here celebrating Edsa truthfully say that we have never enjoyed benefits from corruption? Can we honestly say that we have never tolerated corruption? Sayang.
As it was in 1986, so it is now. We are at the crossroads again. It is time again to make choices—right choices, moral choices, fearless choices, selfless choices. Buhayin natin ang panatang makabayan. Ibigin natin ang Pilipinas sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa!!
How will it be when Edsa celebrates its golden year twenty five years from now? It is not enough to be less corrupt. By that time, we must be incorrupt and incorruptible. I hope when Edsa people power celebrates its fiftieth year, campaign promises to fight corruption will not be necessary anymore because each one of us would have made a firm stand for integrity and character.
The change that we dream cannot come from that one man whom we now call President Noy. The change must come from everyone. He leads us by example. Let us follow his example.
The dictator did not flee in 1986. The dictator is still here. The tyrant is all of us.
The way to honor Edsa is to leave this intersection and bring Edsa to the countryside. We must move to the barangays and bring Edsa development there. We must move to the mountains and stop the rape of our forests. We must go to our seas and stop the destruction of our corals reefs. We must move to Mindanao and dialogue with the Moslems there. We who want to honor Edsa must leave this avenue and go to the poor, to the youth, to the marginalized, to the abandoned and ignored.
Here on the hallowed grounds of Edsa where bare hands stopped tanks and flowers adorned the muzzles of guns, let us renew our pledge.
Edsa gave us freedom. Let us promise Edsa our fidelity to duty.
Edsa gave us peace. Let us promise Edsa our humble service.
Edsa gave us pride and honor. Let us promise Edsa our honesty and sacrifice.
Edsa is not an event. Edsa is our mission. Edsa is not a place. Edsa is a duty. Edsa is not a holiday. Edsa is work.
Diwa ng Edsa….Salamat po…. Patawad po….Narito po kami at nangangako.
Brief remarks delivered by Archbishop Socrates B Villegas during the unveiling of the monument for Cardinal Jaime Sin held last February 25, 2011 at Rizal Park at 9:00 am.
If Cardinal Sin were alive and he knew that I allowed his monument to stand here in Rizal Park, he would have scolded me for this project. Cardinal Sin served everybody. He served the poor and the rich, the old and the children, Catholics and non believers. He disliked awards and plaques but never told those who gave them. All he wanted to do was to serve, serve like the good Lord.
But we need this monument not for Cardinal Sin but for us. We are a forgetful people and we need to remember. This monument is built not so much to honor Cardinal Sin. This monument is a challenge for all passers by to love God and country the way Cardinal Sin and Senator Ninoy and President Cory did.
Eminence, I know you are here as you have always been. Do not get angry at me. Forgive me for allowing Mayor Lim to put up this monument. We cannot hear your voice anymore. We cannot kiss your assuring hands anymore. We cannot enjoy your jokes anymore. We hope this monument will continue to teach us that service is more powerful than ambition, that prayer is more powerful than guns, that love is the greatest law of all laws and the only way to peace is peace.
Eminence, pray for your friend Mayor Lim and our dear President Noy. With President Cory and Senator Ninoy, pray for us to God, pray for the Philippines.
Cardinal Sin Mabuhay!
February 11, 2011
Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes
Circular Letter 2011/4
RE: LITURGICAL RESPONSES AT MASS
My dear people of God:
The English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal will soon receive the approval of the Holy See to be used for the entire Philippines. Even before the actual implementation of the new English translation, some phrases and responses in the Order of the Mass have been decided on by the Apostolic Instruction Liturgicam Authenticam foremost among which is the translation “Et cum spiritu tuo” which was translated in the 1970 Missal as “And also with you.”
In order to assist the Catholic faithful in properly understanding the new translation of the responses in the Roman Missal, we have decided to implement the changes in a gradual manner always accompanied by catechesis so as not to overwhelm the sensibilities of our flock.
Beginning today until March 8, please instruct the Catholic faithful about these new responses at Mass:PART OF MASS PRESENT TEXT NEW TEXT Greeting Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you. Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit. Penitential Act, Form A (Confiteor) I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;
and I ask blessed Mar, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord our God. I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. Preface Dialogue Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you. Priest: We lift up your hears. People: We lift them up to the Lord. Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People: It is right to give him thanks and praise. Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit. Priest: Lift up your hearts. People: We lift them up to the Lord. Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People: It is right and just.
The new English responses will be implemented in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan by Ash Wednesday, March 9, 2011.
We shall introduce the information and catechesis on the other parts of the Roman Missal as we go along. Please consider these changes as sufficient for the moment The enclosed Question and Answer presentation from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops might be useful for your liturgical catechesis.
Thank you. Please be assured of my pastoral blessings.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
To read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Worship’s notes on the New Translation, kindly click HERE.
16 February 2011 – Dagupan City. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan celebrated today its 48th year as an archdiocese in a solemn mass presided by Msgr. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan with Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, the Auxiliary and the priests of the Archdiocese at the Sanctuary de San Juan Evangelista. Parishioners from the different parishes of the Archdiocese attended the solemn mass which began at 12:15 PM.
In the same celebration, the former Cathedral of the Archdiocese was formally declared as a SANCTUARIO in honor of St. John the Evangelist. The new Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista is the restored Church located along Zamora St., Dagupan City.
In his homily, Archbishop Villegas reflected on the meaning of the archdiocese and how the church of Lingayen-Dagupan is called an “archdiocese”. He mentioned that “we are an archdiocese because of we are a community of life, celebrating the Eucharist; a community for the poor and the young; a community of mission called to become missionaries and evangelizers.
Erection of the Diocese of Lingayen
The Diocese of Lingayen was erected on May 19, 1928, comprising the entire province of Pangasinan. In 1954, because of the destruction brought on Lingayen by World War 11, the See was transferred to Dagupan, and the diocese is now known as the Diocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. On January 12,1985 the western part of Pangasinan was made the Diocese of Alaminos, and the eastern part the Diocese of Urdaneta, both dioceses becoming suffragans of Lingayen-Dagupan along with the dioceses of Cabanatuan, San Jose (Nueva Ecija) and San Fernando (La union). On 16 February 1963 the diocese was elevated to an archdiocese.
The Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista
The present Santuario de San Juan Evangelista was the Cathedral from the late Archbishop Mariano A. Madriaga transferred the seat of the Diocese from Lingayen to Dagupan in 1954. It was the Cathedral up until 1972 when the new Cathedral along Burgos st. was built. However, the official decree transferring the seat of the Cathedral from the “old” to the “new” Cathedral in 1972 was overlooked.
The Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD upon his succession was Metropolitan Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan sought to clarify the question which is truly the Cathedral of the Archdiocese. It was then discovered that the official decree transferring the seat of the Cathedral from the “old” to the “new” was not communicated to the Holy See. Thus, on the 27 December 2010, the official proclamation of the transfer of the Metropolitan Cathedral from the church in Zamora St. to the one along Burgos St. was made.
The Nature of a Sanctuario
The Sanctuario is distinct from the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The Cathedral is the cathedra or seat of the Archbishop of the Lingayen-Dagupan and the mother church of the archdiocese.
The Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista is constituted as a special “sanctuary” which shall promote a special devotion to St. John the Evangelist and a “shrine” for the Blessed Sacrament where adoration can be held regularly.
Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, the Auxiliary of Lingayen-Dagupan, is the Rector of the Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista.
Liturgical Celebrations and Services
A daily mass is celebrated at 12:15 PM . Parochial liturgical services such as funerals, weddings, and baptisms are not ordinarily held at the Sanctuario unless pastoral necessity so demands it. However, the Sanctuario accepts jubilees and anniversaries, such as priestly and wedding anniversaries, and other similar celebrations.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is made available to the faithful everyday at 11:45 AM.
The Sanctuario will occasionally offer activities such as retreats, studies and conferences that would nurture the faithful towards a greater devotion to St. John the Evangelist.
Adoration and Benediction with Evening Prayers
Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD announced to the congregation present the schedule of the regular Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament which is to be celebrated from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM every Monday.
Every First Monday,Vicariate I takes charge of the Adoration and Benediction (BEC, Catechists and Youth, Adorers of the Holy Trinity, Adoration Nocturna and Holy Name Society).
Every Second Monday, Vicariate II takes charge (BEC, Catechists and Youth, Divine Mercy and Charismatic Communities and other covenanted groups).
Every Third Monday, Vicariate III takes charge (BEC, Catechists and Youth, Apostleship of Prayer, Family and Life including CFC, CF, WME).
Every Fourth Monday, Vicariate IV takes charge (BEC, Catechists and Youth, Daughters of Mary Immaculate, Knights of Columbus and Lay Ministers).
The seminarians of the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary, Bonuan Gueset, takes charge of the Adoration every Fifth Monday.