Archive for August 2011
August 31, 2011
Tenth Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination
My brothers in the priesthood:
Time and again in informal discussions and fraternal gathering, the matter of opening a theological seminary for the formation of our own future priests within our ecclesiastical province has been brought forward. The time has come for us to seriously consider this proposal in the context of prayerful discernment and fraternal consultation.
As an initial step in the process, we have constituted an ad hoc commission to study extensively the advantages and disadvantages of opening an archdiocesan theological seminary under the chairmanship of Bishop Renato Mayugba with the following priests as members: Father Mario Morales, Father Jeremias Cera, Father Oliver Mendoza and Father Nicasio Villamil.
You are kindly requested to bring forth to any member of the ad hoc commission your valued opinions on this very important matter for the archdiocese so that we can arrive at a decision in the context of prayer and communal discernment.
I plead with you to offer prayers and sacrifices so that the will of God may be clearly shown to us on such an important Church concern that will certainly affect the future of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
Oremus pro invicem.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
August 22, 2011
Memorial of the Queenship of Mary
Dear brother priests, religious men and women and Catholic laity:
The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan will participate actively in the rosary campaign entitled “A Million Roses for the World”, a campaign among Filipinos living in the Philippines and in other parts of the world to pray the rosary from October 7, 2011, Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, until May 31, 2012, Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
For each and every day within the prayer campaign, a nation will be prayed for by rosary praying Filipinos. The assigned for each day may be downloaded from www.millionrosesfortheworld.org. I encourage our Catholic faithful to join this rosary prayer campaign – Filipinos at Prayer, Peace for All Nations!
In particular, I wish to encourage everyone to participate in “One Point One on Eleven Eleven”. It is a campaign to pray one million one hundred rosaries all over the Catholic schools, colleges and universities nationwide at eleven o’clock in the morning on the eleventh of November this year twenty eleven (11 am on 11-11-2011). This will be a good occasion to animate our youth to love this beautiful prayer of the Church.
The rosary is the life of our Blessed Lord from the eyes of His Blessed Virgin Mother. This campaign aims to teach our youth that prayer can change the world and people who pray can change the destinies of peoples. Indeed there can be no world peace without prayer.
From September 1 until 30, the enclosed prayer of commitment for the rosary campaign must be prayed in all Masses within the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan before the Post Communion Prayer. I encourage the parish priests and school directors to reproduce copies of this prayer so that the Catholic faithful can join every time it is prayed.
The schools and parishes must animate and prepare their respective Christian communities for the simultaneous rosary praying on November 11, 2011 at 11:00 am.
Let us campaign together to make every priest, religious and layperson in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan a prayerfully pious child of Mary whom we lovingly venerate in Manaoag. I invoke the blessings of God upon you all.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
Prayer of Commitment
A Million Roses for the World: Filipinos at Prayer, Peace for All Nations
Almighty God, we adore you and we praise you for blessing Mary among all women and creating her full of grace.
Through Mary, we received Jesus your Son whose birth had made all things new for us here on earth.
We seek your blessing through her praying hands, so that peace may reign in the world and harmony may be established among all nations.
I commit to pray the rosary everyday, as much as possible with my family, for each and every nation on earth so that war may end, famine may cease, terrorism may stop, justice may reign and only your love and mercy may prevail.
I commit to live in the state of grace, to avoid all occasions of sin and to receive Holy Communion as frequently as my situation may allow so that your name may be glorified and all peoples may kneel down before you God of Peace in worship, adoration and thanksgiving, now and forever. Amen.
by Dennis C. Oaing
Dagupan City – 10 August 2011. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan welcomed the National Youth Cross last August 6-10, 2011. The Cross which goes on a pilgrimage throughout the country is made of wood and hand painted depicting on the vertical bar, the story of Emmaus and on the horizontal bar, the faces of young people representing the 14 region of Catholic Youth Ministry in the Philippines. The National Youth Cross is the first ever Cross created for the Philippine Catholic Youth Ministry. The Episcopal Commission on Youth, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, decided to come up with a cross which will have a pilgrimage all over the Philippines.
Motorcade to and from Alaminos
The Youth Ministers of the Archdiocese together with Rev. Fr. Manuel Delos Santos, Jr., the Archdiocesan Youth Director, went on a motorcade to Alaminos City, Pangasinan last August 6, 2011 to fetch the National Youth Cross. A Send-off Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral was celebrated at 2PM with the Most Rev. Marlo M. Peralta, DD, Bishop of Alaminos as celebrant. Rev. Fr. Jonas Centeno, the Diocesan Youth Director of Alaminos, endorsed to the youth ministers of Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan the National Youth Cross.
Young people and other youth ministers were at the St. John, the Evangelist Cathedral, Dagupan City to welcome the National Youth Cross. Most Rev. Renato P. Mayugba,DD, the Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, presided at the Welcome Eucharistic celebration at 6:00 o’clock in the evening. A public veneration of the Cross followed until 10:00 o’clock that night.
Visit to the Vicariates
The National Youth Cross started its journey within the Archdiocese on August 7, Sunday. St. Therese Parish was the first parish visited by the National Youth Cross. It was enthroned in the gymnasium of the Divine Word Academy of Dagupan for the young people of Vicariate I. Mr. Daryl Rev E. Lomibao, Vicariate I Youth Coordinator encouraged his audience to embrace the Cross and look at it as a blessing rather than a burden. The program ended with Taize prayer meditation. The Youth Coordinators of Vicariate II came to fetch the Cross. Rev. Fr. Jasper Hebron, Vicariate II Youth Director gave the final blessing to the assembly after the Cross had been turned-over to them.
For its journey to Vicariate II, the Cross was brought to Most Holy Rosary Parish, Calmay via Fluvial Parade across the river. From the riverbanks, it was joyfully welcomed by animators dancing to the tune of “Make A Stand”, the CBCP-Year of the Youth theme song. And as it made its way toward the parish church, it was greeted with sprays of confettis and a playing Drum and Lyre Corps. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Fernan Estrada celebrated the Welcome Mass for the Cross. After the Mass in Calmay, a motorcade going to its host-parish in Vicariate II followed. After the enthronement, the young people and community of Jesus, the Nazarene Parish, Dulag welcomed the Cross with a Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Edmond Galicia, MMHC, Rev. Fr. Augustine Aldana, MMHC and assisted by Rev. Cyril Jalandoon and Bro. Alex. Supper followed afterwards, and then a program was held which includes a talk by Ms. Janice R. Hebron.
On August 8, Monday, the Cross was brought to St. Rose of Lima Parish, Domalandan, Lingayen. Students from St. Columban’s Institute and a public school lined along the streets leading to the parish church while waving colourful flaglets. A Holy Mass was celebrated with Rev. Fr. Romwel O. Fabregas, after which the students were given time to venerate the Cross while offering flowers. For some minutes, the Cross stayed then afterwards it travelled again going to Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, Lingayen where, once again it was welcomed joyfully with colourful pop-up confetti and playing Drum and Lyre Corps. A Holy Mass attended by the students of schools located in Lingayen was celebrated with Rev. Fr. Francis Posadas. After the Mass, the Cross stayed for a while to give the young people a chance to venerate it. By 11:30 that morning it travelled to its last parish destination in Vicariate II, Our Lady of Purification Parish, Binmaley. Mild rain showers that afternoon did not dampen the enthusiasm of the young people, composed mainly of students from Binmaley Catholic School, public school and Seminarians from Mary, Help of Christians Minor Seminary who lined the streets and throwing sprays of flower petals as the Cross passed. A short orientation about the Cross was given by Ms. Lorena Luna, the designated guardian of the Cross in its travel to the Northern Luzon Region, then veneration followed after the praying of the CBCP-Year of the Youth Prayer.
The Cross was taken on a motorcade to catholic schools and parishes of Vicariate IV. The Cross was finally brought to its host-parish in Vicariate IV, Holy Family Parish, Tandoc, San Carlos City. Taize prayers and overnight vigil by the youth were celebrated. Both the Welcome and Send-off Mass were presided by Rev. Fr. Hernan Caronongan.
On August 9, Tuesday, the youth ministers of Vicariate III came to fetch the Cross. It travelled all the way to St. Joseph, the Patriarch Parish, Mapandan where the students of Mapandan Catholic School and young parishioners attended the 10:00 am Mass which was presided by Rev. Fr. Antonio Ray Quintans. By 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon, the Cross was again brought on a motorcade to visit the Catholic Schools of Vicariate III. Orientation about the Cross, prayers and veneration also accompanied the visitation.
Send-off Ceremonies to La Union
A Send-off Mass in St. Joseph Parish at 6:15 am on August 10, Wednesday,was celebrated before the Cross was brought back to St. John, the Evangelist Cathedral in Dagupan City. The Send-off Mass and Turn-over Rites was presided by Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. Rev. Fr Jasper R. Hebron, Rev. Fr. Eric Galivo, Rev. Fr. Edilberto Calderon, Rev. Fr.Manuel delos Santos, Jr. and the Diocesan Youth Director of San Fernando de La Union, Rev. Fr. Gari Zaldy Patiag concelebrated.
In his homily, the Archbishop Villegas gave 3 T’s about the symbol of the Cross: Truth, Total and Temporary. He said that the Cross should remind us of the truth that God gave his only Son to die on the Cross for us because of the total and unconditional love He has for us. The Cross should remind us that all our burdens and trials are temporary because through it we could hope for the life to come just as Jesus conquered death on the Cross and granted us salvation.
Rev. Fr. Manuel delos Santos, Jr. together with the youth ministers of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan endorsed the National Youth Cross to the youth ministers of Diocese of San Fernando de La Union.
The convoy of motorcade going to Basilica Minore of Santa Monica in Agoo, La Union left the St. John Cathedral at 1:30 in the afternoon.
Dennis C. Oaing is the Archdiocesan Youth Coordinator.
Antipolo City – 5 August 2011. At the Good Shepherd Spiritual Center, Antipolo City, the clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, reflected and prayed, celebrated and proclaimed the grace and the glory of their priesthood during their annual retreat held from 1-5 August 2011. The theme of the retreat was “Amazing Grace”. There were 71 members of the clergy who took part in the retreat including Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan and Bishop Renato P. Mayugba, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese
Emptiness. Helplessness. Fullness.
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas presided over the opening mass to begin the retreat. The Archbishop shared with the clergy the proper dispositions in entering the retreat: emptiness and helplessness in the light of the Gospel of Matthew on the miraculous feeding of the five thousand.( Mt 14:13-21) God gives always in fullness to those who come to Him in emptiness and helplessness. He delivered another reflection after the Mass during the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. He talked about the sacrament of penance, the fruit of discovering one’s emptiness and helplessness. He said, “Truth to tell, emptiness, helplessness and fullness is the story of God’s love for us”.
A Team of Facilitators
Fr. James Ferry, MM, a Maryknoll priest, was the first who shared with the clergy on “The Priesthood is a Grace” and “The Glory of Being Priests”. The second day was a sharing from the residents of Nazareth, led by Bob Garon. The third day was a sharing on the “The Priest and the Heart of Jesus” and on “The Priest in the Theology of Pope Benedict XVI" by Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ.
Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Bishop of Antipolo, presided over the culminating mass.