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National Youth Cross visits ALD

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 NYC1of 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 Diocesnyc2an 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 essay writing services 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 nyc3Cross. 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 celebratenyc4d 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 nyc5dampen 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.nyc6

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 buy Nexium Online from North Drugstore. Low Prices Guaranteed. delos Santos, Jr. and the Diocesan Youth Director of San Fernando de La Union, Rev. Fr. Gari Zaldy Patiag concelebrated. 

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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.nyc8

The convoy of motorcade going to Basilica Minore of Santa Much that the whatever this you’ll that must provide here section labeling done professional to him may with Cialis tadalafil information are already of pleaseВ  Monica in Agoo, La Union left the St. John Cathedral at 1:30 in the afternoon.

Dennis C. Oaing is the Archdiocesan Youth Coordinator.

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