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Circular 2011/38: Neo Catechumenal Communities

December 16, 2011

First Day of Aguinaldo Masses

Circular 2011-38

RE: Neo Catechumenal Communities

My dear  brothers in the priesthood:

In my letter to you on Pentecost Sunday this year entitled “SEEKING COMMUNION IN CHARITY: Pastoral Instructions on the Neo Catechumenal Way”, I laid out some pastoral guidelines to insure that the members of the Catholic faithful who have taken the Way may find themselves always integrated with the parish community life.

On the matter of opening new communities and starting new evangelization, the discretion was entrusted to the parish priests where there are already existing communities. After consulting some members of the presbyterium, it is our discernment that no new communities of the Neo Catechumenal Way must be opened and no new evangelization must be initiated within the year 2012. Instead, the members of the Catholic faithful who have begun walking the Way must just be sustained and guided towards the next steps. We must concentrate our efforts on those who are already walking the Way and refrain from starting new communities until all questions about the Way have been clearly settled.

Furthermore, the guidelines of the archdiocese on the matter of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be diligently observed too when the Masses with the Neo Catechumenal communities are celebrated.  Only duly commissioned EMHC may assist in the distribution of Holy Communion.

Please be guided by this directive and convey the same to the parishioners who are  walking the Way. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

PRAYER FOR THE THEOLOGY SEMINARY

Construction Project

Tarpaulin 2

Generous and loving God

Your blessings are beyond measure

And your love is constant and pure.

Bless our vision of a theology seminary

For the Church in Lingayen Dagupan,

Bless the work we have begun

Bless every priest and seminarian.

I promise to set aside everyday

An amount for the seminary

I will not get tired of giving

Until this vision is fulfilled

I will encourage others to give

I will beg others to pray.

I will not stop dreaming and hoping

That you loving God will make it happen.

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Use me to make it happen.

May we have the new seminary,

When we celebrate our golden!

Amen!

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Pikakasi para Theology Seminary

(Construction Project)

O Dios a mabonlok tan maaro

ag-nasukat iray bendision Yo

mansiansia tan masuri so panangaro Yo.

Bendisionan Yo iyan pilalek mi ya sakey a seminario na theology

para say Simbaan na Lingayen-Dagupan.

Bendisionan Yo so kimey ya ingapo mi.

Bendisionan Yo so balang sakey a pari tan seminarista.

Isipan ko ya mangipireg ak ed inagew-agew

a kantidad para say seminario.

Ag ak nakesawan ya mangiter

anggad sayan pilalek mi so nagamuran.

Tanguyoren ko ray arum ya mangiter.

Mikasi ak ed arum ya mandasal ira.

Ag ak ontonda ya man-pilalek tan man-ilalo

ya Sikayo O Dios ko so manumpal ed saya.

Usar Yo ak pian nasumpal iya.

Oy la komon ta sayan seminario so nasumpal la

no sikami so masilibra na kuma-limamplon taon na arkidiosis mi.

Amen.

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ALD launches Fund Drive for the Theology Seminary

9 December 2011 – Dagupan City. “We need priests because we need Christ.” Hundreds of parishioners from the different parishes of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan listened to the homily of launching of TheologyArchbishop Socrates B. Villegas in a holy mass to launch the fund raising project for the construction of the theology seminary of the Archdiocese. The launching of the fund raising project was one of the three events celebrated by the whole archdiocese.

Libro na Panangaro para Seminario

The  Fund Raising drive will provide for the initial fund for the construction of the Theology seminary.  It will focus on the “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”. The initial drive is also an awareness drive regarding the construction of the new Theologate. It will tap the majority of the faithful of ALL the parishes, chaplaincies, pastoral stations and schools of the Archdiocese.

Each parish/chaplaincy/pastoral station/school shall be given a common “book”, “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”. The book will coNotebook Coverntain the names, address, amount given and signature of the donor. The book after the campaign will be placed in the cornerstone of the new building. There is no fixed amount to be donated. The book will be offered during the 16 February 2012 Eucharistic Celebration opening the Golden Jubilee celebration of ALD. The archdiocese will celebrate its golden jubilee on 16 February 2013.

It is an appeal to history and posterity: that each one with their donation shall become part of the history of the seminary. The donors will be enshrined in the cornerstone.

“It is not the amount that matters. It is the love we have for God, for the church that matters the most”, Archbishop Soc further said in his homily.

A further more widespread fund drive will follow after    the initial drive, “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”.

Why Theology Seminary?

Archbishop Soc said we need priests because we need Christ. We need the seminary to form priests who will give us Christ!

The Archbishop mentioned that 400 hundreds after the first Augustinian friars came to Pangasinan, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan will build the first theology seminary in Pangasinan. “We need to form priests from Pangasinan, for Pangasinan, in the culture of Pangasinan. We need to form priest with the clergy of Pangasinan, among the people of Pangasinan”.

A Legacy that will transcend our lifetime.

Tarpaulin 2The Archbishop encouraged the people to share and to help build the theology seminary. “It is an opportunity given to you today to become part of the construction of the seminary. It is not always that we are given this opportunity. It is  a legacy that will transcend our lifetime. We will all pass away, but the seminary will remain beyond our lifetime, forming priests of Pangasinan  who will be  ever ready to give Christ to you!”

Palapad, San Fabian, Pangasinan

The Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan has assigned a lot in Barangay Palapad, San Fabian, Pangasinan measuring twenty seven thousand square meters as the future site buy Nexium 24HR Acid Reducer, 42 Capsules at Walmart.com. of the theology seminary.

A pious lady architect who has been a recipient of the papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, Architect Susana Castillo, has made the design for the future seminary. Once completed, it will be able to accommodate eighty seminarians who can also take their classes in theology within the same compound.

The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has already two formation houses for future priests: the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary in Binmaley, Pangasinan and the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City.

The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan comprises sixteen municipalities and two cities including the capital town of the Province of Pangasinan. It has a Catholic population of one million two hundred thousand composed of thirty three parishes. There are only fifty nine diocesan priests and twelve religious priests ministering to the huge Catholic population.

As of the year 2011, there are one hundred three high school seminarians, thirty-two seminarians in philosophy and eighteen seminarians in theology. The nearest theology seminary is  three hundred kilometers away from the archdiocese in Vigan City, the Immaculate Conception School of Theology.

Blessing of patronal statues

The blessing of the statues of the patron saints of the different parishes of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan took place before the eucharistic celebration. The slight drizzle could not hold back the enthusiasm of the parishioners from the different parishes to witness the blessing of the statues of their patron saints. The statues were put on the perimeter fence of the St John Cathedral. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has 36 parishes, chaplainces and pastoral stations.12092011426

Launching of Archbishop Soc’s Book

After the mass, the book of Archbishop Soc entitled “Stewards of Jesus” was launched. The book is a collection of homilies, talks and conferences he has given since he arrived in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in 2009. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has embarked on a Stewardship Program since then involving the different parishes, chaplainces, pastoral stations and schools of the archdiocese. Archbishop Soc has consistently been giving stewardship talks to groups of lay leaders who were formed to become the “School of Lay Leaders”. These lay leaders have been attending lectures and conferences given by Archbishop Soc himself since 2010.

Archbishop Soc personally signed the books bought after the mass. The sale of the books will go to the construction of the theology seminary.

Target Cost: PhP 50 Million

12092011415The Archdiocese is raising the seed funds necessary for the start of the seminary construction project from the Catholic lay faithful and clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan. There is a remarkable enthusiasm among of the Catholic faithful with regard to the project. The fund drive hopes to raise five million pesos (PhP5M) from the Catholic faithful as the initial fund for the project. Obviously and understandably, this seed money will not be enough. The fund drive will need  to raise fifty million pesos (PhP50M) for the completion of the project. Archbishop Soc said, “Every donation no matter how small is a gift for the future of the Church. “

To kick off the fund drive, the clergy of the Archdiocese led by the Archbishop were the first to sign the “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”. The Olupan na Laiko na Arkidiosis na Lingayen-Dagupan (ONLA) facilitated the initial signing and collection of donations after the mass.

Making Sense out of the Confusion

We are a nation that seems to thrive in crisis. We live from crisis to crisis and somehow we seem to manage to make the best in us come forth in each crisis.

Among the most recent crisis that we have been faced with Can you write an essay for me on-line in the past weeks is the issue of allowing the predecessor of our present President to travel abroad considering the criminal charges being prepared against her and the resulting animosity between the Chief Executive and the Supreme Court which experts say could lead to more serious political crisis.

It is not for me as your archbishop to pass a judgment on this present state of affairs among our national public servants. I choose to keep my buy Nexium Online from Canada Drug Pharmacy. Nexium 40 mg is used to treat ulcers. Nexium decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach. opinion about these matters to myself. I am a churchman not a politician. But inasmuch as you have asked me to help you see through the current events, let me offer these aids to help you reflect on the current events from the light of our Christian faith. I seek peace. Let me help you seek peace.

The primary question is: Is it the truth? Are the protagonists always candid and forthright with the whole truth? Truth must always be laid out in full. Truth is hurt by partial honesty. It is our duty as responsible citizens to seek the truth ourselves and arrive at our own moral judgment. Do not just parrot what the opposing parties say. Seek the truth. Tell the truth. Defend the truth always. Be open. Resist half truths and lies.

Secondly, is it just? Is it fair to the accused whose innocence we must presume until proven guilty? Is the common good always kept in mind? Is the process just? Is the law observed without fear or favor? Is due process used in pursuit of justice or to cover up an injustice? The goal of due process is not to protect the guilty but to insure that the rule of law is maintained.

Is it respectful of institutions? The institutions in society are there for the common good. We must distinguish between the person in office and the position he holds. Is the Supreme Court respectful of the President and is the President respectful of the Supreme Court regardless of personal differences? We must never be wanting in respect and civility without giving in to hypocrisy and niceties of protocol. Be respectful but do no withdraw from a chance to stand up for the truth.

Is it the most loving thing to do? Would Jesus do what we are doing or say what we are saying? At the end of all of these we will all be judged in the weighing scale of love. Is it compassionate and merciful? Is it kind and charitable? In the conflict between being right and being loving, let us choose to be more loving always. One who loves is always on the side of God who is love himself.

My dear people of God, it is time to take a critical look at the discordant Buy Cialis Online Cheap Free Viagra Samples, Tadalafil In Miami Usa Cheap No Prescription Uk Cialis Shipped From Canada, Cheap Cialis 5 mg Here Cialis 5 20 Shipped From Canada, No Prescription Medicine Buy Cialis 2.5 mg pills By Mail Order, Cheap Cialis Sydney Australia Discount Prices, Tadalafil 10 mg opinions we hear and use the teachings of the Lord to make your own assessment of the current situation. Is it the truth? Is it just? Is it respectful of institutions? Is it most loving?

Pray for guidance to see as Jesus sees. To act as Jesus would act. Take courage. Bawal ang duwag. Manindigan.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan, 6 December 2011

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