Archive for January 2012
January 25, 2012
Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul
Re: School of Lay Leaders (Catholic Apologetics)
My brother priests and lay leaders:
We are ready to open another formation series in our School of Lay Leaders (SLL). We invite all parish lay leaders, parish education ministry coordinators and religion teachers from our Catholic schools to avail of this formation program. The forthcoming series will focus on Catholic apologetics so that our Catholic laity can better appreciate the fundamentals of our faith and hopefully be equipped to defend our faith from non-Catholic proselytism.
All the sessions will be held at the Lay Formation Center in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City always at two o’clock in the afternoon on the following dates:
February 25, March 3, April 21, May 12, May 19, May 26 and June 9.
Although the seminars will be completely free, the seminar participants are kindly requested to make voluntary contributions for the upkeep of the Lay Formation Center.
I request our parish priests and school directors to personally select new and younger lay leaders to attend the SLL. There is a need to form a new generation of lay leadership in the archdiocese. As a standing rule, please do not send lay leaders above sixty years old in age.
Thank you even now for sharing the vision of a renewed Church. Oremus pro invicem.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
by Frans Vergel Manaois
At last, the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan (ALD) has now its own monastery.
Said to be the first and only in ALD, the Poor Clare Monastery of Saint James the Apostle located at Brgy. Nancapian, Malasiqui, Pangasinan was inaugurated on January 21, 2012 through a Eucharistic Celebration, Ribbon Cutting and Inaugural Blessing Rites. The mass and the blessing was presided over by Most. Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, with other priests as concelebrants. The cutting of the ribbon was done by Pangasinan’s 3rd District Representative Ms. Rachel Arenas assisted by her mother, who donated the land for the monastery. This event was attended by hundreds of faithful including clergy, nuns, benefactors, and lay people from the different parishes of ALD, and guests from the province of Bataan, where Villegas was previously assigned as bishop.
The said monastery was inaugurated to serve as the house of religious contemplative nuns who will pray for the sanctification of priests and to offer their hidden sacrifices to sustain the church mission for the world.
The lone monastery was constructed due to the dire need foreseen by Villegas of the presence of a monastery of contemplative nuns, which had been absent until the said inauguration, in the archdiocese. Upon his appointment as ALD’s archbishop on November 2009, the erection of a religious contemplative monastery in the archdiocese is “one of the very first concerns I attended to,” he said in his circular letter.
The blessing also became an opportunity for the people present to see the interior of the monastery which was “built by the concerted effort of the Catholic faithful of Pangasinan,” the archbishop acknowledged.
The newly blessed monastery is located in a southern barangay of Malasiqui, Pangasinan. From the town proper, it will take a 20-minute ride using a private vehicle or a tricycle, which is the most common public transportation in the place. It (monastery) is under the jurisdiction of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish (OMPHP) of Canan Norte, Malasiqui, Pangasinan and currently under the pastoral care of Rev. Fr. Democrito Umagtam, OMPHP’s Parish Priest.
Daily mass is said in the monastery by which everyone can participate. #
Frans Vergel Manaois, 16, is the current Parish Youth Leader of OMPHP and the News Editor of Chimes, the Official Publication of the Malasiqui Catholic School. Pictures, courtesy of Father Manuel delos Santos.
January 15, 2012
Feast of the Sto. Nino
My dear brother priests, religious sisters and parish lay leaders:
In order to get the Catholic faithful spiritually ready for the fiftieth anniversary of the elevation of Lingayen-Dagupan as a Metropolitan See, we shall open a year long preparatory period for this milestone ecclesial event. The opening of our Year of Jubilee due to take place on February 16, 2012 will have the following schedule of activities:
- Concelebrated Mass for the Groundbreaking for the Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary to be held at eight o’clock in the morning at the Parish Church of San Fabian. The officers of the parish pastoral council with the parish youth leaders and representative teachers and students from all the Catholic Schools are expected to attend.
- A motorcade from the San Fabian Parish Church to the site of the future seminary in Barangay Palapad will be held right after the Mass. The construction site will be blessed and the names in the Libro na Panangaro Para Seminario will be laid on the site of the future altar of the seminary chapel. The deadline for the submission of the Libro na Panangaro will be on February 8, 2012 in order to qualify for the inclusion in the ground breaking rites.
- The Rite of Opening of the Jubilee Door will start at half past four in the afternoon at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in the presence of all the parish lay leaders, members of lay associations and movements and all male fourth year students of all Catholic schools. All the catechists and Catholic school teachers are likewise expected to attend.
- Having opened the Jubilee Door, the Photo Exhibit for the Jubilee Year will be formally opened too inside the Metropolitan Cathedral. This photo exhibit is due to go around the five vicariates for the whole year. A half hour video presentation on priestly vocation will be shown before the Concelebrated Mass at half past five in the afternoon.
- There will be a barrio fiesta reception at the church patio immediately after the Mass open to everybody.
I entrust these activities to you with a request for your gracious presence and usual wholehearted participation. Thank you even now.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
January 5, 2012
First Thursday of the Year
RE: Our Personal Life of Piety
My dear brothers in the priesthood:
On this first Thursday of the year, I write to you as brother and father and friend in our holy priesthood to remind you of the primordial importance of piety in our personal and public lives as ordained ministers. Thursday holds a special meaning for us because it was on a Thursday that the Lord instituted the sacrament of holy priesthood together with the holy Eucharist.
Among the many spiritual aids to our personal and public piety as priests, I want to point to the three most important—the daily Mass, the daily Liturgy of the Hours and monthly confession. Please do not allow any day of this year 2012 to pass without celebrating Mass even if it is only the altar server with you, even if there are no intentions offered by the Catholic faithful or even if you are on your vacation or weekly day off. Your fidelity to the Liturgy of the Hours is a promise we made at our ordination. It is a serious matter that deserves our diligent observance. As priests our first duty is to be intercessors for the people of God. Finally, the monthly confession will surely keep our feet on the ground acknowledging our sins yet gazing on the face of the Lord who is rich in mercy. A good penitent will also become a good confessor.
The great need of the Church is for more saints. Let us be holy priests together. Holy men can change the destinies of peoples. Humbly, please ask the parishioners to pray for the sanctification of priests this year. Oremus pro invicem.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan