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BY FR. JOSELITO JOPSON, ECE, M.A. COMM, SICL Executive Secretary, CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications

We are enamored by all sorts of gadgets and technological advancements right within our reach.

The world of internet contains the most exciting arena for communications like social networking and establishing links anywhere around the global in an instant.

But despite such advancements, division is still run deep. “The world suffers from exclusion, marginalization, and poverty that borders around the combination of economic, political, ideological and even religious motives.” (Pope Francis, 48th World Communications Day Message)

For this year marking the 48th World Communications Day on Ascension Sunday, the Holy Father Pope Francis underscores an authentic culture of encounter among the people among the vast world of social communications.

Dubbed with the theme, “Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter”, the Holy Father stresses on communication as an “ultimately human rather than a technological achievement.”

Quoting from the document, “A culture of encounter needs a listening ear and an understanding heart that listens to different cultures and traditions.” According to the Holy Father, the parable of the Good Samaritan provides the key to the very heart of communications: “Who is my neighbor?”

The document states: “Communication is not aimed at promoting consumption or manipulating others… We are dealing with a form of violent aggression like that suffered by the man in the parable, who was bitten by robbers and left abandoned on the road. The Levite and the priest do not regard him as a  neighbor, but as a stranger to be kept at a distance. Nowadays, there is a danger that certain media so condition our responses that we fail to see our real neighbor.”

“It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply “connected”; connections need to grow into true encounters.”

The Holy Father explains, “We need to love and be loved. The world of media is called to tenderness… The digital highway is teeming with people who are hurting, men and women looking for salvation or hope.”

The Hole Father Pope Francis encourages all Catholics to practice neighborliness to all even in the vast world of social networks.

“Show that the Church is open to all. The social networks are one way to experience this call to discover the beauty of faith, the beauty of encountering Christ.

Neighborliness demands that we dialogue with men and women, understand expectations, doubts and hopes, and bring them the Gospel, Jesus Himself.

Let our communication be a balm reliving pain and fine wine to gladden our hearts… the challenge of media is to share with others the beauty of God.”

Let us practice neighborliness in social networks and let he beauty of God emanate from this wonderful technology!

Obligatory Prayer against Calamities

May 11, 2014

Good Shepherd Sunday

Circular 2014-15


Dear brothers in the priestly ministry, men and women in consecrated life, brothers and sisters in Christ:

At all times we must pray and invoke the protection of God against every evil and against all troubles. We have been forewarned by experts and scientists that the rest of the year 2014 may be challenging months for the country bringing exceptionally strong typhoons, rains and winds. Let us turn to prayer and beg the Lord for deliverance and protection.

Invoking my authority as head pastor and primary intercessor of the Church in Lingayen Dagupan, I am obliging everyone in our archdiocese to pray the enclosed prayer against calamities and disasters starting May 15, 2014, Memorial of San Isidro Labrador until September 29, 2014, the Feast of the Archangels, in all Masses, after the Liturgy of the Hours and before the first class period in all our Catholic schools.

We cannot control the wrath of nature but we believe that God has power over all creation. Even now, we claim from the hands of Our Lady of Manaoag her motherly protection for her children in Pangasinan.

I enjoin everyone concerned to observe this mandate to pray.

Sincerely yours,


Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan



In the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan

To be prayed BEFORE the Post Communion Prayer

In all Masses from May 15, 2014, Memorial of San Isidro

Until September 29, 2014, Feast of the Archangels


Almighty God, Lord of the universe, Creator of everything, we come to you seeking your divine protection as we face our fears and confront the threats that cause us anxiety.

After every invocation let us say


From strong typhoons

From relentless rains

From destructive earthquakes

From drought and pests

From deadly floods and storm surges

From red tides and fish kills

From deadly lightning

From violence and wars

From corruption and sin

From criminality and terrorism

From selfishness and indifference


Divine Jesus, you calmed the storms and walked over the waters. Give us fine weather. Shield us from distress. Drive away from our land all calamities and disasters of nature. We entrust ourselves you now and forever.

Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, pray for us.



ALD Welcomes New Priest

San Jacinto, Pangasinan —- The Ordination to the Sacred Order of Presbyters of Rev. Jonathan A. Dulay was held at the St. Hyacinth Parish last May 1, 2014.

The Holy Mass was presided by Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. He was also ordaining prelate of the said celebration. It was attended by the ALD clergy, ordinandus’ parents, relatives and friends and parishioners from San Jacinto and neighboring municipalities.

During the Homily, the Archbishop reminded Rev. Fr. Dulay to be a good priest, to be kind, humble and respectful.

Rev. Fr. Jonathan Dulay will be assigned as the Parochial Vicar of the Holy Family Parish in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan. (LingayedTawag)

Bishop Presides Thanksgiving Mass in Honor of John Paul II’s Canonization

San Carlos City, Pangasinan - Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas lead the Mass in line with the canonization of the former Pope and now Saint, John Paul II at the Chaplaincy of Saint John Paul II in Aponit last April 27, 2014 at exactly 5pm. His sermon focused on the life of the saint and his visits on our country in 1981 and 1995.

He highlighted on the sayings of Saint John Paul II stating that the people should proclaim the Word of the Lord which was the first message of the newly canonized Saint. Second was, and one of his most known remarks, do not be afraid. Bishop Villegas teased that he knows that the people of San Carlos are fearsome, tagged with the name “amputi layag.” But he reminded them that bravery is not enough to relay the Word of the Lord; we should all be faithful for we will eventually come back to the House of our Father, as Saint John Paul II’s third message.

As the Mass came to an end, the Bishop instructed the residents of Aponit to not only construct a Church of stone, but to build a strong Faith. A celebration and  thanksgiving feast took place afterwards. (Lyle Lemuel M. Garibay/LingayEdTawag)

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