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Circular 2018-1: Decade of Communio

Opening our Decade of Communio for our One Hundredth Year

We are men and woman of communio. We are men and women of faith. We are Christians of hope. When we reach the year 2028, the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will celebrate our centennial jubilee as a diocese. The Diocese of Lingayen was declared on May 19, 1928 by Pope Pius XI. The diocese was renamed Lingayen Dagupan on February 11, 1954 by Pope Pius XII and was raised as a metropolitan archdiocese on February 16, 1963 by Blessed John XXIII. Our first Bishop was Bishop Cesar Maria Guerero.

We look forward to the Year 2028 with great hope, firm faith and steadfast love and hopefully a stronger communio.

In order to celebrate fittingly this centenary of our Church, we shall observe a DECADE of COMMUNIO starting the year 2018 until 2027. The Year 2028 will be our CENTENNIAL JUBILEE OF COMMUNIO. This Decade of Communio we pray will be the fitting time to implement the declarations and decrees of the Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan.

Here are the themes for every year in our Decade of Communio:

2018 Tawir na Pananisia (CBCP Year of Priests and Religious), 2019 Tabin (CBCP Year of the Youth), 2020 Pandurungo (CBCP Year of Ecumenical Dialogue), 2021 Dayew tan Pisasalamat (CBCP 500th anniversary of the first Mass and first baptism), 2022 Panaabetan, 2023 Aro tan Panangasi, 2024 Panangasikaso tan Panaglingkor, 2025 Panagpaabeba, 2026 Pasimbalo, 2027 Sipanan.

Today, the first day of January and the first day of our Decade of Communio leading to our centennial, we entrust the See of Lingayen Dagupan to Mary, Mother of God.

True devotion to Mary must lead us to Jesus. If our Marian devotion does not lead to the imitation of Jesus her Son, this devotion is a dead end road. Mary’s path leads to Jesus and the road of Jesus is our way to the Kingdom. We open our ten year preparation under the guidance of Mary.

How shall we imitate Mother Mary as the Mother of Communio? Three words in Latin describe her pilgrimage of faith.

The first is FIAT. It is her obedience, loving and faithful obedience that opened new paths of hope for humankind. Her willingness to be part of the plan of the Father by allowing her body to be the vessel of the Son of God for nine months reversed the disobedience of Eve. Mary the new Eve gave her total unconditional YES, her FIAT. The root of all discipleship is obedience.  Love is obedient.

The second word is MAGNIFICAT.  In proclaiming the greatness of the Lord, Mary shows us that an obedient heart is ever grateful and always happy. We are known as Catholic in the celebration of the Eucharist. Eucharist is thanksgiving. Every Eucharist is a magnificat offering to the Father. Imitate Mary in her joyful and humble thanksgiving every day.

The last word is STABAT.  Mary standing beneath the cross is the woman of courage. The test of love is sacrifice. The proof of faith is martyrdom. At the foot of the cross, Mary is Queen of Martyrs and Lady of Sorrows. Follow Jesus all the way to the cross and beyond the cross to the empty tomb. Look at Mary. With Mary, look at Jesus. Fix your gaze on Jesus.

The Gospel today laid it out quite clearly. Mary treasured all of these in her heart. At the annunciation or at the visitation; on the way of the cross or at calvary; Mary was the contemplative disciple. Ten years from now, may we become a Church in contemplation ready for the mission!

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, January 1, 2018

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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Sikatayo so totoo’y communio. Sikatayo so totoon mananisia. Sikatayo so Cristiano na ilalo. No nasabi tayo so taon 2028, mansilibra so Arkidiosis na Lingayen-Dagupan na centennial jubilee ya sakey a diosesis. Say Diocesis na Lingayen-Dagupan so inletneg nen Mayo 18, 1928  di Papa Pius XI. Saya so tinawag na Lingayen-Dagupan nen Pebrero 11, 1954 di Papa Pius XII tan saya so nagmaliw ya metropolitan archdiocese nen Pebrero 16, 1963 lapud si Beato Juan XXIII. Say unaan ya Obispo tayo et si Obispo Cesar Maria Guerrero.

Maliket tayon alagaren so taon 2028 ed baleg ya ilalo, malet ya pananisia tan matoor ya panangaro tan mas mabiskeg ya communio.

Pian makana so pansilibra tayo na say kuma-sanlasus na Simbaan tayo, silibraan tayo so DECADE of COMMUNIO odino, DEKADA na COMMUNIO manlapud  2018 ya anggad 2027. Say taon 2028 so CENTENNIAL JUBILEE of COMMUNIO (SANALASUS TAON NA JUBILEO NA COMMUNIO). Sayan Dekada na Communio so dugan panaon ya panangipasumpal na saray bangat tan ley na Kumadwan Sinodo na Lingayen-Dagupan.

Saraya so onguendan ya tema kada taon ed Dekada na Communio:

2018 Tawir na Pananisia (Taon na Pari tan Religioso na CBCP), 2019 Tabin (Taon na Kalangweran na CBCP), 2020 Pandurongo (Taon na Pantotongtong Ekumenikal na CBCP), 2021 Dayew tan Pisasalamat (500 Aniversario na unaan a Misa tan Binyag na CBCP), 2022 Panaabetan, 2023 Aro tan Panangasi, 2024 Panangasikaso tan Panaglinkor, 2025 Panagpaabeba, 2026 Pasimbalo, 2027 Sipanan.

Natan, ed sayan unaan ya agew na Enero tan unaan ya agew na Dekada na Communio ya mamaarap ed say kuma-sanlasus tayo, imamatalek tayoy Simbaan na Lingayen-Dagupan ed si Maria, Ina na Dios.

Say twan dibosyon ed si Maria so mantanguyor ed sikatayod si Jesus. No say dibosyon tayod si Maria et agto mantanguyor ed sikatayon tumboken si Jesus, ya Anak to, anggapoy kakanaan to yan dibosyon. Say dalan nen Maria et mamaarap ed si Jesus tan say dalan nen Jesus et dalan ya mamaarap ed say Panarian. Lukasan tayo yan samploy taon ya panagparaan ed silong na panangiwanwan nen Maria.

Panon ya oliran tayo si Inan Maria, ya Inan na Communio? Taloran Latin a salita so mangipaliwawa na sayan panagakar ed pananisia.

Say unaan et FIAT. Ed say inkatulok nen Maria, maaro tan matoor ya panagtulok, so angilukas na balo ran dalan na ilalo para say too. Say mabolos ya magmaliw ya kabiangan ed say plano na Ama diad say inpanabuloy ton magmaliw ya iyanan na Anak na Dios so laman to na siam bulan, so amaliktar ed say andi-inkatolok nen Eba. Si Maria ya balon Eba so angiter na nagnap tan anggapoy kondisyon ya ON, say FIAT to. Say lamot na amin ya inkadisipulo et say panagtolok. Say aro et panagtolok.

Say kumadwan salita ed MAGNIFICAT. Diad inpangitanduro nen Ina so Katawan, inpanengneng nen Maria ed sikatayo ya say matoor a puso so lawas misalamat tan maliket. Kabat itayo ya Catoliko diad panag-silibra tayo na Eukaristia. Say Eukaristia et pisasalamat. Kada Eukaristia, sakey ya bagat ya magnificat ed say Ama. Tumboken si Maria diad say maliket tan mapaabeban pisasalamat tod inagew-agew.

Say kaunoran ya salita et STABAT. Si Maria so akaalagey ed silong na krus; sikato so biin masibeg. Say subok na panangaro et sakripisyo. Say pakapatnagan na pananisia et martiria. Diad salien na krus, si Maria so Reyna na saray Martires tan Ina na Kaermenan. Tumboken si Jesus ya anggad krus tan anggad lampas na krus diad anggapoy iyan ya lubok. Nengnengen si Maria. Nengnengen si Jesus ya kaibay Maria. Say mata so ineng-neng ed si Jesus.

Saya so inpalapag a malinew na Ibanghilyo natan. Insinop nen Maria ed puso  to irayan amin. Diad Inpangikabat odino diad Inpanbisita; diad dalan na krus odino diad Kalbaryo: si Maria so disipulon mamomotektek. Diad arapey samploy taon, magmaliw tayo komon a Simbaan ya manmomotektek, akaparaan para misyon!

Diad Katedral na San Juan Ibanghelista, Dagupan City, January 1, 2018.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

 

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