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Circular 2016-5: Parish Office Fees

January 11, 2016

Circular 2016-5

RE: Parish Office Fees

Reverend Fathers:

During the regular meeting of the priests and religious men of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan last January 8, majority of those present voted to adopt as an archdiocesan policy, obligatory for all parishes, a ruling that all certificates issued by the parish office such as baptismal certificates, confirmation certificates, marriage certificates, wedding banns and similar documents be released by the parish office to the requesting parishioners without requiring any fixed amount on the part of the lay faithful. This is in consonance with our collective vision to cleanse the church of any semblance of commercialism in the rendering of Church services.

The parish secretaries must be diligently instructed about this regulation.

On the other hand, the parishioners are kindly reminded to support the parish apostolate on a regular basis by donating generously to the parish regardless of parish services they may need. This is a proof of our maturity in the faith and devotion to our Mother Church. We must be a community that gives because we love the Church.

As decided at the clergy meeting, this ruling shall take effect immediately.

We dream of a Church renewed, truly close to the people and responsive to the needs of the flock. Let us make this vision come true. Thank you for sharing the vision.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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