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Circular 2018-5: Ministry of Mery

March 12, 2018

Circular 2018-5

RE: Ministry of Mercy

Reverend Fathers:

In order to respond pastorally to the serious problem of drug abuse and the alarming cases of extra judicial killings related to the drug problem in the past two years, we constituted last year an archdiocesan MINISTRY OF MERCY  to extend pastoral assistance to the affected families including those orphaned by the killings.

By the grace of God, we are prompted to move forward to a wider and more focused program to attend to the various pastoral aspects of the socio-pastoral problem of drug dependence, sale and abuse.

The Ministry of Mercy will now have three interrelated components namely, Education and Prevention Advocacy (EPA), Community and Family based Rehabilitation of drug dependents (CFR) and the Ministry of Compassion to the families of EJK victims (MC-EJK).

The Ministry of Mercy will be under the Ministry of Social Action (MISA) in the spirit of our Synod.

There will be a Seminar Training Program for the Ministers of Mercy to be held on April 5, 2018, Thursday, from 8:00am until4:00 pm at the Lay Formation Center, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City.

Each parish must DILIGENTLY and PRUDENTLY choose THREE lay leaders who can be assigned to each of the three component teams of the ministry, that is, Education and Prevention Advocacy (EPA), Community and Family Based Rehab (CFR) and Ministry of Compassion to the families of EJK victims (MC-EJK). Please refrain from sending just anyone available. The diligent selection will insure the stability of this important pastoral ministry.

After a general introduction to open the seminar, the parish Ministers of Mercy will be divided immediately into three workshop groups each with a competent resource person trainer to equip them for their particular tasks.

I plead with you to prepare for this post Easter training seminar. We have a duty from the Lord to take care of the least of our brethren and we will be judged at the sunset of life by what we did to the least of our brethren. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

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