April 1, 2011
Re: Archdiocesan Youth Day
My brothers in the priesthood:
We have an opportunity before us to put into practice the spirituality of stewardship that we have been preaching about since the start of the Lenten season.
The Parish of Saint Rose of Lima in Domalandan, Lingayen, the host of the 2011 Archdiocesan Youth Day, is in need of financial aid in order to cover the expenses of this church event. Those among us who have been host parish priests know the great demands that this undertaking entails.
In response to the appeal for help from a member of our spiritual family, we shall hold a second collection for the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry in all the Masses on April 17, 2011, Palm Sunday. Incidentally, this special collection for the youth coincides with the turn over of the World Youth Day Cross by Pope Benedict XVI to the host country of the next World Youth Day. You can animate the parish youth leaders to spearhead this collection.
Secondly, I am inviting all the parishes to make a stewardship contribution for the 2011 Archdiocesan Youth to be remitted to the Chancery by April 15. In the spirit of stewardship, we will not impose a quota on parishes but instead appeal to your sense of fraternal solidarity and communion. Let us start to live our Lenten homilies and set an example for the Catholic faithful.
Even now, please receive my pastoral blessings and fraternal confidence in your priestly stewardship. Thank you.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS, DD
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan