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Circular 2011/29: Announcement of Mass Intentions

September 21, 2011

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle

My dear brothers in the priestly ministry:

In order to instill liturgical order and discipline, the following observances are hereby made mandatory for the whole Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan on the matter of announcing Mass intentions, effective October 1, 2011:

  1. The Mass intentions must be announced before the singing of the entrance song according to the format herein enclosed. It is considered liturgical abuse to read these intentions in the introductory part of the Mass or during the Presentation of Gifts or even worse within the Eucharistic  Prayer or while Holy Communion is being distributed. Although the Mass intentions may also be proclaimed during the Prayers of the Faithful, for the sake of unity and harmony, you are advised to have the intentions read before the entrance song as mandated herein.
  2. Care must be taken such that the announcement of Mass intentions does not delay the beginning of the Mass according to the generally known schedule.
  3. The Mass intentions are to be clustered by the parish secretary according to three basic classifications: thanksgiving, special intentions and eternal repose. It is not necessary to include specific occasions like “birthdays, anniversaries, novenas for the dead or the similar occasions.”
  4. According to a long tradition of the Church, only the baptismal names without surnames are mentioned in the Mass intentions. Civil or professional titles like “doctor” or “engineer” or even positions in government must not be attached to the baptismal names to be mentioned.
  5. The Catholic faithful must be instructed appropriately that the practice of making offerings for Mass intentions does not make the Mass the private prayers of the donors. It is rather a request for the parish community to pray for the intentions proposed. The Catholic faithful who make the Mass offerings must also make every effort to be present at the Masses where their intentions are to be prayed for.
  6. The list of Mass intentions properly clustered and written out in the attached prescribed format must be read at the beginning of the Mass. It is considered liturgical abuse to read out the names of those who made Mass offerings from the envelopes that are brought forward during the Presentation of Gifts.
  7. Pastoral caution must be taken to avoid any appearance of commercialism or secularism in the dispensation of liturgical services.
  8. The monetary offerings for Mass intentions are to be used for the charity work of the Church, for the upkeep of the facilities for divine worship and for the sustenance of the ministers of the Church.

It is our solemn duty to insure that liturgical order and discipline is maintained in the parish churches, barangay chapels and in every place where Mass is celebrated.

I trust that you will instruct your parish secretaries and Mass  commentators to heed the these directives and observe them diligently.

I invoke the blessings of God upon all who contribute to making the liturgical acts of the parish true occasions of encounter with the Almighty.

Sincerely  yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan


The Parish Secretary is given this format for the Mass intentions. It is filled up in the office and given to the assigned Mass Commentator to be read before the Mass.

Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ! (Masantos a kabwasan ed sikayon amin, agagik ira ed Kristo!)

or, Good afternoon brothers and sisters in Christ! (Masantos a ngarem ed sikayon amin, agagik ira ed Kristo!)

or, Good evening brothers and sisters in Christ! (Masantos a labi ed sikayon amin, agagik ira ed Kristo!)

Welcome to the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our parish community requests you to join our fellow parishioners in their thanksgiving for special blessings received from the Lord. They are:

(Kekerewen na say Parokya ya mikasakey tayo ed saray parokiano tayon misasalamat ed saray bindision ya naawat da ed say Katawan. Sikara di:)

For the Parish secretary, write only first names. Do not mention “offered by”. Do not mention reasons like “passing the exams or birthday”.

Likewise we beg you to pray for the special intentions of the following brothers and sisters in our parish community:

(Ontan met, kekerewen mi ya ipikasi yo ray special ya intension na sarayan onguendan ya agagi tayo:)

For the Parish secretary, write only first names. Do not mention “offered by”. Do not mention  intentions like “Speedy recovery, or board exam”, etc.

Lastly let us pray for the eternal repose of our departed loved ones:

(Ipikasi tayo met so maandon inawa na saray inararo tayon andilad bilay:)

For the Parish secretary, write only first names. Do not mention “offered by”. Do not mention “death anniversary” or “lapag”, etc.

Let us bow down our heads and recognize the presence of God in His holy temple.

(Ontewek tayon amin tan birbiren tayo so masanton kiwawala na Dios ed sayan masanton timplo Da:)

After one minute of silence:

Please stand and sing the entrance song.

(Onalgey tayo tan kantaen tayo so entrance song.)

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