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Circular 2012-6: Recollection for Lay Liturgical Ministers 2012

February 16, 2012

Forty-ninth Anniversary of the Archdiocese

Circular 2012-6

RE: Recollection for Lay Liturgical Ministers 2012

My dear brothers in the holy priesthood:

In keeping with a prevailing archdiocesan policy that all lay liturgical ministers must undergo a yearly spiritual recollection, please be informed that the said spiritual formation program will start on February 18 until May 26 this year at the Lay Formation Center in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City from 8:00 am until 4:00pm. The registration fee will be PhP250 per person. The schedule is attached herewith.

Please note likewise that the Ministers of Hospitality, Music Ministers, Ministers of Social Action and parish convent workers will have their own recollections too as indicated in the enclosed flyer.

Finally, the Basic Formation Seminar for new readers and new extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will be on May 13 and 20, 2012.

May reiterate a standing policy, that after three years of continuous ministry as reader or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, these lay liturgical ministers must be advised to take up another ministry either in social action or catechesis. After a year of service in social action or catechesis they may return to the lay liturgical ministry provided they undergo the basic formation seminar again. The rationale behind this ruling is to widen our pool of lay involvement beyond the altar and into the “world”, so that our laity can truly help to “restore all things in Christ” as their lay vocation mandates.

Please choose new readers aged thirteen to twenty five years old and new extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion between twenty five to forty years old.

The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has been calling for the promotion of new evangelization. We cannot be maintainers of the status quo. Let us plunge into deeper waters. Thank you for sharing the dream.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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