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Circular 2012-23: Jubilee of 2013 and 2021

August 1, 2012

St. Alphonsus de Ligouri

Circular 2012-23

RE:  Jubilee of 2013 and 2021


My dear brother priests and religious sisters:

I am pleased to send you the program of activities for the Jubilee of Farmers, Fishermen and Laborers for the month of August as part of our preparation for the golden jubilee of LIngayen-Dagupan as a metropolitan archdiocese.

Enclosed too is the musical score and CD of the song “Live Christ, Share Christ” the official hymn approved by the Philippine bishops for the quincentennial  of the first Mass and baptism in the Philippines due to take place on March 16, 2012. Please encourage our parish and school choirs to learn the song as a sign of our communion in faith with the rest of the nation.

I avail of this opportunity to assure you of  my sentiments of fraternal esteem and pastoral affection. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

Circular 2012-22: Using the Nicene Creed

July 31, 2012

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Circular 2012-22

RE: Using the Nicene Creed

My dear brothers in the priesthood and religious sisters:

When the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI opens the Year of Faith on October 11 this year, culminating on the Solemnity of Christ the King next year on November 24, the focal point of all the programs for the year will be the profession of faith. The Holy See has expressed its earnest intention to make the profession of faith a daily prayer for all Catholics. The Holy Father himself wants all Catholics to become more familiar with the Nicene Creed which is the profession of faith prescribed in the Missal for Sundays and solemnities. Here is the translation of the Nicene Creed in the edition of the Roman Missal that is now prescribed for public praying daily beginning October 11:


I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. And one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


In obedience to the Holy See, please observe the following directives:

  1. The Nicene Creed must be taught in all the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan beginning August 1, 2012 in preparation for the opening of the Year of Faith;
  2. Parishes and schools must reproduce copies of the Nicene Creed in order to help our Catholic faithful pray the profession of faith daily beginning October 11.
  3. The Nicene Creed must be prayed by all pupils in our Catholic schools at the start of each class day either in the classroom or after the flag ceremony.
  4. Beginning October 14, 2012, the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Nicene Creed will be the form of the profession of faith that we shall use in all Sunday Masses and solemnities.

Let us avail of the opportunity before us to renew among our Catholic faithful love for the Lord, loyalty to the Church and pride in our Catholic tradition during the Year of Faith and through the years ahead.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop  of Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2012-17: Proper Disposal of Sacred Objects

May 15, 2012

Circular 2012-17

RE: Proper Disposal of Sacred Objects

My dear brother priests and religious sisters:

When the use new English translation of the Roman Missal becomes fully effective on the first Sunday of Advent this year, one of the matters to attend to will be the proper disposal of the old Sacramentary.

Once a religious object is blessed and dedicated for divine worship or veneration, it must be treated with reverence and not be used in either an improper or profane way (cf. Code of Canon Law, #1171). This applies to books, vestments, sacramentals and even spoiled Sacred Species.

The old Sacramentary may be burned and returned to the ground. They may also be placed inside the caskets of the Catholic faithful and buried with the mortal remains. Old and tattered vestments including albs and sotanas must be burned likewise and not used as rags. Vessels like chalices and ciboria that cannot be repaired anymore must be melted and reused for sacred vessels again. It is not permitted to sell or give away monstrances, reliquaries and vessels and use them as house decorations. The unused holy oils of last year must be burned or used for the vigil lamps for the Blessed Sacrament. A broken rosary or statue that cannot be repaired anymore must also be buried.

What has been dedicated to God must not be thrown out like any disposable object. They must be treated with respect and reverence always. In all these, the admonition is to always keep in mind the sense of the sacred in a world that seems so engrossed on the mundane. We are sacraments of the presence of God ourselves.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2012-16: Liturgy of the Neo-Catechumenal Way

May 14, 2012

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

Circular 2102-16

RE: Liturgy of the Neo Catechumenal Way

My dear brother priests:

With regard to the questions that our parish priests have raised about the practices of the Neo Catechumenal Way in the celebration of the Eucharist, I have sought the assistance of the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. Enclosed with this circular is the position of the said Episcopal Commission regarding the matter.

Please take note that the only permission granted to the Way is the transfer of the Rite of the Peace after the Prayer of the Faithful and the reception of Holy Communion  under both species either kneeling down or standing up but not sitting down.

Other than these two permissions, the Masses celebrated for the members of the Neo Catechumenal Way must strictly observe the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and the other instructions of the Congregation for Divine Worship. In particular, the hosts and wine to be used for the Eucharist must be the same as those used in the dioceses of the Philippines. The lay faithful may be allowed to preach in the church or in oratory outside the Mass (Redemptionis Sacramentum, 161).

I entrust these clarifications to your kind information and faithful observance. Please  be assured of my pastoral concern.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2012-14: Annual Clergy Retreat

April 21, 2012

Memorial of Saint Anselm, Bishop and Doctor

Circular 2012-14

RE: Annual Clergy Retreat

My dear brother priests:

Please be informed that the annual clergy retreat for the diocesan and religious priests ministering in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will be held on July 31 to August 4, 2012 at the Betania Retreat House in Tagaytay City. Needless to say, this spiritual formation activity is an obligation imposed on us by the Church and therefore must be fulfilled with utmost diligence and fidelity.

A bus will transport all of us to the retreat venue leaving the Saint John Cathedral   in Dagupan City at 7:00 am on July 31. The same bus will bring us back to Pangasinan on August 4 after breakfast.

As you know by experience, annual clergy retreats are also grace filled occasions for strengthening our fraternal communion in our holy vocation. I am sending out this notice ahead of time so that the parish personnel can block off the dates in your book of appointments even now.

Thank you for the steadfast kindness.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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