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Circular 2011/30: Updating Seminar for Lay Liturgical Ministers

September 26, 2011

Memorial of Sts. Cosmas and Damian

My dear brothers in the ministry:

In pursuit of our pastoral thrust for renewed catechesis and intensified devotion to the Eucharist, we shall conduct the annual renewal seminar for all extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, readers and commentators on all the Saturdays of October and November and the first Saturday of December 2011 at the Lay Formation Center, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. The seminar fee is  PhP200 to cover the expenses for the snacks and lunch.

The “I” of ICTHUS, i.e. integration of faith and life, will be the formation theme for this year. The modules on the “Spirituality of the Social Teachings of the Church” will be given by Father Allan Soriano.

Enclosed is the schedule of formation seminars and the parishes assigned for each of the Saturdays.

According to an existing archdiocesan policy, this seminar is obligatory for all extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, readers and commentators. Their mandate to exercise this liturgical ministry will be revoked if they fail to attend the annual renewal seminar. They must bring a letter of recommendation from the parish priest upon registration at the start of the seminar.

I trust that you share my conviction that what the Church needs now is lay formation for true lay empowerment. Please continue to encourage new and young lay leaders from the parish community. I invoke my blessings upon you and your ministry.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan



(Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion)

October 1: St. Gabriel the Archangel, Holy Cross, Holy Family (Sta. Barbara), Cristo Divino Tesoro, Chapel of the Resurection.

October 8: St. John the Evangelist, St. Therese.

October 15: St. Ildephonse, St. Dominic, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Malasiqui Catholic School.

October 22: St. Hyacinth, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Holy Family (Tandoc), St. Columban’s College, Jesus the Nazarene.

October 29: Annunciation of the Lord, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Sts. Peter and Paul.

November 5: St. John the Evangelist-District, St. Rose of Lima, St. Pius V, St. Joseph the Patriach, Mary Help of Christians.

November 12: Our Lady of Purification, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John the Baptist, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal.

November 19: Epiphany of the Lord, VMUF Chapel, St. Vincent Ferrer.

November 26: Most Holy Rosary, St. Fabian, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Joseph Husband of Mary, St. Anthony of Padua, Binmaley Catholic School.

December 3: Those who were not able to attend their scheduled date can only move to this date. But  it is important to call 515-8306 so that they will be pre-registered on this date.

Circular 2011/17: Commissioning and Renewal Rites of Lay Ministers

May 18, 2011

Circular 2011/17

RE: Commissioning and Renewal Rites of Lay Ministers

My dear brother priests:

Please be reminded that the Commissioning and Renewal Rites of Lay Ministers of the parish must be done during the Principal Mass  of the parish on Pentecost Sunday which falls on June 12 this year. The prescribed rites for the commissioning and renewal have been given to you last year. You are kindly advised to bestow parish commissioning not only to the lay liturgical ministers but also to the social action ministers and catechists in order to underline the various charisms present in the Church.

Acting on the request of the lay ministers (liturgical, social action and catechists) who have completed their various summer updating and formation programs, for a common celebration to mark their completion of the summer requirements, we shall have a Mass on June 11, 2011 at the Cathedral of Saint John for the Lay Liturgical Ministers at 4:00 pm and for the Social Action Ministers and Catechists at 5:30 pm. It will only be a Pentecost Vigil Mass to mark the end of the summer formation program but the Rites of Commissioning and Renewal must still take place the following day in the parish churches with the parish priests presiding at the principal Mass.

Let me take this occasion to assure you of my personal appreciation for your efforts to rekindle the fire of lay ministries in the Church. This is the hope of the Church for this new millennium.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of  Lingayen Dagupan

On Lay Ministries


1. Principle

One of the central teachings of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is the important role that ordinary baptized persons the Laity — have in the Church. They are full-pledged Members of the People of God, full- time constituents of the Church. And they have a proper role to play both within the Church and in the mission of the Church to the world (Cf. VAT II: Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People, 18 November 1965).

2. Institution

Subsequent to the Council, this cardinal teaching on the Lay Faithful progressively became a reality both in the institutional observances within the Church and in the perception of lay persons themselves (Cf. Paul VI, Apostolic Letter “Ministeria Quaedam, 15 August 1972). This Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction wherefore now officially addresses and formally recognizes the existing, emerging and possible Lay Ministries in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Pangasinan.

3. Notion

Lay Ministries are services — functions or tasks — undertaken by the Lay Faithful and exercised for the good of many, whereby they share in the Church’s institutional responsibility of manifesting the presence of Christ’s saving action among the people through their formal Installation into the Ministries concerned by the competent Church Authority as a guarantee of ecclesial communion (Cf. Asian Colloquium on Ministries in the Church, 27 February-March 1977, No. 32).


Subject to the definition of their proper functions according to the nature and implications of their respective tasks, and without prejudice to other lay ecclesial functions in the future that the Church could recognize, the Laity in this Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction now have the following Ministries:

1. Laity in the Worship Ministry

a. Existing Lay Worship Ministers

(1) Special Eucharistic Ministers

(2) Lectors and Commentators

(3) Music/Choir Ministers

(4) Knights of the Altar

(5) Collectors

b. Emerging Lay Worship Ministries

(1) Interior Liturgical Artists

(2) Liturgical Writers/Translators/Publicists

(3) Church Ushers/Usherettes

c. Possible Lay Worship Ministries

(1) Bible Service/Sunday Worship Presiders

(2) Emergency (Danger of Death) Baptizers

(3) Family Altar Servers

(4) Funeral Service/Prayer Presiders

(5) Sacred Triduum Presiders

2. Laity in the Catechetical Ministry

a. Existing Lay Catechetical Ministers

(1) Professional School Catechists

(2) Volunteer School Catechists

(3) Volunteer Student Catechists

b. Emerging Lay Catechetical Ministers

(1) Pre-Cana, Cana, Post-Cana Catechists

(2) BEC Catechists

(3) Formators on Advanced Ecclesiastical Courses

c. Possible Lay Catechetical Ministers

(1) Catechists on Sacred Scriptures

(2) Catechists on Church Social Doctrine

(3) Catechists on Christian Ecology

(4) Catechists on Liturgy

(5) Catechists on the Sacraments/Sacramentals

3. Laity in the Social Action Ministry

a. Existing Lay Social Action Ministers

(1) Ministers for Livelihood Programs

(2) Ministers for Scholarship Programs

(3) Ministers for Health Programs

(4) Ministers for the Poor

(5) Ministers for the Disabled

(6) Ministers for the Sick

(7) Ministers for the Aged

(8) Ministers for the Orphans

(9) Ministers for Disasters/Emergency Situations

(10) Ministers for Fund Raising

b. Emerging Lay Social Action Ministers

(1) Ministers on Parish Church Temporalities

(2) Ministers on Church Construction/Preservation

(3) Ministers on Prisoners’ Welfare

(4) Ministers for Public Affairs

(5) Ministers for Sectoral Apostolates

c. Possible Lay Social Action Ministers

(1) Ministers for OFW Families

(2) Ministers for Skills Development

(3) Ministers for Legal Aid


1. Qualification

To quali1y for basic formation and eventual installation into a Lay Ministry, the faithful concerned should be:

a. A practicing Catholic both in private and public, personal and professional life with good moral standing in the community.

b. An intellectually, physically and emotionally fit subject of the Ministry concerned.

c. A genuinely interested and committed, able and available person to carry out the tasks/functions of the Ministry.

2. Formation

The Candidate for a Lay Ministry should undergo an initial and thereafter an on-going formation on:

a. Human Formation: Self-knowledge as a human person, understanding of human relations, development of human virtues, and the like.

b. Christian Formation: Knowledge and appreciation of Christian Faith and Morals, Church Magisterium, observance of Christian virtues, and the like.

c. Apostolic Formation: Catechesis on the mandate of apostolic service, on the nature and significance of the Ministry concerned, development of the needed ministerial skills, and the like.

3. Installation

The Installation of Lay Ministers is their own personal acceptance of and formal commitment to the Ministry concerned, their official recognition and public admission into the Ministry by the competent Church Authority, subject to the following particulars:

a. That the due attire/vestment is defined.

b. That the Installation Rite is properly observed.

c. That the needed evaluation is made.

d. That the Installation is on a yearly basis.

e. That the necessary ID is given.



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