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Circular 2015-3: Formation of Lay Liturgical Ministers

My dear brother priests and parish lay liturgical ministers:

The seasons of Lent and Easter will be the formation season for the new lay liturgical ministers as well as the lay liturgical ministers due for their annual renewal.

Please be reminded that the following regulations are normative for the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan:

  1. The Ministry of Readers is open for the Catholic laity between 13 to 30 years old. The Reader must have received full Christian initiation, i.e., baptized, confirmed and have received First Communion. If married, they must be canonically married and living exemplary Christian life. They must be fluent in Pangasinan and English.
  2. The Extraordinary Ministers of Holly communion must be MALE between 25 to 50 years old and must have received full Christian initiation, i.e., baptized, confirmed and have received First Communion. If married they mist be canonically married and living exemplary Christian life.
  3. Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who have served for three continous years and were obliged to take a break from their liturgical ministry and engage in other forms of lay ministry like catechesis, social action, music, greeters or other apostolates may return to the liturgical ministry but only after going through the required formation seminars and having engaged in the ministry of catechesis or charity during their leave. The age requirement must be observed. This pastoral directive was laid in order to stress the importance of the ministry of charity and catechesis in the Church. We should have more lay leaders active in society than at the sanctuary. The arena of the laity is social transformation not altar ministry.
  4. It is pastorally necessary to recruit new lay leaders in the parishes and schools in order to insure the continuous transmission of the Christian faith to future generations. Ours is a young church. We cannot allow ministries to age.
  5. The probationary readers and extraordinary ministers of the Holy Communion who were deputed last advent season must attend the seminar for the new lay liturgical ministers. They cannot continue their probationary ministry beyond Pentecost 2015.

All the formation seminars will be held at the Lay Formation Center in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City. The schedule is enclosed with this circular.

The registration fee for the renewal seminars for Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, ushers, music ministers, altar servers and Mother Butler Guild members will be PhP250.00 to cover two snacks and lunch and seminar materials.

For the new Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, a two day seminar will be required before initial commissioning. They must present a letter of recommendation from the parish priest or school director and will pay the PhP250.00 registration fee for two days. The parish priests are kindly requested to financially assist the youth lectors with regard to the fees considering that they are still minors without employment.

I hope you can disseminate the information ahead of time in order to give our laity sufficient time to reserve the dates in their personal schedules.

Let me reiterate the serious pastoral duty to recruit new and young Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and open opportunities for Church involvement to more parishioners. We dream of Church renewed. Real lay empowerment is lay formation.

The blessing of the lay liturgical ministers, social action ministers and Christian  formation ministers will beheld in the principal Mass of the parish on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015.

I seek the kind help of my brother priests to explain the rationale of the archdiocesan ruling properly and so as to avoid unnecessary hurt feelings. We are taking this direction in the spirit of the new evangelization.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

EMHC/Lectors and Commentators — Updating Seminary 2013

February 2, 2013

St. John the Evangelist Parish

St. John the Evangelist District

February 9, 2013

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

San Antonio de Padua

Chapel of the Resurrection

St. Catherine of Sienna

February 23, 2013

Our Lady of Purification

Our Lady of Immaculate Heart

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Sto. Tomas Catholic School

March 2, 2013

St. Vincent

Mary Help of Christians

San Isidro Labrador

San Lorenzo Ruiz

March 9, 2013

Epiphany of our Lord

Sta. Barbara

St. Columban’s College

March 16, 2013

St. Ildephonse

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Visitation of the BVM

Malasiqui Catholic School

March 23, 2013

St. Hyacinth

Most Holy Rosary, Calmay

San Fabian

April 6, 2013

Sts.  Peter and Paul

Cirsto Divino Tesoro

Pastoral Station SB

St. Pius V

April 13, 2013

Annunciation of the Lord

Holy Cross

Binmaley Catholic School

April 20, 2013

St. Therese

St. Joseph

April 27, 2013

St. Rose of Lima

St. John the Baptist

St. Joseph Husband of Mary

May 4, 2013

St. Dominic

St. Charles Academy


Holy Family, Tandoc

Blessed John Paul II

Jesus the Nazarene

May 11, 2013

St Gabriel the Archangel

St. Thomas Aquinas

March 25, 2013

Music Ministry

March 26, 2013

Altar Servers

March 27, 2013

Collecta Team

Ushers and Usherettes

April 7 and 14, 2013

Basic Formation Seminar for New Lectors and Commentators

April 21 and 28, 2013

Basic Formation for New EMHC

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

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.

Schedule of the Formation of Lay Ministers for 2009 set

The schedule for the formation of the different Lay Ministers has been set. Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, DD,  in his Circular Letter No. 4, (Series 2009), directed that the Formational Agenda for the Lay Ministers this year shall focus on St. Paul and his writings. This is to be done in commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of St. Paul Jump to Treatments for Mania – treatment of mania . Mania is usually treated with a mood stabilizer, but additional treatment with a drug used toВ  and in response to Pope Benedicts’s promulgation that June 2008-2009 as the Pauline Year.

This Compare viagra to levitra, brand viagra online – Drug store, cheap prices! Erectile brand neurotin erectile viagra online order Cialis dysfunction can occurВ  year 2009, the Formation Program shall also include the other members of the parish ministry — the ushers/usherrettes and the collecta team, the members of the choir besides the Lectors and Commentators and the Eucharistic Ministers.

The first Formation Seminar for the Parish Choral Groups shall be held on 21 February, Saturday for Vicariates 1 and 2; 22 February for Vicariates 3 and 4.

The Recollection-Seminar for the Liturgical Ushers and Usherettes together with the members of the Collecta Team will be 28 February, Saturday for Vicariates 1 and 2; and 1 March, Sunday for Vicariates 3 and 4.

The Annual Lenten Recollection of Lay Ministers, viz., the Lectors and writing an essay Commentators and the Lay Eucharistic Ministers will start on 7 March, Saturday. The formation seminar for the new Lay Ministers will be held on 7-8 April, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday.

All the formation seminars and recollections will be held at the Lay Formation Center, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City. Holy Mass at 8:30 AM will open the day. It will end at 4:00 PM.  The paricipants are asked to bring the a Bible and writing materials. There is seminar fee of Phil. Pesos Two hundred (P200.00).

For the complete schedule, kindly click this link provided by the Lay Formation Center.

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