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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 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 2011/29: 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.)

Circular 2011/22: Songs for Mass

June 29, 2011

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Circular 2011/22

RE: Songs for Mass

My dear brother priests, religious sisters and parish choir directors:

I am pleased to share with you this repertoire of Mass Songs entitled “MASS OF SAINT JOHN THE BELOVED” written by Professor Ryan Cayabyab, a native of San Carlos City. The lyrics of the Mass songs use the latest translation of the Roman Missal. With a typically Filipino pandanggo rhythm, the compositions also deliberately avoid repetitious refrains in order to encourage singing them at Mass without unduly prolonging the liturgy.

The ICTHUS Song which is actually a song rendition of our archdiocesan vision may be used as entrance song for Mass. This repertoire contains the easy to sing melodies of I Confess, Glory to God, the Creed, Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation, Our Father and Lamb of God. The Asin ng Pamayanan may be used as Recessional Song.

As we make the musical scores and compact disc copies of these songs available to you now, we also hope that by February 2012, when we launch the year long preparations for the 50th year of our archdiocese and the 85th year of the creation of our diocese, all the parish communities and schools would have become familiar with the songs.

I trust that you will exert every effort to encourage the learning of these songs and their use in our parish liturgies. This repertoire is uniquely ours, composed for us and made by one of us. Let us unite to spread what is beautiful in our Church. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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