Posts Tagged ‘Social Action Apostolate’
September 1, 2011
Blessed Francis and Blessed Vincent, ORSA
My dear brother priests and religious sisters and brothers:
In commemoration of the liturgical memorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta on September 5, we shall observe Caritas Lingayen-Dagupan Day to promote awareness among our Catholic faithful, specially the youth and children, of the primacy of charity in Christian discipleship. On this same occasion, we shall launch the Caritas Lingayen-Dagupan Offerings. This collection is not so much a fund raising scheme but more a program to raise awareness about the charity work of Caritas Lingayen-Dagupan and the obligation to sustain this charity work.
The Caritas Lingayen-Dagupan Offerings will be from September 5, memorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and will conclude on September 27, memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Apostle of the Poor. The offerings must be remitted to the Chancery by the first week of October. As it is with the mission collection in schools and parishes, we shall also bestow awards to the parishes and schools with the highest Caritas LD Offerings.
I trust that our parish and school communities will avail of this opportunity before us to promote the mandate of the Lord to “Love one another”.
I invoke the blessings of God upon this project and upon all who will support it.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
16 July 2011 – Dagupan City. An estimated 4,500 people from all walks of life joined the “Run for Life” organized by the Ministry of Social Action (MISA) and the Family and Life Apostolate (FLA) of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, led the runners in church’s defense, protection and promotion of life.
“Run for Your Life”
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas with the clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan celebrated mass before the actual run. In his homily, Archbishop Villegas recalled the July 16, 1990 earthquake. He said that when the earthquake struck Dagupan and several towns of Pangasinan, it was a “run for your life”. People were running for safety, running for their lives. “Some chose to leave Dagupan City; but many chose to stay to rebuild what was destroyed by the earthquake”, he further said. “We are commemorating today the heroism of Pangasinenses and the people of Dagupan!”
The 1990 Earthquake
On July 16, 1990, Monday, at 4:26 PM local time, the densely populated island of Luzon was struck by an earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude at the Richter scale. About 90 buildings in Dagupan City were damaged, and about 20 collapsed. Some structures sustained damage because liquefaction caused buildings to sink as much as 1 meter (39 inches). The earthquake caused a decrease in the elevation of the city and several areas were flooded. There were 17 deaths recorded in Dagupan City in that earthquake.
21 years later: A New Earthquake
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas said that a new earthquake is among us today, 21 years after the earthquake of 1990. “We are praying that there will be no more earthquakes. But there is another earthquake that is slowly destroying us, eating us up.” Archbishop Villegas called this new earthquake: moral degradation.
Speaking in front of the young who composed the majority of those who celebrated the mass, he said that when he was young the words “abortion”, “divorce”, “euthanasia”, “Same sex marriage” were not yet in his vocabulary. “These words have now become part of your vocabulary today. These are destroying you!”
“Boiling a Frog”
A frog when put in a boiling water will jump out of the container. He said that when you put a frog in a cold water, it will stay and swim leisurely. If the water is slowly heated up, the frog will not notice the change of temperature. It will not jump. It will stay until we will have a boiled frog! Archbishop Villegas likened the moral degradation that is killing our soul and society to the frog who did not notice the gradual boiling of water leading to its death. He challenged the youth not to be eaten up by these “bad words” in the society today but instead to stand up for life, defend life, promote life.
Participants from all walks of life
The more than 4,500 participants came from the different parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, students from the different colleges and universities in Dagupan City, non-government organizations as well as the members of the Couples for Christ. Governor Amado T. Espino, Governor of Pangasinan, former Speaker Jose de Venecia and Congresswoman Gina de Venecia and Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco and several government officials joined the advocacy for life.
The run has 1K, 3K, 5K and 10K distances. The finishers were given ID cards telling that they have completed the run. They also put their thumb marks in a huge “Run for Life” board.
The Catholic Church has always been teaching the value and dignity of human life. Blessed Pope John Paul II in his Evangelium Vitae: "Precisely in an age when the inviolable rights of the person are solemnly proclaimed and the value of life is public affirmed, the very right to life is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant moments of existence: the moment of birth and the moment of death." (Evangelium Vitae no. 18, John Paul II)
The Church has the duty and the obligation to defend life from the many attempts to demean and even to destroy it, where a life is preferred over material and economic gains or over the quality of life of another: the sick over the healthy, the poor and the underprivileged over the wealthy and the powerful, the young over the old.
Abortion and Contraception
It has been noted that couples who unintentionally conceive a child while using contraception are far more likely to resort to abortion than others. Tragically, our society is being bombarded by the mentality that views children as a burden and invites many to consider abortion as a "backup" to contraceptive failure. The Church warns that with the acceptance and use of contraception, so will come the acceptance and use of abortion. An end to abortion will not come from contraceptive campaigns but from a deeper understanding of human sexuality, and of human life, as sacred gifts deserving careful stewardship.
Mother Teresa’s quotation on life
Printed on the tarpaulin for the thumb marks of the run-finishers are the words of Blessed Mother Teresa: “Life is beautiful, admire it; life is costly, care for it; life is wealth, keep it; life is a promise, fulfill it; life is too precious, do not destroy it; life is life, fight for it”.
(Pictures courtesy of Fr. Manuel delos Santos, from his Facebook account)
24 February. The Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate is undergoing an extensive and intensive reorganization in order for it to more positively respond and effectively work for the social action apostolate of the Archdiocese. In a circular letter addressed to all the parish priests and pastoral team moderators, Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, DD, informed those concerned of the readiness of the Archdiocese to assume an honest to goodness social action apostolate “as much demanded by the signs of the times.”
The Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate Director, Rev. Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, has been calling for a series of meetings with all the Vicariate Social Action Coordinators for the much needed reorganization and structuring of the apostolate. The Archdiocesan Social Action Apostolate or ASAp has now a full-time Archdiocesan Coordinator in the person of Ms. Janice R. Hebron. Ms. Hebron has been with the Archdiocesan Youth Apostolate until she was assigned in the ASAp.
The ASAp Secretariate, composed of the Archdiocesan Director, Coordinator and Vicariate Coordinators, has been planning and actively visiting the different parishes to meet personally with the Parish Social Action Coordinartors. A meeting of all the Parish Coordinators has been set on 28 February, Saturday, at 2:00 PM, at the Chancery. This will be the first scheduled meeting of the ASAp Secretariate with the Parish Coordinators for the proposed re-organization.
TO: The Parish Priests and Pastoral Team Moderator, Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
RE: Social Action Apostolate, Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
Greetings of LOVE and PEACE in CHRIST!
After some understandable delay, the Jurisdiction is now effectively ready to assume the honest to goodness Social Action Apostolate as much demanded by the signs of the times — under the leadership of our Archdiocesan Apostolate Director and his full-time Assistant. For your immediate reference and pursuant action, pleace have herewith attached CIRCULAR LETTER NO. 24, SERIES 2007 — with the following observations:
- The Parish Coordinator of the Social Action Apostolate is also the de officio Chairman/Chairperson of Parish Social Action Apostolate.
- The Parish Priest/Team Moderator, by reason of his over-all responsibility, remains as Director of the Parish Social Action Apostolate.
- The Form for the constituents of the Parish Social Action Apostolate Secretariat herewith attached should be filled up and sumitted to the Archdiocesan Director at your earliest convenience.
Very sincerely in the GOOD LORD,
(SGD) + OSCAR V. CRUZ, DD, Archbishop
17 February 2009