San Fabian – 22 November 2009. The Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr hosted this year’s Vicariate III, Our Lady of the Rosary, celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King. The parishes of the Vicariate III are: Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, San Fabian; Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas, Mangaldan; Parish of St. Joseph, the Patriach, Mapandan; Parish of St. Hyacinth, San Jacinto; Parish of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Manaoag and Parish of the Holy Cross, Laoac. The parishes take turn in hosting the annual celebration of the solemnity of Christ the King.
The new Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, was the main celebrant. The priests of the Vicariate con-celebrated with him. They priests who joined the celebration were: Fr. Rene E. Mendoza, Fr. Genaro Herramia, the Vicar Forane, Fr. Alvin Platon, Fr. Manuel Sayson, Fr. Jose Laforteza and Fr. Raymund Manaois.
Youth Camp and Vigil
The Vicariate III youth held a youth camp and vigil in celebration of the Christ the King. The youth camp was held in the afternoon of 21 November 2009. The overnight vigil started with a mass celebrated by Fr. Alvin Platon in the evening of Saturday, the eve of the solemnity of Christ the King.
There were about 800 youth who participated in the camp and vigil. There were talks given by priests of the Vicariate in the afternoon of Saturday.
In the morning of Sunday, the youth went to some Barangays and joined some families in reading and sharing the Bible with them.
Procession and Benediction
The celebration began with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament by Archbishop Socrates Villegas. The Blessed Sacrament was then carried in the procession participated in by the hundreds of parishioners from the parishes of Vicariate III. The procession started at 2:00 PM.
The youth of the Vicariate joined the procession after an overnight vigil. The Honor Guards of the Knights of Columbus accompanied the Blessed Sacrament as it was being carried during the procession.
The statues of St. Fabian, the patron of the parish, and the Blessed Virgin Mary and the image of the Divine Mercy were also carried during the procession.
Msgr. Socrates Villegas and the priests took turn in carrying the monstrance. As the Blessed Sacrament was being carried in the procession, the people were seen kneeling in adoration and thanksgiving.
The Benediction was given by Msgr. Socrates Villegas after the procession. Mayor Mojamito R. Libunao led the Consecration of Mankind to Christ the King.
Msgr. Socrates Villegas was the main presider of the Holy Mass. In his homily, Msgr. Socrates Villegas spoke about the meaning of the Sign of the Cross. He urged the people to make the sign of the cross as a sign of their dedication of their mind, their love and action to Christ the King.
Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the Parish Priest, thanked the parishioners of St. Fabian who not only welcomed the devotees to the parish but helped and supported the parish in making the celebration more meaningful. He expressed his gratitude also to the parishes of the Vicariate and to Msgr. Socrates B. Villegas, DD. He said, “Ang Parokya ng San Fabian, Papa at Martir, at ang buong Vicariate III ay nagpapasalamat po sa inyo, Father Soc, ang ating mahal na arsobispo. Alam namin ng kayo ay dumating dito sa Arkidiosis ng Lingayen-Dagupan ay handang-handang po kayo na paglingkuran at mahalin kami .… Kami po ay taos pusong nagsasabi din sa inyo na kami pong lahat ay handa rin po kaming mahalin kayo. At maging banal na ASIN sa Pangasinan!”
The Next Host: The Parish of St. Hyacinth
Fr. Genaro Herramia announced to the people that unless the Vicariate celebration of Christ the King would not be held next year, the next host of the celebration of Vicariate III Christ the King is the Parish of St. Hyacinth, San Jacinto, Pangasinan.
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