26 June 2010
20 June 2010 – San Fabian. Caritas- San Fabian, a component of the Social Action Apostolate of the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, in cooperation with Terra by Footprints of Dagupan City, held a two-weekend seminar on Basic Reflexology. The seminar attracted 47 participants in the parish. It was facilitated by Ms. Cristina G. Reyes, Trainor of Terra by Footprints.
The Basic Reflexology seminar was given to provide skills to the parishioners and offer opportunities for work to the participants.
During the Graduation Exercises held at the end of the seminar, Mr. Ponciano Catipon, the TESDA Provincial Director, in his speech to the graduates, said that the most of the graduates of the Basic Reflexology are already employed or are offering home-services. He noted that massage therapists are in demand especially in the province. He said that with the seminars being provided by TESDA, “We can fight poverty in Pangasinan.”
The Basic Reflexology came after Caritas-San Fabian sponsored a five-weekend, 10-day sessions on Basic Hairdressing.
25 June 2010
4 June 2010 – Binday, San Fabian, Pangasinan. Residents of Brgys. Binday, Anonang, their supporters and sympathizers staged a Rally near the Binday Dam to manifest their concern with regard to the on-going rehabilitation project being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
During last year’ onslaught of Typhoon Pepeng, a greater portion of Binday, notably Sitio Binday South, was destroyed by rushing flood waters. Twenty-One houses were destroyed, and more than 5 hectares of farmland were eroded and destroyed during that calamity.
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) was one with the protesting residents in asking the Department of Public Works and Highway to present a comprehensive plan in the construction of the flood control dike along Bued River. The Social Action Apostolate of the parish through Bro. Antonio Supremido, the ASAP Parish Coordinator, has been coordinating closely with the residents and officials concerned regarding the said action of the residents.
The residents of Brgys. Binday and Anonang were worried that the construction of the said flood control dike located at the downstream of the Binday Dam could easily be destroyed by the strong waters rushing coming from the upstream of Bued river.
Engr. Renato Milan, the Provincial Administrator of the National Irrigation Administration, said that the residents do not want a repeat of the disaster that happened to them which destroyed their houses and the irrigation canals resulting in less harvest for them.
Mr. Juan Juguilon, Jr., the Municipal Agriculturist, expressed his apprehension that failure to properly rehabilitate the Bued River will result once again in the destruction of the Binday Dam.
The concerned officials of the Barangays Binday and Anonang and the municipality of San Fabian as well as the affected residents are demanding that they be consulted in the rehabilitation project as they know more about the “life” of Bued River.
A mass was celebrated by Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest, near the Binday Dam, before the Rally was held.
To see more pictures of the Rally, kindly click HERE.
20 June 2010
20 June 2010 – San Fabian. A new pastoral program of the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, was launched in Barangay Palapad, San Fabian. The “PREX sa Barrio” is the adult formation of the parish held in the barangays. The first PREX sa Barrio was held in Brgy. Palapad on 18-19 June 2010.
Since 2004, when the Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) was held in the parish, the weekend seminars had always been held in the Parish Center, at the Poblacion. It has been observed though that during the last PREX weekend seminars, more and more parishioners from the barangays were attending the weekend seminar.
“The PREX sa Barrio” will bring the successful and fruitful holding of the seminars in the barangays so as to give more opportunity for the barangays to avail of the PREX seminar.
The PREX at the Poblacion will take place after every “PREX in the Barrio” so as not to disrupt the continuity of the adult formation program in the parish.
The “PREX sa Barrio” is using a module especially designed for the needs and situation of the barangays. Instead of the three days, the “PREX sa Barrio” will start in the evening of Friday and will end in the evening of the next day.The Parish PREX secretariat and the PREX graduates helped in the sponsoring and the facilitating of the weekend seminar in Brgy. Palapad. Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest, gave the talks and conferences for the seminar.
12 June 2010
3 June 2010 – Dagupan City. The members of the faculty, administration and staff of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Schools celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John, the Evangelist, Dagupan City. The Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, was the main presider with the different priest-directors concelebrating with him. The Mass of the Holy Spirit opened the school year for the different Archdiocesan Catholic Schools.
Vision and Mission of ALDCS
Rev. Fr. Manuel S. Bravo, Jr, the Catholic Schools Superintendent, read the new Vision and Mission of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Schools (ALDCS). The Vision of ALDCS states: “In communio, the ALDCS form Christian Stewards through holistic Catholic Education and Formation.” To achieve this vision, the Mission is given in the following: “ To mold evangelized and evangelizing communities through – Authentic witnessing, Learning-conducive environment, Definitive School Policies, Procedures and and Systems, Christ-centered stewardship and Systematic and comprehensive education and formation.” The new vision and mission will guide and set the direction of the ALDCS.
The politics of the Church: Communio
In his homily, Msgr. Socrates B. Villegas, DD mentioned that politics of the church is communio. Communio has three elements. First is the “Communio with God”. He said that we cannot be a good teacher, a good priest-director or even a bishop if we are not in the grace of God.
Secondly, there must be communio with the Church. In rephrasing the words of St. John the Apostle, Msgr. Villegas asked, “How can you say you are in communio with God who you cannot see, when you can not be in communio with others who you can see?”
Thirdly, there must be communio with the society. He said that the Catholic Schools should not only produce God loving pupils but also produce patriotic students.
“While we are proud to be Catholics, we must be proud that we are Filipinos”, Msgr. Villegas said. “Love of country is another expression of our love of God.” (TO LISTEN TO THE HOMILY OF MSGR. SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS, DD, please click HERE).
The Catholic Schools
The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Schools is composed of St. Thomas Catholic School (Mangaldan), San Jacinto Catholic School (San Jacinto), Holy Cross Academy (Laoac), Mapandan Catholic School (Mapandan), Archdiocesan Catholic School of San Fabian (San Fabian), St. John’s Cathedral School (Dagupan City), Binmaley Catholic School (Binmaley), St. Columban’s College (LIngayen), St. Columban’s Institute (Domalandan, Lingayen), St. Charles Academy (San Carlos City), Urbiztondo Catholic School (Urbiztondo), Mary Help of Christians Catholic School (Basista), Malasiqui Catholic School (Malasiqui), St. Vincent Catholic School (Bayambang), Jesus the Nazarene Academy (Dulag, Binmaley) and the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary (BInmaley).
31 May 2010 – Lingayen, Pangasinan. In a solemn celebration, Rev. Estephen Mark Rayos Espinoza was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood by his Excellency Socrates B. Villegas, DD, the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan at the church of the Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Fr. Estephen is the first priest ordained by Msgsr. Socrates B. Villegas, DD as Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. He was assigned in the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, for about a year, first as a seminarian, and as a Deacon upon his ordination to the Diaconate.
Fr. Espinoza is presently assigned as a Parochial Vicar in the Parish of St. Ildephonse, Malasiqui, Pangasinan.