29 December 2010

New Year 2011 Message



As we usher in the new year 2011, we hold hands together in unity and prayer that this year may be a year of abundant blessings, a year of true progress, a year of real peace.

All blessings are from God. We must put God first. We must put God in all, for we all know that only God will remain in the end. In all things, may God be glorified! But we realize too that blessings come to us through one another. May all of us be blessings for one another. In Pangasinan, may everybody love everybody—that is the greatest blessing of all.

We pray for progress but progress with ethics. In our pursuit of human and economic progress, we must not compromise our immortal souls. Our years here on earth are limited and finite. What is important is invisible to the eye. The peso and dollar are not immortal. Our souls are. The peso and dollar are not all mighty. Only God is almighty. In Pangasinan, may we always place God in our politics and business and culture—indeed in all!

Finally, may the new year be a year of peace. Peace is right relationships. When our relationships with God, with creation and with one another are right, we shall have true and lasting peace. Beyond partisan politics, linguistic differences and varied social strata, the call for unity beckons. May Pangasinan be truly one! May we extend our hands to our opponents with forgiveness and tolerance, respect and brotherhood!

Happy new year! Magayagan balon taon ed sikayon amin!

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, December 31, 2010

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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Pangasinan Translation


Diad say panabet tayo ed say balon taon 2011, manbebenbenan tayon mankakasakey tan manpikasi pian sayan taon komon et taon na mabunlok a bendision, taon na peteg ya aliguas, taon na twan kareenan.

Amin ya bendision et manlalapud say Dios. Nepeg sirin ya say Dios so walad sankaunaanan na amin. Say Dios so walad amin, lapud amta tayo ya say Dios labat so mansiansia ya anggad sampot. Diad amin a bengatla, say Dios so naitday dayew! Balet, amtaen tayo met ya saray bendision et onsasabid sikatayo diad panamegley na arum. Sikatayon amin komon so magmaliw a bendision ed balang sakey. Diad Pangasinan, manaaroan so balang sinansakey ed sikatayon amin komon --- sikato ya so sangkabalgan ya bendision na amin.

Manpikasi tayo para say aliguas tayo, balet sayan aliguas et katekep toy katonongan. Diad panpirpirawat tayod say aliguas na laman tan say ekonomiya, agtayo komon ikompromiso so maandon kamarerwa tayo. Walay pansampotan na amin diad sayan mundo. Say pabpablien tayo et ag nanengneng na mata. Say piso tan dolyar et walay pakaopot da. Say kamarerwa tayo balet so man-ando. Say piso tan dolyar et aliwaran makapanyari ed amin. Say Dios labat so makapanyari ed  amin. Diad Pangasinan, komon wala lawas so pasen na Dios ed kipapasey politika tayo, say panag-anapan tayo tan diad kultura tayo --- say twa, diad amin a bengatla!

Komon, say balon taon so taon na kareenan. Say kareenan so maoksoy ya relasyon. No say relasyon tayo ed Dios, ed say amin ya pinalsa to tan diad balang sakey so peteg tan walad kaoksoyan, walad sikatayo so twa tan maandon kareenan. Diad politika, anggad diad nanduroman panag-salita tan kipapasen na bilay, say tawag na pankakasakey so mankawey. Say luyag tayon Pangasinan so peteg ya mankasakey komon! Iyawat mi so lima min walay panamerdona, anos tan tepel, galang tan pika-kaagi ed saray kalaban mi.

Magayagan balon taon ed sikayon amin!

Diad Katedral nen San Juan Evangelista, Dagupan City, 31 Disiembre 2010.

+ SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Arsobispo na Lingayen-Dagupan

28 December 2010

Formal Transfer of the Episcopal Seat and Establishment of Cathedral Church of ALD celebrated

Archbishop Joseph Edward Adams, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines

28 December 2010 – Dagupan City. In a solemn celebration presided by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, the formal transfer of the Episcopal Seat and the establishment of the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan was held on 27 December 2010, the Feast of St. John, the Apostle.

The Papal Nuncio was formally received at the doors of the cathedral by Msgr. Rafael S. Magno, Jr. Msgr. Magno is the present Parish Priest of the St. John the Evangelist Parish. The simple rite of reception consisted in Msgr. Magno offering a crucifix to the Archbishop Adams. The Papal Nuncio kissed the crucifix and sprinkled holy water to those present after blessing himself with it.

Msgr. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan welcomed the Papal Nuncio during the Mass.

Letter from the Holy See

Msgr. Joseph Edwards Adams being received by Msgr. Villegas and Msgr. MayugbaArchbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD wrote the Holy See asking for the formal transfer of the Episcopal Seat and the Cathedral church from the church on Zamora St. to the church on Burgos St.

The Holy See responded favorably to the request of Archbishop Villegas. The letter of the Holy See was read by Msgr. Rafael S. Magno, Jr., the Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese. He first read the letter in Latin, then the English translation. After the reading, the congregation made an acclamation with the clapping of hands, while the choir sang  George Frideric Handel’s composition, “Messiah”, consisting of only the first of the oratorio's three parts, the "Hallelujah".

The retablo of the cathedral was lit as well as the festive lighting of the chandeliers. Butterflies were released from the back of the lit retablo. At the same time, twenty four laymen and women representing the parishes of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan went to the twelve consecration  crosses on the twelve pillars of the cathedral. There were two lay persons assigned per cross: one lighted the candle while the other hang flowers under the consecration crosses. The twelve crosses refer to the apostles and the completeness of discipleship. These crosses, permanently a part of the church, mark visibly that this church has been solemnly dedicated and consecrated and, are thus called the consecration crosses.

Blessing of the Archbishop’s Cathedra

The Papal Nuncio afterward went in front of the cathedra, and prayed the blessing for the Archbishop’s Cathedra.

Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD sitting on the Archbishop's cathedra.A cathedra (Latin, "chair", from Greek, kathedra, "seat") is the chair or throne of a bishop. It is a symbol of the bishop's teaching authority in the Roman Catholic Church. A church into which a bishop's official cathedra is installed is called a cathedral.

In the prayer of blessing, the Papal Nuncio prayed that the Lord Jesus Christ “grant that those who preside from this chair will proclaim God’s word ardently and celebrate the sacraments rightly, so that, with the people entrusted to their care, they may come before the seat of God’s majesty.”

The People of God

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist was filled by so many of the faithful from the different parishes of the Archdiocese. There were eight bishops who attended the celebration, besides Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD, the Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. These were: Most Rev. The BishopsMarlo M. Peralta, DD, Bishop of Alaminos, Most Rev. Jacinto Jose, DD, Bishop of Urdaneta, Most Rev. Mylo Vergara, DD, Bishop of San Jose (Nueva Ecija), Most Rev. Artemio Rillera, DD, Bishop of San Fernando (La Union), Most Rev. Florentino Cinense, DD, Bishop of Tarlac, Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, DD, Bishop of Bangued (Abra), Most Rev. Rodolfo Beltran, DD, Vicar Apostolic of Bontoc-Lagawe and Most Rev. Jesus A. Cabrera, DD, Bishop-Emeritus of Alaminos.

The celebration was attended by different government officials of the province and of the City of Dagupan, led by Mayor Benjamin S. Lim.

A simple dinner was tendered by the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in honor of the Papal Nuncio after the celebration at the Archbishop’s Residence.

Dinner and program for the Papal Nuncio

Some priests of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan with Msgr. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, DD with Archbishop Joseph Edward Adams and his staff.

Ordinations marked the Feast of St. John, the Apostle

27 December 2001. Dagupan City. The Feast of St. John the Apostle was solemnly celebrated by the whole Archdiocese with ordinations to the Diaconate and the Priesthood. Msgr. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan presided over the Eucharistic Celebration wherein Sem. Dexter Zamora Carino was ordained as Deacon and Rev. Jasper Roma Hebron and Rev. Allan Cayabyab Soriano were ordained as Priests.

Ordinations on the Feast of St. John the Apostle 2010The ordinations took place at the newly renovated Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Dagupan City. The Eucharistic celebration began at 8 o’clock in the morning attended by the families, relatives, benefactors and friends of the ordinandi.

The Deacon

Rev. Dexter Z. Carino was ordained as a deacon to become a servant in DSC01256the Church. He is the closest co-worker of the bishop and the priests in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. He has been chosen and strengthened by the grace of God, Rev. Dexter also serves the church, firsts by assisting in the celebration of the Eucharist, and secondly, by the proclamation of the Gospel, and thirdly, through works of charity for Christ’s faithful in accordance with the dignity accorded to his office. As a deacon, Rev. Dexter is expected to be compassionate and loving to all especially to those in need.

The Sacred Order of the Priesthood

The ordination to the priesthood is one of the most solemn occasions in the Church. From among God’s people, men are especially called by Rev. Fr. Jasper Roma Hebron (Photo courtesy of Fr. Estephen Espinoza)Christ to live in His name and preach the Gospel. Rev. Father Jasper R. Hebron and Rev. Fr. Allan C. Soriano are called also to perpetuate the fruits of His eternal Sacrifice on the Cross through the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist.

We dare NOT imagine

In his homily, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD, challenged the people by asking them if they could imagine their life without the priests.
“We dare not imagine”, he said," what your life will be without the priests. You need the priests because the priests bring Jesus to you.”  He then challenged the priests if they can imagine their priesthood without the people. “You become priests for the people”, he said. “We dare not imagine,” he furthered.
Rev. Fr. Allan Christopher Cayabyab Soriano (Photo courtery of Fr. Estephen Espinoza)

“Your primary duty as priests is to pray, to intercede for the people. Your primary duty is to be with Christ. Can you imagine a priest who is separated from Christ?” he asked.

The Rite of the Ordination

The Rite of Ordination  began after the Gospel with the Calling of the Candidates, when the ordinandi were called forward to stand before the altar.

Archbishop Villegas then “elects” or chooses the candidates for orders. The people present in the assembly gave their consent by applauding. The Archbishop said: “We rely on the help of the Lord God and our Savior Jesus Christ, and we choose this man, our brother, for priesthood in the presbyteral order.” This signifies that the vocation to the priesthood is discerned within the Church. Thus, the Archbishop  gives his consent and the people also give their assent for the ordination to take place.

The Archbishop asked a series of questions to determine if the candidates are willing to discharge faithfully the office of priesthood, to celebrate the sacred mysteries of Christ, to exercise the ministry of the word worthily and wisely, and to consecrate their lives to God in union with Christ the High Priest. To all these questions the ordinandi responded: I am.

The highpoint of the ordination rite was the laying on of hand of the Archbishop on the ordinandi.  The Archbishop laid his hands on each of the candidates’ heads in silence. All the priests present did the same. This action is an ancient biblical gesture beseeching God to empower the candidates by the Holy Spirit and is a sign of the authority that has passed through the ages from the Apostles.

Kiss of Peace

In a touching moment, the Archbishop greeted each of the newly-ordination12.27eordained with a sign of peace. Bishop Rene P. Mayugba, DD, the Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, also gave the Kiss of Peace to the newly ordained Deacon and Priests.  All the priests present also gave the traditional Kiss of Peace the newly-ordained.

New Assignments
 
Msgr. Rafael S. Magno, Jr., the Vicar General and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan read the appointment letters of the newly ordained. Rev. Dexter Z. Carino is  assigned as a Resident Deacon of the Epiphany of our Lord Parish in Lingayen-Dagupan. Rev. Fr. Jasper R. Hebron is assigned as the Prefect of Discipline at the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary, Binmaley, Pangasinan. Rev. Fr. Allan C. Soriano is assigned as the Prefect of Discipline at the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City.

Rev. Dexter is from Dagupan City while Rev. Fr. Jasper R. Hebron and Rev. Fr. Allan C. Soriano are from Lingayen and Malasiqui, Pangasinan, respectively.

All of them studied at the Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary for their High School studies. They took their college education at the Mary Help of Christians College Seminary, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City. They finished their theological studies at the Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Vigan City.

Photo Courtesy of Fr. Estephen Espinoza

Msgr. Rafael S. Magno, Jr, Parish Priest of St. John the Evangelist, Dagupan City and Rev. Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, Parish Priest of the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, assisting Rev. Dexter in putting the Deacon’s stole and the Dalmatic on him. Rev. Dexter spent his pastoral exposure in the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, prior to his ordination to the Diaconate.

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The Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

The Ordinandi: (foregrount) Rev. Dexter Z. Carino; (from left) Rev. Fr. Jasper R. Hebron and Rev. Fr. Allan C. Soriano

26 December 2010

Binday Housing Project: Holy Family Village

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20 November 2010. Members of the Knights of Columbus helping in the construction of the Holy Family Village

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2 December 2010.

Binday Housing Project: Holy Family Village

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11 October 2010. The Bodega built to store the construction materials and supplies. It was destroyed by Typhoon Juan but was eventually rebuilt in another place.
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11 October 2010. The topmost part of the village being prepared by the bulldozer.
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8 November 2010. The worker-beneficiaries having a meeting with Bro. Tony Supremido, the Project Coordinator.
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8 November 2010.

25 December 2010

Masagradon Pamilya

Si Jesus so niyanak ed sakey a pamilya – sakey ya maong a pamilya. Andi manaya, aliwa labat ya maong, sakey ya Masanto tan Masagradon pamilya.

Akin kasi et tatawagen tayon Masagrado so Pamilya di Jesus, Maria tan Jose? Lapud kasi, mainomay tan wala rad inawa ya lanang? Kanian, nagmaliw ya masanto iyan pamilya lapud kasi anggapoy problema ra a singa problema ya aarapen tayo natan a singa sakey ya pamilya? Diad karakel na problema ya aarapen na pamilya tayo, sarag tayo ni kasi magmaliw ya sakey ya masanto? Sakey ya masagrado?

Diad ibanghilyo, nangelan tayo no panon ya diad kagapo-gapo na bilay dan sakey ya pamilya, wala lay baleg ya problema ya inarap na Masagradon Pamilya. Si Herodes. Ya labay ton pateyen si Jesus. Kanian, diad kapegleyan na labi, inbatik nen Jose so pamilya to, tan sikara so linma ed Egipto, sakey ya bansa. Masolok ya 500 kilometers so inakar da. Imagine, yo labat no anto tay inarap dan problema tan kairapan nen sikara so nan-ayam ed Egipto ya talo tan kapaldauan taon?

Say tepet tayo sirin et no akin et sakey ya masagradon pamilya ra di Jesus, Maria tan Jose anggaman dakerakel so inarap dan kairapan, anggaman sikara so walad kairapan na bilay, anggaman sikara so apanoy problema? Tan siguro, iyarum tayo: panon tayo met kasi ya magmaliw ya masanto so pamilya tayo anggaman dakerakel so problema, panpapagaan tan kairapan ya arapen tayo?

Unaan, diad kapegleyan na problema na say Masagradon Pamilya, walay KATOORAN da odino FAITHFULNESS da. Diad kumapat a ganggan na Dios, say akasulat: “HONOR your Father and your mother.” Igalang mo ray ateng mo. Tan sayan panangigalang et nepeg ya iter na saray anak ed saray ateng da. No sikara ni so ogogaw, say panag-onor tan panag-tumbok ed say ateng. Tan diad itak-ken na sarayan anak, diad say panangasikaso ed saray atateng ya wala rad kakapoyan na laman. Tan para saray ateng: say panumpal na say responsibilidad ya pabalegen so anak ed makristianon panagbilay, tan kaiba lad tan so pangiter na kaukolan na saray anak: panangan, edukasyon, kawes, seguridad. No sakey ed say miembro na pamilya et anggapo so katooran to odino aliwan faithful ed say responsibilidad tan saray nepeg ya gawaen to, baleg so epekto to ya ed say stability, kareenan tan pankakasakey na pamilya.

Kumadwa, diad kapegleyan na kairapan tan nanduroman problema, say Masagradon Pamilya so walay TALEK odino TRUST ed say Dios a Katawan. Si Jose, nen nangel to so ganggan na Dios ed sikato, anggaman agto ni natatalusan iyan ganggan, so walay talek tod Katawan ya inonor iya. Ontan met ed say pamilya tayo: no mas baleg so panag-talek tayo ed say Katawan a Dios tayo, ontan met a mas malet tan onbiskeg so aroen, pankakasakey na pamilya. Ta diad kapegleyan na kairapan, no anggapoy Dios ed kapegleyan tayo, mas lalon agay irap ya sakbaten tan arapen irayan problema. Amin ya miembro komon na pamilya et naaralan toy manmatalek ed say Katawan ed amin ya kipapasen na bilay da.

Kumatlo, say bunga na sayan panag-matalek – say PANAG-DASAL. Say pamilyan mandarasal, pamilyan walay pankakasakey. Tan say pamilyan arawi ed say Dios, agaylay inomay iyan nabuyak; agaylay inomay so mankokolkol, agaylay inomay ya sikara so manbabarongan. Agaylay liket ko ya lanang no naneng-neng ko ray pamilya ya mimimisa. Anggapoy nabalang no saksakey kayon pamilyan mimisa; anggapoy makapoy no sikayo so onloob ed simbaan ya kaiba yo ray anak yo, odino saray ateng yo. Diad say panamegley na misa, say grasya tan bendision a nanaawat tayo laut la ed say pan-komunyon ed mangiter na kabiskegan ya arapen tan sakbaten iray problema na pamilya. Tan diad sarayan problema tan trials, mas walay biskeg na aroen yo.

Katooran. Panagmatalek ed Dios. Panagdasal tan Pimimisa. Sikara ya so dalan ya mamaarap ed pamasanto na pamilya tayo. Ontan pa komon. Amen.

24 December 2010

Say Dios nagmaliw a too . . .

 

Akin et say Dios so nagmaliw a too? Akin et say Dios so inyanak ed sakey labat ya kamarin ya apanoy ayep? Akin et say Dios et niyanak ya sakey ya mairap bilay?

Say Dios so makapanyari. Sarag na Dios ya pilien ton iyanak nen Maria ya Ina to diad sakey ya palasyo, apaliberan na dakerakel ya nurse, tan doctor pian sigurado so abig na laman to. Sarag to met ya inyanak ed sakey ya sankayamanan a pamilya nen saman a panaon: a singa diad pamilya nen Herodes – mayaman la lanti, makapanyari ni. Ta say Cast_all_your_cares_upon_mepamilya ra et mano-oley ed intiron Jerusalem.

Balet, say Dios inyanak ed kairapan, small, weak and helpless.

Akin kasi? NO sikatayo ran too et say labay tayo et diad inawa tan arawid kairapan. Balet, anggaman ontan, anggapo so nagawaan tayo. Agtayo met lanti napili so ateng tayo, tan say kipapasen na ateng tayo.

Balet nen inyanak so Anak na Dios, tan sikato so magmaliw ya too: walay choice na Dios. Akin et say apili na Dios ni et pamilyan mairap bilay. Ag to ni makasarag ya manopa na panayaman. Tan say sarag da labay ya pasen ya napan-anakan ed si Jesus et pasen na kawalaay ayep. Maong labat ta ag-atetanus so Katawan. Tan ag pneumonia.

Say Christmas et silibrasyon na sayan niduma-duman inpaka-iyanak na Katawan tayon Jesukristo. Silibrasyon na birthday na Katawan – diad mundon walad silong na kasalanan, kairapan tan kabilongetan. Balet, saya so apasimbalo nen niyanak so Katawan. Naitdan tayo na ilalo. Naitdan tayo na pakayarin taloen so kaugsan, tan manbibilay ed liwawa na Katawan; diad panangaro tan panangasi. Kanian, walay liket tan gayaga tayo. Ta lapud sayan ilalon inter na Katawan ed sikatayo diad panangaro tan panangasi to anggaman wala tayod kapegleyan na kairapan, sakit, kapagpagaan.

No Christmas, wala ray regalon akaparaan para saray inararo tayod bilay. Say pamilya. Saray ina-anak. (No agyo ira iyaamotan.) Abalkot lara. Tan akaparaan la ran iter.

Walay request ko labat ed sikayo ed sayan Christmas, tan diad saray ontubok ya silibrasyon na Christmas: sarag to ni kasi ya makapan-paraaan kayo ni na sakey ya regalo. Regalon para say Katawan. Tutal sikaray akan-birthday met. Tan iter tayo yan regalo ed say Katawan.

Panon? Ompawil tayo ed say imbaga na Katawan: “Ta narasan ak et pinakan yo ak, napgaan ak et pinainom yo ak, sakey ak a sangkaili et pinatuloy yo ak ed abung yo. Nen anggapoy nisulong ko initdan yo ak na kawes, nen mansasakit ak inasikaso yo ak, tan nen wala ak ed prisowan binisita yo ak... nen ginawa yo yad anggan sakey a sankamelagan ed sarayan agagik, ginawa yod siak!' Mt. 25, 35-40.

No akin et inyanak ya sakey ya mairap bilay tan diad kamarin na saray ayep so Anak na Dios? Pian manaya agtayo ra nalingwanan iray arum ya kapara tayon walad kairapan, pankaukolan, walay liliknaen, anggapoy kawes ed sarayan panaon na gayaga tan liket ed say birthday na Katawan. Tan onya met manaya so kipapasen ya inako na Katawan – say pinili na Katawan. Walan wala komon so extra ya regalon akaparaan para say Katawan.

18 December 2010

4th Sunday of Advent: Pangasinan Reflection (A)

 

Dakerakel so plano tayo. Amin tayo so walaray pirpirawat tayon nagamuran ed bilay tayo. Ontan la sirin so planon gaween tayo pian nagamuran irayan amin.

Singa bilbilang, wala may sakey ya akatongtong kon sipaparaan lan onlad abroad ya mantrabaho. Akaparaan lan amin. Balet, antes ya makaalis, sikato so nansakit. Ag atuloy so plano ton manabroad. Ontan met ed samay sakey ya linmad siak ya agaylay panlabay ton makalay bakasyon to ed sayan arapen ya Pasko ya anggad Balon taon.Wala met laray plano to no panon ton usaren so panaon ya panbakasyon to. Balet, ag natuloy iyan bakasyon ta samay boss to ed sikato so manbakasyon tan sikato so natilak ya manasikaso na negosyo.

Dakerakel so plano tayo ya tua. Balet aliwan amin irayan plano et natultuloy.

Ontan met ed say bilay nen Jose ya asawa nen Maria, ina na Katawan tayon Jesukristo. Wala met la so plano to nipaakar ed say pangisian to ed si Maria. Balet sayan plano et ag atuloy. Ta lapud sakey a kogip ya akaawatan toy mensahe na Dios. Siopan plano so atumbok? Aliwan samay plano nen Jose, no ag ingen et plano na Dios.

Dakerakel so plano na too. Ontan met so karakel na plano na Dios et sikatayo. Siopan plano so natumbok sirin?

Nen pinalsa na Dios so too, walad plano na Dios ya say too et sililiket ya manayam ed paraiso. Manbilay ed katunongan tan kamaungan a mikasakey ed say Dios. Balet,  say too so nankasalanan. Tan sikato so apaekal ed paraiso. Anggaman ontan, say plano na Dios so wadman ni: say too ya pinalsa to so maandon mikasakey ed Sikato. Kanian, pian matua so Dios ed sayan plano to, imbaki to so Anak to pian dondonen to itayo ed kasalanan tan naunor so linawa na Dios ya sikatayo so ompawil ed sikato ed katunongan. Anggaman wala ray sumlang ed sayan plano na Dios, sikato ya so atumbok lan lamang.

Ontan la sirin, ya saksakey so walad plano na Dios: say kilalaban tan say pikasakey tayo ed Sikato ed tawen ya kawalaan To. Tan amin iran arum a plano nepeg ya mikasakey ed sayan plano odino linwa na Dios.

Ontan la so inpaunor nen Jose ed plano na Dios anggaman aliwan saman so unaan ya plano to. Balet nen tinombok to so plano na Dios, amin la ya pirpirawat to et agamuran to lan lamang.

Agyalay irap ya itbanan so plano tayo. Agaylay irap na salatan tayo so plano tayo. Tan mas lalon agaylay irap ya talosan so plano na Dios parad sikatayo. Balet singa si Jose, anggaman agto atalusan ya amin so plano na Dios ontan lan inonor to. Ta lapud inter to so sankabalgan ya TALEK to ed say Dios a Katawan.

No wala ra so plano tayon aderal. No wala ra so plano tayon agtayo asumpal. Agkayo mapaga. Agkayo natatakot. No tuan iter tayo so TALEK tayo ed say Dios a Katawan lapud sarayan aderal tan ag-atumbok a plano tayo, agtayo komon lingwanan ya no say onsublay lan kekerewen na Dios et awaten tayo ed bilay tayo so plano to met. No ag atuloy so plano tayo, sipaparaan tayon awaten ya manmatalek so plano na Dios. Tan amin iray labay tayon getmaen, nagamuran tayo lan lamang.

Say dasal tayo labat sirin: O Dios ko, manmatalek ak ed sika. Say linawam so nagawad siak.

Ontan la komon.

16 December 2010

Christmas Everyday!

Christmas Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD

My dear People of God:

On this happy occasion of Christmas, I wish to convey to you and your loved ones my greetings of peace and blessings of joy.

Christmas has many symbols. We hang lanterns. We put up Christmas lights. We decorate Christmas trees. We exchange gifts. We have traditional Christmas goodies and we party. All these symbols are seasonal. We cannot keep them the whole year round otherwise they become stale and life becomes expensive!

But Christmas is not just a day in the year. Christmas is everyday, in fact it can be every moment. Every time the priest whispers the words. “This is my Body … this is my Blood” over the bread and the chalice of wine, it is Christmas! Every time we celebrate the Mass, God comes down from heaven; dwells among us; enters our hearts and stays in our souls. Every time there is a Mass, we join the angels sing “Hosanna in the highest!”
If you want to fulfill the wish of the song, “Araw-araw ay Paskong lagi”, you do not need to keep the Christmas decors and eat the Christmas goodies the whole year. Go to Mass everyday — that is daily Christmas! Receive Holy Communion as much as possible everyday — that is Christmas everyday! So many lives have been changes by frequent Holy Communion. So many have become saints by daily Holy Communion. If all of us become saints, isn’t that why Christ was born?

Indeed the Mass is a celebration of Christmas every moment and everyday. As I bless you on this happy night, let me also invite you to pray in your families that one of your sons may be called to be priests. How can you have Christmas without priests? Do not take your priests for granted. They may possible the continuing rebirth of Christ among us. How can you celebrate Christmas without the priests? The priest is your father but he is also the mother who gives birth to Jesus on the altar not only once but everyday.

Treasure the daily Mass because that is your daily Christmas. Love your priests — you need them; they give you Jesus.

Merry Christmas to all!

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, December 24, 2010.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan


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Pangasinan Translation


Diad sayan maliket ya panaon na Fiestay Inkianak, labay kon inter ed sikayo tan saray inanaro yo so kareenan tan bendision na gayaga.

Dakerakel so simbolo na Christmas. Mangisasabit tayo ran a parol. Ontan met ed say Christmas lights. Dekoraan tayo so Christmas tree. Walay iteran tan balesan na regalo. Wala met iray kakanen ed Christmas, tan sikatayo so man-party. Amin darayan simbolo et nagagawa ed nigeter a panaon da labat. Aliwa ran sakey taon irayan gagawaen no andi et naderal tan naandid rad panaon tan magmaliw a mabli so panag-bilay!

Balet say Christmas et aliwan sakey labat ya silibrasyon ed sakey agew kada sakey taon. Inagew-agew so Chrismas. Say twa, anggan anton panaon. Kada say pari et ibalikas to so salitan, “Saya so Laman ko … saya so Dalak” diad say tinapay tan kupa na alak, et Christmas la! Kada sikatayo so mansilibra na Misa, say Dios so onakseb a manlapud tawen; manayam ed kapegleyan tayo; onloob ed kapusoan tayo tan manayam ed kamarerwa tayo. Kada walay Misa, kaiba tayo ray angel ya mangakanta na “Hosanna ed sankatageyan!”

No labay yon nagetma so pilalek na samay kansion “Araw-araw ay Paskong lagi”, agyo la nakaukolan ya isinop iramay dekorasyon na Christmas tan kanen iray kakanen na Christmas ed sakey taon. Mimisa kayo --- satan so inagew-agew a Christmas! Akoen yo so Masanton Komunyon anggan inagew-agew --- satan so inagew-agew a Christmas! Dakerakel lan bilay so apasimbalo lapud say mabetbet ya panagkomunyon. Dakerakel la so nagmaliw a santo diad panamegley na Masanton Komunyon. No amin tayo et magmaliw a santo, amta sikato ya so rason no akin et si Kristo so inyanak?

Twa say Misa et silibrasyon na Christmas ed kada oras ed inagew-agew. Diad say pangiter koy bendision ko ed sikayo ed sayan maliket ya labi, imbitaan takayo met ya manpikasi ya diad pamilya yo wala komon ed sikayo so tawagen na Katawan a magmaliw a pari to. Panon  ya walay Christmas yo no anggapo ra so papari? Agyo ya ra ipireg-pireg so papari yo. Lapud sikara, say lawas ya inkianak nen Kristo ed kapegleyan tayo so nagagawa. Panon kayon mansilibra na Christmas no anggapo ra so papari? Say pari et sakey ya ama yo balet sikara met so ina yo ya aliling day mangiyanak ed si Jesus diad altar, aliwa labat ya maminpinsan no ingen diad inagew-agew.

Pabli yo so inagew-agew a Misa; sikato ya so inagew-agew a Christmas yo. Aro yo ray papari yo --- nakaukolan yo ra; iiter day Jesus ed sikayo.

Merry Christmas ed sikayon amin!

Diad Katedral nen San Juan Evangelista, Dagupan City, 24 Disiembre 2010.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Arsobispo na Lingayen-Dagupan

12 December 2010

San Fabian hosts WAF Archdiocesan Christmas Fellowship

11 December 2010 - San Fabian. The Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, played host to the officers and members of the World Apostolate of Fatima as they came together to celebrate their annual Christmas Fellowship. 

A program was held in the morning participated by the different WAF units of the different parishes. Msgr. Rafael S. Magno, Jr., celebrated the mass at 10,30am. 

The World Apostolate of Fatima

The World Apostolate of Fatima or the Blue Army as they more popularly known in the Archdiocese, is a worldwide public association of the faithful, responding to the requests that Our Blessed Mother made to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917, to help save souls and bring peace to the world. It promotes Eucharistic prayer and the Rosary, as well as penance, especially the generous acceptance of the duties of our state in life. 

The World Apostolate of Fatima offers a variety of spiritual programs. These range from the Prayer Cells, where individuals meet for weekly prayer in the Parish or home setting, to the Parish First Saturday Devotions, All Night Vigils, and a Sacred Heart Home Enthronement Program and Family Consecrations to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These and other programs can revitalize and strengthen the faith of participants in local Church communities. 

Members of the WAF, San Fabian Parish

WAF Christmas Fellowship at the San Fabian Parish Center

11 December 2010

Tree Planting Highlights Catechism of the candidates for Confirmation

11 December 2010 - San Fabian, Pangasinan. The candidates for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation went up the hills of Inmalog Sur to plant trees as part of their catechetical formation before they are to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. There are 248 students and pupils from the Archdiocesan School of San Fabian, the parochial of the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr., who are undergoing the catechism. They will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on 14 December 2010, Tuesday at 9:00 in the morning.

The tree planting is the culminating activity of the month long catechism on the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Spirituality of Stewardship. Msgr. Socrates B. Villegas, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, will celebrate the Mass in which the students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Bro. Tony Supremido, the Parish Social Action Lay Coordinator

The hills of Inmalog Sur

Mr. Leonardo Carrera, Principal of ASSF






Photos courtesy of Jose Ian Pagarigan Bautista (from his Facebook Account)

3rd Sunday of Advent: Pangasinan Reflection


"Ibagam pad sikami: sika may aalagden min onsabi o manalagar kami niy sananey?" Saya so patetepet nen Juan Bautista ed si Jesus . Dakerakel la so narerengel to nipaakar ed si Jesus.  Si Juan ni balet so manderewa-rwa. Siopa yan si Jesus? Sikato la ya kasi so Manangilaban ya aalagden la? Anto so kabaliksan na sarayan balita nipaakar ed sikato? Labay nen Juan ya siguradoen no si Jesus so twan Messias ya aalagden lan abayag.

Say ebat nen Jesus, aliwan peteg ya pangako ya sikato so Messias. "Pawil kayod kinen Juan tan ibaga yoy narerengel tan nanenengneng yo: saray bulag makakanengneng ira, saray lopuy makakaakar ira, saray akating onaabig ira, saray telek makakadngel ira, saray inaatey nabibilay ira, tan saray mairapbilay nipupulong ed sikara so Maung a Balita. Maliket so toon ag naekalay pananisia ed siak!" Sarayan amin ya imbaga nen Jesus et onong ed si propita Isaias. Unong ed si Propita Isaias, no onsabi so manangiyagel a Dios, " makanengneng iray bulag, tan makadngel iray telek. Manlukson singa ulsa iray piley, tan mankantad liket iray emel. Magayaga ran makasabid Jerusalem, mangankanta tan maneyag-eyag irad liket da. Manliket iran ando lan ando, naandi lan anggad angga so ermen tan dageyem."

Siguro nen nangel nen Juan so ebat nen Jesus sikato so manlukso ed dalem na prisoan! Manlukso ed liket to! A singa samay unaan dan inpan-abetan nen Jesus. Nen binmisita si Marian maluken ed si kapinsan ton Isabel ya manluken met ed kinen Juan, si Juan so linmukso ed liket!

Sayan Simba so tatawagen na Simba a Gaudete Sunday odion Simba na Gayaga! Ta lapud asinnger lay isabi na say Manangilaban tayo! Anggaman agtayo manlukso ed liket a singa si Juan, walay gayaga tan liket ed kapusoan tayo lapud say panangaro tan panangasi, say generosity tan say kiwawala na say Dios tayo ed kapegleyan tayo.

Maliket itayo lapud say ilalo ya iiter na say Masanton Ibanghilyo ed sikatayon amin. Sikatayo ra ya walad kabilongetan na kasalanan, ta naitday tayo na mapangasin panamerdonan na Dios; sikatayo ran walad inkalopoy lapud say takot tan dakerakel ya pagpaga tayo, manliket tan mangayaga tayo! Walay Dios ya maabagey, ilaban to itayod sarayan pagpagaga tayo. Manmatalek tayo ed sikato. Sikatayo ran walay liliknaen, saray natetelek ed karekel na problema, mangagayaga tayo! Say Dios ya Manangilaban tayo et agto itayo paulyan. Gali dia sikayo ran mansasakbat na krus yo, ta panpainawaen ta kayo! Kuay, Katawan. Maliket so too ag naekalay pananisia ed say Dios a Katawan!

Diad kairapan tan kabilongatan na prisoan nen Juan Bautista, naawat to so Maong a Balita: say Dios so wadia lad kapegleyan tayo! saray bulag makakanengneng ira, saray lopuy makakaakar ira, saray akating onaabig ira, saray telek makakadngel ira, saray inaatey nabibilay ira, tan saray mairapbilay nipupulong ed sikara so Maung a Balita.

Salamat ed say Dios ya ag nasabsabaan so panangaro to, say bendision to, say grasya tod para sikatayon amin! Awaten tayon sililiket irayan amin. Sikato  so mangiwawanwan ed sikatayo ed kaabigan. Sikato so silew pian nanengneng tayo so dalan na kaptekan tan kamaungan. Sikato so biskeg tayo pian nailaban tayo so katunongan. Say salita na katwaan. Say bilay na kareenan tan pankakasakey. Panangaro tan panangasi.

Maliket so toon ag naekalay pananisia ed siak!"

Ontan pa komon. Amen.

10 December 2010

Fixed Fees for the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation abolished


8 December 2010 - Dagupan City. ARCHBISHOP Socrates B. Villegas, DD in a circular letter dated 8 December 2010,  informed the clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan that the “fixed fees for the administration of the sacrament of Confirmation for both children and adults are abolished”. This landmark and significant pastoral action of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan through the Archbishop is but a fruit of the collective prayerful discernment of the presbyterium during a meeting held last 8 November 2010 at the Msgr. Cesar Guerrero Hall of the Archbishop’s House.

IN that meeting the presbyterium agreed on the eventual phasing out of the arancel system in the administration of the sacraments and sacramentals after a comprehensive and in-depth formation and catechesis on the spirituality of stewardship to be given to all the chaplaincies, parishes and schools of the Archdiocese. The total phase out of the arancel system is expected to come to its finality after two years.

The catechesis and the formation program should be able to clarify to the Catholic faithful that stewardship is a way of life. This should remove from the mindset of the parishioners and the faithful that the sacraments have a monetary equivalent; however neither must it be replaced by another mindset that the sacraments are cheap and require nothing on our part.

The Sacraments paid for by Our Lord Jesus Christ

IN the same letter, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas emphasized that the sacraments are not free. “They have been paid by the precious passion, death and resurrection of the Lord”, he said.

HE admonished the priests of the Archdiocese to administer the spiritual treasures of the Church with personal gratitude and pastoral charity. The priests have to do this, he said, as “a gesture of gratitude to the good Lord for His abiding goodness.”

The responsibility of the faithful and the parishioners

THE Catholic faithful on their part must be animated to share the love they have experienced from the goodness of God with others by sharing their time, talents or treasures cheerfully, responsibly and generously like faithful and wise stewards. Instead of “giving until it hurts”, the faithful are to share and give because it is a joy to do so!

The System of Church Support

The Church by her very societal nature has the inherent right, independently of secular authority, to acquire and retain, to administer and ameliorate, to apply and dispose of temporal goods. All these activities of the Church however are done always in the pursuit of the objectives proper to her divine constitution.

Canon Law provides the objective rationale behind this right of the Church which gives four reasons: for the requirements of Divine Worship; for the need of the Apostolate; for the works of charity  and for the support of the Church Ministers (Canon 1254, par. 2). Without this objective rationale appended to temporal realities, the Church would not really have any ownership right.

The Arancel System

The main System of Church Support in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Parishes, Chaplaincies and Pastoral Stations has been the Arancel System or the Table of Offerings. The system provides a fixed offering on the occasion of every Church service rendered.