by Shirley Tersol
Dagupan City, 17 June 2011. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan will hold a 60-Hour Adoration at the Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI’s 60th year as a priest. The adoration will start on 28 June 2011, Tuesday. It will end on 1 July 2011, Friday. A mass will be celebrated at 5:00 PM at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Dagupan City to open the celebration of the Pope’s 60th sacerdotal anniversary. Another mass will close the commemoration on 1 July 2011, at 6:00 AM at the Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista.
Pope Benedict XVI was ordained a priest on 29 June 1951. It is very fitting that the the adoration will end on 1 July, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Day of Prayer for Priests.
For the Sanctification of Priests and For more Vocations
The intention proposed by the Congregation for the Clergy, according to L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican Newspaper, is the sanctification of priests and to obtain from God the gift of new and holy vocations. According to Zenit, an international news agency, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza and Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta, prefect and secretary of the congregation, note that the anniversary is a "particularly propitious" occasion to draw near to Benedict XVI, and to express to him gratitude, affection, and communion in the service of God and his Church and, above all, in that "shining of the Truth on the world," which he calls us to.
Schools and Parishes
The 60-Hours of adoration will be distributed to all the parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. Each parish and school will be given a one-hour adoration each. The Congregation for the Clergy also proposes that in addition to praying for the Pope's life, health, happiness and protection from every evil, the faithful are asked to pray for bishops, priests, deacons and all ministers of the Gospel, that they may be faithful to their vocation and their self-giving, and to remember the Church, vocations, the laity and deceased priests.
San Fabian Parish and ASSF Schedule
The Parish of St. Fabian will have its one-hour adoration at the Sanctuario de San Juan Evangelista on 29 June 2011, Wednesday, from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM. The Archdiocesan School of San Fabian will have their adoration on 30 June 2011, Thursday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
All the religious organizations and movements, and the different cenacle communities are enjoined to participate in the adoration. Assembly area will be at the church patio at 5:00 AM.
(Ms. Shirley Tersol is a regular contributor to the website. She is a member of the Union of Prayers for Vocations (UPV) as well as of the Ministry of Social Action (MISA) of the parish. She is at present the teacher-in-charge of Jose N. Juguilon Elementary School, Colisao, San Fabian, Pangasinan)