5 October 2011 – San Fabian, Pangasinan. The school community of the Archdiocesan School of San Fabian (ASSF) welcomed the Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Manaoag last 4 October 2011. The visit of the image of Our Lady of Manaoag is part of the program of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Schools (ALDCS).
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagpan, has expressed his desire that the image of Our Lady of Manaoag visits ALL the ALD Catholic schools. He has asked that during the visit the schools will pray the rosary, hold confessions and celebrate the Eucharist. The visit of the image of Our Lady of Manaoag will be from 3-21 October 2011.
Continuous Praying of the Rosary
At 9AM, the image of the Our Lady of Manaoag was welcomed by the ASSF community led by Rev. Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the School Director and Parish Priest, together with some teachers, students and parishioners, from the San Jacinto Catholic School, San Jacinto, Pangasinan. San Jacinto Catholic School was the first school visited by the image.
The students and faculty met the image at the Tempra-Poblacion junction. A procession followed from the junction to the Archdiocesan Catholic School of San Fabian.
The students with their teachers prayed the rosary at the lobby where the image was kept. Each class from the elementary to the high school prayed the rosary continuously until the image was brought to the Parish Church at 3 PM.
Eucharist with Father Soc
A procession from the school to the parish church was held. The route of the procession was shortened due to the rains.
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas celebrated the Holy Mass with the student population of ASSF with the parishioners. The mass was celebrated after a communal praying of the holy rosary at the parish church.
The parishioners held an overnight vigil in the church after the ASSF students had finished their own vigil. The different religious organizations took part in the vigil, offering an hourly prayer and visitation.
The image of Our Lady of Manaoag was fetched from the parish church by the community of Sto. Tomas Catholic School, Mangaldan, Pangasinan on 5 October 2011 after an overnight stay in the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr. The students and faculty of ASSFR were on hand to bid farewell to the our Lady. Sto. Tomas Catholic School led by Rev. Fr. Jijune Genaro Herramia, school Director, welcomed the image.
(All photos, courtesy of Ms. Ria Katrine Sibayan)