25 April 2011

San Fabian Church, one of the Featured Churches in the CBCP’s Visita Iglesia

The church of the Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, is featured as one of the churches in the Visita Iglesia online of the CBCP.

Visita Iglesia online  is a project of the CBCP Media Office which offers a "virtual experience of celebrating Lent, the Holy Week and Easter at the comfort of one's room."

It was primarily launched for overseas Filipino workers.

The website offers the  pasyon (sung readings of the Gospel account of Christ's Passion). It  invites the visitors to watch videos of the Seven Last Words, read homilies and take part in the Stations of the Cross via a computer with an Internet connection.

The church of the Epiphany of the Lord in Lingayen, Pangasinan is also featured in the website.

In the video, Fr. Oliver E. Mendoza, the parish priest of San Fabian, gives a short history of the parish. He also mentions the special devotion of the parish to the Divine Mercy. “The Divine Mercy devotion has become a vehicle in the formation of the BECs of the parish”, he said. He then invites the visitors to “come and join us, pray with us …. here in the parish of St. Fabian.”

"The liturgy is a community act and being so it is most meaningfully celebrated in the context of the community or the parish," CBCP media director Msgr. Pedro Quitorio said in the group's website.

21 April 2011

Stations of the Cross held once again in Lipit-Inmalog Sur

19 April 2011- San Fabian, Pangasinan. Holy Tuesday. The Parish of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr, as part of its observance of Holy Week held the Stations of the Cross in Lipit-Inmalog Sur. It started at 2:00 in the afternoon. The last station was prayed at around 4:00 PM in Inmalog Sur.

The Stations of the Cross has been celebrated at Lipit-Inmalog Sur since 2004. The Parish Youth Ministry has been re-enacting the fourteen stations since 2005.

Mass was celebrated at Inmalog Sur. There were about 500 devotees who took part in this year’s Stations of the Cross.





All photos courtesy of Tina Navarro from her Facebook site.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Pangasinan Reflection

For the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Pangasinan Reflection, kindly go to “From the Pastor’s Notebook”.


14 April 2011

Vocation Prayer


Lord Jesus, You told your disciples:

“Pray, therefore, the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers to His harvest.” (Mt. 9,38).

We beg you!

Send many and holy priests and religious in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan and in the whole word.

Have mercy on us!

Grant O Lord, the grace of perseverance and fidelity to those whom You have called.

We trust in You!

Mary, Mother of the Church, Our Lady of Manaoag, pray for us.

Send O Lord, Holy Apostles into your Church!

- Pangasinan -

Dasal Parad Bokasyon

Katawan a Jesus

Imbaga Yo ed saray disipulo Yo:

“Pikasi Yod Katawan na aaniyen a mangibaki na totoon manani”. (Mt. 9, 38).

Onkekerew kami, Katawan!

Mangibaki Kayo na dakel  tan masanton papari tan relihioso diad Arkidiosis na Lingayen-Dagupan, tan diad intiron mundo.

Kasian Yo Kami!

Iter Yo pa Katawan so grasia na pansiansia tan inkatoor para saray tinatawag Yo.

Manmamatalek kami ed Sikayo!

Maria, Ina na Simbaan, Ina Birhen na Manaoag, pikasi yo kami.

Mangibaki Kayo, O Katawan, na masasanton apostol diad Simbaan Yo!

01 April 2011

Alternative Holy Week

The season of lent stands on three co-equal legs—prayers, penance and love. The prevailing atmosphere of this season is truly penance and mortification. More prayers are also offered to God on these penitential days. Sadly, the almsgiving and charity component of the Lenten season lipit06.3is not given the consideration it rightfully deserves. It is good to be reminded that what make the Holy Week holy are not the prayers we offer and penances we do. Prayers without love are empty. Penance without almsgiving could be just an ego trip on strengthening will power. Love makes this season holy. Prayers can be inspiring and penances can be admirable but only love can redeem. Only love saves. Love alone sanctifies us.

As we move closer to Holy Week, the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will carry a pilgrimage of charity in the poor sections of Central Pangasinan by conducting charity medical, dental and surgical missions. The sick and the poor in our marginalized areas will receive charity medical assistance from their healthier brothers and sisters.

The pilgrimage of charity will start on April 4 at the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Canan, Malasiqui. Here are the succeeding areas of piligrimage—April 7 at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Villanueva, Bautista; April 9 at Cristo Divino Tesoro in Buenlag, Calasiao; April 11 at Holy Family Parish, Tandoc, San Carlos City; April 16 at the Lay Formation Center, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City; and May 2 at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, Wawa, Bayambang.

Our friends from Pangasinan, Edsa Shrine, Order of Malta, Makati Medical Center and the Saint Paul de Chartres Sisters will extend their help for the project.

Let us explore an alternative way of celebrating Holy Week. As we keep our pious practices like the stations of the cross, confessions, visita iglesia and penitensiya, let us also consider making acts of charity to the poor as the way to share in the spirit of the Lenten season. DSC_0300

Our Catholic faithful can consider visiting fourteen patients in our government hospitals and meditate, as you visit them, on the sufferings of Christ. As we console them or bring them some food or drink, we can see how the sufferings of Christ continue in the midst of us.

In honor of the passion of the Lord who was treated as a criminal although he was sinless, we can visit the jails in our towns and cities and share the mercy of God to those behind bars. We can bring them our prayers and greetings and volunteer to be couriers of their letters that they want to send to their loved ones who are unable to visit them.

DSC_0268We can bring food to the children in the Mother Teresa Home of Charity in Dagupan City or clear our clothes cabinets and send our used clothes and footwear to the poor in honor of the stripping of the Lord and his humiliation at Calvary.

In 1981, when Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines for the first time, he expressed his wish to visit the lepers in Tala leprosarium in Novaliches. Because of the restrictions of security, he was unable to visit but the lepers were brought to Radio Veritas in Fairview so the Pope could at least bless them. As soon as the Pope saw the lepers lined up behind stage in the auditorium, even before the lepers could kneel to kiss the hands of the Pope, Pope John Paul II knelt down in front of the leper, kissed his leprous hands and exclaimed before the leper “My Lord!”

Give love this Lenten season. Pour love into your prayers. Let your penance overflow into charity.

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, April 1, 2011


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan