26 February 2012
Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary
The new theology seminary shall be named in honor of Mary, Help of Christians. The high school and the college seminaries in Binmaley and Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City,respectively were all named in honor of Mary, Help of Christians. The groundbreaking ceremonies for the theology seminary were held last 16 February 2012 at Brgy. Palapad, San Fabian, Pangasinan.
Encourage the Families
The second phase of the fund raising campaign hopes to to encourage the whole family to share, especially in this time of Lent. In the prayer for the Theology Seminary, we are praying to God: “Bless our vision”. To fulfill this vision, we “promise to set aside everyday an amount for the Theology Seminary.”
An amount every morning, every day
The campaign is asking all the members of the family to “set aside everyday” an amount for the seminary. Every morning, before the start of their day,each member of the family will set aside already an amount and put these in their “Alkansia na Pamilya”. In doing so, they already know the little sacrifice that they can offer for the day for Mary, Help of Christians, the patroness of the new seminary.
The Parish is giving the ”Alkansia na Pamilya” for free, to families who want to help in the construction of the Theology Seminary. These “Alkansia na Pamilya” shall be placed on the tables in front of the church before and after the mass. Families are free to get them. The families need only to have their family names registered for monitoring purposes.
The duration of the campaign is from 26 February 2012, First Sunday of Lent, to 20 May 2012, the Sunday before Pentecost.
On the week of 20-26 May 2012, the families shall start returning their “Alkansia na Pamilya” to the parish office. On 27 May 2012, Pentecost Sunday, all the families who returned the “Alkansia na Panamilya” or who gave to the campaign will receive a “Certificate of Appreciation” signed by the Archbishop, the Vicar Forane and the Parish Priest.
“1M para kay M”
The Vicariates of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan have also launched the campaign called, “1M para ka M”. This is the continuation of the “Libro na Panangaro para sa Seminario”. Each of the Vicariates will raise a minimum of PhP one million (PhP 1,000,000.00)
A new notebook has been printed to succeed the “Libro na Panangaro para Seminario”. This is the “1Mpara kay M”. The new notebook has the perspective of the new seminary printed on its cover. Parishioners and donors will be asked again to sign their names and donations in the notebooks. This can be done before and after the Sunday masses. The barangay coordinators have also brought the notebooks to their barangays, asking families to sign up and share generously for the Theology Seminary.
First Phase of the Construction
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, in a circular letter, said that “the first phase of the construction will include two classrooms, the dining area with kitchen, seminarians’ dormitory with twenty cubicles, temporary oratory, toilets with bathrooms, three rooms for the priests, visitors’ receiving room and the corridors. This part of the seminary building will have three floor levels covering a floor area of 1,713 square meters. “
The total cost of phase one will be PhP25, 873, 213.00.
In the same letter, Archbishop Soc gave a report with regard to the ongoing fund raising campaign. He said, “As of February 15, 2012, the parishes and Catholic schools have remitted Ph P5, 342, 928. 40 to the Chancery while PhP1,842,266.00 have been donated by individual benefactors or corporations for the seminary fund. From abroad, we have total donations of US$ 1,663.00.”
He further said that “clearly, we are still a long way from our target of twenty five million pesos to complete the first phase of the construction”.
16 February 2012
16 February 2012 – San Fabian, Pangasinan. “The Theology seminary is an act of gratitude to those who have gone before us.” Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas said in his homily during the concelebrated mass held for the groundbreaking for the Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary. Msgr. Renato P. Mayugba, Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Msgr. Jesus A. Cabrera, Bishop Emeritus of Alaminos and more than seventy priests. The mass was held at the parish church of St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr at 8:00 in the morning.
Gratitude. Proclamation. Legacy
Archbishop Villegas further said, “The Theology seminary is a proclamation of Christ’s presence among us.” It is also a “legacy that we will leave behind long after we have left this world. It is a legacy that will transcend our lifetime.”
Hundreds of the lay faithful with the religious of the Archdiocese attended the mass. The thirty-five parishes and chaplaincies sent representatives to join the celebration. The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Schools also sent representatives from their faculty and student community.
Golden Year, Golden Offering
In his pastoral letter on the opening of the jubilee year marking the fiftieth anniversary of the elevation of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan in the year 2013,Archbishop Soc gratefully and with joy, wrote to the faithful of the Archdiocese, “The Church of Lingayen Dagupan is rich and wealthy in the golden graces of God! Indeed the true treasure of the Church is the Lord who is always present amongst His people. And God has always been with us.“We entrust this year to Mary Help of Christians whose guiding hand has brought many of our young men to the altar as priests of her Son. As we now break the ground for the construction of the theology seminary, may our Mother guide us, give us courage and bring us to live for Jesus her Son.”
Motorcade to Palapad, San Fabian
A motorcade from the San Fabian Parish Church to the site of the future seminary in Barangay Palapad was held right after the Mass. The construction site was blessed and the names in the Libro na Panangaro Para Seminario were laid on the site of the future altar of the seminary chapel. A time capsule was also placed at the cornerstone of the future seminary.
A document “For Perpetual Memory” was also included in the time-capsule. It was signed by the Archbishop, his Auxiliary, the Bishop Emeritus of Alaminos, the members of the Archdiocesan Consultors, and the Mayor of San Fabian town.
The construction of the Theology seminary will start after the groundbreaking ceremonies. It is expected that the first phase of the construction will be finished after eight months. By June 2013, the seminary will open its doors to the first batch of Theology seminarians.
The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has been campaign hard for the funds to build the Theology seminary.
(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 gives regular catechism for the Pre-Baptismal celebration on Saturdays and Sundays. She is at present the teacher-in-charge of Jose N. Juguilon Elementary School, Colisao, San Fabian, Pangasinan)
11 February 2012
11 February 2012 – San Fabian, Pangasinan. Concelebrated Mass for the Groundbreaking for the Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary will be held at eight o’clock in the morning at the Parish Church of San Fabian. The officers of the parish pastoral council with the parish youth leaders and representative teachers and students from all the Catholic Schools are expected to attend.
A motorcade from the San Fabian Parish Church to the site of the future seminary in Barangay Palapad will be held right after the Mass. The construction site will be blessed and the names in the Libro na Panangaro Para Seminario will be laid on the site of the future altar of the seminary chapel.