March 12, 2010
TO: All Diocesan and Religious Priests
RE: Chrism Mass
My brother priests:
Please be reminded that the 2010 Chrism Mass for the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will be held on Holy Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the Saint John the Apostle Parish Church in Dagupan City. The Chrism Mass is one of the sublime expressions of the sacramental brotherhood of priests under the headship of Christ represented in our particular Church by your Archbishop. It is a serious responsibility on the part of the local presbyterium to be present during this Mass and join in the public renewal of commitment to the priestly ministry. Every parish must bring fifty lay delegates representing the parish pastoral council, lay liturgical ministers, youth leaders, social action ministers and BEC heads.
The liturgical program will start at eight o’clock in the morning with Solemn Morning Prayers. It will be followed with the recognition of the most generous Mission Sunday contributors. The Solemn Chrism Mass will follow right away.
All the concelebrating priests must come in cassock, religious habit or bring an alb for the concelebration.
The newly blessed oils may be claimed after Mass at the Saint John the Apostle Cathedral. There will be a small reception for the priests at the Archbishop’s House after the liturgy. It is the feast of the institution of our priesthood.
I am looking forward to your wholehearted participation in the Chrism Mass. Thank you.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
The Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
(Central Pangasinan, Philippines)