Circular 2011/30: Updating Seminar for Lay Liturgical Ministers

 

September 26, 2011

Memorial of Sts. Cosmas and Damian

My dear brothers in the ministry:

In pursuit of our pastoral thrust for renewed catechesis and intensified devotion to the Eucharist, we shall conduct the annual renewal seminar for all extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, readers and commentators on all the Saturdays of October and November and the first Saturday of December 2011 at the Lay Formation Center, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. The seminar fee is PhP200 to cover the expenses for the snacks and lunch.

The “I” of ICTHUS, i.e. integration of faith and life, will be the formation theme for this year. The modules on the “Spirituality of the Social Teachings of the Church” will be given by Father Allan Soriano.

Enclosed is the schedule of formation seminars and the parishes assigned for each of the Saturdays.

According to an existing archdiocesan policy, this seminar is obligatory for all extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, readers and commentators. Their mandate to exercise this liturgical ministry will be revoked if they fail to attend the annual renewal seminar. They must bring a letter of recommendation from the parish priest upon registration at the start of the seminar.

I trust that you share my conviction that what the Church needs now is lay formation for true lay empowerment. Please continue to encourage new and young lay leaders from the parish community. I invoke my blessings upon you and your ministry.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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