May 31, 2011

Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary

 

Circular 2011/19

RE: Sixtieth Sacerdotal Anniversary of the Pope Benedict XVI

 

My dear people of God:

 

The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will mark his sixtieth anniversary of his priestly ordination on June 29 this year. This will be an opportune occasion to express our thanksgiving to the Lord for the gift of holy priesthood in the Church as well as to manifest our loyalty to the Successor of Saint Peter.

In communion with the Catholic faithful all over the world, we in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan will hold sixty hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the intentions of the Holy Father as our spiritual gift to him on this memorable occasion.

We will begin with the celebration of the Eucharist on June 28, Vigil of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul at five o’clock in the afternoon at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John. After the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be transferred in procession to the Santuario de San Juan where the adoration will begin at six o’clock in the evening continuously until six o’clock in the morning of July 1, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. The sixty hours of adoration will be concluded by a concelebrated Mass at the Santuario de San Juan.

 

We encourage our parish communities, Catholic schools, seminaries, lay organizations and religious congregations to inform the Chancery about their preferred time slot for the Eucharistic adoration so that we can adequately cover the entire sixty hour period.

 

The priesthood is a blessing. The papacy is a blessing. Let us thank God for His steadfast kindness to us.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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