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Bishop Mercado Opens the Year of the Parish in the Diocese of Parañaque

La Huerta, Parañaque — (Kring Loquias/ Parish Formation Department) His Excellency Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado closed the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, and launched the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities in the annual Diocesan Day held last December 10, at the St. Andrew’s School Gymnasium. The event aimed to gather all parishes and to take a look at how the diocese celebrated the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, which is the fifth year in the Decade of New Evangelization declared to prepare the diocese for the fifth centenary of the first Eucharistic Celebration and the first Baptism in the Philippines in 2021. It also aimed to orient the parishes on next year’s theme, “The Parish as a Communion of Communities,” particularly on what it should mean to the local church.

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DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2016-111: Prayers Against the Imposition of the Death Penalty

Reverend Monsignori and Fathers: Upon the approval of His Excellency, Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., thru the Diocesan Commission of Liturgy and Popular Religiosity, we would like to forward to you our Prayer Against the Imposition of the Death Penalty. Attached also is a similar prayer drafted by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines for your consideration.

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December 15 Blessed Bonaventure of Pistoia

Bonaventura was born in Pistoia, Italy, about 1250. Inspired to lead a holy life by the example of St. Philip, he entered the Servite Order and was ordained a priest. As prior he showed great understanding and wisdom in directing the affair of the monastery. While he was prior of the monastery of Montepulciano he received the profession of St. Agnes, a young woman of that town, and helped her found a convent for cloistered Dominican nuns.

He died at Orvieto about 1315 and his cult was officially confirmed by Pius VII in 1822.

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Catechesis: “Simbang Gabi” or “Misa de Gallo”

It was in or about 1660, during the early years of Christianity in the Philippines, that the “Simbang Gabi” or the “Misa de Gallo” became a Filipino religious tradition. During Advent, in preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, the missionary friars held nine days of Masses to usher in the event of Christ’s birth. These Masses were celebrated in the early morning hours, typically at about 4:00 AM when the roosters crow to announce the coming of a new day.

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Liturgy of the Hours (iBreviary)

Prayers to St. Peregrine

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