Circular Letter No. 2017-1
04 May 2017
RE: The Year of Parishes as Communion of Communities and the Centenary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima
Dear Reverend Fathers, Religious Sisters & Brothers and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Alaminos,
It has been exactly one year now since the date of my installation as your bishop. Receiving this mandate is a grace-filled experience of offering myself as “Pater Benignus ad Omnes” (benevolent father to all) who accompanies you in the holy journey. Together, we shall make this encounter with Christ, risen among us and conversing with us.
We are gearing up our preparations for the year 2021 when we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Gospel in the Philippines. This year we are called as a people to reflect on the “Parish as Communion of Communities”. And how can we deepen this reality? We shall propose a renewed and passionate program of the year which will flow from the Fatima message of intense prayer and repentance. One hundred years ago (May 13), the Blessed Virgin appeared to three shepherd children who echoed her invitation “to amend our lives and ask pardon for our sins through prayer and sacrifice”. Only with a renewed heart can we be united as one!
Attached are the concrete activities of this year. These events are all helpful undertakings so that we may grow in greater and deeper communion. Know that I pray for you always!
Very truly yours in the Good Lord,
+Ricardo L. Baccay, D.D.
Bishop of Alaminos