ATTENTION: All Parish Priests, Parochial Vicars, Rectors of Shrines, Parish Administrators, Parish CLPR Coordinators, School Administrators, Directors and Campus Ministers
SUBJECT: MASSES OF THANKSGIVING FOR GRADUATES
Dear Fathers, Monsignori, Brothers and Sisters:
We are sending you the rites for the celebration of Masses of Thanksgiving For Graduates, both in English and Tagalog, here in the Diocese of Parañaque.
For the celebration of these masses, we are to use the Mass proper of the day, with the proper readings, music and vestments as stated in the Ordo. The only special feature of this rite is the Blessing of Graduating Students which will be done after the Post-Communion Prayer, right before the Final Blessing. The Commission does not encourage the inclusion of other non-essential rituals (e.g. thanksgiving of the graduates, blessing of diplomas and medals, “symbolic offerings”). Thus, utmost prudence and pastoral care and catechesis should be given in preparation for these special liturgies.
We enjoin your reverences to share these with the schools (both Catholic and non-sectarian) which are within your pastoral jurisdiction. Feel free to discuss these rites with the campus ministry/catechists/religion teachers so that they could prepare their liturgical celebration well.
Yours in Jesus and Mary,
REV. FR. JOHN FRANCIS FREDERICK K. MANLAPIG
REV. FR. CARMELO O. ESTORES