DOP CIRCULAR NO. – 2017-066
14 June 2017
TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PARISH ADMINISTRATORS, RECTORS, CHAPLAINS, GUEST PRIESTS, PRIESTS ON LOAN AND RELIGIOUS PRIESTS IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE
RE: SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
On June 24, 2017, the Universal Church will be celebrating the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. As it will fall on a Saturday, the evening Masses would coincide with the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time.
In the Order of Precedence, Solemnities of the Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Saints in the General Roman Calendar, supersede the Sundays of Ordinary Time.
In this regard and in my capacity as Diocesan bishop, I hereby decree that all parishes in the Diocese of Parañaque observe the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in all masses celebrated on Saturday, June 24, 2017, including those in the evening.
Moreover, the faithful who will attend the evening masses on this day, even though they follow the prayers and readings of the solemnity, will have fulfilled their Sunday obligation.
Furthermore, had this solemnity not fallen on this Saturday, we would be celebrating the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, thefore parishes may include a simple commemoration of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary by means of a Marian song, a floral offering or incensation of her image after the post communion prayer.
Thank you very much and may God’s blessings be upon you.
+JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D.
Bishop of Parañaque
REV. FR. JOSEPH D. LANDERO