DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2018 – 014
04 February 2018
TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS
RE: LAUNCHING OF THE FUTURE PRIEST CLUB PROGRAM
In his Pastoral Letter for the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, Bishop Jesse Mercado mentioned that there has been a decrease in the number of priestly and religious vocations. As a matter of fact, we have no candidate in the diocese for priestly ordination in the next four years. With our aging presbyterium, we need more vocations to the priesthood.
In this regard, we are launching the FUTURE PRIEST CLUB PROGRAM. This program aims to heighten the awareness of the young about the vocation to the priesthood. Hopefully we can attract more vocations from its members.
The launching of the Future Priest Club Program will be held at the Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish, Aguirre Ave. corner F. Cruz St., Phase III, B.F. Homes Parañaque City on February 10, 2018 (SATURDAY).
As a start, we are asking all the parishes in the diocese to organize and send ten to fifteen of its altar servers with age ranging from 12 years old and above, who manifest interest or inclination in the priestly vocation. Kindly inform the chancery office ( tel number 807-1662 local 4) as to the number of your participants on or before February 8, 2018.
Details of the program are as follows:
7:00 – 8:00 Arrival / Registration
7:45 – 8:15 Animation / Video Presentation – (Vocation Promotion / Life of a Priest)
8:15 – 8:30 Orientation on the Future Priest Club – Fr. Ernie Sican
8:30 – 9:15 Talk on Vocation – Fr. Jeff Manlapig, Fr. August Pulido, Fr. Jonathan Cadiz
9:15 – 9:30 Animation / Video Presentation
9:30 – 10:00 Testimony – Fr. Bon Navarro and Fr. EJ Miranda
10:00 – 10:30 BREAK / MERIENDA (Note: Merienda will be provided)
Distribution of Membership Card for willing participants
10:30 – 11:30 Holy Mass – Bishop Jesse E. Mercado
11:30 – 11:40 Picture taking with the Bishop / Home Sweet Home
Please help and support this endeavor. Truly, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Lk 10:1ff).
REV. FR. ERNESTO S. SICAN
REV. FR. JOSEPH D. LANDERO
(sgd.) X JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D.
Bishop of Parañaque