Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rector's Circular 4-2012

Memorial of St. Pius X
21 August 2012
Circular Letter 04-2012

Dear Fathers, Parents, Guardians, Seminarians and Friends,

Greetings of joy and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ!  I write this Circular Letter today, the memorial of St. Pius X who is known for his inauguration of the liturgical renewal and the restoration of frequent communion from childhood in the early 20th century.  Through his intercession, may our seminary which is in the direction of the same liturgical growth especially in the area of Eucharistic spirituality be led by the Holy Spirit.

Your seminarian-sons are going home today, August 24, and they are expected to be back to the seminary on Sunday, August 26.  It is assumed that quality time is spent at home with their family, while not neglecting their prayer life and participation in the Eucharist in the Parish.  Please continue to monitor their health and inquire about their studies.  A word of encouragement for them will be very meaningful especially when it comes from their family.  Our graduating seminarians are going on research after the break and will be back on August 30.

Last month’s celebration of the Araw ng Wika is worth noting in this letter.  Congratulations to Dra. Ely Disimulacion for her great work in guiding the First Year Seminarians in putting up the program.  The whole community cooperated and exerted a lot of effort to show love and devotion to our beautiful Filipino language.  This annual event is a requirement in our institution by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

This coming September 23, we shall have the Investiture of our sophomore students.  There are fifteen of them: ANCHETA, Jerfey B. (ALD), BALANAG, Romeo C. Jr. (SFLU), CABRERA, Michael Angelo C. (ANS), CARIASO, John Paul S. (SFLU), DAMISIL, Fedirick T. (SFLU), DE GRACIA, Rho Derique T. (ANS), DELA ROSA, Jonar G . (ALD), DELOS SANTOS, Yrolle B. (ANS), EPISCOPE, Mark Glenn Q. (ALD), GARCIA, Arnulfo E. III (SFLU), LAGIWID, Alexander Khan S. (ALD), MAYUGA, Crispin J. (SFLU), RESPONDO, Gioraleigh D. (ALD), SUPREMIDO, Joseph B. (ALD), and TAGUM, Eart Raymund R. (ALD).

The cassock is sacred sign that is connected to baptism and a symbol of the anticipation to the future priestly ministry of these young men.  Let us pray that as they put on the cassock, they may also become new men with renewed ardor in following the Lord in their seminary formation.  There will be a recollection on September 21-22 for these seminarians to be facilitated by Sr. Maria Cecilia Payawal, PDDM.  Their parents/guardians are also invited to attend a recollection on September 22 (Saturday) from 1PM to 5PM which I will facilitate at the Lay Formation Center.

Finally, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8) is coming close.  The seminary will celebrate a Marian Music Fest to honor our patroness.  It will be inspiring to understand that St. Pius X’s motto which was “Instaurare omnia in Christo” (To renew all things in Christ) can only be realized with the Blessed Mother’s guidance and protection. 
May Mary, Help of Christians, always pray for us.

Very truly yours in Christ,

Fr. Mario Dominic C. Sanchez