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National Laity Week 2012

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago

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THE National Laity Week will be celebrated from September 23 to 29, 2012 with the theme “Building up the Body of Christ and Strengthening our Faith Through New Evangelization.”

The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (or “Laiko”), formerly Council of the Laity of the Philippines, the association of Archdiocesan/Diocesan Councils of the Laity and Catholic lay organizations and ecclesial communities in the country, spearheads the celebration of the National Laity Week during the week of the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz who, together with the soon to be canonized and second Filipino saint Blessed Pedro Calungsod, is the patron saint of the laity.

Dr. Marita Wasan and Engr. Nida Ruiz, Laiko’s Vice President for the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila and the Visayas, respectively, are the Co-Chairpersons of National Laity Week 2012 Committee.

The Launching Ceremony will be held at Mariners Court, Cebu City on September 23. The Council of the Laity of the Archdiocese of Cebu led by its President Atty. Paterno Acabodillo and assisted by its Vice President Engr. Nida Ruiz, organized a one-day assembly of lay leaders and member organizations of Cebu.

The Board of Officers and Trustees of Laiko, led by its National President Atty. Aurora A. Santiago and National Spiritual Adviser Most Rev. Jesse Mercado, Bishop of Parañaque and Chairman of CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Laity, will grace the occasion. Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, D.D., Archbishop of Cebu and CBCP President, will be the Main Celebrant during the Holy Mass.

The Closing Ceremony will be held at UST, España, Manila on September 28, Feast of San Lorenzo. There will be Eucharistic Celebration, Symposium on Lay Spirituality and San Pedro Calungsod Musicale: Scenes from Martyrdom from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This will also serve as the launching activity in preparation to the canonization of our 2nd lay saint, Blessed Pedro Calungsod. The Eucharistic Celebration at 2 p.m., at the UST University Chapel (Santisimo Rosario Parish) will be presided by Most Rev. Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D., Archbishop of Manila. The Holy Mass will be followed by the Symposium and the Musicale at the UST Central Seminary Gym.

In the Diocese of Kalookan, the Council of the Laity will conduct Medical Mission at San Ildefonso de Navotas Parish on September 30 from 8a.m. to 12 noon. Likewise, to support the Council of the Laity, Most Rev. Bishop Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr. issued a circular to celebrate the Laity Week in each parish and to hold second collection during the Saturday and Sunday Masses of the Laity Week.



We request the readers to pray for our dear Sr. Pilar Verzosa of the Religious of Good Shepherd. Sr. Pilar is the founder of Pro-Life Philippines and a fellow columnist in CBCP Monitor. She is comatose and breathing through a respirator at the ICU in La Salle University Medical Center. Last Thursday afternoon, I received a call from Laiko’s Dr. Marita Wasan that  Sr. Pilar suffered a stroke with blood pressure of 200/100. She was rushed to the University’s hospital and while waiting for the doctor, Sr. Pilar even suggested to Dr. Marita to give her (Sr. Pilar) body talk to ease her pain. I immediately emailed Pro-life Philippines requesting for prayer brigade for Sr. Pilar. Dr. Marita and Sr. Pilar were in De La Salle University, Dasmariñas, Cavite to give talks about pro-life to doctors, nurses and therapists. Sr. Pilar turns 68 on September 24.



The participants to Laiko’s 10 days Pilgrimage on the Canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod are requested to submit the documents required for the issuance of Italian/Schengen Visa to allow them to join the pilgrimage for the Canonization. Please contact Joseph or Kate at LAIKO Building, 372 Cabildo Street, Intramuros, Manila; Telephone No. 527-5388; Fax No. 527-3124; Cel No. 0919-863-4218, email



The Parish Pastoral Planning Core Group (PPPCG) of San Ildefonso de Navotas, wherein I am a member, is completing the Parish Pastoral Plan just in time for the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Parish on January 23, 2013.  The PPPCG is headed by the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Jerome Cruz.



Happy Birthday to five members of our family who are all born in September:  our eldest sister Ate Violeta “Lita” Rosales and her eldest son Marc Glenn, our youngest sister Flordeliza “Isa” Imperial and her eldest son Roberto Enrico, and Paulo Roberto Santiago who is the eldest son of my youngest brother Roberto “Bobby”. May our Lord Almighty give you many more birthdays to celebrate with us together.

Happy Birthday and Happy Sacerdotal Anniversary to Fr. Jun Erlano of San Roque Cathedral Parish, Caloocan City; also Happy Birthday to my parish priest Fr. Jeronimo Ma. J. Cruz of San Ildefonso de Navotas and Fr. Nestor Fajardo of Sacred Heart Tugatog Malabon Parish and Ms. Rona Marie Apellanes of the Chancery Office of Kalookan Diocese.

Happy 104th Foundation Day of Immaculate Conception Parish and 33rd Foundation Day of St. Francis of Assisi and Sta. Quiteria Parish, both of the Diocese of Kalookan.

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