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Easter

Easter is the Church’s celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from His death on the cross. The liturgical season starts in the Easter Vigil (called the “Mother of All Vigils”) celebrated on the eve of Easter Sunday. This marks the end of the Holy Week and the last day of

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Chrism Mass

Chrism Mass is a Holy Mass celebrated by the bishop at the diocese’s cathedral church on Holy Thursday morning. Joined by the priests of the diocese, the celebration manifests the priests’ unity with their bishop. In the celebration, the bishop blesses three oils, namely the oil of catechumens, the oil

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

The final Sunday of Lent, which also serves as the beginning of Holy Week is called Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. On this day, the Catholic Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, days before his passion and death on the cross. In the Gospels,

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Homeless Jesus

A Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz Homeless Jesus is a sculpture cast in bronze metal made by artist Timothy Schmalz. Measuring 36 inches in height, 84 inches in length, and 24 inches in depth, it provides enough room for a person to sit onto. The sculpture shows a figure of a

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Saint Pedro Calungsod

Saint Pedro Calungsod, also known as Peter Calungsod or Pedro Calonsor, is a young Filipino Catholic migrant canonized Saint by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. He was an altar server and a missionary catechist who migrated to Guam with Spanish Jesuit Missionary, Fr. Diego Luis de San Vitores. There, along

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Lent

Lent is a liturgical season in which Catholics dedicate 40 days of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. The season begins on Ash Wednesday and culminates in the Holy Week. During the season, the faithful are called to practice abstinence and penance

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Ash Wednesday

More than six weeks before Easter Sunday, Ash Wednesday is observed by Catholics in opening the season of Lent. Wearing ashes on the head is a symbolic practice of penance. This practice has been a tradition of the Jews since ancient times in observing penance and fasting. Ashes have been

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Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan

The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan is a Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the Philippines that comprises the capital of the province, 2 cities, and 15 municipalities in the central part of Pangasinan. Its suffragans are the Diocese of Alaminos, Diocese of Cabanatuan, Diocese of San Fernando (La Union), Diocese of San Jose

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Prelature of Isabela de Basilan

The Prelature of Isabela de Basilan is a Roman Catholic territorial prelature in the Philippines, a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga. Created on October 12, 1963, and erected on February 15, 1964, the prelature comprises the entire civil province of Basilan and the cities of Isabela and Lamitan. Its

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Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines or CBCP is an institution formed by the Second Vatican Council. It is a group of Catholic Bishops in the Philippines “whereby, according to the norm of law, they jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of their territory

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