GLORIOUS EASTER COMES TO THE Archdiocese of Tuguegarao as it celebrates the 100 years of its canonical erection. St. Pius X signed the Apostolic Decree creating a separate diocese from the Diocese of Nueva Segovia on April 10, 1910.

Tuguegarao Archbishop Diosdado Talamayan leads in the celebration, together with 80 priests from all the parishes in Cagayan Valley. The theme revolves around the 100 years of ?Growing Together in Age, Wisdom and Grace.? The jubilee celebration is aimed at remembering and learning from the past, rejoicing in thanksgiving for the gifts bestowed upon the local Church, both clergy and laity.

Jubilee churches

Seven churches were designated to open their jubilee doors to welcome pilgrims, one in each vicariate, during the year-long jubilee celebration from 2010-2011. They are: Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Peter in Tuguegarao being the seat of the archdiocese; St. Dominic de Guzman Parish Church in Lal-lo being the first parish to be established in Cagayan and former seat of the See of Nueva Segovia; St. Anne Parish Church in Buguey; St. Peter Martyr Parish Church in Pamplona; Holy Cross Parish Church in Ballesteros; St. Philomene Parish Church in Alcala; and Holy Guardian Angels Parish Church in Tuao, one of the mission churches administered by St. Francisco Capillas, OP, pro-martyr.

Holy doors of these churches will simultaneously open on April 25. In visiting the Jubilee churches, the pilgrims will receive a plenary indulgence.

Schedule of activities

On April 23, 6:30 a.m., the image of Our Lady of Piat will be brought from the Buntun Bridge to St. Peter Cathedral by motorcade. Archbishop Talamayan will officiate the concelebrated Mass at l0 a.m. A cultural presentation will take place at the Cathedral patio at 7:30 p.m.

On April 24, 9 a.m. the Papal Nuncio will open the Jubilee door of the Cathedral. Pontifical Mass will follow with the Papal Nuncio as presider and homilist. At 2 p.m. will be the start of the visitation of Our Lady of Piat to all parishes of the archdiocese beginning with the Parish of Sta. Praxedes near Claveria. The image will also be brought to the Dioceses of Bayombong and Ilagan and the Apostolic vicariate of Tabuk.

Jubilee doors

On April 25, 4 p.m. visiting bishops will bless and open the Jubilee doors of the seven vicariates of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. There will be a whole year of activities for this centennial celebration which will end on April 25. We will keep you posted.


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Guadalupe pilgrimage

Fr. Artemio ?Tem? Fabros of Ermita Church will lead a group of pilgrims to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico on April 21-May 1 as spiritual chaplain. Besides visiting and attending Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, there will be visits to Cholula, the town of 365 churches, and other holy places. After Mexico, there will be a side trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Call 5267690 or 5214965, or text 0918-5856426.