SAN CARLOS CITY, Pangasinan, Sept. 11, 2015 – Young people from the different parishes, Catholic schools, and universities from the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan came in full force to the annual celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s nativity from Sept. 7 to 8 at the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation stadium, breaking records by bringing the crowd estimate to between 4,000 to 5,000.
Two new programs
Hosted by the St. Dominic de Guzman parish and the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, one of the highlights of the said celebration was the talk delivered by Bernard Canaberal, host of the “Once Upon a Saint” program and a Board Member of the Philippine Association for Media Education. In his talk, he gave a fresh perspective on media and the Blessed Virgin while entertaining the delegates with his various voice and sound effects, impersonations, and flair for story-telling.
The Social Communications Desk of the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry also launched two new programs during the event, the “Youth Ministers Next Door” and the announcement of the winner for the face of ALDY (Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan Youth Ministry). The official face was a winning entry from the University of Luzon Campus Ministry.
The “Youth Ministers Next Door” will be an online weekly program wherein youth ministers will share their reflections on timely issues concerning their fellow youth. The videos will be uploaded in Facebook and Youtube.
Birthday songs for Mary
The young people also prayed a living rosary and sang a birthday song to Mary while waiting for the clock to strike twelve.
Dr. Ma. Lilia Posadas-Juan, the university president and a member of ONLA (Olupan na Laiko na Arkideosis na Lingayen-Dagupan), also expressed her gratitude to the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation for hosting this year’s Marian Youth Vigil.
According to the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Master Plan 2015, the Marian Vigil is an annual youth gathering hosted by a parish or school to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary on the feast of her Nativity. It includes the celebration of the Eucharist, catechesis, and a Fellowship Night that aims to inspire young Christian people to see Mary as their model. (Sher Pauline C. Palola / Social Communications Ministry, Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan / CBCP News)