Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Diocesan Shrine

This is the norms of the Diocese of San Pablo concerning the establishment of a Diocesan Shrine. This is to facilitate or help those parishes in the Diocese who wishes to be a shrine, a place of pilgrimage of the people of God. Personally, what has surprised me is the provision that states that no two parishes will be made a shrine within a vicariate.

So far, the existing approved diocesan shrines are the following:

1. Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre, Landayan, San Pedro, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Pedro
2. Shrine of Saint Vincent Parish, Mamatid, Cabuyao, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Isidro
3. Shrine of Saint Anthony de Padua, Pila, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of San Antonio de Padua
4. Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pagsanjan, Laguna, belongs to the vicariate of Mahal na Birhen ng Guadalupe.
5. Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows (Turumba), Pakil, Laguna belongs to the vicariate of St. James the Apostle
Here is the copy of the Norms on establishing a Diocesan Shrine. You could also find a copy in Scribd or from Google



Diocese of San Pablo

NORMS ON ESTABLISHING DIOCESAN SHRINE


I.          Preliminaries (From the Code of Canon Law)

Can.  1230 By the term shrine is understood a church or other sacred place to which numerous members of the faithful make pilgrimage for a special reason of piety, with the approval of the local ordinary.
Can.  1231 For a shrine to be called a national shrine, the conference of bishops must give its approval; for it to be called an international shrine, the approval of the Holy See is required.
Can.  1232 §1. The local ordinary is competent to approve the statutes of a diocesan shrine; the conference of bishops for the statutes of a national shrine; the Holy See alone for the statutes of an international shrine.
§2. The statutes are to determine especially the purpose, the authority of the rector, and the ownership and administration of goods.
Can.  1233 Certain privileges can be granted to shrines whenever local circumstances, the large number of pilgrims, and especially the good of the faithful seem to suggest it.
Can.  1234 §1. At shrines the means of salvation are to be supplied more abundantly to the faithful by the diligent proclamation of the word of God, the suitable promotion of liturgical life especially through the celebration of the Eucharist and of penance, and the cultivation of approved forms of popular piety.
§2. Votive offerings of popular art and piety are to be kept on display in the shrines or nearby places and guarded securely.
Can.  1205 Sacred places are those which are designated for divine worship or for the burial of the faithful by a dedication or a blessing which the liturgical books prescribe for this purpose.


II.        Basic Criteria for the Establishment of a Diocesan Shrine

1.      It must be a Church intended for divine worship (Can. 1214).
2.      It must be a place of historical significance.
3.      It must be a place where there is extraordinary devotion to God, to our Lord Jesus Christ, patron saint of the Church or to another saint.
4.      It must be a site of pilgrimage.  The place must be frequented by pilgrims, not only by the parishioners but also from other parts of the diocese and the nearby dioceses.
5.      It must have the proven capacity to accommodate a large number of pilgrims.
6.      It must have the existence of a special social dimension of the devotion of the place, that is, a social action program that promotes the full human development of people.[1]
7.      It must be located at a place which has significant distance from an already existing diocesan shrine.  No shrine will be established within the same vicariate.


III.       Liturgical Requirements

1.      It should be a center for worthy and exemplary celebrations of the liturgy, especially celebrations of the Eucharist and penance (Can. 1234).
2.      The sacrament of Confession should be available to the pilgrims all the time or at least during the day of devotion to the Shrine.  Thus, there must be enough confessionals in the premises of the Shrine.
3.      Those who administer the place are encouraged to develop and utilize some form of common prayer, such as the liturgy of the hours and celebrations of the Word of God (SC 35,4).
4.      Liturgical and devotional celebrations should faithfully observe their respective norms and promote the active participation of the Christian faithful, with due consideration for associations that have been approved by the Church.
5.      The various elements required for liturgical celebrations (alter, ambo, presidential chair) should be situated according to the requirements of the reformed liturgy (cf. GIRM, 295-318).
6.      Great care must be given to the observance of the principal celebrations of the liturgical year and to the ministry of preaching, both in liturgical homilies and in connection with popular devotions.
7.      A sufficient number of liturgical ministers should be available to provide adequate pastoral care of pilgrims, especially for various language groups.
8.      To enhance active participation of the entire assembly of the faithful, liturgical worship should be accompanied by sacred music which “adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites”. (SC 112).


IV.       Statute of the Proposed Shrine

Churches and sacred places applying to be Diocesan Shrines, must submit their statutes to be approved by the Bishop. “The statutes are to determine especially the purpose, the authority of the rector, and the ownership and administration of goods” (Can. 1232, §2).
Other required documents are indicated in section V.

V.        Procedures

Parish
1.      Application for the designation as a shrine may be initiated by the parish priest.
2.      Prepare the following documents:
a.      Application Letter signed by the Parish Priest.
b.      Resolution of the Parish Pastoral Council.
c.       Statutes of the proposed shrine (Can. 1232, §2).
d.     Pastoral activities and schedule of liturgical services.
e.      Documents showing the ownership and administration of its site, building and other properties, that clearly follows both the ecclesiastical and civil laws.
f.        Documentations (history, testimonies, pictures, etc.) that show the extraordinary devotion to the saint.

Vicariate

1.      The vicariate submits a resolution, containing the signatures of all the priests, recommending to the Bishop the designation of the Church as a Diocesan Shrine.
2.      The Vicar Forane gives his written opinion on the proposal.
3.      The Episcopal Vicar of the district gives his written recommendation of the proposal.
Diocese
1.      The Diocesan Commission on Liturgy studies and evaluates the proposal.
2.      Ocular inspection by the Bishop or by his representative.
3.      The proposal is submitted to the Presbyteral Council for consultation (cf. Statues, Presbyteral Council, Art. V, Sec. 1, e).
4.      Approval of the proposal by the Bishop.
5.      The Bishop issues the Decree of Establishment.


Diocese of San Pablo
CHECKLIST FOR THE APPLICATION
FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DIOCESAN SHRINE

Parish
Observanda

1.       Application Letter signed by the Parish Priest.


2.       Resolution of the Parish Pastoral Council.


3.       Statutes of the proposed shrine (Can. 1232, §2).


4.       Pastoral activities and schedule of liturgical services.


5.       Documents showing the ownership and administration of its site, building and other properties.


6.       Documentations (history, testimonies, pictures, etc.) that show the extraordinary devotion to the saint. 

Vicariate
Observanda

1.       Resolution of the vicariate(containing the signatures of all the priests)


2.       Opinion of the Vicar Forane.


3.       Recommendation of the District Episcopal Vicar.

Diocese
Observanda

1.       The Diocesan Commission on Liturgy studies and evaluates the proposal. 


2.       Ocular inspection by the Bishop or by his representative.


3.       The proposal is submitted to the Presbyteral Council for consultation (cf. Statues, Presbyteral Council, Art. V, Sec. 1, e).






4.       Decision of the Bishop.

¨ APPROVED

¨ ON HOLD

¨ DENIED

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Signature                   Date





[1] When Landayan and Pagsanjan applied for the establishments of their Churches as Shrines, they were required to do something about the beerhouses, abortion clinics existing within their territorial jurisdiction.  After complying with these requirements, their petitions were granted.




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