Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque

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Diocese of Parañaque

Dioecesis Paranaquensis

Diyosesis ng Parañaque
Diócesis de Parañaque
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Saint Andrew's Cathedral
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Coat of arms
Location
CountryPhilippines
TerritoryParañaque
Las Piñas
Muntinlupa
Ecclesiastical provinceManila
Headquarters8 Villonco Road, West Service Road
Sucat, Muntinlupa 1770
Coordinates14°26′56″N 121°02′26″E / 14.4488371°N 121.0405263°E / 14.4488371; 121.0405263
Statistics
Area126 km2 (49 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013 (2013))
2,534,321
2,234,786 (94%)
Parishes50 (4 diocesan shrines, 3 national shrines)
Churches58
Congregations18
Schools12
Information
DenominationCatholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedDecember 7, 2002 (2002-12-07)
CathedralSaint Andrew's Parish
Patron saintAndrew the Apostle
Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopMost Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, DD STL
Metropolitan ArchbishopLuis Antonio Tagle, DD STD
Vicar GeneralVery Rev. Msgr. Allen C. Aganon, PC, VG

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque (Latin: Dioecesis Paranaquensis; Filipino: Diyosesis ng Parañaque; Spanish: Diócesis de Parañaque) is a diocese of the Latin rite of the Roman Catholic Church in Metro Manila, Philippines which encompasses the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa. Previously belonging to the Archdiocese of Manila, the Ecclesiastical District of Parañaque (formerly, PPLM) was declared an independent diocese on December 7, 2002 by Pope John Paul II by virtue of the Papal Bill Ad Efficacius[1]. The district bishop, Most Rev. Jesse Eugenio Mercado, D.D., also one of the auxiliary bishops of Manila, was designated as its first bishop and was formally installed on January 28, 2003.

The diocese comprises 50 full-fledged parishes (4 of which are pronounced diocesan shrines, 3 of which are national shrines), 2 quasi-parishes, and 1 non-parochial shrine. The Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso - Saint Andrew Cathedral-Parish in La Huerta, Parañaque serves as the episcopal see of the diocese.

Statistics[edit]

As of 2007, the diocese has 2,234,786 Roman Catholics out of a total population of 2.53 million.[2]

Diocesan Seal[edit]

The miter symbolizes the pastoral authority of the bishop, which he exercises within the three cities: Parañaque (an "M" in a crown); Las Piñas (the Bamboo Organ); and Muntinlupa (the mountains over water), comprising the Diocese of Parañaque.

Bishop's Coat of Arms[edit]

  • The Cross – The cross is traditionally an element in most episcopal coats of arms. The Episcopal ministry is always Jesus' ministry and the bishop is only a servant of Jesus, collaborating in His ministry.
  • The Staff with lilies – The staff is traditionally the symbol of the pastoral authority of the bishop. The lilies denote St. Joseph, patron of the seminary from which the bishop had had his formation (San Jose Seminary, Quezon City). The bishop envisions his pastoral role as patterned after St. Joseph himself, who acted in a fatherly manner to Jesus, who was entrusted to him and Mary by the heavenly Father.
  • The Crown with an "M"Mary is hailed as Queen in Heaven. But she exercises her queenship as a mother to her children entrusted to her by God. Moreover, Mary is the patroness of Parañaque, venerated under the title Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, the first city of the diocese.
  • The Bamboo Organ – The Bamboo Organ is an internationally acclaimed musical instrument currently housed in the Parish of St. Joseph. This symbolizes the second city under the bishop's pastoral administration – the city of Las Piñas.
  • The small mountain near a body of water – This is the symbol of the third city under the pastoral care of the bishop, namely, Muntinlupa City.
  • The Motto – "CONFIRMA FRATRES TUOS" – Taken from the gospel of Luke 22:32 wherein Jesus expressed his hope that after Peter's denial and subsequent conversion, he is commanded to strengthen his brethren (strengthen your brethren).
  • The color schemes – Green refers us to St. Joseph whose fatherly care to the Holy Family earned him the title patron of the Universal Church. The blue field on the other hand, refers us to Mary, who, given to the care of Joseph, conceived the child Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit (red shade). The movement from dark to bright as seen in the area of Muntinlupa is the hope that through the bishop's humble ministry, the "dawn from on high (Jesus Christ) will come upon us all" in the diocese.

Bishop of Parañaque[edit]

Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D., Bishop of Parañaque was born on June 6, 1951 in Caloocan City. He spent his seminary years at San Jose Seminary within Ateneo de Manila University complex from 1968 to 1977. He was ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Manila on March 19, 1977. During his presbyteral ministry, he served as on-loan formator in San Pablo Seminary (Baguio City, 1977–1979), formator at San Carlos Seminary (1979–1981, 1985–1988), Rector of the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (1988–1994), and Rector of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino (Rome, 1994–1997). He was named auxiliary bishop of Manila by Pope John Paul II as was ordained on March 31, 1997 by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin. He served as District Bishop of the Ecclesiastical District of PPLM (Parañaque, Pasay, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa, later renamed as the Ecclesiastical District of Parañaque). With the proclamation of the district as an independent diocese on December 7, 2002, he was designated to be its first bishop and was installed on January 28, 2003.

Vicariates and Parishes[edit]

Below is the list of 52 parishes, 1 non-parochial shrine and 1 Oratory in the diocese, clustered into six vicariates (as of December 2018 - arranged from north to south).

Vicariate of Santa Rita de Cascia[edit]

Parish / Church Year Founded Address Patron Feastday
Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso - Saint Andrew Cathedral-Parish 1683 448 Quirino Avenue, La Huerta, Parañaque St. Andrew the Apostle and Nuestra Senora del Buensuceso (Our Lady of the Good Event November 30 - St. Andrew and August 10 - Buensuceso
Mary, Queen of Apostles Parish 1985 San Miguel Street, San Antonio Valley 6, San Isidro, Parañaque Mary, Queen of Apostles 3rd Sunday of May
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish 1979 Rogationist Street, Multinational Village, Barangay Moonwalk, Parañaque Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary 1st Sunday of May and October 7 (needs confirmation)
Saint Joseph Parish - Tambo 1969 223 Quirino Avenue, Tambo, Parañaque St. Joseph May 1
Santa Rita de Cascia Parish 1906 Quirino Avenue, Baclaran, Parañaque Santa Rita de Cascia May 22
Sto. Niño de Parañaque Parish 1995 8542 Col. E.L. de Leon Street, Santo Niño, Parañaque Sto. Niño de Parañaque 3rd Sunday of January

Non Parochial Church in the Vicariate of Santa Rita de Cascia[edit]

Church Jurisdiction Year Founded Address Patron Feastday
National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Santa Rita de Cascia Parish - Administered by: Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris; CSsR (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer) 1869 Redemptorist Road, Baclaran, Parañaque Our Mother of Perpetual Help June 27

Vicariate of Saint Martin de Porres[edit]

Parish Year Founded Address Patron Feastday
Holy Eucharist Parish 1984 Armstrong Avenue, Moonwalk Village, Parañaque Our Lord Jesus Christ the Holy Eucharist Corpus Christi Sunday (2nd Sunday after Pentecost
San Agustin Parish 1996 E. Rodriguez Avenue, Barrio San Agustin, Barangay Moonwalk, Parañaque St. Augustine of Hippo August 27
Holy Infant Jesus Parish 1991 Roxas corner Aguinaldo Streets, South Admiral Village, Barangay Merville, Parañaque Infant Jesus -
Mary Immaculate Parish 2010 Don Lauro Avenue, Levitown Estate, Better Living Subdivision, Barangay Don Bosco, Parañaque The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary December 8
National Shrine and Parish of Mary, Help of Christians 1975 Better Living Subdivision, Barangay Don Bosco, Parañaque Primary: Mary, Help of Christians Secondary: St. John Bosco May 24 - Mary Help of Christians January 31 - St. John Bosco
Our Lady of Beautiful Love Parish 1969 80 Washington Street, Merville Park Subdivision, Parañaque Our Lady of Beautiful Love -
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish 1980 4098 Bougainville Road, Sun Valley Subdivision, Parañaque Primary: Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Secondary: St. Paul of the Cross October 7 - Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary October 19 - St. Paul of the Cross
Saint Martin de Porres Parish 1967 2222 Narra Street, United Hills Village, UPS1, San Martin de Porres, Parañaque St. Martin de Porres November 3

Vicariate of San Antonio de Padua[edit]

Church / Parish Year Founded Address Patron Feastday
Ascension of Our Lord Parish 1993 Rainbow Drive, Goodwill 2 Subdivision, Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ascension Sunday (7th Sunday of Easter)
Jesus, the Divine Healer Parish 1989 12 Lily Street, Tahanan Village, Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque Jesus, the Divine Healer -
Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Parish 1979 Peach Street, Marcelo Green Village, Parañaque Mary, Mother of Good Counsel -
Our Lady of Grace Parish 1983 Doña Irenea Avenue, Ireneville 1 Subdivision, Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque Our Lady of Grace -
Our Lady of Peace Parish 1989 Press Drive corner Headline Street, Fourth Estate, Barangay San Antonio, Parañaque Our Lady of Peace -
Our Lady of Unity Parish 1989 9th Street, UPS-V, San Isidro, Parañaque Our Lady of Unity -
Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish 1982 34 Aguirre Avenue corner F. Cruz Street, Phase 3, B.F. Homes, Parañaque The Presentation of the Child Jesus and Our Lady of Candles February 2
Resurrection of Our Lord Parish 1972 J. Cabarrus corner Elsie Gatches Street, Phase 1, B.F. Homes, Parañaque The Resurrection of Our Lord Easter Sunday of the Lord's Resurrection
Saint Pius of Pietrelcina Parish (Padre Pio Church) 2012 Garnet Street, Severina Diamond Subdivision, Km 18, West Service Road, Barangay Marcelo Green, Parañaque Saint Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) September 23
San Antonio de Padua Parish 1970 139 San Antonio Avenue, San Antonio Valley I, Parañaque St. Anthony of Padua June 13

Vicariate of Saint Joseph[edit]

Parish / Church Year Founded Address Patron Feastday
Saint Joseph Parish (Bamboo Organ Church) 1795 Padre Diego Cerra Avenue, Daniel Fajardo, Las Piñas Principal: St. Joseph Secondary: Nuestra Señora La Consolacion y Correa 1st Sunday of May - St. Joseph and 1st Saturday of September - La Consolacion
Our Lady of Fatima Parish 1976 Fatima Avenue, Philamlife Village, Pamplona Dos, Las Piñas Our Lady of Fatima October 13
Christ the King Parish 1979 E. Trinidad Street, San Isidro Subdivision, Pamplona Uno, Las Piñas Christ, the King of the Universe Last Sunday or 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Good Shepherd Parish 1986 Sanggumay Street, Doña Manuela Subdivision, Pamplona Tres, Las Piñas Christ, the Good Shepherd 4th Sunday of Easter
Last Supper of Our Lord Parish 1986 Manila Times Village, Pamplona Tres, Las Piñas Christ of the Last Supper Corpus Christi Sunday (2nd Sunday after Pentecost)
Immaculate Conception Parish 1996 Marquez Street corner Chapel Road, Gatchalian Subdivision, Manuyo Dos, Las Piñas The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary December 8
Saint Joseph the Worker Parish 1997 Mariposa Avenue, BF Mariposa Subdivision, Talon III, Las Piñas Saint Joseph the Worker May 1

Non Parochial Church in the Vicariate of St. Joseph[edit]

Church Jurisdiction Year Founded Address Patron Feastday
San Ezekiel Moreno Oratory Administered by: St. Joseph Parish - Bamboo Organ 2013 Villar SIPAG Center, Pulang Lupa Uno, Las Piñas City St. Ezekiel Moreno August 19

Vicariate of the Holy Family[edit]

  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of the Five Wounds of Our Lord (F-1985), Alabang-Zapote Road, Talon IV, Las Piñas
  • Holy Family Parish (F-1970) Dulce Street corner CRM Avenue, BF Homes, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas
  • Madonna del Divino Amore Quasi-Parish (Notre Dame de Vie) (F-2010), Ayala Southvale Drive, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas
  • Mary Immaculate Parish (Nature Church / Focolare Parish) (F-1979), Apollo III Street, Moonwalk Village, Talon V, Las Piñas
  • Mary, Mother of the Church Parish (F-1979), Capitoline Hill Street, Vista Grande, BF Resort Village, Talon II, Las Piñas
  • Our Lady of the Pillar Parish (F-1986), Mercury Road, Pilar Village, Las Piñas
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish (F-1999), Zodiac Avenue, Veraville Homes, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas
  • Santo Cristo Parish (F-1995), General Lim Street, Soldiers Hills 2 Subdivision, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas

Vicariate of Our Lady of the Abandoned[edit]

  • Archdiocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned (F-1863), National Road, Poblacion, Muntinlupa
  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Saint Peregrine Laziosi (F-1985), National Road, Tunasan, Muntinlupa
  • Ina ng Awa Parish (F-1994), NBC, NBP Reservation, Poblacion, Muntinlupa
  • L'Anunziata Parish (F-1984), Don Pedro Reyes Avenue, Victoria Homes Subdivision, Tunasan, Muntinlupa
  • Mary, Cause of Our Joy Parish (F-1982), P. Manosca Street, Soldiers Hills Village, Putatan, Muntinlupa
  • Mary, Mother of God Parish (F-1980), National Road, Bayanan, Muntinlupa
  • National Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (F-1981), J. Posadas Avenue, Posadas Village, Sucat, Muntinlupa
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (F-2012), Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills Village, Cupang, Muntinlupa
  • Saint James the Great Parish (F-1990), Cuenca corner Ibaan Streets, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa
  • Saints Jerome Emiliani and Susana Parish (F-1982), Commerce Avenue, New Alabang Village, Muntinlupa
  • San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (F-1987), M.L. Quezon Street, Cupang, Muntinlupa
  • San Pedro Calungsod Quasi-Parish (F-2012), Southville 3, New Bilibid, Poblacion, Muntinlupa
  • San Roque de Alabang Parish (F-1970), T. Molina corner Mendiola Streets, Alabang, Muntinlupa

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ w2.vatican.va (PDF) http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/la/apost_constitutions/documents/hf_jp-ii_apc_20021207_paranaquensis.pdf. Retrieved 2018-12-31. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Cheney, David. "Statistics, Diocese of Parañaque". Retrieved 2007-08-31.