Tuesday, 18 December 2018 09:09

Immaculate Conception Parish in Tayuman celebrates 67th Fiesta

The 67th Parish Fiesta of the Immaculate Conception Parish - Tayuman, Tondo coincides with the Church’s opening of the Year of the Youth. Through the theme, “Maria, Kalinis-linisang Ina ni Kristo at ng mga Kristiyano” the parish reminds us that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we have for a spiritual Mother His blessed and immaculate Mother Mary.

The Fiesta celebration started with the 9-day Novena Masses led by different guest priests reflecting on daily sub-themes. The 6th Novena Mass, December 6, coincided with the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Immaculate Conception Parish church. Monsignor Geronimo F. Reyes, parish priest, led the turnover rites for the past and incoming Hermanos and Hermanas Mayor. After the Mass, a fellowship dinner was held by the Liga ng mga Hermanos at Hermanas to formally launch the Fence Renovation Project of the parish.

A Marian Exhibit featuring almost 50 images corresponding to titles and events in the life of the Blessed Mother was held at the Bulwagang Inmaculada through the joint effort of this year’s Hermano Mayor, Mr. Allan Ignacio, his friends, and the pastoral workers.

It has become a tradition in the parish to welcome the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception with a Grand Marian Procession on the eve of the parish Fiesta. The 14th Grand Marian Procession featured 32 images of the Blessed Mother in beautifully garbed and well-lit carrozas graced the main streets of the parish’s 44 barangays. Among the images were that of Our Lady of Manaoag under the care of this year’s Hermana Mayor Ma. Teresa Sun and the Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted from her parish in Maricaban, Pasay, accompanied by parish priest Fr. Russel G. Ocampo and parishioners. The 4-hour procession was capped with a mini fireworks display to the delight of the parishioners.

On Fiesta morning, parishioners were captivated by the sight of the image of the Blessed Virgin standing on what seemed like a garden full of beautiful flowers on the altar. Six Masses were held to mark this Holy Day of Obligation.

The 6:00 p.m. Concelebrated Mass was joyfully opened with a traditional Karakol as the image of the Blessed Mother is carried to the altar. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist was presided by Fr. Reynaldo F. Reyes, of the Society of St. Paul. In his homily, he emphasized that as God made Mary clean to receive our savior, so as each of us, faithful Christians, should cleanse ourselves to receive Christ in our hearts and our lives.

After the Mass, the Hermano and Hermana Mayor treated our pastoral workers to a sumptuous Agape Dinner at the church’s patio as a thanksgiving to God and our patroness Mary the Immaculate Conception for a successful celebration of our parish’s 67th Fiesta. The audience were treated to a cultural dance presentation from the Sining ng Lahi Dance Troupe. Also, the winners of the Parish Parol-Making Contest, with their lanterns made out of recycled materials were awarded by Sis. Susanna Ty, Parish Finance Council Head.

As the parish fiesta theme echoes the Philippine Catholic Church’s celebration of the Year of the Youth, ICP Tayuman similarly prepares for the 2021 celebration of the 500th Year of Christianity in the Philippines, coinciding with the parish’s 70th Anniversary. (Bro. Lester Lat / Parish Pastoral Council Vice President / Immaculate Conception Parish)


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