Saturday, 22 June 2019 06:14

Sta. Cruz Parish celebrates 400th year anniversary as a parish


Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud, SSS presided over the Thanksgiving Mass for the Jubilee of the 400th year anniversary of Sta. Cruz parish in Manila on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Sta. Cruz parish celebrates its 400th year anniversary as a parish with a Thanksgiving Mass presided by Cabanatuan Bishop Sofronio Bancud, SSS on June 20, 2019.
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As the parish celebrated its 400th year anniversary, Bishop Bancud asked the faithful to focus their attention to the very essence of the celebration keeping in mind all the good and bad experiences the parish underwent through the years.

“Each experience whatever they may be are always experience with Jesus Focus on what we are celebrating, for theres one thing and no one that can stop us from rejoicing and thanking the Lord. Tayo ngayon na nagkakatipon ay totoong kumikilala sa biyayang kaloob ng ating Panginoon. Biyaya na kung saan pagkalipas ng 400 taon mula nang itinatag ang simbahang ito, ang bawat siglo maraming kwento, ang bawat isa sa atin ay may kanikaniyang kwento, kung bakit tayo ay naririto nakiisa sa ganitong uri ng pagdiriwang,” Bishop Bancud said.

Among the reasons for the celebration, Bishop Bancud pointed out that the church is composed not only of the faithful who hear Mass daily and serve the church but all those who became part of the history.

The church according to him, should keep its mission in bringing closer to the Lord those who are left behind in the society.

”Lahat tayo’y bahagi ng simbahan, na kilala natin na tayoy pinagpala ng Diyos, Wag mong kalilimutan ang mga nandoon sa tabi-tabi, ilapit natin sila sa Diyos," Bishop Bancud said.

On June 20, 1619, Sta. Cruz parish was established. In 2017, the canonical coronation of the Our Lady of Del Pilar was held. In 2018, the pariah was declared as Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament. (Radio Veritas and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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