VALENZUELA City, Nov. 12, 2015 – Then St. Joseph the Worker Quasi Parish has now become a full-fledged parish after an inaugural and thanksgiving ceremony held on Nov. 10.
After a procession, a Mass followed where Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros led the installation of Fr. Roman Caleon as the first parish priest.
“Fr. Roman has to lead the parishioners to continue serving God’s people especially the poor and our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” the bishop said during his homily, reminding Caleon to strengthen BEC initiatives in the parish, revitalize Christian values, and promote intensive evangelization.
“We are God’s servants and let us all remember that whatever we do to the least of our brothers, we do it unto the Lord,” said the priest in a message after.
“I also would like to extend my gratitude to all those who have helped the parish, in one way or another, in making it happen,” he added.
Unveiling of the new parish logo and the historical marker as well as a thanksgiving dinner concluded the event.
A glimpse of its history
Bishop Cirilo Almario Jr. authorized the formation of a “Quasi Parish” on June 30, 1993 after seeing the faithful laity in the barrios of Punturin, Bignay, Lawang Bato, and Langka live the life of an active Christian community over the years.
Initially, the chapel in Punturin was used as the parish church. However, through the efforts of its first administrator Fr. Gaudencio Lopez, they were able to acquire a 2-hectare lot where a small chapel was built to celebrate the sacraments and perform pastoral functions.
The ground breaking of the present church structure commenced in 1995. And in January 2001, Fr. Arnel Alejandrino was assigned as its new administrator. During his term, the church, though still being constructed, was used beginning in 2003.
On Nov. 10, 2013, Fr. Roman Caleon, who started serving the parish when Lopez got sick in 1995,
returned as its administrator. And, on the same date this year, the “Quasi Parish” of St. Joseph the Worker in Punturin, Valenzuela City was formally declared a “Parish” by Oliveros. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)