Cebu archdiocese welcomes fourth San Pedro Calungsod parish in Danao

A NEW parish in Danao City was officially established after its groundbreaking last Wednesday.

The former San Pedro Calungsod Quasi-Parish in Barangay Masaba was promoted to a parish by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

Dili lang gyud ni (It’s not only a) groundbreaking. More of establishing or erection of a parish. Before gi-deklarar na siya nga quasi-parish (It used to be a quasi-parish). Karong adlawa, mahimo na syang parokya (Today, it’s now a parish),” said Palma.

It is the fourth San Pedro Calungsod parish in the archdiocese.

Berding Molina, one of the parish cathechists, said the community chose the patron saint because he is a Bisaya and his story is very inspiring to Christians, especially to the youth.

“Given the fact that they’re already a parish, they can make plans independent of the mother parish, which is Danao,” Palma said.


The new parish will serve some 8,000 faithful in Barangays Masaba, Mantija, Cahumayan and Dungga.

“The church will be close to the faithful. The faithful will be close to the church and they won’t have difficulty getting to a house of God,” said parish priest Fr. Junly Cortes in Cebuano.

Palma pointed out that a newly established parish will face several struggles, including organizing its flock.

“He (parish priest) has to encourage the people to be active in the church,” he said.

The church and the rectory, which will have a floor area of 220 square meters, are designed by the Mandaue-based Home Architects and Associates. The lot is donated by the Almendras family.

“The design is modern minimal. Its plan is radial because of the shape of the terrain or property,” said Architect Jason Horada.

Horada said the project cost is P3.6 million. Construction will take three years if the parish can raise the amount.

The feast of San Pedro Calungsod is held every Oct. 21.


In another development, Palma discouraged the faithful from going to Barili to witness the alleged dancing Sto. Niño icons.

“I do not even send (an investigator) kay para nako (because for me) it is not yet proper as if to give much importance to the phenomena. If ever na magdugay (but if the dancing continues), we might send,” he said.

Palma said the church is not easily excited about such reports because the church’s mindset does not need such phenomena to grow in faith.

“The church is the people of God, not just the building,” he reminded the faithful.

The archbishop also touched on the role of the church on election day.

“Be reminded that the vote is sacred. Study the life and values of the candidates,” he said in Cebuano. Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad, USJ-R Intern


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