Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish (Malacañang)
|Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary|
|Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish |
Parroquia de San José, Marido de María
Paroeciae S. Joseph virum Mariæ
|Location||Malacañang, San Carlos City, Pangasinan|
|Architectural type||Church building|
|Archbishop||Socrates B. Villegas|
Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish is a Roman Catholic church located in Barangay Malacañang, San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines. It is one of the newly established parish in the Archdiocese of Lingayen - Dagupan. It was erected March 19, 2012. It belongs to the Vicariate of Saint Dominic of Guzman 
A glimpse on the history of the Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish...
Our stories are like threads in the whole fabric of life. They are interwoven by the divine hand of the creator. Each story does not stand alone. One way or another, they find another path to other people’s life. The story of Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Parish is not an exemption. We can never relate its story apart from the history of the mother parish- Saint Dominic de Guzman Parish. From the arrival of the first missionary in San Carlos City formerly known as (Binalatongan) in 1587 to its erection as a parish, until it gave birth to its first daughter, the Mary Help of Christians Parish of Basista in 1965 and to her second offspring, the Holy Family Parish in Tandoc in 2007, up to coming of age of the church in Malacañang. Ontricately yet carefully woven into a fine ecclesial communion.
The Parish of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary in barangay Malacañang, San Carlos City, Pangasinan is composed of all the south-western barangays in the city, namely, Libas, Anando, Abanon, Calobaoan, (Sitio Nambukor), Guelew, Supo, Caoayan Kiling and Malacañang. As a parish, it is bounded by the town of Urbiztondo in the West, the municipality of Aguilar in the northwest, Basista in the southeast, and Poblacion in the East.
Why Saint Joseph?
Saint Joseph finds a very special place in the hearts of the people in the locality. Three out of the eight barrios have Saint Joseph as their barangay Patron Saint -Guelew,Supo and Malacañang. For instance, Malacañang have reserved the 19th of every month (19) being the day of Saint Joseph to have been with regular barangay mass long before it became a chaplaincy. Priests in the parish took turn in celebrating the Eucharist.
Originally, Barangay Malacañang was a sitio of Barangay Abanon, until it became independent in 1969. The name became popular because of the presence of the huge and massive house that used to stand along the national road, so much so, those passers by, first timers and on-lookers usually exclaimed "Malacañang" upon seeing it, referring to the official residence of the President of the Philippines. This became a by-word which eventually was adopted as the official name of the barangay. The old prestigehouse which belongs to the Galicia family was long gone but the name and memory evidently remained. Long before, Saint Joseph was being prepared to become a parish. It has already manifested some signs and potentials. It was in the early fifties, that a group of dedicated and deeply religious women felt the need to have an ermita (a temporary and small chapel as a place of worship). They pulled their resources together and put up a structure made of bamboo and nipa shillings on a lot originally owned by a grand old man named Jose Aquino, but popularly known as “Laki Sosep”. He generously gave his consent for the construction of the ermita.
In 1964, the Malacañang Elementary School was constructed in the same lot where the ermita was, and the ermita became the Home Economics building. The Archdiocese archive revealed that it was July 1967 that the Archdiocese purchased a lot through the initiative of the then Archbishop Federico Limon and Rev. Fr. Gerardo Frias. Although his dream of building a church and a cemetery did not materialized, as fate would have it and with the stroke of God’s hand, this is where the present site of the church of Malacañang now proudly stands. Other incident that triggered the creation of St. Joseph as a parish is the distance from the Parish church of St. Dominic. Brgy. Supo being the farthest is 12 kilometers away from Poblacion, while Brgy. Guelew, Calobaoan and Caoayan Kiling are 11 and 10 kilometers away, respectively. But more than the issue of distance, these barangays which have been clustered as Pastoral District 13 and 14 in the Parish of St. Dominic have shown a different level of enthusiasm and zeal in the pastoral activities and concerns of the parish. Thus, when the opportunity presented itself, when Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas celebrated the mass in Malacañang in May 9, 2010, they eagerly voiced out their clamour to have a resident priest in their area. Hence, on the following months, Sunday mass were regularly celebrated in their chapel. Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas eventually designated Rev. Fr. Winston A. Estrada to oversee the preparation of Malacañang as Parish. The building of the convent was the first project. It begun on January 5, 2011 and was completed in time for the proclamation of St. Joseph as chaplaincy on March 19, 2011.
This gesture of the Archbishop made the faithful even more active in their vital role in the church. On July 2011, the construction of thenew church began. One year after, the Archbishop have seen that it’s about time to formally declare St. Joseph, Husband of Mary as the newest Parish in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, with Rev. Fr. Winston A. Estrada as its first Parish Priest on March 19, 2012. A very timely event as the Archdiocese prepares for its Golden Jubilee on February 16, 2013. Another thread has been woven. A sign of growth in the faith and a challenge of experiencing Christ even more in His Church-His people. Recently, the new and the second Parish Priest have been appointed by Archbishop to take good care of our Parish. He is Rev. Fr. Democrito B. Umagtam and was installed last October 11, 2016. Viva! St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish!
List of Covered areas.
- Caoayan Kiling
- Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. "Vicariate of St. Dominic". Rcald.org. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
- THE ROMAN CATHOLIC Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. "Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan: Parishes". lingayen-dagupan.org. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
- Local Prayers. "Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish - Malacañang". www.localprayers.com. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
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