Friday, March 31, 2006


The birth of a new parish is always a cause of joy for Christian communities. It calls for a celebration because it affirms that the Catholic Church is growing and expanding and its mission continues that is to bring people intimately closer to God and to help them design and change their lives through their faith and action. Though enormous tasks and obstacles await for the new shepherd, the shepherd must go and prepare his flock to build the Church. Like other local Christian Communities, the Parish of Saint Teresa of Avila has a humble beginning. Upon the initiative and recommendation of Very Rev. Arkie Caceres, Parish Priest of Saint Bartholomew Parish in the municipality of Baao, Archbishop Leonardo Z. Lagaspi, OP, DD approved the creation of the seventieth parish in the Archdiocese.
On January 29, 2005, Archbishop Leonardo Z. Lagaspi, OP, DD canonically erected the new parish and installed Rev. Fr. Dan Aguilar as its first parish priest. More than thousand of people and thirty priests attended the solemn canonical erection. The new parish consists of ten barangays and one sitio: Nababarera, Pugay, Del Pilar, Caranday, Sta. Teresa, Antipolo, San Juan, Bagumbayan, Sagrada and San Vicente.
The new parish has a total population of 13,423 and 12,183 or 92% of it belongs to Catholicism as of May 2002. The remaining percentage is unequally distributed by others sects and denominations. Since its creation, the parish has given birth to seven religious organizations that actively render their service to the parish. these are the catechetical Ministry; Mother Butlers Guild, Apostleship of Prayer, Knights of the Altar Lectors Guild, Collectors Guild, Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Couples for Christ.
Truly an enormous task awaits for the shepherd and yet trusting in the divine providence and the inherit goodness of the people, we dream of building both the physical and the spiritual dimension of our church.
We need your spiritual and financial support. We hope to solidify all our efforts and actions directed always to the building of the Kingdom of God. Please help us build our Church. Together, let us share our dreams.

Let us build the house of the Lord! Let us enter in the sanctuary! With these words taken from the Book of Psalms I personally invite you to share with us in our dream to build our sanctuary—a place where as one people united in one faith, we will worship and give thanks to our Heavenly Father for the manifold blessings we have received as a people of God. There is no other way we know we can best repay your generosity except by our prayers and daily sacrifices we will offer for your intentions. You may send your donations to PCI Bank (Iriga Branch) Number 0576-08824-8.


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