TACLOBAN CITY-The Blessed Pedro Calungsod Parish in Barangay Sta. Fe, Abuyog, Leyte will celebrate its groundbreaking ceremony of the new parish church and rectory on August 26.
Rev. Fr. Rey Jostol, the parish priest said parishioners and local officials of Abuyog and Leyte’s fifth district are expected to attend the momentous event for the new parish.
Blessed Pedro Calungsod Parish is the third Catholic parish in Abuyog, the others being the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in the problacion and Alliance of the Two Hearts Parish in Barangay Balocawehay.
According to Fr. Jostol, the new parish church will replace the old and undersized chapel built in a 1,000 square meters lot.
“The old chapel will not immediately be removed entirely as it will still be used for our masses. Once the walls and roof are placed, that’s the time the chapel will be demolished,” Fr, Jostol said.
He added that even though there is a lot of nostalgia around the original church, there is a practical need for a new building because the parish is growing.
The parish, which was founded in 2010 covers the Abuyog barangays of Sta. Fe, Victory, Sto. Niño, Tinalian, Buenavista, Lawa-an, Bahay, Pilar, Malaguicay, Buaya, San Francisco, Tib-o, Sta. Lucia and San Roque.
The parish started as a mission station sometime in 2004 with Fr. Den Michael Canaleja as priest in-charge. He was followed by Fr. Edwin Caintoy in 2008 and in August last year, Fr. Jostol took over the mission station. He later became the first parish priest on October 23, 2010 when it was named Blessed Pedro Calungsod Parish.
Source: Leyte Samar Daily Express