We would like to share with you the gratitude of the parish community of San Isidro Labrador in Barangay Aguinaldo, Laak, Compostela Valley (Diocese of Tagum), following the recent canonical establishment of their Quasi-Parish church last Saturday, October 17, 2015, as communicated to us by their Diocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Tomas Avila, Jr.:
“On behalf of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Wilfredo D. Manlapaz, DD, SThD, Bishop of Tagum, and the priests, and faithful of this Diocese, especially the community of Aguinaldo, Laak, Compostela Valley Province, I thank the Asian Terminals Inc. and the Bahay ng Diyos Foundation for your financial support in the construction of the church edifice and a convent in Aguinaldo, Laak, Compostela Valley Province.
Last October 17, the Bishop together with a number from the Diocesan Curia held a consultation with the community of Aguinaldo in their readiness to become a quasi-parish. After hearing from the faithful, the Curia unanimously voted in the affirmative. After the consultation which lasted for an hour, the Bishop presided the Holy Eucharist where he decreed for the canonical erection of San Isidro Labrador Quasi-Parish. He likewise appointed Rev. Fr. Julius U Capongpongan as the First Administrator. After the Mass, there was a short ceremony of the unveiling of the Church’s marker at the main entrance of the Church.
In the past, it would take at least two weeks after consultation before the formal announcement of the canonical erection which is integrated at Mass. Considering, however, the tedious preparations, the costs, and the distance of Aguinaldo, His Excellency decided to hold all this event rolled into one.
With Fr Julius, we will be inviting our benefactors, especially the Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, in one of its important celebrations in the near future. We will notify you ahead as soon as we have the date. Again, thank you so much. May you continue your ministry with magnanimity.”
A Thanksgiving Mass was held November 28 at the new church, led by Tagum Bishop, Most Reverend Wildredo Manlapaz, D.D., and in the presence of Mrs. Noemi L. Saludo, President of Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, Inc., and Mr. Andrew Hoad, Vice-President of Asian Terminals, Inc.