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Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Rizal Marks 150 Years

Parish leaders share how they started, visions for the parish.

The Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Rodriguez, Rizal is celebrating its 150th anniversary today, June 2.

The celebration was formally opened last November 29, 2020, with a motorcade and was highlighted by a Holy Mass, blessing, and unveiling of the marker placed at the entrance of the church. (Read: Fr. Vhon Recalls His Most Challenging Assignment as a New Priest)

The seven-month celebration will be culminated with a Mass to be presided by Most Rev. Francisco de Leon, Bishop of Antipolo, on June 2, and a “Gabi ng Parangal” online concert on June 5.

‘May Everyone Work With God’

(Left) Parish Pastoral Council Chairman Jocelyn Magno-Pasamba (Right) Ed (left) and Joy (second to the right) during one of their mass serves together (Photos courtesy of subject)

For Jocelyn “Joy” Magno-Pasamba, the incumbent Parish Pastoral Council President, the celebration marked the start of a new chapter of the parish. (Read: Rizal Baker Rises From Hardships, Now Gives Back To Frontliners)

“Reaching these amazing years despite the challenges is a huge milestone. It was made more special as it coincided with the celebration of the 500th year of Christianity in our country (1521-2021),” says Joy.

Joy first started as a member of the Lectors and Commentators’ Ministry (LCM) in 2003. From being a member, she became one of the secretaries, then treasurer, to becoming the LCM coordinator in 2017.

“I decided to serve when my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2002. I turned to God through this ministry because I believe He will hear my supplications for my father’s healing and recovery,” she shares.

In 2018, Joy’s stint as the LCM coordinator was cut short because she was appointed as the PPC President by the then-new parish priest, Fr. Rodrigo “Ric” Eguia. (WATCH: Rev. Fr. Ric Eguia Shares How He Was Called to Priesthood)

Today, Joy wishes that the parish servants will be given the grace by God with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to continue to have the right culture and attitude as true armies of God.

“May everyone work and function with God in mind so that our parish will be ready, strong to move towards celebrating the bicentennial anniversary in 2071!”

‘The Greatest Evangelization Is Love’

23-year-old Ed (second to the left) during the ordination of Fr. Dave Onilongo (third from the right). Seated with Ed were other priests. (Photo courtesy of subject)

For Eduardo “Ed” Camilet, one of the longest-serving servers in the parish and now the head of Temporalities, a founding anniversary always marks the best years of existence. (Read: Candy Pangilinan’s Son Becomes an Altar Boy for the First Time!)

“It is very special. It revives the inner feeling of faith in the community, no matter what happens— good or bad. There’s always a church and God is always here,” says Ed, who’s been serving the parish for 40 years now.

Ed started serving in September 1980 when he volunteered as a catechist. He then became a member of the Lectors, Youth, Cursillo, and Legion of Mary. In 1983, he became the Charter Chair of the Knights of the Altars, established by then seminarian Fr. Dave Onilongo. It was Ed’s longest-held organization from 1983 to 2016.

“In the coming years, I envision that our parish will be more active and instrumental to many parishioners. To me, during this term of Fr. Ric, formation has been greatly intensified and inspired many leaders. The greatest evangelization is love; it makes the invisible God visible,” says Ed.

As for the history of the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish and how it evolved to what it is now, Fr. Ric Eguia, parish priest, narrates it in this video:

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