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The Birth of a Parish ... Sto Nino De Molino



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Our Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples: “I have overcome the world� (Jn.16:33) even as He prays for all believers so that our Father’s joy may be made full. As we write this historical perspective on the “birth� of our parish, His word of life continue to be made manifest in this once “obscure� place, 30 kilometers from Manila: a living testimony of another “Jerusalem� in transformation.
The heart of the parish rests on a hill top, some 50 feet above see level, at Molino, Bacoor, Cavite. Rev. Fr. Arturo R. Balagat, its first Parish Priest, presently ministers his flock of well over 10,000 families covering San Nicolas, Mambog, Dambana, Burol, Progressive, Kaunlaran, Kalayaan, Molino Proper, Duplex, Aming Tahanan, Malipay, some remote parts of Imus and Dasmariñas including Bahayang Pag-Asa where its magnificent Church structure proudly stands.
The Parish Church structure provides the growing community with a place of worship that adds to their sense of communion with the Lord and represents a shining example of faith and good works. Blessed with an ardous devotion to the Catholic faith, Engineer Mariano Bondoc and his better half, Rosario together with their equally devout children selflessly invested their material resources and best efforts at providing a Church structure that confirms that faith; their efforts and resources greatly augmented the community’s initial investment.
The Santo Niño de Molino parish was erected last June 12, 1984. Immediately thereafter, Father “Art� (as the present parish priest is fondly called by his parishioners) started organizing his flock and a “mini� General Assembly Meeting was held at Tagaytay City to form an “Ad Hoc� group that will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Parish Organizational structure, its programs and policies. This “mini� General Assembly Meeting held on June 23, 1984 was followed by a series of Executive with a serie of seminars on “leadership� to pave the way toward establishing a professional organization that will “spring� from the grass-roots level.
Gradually from this “grass-root� aproach at organizational develoment, the parishioners started to actively participate and this resulted in the organization of viable Pastoral Councils in each sitio or barrio chapel. Each Pastoral Council is patterned after the Parish Council where we have a Chairperson, Secretary General, Treasurer and five Committee Heads representing the following committees: Social Action, Liturgical, Finance and Logistics, Education/Formation and Church Maitenance.
Having organized the various Pastoral Councils as meticulously possible, the First Parish Congress was held last September 16, 1984 which produced the formal Parish Organization, its orientation, programs and policies together with the election of the Parish Executive Committee.
Shortly after the First Parish Congress, various programs were planned and immediately launched. Foremost of these programs are as follows: Community Health, “Alay Kapwa�, facilitators� training, youth formation, catechism and various fund-raising activities to defray the cost of church pews and “sound system�.
Since the erection of the Parish, we have achieved great strides with the selfless dedication of many of many of our parishioners. Such a welcome atmosphere led to further training our “vision� to establish a strong Christian Community in the Parish and efforts are now underway in promoting “KRISKA� (Kristiyanong Kapatiran or Kristiyanong Kapitbahayan) a venue which would hopefully instill Christian unity and brotherhood so that the less fortunate of our constituents could be adequately served.
Our onc “obscure� place is slowly eing transformed to a community of believers eager to submit to Christ’s mission. The community has also been enriched with the active involvement of the Somascan Missionary Sisters whom we are proud to have with us for they have gifted the community with the school what will grow with us.
It would be noteworthy to mention that when a list of Saints were referred to the community, nowhere in the list did the name Sto. Niño appear; consequently however, as the patron Saints� names were tallied, the Sto. Niño was unanimously voted without anyone influencing the people’s vote.
In the end we are confident that our history will be shaped with God’s help and in unity we can proclaim “we too have overcome�

 
Taken from the 1st Anniversary Souvenir Magazine of Sto. Niño de Molino Parish
 
 
 
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