Forty-eight years ago
Today, our beloved parish, the St. Andrew the Apostle Parish (SAAP) celebrates another milestone. Forty-eight years ago, on a clear sunny day, February 8, 1967, the cornerstone of the building of this Parish was laid. It was a dream come true for the Catholic church-going residents of two villages, the San Miguel Village and Bel-Air Village . Two years earlier, in 1965, the Christian Family Movement units of these two villages petitioned for the establishment of an independent Parish. After two long years of waiting His Eminence Rufino Cardinal Santos granted the petition. Immediately Parish plans were afoot and construction began. The ground breaking ceremony on that fateful February 8, 1967 coincided with the 69th birth anniversary of the late Don Andres Soriano y Roxas Sr., in whose name and honor the building was funded.
It is to the credit of two great names in business- the Sorianos and the Ayalas - that saw the birth of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish. Don Andres Soriano, Jr., Chairman and President of San Miguel Corporation saw the wisdom of a Parish more accessible and convenient to the residents of San Miguel and Bel Air. The Parish of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Poblacion to which they belong is quite far off. Don Andres Jr., offered to fully fund the construction of the Parish building. It will be constructed on a 3,494 square meter lot (its present location) donated by the Ayala family through the Makati Development Corporation. Upon the start of construction, Father Emilio Bularan was appointed Parish Priest.
POPE FRANCIS LEFT FOOTPRINTS
‘I am here to be with you.’ The Holy Father stayed with us for a while, and seeing him passed by was a grace. One could feel that Jesus is truly inside him. It was not just a visit, it was indeed a spiritual
renewal of faith. He has won the hearts of devout and doubters alike with his emphasis in the need to return to the basic teachings of Christ.
He made the call for the Church to be a “poor Church for the poor”. He urged the Church leaders and the lay faithful to live simply and love the poor which is the social doctrine of the Church. He saw the existing situations in our society. While too many people live below poverty level, others are caught up in materialism and extravagant lifestyle. They are distractive to the most basic demands of Christian morality.
The Pope dressed in white ancient custom, with a cross over his chest disembarked from the flag carrier of Sri Lanka at Villamor Air Base at 5:45pm, Thursday the 15th of January.
In front of the TV set where I watched the Apostolic visit of the Holy Father, I felt confronted with him. This man of God is a mystery in and himself, a sign of contradiction. He is leader of the Catholic Church and the Vicar of Christ. He is considered the man of earth who represents the Son of God, “who takes the place” of the second person of the Omnipotent God of the Trinity.
Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on a cold night of December 17, 1936 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the eldest among the five children of Mario Jose Francisco Bergoglio and Regina Sivori. Both Italian descent.