Redemptorist – Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

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Redemptorist – Mother of Perpetual Help Parish

(Cebu 1929)

Location: Elizabeth Pond, Cebu City, 6000

Map:

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Titular: Mother of Perpetual Help, June 27

Contact number: 253 – 6341

Website: http://redemptorists-cebu.com/?page_id=2439

HISTORY:

        An end to colonial domination and home rule that provides for self-determination were some of the signposts in the Philippines, as historical events unfolded from late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century. With the end of Spanish colonial regime, the numbers of Dominican, Recollect, Augustinian and Franciscan friars decreased.

                 1904, there were only 246 friars left; of these only a hundred could be sent back to the parishes as the rest were too old or wanted to be in education work.

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CONGREGATIONAL GROWTH

              Three Rector Majors – now known as General Superiors – would play a major role in this drive for adaptation. Frs. Nicholas Mauron, Matthias Raus and Patrick Murray would have a hand in giving birth to and strengthening the Redemptorist communities across the Philippines.

                  From 71 foundations in 1869, the number “rose to 127 by 1887, and had doubled at the time of Fr. Mauron’s death in 1893”; after that “the increase continued rapidly.” Redemptorist communities throughout the world reached 3,229 in 1901.

                     Fr. Andrew Boylan, the Irish Provincial in the early 1900s, is credited as the one mainly responsible for the coming of the Redemptorists to the Philippines.

CEBU PARISH CHURCH AND MONASTERY

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               Twenty-three years after the Redemptorists arrived in the Philippines they made their new house in Cebu City the center for their missionary work. The house was built under the direction of Fr. William Byrne,CSsR. This center was blessed and occupied on the 2nd of August 1929. In the early days there were hardly any houses near us. We had no church then. People came to the room at the end of the house for the Eucharist, Confession, etc. Life was simple in those days with the community constantly on missions and retreats all over the Visayas and Mindanao.

                 During the war years The Redemptorist House was a refuge for many families whose homes were destroyed or commandeered by the Japanese.

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     After the war present church was built by Engr. Gavino Unchuan under the direction of Fr. Luke Hartingan,CSsR. When the church was inaugurated in June 1950 there was doubt if it would ever be filled so far was it from the people. Soon the city expanded all around the church and today it is an extremely busy center. The apostolic work that has its center in Cebu is a perpetual mission.

                We have been serving the lepers as chaplains in the Eversley Child Sanitarium since 1937. The novena to our Mother of Perpetual Help (begun in September 1946) has eleven sessions every Wednesday. In 1961 we opened St. Alphonsus Major Seminary. On Sunday the Eucharist is celebrated ten times by overflowing congregations. Many hours everyday (except Sundays) are spent in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Enclosed retreats were being given regularly since 1963 and there was such a demand for them that we opened in 1969 the Holy Family Retreat House (now Redemptorist Retreat House). At the request of Cardinal Julio Rosales we opened the Redemptorist parish in 1971.

         With Redemptorists engaged in many different types of apostolate our traditional missions have become less, but have not been abandoned- we have now Cebu Urban Mission Team (CUMT). In all these apostolates, and many more, their success is very much due to the many lay-cooperators working with us and to the support we get from the wonderful people of Cebu.

EARLY MISSIONS

        The first Redemptorist missions were in Compostela, Cebu (14-21 April 1907), Guadalupe and San Francisco, Camotes Islands (October 1907). By the end of 1913 and early 1914, they began conducting the first of the new type of mission in the parish of Jetafe, Bohol. Fr. Cassin spent a week there to do a survey, inform the people and plan for the mission proper.

           Fr. Patrick M. Lynch took over as the superior of the Opon community. Fr. Lynch was a Redemptorist who preferred being on the go. While serving as superior of Opon, he still found his way to Manila, Borneo, Hongkong, Malaya and even Canton in China.

          Malate came at the end of a series of events that began with a mission conducted by Fr. Lynch to English-speaking Catholics in the Cathedral in November 1911. Archbishop Harty was so pleased with it that he asked Fr. Lynch to look into having a foundation in Manila. The following year they both agreed to zero in on Malate. However for some reasons, the site for a Redemptorist house and church has shifted to a place by the Manila Bay known as Baclaran – the place of the fish traps (baclad). By the end of 1931 the house was completed and Fr. Grogan took residence there.

BOOM YEARS

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        There were 213 missions from 1914 to 1928 and it expanded in its coverage and scope from Camiguin to Cebu, Leyte to Negros Oriental, from rural to urban areas. In 1925 missions were done in Manila (Culi-Culi, Malibay and Novaliches, Rizal).

Visayas Mission and Foundation

         Missions expanded across Cebu (including Bantayan Island), Bohol, Leyte, and Negros Oriental including Dumaguete City. On 23 January 1928, the Iloilo foundation was established with Fr. Ray Cleere as first superior. Fr. Byrne’s other priority was to set up a foundation in Cebu City. Construction for the monastery immediately began in 1928 with Fr. Byrne supervising the planning and actual work on the new building which would be very much appreciated for its fine lines and spaces suited to the tropics. On 2 August 1929, the monastery was blessed. The first community of three priests arrived in Tacloban in January 1948. On December 1950, three priests went to Bacolod to set up the foundation led by Fr. John Scanlan as superior. Another group proceeded to establish another foundation in Dumaguete for the Cebuano-speaking communities of Negros on 13 June 1958.

Apostolic Ministries:

MISSIONS:

          The Redemptorists, with the MPS (Missionera del Perpetuo Sucorro) Sisters and their lay cooperators, conduct missions mainly among poor communities in both urban and rural areas. These are usually upon the invitation of a bishop or parish priests and their associates. There are a number of mission categories conducted. First are General Missions which cover more than just one parish; these could cover all the parishes of an entire Diocese or just a cluster of parishes. The Redemptorists and their collaborators are assigned as teams to cover all the chapels in the parishes where they stay for a week to conduct a preached mission. During this week there are Masses celebrated with extended homilies, sacraments administered, recollections for the laity, formation for lay leaders and a gathering of the youth. Second are Parish Missions the length of which is dependent on the agreement between the parish priests and the mission teams. It could be as short as three months and as long as a year depending on the objectives of the mission and the number of communities to be covered. If it is the goal to set up or strengthen Base Ecclesial Communities (BEC), the mission timeframe is longer. With long missions, the team members are able to respond to the sacramental, liturgical, educational, socio-economic and ecological needs of the people.

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           Muslim and indigenous communities, they are engaged in inter-faith dialogue. If it is for preached mission, the timeframe is shorter. During the time of the mission, all the missionaries are immersed in the communities as they live in the houses of the people they serve. This is especially true for the members of the Redemptorist Itinerant Mission Team (RIMT) – mainly based in Mindanao – who are not attached to a particular Redemptorist house.

CHURCHES/ PARISHES/ SHRINES

        Through the years, the Redemptorists in the Cebu Province have set up and continued administering parishes in Cebu, Tacloban, Dumaguete, Iloilo and Davao. All the main churches of these parishes are shrines to Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH), where on Wednesdays, there are novenas to OMPH. The exception is Iligan where the Redemptorists administer only a shrine, not a parish. In these parishes/shrines, the Redemptorists are assisted by the MPS Sisters and lay cooperators. In the parishes, the services include the following: Masses, Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, administration of sacraments, regular confessions and counseling. Since these parishes are constituted by BECs, these services are not only confined to the church at the center but also in the chapels that make up the entire parish. There is a strong drive to mobilize lay participation in the many different activities of the parish which is why the typical Redemptorist parish has many lay associations, movements and mandated organizations. There are regular formation programs for these groups including evangelization seminars, retreats and recollections. The parishes have also been engaged in various social and ecological concerns.

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                   The Redemptorists took charge of the pastoral program of the Leprosarium at Eversley Childs Sanitaruim, Cebu City. Their presence here was not only in terms of providing for the spiritual needs of those seeking treatment and their families. In this Chaplaincy they also organized the people into BECs so that they could encourage them to come up with mutual help and income-generating projects. They also assisted in the health needs of the patients and the educational needs of their children. They have also been part of a multi-agency task force to support the patients and their families in their quest to have a title to the land where their houses have been built.

SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL CONCERNS

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                  All Redemptorist communities have been engaged in responding to the social and ecological concerns of the people within their respective areas. The Cebu Province set up the Redemptorist Center for Social and Ecological Concerns (RECSEC) to coordinate all these engagements at the local level. These engagements vary according to the local realities. In most cases there are health services that range from the conduct of medical-dental missions to setting up community-based health programs that train mothers to become health workers in their communities and be engaged in the use of traditional and herbal medicine. There are programs to assist street-families and their children, scholarship programs for children of impoverished families and income-generating projects and micro-finance projects for these families. There have been efforts to organize the different sectors in the parishes so that they are better able to collectively respond to their needs, e.g. informal settlers, laborers, the elderly and women. Fund-raising activities have been organized to raise funds to support these programs. In collaboration with non-government organizations (NGOs), they have conducted seminar-workshops and fora that deal with justice, peace and integrity of creation (JPIC) e.g. human rights violations, governance and elections, environmental degradation and climate change. When man-made and natural calamities strike, the communities do their best to mobilize resources in order to assist those affected by the disasters.

OUR VISION:

               “Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy; denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding, they share in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that they may bring to people plentiful redemption” Cons # 20

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MISSION:

                      Towards this end, we further commit ourselves to a deeper personal and communal conversion to Christ and his mission; to a renewed effort to improve the quality of our community life on the human and faith levels; to renewed integral and inculturated evangelization in the spirit of PCP II and our recent General Chapters, promoting the new way of being Church through BECs. With the guidance of the Spirit and the unfailing assistance of Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help, we shall then be a Province that work together to help bring about among our people the growth of God’s Kingdom  proclaimed bu the Redeemer, a Kingdom of Justice, Peace, Love and the fullness of life for all.

VISION:

                      Moved by the poverty and dehumanized condition of our people and encouraged by their faith and desire for justice we, the Redemptorist of the Province of Cebu, as an apostolic community dedicated through vows, are called to respond to the urgent needs of our people, especially the most abandoned and the poor, in partnership with our lay cooperators, and in communion with local Church. While acknowledging the weaknesses at times of our apostolic response as individuals and as community we draw strength from our Redemptorist tradition of missionary dynamism and of working in and through community. Impelled by the Spirit and challenged by the poor we are sent to evangelize, we now commit ourselves a new to bear prophetic witness to the merciful love of the Father and to proclaim the plentiful redemption of Christ the Redeemer by our lives and our preaching.

MASS SCHEDULES:

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Source: 

 http://redemptorists-cebu.com/?page_id=2439