On November 27, 2021 the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish in Talisay, Hilongos, Leyte, celebrated its 5th Parish Feast. The celebration was presided by the Most Rev. Precioso D. Cantillas, SDB, D.D., the Bishop of Maasin.
The celebration was held in the new and beautiful church, which was officially blessed and dedicated to God. Among the concelebrants were Fr. Lukas Hadi Siswo Sasmito, SCJ, Superior of the SCJ Philippines Region, and Fr. Joseph C. Butlig, SCJ.
The Parish Feast was preceded by a nine-day Novena and other related activities. One of the fundraising activities held on November 20, 2021, was “Ride to Finish”. The purpose of these riding bicycles was to raise needed funds to finish the new church. Besides, the participants enjoyed it very much had a lot of fun.
The official SCJ presence in the Diocese of Maasin started on June 11, 2016, when the local bishop entrusted to the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ) a part of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Hilongos, the St. Pope John Paul II Southern Mission Territory, with its main chapel in the Barangay Talisay, later on, Miraculous Medal Quasi-Parish. Two years ago, on November 30, 2019, it was declared a parish. At the moment there are three SCJs assigned there: Fr. Arthur Guvera, Fr. Christopher Alburo, and Fr. Josepatro Gier, Jr.