Parish Feast in Bukal, Tandang Kutyo

The Holy Cross Parish (Parokya ng Banal na Krus) in Sitio Bukal, Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal (Diocese of Antipolo) has a long history of the devotion to the Holy Cross, the symbol of our salvation. Every second Monday of May, many people would gather there to celebrate the titular feast of the chapel not excluding the day of elections, which is also held on this day. The particular date has a special meaning for the local people as it commemorates the date of finding again the cross after it disappeared from the chapel in mysterious circumstances.This year, the Parish Feast was celebrated on May 14, 2018, which was the day of Philippine Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. The two main elements of the celebration were procession with the Holy Cross and Holy Eucharist presided by the Bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo, Most Rev. Francisco M. De Leon, DD..

The parish was officially erected on June 26, 2016, and was entrusted to the Priests of the Sacred Heart. As of now, the parish is run by three SCJs: Fr. Marcial Aguirre, SCJFr. Sergio Matumoto, SCJ and Dn. Nathaniel Robilla, SCJ.

New SCJ Presence in Diocese of Antipolo

bukal1On June 26, 2016, the Holy Cross Chapel located in Sitio Bukal, Barangay Tandang Kutyo, Town of Tanay in Rizal Province, was officially declared a parish. The Bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo, Most Rev. Gabriel V. Reyes, DD., entrusted this new parish to the SCJs.

img1466916232700The Holy Cross Parish is composed of ten (10) chapels, and formerly was a part of San Idefonso de Toledo Parish in Tanay.

The ceremony of erection and induction of the new Parish Priest took place during the Holy Eucharist presided by the Bishop Coadjutor, Most Rev. Francisco M. De Leon, DD. At the start of the Mass, the Parish Priest of San Idefonso de Toledo Parish, Rev. Fr. Noeh E. Elnar, read the decree of erection and of appointment of Rev. Fr. Marcial C. Aguirre, SCJ, as a Parish Priest, which was followed by the “Profession of Faith” by Fr. Marcial.

img1466916466148The new Parish Priest will be accompanied by a Deacon Rev. Dennis Macasero, SCJ, and a seminarian on exposure Fra. Justreel Tuburan, SCJ.

The celebration was flocked by many parishioners and guests, including the Mayor, Vice Mayor and Barangay Officials of Tanay. The SCJs were represented by members of the Dehon House Community, Bagong Silang, and the Regional Superior Fr. Francis Pupkowski, SCJ.