THE PARISH HISTORY


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With the growing community of Marcelo Green Village and its adjacent villages, Severina Diamond 18, Superville Subdivision and UPS 4 Paranaque, a Decree of Erection establishing a new parish was signed by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, Archbishop of Manila, on May 18, 1979. This came after many years of residents attending Sunday masses in family yards or garages, and later, at a small chapel along the village's Main Avenue. This used to be a warehouse which was donated to the community for its use.  Masses were officiated by Fr Thomas Cassidy, SVD or by Frs Silverio Deltour and Albert Depre CICM of St Andrew's Church in La Huerta, Paranaque.

The new parish's titular MARY, MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL was proposed by Rev Msgr. Laureano Caoili, secretary of then Manila Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev Amado Paulino over the more popular Our Lady of Fatima. Research was undertaken on this Marian title, leading parish lay leaders to check on a picture of the new patroness at the library of Msgr. Caoili’s Sta Clara Parish in Pasay City. The patroness was seen as having greater impact on the community, defining the Blessed Mother’s tenderness and intimacy with her children. 

The new parish jurisdiction covered Bicutan to A. Santos Avenue, bounded on the north by Dona Soledad Avenue, on the east by the South Superhiway West Service Road and on the soutwest by Sucat Road and San Antonio Valley I. It was to serve 13 subdivisions and 18 developing areas. Also included in the parish jurisdiction were industrial zones and a hospital.

MMGC Msgr Ernie JoaquinWith the Decree came the appointment of Rev. Fr. Ernesto Joaquin as first parish priest. Together with a number of parishioners, Fr Ernie approached Dr and Mrs Felipe Eugenio, subdivision owners, for a lot donation of 2,000 sq m meant for a church building. The donated lot was situated at the end of Peach Street on Phase 2. On August 15, 1981 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Ceremonial Cornerstone Laying was officiated by  Cardinal Sin.

On October 3, 1981, Rev Fr Gaudencio Salise was appointed second parish priest. He was ably assisted by the Salesians of Don Bosco deacons and priests. Among those who assisted him was the Rev Broderick Pabillo, SDB who would later on become a bishop.

As advised by the Most Rev. Gabriel V Reyes, District Bishop of Pasay, MMGC Fr Gaudencio SaliseParanaque, Las Pinas and Muntinlupa, Fr Dennis  pursued the titling of the donated land and undertook simultaneous fund-raising activities. By November 1983, church construction started. This was led by the Pastoral Council and Fr Dennis. Supervising the construction was Engr Wenceslao Redito, following the plan earlier designed by Architect Pablo Antonio Jr. The first Mass celebrated in the church under construction was during Easter Sunday on April 22, 1984. A week after, on April 29, feast of the patroness, another Mass was held with Jaime Cardinal Sin presiding, and Vicar Forane Rev. Msgr. Ceferino Sanchez and Rev. Fr. Dennis concelebrating.

On July 2, 1984, the Congregation of the Sisters of St John the Baptist opened a school at Superville Subdivision. The following year July 2, 1985, they moved to Phase 5 of Marcelo Green Village, opening a formation house and transferring the school Ville St John Academy. This school had an initial enrollment of 85 pupils. On July 16, Jaime Cardinal Sin blessed the newly constructed school.

On October 5, 1986, the new church was dedicated in solemn rites officiated by the Archbishop of Manila, months after the historic People Power Revolution.

The formation house of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception in Phase 4 was blessed on August 20, 1987 by Cardinal Sin. The congregation's charism is focused on the care of the sick, education of the needy youth and care of the abandoned. The presbyteral ordinations of Rev Frs. Ronald Gene Generao, Sandy Banzuela, Ricardo Llorag Jr and the diaconal ordination of Rev Fr Noel Bacasnot--all from the congregation-- were held at the Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Parish church.

MMGC Msgr Roberto CanlasStructural projects were undertaken during the term of Fr Roberto Canlas. These include the construction of the rectory, the first parish center and the Adoration Chapel. The parish center, a three-storey built on a vacant lot by the rear of the church, served as offices and conference rooms for use by the personnel and the community. This eventually became the old parish center as a new one was constructed in 2004. A lot adjacent to the church was acquired, where eventually the new Parish Formation Center was to be constructed. During the term of Fr Bobby, devotional activities were likewise initiated.  These include the holding of the First Saturday dawn procession, daily prayers to saints, and devotion to the Divine Mercy.

On October 2, 1990, the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception of Charity established their Mother Maria Sara Lona Formation House at Phase 3 of Marcelo Green Village. The sisters dedicate themselves to the care of the sick and education of the orphaned, the abandoned and the needy youth.  They also carry out hospital work with doctors, nurses and specialists and collaborate with the parish in catechizing children.

Fr Hernane Denolo institutionalized the arancel-free program in 1993. Fr Hernane DenoloThis program sought to enable parishioners, especially those in the developing areas, to avail of the sacraments by doing away with associated fees. Parishioners thus learned to share their treasure with the parish through their monthly pledges.  Expenses for all pastoral programs and the maintenance of the church are sourced from these monthly pledges. This will eventually be called the Balik-Handog Program of the parish.

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The ministry of Fr Jose Miranda led to the introduction of the seven-minute catechism program before each Sunday Mass. Spearheading this were the catechists led by Shirley Pena, Carmela Caringal and Tita Cerdenia. This was a response to the call of the Second Plenary of the Philippines for a renewed evangelization of the Philippine church. Mass-goers were reintroduced to the fundamental tenets of the Catholic faith ranging from doctrines, to morals and worship. These lessons were adopted from the Catechism for Filipino Catholics and the Catholic Church Catechism.

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