On December 7, 2002, the Diocese of Paranaque was erected by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II in the Papal Bull Ad Efficacius. The new diocese was carved out of the Archdiocese of Manila. The Most Rev Jesse E Mercado was appointed its bishop and St Andrew's Church in La Huerta, elevated as the cathedral of the new diocese. 

Fr Vir2Other structural projects in the parish were undertaken in the succeeding years. Construction of the Sanctuario del Buenconsejo Columbaria started on March 2002 and was undertaken by Rev. Fr. Virginio Pedregosa. It was blessed by Bishop Jesse E. Mercado on June 2, 2003. A new Parish Formation Center was also constructed the following year, in time for the Silver Anniversary celebration of the parish. It was inaugurated and blessed by the bishop on January 5, 2005. Facilities of the center include the chapel of St Joseph, seminar and function rooms, and the parish office.  It was also during this time when eight parish pastoral zones were established.

These years unfortunately saw a divided community as issues were raised against some clerics. MMGC Msgr Chito BernardoThis paved the way for the community to undergo discernment and quiet reflection on its direction. Under the ministry of the Rev Msgr Jose Bernardo, PC,  the Parish Renewal Experience program aimed at healing the community was undertaken. This led to a greater number of committed lay leaders in the parish. A respected priest-formator, Msgr Chito was a sought-after retreat master among the lay and the clergy.  Established during Msgr Chito‚Äôs ministry were the Basic Ecclesial Communities at Phases 9, 5 and 6 and Manggahan-Kawayanan. It was also during this time when the community started praying the Liturgy of the Hours.  Administratively, Msgr Chito led in the establishment of the Chaplaincy of the Divine Mercy in Severina Diamond Subdivision, covering the Sto Nino (Severina)  and Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Chapels (UPS 4). He designated Fr Charles Isagan as priest-in-charge of the chaplaincy.  This was to eventually become the Padre Pio Parish.

MMGC Fr Alfred RamosThe Parish Scholarship Program called Handog Paaral ng Parokya was launched during the ministry of Rev Fr Alfredo Ramos. Recipients of this program were elementary, high school and college students from the developing communities in the parish. Gawad-Kalinga, a community-based program which seeks to restore dignity and gives back to the poor their capacity to dream, was introduced to the Manggahan-Kawayanan area in 2007. This program aims to free the poor from poverty in all forms--materially, mentally and spiritually. It institutes a strong values formation and mentoring program for sustainable transformation and seeks to raise leaders at the grassroot level, empowering the community to connect to mainstream services and opportunities. The Parish Clinic was inaugurated in 2009, offering services to financially-challenged parishioners. It was also during the term of Fr Alfred when the Mass with Children was introduced. To ensure the liturgical life of the residents of Severina and UPS 4 Subdivisions, Fr Alfred designated Fr Eulogio Lawenko priest-in-charge of the Divine Mercy Chaplaincy.

The eight-month appointment of Rev Fr Christian Emmanuel GabineteMMGC Fr Ian Gabinete as parish priest was nonetheless significant as he consolidated all youth groups under the Commission on Youth.  During his brief term, Fr Ian undertook intensive fund-raising projects to sustain the Parish Scholarship Program.  These were mainly through movie premiere sponsorships. Parish liturgical services were likewise aligned with the diocesan statutes as he was ably assisted by Rev Fr Carmelo Estores.

MMGC Fr Eric SalazarThe general reshuffling of clergy assignments in 2011 led to the appointment of Rev Fr Enrico Salazar as 11th parish priest of MMGCP. Fr Eric drew up immediate plans for the renovation of the church. This however, was put on hold as he was reassigned to pastor the newly established parish of St Pius of Pietrelcina. On December 16, 2011, this new parish was canonically erected, dividing the jurisdiction of the MMGC parish. The St Pius of Pietrelcina Parish covers Severina 18, Superville Subdivision, United Paranaque 4, and 15 developing areas.

Rev Fr Francisco Siguan Jr. was installed parish priest on January 9, 2012. Fr Francis photoUnder his ministry, the renewal of the community became a pastoral priority. Parish programs were geared towards the propagation of New Integral Evangelization, the reinvigoration of Basic Ecclesial Communities and the pastoral zones, the drawing of renewal groups to parish life, the implementation of reforms in liturgy and the pursuit of greater efforts toward conscientization and lay empowerment.  Fr Francis appointed a  new generation of young lay leaders, infusing new vigor to the life of the parish.

As part of the practical exposure program for its seminarians, the diocese assigned then acolyte Bro (now Fr) Gilbert Romulo to assist Fr Francis for a period of six months; eventually, the diocese assigned to MMGCP then deacons Rev. (now Frs) Tommy Lira Jr and Kevin Luther Crisostomo. During the papal visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines, two families in the parish had the privilege of being included as family-participants of the Meeting of Families at the MOA Arena. In March 2014, the Azure Urban Resort Residences along the West Service Road was inaugurated. The parish serves the new community through requested Masses and blessings. In April 2015, the Mater Boni Consilii Grand Choir of the parish was chosen to lead the choir service during the Solemn Lauds and Chrism Mass of the diocese at St Andrew's Cathedral. Other milestones include the community celebration of the 35th Ordination Anniversary of Fr. Francis on June 12, 2016 and the parish Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonization of St Alfonso Fusco, founder of the Congregation of Sisters of St John the Baptist on October 18, 2016.

Msgr Melchor David2With the reshuffling of the clergy assignments in 2017, the Bishop appointed the Rev Msgr Melchor David, PC as new parish priest effective July 1. Msgr Mel came to Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Parish with a wealth of experience on social action, environmental concern and youth affairs.

The start of Msgr Mel's term saw the convening of the Parish Pastoral Assembly which resulted to acts and resolutions that had great effect on the pastoral programs of the different commissions. He is set to undertake the much-needed renovations and improvements of the church.  His greater visibility and presence during Community Masses in different phases of the village ensures his pastoral care for the parishioners. Preparations for the 40th Anniversary of the Parish are likewise in the offing. 

From its beginnings in family yards to the warehouse-turned-chapel, to a full-fledged parish that rose above the trials of a growing community, to the vibrant Church that it is now, our Mother of Good Counsel continues to draw us into her intimate relationship with her Son, and makes her presence in our daily life felt as a compassionate loving mother would to her children.

May our devotion to our Mother of Good Counsel inspire others to give Mary and her Son a permanent home in their hearts.

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