When people talk about “the church”, they often mean two things. First and foremost, the term Church refers to God’s people, the living temple. The term church is also used to describe the building where the Christian community gathers to hear the Word of God, to pray together, to receive the sacraments, and to celebrate the Eucharist. The building we call Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Parish Church is both the house of God on earth (domus Dei) and a house of the church (domus ecclesiae), the people of God. Thus, the building is the house, and the people are the Church.

The house of the church (domus ecclesiae) is never simply a gathering space; rather, it signifies and makes visible the Church living in a particular place. The church building itself becomes a sign of the pilgrim Church on earth and reflects the Church dwelling in heaven. Every church building is therefore a place of encounter with God. The church building is a sign and reminder of the immanence and transcendence of God- who chose to dwell among us and whose presence cannot be contained or limited to any single place.

Dedicated in 1986, this domus ecclesiae has seen the ups and downs of our parish history. Our church has stood the test of time and has served our community well. One notices, at the same time, the urgent need to undertake renovations and improvements in our sacred space. 


Reasons for the Renovation:

     1. Liturgical- With the improvements in the church, liturgical principles will be emphasized: the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the community by moving the tabernacle to the center wall of the sanctuary; the reminder of the Lord’s Paschal Mystery by affixing the image of the Crucified Lord; the enthronement of Sacred Scriptures in the sanctuary; the connection of our Baptism with the Word and the Eucharist through the installation of the baptismal font near the sanctuary; and the reminder of our Church’s Dedication through the installation of consecration crosses on the church pillars.
     2. Commitment—During the initial meeting of the Parish Priest with the Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils, the need to renovate the church was raised on account of its condition.
   3. Aesthetics—Renovating the church will enhance our existing worship space beautifully. The renovation will beautify the sanctuary by highlighting woodwork and lighting.
   4. Technology—Renovating the church will allow us to address the audio needs of our community. We will be able to significantly address the sound deficiencies in the church during this renovation.  We shall also address the ventilation needs of the community through the installation of a big assembly fan.
    5. Stewardship—Our parish has a history of solid financial stewardship. It is far less expensive and better stewardship of our sacred space to renovate rather than build a new building.
    6. Legacy—Renovating the church today will leave a legacy for future generations. This church will be the spiritual home of future generations of Marcelo Village residents. This renovation says that we care about those who will follow us and about those who are not here yet.


Highlights of the Renovation and Improvements Project:

        1. Replacement of the Roof of the Church and the Adoration Chapel
        2. Revision of Ceiling Design
        3. Installation of the Crucified Christ image replacing the Risen Christ
        4. Installation of a Baptismal Font near the Sanctuary
        5. Transfer of the Tabernacle to the Center Wall of the Sanctuary
        6. Installation of Wooden Panels on Church Sanctuary and Church Walls
        7. Enthronement of Sacred Scriptures on the Altar of the Word on the Left Wall of the Sanctuary
        8. Replacement of Sactuary Stained Glass
        9. Installation of an Assembly Fan
        10. Installation of Consecration Crosses on the Pillars of the Church
        11. Electrical Rewiring and Plumbing Review
        12. Upgrading of Lighting System
        13. Relocation of the Choir to present Gallery of Saints
        14. Relocation of the Gallery of Saints to the New Chapel of Saints (present Baptistery)
        15. Improvements on the Main Door
        16. Construction of a Narthex
        17. Improvement in the Sacristy; Installation of a Sacrarium
        18. A fresh Coat of Paint Inside and Outside the Church
        19. Installation of Bulletin Boards on the Colonnade
        20. Installation of a Stained Glass of the MMGC Icon at the Roof (to be lit every evening)
        21. Transfer of the Grotto to the present Garden of St Joseph
        22. Construction of Restrooms on the Area of the present Bigasan Center
        23. Installation of a Covered Walk Way from the Church to the New Restrooms



A 12-ft Cross with the Lord's corpus measuring 6 ft, has been commissioned to accomplished artist Christian Roy Vicente of Bataan (the artist is the great grandson of famed Filipino sculptor Maximo Vicente Sr). The figure of the Crucified Lord, based from the Shroud of Turin, is the result of a work of multidisciplinary researchers. It reflects in detail, the multiple traumas of the man as reflected in the Shroud.


     1. Head of the Crucified Lord is bowed, at the moment when the Lord had just breathed his last;
     2. Nails pierce through the wrist and the two feet;
     3. Wounds on the body are reflective of the markings of the man on the Shroud of Turin;
     4. Crown of thorns is semi-oval, based from the writings of a learned French priest, St. Vincent of Lerins (d. 445), "in the shape of a pileus, so that it touched and covered His head in every part" and a "pileus was a Roman semi-oval head-dress which enveloped the head"; and
     5. Titulus crucis will bear the original Hebrew, Greek and Latin inscription, "Jesus, the Nazarene, king of the Jews" in place of the plain INRI.

      Material: santol wood


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      Model of the Crucifix at the Manila Cathedral


The Parish Priest has appointed the Committee on Renovations tasked to design needed improvements and renovations in the church in time for our 40th Anniversary as a parish in 2019. Composed of parishioners of MMGC, this team of professionals will plan and supervise the whole project, bringing to fruition a work of art which can indeed give glory to God and edify the Christian community.


Project Duration:  October 2017- April 2018

Overall Chairman: Rev. Msgr. Melchor David

Committee Head: Engr. Germanito Pavino

Members: Architect Jesus Lunel Pascual
                  Architect Amado De Jesus




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By Architect Amado De Jesus




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