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St. Joseph Parish- TAMBO (223 Quirino Ave.Bgy.Tambo, Paranaque City TeleFax- 852-8441)

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HISTORY (from 1969)

When the first CICM missionaries from St. Andrew Parish of La Huerta (now the Cathedral Church of Paranaque Diocese) came, Bgy. Tambo was a Protestant enclave with four different Protestant denominations. Thanks to the apostolic zeal and sacrifices of those early missionaries, Tambo has become a pre-dominantly Catholic community which led the community to clamor for its recognition as a parish. Thus, on January 6, 1969, the parish of St. Joseph was officially established with Fr. Leonardo Marquez as first Pastor. It was named in honor of St. Joseph, the Worker & husband of Mary and had the following parish priests through the years: Rev. Fr. Leonardo Marquez (1969- 1980), Rev. Fr. Stephen C. Villlanueva (1980- 1985), Rev. Roberto Olaguer (1985- 1988), Rev. Fr. Hernane D. Denolo (1988- 1992), Rev. Fr. Manuel G. Nery (1992- 1994), Rev. Fr. Joel L. Ador (1994- 1997), Rev. Fr. Nestor P. Fajardo (1997- 2000), Rev. Santiago Z. Fernandez (2000- 2004) Rev. Fr. Roderick S. Pacoma (2004- 2006) & Rev. Fr. Joseph "Jolan" D. Landero, a Salesian priest who is on pastoral exposure (2006---). This Parish is within the Diocese of Parañaque under the stewardship of His Excellency Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, D.D. (1st bishop of the Diocese of Paranaque- which comprise the cities of Las Pinas, Muntinlupa & Paranaque- the southern cities of Metro Manila). 

DEVELOPMENTS after 1st Diocesan Pastoral Assembly (DPA last Feb. 2006 in the world famous Bamboo Organ church, Las Pinas)

PARISH DEVELOPMENTS AFTER DPA (fromFebruary 2006…)     At present, Rev. Joseph ‘Jolan’ D. Landero who was appointed as the new pastor only last October 16, 2006, initiated the needed repairs and improvements on the physical aspect of the church & its facilities:
  1. Repainting of whole church interior & sacristy
  2. Painting of church façade, walls, garden, gate & statue of St. Joseph outside - patio parking
  3. Installation of new carpet for the sanctuary & new stations of the cross
  4. Putting up of six (6) new additional wall fans
  5. Procurement of two (2) units of evaporative air- conditioned for use in all Sunday Masses
  6. Construction of a new confessional box
  7. Repair & varnish of all wooden pews inside church
  8. New youth office plus some furnitures, new religious bookstore in BEC room, feeding room
  9. newly improved & retiled La Liga de San Jose & Legion of Mary room 
  10. Improvement of guard house, repair & repaint of mortuary chapel ceiling
  11. Parish Insurance vs Fire & lightning (P5,086 annual premium for Php8 M by Asia United, Inc)  
  12. Heavenly paintings on church ceiling, on top of sanctuary (designed by a liturgical artist)
 The Re- roofing & repair of convent ceiling including the re-piping of its plumbing system was done only last March 2007 after the needed amount of P100,000 was successfully raised during the Simbang Gabi Masses last December 2006. The work, which was supervised by the newly established Finance Council was started only after Rev. Fr. Gerry Mascarina, our diocesan Oeconomus, gave approval to our proposed plan. Moreover, the establishment of our Parish Finance Council last January 2007 (chaired by Bro. Loloy Jabian & ably assisted by Ronnie Notario, Sr. Ivy Garcia & Jojo De Leon) as a response to the mandate of the Diocese has been a big help to our parish priest and to the whole parish in terms of maintaining & maximizing its resources: be it in the financial, human or physical resources. This has been proven with regards to the fundraising of our parish share to the on- going construction of the Diocesan Center for Evangelization in Southbay Garden, Villongco Road, near Sucat Interchange. Thanks be to God, our parishioners have responded positively through the Monthly Tithing or pledges that they give. Thus, even if we are just a small parish here in Bgy. Tambo, our parishioners have generously shared their Time, Talent & Treasure in helping our fundraising endeavors. Modesty aside, we have already remitted Php 400,000 and we are very optimistic that with the help & guidance of St. Joseph, our patron provider, we can meet our assigned quota since our remaining cash balance in the bank has now reached a little over P170,000 from the time we launched our fundraising last March 19, 2007, the feast of St. Joseph & the 38th birthday of our parish priest, Fr. Jolan. We hope to hand over our remaining balance by the end of August or during the pastoral visitation of our beloved bishop. The PFC is also spearheading othe fundraising activities for our parish health care programs like the Flu- vaccine program (in collaboration with our diocese), the Caritas Health shield, Inc plus other fundraising initiatives especially family or area visitation/Masses by our parish priest. MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO HELPED OUR DIOCESAN CENTER FOR EVANGELIZATION!

 

His Exellency Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado,D.D. - bishop of Diocese of Paranaque

Picture below shows the facade of St. Joseph Parish- Tambo. The children in front are some of the beneficiaries of our feeding program & Scholars of ERDA foundation which assists our parish in sending poor but deserving students to the Schools!

To the left side of our parish church is the Risen Christ mortuary chapel where dead parishioners can be accomodated during their wake.

Under the belfrey & upon entering the middle gate is the parish office, BEC office, the different meeting & function rooms of the 6 priority commissions (to include parish organizations & groups), feeding room, music room, parish mini- stage for programs, KC Hall, conference room and finally the 2- storey crectory onvent at the back of the church structure.

To the right side (already hidden from the picture) is the Adoration chapel of St. Joseph Parish - Tambo. 

ONGOING IMPLEMENTATION

1. Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) – Quarterly as entry point to joining organizations/ groups

2. Marriage Encounter (ME) – Quarterly or as the need would arise 

3. Community Worship every Saturday & PM (in parish church for charismatic & open to all)

4. Monthly teachings for spiritual growth & maturity - during parish Assembly

5. Weekly Free clinic w/ volunteer doctor (after proper health care seminars are conducted)   

6. Weekly Youth Mass w/ Formation &  fellowship

7. Youth Assembly w/ Formation- input 1x month

8. Children's Sunday Mass or Para- liturgy (the parish has 3 public schools within)

9. Catechism Program with Feeding for kids & Livelihood programs for mothers in our depressed areas