Christ the King Parish, Muzon, Taytay, Rizal
"Church in the Sky"
Dela Cuesta Hills, Muzon, Taytay, Rizal
The parish of Christ the King is bounded by the two barangays of Muzon and San Juan. These barangays are formerly part of the parish of St. John the Baptist. So there are two parishes in the politically set – up town of Taytay Rizal east of Metro Manila.
The parish of Christ the King formally erected on May 15, 1984 after almost a year of preparing the would – be parishioners-setting up their minds, pulling out human resources and bargaining for the establishment of the seat of the parish, less than a year after the formal inauguration of the Diocese of Antipolo . It was the first parish created under the Diocese of Antipolo.
The parish of Christ the King has a total land area of 1,831 hectares, a close to 30,000 population, 85 percent of which are Catholics residing in almost 30 sitios, compounds and subdivisions from "Homeland to Kapalaran:" in a common boundary speaking manner.
The barangays of Muzon and San Juan become populated in the early part of the 80’s with the introduction of subdivision ownership, with subdivision developers growing in number and with subdivision amenities magnetizing largely the buying populace. The influx of new residents was exceedingly uncontrollable.
The barangays of Muzon and San Juan become distant from the parish center of St. John the Baptist because of the increasing demands of the people for a shepherd-tending –his- flock, the emergence of non Catholic sects and denominations, the disorientation "saradong katoliko" and the misguided potential leaders. These create problems if not troubles, and fear of losing Catholics for a newly sprouting groups of Born Again Christians. These are just a few but very threatening scenario and weigh a much needed attention. Thus, these unfolding developments neccesitate the creation of a new parish. Hence , the birth , of the Parish of Christ the King.
The newly born parish underwent the usual pains and problems of infancy. Ironically, there is a rapid turnover of pastors, six pastors in a span of eight and one – half years. So before a priest could settle down and become fully cognizant of the press settle down become fully cognizant of the pressing problems and deficiencies that need remedial measures, and before he could merge effectively in full collaboration with the people in the parish, he in transferred to another , as ahown below:
- Rev. Fr. Bonifacio Ocampo serve as the first parish priest for seventeen months from May 16 1984 to October 8, 1985.
- Rev. Fr. Emerito Palad served as the parish administrator for seven months from October 9, 1985 to May 24, 1986.
- Rev. Fr. Ross Olaybal served as an overseer from May 25, 1986 to May 31, 1986.
- Rev. Fr. Peter Trong Tran , a Vietnamese, serves as a parish administrator from May 25 , 1986 to August 11, 1986.
- Rev. Fr. Jose Salutan serves from August 12, 1986 to August 11, 1987.
- Rev. Fr. Genaro Austria serves the second parish priest for four years from August 16, 1987 to November 14, 1991.
- Rev. Fr. Arnold Layoc serves as the third parish priest from November 15, 1991 to Abril 18, 1994.
- Rev. Fr. Lopito Hiteroza from April 18, 1994 to April 14, 1999.
- Rev. Fr. Henry Militante from April 15, 1999 to February 4, 2002
- Rev. Fr. Peter Julian Eymard Balatbat from February 4, 2002 to September 14, 2009.
- Rev. Fr. Dave Vincent F. Onilongo- Parish Priest September 15, 2009 up to the present.
There is no parish center as the hub and nerve center of the activities of the parish started from scratch, no funds are available to build the center, so in the meantime, the chapel of Muzon is utilized as the temporary parish center. Fortunately, the realization of the long standing desire of the parishioners to have an independent parish of their own, generated feverish enthusiam and initiatives on their part. Pressing problems are immediately addressed, plans are drawn for the necessary renovation of the chapel and various ways and means of raising funds for the purpose is immediately launched and pursued in high gear.
Simultaneously pursued with equal intensity as the second and more important main thrust of the new parish is the spiritual growth of the parishioners. Within the remaining six months of 1984, the parish pastoral council and mini- pastoral council the integral communities are organized. The first batch of lay ministers are appointed. The feast of parish choir is formed. The joyful Christmas season filled every parishioners with gladness with the celebration of the dawn masses. More importantly, seminars, recollections and retreats are held to meet the various needs of the People of God.
During the succeeding years, the initial enthusiasm is kept alive and harnessed for the progress of the parish. All the undertakings and happenings of the past years are reflected upon then assessed for the purpose of enriching everyone spiritually. With new activities added like cultural and sports festivals; more meaningful and well participated liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations like "kumpisalang bayan", "daan ng krus sa parokya" the whole of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, as a whole are designed to serve as a vehicle for evangelization and provide a unified endeavor and energized life in the parish.As a result of the concerned and concerted efforts of the parish priest , the parish pastoral council, the mini – pastoral councils, parish movements and organizations, more significant accomplishments are done as follows:
- The renovation of the chapel in Muzon in order to serve temporary seat of the parish has been completed.
- October 1, 2002 - construction of the new church.
- November 16, 2007- Blessing and Dedications of Christ the King Parish (Known today as "The Church in the Sky")
- Construction of the Ossuary, a self generating income project called the Sanctuario de Cristo Rey, intended for the depository of ashes and bone remains is on - going.
- The CTKP parish convent completed February 2010.
- CTKP parish center was tiled last March 2011.
- May 15, 2011- Adoration Chapel was blessed by Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes
PRESENT COMPOSITION OF CHRIST THE KING PARISH(Territorial Boundaries)
- San Martin Subdivision - San Martin Chapel
- Aurora Subdivision - Resurrected Christ
- San Francisco Village - Pagkabuhay Chapel
- Dividend Homes - St. John the Evangelist
- Genesis Floodway - Our Lady of Guadalupe
- Homeland Subdivision - Jesus of Divine Mercy
- Overlooking Valley - Antipolo Divine Trinity
- Sitio Rosario - Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
- Visacol Subdivision - Sto. Niño
- Villa Angelina Subd. - Our Lady of Fatima
- Alpha Omega Subd. - Our Lady of Lourdes
- Heraldville Subd. - San Isidro Labrador
- Mednaville Subd. - San Isidro Labrador
- Baytown Subd. - Divine Mercy
- Kaluwalhatian - Sts. Peter & Paul
- Luxury Villa - San Isidro
Number of Catholics: 52,171
Feast of Christ the King- every 3rd Sunday of November
Parish Priest: REV. FR. DAVID F. ONILONGO
- Marieta Adalem Parish Secretary
- Olimpia Libatique Bookkeeper
- Monsour Cerda Rep. Ossuary
- Ruben Fajardo Driver
- Jay R Galoso Sacristan Mayor
- Ryan Francisco Maintenance
- Dennis Castro Maintenance-CTKP Ibaba
- Josephine Garcera Cook
Parish Pastoral Council 2011
President: Vilma Gomez
Vice Pres: Macre Musico
Secretary: Aida Santillan
Treasurer: Eppie Corpuz
Auditor: Amado Aguinaldo
Mass: Mon-Sat 6:30 am CTKP Site
Wed-Fri 6:00 pm CTKP Ibaba
Sat. (Anticipated) 6:00 pm CTKP Site
Sun. 6:00 am, 9:00 am CTKP Site
5:00 pm, 7:00 pm CTKP Site
Baptism 11:00 am Sunday
Fun.Mass Make an arrangement at the parish office one day before the interment
Blessing By appointment
Wedding One month prior to wedding date
Confession Wednesday and Friday after the 6:30 am mass
Sick call Anytime depend upon the availability of the priest
Office Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 8:00 am- 12:00 pm
2:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am- 12:00 nn
Monday No office