SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA PARISH
Diocese of Antipolo, San Antonio Village, Barangay Dalig, 1870 Antipolo City
History of the Parish
The San Antonio de Sub-Parish, before it was converted into a Parish has a unique history that can be traced to the Society of Divine Word (SVD), Action Leaven and the Samahang Bagong Buhay.
It all started in the crisis year of 1970 at the Christ the king Seminary, Quezon City. Revolution filled the air, demonstrations, bombs and Molotov cocktails were the order of the day. It was also during this time when the communist-inspired ideologies, propaganda against the American bases, agitation for genuine land reform fired the patriotic zeal of the youth. There were also an intensive and sophisticated attempto alienate the youth from the Church. It is in this light wherein the Seminarians from Christ the King, participated the demonstrations organized by the ‘Free Farmers” and UPSCA (university of the Philippines Student Catholic Action).
Fr. Leo Schmitt, SVD, being the perfect of the seminarians during that time prepared a Christian community building program called ‘Action Leaven” and was submitted through Cardinal Rufino Santos to the Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The program was accepted as a pilot project for the Archdiocese of Manila-wide call: “If not now, when? If not you, who?” In a six-week course seventy young men and women were bonded together into ten teams and then launched in ten pilot parishes from Tondo to Jalajala. The Asian Social Institute, the Ateneo de Manila, UP Los Baños and Diliman, ecumenical groups provided an excellent training staff. The result was an integrated approach to Christian community building. The result was an integrated approach to Christian community building.
Many of the insights gained found their way into the ‘Westyfla” approach and the emphasis on basic ecclesial communities in the PCP II.
The next “Kairos” was the crisis situation of an urban-poor community called “Pleasant Hills,” Mandaluyong. The members of the “Action Leaven” had witnessed the merciless demolition of urban-poor communities, their being hauled in dump trucks to Sapang Palay, constitution Hills and Carmona. The group decided to take a stand with the people against political exploitation and human’s inhumanity. The result was the formation of Samahang Bagong Buhay Foundation. The vision of Samahang Bagong Buhay Foundation was to “help build socially, economically and culturally self-reliant Christian communities with the development of the whole person as ultimate goal..” The first fruit of this vision and mission was the establishment of San Antonio Village.
The development of San Antonio Village started in May 1971 and was completed by 1976. At that time Antipolo was still part of the Diocese of Manila. There was a severe priest shortage. The parish of Antipolo was served by one elderly priest. Fr. Leo Schmitt offered his pastoral help in outlying communities which were not easily reached by the parish priest. Out of this cooperation with the parish of Antipolo developed San Antonio de Padua Sub-Parish. After all residents of San Antonio Village had completed their houses they said: “Now we all have our houses, only God has none.” With this started an enthusiastic drive to build a beautiful church which was blessed by Bishop Protacio Gungon in 1983. Bishop Gungon wrote several letters to the SVD-Provincials requesting the SVD to take over the San Antonio de Padua Parish and after several years the SVD accepted the request.
Finally, on April 2, 2000 the community of San Antonio Village, together with 37 other communities, celebrated the birth of San Antonio de Padua Parish with His Eminence Bishop Protacio gungon as the main celebrant. The church was also called the “Jubilee Parish” being established on the jubilee year and its first parish priest Fr. Leo Schmitt, as the ‘Jubilee Parish Priest.”
Parish Pastoral Council
PARISH PRIEST: Rev. Fr. Alfredo Meneses Jr.
President: Manuel Abenoja
Vice- President: Jose Manalo
Secretary: Nerissa Ruanto
President: Edgardo Ignacio
Vice- President: Helen Villar
Felicisima San Antonio
WORSHIP MINISTRY: Maria Lolita Lobrigo
EVAGELIZATION: Lope Verdejo
Asst.: Laiza Rana
TEMPORALITIES: Jose Manalo
YOUTH: Ross Gunda
VOCATION: Prescila Santos
FAMILY LIFE APOSTOLATE:
San Antonio de Padua Parish is compose of 43 communities which includes two barangays Brgy. San Jose and Brgy. Dalig