Cubao, Quezon City – The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao celebrates its 70th Anniversary of Establishment as a Parish on July 15, 2020 amidst the implementation of the General Community Quarantine in Quezon City.
The celebration coincides with the resumption of public masses in the Cathedral, following the guidelines issued by the Interagency Task Force which indicate that only 10% of the total capacity of the venue will be allowed.
Father Dennis Soriano, Rector and Parish Priest of the Cathedral admitted that the pandemic was a big challenge for the church. Many religious activities in the Cathedral were taken away during the Enhanced Community Quarantine period. However, he made sure that the church would find a way to continue reaching out to the people.
The activities of the Cathedral include the daily online mass, the distribution of cooked food to stranded passengers and street dwellers along the streets in Cubao. They also handed out of more than P300,000 worth of relief items and gift certificates to barangays under the jurisdiction of the cathedral.
“A parish is a community of love. Now more than ever, we are called to take care of the poor. Before this crisis, the Philippines is a poor country, now we have become poorer. Joblessness, hunger, and poverty will become severe. We do not know yet how, but we have to do something,” Father Soriano said in his message.
As the Cathedral celebrates this important milestone during the time of an unprecedented crisis, Fr. Soriano encourages the people to continue saying “Yes” to God by helping each other and taking care of those in the peripheries.
“What is seventy years if we fail to say “yes” to Jesus today?… Now more than ever, we help each other to face the world today with a living faith. Now more than ever, we help each other to be generous in taking care of the needy. Now more than ever, we say our most personal and most sincere “yes” to God as a community,” he added.
In 1935, the Society of the Divine Word priests of Christ the King Mission Seminary established a small chapel where the Cathedral of Cubao currently stands. On July 20, 1950, the Immaculate Conception Parish was canonically erected under the supervision of the Society of the Divine Word until the Archdiocese of Manila took over the administration on April 30, 1990. On August 28, 2003 the Immaculate Conception Parish was officially proclaimed as a Cathedral under the administration of Most Reverend Honesto F. Ongtioco, DD.