Servant leaders and workers of San Antonio De Padua (SADP) Parish honored the holy relics of their patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua on April 28, 2016 (Thursday) at 4:00 PM. Flown from the Basilica of San Antonio de Padua, Italy, the relics were handed to SADP Parish Priest, Fr. Rodrigo “Roro” O. Vasquez, by the Petron gas station at the corner of Congressional and Batasan-San Mateo Roads, Batasan Hills, Quezon City, Philippines.
Priests; lay ministers; lectors; commentators; choir members; barangay officials, employees and volunteers; and, among other Roman Catholics – elderly and children alike – participated in a colorful parade from the aforementioned place to the SADP chapel. It was immediately followed by the conduct of a holy mass.
In his sermon, Fr. Vasquez emphasized, “According to tradition, it is said that St. Anthony brings back what we lost – not only material things but also our Christian enthusiasms, our way of following Jesus, our self-confidence. We feel he can bring back not only our good health but everything we need in life. People used to say that after his death, they still remember St. Anthony, his sermons and they got the same enthusiasm. The tradition comes from there.”
He also took the opportunity to announce that there would be a holy mass to be presided by Bishop Antonio Tobias at 9:00 AM the following day as the relics would leave SADP chapel at around 10:00 AM.
“We will open also our gallery dedicated to San Antonio de Padua. We are placing 20 paintings of different artists from religious schools,” the parish priest added.
The Significant Roles of the Barangay
Kagawad Roberto “Bobby” B. Miras, co-chairman of the Committee on Peace and Order and a known devotee of the Black Nazarene and saints, personally handled the traffic situation along Batasan-San Mateo Road before, during and after the parade. He was assisted by Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO) and Traffic Enforcers.
It is noteworthy to mention that Kgd. Miras even helped in lifting the float of the relics in the procession.
Whilst, Barangay Secretary Edwin P. Misolas, along with a handful of BPSO and Traffic Enforcers, managed the parking system near the chapel.
At the foot of the chapel, Loyalty P.I.P.O.L. Watch, Incorporated put up a first aid booth with medics standing by for any untoward incident.
Written by Aphrodite
Photos taken by staff of Kgd. Filomena “Luming” V. de Guzman,
Jocelyn Dalumpines and Regina Tupay