Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

In the mid-1960s, the people of Iyam began yearning to have a chapel of their own so that they would not have to go to Lucena City to fulfill their religious obligations. Casto Unson, a resident of Iyam, donated a peace of lan measuring 1, 462 square meter as site for a chapel. After they had raised enough funds, the people held groundbreaking rites, attended by Casto and his wife Carlosa, on Novemver 6, 1965. Bishop Obviar assigned Fr. Rafael Librea as administrator of the proposed parish. The letter said the first Mass in the unfinished chapel. This inspire the people to provide for the needs of their chapel and to bult a convent. On August 18, 1966, Fr. Atilan Oracion was pointed as first parish priest of Iyam. The energetic, young pastor led a campaign to raise money for the completion of the church and convent. In 1968, the Unson couple bought a lot near the church to be used as site of the Doña Carlosa Kindergarten School. Fr. Oracion initiated penitential procession, held in the early morning of every first Saturday of the month, followed by a Mass. Fr. Mariano Melicia renovated the Ultreya House built by his predecessor and named it Lorenzo Ruiz Pastoral Center. He formed groups of family into a Sangguniang Kawan composed of 12 mini-parishes called Kawans, which were named in honor of the 12-apostles and headed by leaders called gatpunos. He also organized the Parish Pastoral Council and built the Blessed Sacraments Chapel. In his term, the kindergarten school was closed to given way to new convent. To alters was consecrated by bishop Profugo during the term of Fr. Antonio Obeña, who formed another cooperative, the Sambayanang Pananalapi ng Parokya ng Lourdes, inc (SAPPLI), as the one founded by the first curate did not thrive. Unfortunately, even this new venture did not succeed in the long run. In the tenure of Fr. Aurelio Reyes, the Parish

building in place of the second convent. Bishop Profugo presided at the laying of the cornerstone on August 18, 1988. The edifice was completed in 1991, but it took some time before it was utilized. GFr. Reyes devoted time to visiting the Basic Ecclesial Communities in the various Kawans. In 1996, the Daughters of St. Paul who engaged in parish apostolate were housed in the residence of Nini Ilagan. During the term of Fr. Justo Periera, families pledged 1,000 pesos for the enhancement and expansion of catechetical instruction in the schools within parish, ongoing maintenance and renovation of the church, convent and other buildings, and cleanliness of the surroundings. In 1977, the parish news letter, called Sangkawan, was launched in 2003, Fr. Nelson valle began the construction of new, more spacious and elegant church, with the sanctuary and Blessed Sacrament Chapel occupying the site of the original convent. The iconic grottothat used to frame the altars is gone. The parish comprises six barangay – Ibabang Iyam, Ilayang Iyam, Bocohan, Isabang, Ibabang Talim and Ilayang Talim.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Circulars and Announcements

Circular No. 3

Circular No. 3
Number 10, Series of 2013 Beloved Members of the Clergy, Greetings of Peace and Joy in the Lord! In response to the desire of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the Philippine Bishops headed by Archbishop...
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Circular 2

Circular 2
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Circular 1
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