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The Beginnings

From a new subdivision, a parish springs forth

 


In the early seventies a new urban subdivision in Quezon City arose and it was named “Fairview Park”.  It composed five (5) areas namely:  Central, South, West, North and East Fairview.  It was fondly called then as “Far View” for at that time transportation going inside the subdivision was scarce and it was then seemingly far from Manila.


There was no daily mass. Sunday mass was celebrated by a Carmelite Dutch Priest from Holland, Fr. Nico Hofstedes in a small place used by the B.C. Regalado Corporation as Motor Pool and Garage, at Consul Street.  Fairview Park was then under the Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Project 6.


The community rapidly grew and it was the dream of the residents for a Parish to be established inside the subdivision.  The dream came true when on August 18, 1975, Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila installed Fr. Fidelis Ruben Limcaco as the first Parish Priest.


Fr. Fidelis named the Parish as the Good Shepherd Parish.  It had a wide jurisdiction; Tala and Bagong Silang, Caloocan City in the North, Novaliches in the West, Luzon Avenue in the South and Marikina River, in the East.


Chapel of the Good Shepherd


Good Shepherd Parish was first housed in a small chapel at the Crossroads of Commonwealth Avenue and Regalado Avenue, where the FCM is now situated. The chapel then seemed inadequate to the growing number of churchgoers and for the numerous activities of the church.  There was a need for a bigger church to serve the needs of a growing community.  This was a dream of Fr. Fidelis that he relentlessly pursued.

The Regalado Family donated a 3,650 square meters at the corner of Regalado Avenue and Omega Streets where the present Church is situated.  From there, a dream of a great structure in honor of the Messiah, Son of God, was curved in the hearts and minds of Fr. Fidelis and the Parishioners.  A dream that would entail great sacrifice and dedication.  A vision and mission nurtured by time, talent and treasures.   It was a dream that required leadership from its parish priest to the laity in order to be fulfilled.



Ground-Breaking, construction and consecration


On December 10, 1977, then Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani led the celebrations during the momentous ground breaking and cornerstone laying. Fr. Fidelis did not only dedicate himself in the construction of the temple of God but simultaneously developed a true church of God.  Such effort and dedication did not go unnoticed.  In 1978, Cardinal Sin appointed him as Papal Chamberlain and from then on he was lovingly called by all as “Monsi”.

For several years the construction of the new church was the biggest challenge and most ambitious project of Msgr. Fidelis and the parishioners. There were many fund-raising affairs, social activities and solicitations/raffles that took place just to generate funds to continue the project.  This included “Gabi ng Harana”, “Dinner Dance” and “Alay Envelope”.  The biggest source of funds then was the “Miss Good Shepherd Parish” and “Reina Santa Elena” Contests.


Behind the great effort and sacrifices of Msgr. Fidelis and the unending cooperation and faithful support of the parishioners and countless generous benefactors outside the parish, the Church was blessed, consecrated and dedicated to Jesus the Good Shepherd on August 19, 1984 by Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila.


The Parish was twice blessed because on the same date, three of our parishioners were awarded the Papal Knighthood of the Pontifical Order of Sylvestre, namely; Bro. Inocencio F. Fallaria, Bro. Ismael D. Quiambao, and Bro. Rene R. Isidoro, all whom have gone home to the Father.


On April 28, 1985, his Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin issued a Decree making our Church as an Archdiocesan Shrine of the Good Shepherd.  From 1975 to 2003, the Good Shepherd Archdiocesan Shrine was a part of the Archdiocese of Manila.


The Diocese of Novaliches

Pope John Paul II decreed the establishment of a new local church that would comprise the northern area of Quezon City and Caloocan City-North. A new Diocese was born, it was called the Diocese of Novaliches, and inaugurated on January 16, 2003. Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, Jr., was appointed first bishop.

The Good Shepherd Archdiocesan Shrine was designated to be the seat of the newly-created Diocese of Novaliches and eventually elevated into the status of cathedral.  It was thus renamed the 
Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd, or shortly, the Cathedral of Novaliches. Rev. Msgr. Jesus-Romulo Rañada was appointed its first rector.

The church itself is an architectural landmark in the area, with a striking facade consisting of tubular structures joined together forming its roof. The altar area was expanded and renovated in 2007 and features art-deco ornamentation, a first in the Philippines.  The altar is a prominent feature inside the Cathedral for its huge “stained glass” depicting Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  It was even a favorite location for films and television productions.

In 2007,
Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, the current bishop of Novaliches, appointed Rev. Fr. Gerardo Giovanni Tapiador as the second rector of the cathedral.  Fr Gerry has to resign in late 2011 for reasons of health.

In 2012 Rev. Fr. Elpidio R. De Peralta, Jr., or
Fr. Jun as he is fondly called, was appointed as parish administrator of the Cathedral-Shrine & Parish.