Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Mayamot, Antipolo City
Name: St. Francis Xavier Parish Profile
Address: Greenheights Newtown I, Mayamot, Antipolo City
Tel: 681- 10- 97
As of May 2011
TOTAL POPULATION: 220, 127 Baptism (2010)
Number of Catholics: 180, 851 up to I year old 918
Number of non- Catholics: 18, 493 1 to 7 years old 545
Tribal Filipinos: Over 7 years old 69
Muslims: 4, 270 TOTAL Baptism 1, 532
Other: 16, 513 TOTAL Confirmation 169
TOTAL Deaths 259
TOTAL of First Communicants 1, 236
Marriages between Catholics 43
Mixed Marriages: 1
TOTAL Marriages: 44
In October 1978, His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin named the small chapel located in Balanti, Cainta Rizal as the temporary center of St. Francis Xavier Parish Church. The official rite creating the new St. Francis Xavier Parish Church was officiated by then Bishop Gaudencio Rosales. Due to the increasing population of the parish, the Archdiocese of Manila appropriated 5,000 sq. meters of land at Greenheights, Newtown I in Mayamot, Antipolo which became permanent site of St. Francis Xavier Parish Church
Several priest from the mission society of the Philippines (MSP) were assigned as parish priest who were responsible for making the church as the structure and people alive and growing. The last MSP priest was Fr. Edwin dela Peña who became a Bishop of the prelature of Marawi.
After the creation of the Diocese of Antipolo in 1983, several historical events followed, to wit: the blessing and laying of the corner stone in preparation for the construction of the parish church on March 11, 1984; recognizing the parish pastoral council; opening of ten communities all with organized WESTYVFLA; organizing many programs such as marriage encounter, couple for Christ, bible studies, formation, seminars, recollection, retreats etc. The acquisition of a lot along Marcos Hiway covering 2, 558 sq. meters was made possible by a generous donor, Doña Aurora Ignacio. This should have been the alternative site of St. Francis Xavier Parish Church but instead a new parish church was constructed.
The construction of the new St. Francis Xavier Parish Church began during the term of Rev. Fr. Jeremias Villahermosa with the construction of the columns. Due to financial constraint, the construction was temporarily stopped. The parish finance council was created by Rev. Fr. Pepe Pedraja to raise and handle the much needed fund up to the completion of the parish church. Later the Rev. Ed Delantar was assigned as the new parish priest and available funds; the construction of the parish church was resumed. The construction was finished under the term of Rev. Fr. Rolando de Guzman. Aat present, there are 23 communities comprising the parish namely; Adelina Homes, Balanti, Baybay- Sapa, Broadway Pines, Cupang 1- 7, Fin- Asia, Greenheights, La Unica Hija, Lopezville, Lower Mayamot, Ma. Corazon, Panorama Hills, Sierra Vista, UE Village, Villa Grande, and VillaMaria/Saarland/COD.
Now we have a new Parish Church. The repainting of the fence, roofing, of the stage and asphalting of the entire ground was undertaken during the stewardship of Rev. Allan Lastimosa. The refurbishing of the church, acquisition of a new sound system, musical instruments used by the choir, baptismal font, and the crucified Jesus at he altar are all created to our new parish priest REV. FR. JEFFREY B. QUINTELA.
As the parish church moves forward, what do we expect to see? A new St. Francis Xavier Parish convent, a fully equipped air- conditioned formation center and a mortuary.
As we look back, let us remember our past parish priests:
1978 Rev. Fr. Fred Homedia, MSP
1978- 1981 Rev. Fr. Boy Soon, MSP
1981- 1984 Rev. Fr. Pedro M. Mesiona, MSP
1984- 1988 Rev. Fr. Jeremias Villahermosa, MSP
1988- 1991 Rev. Fr. Arnold Layoc- 1st Doicesan Parish Priest
1991- 1994 Rev. Fr. Felipe Pedraja
1994- 1998 Rev. Fr. Ed Delantar (+)
1998- 2006 Rev. Fr. Rolando de Guzman
May 2006- No. 2006 Rev. Fr. Allan R. Lastimosa
Moving forward, as present parish priest- Dec.4, 2006 up to present- REV. FR. JEFFREY B. QUINTELA.
We, the parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Parish, commit ourselves to:
- be involved in the formation of church workers and evangelization of the parishioners concerning the Catholic teachings;
- seek the guidance and open our hearts to the promptings of the Holy Spirit;
- listen attentively to the Word of God and receive Holy Communion regularly;
- be moved by the life of St. Francis Xavier and proclaim the Word of God as we reach out to the spiritually hungry so that the presence of Christ may be triggered in them every time, anywhere;
- live together daily a life of joy and holiness despite sufferings along the way;
- have an awareness of the presence of our Blessed Mother and ask for her intercession in our daily lives through the practice of Marian devotions.