The Sto. Nino Parish of Phase 1, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City celebrated its 26th Patronal Fiesta last January 20, 2013 with the theme “Pagpapanibago ng Pagtitiwala sa Sto. Nino sa Taon ng Pananampalataya.” The theme highlighted the Parish’s effort of giving birth to new parishes in Bagong Silang area through the pastoral efforts of the Passionist Fathers.
The Parish is a community of Christian witnesses to one another. It is composed of simple people who serve with love and care. Of the 64 parishes in the Diocese, the Parish is identified as one of six parishes with a strong Social Services and Development Ministry (SSDM). Its Family and Life Ministry is evaluated by the Diocesan Commission as the 24th parish with an active program. In the recent executive report of the Diocesan BEC Pastoral Team, the parish is listed as belonging to the identified classification of parishes with priest supportive of BECs as Level 3.
Initially, Sto. Nino Parish covered the entire Barangay Bagong Silang. The Decree establishing the new parish of Sto. Nino issued by the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin on February 22, 1986 stated that, “The new parish shall be constituted of the WHOLE AREA OF BAGONG SILANG and its territorial limits shall be conterminus with the civil boundary of the said area of Bagong Silang.”
On April 26, 1971, Presidential Proclamation No. 843, 1971, identified Bagong Silang, formerly part of the Tala Estate, to be developed into a resettlement site and services project under the then Philippine Homesite and Housing Corporation (PHHC), now the National Housing Authority (NHA).
Bagong Silang is one of the 188 barangays of Caloocan City and is officially referred to as Barangay 176. It belongs to the North District of Caloocan City and is described as the biggest barangay in the Philippines with an area of 578 hectares and the most populous with an estimated 1 million. It is situated in north of Quezon City, south of San Jose Del Monte City, and east of Valenzuela City.
Following the local boundaries for Bgy. Bagong Silang, the Sto. Nino Parish comprised of ten Phases. The parish is bounded on the North and West by Marilao River, on the East by Bgy. 186, and on the South by Camarin and Maligaya Subdivision.
On October 24, 1977, Cardinal Sin issued a Second Decree creating the Ascension of Our Lord Parish. The boundary of the new parish included the entire “Bukid Area” of Caloocan City from Amparo Subdivision up to the boundary of Bulacan. Fr. Walter De Vilder, CICM was installed as the 1st Parish Priest on November 6, 1977.
When Holy Cross Parish was erected in February 1983 and Fr. Raymond Pulvino, CP became the 1st Parish Priest, the Sto. Nino Chapel of Bagong Silang became one of the ten sub-parishes. The other nine areas were St. Anthony de Padua, Amparo Village; St. Pancratius Chapel, National Housing Corp.; Bankers Village; St. Joseph the Worker Chapel, Barracks; Immaculate Conception Chapel, Victory Heights; Christ the King Chapel, Cefel’s Park; Ciudad Real; Miramonte Heights; Pangarap Village.
On August 4, 2004, Bishop Antonio R. Tobias created the Vicariate of Sto. Nino with the following parishes: Sto. Nino, Phase 1; Parokya ni San Jose Amang Mapagkalinga, Phase 5; Parokya ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo, Phase 7; Parokya ng Muling Pagkabuhay ng Ating Panginoon, Phase 10; Holy Rosary Parish, Tala; St. Joseph the Worker, Barracks.
The Parish has become a fast-growing community. Since its foundation, the Parish has given birth to four parishes, namely Parokya ng San Jose, Amang Mapagkalinga, Phase 5; Parokya ng Muling Pagkabuhay ng Ating Panginoon, Phase 10; Parokya ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo, Phase 7; and Parokya ng San Roque, Phase 9. Phase 8 is in the process of becoming another new Parish in the near future.
Vicariate: Santo Niño
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Wilfredo F. Estraza, CP
Preceding Pastor/s: Rev. Fr. Emmanuel F. Gellez, CP; Rev. Fr. Roel C. Belmis, CP
Date Established: February 22, 1986
Feast Day: 3rd Sunday of January
Address: Phase 1, Bagong Silang, 1428 Caloocan City
Contact Number: 962.8204, 962.8203 (telefax)