Sto. Sepulcro Parish turned 40 this year. Born during the Spanish period as an informal group of baptized Catholics holding religious activities in a makeshift chapel called visita, the parish transformed through the years into an organized community of practical Catholics,within which is a strong legion of devotees in and outside the Parish. It became a sub-parish of San Pedro Apostol in Poblacion in the mid1900 and was declared a full-fledged parish on September 29, 1969.
Msgr. Barrion declared a low-key yearlong celebration of this Ruby anniversary in September last year. Within the 12- month period that followed, the parish upgraded major church facilities including the acquisition of a new tabernacle and the installation of the church air-conditioning system. As of this year, the Landayan church has the distinction of being the first and only fully air-conditioned church in the Diocese of San Pablo.
The 40th (Ruby) anniversary D-day coincided with the celebration of the annual Piyesta ng San Miguel Arkanghel, Landayan’s second patron. It kicked off with the traditional nine-day Novena participated in by all church servants, lay leaders and members from the seven sub-parishes, and ordinary parishioners in Landayan. The feast day highlight was the 10:00 a.m. mass presided by Bishop Bernardino C. Cortez, DD, with 20 other priests concelebrating. After the mass, the bishop briefly met eight municipal mayors from Guam, all of them Catholic. The visit to the shrine was part of their four-day itinerary for the historic sister-city agreement signing between San Pedro and eight towns in Guam.