Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus



Facade of Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

The Parish of St. Jude Thaddeus, which celebrates its feast day every October 28, located in Barangay Cotta, Lucena City, traces its beginning in 1911 when a humble chapel was built on a half-hectare lot donated by Mr. Sinforoso Loyola of then Lucena town. That time, although the chapel functioned as a permanent site for religious activities in the barangay, it did not have a regular pastor, and Masses were held occasionally by the parish priests from nearby St. Ferdinand Parish Church in the heart of Lucena.

The small chapel flourished despite the absence of a regular clergy and the prayers of the devoted folks of Cotta were answered when four years after Lucena was declared a full-pledged diocese in 1950, Fr. Catalino Elloso was sent to administer their religious and spiritual affairs. It was only on October 29, 1956 however, when the parish was formally declared through the leadership of then Bishop of Lucena, the late Bishop Alfredo Ma. Obviar, D.D.

Interior of Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

The Parish of St. Jude Thaddeus in Barangay Cotta does not only enjoy the distinction of being once an important port in Lucena where business and industry moved, transported and received the goods and commodities of the province, but along with its colorful past is recorded that of a young priest by the name of Fr. Ruben T. Profugo who was sent to Cotta in 1972 for his first assignment as parish priest and was eventually named Bishop of the Diocese of Lucena on October 18, 1970.

Cotta or Puerto which means solid rock earned its being the seat of the parish because of its proximity to the road network, and the busy port which catered then and now to travelers from outlying coastal towns and barangays of the province and by the fact that the population density of the place is highest among the four barangays which comprise its territory.

Excerpt from Shrines, Incarnating Christ Today. St. Paul Philippines, 2004. Photos from panoramio.com.

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