Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus



Facade of Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

As the Chinese communities in Manila and environs grew rapidly, one parish for them in Binondo was considered insufficient. Thus, Manila Archbishop Rufino J. Santos, DD petitioned and obtained from the Roman Consistorial Congregation on July 23, 1954 the faculty to erect three more parishes for the Chinese: Paco, Pasay and North-East Manila/Quezon City.

By virtue of this faculty, the Espiritu Santo Chinese Parish in Sta. Cruz was erected with the following limits: in the North, the boundary towards Bulacan province through Rizal Avenue Extension down to the Pasig River; in the South, the line extends towards the East up to the boundary of Rizal Province. All Chinese living within these limits were members of the new parish.

In January 1955, the parish erected its first rectory by renting part of the site of the former Riverside Hospital (presently the location of St. Jude Catholic School). The next month, Archbishop Rufino J. Santos, DD made St. Jude its patron saint as proposed by SVD Father Provincial Hermann Kondring.

Archbishop Santos gave the present site of St. Jude Parish. The blessing and laying of the cornerstone was held on October 28, 1958. The church slowly rose through the painstaking efforts and dedication of its parishioners.

Interior of Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus

The first midnight Mass was celebrated on Christmas Eve of 1958 in the unfinished, windowless church. Two year later, the Most Rev. Juan Bautista Velasco, representing His Eminence Rufino Cardinal J. Santos, DD, blessed the new church on October 23, 1960. He was accompanied by the then First Lady Leonila D. Garcia, who cut the ribbon.

Upon completion, Msgr. Buenaventura Lopez blessed the St. Jude annex building on February 27, 1968. The parish hall was blessed by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, DD on November 13, 1983.

On June 20, 1986, St. Jude became a territorial parish and ceased to be a part of San Miguel Parish. By order of Cardinal Sin, St. Jude Parish serves four barangays.

On June 21, 1994, through the petition of Msgr. Tsao and the parishioners, St. Jude Church was conferred with the title of Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude.

From the strictly Chinese parish that it was envisioned, St. Jude has evolved into more than that as seen through the congregation that participates in its liturgical activities every Thursday.

Excerpt from Shrines, Incarnating Christ Today. St. Paul Philippines, 2004. Photos from urbanroamer.wordpress.com and microporetape.blogspot.com.

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