Sacred Heart Parish Kamuning

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish - Kamuning is a Catholic parish in the Kamuning District of Quezon City in the Philippines. It was established on October 3, 1941. The parish has been in the pastoral care and administration of the Society of the Divine Word since even before its founding. Kamuning was a government housing project of then Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon. Kamuning was known then as Barrio Obrero II.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish parish center is located at the intersection of Scout Ybardolaza Street, Scout Fuentebella Street and Scout Fernandez Street. It is just a stone's throw away from the GMA Network broadcast center along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and a short distance from the ABS-CBN broadcast center complex along Sgt. Esguerra Avenue (formerly Bohol Avenue). The parish is part of the Diocese of Cubao.

The current Parish Priest is Rev. Fr. Eduardo Guarin, SVD. His assistant priests are: Rev. Fr. Abraham P. Paz, SVD; Rev. Fr. Gregorio N. Buenavista, SVD; Rev. Fr. Danny Francia, SVD; Rev. Fr. Bebs Alcover, SVD; and Rev. Fr. Rex Vidal, SVD.

Two commemorative books contain details of the history of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish - Kamuning: "Age of Gold" (Golden Jubilee) and "Sanlakbay 2001" (Diamond Jubilee). Limited copies of the two books were published and a few copies are with the parish office for reference use.

A recent significant development in the history of the parish is the canonical dedication of the Shrine of the Divine Word, which is the chapel in the Christ the King Mission Seminary located along E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue. The chapel became the Shrine on December 25, 2006 and Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco of the Diocese of Cubao presided over the dedication rites. The current and first rector of the Shrine of the Divine Word is Rev. Fr. Atilano Corcuera, Jr. SVD. The Christ the King Mission Seminary is of the Society of the Divine Word and was established in 1933. The current seminary rector is Rev. Fr. Pablito Tagura, SVD.

The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) was founded on September 8, 1875 by St. Arnold Janssen in Steyl, Netherlands. The SVD is one of the largest "Ad Gentes" Catholic religious male congregations in the world with over 6,000 members (priests and brothers) worldwide. The current Superior-General of the SVD is Rev. Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD. The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish - Kamuning is in the SVD Philippine Central Province, which is headed by a Provincial Superior. The current Provincial Superior of SVD PHC is Rev. Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD and he holds office at the provincialate in Tayuman, Manila.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish - Kamuning spans six barangays (townships) in Quezon City: Kamuning; Sacred Heart; South Triangle; part of Obrero; Kristong Hari; and Kalusugan. According to Philippines 2000 Census, the parish jurisdiction has a resident population of 43,074 people.

The parish celebrates its annual fiesta on the movable feast Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart according to the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. In 2008, this feast shall be on May 30, the Friday right after the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi.


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