Roxas City – A groundbreaking ceremony of the new church of the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was held on Tumandok Hill, Pueblo de Panay Township in this city last Saturday, November 7, 2020. The small and private ceremony was attended by representatives from the Archdiocese of Capiz, the Holy Trinity Divine Healing Ministry (HTDHM), and the Merciful Missionary of St. Joseph (MMSJ). The ceremony was also graced by the presence of no less than the newly-appointed Cardinal from Capiz, His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Jr. DD.

The Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Tumandok Hill, Pueblo de Panay Township is home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, the tallest Jesus Christ statue in the Philippines and the 4th tallest in the world, measuring 102 feet tall. While the statue still stands tall, it will be recalled that the chapel that stands at the foot of the statue was ravaged by Typhoon Ursula which fell upon the city in December of 2019.

Since then, the Archdiocese of Capiz, the Holy Trinity Divine Healing Ministry, and the Merciful Missionary of St. Joseph, with the help of Pueblo de Panay, Inc. (PDPI) and Blue Chip Builders, Inc. (BCBI), spearheaded a fundraising campaign to build a new church where the regular masses, healing sessions, and novenas will be held. The design of the 920-capacity church is in the final stage and is courtesy of BAAD Studio, a Makati-based architectural firm headed by Architect Benjamin Mendoza and his wife, Architect Anabelle Bermejo, who is originally from Roxas City.

The fundraising campaign to build the new church is still under way and all forms of help are welcome. According to Fr. Pericles Fajardo, Moderator of the Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, “There are three ways of participating in this campaign. Foremost, we request your spiritual support through your fervent prayers. Secondly, your donation will help in building the Sanctuary. Thirdly, make this campaign known to others that more people may share in this work of God. The Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart has always been a place of prayer, conversion and healing. With your support, the new Sanctuary will carry on this spiritual tradition.”

“We invite everybody to leave a legacy. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help build a Church, a pilgrimage site that is flocked to by thousands for healing, to pray, or to be reminded of Jesus Christ’s passionate love for mankind,” adds Ms. Hariette Ong-Banzon, one of the Board of Directors of PDPI and a Core Committee Member and Catechist of HTDHM.

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