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Blessing of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s new grotto at All Souls Catholic Church

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All
Souls Catholic Church in the friendly community of the City
of Alhambra, has a very active Filipino Ministry.The chairman of the
Ministry is Isidro “Jun” Cabaccang, along with his his wife Belen.
Though they both work full time as nurses at the Alhambra Hospital,
they have been church volunteers for the past several years. The couple
are blessed with four children: Allen, MaryAnn, Maurice and Stefan.

“Jun”
as we all call him, hails from Narvacan, Ilocos Sur and Belen was from
Bugallon, Pangasinan. He usually opens the church everyday and prepares the
needs of the church’s Pastor, Father Mbazuigwe, before the 7:30 am daily
Mass.

“Father
Mb” as we all call him, has a great, warm and congenial personality,
which makes him truly admired by the parishioners, particularly the
Filipino community.

Father Patrick’s Mother’s day blessing after the Saturday Holy Mass before the grotto blessing at All Souls Catholic Church. Photo by: Matthew Lipsun.
Photo of Father Patrick in front of the newly-built grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Photo by: Myrna Aquitania

Apparently,
toward the end of the year in 2018, Father MB had an idea to embark on a
proposal to the parishioners of the church, to build the image of
the crucified Jesus at the patio area, between the church and the
school. Sucessfully, the project came into fruition and with great
enthusiasm and excitement right after, Father Mb thought of another project:
this time. it was to build a grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary near the
crucifix. But, since the parish had no funds for it, Father Mb discussed the
project with Jun Cabaccang, who heads the Filipino Ministry. They both
discussed the possibility of organizing a fundraiser event to
raise funds for building it. Several months of discussions and meetings
with the Filipino Ministry members ensued and the Filipino Ministry
group accepted the project.

As
we all know, raising funds is not always easy. So, initially, they did the
Hawaiian Luau Festival” fundraiser, followed by the
Simbang Gabi” fundraiser and recently it was finalized
by the “Flores de Mayo,” fundraiser. And
thus, the grotto was finally built.

So,
in celebration of Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12, 2019, the blessing of the
new grotto came about to the delight of the Filipino parishioners who attended,
proud of their accomplishments. Both Jun and Father Mb agreed that this is
just the first phase of the grotto project. Eventually, the second phase will include flooring
and construction of iron benches around the grotto, to enable the parishioners
to have ample space where they can pray and sit while paying homage to our
Virgin Mother.

As a parishioner of All
Souls Church, we are all grateful to Father MB for his dynamic leadership and
to Jun Cabaccang and the members of the Filipino Ministry for their
relentless effort in sharing religious traditions which we all remember growing
up in our home country. Wishing them both lots of blessings always. Mabuhay

In photo are: Jun & Belen Cabaccang of the Filipino Ministry at All Souls Church. Photo courtesy of: Jean O’ng

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