National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Shrine of Devotion, Shrine of Mission

Redemptorist

Baclaran, Philippines

JPIC  |   Mission

Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

The shrine through the years has integrated social issues, justice and peace and integrity of creation in its mission and ministry.  Justice and peace issues are also an essential part of the liturgical and social celebrations of the shrine. Efforts have been made in integrating the people’s calendar and reality into the novena and liturgy to promote the consciousness of the churchgoers towards their social and missionary responsibilities. Through the people’s calendar, people’s aspirations and concerns are integrated into the liturgical calendar throughout the year. The liturgical celebrations offered the opportunity for devotees to connect their devotion and faith with their daily life situation and contemporary signs of the times.

 

In the 60’s and 70’s, Redemptorists were influenced by values and ideas from Vatican II and liberation theology which emphasizes, among others, inculturation, aggiornamento or openness of the church to the signs of the times, preferential option for the poor and the liberation of the oppressed. During the political and social upheavals in the 1960s and 1970s the Redemptorist community of Baclaran stood in solidarity with those seeking justice and equality. The Redemptorists began to incorporate more into their homilies, services and programs, social issues and critique of social order which perpetrates injustice and oppression of the poor as well as offering alternatives that promotes true justice and peace. Much of these were in line with the VP Manila thrust and directives: “Our main contribution lies in an explicit and prophetic proclamation of the gospel especially to the poor and the most abandoned.”

 

The involvement in justice and peace was particularly strong during the time of Marcos dictatorship. Political stirrings from early 1970’s to 1980’s especially during the Marcos martial law regime significantly influenced the method and content of preaching at the shrine and the conduct of parish mission by the Redemptorists.  Among the burning socio-political issues which confronted the missionaries were increasing militarization, rampant human rights violations, crony capitalism, widening gap between the rich and the poor, land reform, repression of workers, etc.

 

The shrine played an important part during the controversial 1986 Snap Elections at the time of Marcos dictatorship. The Shrine became the refuge of several computer engineers from the Commission on Elections. Thirty five technicians who were operating the COMELEC’s electronic quick count staged a walkout from their headquarters at the Philippine International Convention Center to protest the alleged electoral fraud by supporters of Marcos.

 

The church is known to be a sanctuary for victims of violence and oppression—farmers, workers, fisherfolks, migrant workers, battered women, indigenous people—seeking genuine justice and peace. In 2016, the shrine welcomed more than 700 Lumad (Indigenous Filipinos) from Mindanao who brought to the people’s attention the sad plight of their communities and the killings of their leaders. They camped in the shrine for 10 days. Many groups and sectors expressed and gave their support—moral and material—to the Lumad.

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Redemptorist Road,

Baclaran, Parañaque City 1700

Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

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Tel: +63 2  8321150

Fax: +63 2 551175

Email: baclaranrector@yahoo.com

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National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Shrine of Devotion, Shrine of Mission

In the 60’s and 70’s, Redemptorists were influenced by values and ideas from Vatican II and liberation theology which emphasizes, among others, inculturation, aggiornamento or openness of the church to the signs of the times, preferential option for the poor and the liberation of the oppressed. During the political and social upheavals in the 1960s and 1970s the Redemptorist community of Baclaran stood in solidarity with those seeking justice and equality. The Redemptorists began to incorporate more into their homilies, services and programs, social issues and critique of social order which perpetrates injustice and oppression of the poor as well as offering alternatives that promotes true justice and peace. Much of these were in line with the VP Manila thrust and directives: “Our main contribution lies in an explicit and prophetic proclamation of the gospel especially to the poor and the most abandoned.”

 

The involvement in justice and peace was particularly strong during the time of Marcos dictatorship. Political stirrings from early 1970’s to 1980’s especially during the Marcos martial law regime significantly influenced the method and content of preaching at the shrine and the conduct of parish mission by the Redemptorists.  Among the burning socio-political issues which confronted the missionaries were increasing militarization, rampant human rights violations, crony capitalism, widening gap between the rich and the poor, land reform, repression of workers, etc.

 

The shrine played an important part during the controversial 1986 Snap Elections at the time of Marcos dictatorship. The Shrine became the refuge of several computer engineers from the Commission on Elections. Thirty five technicians who were operating the COMELEC’s electronic quick count staged a walkout from their headquarters at the Philippine International Convention Center to protest the alleged electoral fraud by supporters of Marcos.

 

The church is known to be a sanctuary for victims of violence and oppression—farmers, workers, fisherfolks, migrant workers, battered women, indigenous people—seeking genuine justice and peace. In 2016, the shrine welcomed more than 700 Lumad (Indigenous Filipinos) from Mindanao who brought to the people’s attention the sad plight of their communities and the killings of their leaders. They camped in the shrine for 10 days. Many groups and sectors expressed and gave their support—moral and material—to the Lumad.

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Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Redemptorist

Baclaran, Philippines

Shrine of Devotion, Shrine of Mission

Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

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National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

The shrine through the years has integrated social issues, justice and peace and integrity of creation in its mission and ministry.  Justice and peace issues are also an essential part of the liturgical and social celebrations of the shrine. Efforts have been made in integrating the people’s calendar and reality into the novena and liturgy to promote the consciousness of the churchgoers towards their social and missionary responsibilities. Through the people’s calendar, people’s aspirations and concerns are integrated into the liturgical calendar throughout the year. The liturgical celebrations offered the opportunity for devotees to connect their devotion and faith with their daily life situation and contemporary signs of the times.

 

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National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Redemptorist Road,

Baclaran, Parañaque City 1700

Tel: +63 2  8321150

Fax: +63 2 551175

Email: baclaranrector@yahoo.com

Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

Terms of Use

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

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