The Santuario Diocesano dela Sagrada Familia (Diocesan Shrine of the Holy Family) in Tala, Orani, Bataan was formally inaugurated.
Diocese of Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos, who led the inauguration said the designation of the church as the diocesan shrine of the Holy Family “is a huge blessing that will help deepen and strengthen the faith of the people especially in the time of a pandemic.”
“This is part of our mission to spread the Word of God, to evangelize through the love exemplified by the Holy Family. Let us strengthen our faith, our devotion, and our trust in the Holy Family,” Santos said over Radio Veritas.
The almost two-hectare property is located in the scenic Mt. Naib. It was donated to the Diocese of Balanga by the family of former Department of National Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales.
Santos expressed his gratitude to the Gonzales family for donating the land and for financing the construction of the shrine, which he described as the diocese’s gift to the Mother Church on its commemoration of the 500 years of Christianity in the country.
“Let us feel the presence of the Lord. Let us deepen our faith and our relationship with God. Let us respect and take care of our environment and live out Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment ‘Laudato Si’ here in our new diocesan shrine,” Santos said.
The Santuario Diocesano dela Sagrada Familia is one of 15 designated pilgrim churches in Bataan for the 500 years of Christianity in the country where pilgrims may gain a plenary indulgence after availing of the sacraments of confession and holy communion and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father.