About us

The Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd is the Seat of the

Diocese of the Novaliches.

Vision

We are the community of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, a home and sanctuary for all.

Mission

The Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd, commits to build communities, to nurture partnerships and solidarity, and to uplift the quality of life, especially of the poor.

 

History

Novaliches Cathedral - Construction of the Church

Construction of the Church

In the early seventies, a new urban subdivision arose in Quezon City named “Fairview Park” composed of five areas: Central, South, West, North and East Fairview.

The community started its Sunday masses celebrated by a Carmelite Dutch Priest, Fr. Nico Hofstedes, in a small place used as motor pool and garage. Fairview Park was then under the Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Project 6.

On August 5, 1975, Jaime Cardinal Sin established the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Fairview and installed the late Fr. Fidelis Ruben Limcaco as the first Parish Priest.

 

The Parish was first housed in a small chapel at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Regalado Avenue. Because of the increasing number of churchgoers, a bigger church was felt needed. On December 10, 1977, then Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani led the groundbreaking and cornerstone laying for a new church on a lot donated by the Regalado Family, owner of the subdivision. The Church was blessed, consecrated, and dedicated to Jesus the Good Shepherd on August 19, 1984 by Jaime Cardinal Sin.

On April 28, 1985, Cardinal Sin issued a Decree making the Good Shepherd Church an Archdiocesan Shrine of the Good Shepherd. From 1975 to 2003, the Good Shepherd Archdiocesan Shrine was part of the Archdiocese of Manila.

When the Diocese of Novaliches was inaugurated on January 16, 2003, the Good Shepherd Archdiocesan Shrine was designated as the seat of the newly created Diocese. It was eventually elevated into the status of cathedral and renamed the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd, the Cathedral of Novaliches. Rev. Msgr. Jesus Romulo Ranada was appointed as its first rector.

Novaliches Cathedral - Cornerstone Laying

Cornerstone Laying, December 10, 1977

The church itself is an architectural landmark in the area. Renovated in 2007, the altar area features art deco ornamentation, a first in the Philippines. Its most prominent feature is its huge stained glass depicting Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

In 2007, Bishop Antonio R. Tobias appointed the late Fr. Gerardo G. Tapiador as the second rector of the cathedral. In 2012, Rev. Fr. Elpidio R. De Peralta, Jr. was appointed parish administrator of the Cathedral Shrine and Parish. Fr. Mario Sanchez was assigned as rector in June 2013. Rev. Fr. Antonio E. Labiao Jr. is currently the rector and parish priest of the Cathedral.

The feast day of the Parish is on the fourth (4th) Sunday after Easter.

 
Prayer to Jesus the Good Shepherd
Prayer to Jesus,
the Good Shepherd

O Jesus, Good Shepherd, see us gathered from near and far, proclaiming You are our Master, our Shepherd. You call and lead us to fruitful paths of peace and contentment. 

In You, Jesus, is sweet labor and joyful rest.

Never have You abandoned us, sweet Jesus; never have You failed us. Through dark nights and difficult moments, You carry us. There is no fear when You are near. You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life; without You, who can survive?

O loving Son, as the Father has entrusted all of us to You, we lift up to You, in particular, His Holiness, Pope Francis, all the bishops, priests, religious, lay leaders, family heads, and all those who have flock under their care, that they may shepherd them after Your own heart. Bring back quickly to the fold those who are lost. Send the Spirit to make us humble, meek, and obedient, that You may be pleased to grant our every plea, especially this one:

(Make your request)

O Good Shepherd, You are our only hope. Only You can make us one; only You can renew our land. Only You can lead us safely to our true home, where at last, we shall see and adore You face to face forever.

Amen.

 

Our Shepherds

Most Rev. Roberto O. Gaa, D.D.

Most Rev. Roberto O. Gaa, D.D.

Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches

Rev. Fr. Antonio E. Labiao, Jr.

Rev. Fr. Antonio E. Labiao, Jr.

Rector / Parish Priest

Rev. Fr. Carmelo A. Caluag

Rev. Fr. Carmelo A. Caluag

Parochial Vicar

Rev. Fr. Ted Ryan A. Perez

Rev. Fr. Ted Ryan A. Perez

Parochial Vicar