For the 35 years of Santo Niño de Cebu Parish, Biñan City, Laguna (SNDCP), since its establishment in 1986, 36 lay volunteers stand out and are honored for their commitment and services offered for more than 25 years.
The Diocese of San Pablo initiated that such dedicated servant-leaders be recognized as part of the 500-year anniversary celebration of Christianity in the country. This diocesan-wide activity is dubbed, “Natatanging Lingkod-Layko.” Church lay volunteers who qualified the said recognition are those who have valuable contribution in the parish community.
Rev. Fr. Wilboy Bracamonte, OSA, new Parish Priest of SNDCP, Biñan, presider over a Thanksgiving Mass on October 16, 2021. Recipients of the aforementioned recognition graced the event.
Ms. Consuelo Bautista Aspiras, age 93, has the longest number of years serving SNDCP. Aspiras has been volunteering in the parish for 58 years.
Hails from Davao City, Aspiras serves not only in Biñan. She also served previously in three different parishes and chapel in Davao (Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel). At present, Aspiras is part of Apostolado ng Panalangin (AP) and Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) in SNDCP.
Giving of certificates and medals to the recipients of the recognition took place within the Mass. A sumptuous agape followed after. In the short program held for the volunteers, some of them shared testimonies and their unforgettable experiences serving at SNDCP.
The recognized lay volunteers expressed their feeling of gladness and gratefulness and vowed to continue serving SNDCP to the best of their abilities.