* view from the dark: approaching the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer
Ash Wednesday reminds me not only of the upcoming Lenten season but also of the coming summer. It has been a year, one sultry summer night, when we visited the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer in Mamatid, Cabuyao, Laguna.
* the main door
* lights up the ceiling
* holy water holder
When we made the visit, this church has all the look of a recently refurbished one. Perhaps this was because of the recent decree which made the Parish of San Vicente Ferrer officially Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer. The consecration and dedication was held on March 26, 2010 and was presided by Bishop Leo Drona. Structure-wise I think it is enough for the residents in and around the area of Mamatid.
* the parishioners during a mass
* sampaguita vendors outside
* candles in the dark
[How to go to the Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer: One can make Calamba Crossing as his or her starting point. You can board jeepneys bound for Cabuyao (or San Pedro provided that they will pass through Cabuyao) and drop off at Mamatid junction. From there you have two choices: either you walk up to the church (which may take 10-15 minutes) or hail a tricycle which will take you there in a few minutes.]