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Mission & Vision of Mary the Queen Parish

Mary the Queen is envisioned to be a community of active and faithful followers of Jesus Christ, striving to live the fullness of the Gospel and to make the Eucharist the center of their lives through the intercession and inspiration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Aware of its role in the salvific mission of the Holy Church and of its special apostolic mission concerning the Chinese-Filipino, the Mary the Queen Parish Community shall promote and foster the total Christian formation of its parishioners by involving itself in the four general areas of activities, namely:

1. Deepening of the faith of those within the church;

2. Preaching the Gospel to those outside the church;

3. Caring of its parishioners through mutual concern and service; and

4. Sharing of its material and spiritual resources with those in need.

On September 20, 1954, Mary the Queen Personal Parish for the Chinese was created by His Excellency, Msgr. Rufino J. Santos, Archbishop of Manila, by virtue of the faculty granted to him by the Sacred Roman Consistorial Congregation (July 23, 1954). The parish chapel was located at 2437 Zamora Street, Pasay City. The personal parish had the following limits: "In the north, boundary line of Manila and Quezon City, towards the Marikina river in the east, running down to the southern towns of Rizal, comprising San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, and Makati; down the boundary lines of Cavite and Laguna provinces. All the Chinese inhabitants will constitute the members of the New Parish." At that time, Fr. George Etienne Beauregard, S.J. was appointed the first parish priest (November 24, 1954), while Fr. Luis Chia, S.J. was appointed the first assistant parish priest (May 1963).

In the year 1963, the Jesuits were able to purchase a few hectare of land in Little Baguio, San Juan for the purpose of transferring here the Xavier School from its previous location at Echague, Quiapo. A 5000 square meter lot was allocated also for transferring the Mary the Queen Church from its original location at Pasay City. On May 31, 1963, His Eminence, Rufino J. Cardinal Santos, blessed the cornerstone of the new church situated between Xavier School and Immaculate Conception Academy in Little Baguio, San Juan. After two years of construction, the Mary the Queen Church was finally opened to serve the faithful on May 31, 1965 with the blessing of again His Eminence Rufino J. Cardinal Santos.

November 3, 1967 to May 31, 1968 - Construction of Parish Hall

August 22, 1972 - Feast of Mary the Queen was changed from May 31 to August 22 by Vatican II

August 22, 1974 - Blessing of new baptismal font by Archbishop Jaime L. Sin

October 13, 1990 - Inauguration of the Eucharistic Adoration Prayer Room above the Baptistry

March 1991 - Completion of the altar renovation and the resurrection cross planned under Fr. Cortina and carried out by Fr. Sim

August 22, 1994 - 40th Anniversary of the Parish

September 10 1995 to August 1996 - Construction of the new Adoration Chapel adjacent to the Mary the Queen Church

August 22, 1996 - Blessing of the Adoration Chapel presided by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin.

August 22, 2004 - 50th Anniversary of the Parish

September, 2004 - Installation of Fr. Maximo Barbero as MTQ's 7th Parish Priest

August 22, 2005 - Installation of Fr. J. Cesar R. Marin, S.J. as MTQ's 8th Parish Priest

March 31, 2007 - Repainting of the Church

Madison St., Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines
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