This post features twelve churches in the province of Batangas which is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Lipa. The churches include: 1) St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Church in Santo Tomas; 2) The National Shrine of Sto. Padre Pio in San Pedro, Sto. Tomas; 3) The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian in Lipa; 4) Immaculate Conception Parish Church of Bauan; 5) The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Batangas City; 6) the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity and Shrine of the Glorious Cross in Pallocan West, Batangas City; 7) San Isidro Labrador Parish Church in Cuenca; 8) Invencion de la Sta Cruz Parish Church of Alitagtag; 9) Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face in Sta. Teresita; 10) Basilica of St. Martin of Tours in Taal; 11) Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine in Brgy. Labac, Taal; and 12) St. Raphael the Archangel Parish Church in Calaca. We also added the Miraculous Well of Sta. Lucia in Brgy. Tatlong Maria in Taal.
These churches were visited on different occasions. The first two churches were visited when I happen to pass by the place in going to one convent in San Pablo City. The Cathedral of Lipa I visited during the episcopal consecration of Bp. Maralit of Boac, Marinduque. The rest of the churches where visited in a span of two days on a Palm Sunday and the Saturday before it. The churches of Taal and Caysasay were first visited by me on another occasion.
The Archdiocese of Lipa, in fact is promoting the pilgrimage to seventeen sites in the Archdiocese of which eight are featured here. Five routes are suggested in order to visit at least half of them. Not featured in this post among the suggested pilgrimage sites are the following: 1) Shrine of St. John the Baptist, Lian, Batangas; 2) Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Joseph the Patriarch, Makalintal Ave, Poblacion, San Jose, Batangas; 3) St. Benedict Monastery, Pinagtung-ulan, Pulo, Lipa; 4) Shrine of St. Vincent Ferrer, Banaybanay, Lipa, Batangas; 5) Archdiocesan Shrine of the Sacred Heart, City Park Subd., Sabang, Lipa City; 6) Carmel of Our Lady Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, P. Torres, Lipa City; 7) Parish of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, P. Torres, Lipa City; and 8) Sto. Niño Chapel Montemaria, Pagkilatan, Batangas.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS PARISH CHURCH
SANTO TOMAS, BATANGAS
STO. PIO NATIONAL SHRINE
SAN PEDRO, SANTO TOMAS, BATANGAS
METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL OF SAN SEBASTIAN
C.M. RECTO AVENUE, LIPA CITY, BATANGAS
|Episcopal consecration of Bp. Maralit, the new bishop of the diocese of Boac, Marinduque.|
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH CHURCH
BASILICA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
|Different paintings of the angels on the walls of the church.|
PARISH OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
SHRINE OF THE GLORIOUS CROSS
PALLOCAN WEST, BATANGAS CITY
SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH CHURCH
INVENCION DE LA STA. CRUZ PARISH CHURCH
ARCHDIOCESAN SHRINE OF ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS AND THE HOLY FACE
STA. TERESITA, BATANGAS
BASILICA OF ST. MARTIN OF TOURS
OUR LADY OF CAYSASAY SHRINE
QUEEN OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LIPA
BRGY. LABAC, TAAL, BATANGAS
MIRACULOUS WELL OF STA. LUCIA
Brgy. Tatlong Maria, Taal
A spring-fed well where two women saw the reflection of the Virgin of Caysasay . It is now known as the Miraculous Well of Sta. Lucia. Since its discovery,many have attested hat the spring water has miraculous healing and therapeutic powers.
ST. RAPHAEL THE ARCHANGEL PARISH CHURCH
|The convento built in the old style by the DMCI.|
|The garden at the back of the church of Calaca featuring different statues of saints.|
|A pregnant Mary.|
|Mary breastfeeding her child Jesus.|
|The beach in Calaca.|