107 Road 3 Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, Philippines
The devotion to Notre Dame de Pontmain began through the efforts of the Oblates of St. Joseph. The origins, from the carver and prominence of the statue in the country, are unknown yet the image became a focal point of pilgrimages in the Metro for decades.
The Our Lady of Hope Parish church began as a small kubol on Road 1, with a few improvised wooden benches under a roof of coconut fronds, housing San Isidro de Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. On the first Sunday of May 1956, the first mass was celebrated in the area by Fr. Delgado, OFM, on the occasion of the first barrio fiesta. In 1960, under the leadership of Msgr. Pedro Bantigue, then parish priest of Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish in Philam, and with the help of a Catholic Action Group, a chapel was constructed on a 240-square-meter lot on Road 1.
The Archbishop of Manila declared, on March 19, 1966, Our Lady of Hope as the patroness of Bagong Pag-asa, and the chapel on Road 1 was named Our Lady of Hope Parish Church.
The territorial boundaries of the parish include Bagong Pag-asa, Teresa, Carmel Subdivisions, the present BLISS, and SM City North EDSA.
The Feast of the Lady of Hope of Pontmain in Quezon City is celebrated on January 17, the Liturgical Feast Day in commemoration of the apparition and a “Pistang Bayan” in thanksgiving to the miracles that the Lady gave to her devotees in the area.
Because of this apparition, devotion to Our Lady of Hope spread. The message of our Blessed Mother is that of hope: “But pray my children. God will hear you in a short time. My Son allows Himself to be moved with compassion.” As we offer our prayers each day seeking the maternal care of our Blessed Mother, we must be mindful she, who stood at the foot of the cross filled with the hope of the forgiveness of sin and the resurrection to everlasting life, affords us hope also during our journey of life. With our Lady of Hope, we indeed have an assurance of never being abandoned, and have hope of being united with our Lord now and forever in heaven.