Early beginnings : It was in 1958 when the residents of Project 8, (then the last of the government’s housing project) decided to gather and have mass on Sundays. The first masses were held in a make-shift bodega used for storing paints and materials for the construction of some houses in the zone.
The community, then under the Parish of San Pedro Bautista, was given the permission to have mass on Sundays. On September 1958, a typhoon hit the country and the bodega worship place was destroyed. Sunday masses still continued in a neighboring garage.
Fr. Bertrand F. Demers, OMI, then a frequent presider of the community’s Sunday masses, thought of building a small chapel in the Plaza. The chapel then was only about 6 meters long. Although under construction the first Christmas celebration was held there. Everybody from the community helped in their own little way in constructing and making the chapel beautiful.
A Parish is Born : In March 21, 1966, Our Lady of Perpetual Help was canonically erected and Fr. Alfonso Caparas was installed as the first Parish Priest. An engineer by profession, he immediately improved the façade of the church. Likewise, through the years, additional improvements and buildings were constructed as follows :
June 23, 1968 – Blessing of the Youth Center by Rev. Fr. Jesus Fernandez, SJ.
June 23, 1969 – Fully renovated Parish Church was blessed by Msgr. Casas, with then Mayor Norberto S. Amoranto as the guest of honor.
June 23, 1974 – Multi-purpose center (4-levels) was inaugurated by Msgr. Jaime L. Sin, then Archbishop of Manila which was eventually converted into a Cursillo house called House of Our Lord.
Easter Sunday, 1977 – corner-stone laying of the modern parish church which will appear like a perched dove.
June 24, 1979- the symbolic key was presented to His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin.
June 29, 1979 – the parish church was solemnly dedicated. June 29 is the dies natalis of the church building.
June 22, 1986- Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel was constructed and blessed by Cardinal Sin.
March 29, 1987- Bishop Teodoro Bacani dropped time capsule during the ground breaking ceremonies of the OLPH Parish Center.
April 3, 1988 (Easter Sunday) – His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin blessed the OLPH Parish Center.
December 23, 1989- start of the renovation of the interior of the church from an auditorium church to a more formal non-auditorium church. The altar table was also dedicated on this day.
June 29, 1990- Adoration Chapel was transferred to a new place now called Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel which was blessed by Msgr. Antonio G. Laban.
The PARISH PRIESTS of OLPH :
March 21, 1966 to July 17, 1988- March 21, 1966 Fr. Alfonso Caparas was installed as the first Parish Priest. He was elevated as Papal Chaplain on April 4, 1983 and was soon named as Vicar Forane of the Sto. Nino Vicariate of the Ecclesiastical District of Quezon City. Msgr. Alfonso Caparas died on July 17, 1988, ending his 22 years of service to the OLPH Parish and the community.
July 16, 1988 to August 9, 1988- Fr. Carlito Reyes was named Acting Parish Priest.
August 10, 1988- 1994- Msgr. Augusto Garcia Laban was installed as the second Parish Priest of the OLPH Parish by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin.
1994- 2006- Msgr. Antonio San Juan Mortillero was installed as the next Parish Priest of OLPH in January 1994 by Bishop Crisostomo Yalung.
2006- Present- Rev. Fr. Nelson C. Orqueta was installed as Parish Priest on August 5, 2006 by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of the Diocese of Cubao.
PPC CHAIRMEN OF OLPH :
1966- 1969 Atty. Perfecto Domingo
1970- 1971 Atty. Edmundo A. Baculi
1972- 1974 Mr. Castor I. Villaruz
1975- 1977 Atty. Delano M. Valera
1978- 1979 Mr. Pablo R. Lincumpao
1980- 1982 Fr. Antonio Caparas
1983- 1989 Mrs. Zaira G. Nano
1990- 1992 Fr. Filomeno L. Valdemoro Jr.
1993- 1995 Atty. Manuel San Diego
1996- 2002 Atty. Edwin P. Acoba
2003- 2006 Engr. Oscar de Jesus
2007- Present Mr. Jorge de Leon