Isang Sambayanan na naghahangad ng mas malalim na ugnayan sa Diyos at sa kapwa.
The laying of the cornerstone of the newly built church in Bantug was done on January 13, 2001 when the San Sebastian Parish was scheduled in a half-hectare land donated by the Medina Family (the late Ambrosio medina and Eusebia Medina) to the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Philippine Province. It was the intention of the donor of the land that soon-to-be-built church be named Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That’s how the church is being called today albeit lacking the Canonical Decree issued by the Local Ordinary.
The erection of the parish and blessing of the church took place on April 27,2006 with Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija as the officiating Prelate. On the same date the first Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Jaime Duero, MSC was also installed. Fr. Duero continues to manage and supervise the final construction of the church.
The Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is composed of eight barangays with nine chapels, having a total population of 14, 800 Catholics (exclusive of other religions).
Fr. Jaime Duero, MSC
Fr. Roman Alaan, MSC
Fr. Ruel B. Salinas, MSC - present
The two-storey structure (the 1st floor comprises the convent, the parish office and the reception hall while the 2nd floor is where the church itself is located) stands tall and majestic among the vast rice field which surrounds it. Its elegant beauty is what attracts people especially the engaged couples. Thus, the parish is busy officiating matrimonial masses and rites.
The church is a construction-in-progress. The frontage as well as the porches in both sides of the church still lacks the finishing touches; some parts need masonry works while others remained unpainted. Final completion of the church remains uncertain depending on the generosity of the people. Efforts to raise funds for its completion still continue at present.
The church due to its location is conducive for prayer and sacramental rites. Some religious as well as lay people hold their recollections/seminars within the church premises. The parishioners, on the other hand, are beginning to appreciate and own this beautiful church built in their midst. Church attendance, although far from being satisfactory, is improving. The parish at present is striving to establish unity and cooperation among all the parishioners in different barangays through various activities in our parish. The Parish Pastoral Council is instrumental in achieving this purpose.