The year 2013 is important for the Catholic faithful of Santolan and Dela Paz, Pasig City. Next year, the parish of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva will turn 60! As such, the parish is the 4th oldest parish in the Diocese of Pasig, following in the senior status of the churches of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pasig, Sta. Ana Shrine in Taguig City and San Roque Parish in Pateros.
To highlight this important event, this year 2012, the parish focuses on the faith formation of the people together with an intense emphasis on the life and message of the patron, Sto. Tomas de Villanueva. This saint, relatively unknown in the Manila area, was a great Augustinian bishop and man of charity. But in the urban metropolis, few know his life and legacy. Sto. Tomas Parish wants to draw people to appreciate their patron and so gain from his example of love for God and service to the poor.
A chapel of Pasig, Santolan was elevated to the status of a parish by the then Archbishop of Manila, Rufino Cardinal Santos. Then the parish became part of the Diocese of Antipolo. When the Diocese of Pasig was created, the parish again transferred to this new jurisdiction. This remarkable history makes the 60th anniversary even more important in the hearts of its parishioners.