SAINT ISIDORE PARISH
GUTALAC, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE
REV. FR. RAULE L. CADUNGOG
A young church has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, it has no past organization and orientation to reckon with. New thrust can easily be introduced. But, on the other hand, it has to start from nothing. Motivating the people, changing their values, and building basic ecclesial structures can be a head ache, leading to frustration.
This describes aptly the Parish of San Isidro Labrador in Gutalac. Made a parish in 1984 with Fr. Bonifacio Soria its first parish priest, it had to be administered again by St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Labason two years later. With the sudden departure of Fr. Soria, his initial efforts and successes ended in vain.
In 1988, Fr. Renato Paluca came and conquered the hearts of the people. Giving importance to the poor, he inspires and oversees them in forming themselves into basic ecclesial communities. Cooperatives are being set-up in various chapels. The youth is also afforded proper value and role. But action without prayer is nil. So prayer meetings, besides the traditional devotions, are held. From the pastor to his flock, the church in Gutalac is truly becoming alive and real as what it perceives to be its mission: ‘pasgsangyaw sa maayong balita sa mga kabus!” This same charisma is followed and put forward by the succeeding pastors, Fr. Joveniano Buctuan, Fr. Rev. Fr. Esquirion A. Santisas, Fr. Sandy Mallorca and Fr. Severo Caermare.
To date, Fr. Wayne Ycalina, Jr. administers the Parish of San Isidro Labrador.