Day 234/365: Miraculous Fr Pio Chapel in Libis QC

Day 234/365: Miraculous Fr Pio Chapel in Libis QC

August 23, 2011

I have asked for an answer to my prayers, and I found it. There are so many churches in the Philippines I already visited but this chapel truly makes so much difference in my life. The ambiance, the wall dedications, it’s overflowing energy from the people who built this and willingly shared it to the public is a true blessing. I am a witness of my life miracle after my novena with Fr Pio in Libis QC. And to this date, the place becomes a humble home for my spiritual renewal and surrender. I found the true meaning of peace and abundance! Thanks to Fr Pio!

Who is Fr Pio?

Francesco Forgione – or more widely known as St. Pio to the world – was born on May 25, 1887 in the province of Benevento in Pietrelcina, a farming town in the Southern Italian region of Campania, as the fourth of seven children to Grazio Mario Forgione (1860-1946) and Maria Guiseppa De Nunzio (1859-1929). He was baptized the day after he was born in the Sant’ Anna Church in Pietrelcina by Father Nicolantonio Orlando, and was named Francesco because of his mother’s devotion to St. Francis of Assisi. He was privately tutored until his entry into the Capuchin Friars Minor at the age of 15. With feeble health but a strong will to serve God, he completed the required studies and was ordained a priest in 1910.

On September 20, 1918, the five wounds of our Lord’s Passion appeared on his body, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Church. Crowds began to pour into the Capuchin monastery to hear Mass from St. Pio and for him to hear their confession. The Supreme Congregation of the Holy Office imposed restrictions on St. Pio and ordered his removal from the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo. However, the order was suspended when it provoked great reaction among the citizens of the town, who rose up to prevent St. Pio from being taken from them. St. Pio, on the other hand, continued his life of prayer and intense fulfillment of his apostolic ministry, through confession and perfect obedience to his superiors and the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Worn out by over half a century of intense suffering and constant apostolic activity, his health grew worse.

On September 23, 1968 shortly after making the sacrament of confession, renewing of religious vows and receiving the sacrament of extreme unction to Padre Pellegrino, St. Pio died in holiness with the names of “Jesus, Mary” on his lips.

The Diocesan process for St. Pio’s canonization began on March 20, 1983 and was closed on January 21, 1990. Padre Pio was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 2, 1999, after the miraculous healing of Mrs. Consiglia De Martino of Salerno, Italy, the needed miracle for the beatification, was approved by the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. On December 18, 2000, the miraculous healing of 7-year old Matteo Collela of San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, the needed miracle for canonization, was approved by the Congregation for the Cause of Saints.

Blessed Padre Pio was declared a saint by Pope John Paul II on June 16, 2002.

Prayer to St Pio:

Most blessed and beloved Saint Pio, you were chosen to glorify the crucified Jesus Christ through the visible wounds of the Cross that you bore for 50 years. And like our Lord Jesus, you demonstrated your great love by sharing the many gifts bestowed upon you – especially the gift of intercession.

Because of your great friendship with the Lord, He responds to your requests and blesses those who you bless. I now add my prayer to the many prayers offered to you every day by those who seek your help to obtain healings and consolations, earthly and spiritual blessings, and peace for body, mind and soul.

In your loving kindness, please bless my loved ones and me, and intercede for these special requests… (Mention your intentions)

In your great love, Saint Pio, please continue to pray with us and for us. Amen.

About the St Pio Chapel in Libis, QC Philippines:

The St. Pio Chapel started off as a small room in one of the office buildings that housed a golf pro shop. With the continuous promotion of devotion to St. Pio, more and more people visited the make-shift chapel, and we had to move it to a larger place. From having a chapel in a small office space with an office desk for an altar, the chapel is now large enough to fit around 500 church-goers at one time.

The chapel’s façade was inspired by the structure of the Church of Our Lady of Grace in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. Its design represents the desire to bring St. Pio closer to the hearts, minds and souls of his spiritual children, by providing them with a roof that bears a resemblance to the church wherein St. Pio once celebrated mass, heard confessions and blessed the people.

An Italian Capuchin priest once visited the chapel and exclaimed, “Huh? I’m back in San Giovanni Rotondo!” the moment he saw the St. Pio Chapel. This is the kind of remark we are expecting from one who visits the chapel for the first time — that he would feel as if he were in Our Lady of Grace, the church where St. Pio stayed at in Italy.

During the construction, there have been numerous renovations before we were able to create the appearance of the original church, because the only basis we had were pictures taken from magazines or given by pilgrims. Creating the perfect ambiance was a priority because we were ever mindful of St. Pio’s reminder to “not embarrass him in any way.” Being a devotee of St. Pio comes with the responsibility to never put him in a bad light — and this became one of our inspirations while building the St. Pio Chapel.

The chapel is constantly undergoing improvements and the interior of the chapel as you currently see it is a dynamic picture of what is best at the moment or at present. In fact, a few devotees who regularly visit the chapel often comment that the chapel is never the same whenever they return. The changes don’t apply only to the interior structure, but even to the little details such as the altar vessels and linens, the candle stands, the arrangement of the pictures on the walls, and even the priests’ vestment — just to name a few. The renovations in the St. Pio chapel will never end for as long as there are still ways to make it more beautiful than it already is.

Fr Pio Libis

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The Chapel Rooms:

The Calandra Room is named after the late Mrs. Vera Calandra who helped establish The Centre and its prayer group. The room is the small area enclosed with sliding glass doors, located at the end of the left annex of the chapel (facing the altar). This room was constructed especially for families with small children and babies, and is made to be almost soundproof to avoid distraction of the church-goers who seek silence and solemnity in the chapel. The built-in speakers in the Calandra room allows adults seated in the area to still hear the homily of the priest, and the sliding glass doors permit them to receive Holy Communion in the main chapel.

The Bishop Jesus Sison Memorial Hall can be accessed by taking the stairs located within the Calandra Room. This room serves as the audio-visual area wherein presentation and videos regarding St. Pio are regularly shown. This hall is named after the man who introduced the Capuchins to the Philippine Centre and donated the first relic glove of St. Pio.

The Rev. Fr. Alessio Parente Patio is the outdoor area behind the chapel, which houses the statue of St. Pio, as well as the candle-lighting stands wherein you can offer your prayers to St. Pio. The life-size Statue of St. Pio was replicated from a photo taken soon after he received the visible stigmata, and the wounds on both hands are emphasized in its intricate design. Also erected here is the statue of the crucified scourged Jesus Christ.

The gift shop provides devotees a variety of St. Pio items such as novenas, rosaries, medallions, statues, reading materials, and other religious items sold at reasonable prices. The novenas available are translated into Filipino and the different local dialects, as well as Mandarin and Spanish.

The Garden Angel Aviary is a small outdoor area located right outside the right annex of the main chapel (right side if facing the altar), and houses a collection of Guardian Angel figurines and live birds.

Day 235/365: Miraculous Fr Pio Chapel in Libis

Schedule of Masses:

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel
(of the Philippine Centre for St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Inc.)
RER Compound, 188 E. Rodriguez, Jr. Avenue (C-5), Bagumbayan,
Quezon City, Metro Manila 1110 Philippines

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
5:00 pmRosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pmHoly Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Wednesday
4:45 pmRosary and Novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Pio.
5:30 pmHoly Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Saturday
(Anticipated Sunday Mass)
5:00 pmRosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pmHoly Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Sunday
10:00 amHoly Mass
12:15 pmHoly Mass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic
5:00 pm HolyMass
7:00 pmMass followed by the veneration of the St. Pio relic

Every 23rd of the month
5:00pmRosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pmSpecial Mass for the St. Pio prayer group of San Roque Parish of Bagumbayan QC,
veneration of the St. Pio Relic Habit and prayer meeting

* The St. Pio Chapel is open daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Telephone Numbers
+63.2.6343668
+63.2.6343669 (telefax)