A new place of worship in Quezon City that has an increasing community of Catholic faithful – this is the Chapel of St. Padre Pio or St. Pio Chapel.

Located along E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (C5) in Bagumbayan just beside Eastwood City, the chapel dedicated to the Capuchin monk Saint Pio of Pietrelcina or Padre Pio to devotees, is already recognize as one of the sites that pilgrims go to specially on Good Friday.

Why?

Well I visited St. Pio Chapel last Good Friday to see how Catholic pilgrims go about with their prayerful journey in commemoration of the life and passion of Christ.

Easily noticeable is the tall church shaped arch that carries the banner of St. Pio Chapel when you reach Bagumbayan. When you’re commuting coming from the north or Cubao, you may alight at the Eastwood Citibank overpass (foot bridge) and then go to the other side. Any public utility vehicles that will pass Eastwood will take you straight to the chapel.

A view from the Citibank Foot Bridge

There’s also a Jollibee Restaurant beside the chapel area. There’s always a Jollibee beside everything here in the Philippines. 🙂

On a Good Friday and right after 3 in the afternoon, you’ll see two lines of pilgrims forming at the gates of the compound of the chapel. One line leads to the chapel for the veneration of the Sto. Entiero and another line that leads to the Way of the Cross.

Line Going To The Chapel for the Veneration
Line Going to the Way of the Cross

Now, many pilgrims go to St. Pio Chapel because of the Way of the Cross – a prayerful journey with Christ via the 14 stations of the cross or Via Crucis. But what makes the devotion at St. Pio different from the other pilgrimage site is that ALL those who will enter and pray will need to literally pick up their cross and carry it with them while they are inside.

There are two types of crosses, the lighter one are for the women and children while the heavier crosses are for the men.

Also, St. Pio Chapel is strict with clothing. Short shorts for women and shirts that are inappropriate are not allowed. But don’t worry because the chapel volunteers will provide you with shawls that you can use to cover the exposed parts of your body.

You will need to return the cross and the shawls when you exit.

Unfortunately, since it’s a Good Friday all the statues of saints are covered so you will not be able to see the life size statue of Padre Pio or any other saints.

The St. Pio 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.

Here’s a closer look at the image of the Our Lady of Grace on top of the Chapel’s facade.

The Facade by the way is not the main entrance to the chapel, here’s the main entrance:

Schedule Of Masses

ST. PIO OF PIETRELCINA CHAPEL

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
4:30 pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Holy Mass followed by anointing of holy oil & veneration of the St. Pio’s relics

Wednesday
4:15 pm Rosary and Novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Pio.
5:30 pm Holy Mass followed by anointing of holy oil & veneration of the St. Pio’s relics

Saturday
12:15 pm Holy Mass
4:30 pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Anticipated Holy Mass followed by anointing of holy oil

Sunday
8:00 am Holy Mass
10:00 am Holy Mass
12:15 pm Holy Mass followed anointing of holy oil
5:00 pm Holy Mass
7:00 pm Mass followed by followed anointing of holy oil

Every 23rd of the month
12:15 pm Holy Mass
4:30pm Rosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm Holy Mass

READ MORE: The National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas

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Good Friday at ST. PIO CHAPEL in Bagumbayan, Quezon City

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