St. Padre Pio’s heart is in the Philippines

MANILA—The heart of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, also known as Padre Pio, arrived on the Philippine soil last October 5, 2018. Pilgrims and devotees from different parts of the country flocked at the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas to have a glimpse and whisper their prayers on the uncorrupted heart of the saint.

More Filipinos will be given a chance to see Padre Pio’s heart as it will be brought to other Metropolitan Cathedrals in the Philippines in the next few days. From October 6-7, 2018, the relic is scheduled to be venerated at St. Padre Pio National Shrine in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It will be brought to Manila where the faithful may venerate it from October 7-10; then to Cebu on October 11-13; then the next leg of the visit will be in Davao from October 14-16; and it will be brought to Lipa on October 17; and back to the National Shrine on October 18-26 before it will be brought to Ninoy Aquino International Airport on October 26, 2018 for its departure from the Philippines.

2018: Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons

As the Catholic Church in the Philippines celebrates the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines chose St. Padre Pio as the model for priests and religious. Padre Pio professed his vows as a Capuchin Friar and he was also an ordained priest.

Clergy, religious men and women, and the lay faithful attended a conference on St. Padre Pio at the Parish of the Most Holy Rosary in Manila.

During the visit of the heart of St. Padre Pio in Manila, a conference for the priests and religious was held at the University of Sto. Tomas. The clergy from different dioceses in Manila and other Provinces and the religious brothers and sisters from different religious congregations gathered together at the Parish of the Most Holy Rosary located within UST campus.

Rev. Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, gave a talk on the Person, Priesthood, and Spirituality of St. Padre Pio. He told the clergy and religious present that St. Padre Pio is a saint of the modern times. And yet his love for the Holy Eucharist, his enthusiasm in the celebration of the Sacraments, and his ardent love for his flock made him a servant of God.

Rev. Fr. Joselin Gonda, Rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas shares the life and spirituality of Padre Pio. On his right is the heart of the St. Padre Pio enclosed in a glass container.

After the conference, the Penitential Liturgy and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation followed. Rev. Fr. Genaro Diwa, Chairman of the Commission on Liturgy of the Archdiocese of Manila, presided the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hour. Priests were also available to hear confessions.

The clergy and religious present were blessed to be given a change to hold and kiss the heart of St. Padre Pio during the veneration of the heart that followed after the Holy Hour. Three Augustinian Recollect friars were able to touch, kiss, and venerate the relic, namely, Fray Jonathan Caballero, Fray Keneth Pahamutang, and Fray Robin Ross Plata. In the afternoon, the heart of St. Padre Pio was brought to UST grounds for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Bishop Pablo David, DD, of the Diocese of Caloocan, and for public veneration that lasted until the next day before it was brought to Manila Cathedral.

Fray Jonathan Caballero, OAR (above) and Fray Keneth Pahamutang, OAR (below) were able to hold and kiss the heart of St. Padre Pio.
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Fray Robin Ross Plata, OAR

Fray Robin Ross Plata, OAR

A solemnly professed friar of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

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    October 1, 2018

    Note to all Local Priors [for the Book of Masses]:

    After the feast of the Archangels (Sept. 29), “a Mass is to be offered for the living relatives, friends, and benefactors of the Order” (cf. Add. Code 70d)

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    October 2, 2018

    CEAP NATIONAL CONVENTION
    Inclusive Dates: October 2-5, 2018 / SMX Manila
    Theme: “Sanctificatio: From Brokeness to Blessedness”

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leonardo Pauligue
    Sr. Leah Lachica, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2004-2018)
    Fray Leo Alaras

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    October 3, 2018

    START OF THE NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF THE ABANDONED (Valencia) / OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR (Baguio)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Teresita Baco, AR
    Sr. Elyn Joy Olmedo, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1987-2018)
    Fray Bernard Amparado
    Fray Cristituto Palomar
    Fray Joseph Granada
    Fray Jorge Peligro

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ramona Plaza, AR

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    October 4, 2018

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    15TH ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS
    Inclusive dates: October 3-28, 2018 / Rome

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Manuela Mandia, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Celestino Cachapero, OAR (2003-2018)

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    October 5, 2018

    WORLD TEACHER’S DAY
    RP: Culmination of the National Teachers’ Month (Sept. 5 – Oct. 5)
    Theme: “Gurong Pilipino: Turo Mo, Kinabukasan Ko”

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Miguela Obera, AR

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    October 6, 2018

    50th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF SARF-CAVITE
    Thanksgiving Mass: 7AM / Main Celebrant: Father Provincial

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Primitiva Berdejo, AR
    Sr. Noemi Mapa, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR

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    October 7, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Juliet Natinga, AR
    Fray Ralp Andrew Cepe, Jr.

    60th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY OF VICTORY PARISH (Kaohsiung Taiwan)
    Schedule: 1330 – Procession
    1500 – Holy Mass / Main Celebrant: Archbp. Peter Liu

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2006-2018)
    Fray Henry Santiago
    Fray Anthony Irineo
    Fray Russell Lapidez
    Fray Virgilio Paredes

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Margarita Miranda de Santa Monica, AR

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    October 8, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Niel Ryan Jarumay
    Ms. Nestoria “Inday” Bad-an (Sister General of the Order)

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    October 9, 2018

    1ST FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMUNITY OF RECOLETOS DE PANGASINAN (Urbiztondo)

    BLD. ANTHONY PATRIZI, Priest

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    October 10, 2018

    WORLD FOOD DAY

    ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA, Bishop and Patron of Studies

    START OF THE PROVINCIAL CHAPTER OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA
    Venue: Monachil, Granada, Spain

    CLOSING OF THE DEATH CENTENARY OF BLD. MARY CATHERINE IRIGOYEN ECHEGARAY (SIERVAS DE MARIA)

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Raul Dael, DD [Bishop of Tandag]
    Sr. Ofelia Laspobres, AR

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    October 11, 2018

    ST. POPE JOHN XIII

    BLD. ELIAS DEL SOCORRO NIEVES, Priest and Martyr

    9th PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Samuel Eyas

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    October 12, 2018

    BLD. MARIA THERESA FASCE, Virgin

    SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

    TOMA DE HÁBITO
    Time: 9:00 A.M. / CARES, Baguio City
    Presider & Homilist: Fray Ian Anthony Espartero, OAR

    PATRONAL FIESTA: PARISH OF OUR LADY OF THE ABANDONED
    Valencia, Negros Oriental
    Fiesta Mass: 10:00 AM/ Presider: Msgr. Glenn Corsiga

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Shirley Nonato, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)
    Sr. Marilyn Gustilo, AR
    Sr. Bernarditha Barnido, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Dionisia Mitas de Santa Maria Talangpaz

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    October 13, 2018

    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED BENEFACTORS OF OAR

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    October 14, 2018

    BLD. GONZALO OF LAGOS, Priest

    CANONIZATION OF BLESSED GIOVANNI BATTISTA MONTINI (POPE PAUL VI) AND BLESSED OSCAR ARNULFO ROMERO (ARCHBP. OF SAN SALVADOR)

    PARISH FIESTA OF STA. REMEDIOS PARISH
    (Tanapag Village, Saipan / Parish Priest: Fray Felipe Rollon)
    Presider & Homilist: Father Provincial

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Laura Cabanacan, AR
    Sr. Rhena Sherra Caranzo, AR

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    October 15, 2018

    ARSE – Batch 2 / Talavera, Cebu City
    Inclusive dates: October 15-19, 2018
    Facilitator: Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena, OAR

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Renz Calex Soriano (simple prof.)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2005-2018)
    Fray Vincent Cadeliña

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Monica de Espiritu Santo

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    October 16, 2018

    WORLD FOOD DAY 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Pia Pineda, AR
    Sr. Ma. Linda Peña, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1988-2018)
    Fray Manuel Lipardo
    Fray Domingo Saladaga
    Fray William Emilito Villaflor

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Margarita de Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR

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    October 17, 2018

    20th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF SARF-ANTIPOLO

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, D.D. [Bishop of Cubao]
    Sr. Ma. Cirila Uy, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Visitacion de San Miguel, AR
    Sr. Gabriela Garcines, AR
    Sr. Jacinta Mandia Robin, AR

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    October 18, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Arnel Diaz

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    October 19, 2018

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF SARF – SPAIN
    Inclusive dates: October 19-21, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Arlyn Sarmiento, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Virginia Acha, AR

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    October 20, 2018

    ST. MAGDALENE OF NAGASAKI, Patroness of the Secular Augustinian Recollects

    SARF-LUZON REGIONAL GATHERING
    Host: San Sebastian Parish, Manila Chapter

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jose Fortunato Garces
    Fray Abraham Latoza
    Fray Ken Oliver Lao

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    October 21, 2018

    WORLD MISSION SUNDAY 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ursulina Balading, AR
    Sr. Ma. Lutgarda Cañete, AR

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    WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

    ST. POPE JOHN PAUL II

    35th Founding Anniversary of the Vatican Television Center (1983)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Edgar Tubio
    Sr. Teresita Diana, AR

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    October 23, 2018

    ST. WILLIAM THE HERMIT & BLD. JOHN THE GOOD, Religious

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Hernando Coja
    Sr. Herminia Catindig, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1967-2018)
    Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena

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    October 25, 2018

    ST. JOHN STONE, Priest & Martyr

    39th NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LOCAL HISTORY AND NATIONAL HISTORY OF THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY (PNHS)
    Theme: “History and the Eastern Visayas: Local History in the Context of National History”
    Venue: SSU Convention Center, Samar State University, Catbalogan City, Samar
    Inclusive dates: October 25-27, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Veronica Purto, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1995-2018)
    Fray Joel Dequilla

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1983-2018)
    Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD (Diocese of San Pablo)

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    October 26, 2018

    HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE OF “THE VOYAGERS” ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR 25TH ANNIVERSARY AS RELIGIOUS
    Inclusive Dates: October 26 – November 8, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Dionisio Selma
    Fray Renie Villalino
    Sr. Rosalie Ubo, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Leonora Mercado, AR

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    October 27, 2018

    SARF-VISAYAS REGIONAL GATHERING
    Inclusive Dates: October 27-28, 2018
    Host: OLCP-R Laray Chapter

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Antonio Limchaypo

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Presentacion de San Jose, AR
    Sr. Martina Labao, AR

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    October 28, 2018

    31st PRISON AWARENESS SUNDAY

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR MISSION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Jeana Abejuela, AR

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    October 29, 2018

    GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING
    Inclusive dates: October 29-31, 2018 / Rome

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    October 30, 2018

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF MOST. REV. NATALE PANGALLO, SX, Bishop of Makeni, Sierra Leone

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cristituto Palomar
    Fray Dominador Mercado Jr.
    Sr. Lolie Decir, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1999-2018)
    Fray Joel Alve

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    October 31, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nemesio Tolentin

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Albina de la Virgen de Soledad, AR

   

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