In the Archdiocese of Manila the putting up of an Adoration Chapel has become popular in the 1990s. The chapel has an exclusive place either within the church itself or outside where the Blessed Sacrament is reverently and safely deposited in a tabernacle.
The idea came to the knowledge of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal National Shrine Parish (OLMMNSP) whose president at the time was Bro. Willy Salvador. The process commenced: series of consultations among the parishioners, the solicitation of the permit both from the Vicar Forane of the Vicariate of Muntinlupa and the Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Mission. After acquiring the go signal from the authorities, the design and budget of the project was the main agenda in the series of meetings of the PPC.
The design underwent so many modifications until finally it was decided that in order to match and harmonize with the figure of the church which is like an inverted cone and the triangular roof of the rectory, the Adoration Chapel will have a pyramidal shape. The shape of a pyramid was significant: it was a belief that inside the pyramid physical energy is being emitted while the Blessed Sacrament emits spiritual energy. Imagine the dual favors that an adorer would benefit from the chapel. More or less this was one of the explanations given why the Adoration Chapel has the shape of a pyramid. Architect Boy Battu, a parishioner, executed the plan.
The ground breaking was held in the early part of 1994. And the construction was completed at the last part of the same year. It was Fr. Serafin Peralta, C.M., the Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Mission at the time, who did the honors of doing the groundbreaking and later on the blessing. The parishioners made sure that the chapel would have adorers from the time it opens in the early morning until the time it closes in the evening. They made a schedule and solicited parishioners and members of the different organizations for a commitment to stay for an hour of vigil as agreed upon when the idea of the Adoration Chapel was being conceived. For two decades now, the parishioners of the OLMMNSP are being blessed and energized with the ‘real presence’ of God in this Adoration Chapel.
by: Fr. Danilo R. Carolino, CM
Parish Priest, 1990-1995
To easily locate the St. Catherine Laboure Adoration Chapel, see No. 12 in the OLMMNSP Aerial Directory. Thanks.