Our Lady of Pacita

The beautiful patroness who won the hearts of every Pacitan, is the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. The image of the Lady, which was enhanced through the efforts of Rev. Msgr. Ramoncito Carillo, was perpetually enshrined originally at the side veneration area and was re-enthroned at the center of the church’s magnificent retablo.

On one of the meetings of the first Pastoral Council of the Laity headed by Bro. Pedro Guillen, one of the agenda was to choose a patron saint for the growing parish. And since a plan has been drafted already for the construction of the church, it is a much necessity. Many saints were mentioned and debated, until two remained as “contending” for the title of “Patron ng Pacita”, one of which is the Lady of Rosary. Much discerning was needed before making the choice, and literally the members of the executive board did ask for a sign from God.

 

Then as if by Divine Providence, a certain Sis. Sanchez (no data was recorded if she was also the same Sis. Rosita Sanchez, a member of the executive board) approached and requested that the Lady of the Rosary be made the Patroness of Pacita, and she was willing to donate an image for the parish. Considered by the board that this was the sign they have asked from God, it has been accepted and declared that the Lady of the Rosary be made the Patroness of the new parish.

The Image of the Lady of the Rosary was blessed together with the Dedication and Consecration Rites of the newly-built Sto. Rosario Parish Church on December 6, 1986 by His Excellency Msgr. Bruno Torpigliani, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, together with Bishop Pedro Bantigue of the Diocese of San Pablo and Auxiliary Bishop Gabriel Reyes of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Through the years, Pacitans together with their parish priests thanked and honored their patroness. This is especially evident during the vibrant and much prepared yearly fiesta celebration in her honor, which by the decree of the Diocese of San Pablo, was placed at the third Sunday of October - the month of the Rosary. The festivity is traditionally highlighted by a procession held in the afternoon of her feast day.

 

 

 

 

The History of Sto Rosario Parish Church

From a little distance, the church of Sto. Rosario is a beautiful work of art. But more than beauty, it is a masterpiece of people who carved it out from the barren ground from where it slowly took shape and rose quietly like an exquisite flower now in bloom.

There was no church - not even a small chapel - to speak of in Pacita Complex before the onset of the 80's. In fact, early residents who have just began trooping to the new housing complex the last three years, attend Sunday masses either in San Pedro or in Binan.

But on November 15, 1980, death anniversary of the late father of Virginia Calingao, a street mass was held for that solemn occasion. That inconspicuous event was to signal the holding of regular Sunday masses in an open space shaded only by a tent made out of parachute material.