Sunday, January 3, 2010


Prepared by: Carlos Antonio Palad
Member, Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph-Philippines

(Note: private Masses that are completely closed to the public are not listed)

Every-Sunday Masses are marked in red


Greater Manila Area (Ecclesiastical Province of Manila )

Archdiocese of Manila (see also Military Diocese)

Marian Library and Information Center
1170 R. Hidalgo Street
Quiapo, Manila
Tel. Nos: 632+704-9712
Archdiocese of Manila
Low Mass on First Fridays at 11 A.M.
Msgr. Melencio De Vera
(Call ahead to verify schedule)

Info [+]

NOTE: This chapel is very small, well hidden from public view and is accessible only through a private passageway. First-time visitors are advised to call the Center to verify the Mass schedule and to ask for directions. This chapel is almost in the shadow of the San Sebastian Basilica, a towering 19th century Gothic steel church in the heart of old Manila.

The small congregation here goes to the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy for Sunday Mass. This is not the same as the group that used to have an every-Sunday TLM in the Archdiocese of Manila in the years prior to Summorum Pontificum.

The Sunday TLM that was established (by yet another group of Catholic faithful) in July 2008 in the St. John Bosco Parish in the city of Makati was discontinued after a few Sundays due to the priest going to Europe for studies. Although the congregation tried to get their TLM back and was able to get another priest to agree to offer Mass, the "Manila Guidelines" on the TLM soon put an end to their plans.

Diocese of Cubao

1. Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy
Madasalin cor. Maamo St. , Sikatuna Village , Quezon City (northern Metro Manila)
Mass on Sundays (Missa Cantata): 2:00 P.M.
Daily Mass from Monday - Saturday (Low Mass): 8:30 A.M.
Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo

Info [+]

(The Traditionalist community in this parish is the currently the largest Trad congregation in the Philippines under diocesan auspices, with Sunday Mass having about 150 congregants. It is also the oldest, tracing its roots to as far back as 1986.)

2. St. Joseph Chapel
Loyola School of Theology
Ateneo De Manila Campus, Loyola Heights , Quezon City
Private Low Mass from Monday to Friday, at 5:30 or 6:00 A.M.
Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio S.J
The chapel is located within the Jesuit residence. Please call beforehand at 02-4266101 if you wish to attend.

3. Christ the King Parish
Greenmeadows Avenue , White Plains , Quezon City
Saturdays, 8:30 A.M.
Msgr. Cesar Salomon

4. Reyna ng Hardin (Queen of the Garden) Grotto
217 Scout Chuatoco St. cor. Scout Tobias
Roxas District, Quezon City
One weekday Low Mass per month
Those wishing to attend may contact Chito Licuanan at 09178327165.

Diocese of Novaliches
House of the Immaculate "Our Lady of the Seven Joys"
Ave Maria Road , Maligaya Park Subdivision, Lagro, Quezon City
TLM about five times a week (no fixed schedule)
Fr. John Anthony Maria Napulis FFI

Info [+]

This Mass is the “private” community Mass of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. Call ahead at 418-9504 if you wish to attend.
Fr. John Anthony Maria Napulis FFI

Diocese of Paranaque
1. Jaleville Chapel
Dolphin St. , Jaleville Subdivision
Quirino Avenue, San Dionisio, Paranaque City
One Sunday per month

Info [+]

Low Mass one Sunday per month (normally at the last Sunday of the month) at 9:00 AM beginning November 29, 2009. Call or text Miguel Madarang at 09162290128 for confirmation of details.
(The priest who will offer this Mass has asked for anonymity and has requested that no photographs be taken lest his superiors find out what he is doing and punish him for saying the TLM.)

2. Divine Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel
House of the Immaculate “Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament” (a convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, affiliated to the FFI)
19 Cebu St . , Alabang Hills Village , 1771 Muntinlupa City
4th Saturday, no fixed hour. Call 02-850-9293 to confirm schedule and attendance. This chapel is located within a private subdivision.
Fr. John Anthony Maria Napulis FFI
Info [+]

(The every-Sunday TLM of the Diocese of Paranaque in St. Jerome Emiliani and St. Susanna Parish Church in Alabang Town Center , Muntinlupa City , was arbitrarily suppressed after exactly one year of existence. At the time of its suppression the congregation numbered some 250-300 people every Sunday.)

Military Diocese (within the physical boundaries of the Archdiocese of Manila )

Crypt Chapel (Chapelle des Roses)
Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Villamor Air Base, Pasay City
Every Sunday, Missa Cantata, 9:30 A.M
Msgr. Cesar Salomon and, on occasion, Fr. John Anthony Maria Napulis FFI
Info [+]

(Although the shrine is under the Military Diocese, the shrine is located within the territory of the Archdiocese of Manila. This Mass is the ‘successor’ to the every-Sunday TLM of the Diocese of Paranaque, established on June 29, 2008 and suppressed on June 28, 2009.)

Diocese of San Pablo
1. St. John the Baptist Parish Church
Calamba, Laguna Province (south of Metro Manila)
Low Mass on three weekdays, no fixed schedule
Fr. John Paul Villanueva

Cordillera Region (Ecclesiastical Province of Nueva Segovia )

Diocese of Baguio
1. Chapel-Shrine of Our Lady of Atonement
(Located within the compound of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Atonement)
Every Sunday at 7:30 A.M and 3:30 A.M.
Fr. Andres Cosalan Jr.
(Fr. Cosalan is the Vicar General of the Diocese but does not use the title and privileges of a Monsignor)

2. Convent Chapel
Sta. Catalina Convent of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena
2 Marcos Highway , Baguio City
Every 1st Saturday, 6:30 AM

Bicol Region (Ecclesiastical Province of Nueva Caceres )

Diocese of Sorsogon

St. Jerome Aemiliani Chapel
Aemilianum College, Inc. (ACI)
Sorsogon City , Sorsogon Province
2nd Sunday: 9:00 AM
Fr. Abraham Arganiosa, CRS

Info [+]

(This used to be every-Sunday)


Ecclesiastical Province of Jaro

Archdiocese of Jaro

Chapel of St. Joseph Regional Seminary
Jaro City , Province of Iloilo
Missa Cantata on Sunday, First Friday and First Saturday: 4:00 PM
Msgr. Sozonte Cataluna
Info [+]

(There have been credible reports that this Mass is a "hybrid Mass")

Ecclesiastical Province of Cebu

Archdiocese of Cebu
1. Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno
(Monastery of the Society of the Angel of Peace),
Cansojong, Talisay City
Holy Mass on Sundays: 3:00 PM
Msgr. Cristobal Garcia

2. Order of Discalced Augustinians
Tabor Hill Talamban 6000, Cebu City
Monastery Chapel
Holy Mass on Sundays (Missa Cantata): 10:30 AM
Rev. Fr. Luigi Kerschbamer, OAD

3. Church of Mary Coredemptrix
San Jose, Talamban, Cebu
Low Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6:30 A.M.
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Diocese of Tagbilaran

1. St. Vincent Ferrer Parish
Calape, Bohol
Private Low Mass on many weekdays, no fixed schedule

2. One weekday TLM a month in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in La Paz , Cortes, Bohol
Info [+]

(There used to be a TLM every day, including Sundays, in the Assumption of Our Lady Church in Dauis, Bohol .)

Diocese of Bacolod

1. Chapel of the Sacred Heart
La Consolacion College – Bacolod
Bacolod City , 6100 Negros Occidental
Sunday Mass: 9:00 A.M.

2. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel
Victorias City , 6119 Negros Occidental
Sunday Mass: 4:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 4:30 PM
Daily Mass: 4:30 AM
Fr. Ebenezer Samonte

Info [+]

(This chapel is located on private property but is recognized by the diocese. Victorias City is a small town in the northernmost part of Negros Occidental province.)


Diocese of Malaybalay

Marian House "Our Lady of the Rosary" House of Contemplation
Sitio Gaboc, Lingi-on, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon
Sundays at 3:00 P.M.
Daily at 6:30 A.M.
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate
Info [+]

(The Sunday TLM in the Archdiocese of Davao recently "folded up" due to the lack of attendees. The Archbishop was also extremely hostile.)

Other Matters:

More Info on TLM Celebrations in the Philippines [−]

Prior to Summorum Pontificum, five Philippine dioceses either had verbal permission for the TLM from the bishop, or a written indult: the Archdiocese of Jaro, and the dioceses of Cubao, Bacolod , Imus and Tagbilaran (in Tagbilaran, though, the “permission” was only for private Masses). Jaro, Cubao and Bacolod each had one regularly-scheduled and publicly-available every-Sunday TLM. The “indult Mass” in Imus was initially held in a parish church but ended up being held in private homes, while the priest who was given the indult in Tagbilaran was not allowed to offer the TLM for a congregation. In addition, there was a sizeable congregation originally from Imus that attended a “forbidden” TLM in the Archdiocese of Manila which was celebrated by a Korean priest who, nevertheless, remained a priest in good standing. This particular TLM ended when the Korean priest went back to his homeland for good, while the Imus TLM eventually fizzled out and has now ceased. There were also “independent” groups in the Dioceses of Antipolo (in Marikina ), San Pablo in Laguna, and the Archdioceses of Cagayan De Oro and Davao . Private Masses were reported in the Archdioceses of Manila (in Makati ) and Cebu and the Dioceses of San Pablo and San Jose in Nueva Ecija.

After Summorum Pontificum, seven dioceses gained at least one every-Sunday TLM’s accessible to the public between September 2007 and June 2008: the Archdioceses of Manila (in the city of Makati ), Cebu and Davao , and the dioceses of Sorsogon, Tagbilaran, Malolos and Paranaque . All these have since then lost their every-Sunday TLM’s with the exception of Cebu . The Diocese of Baguio gained two every-Sunday Traditional Latin Masses in April of 2009, both celebrated in a small Chapel-Shrine within the grounds (but not part of) the Cathedral. The Diocese of Malaybalay, Bukidnon recently gained an every-Sunday TLM thanks to the FFI. Private Masses continue to be reported in the Dioceses of San Pablo and of San Jose in Nueva Ecija.

All in all, on the eve of Summorum Pontificum, the Philippines had three locations in as many dioceses (down from 4 in as many dioceses in c. 2004) where a regular every-Sunday TLM under diocesan auspices and available to the public was available. By June 2008 this had climbed up to 11 (or 12) locations in 10 dioceses and archdioceses. Most of these Masses were listed on Rorate Caeli. As of November 15, 2009 the count has gone down to 9 locations in 7 dioceses. (A list of the TLM's under diocesan auspices in the Philippines as of the year 2000 can be found here.)

The situation in the Archdiocese of Jaro has deteriorated compared to the pre-2007 situation. Prior to 2007 the Jaro community was the largest Traditionalist group in the Philippines in full communion with Rome , and had its Sunday Mass in the Jaro Cathedral as well as some weekday Masses in various chapels in and around the Archdiocese. Today, the congregation is down to about 50 people, and the Traditional Latin Mass is now said in one place: in the chapel of the regional seminary, which is quite far away from most of the people who used to attend the TLM in the Cathedral of Jaro.

The situation in the Dioceses of Cubao, Bacolod and Tagbilaran has improved, though, as a perusal of the current directory of TLM’s in comparison with previous lists can easily demonstrate. Cubao is the refuge of the TLM in the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila, while Bacolod – along with the Archdiocese of Cebu – are the leading providers of the TLM in the Philippines . The Traditionalist community in Bacolod owes its existence to the benevolence of its former bishop, Camilo Gregorio (now Prelate of Batanes), who is reputed to have verbally declared that any priest can offer the TLM in his diocese without need for an indult, and whose support for the TLM has never wavered to the present day. There was no indult in Cebu prior to Summorum Pontificum but the Archbishop of Cebu, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, has been very supportive of its implementation in contrast to his fellow Cardinal, Gaudencio Rosales of Manila .

The TLM in the Diocese of Paranaque – at the Parish of St. Jerome Emiliani and St. Susanna in Alabang – was attracting about 250-300 congregants every Sunday (making it the largest TLM congregation in the Philippines) when it was suppressed on the eve of its first anniversary on June 28, 2009. Some members of the congregation then found liturgical refuge in the TLM’s in Cubao and the Military Ordinariate. Others either went once more to the Novus Ordo in the parish (as they used to do) or began going (or returned) to the Masses in the SSPX priory church in Cubao.

There are no reports about the state of the tiny “independent” groups in the Dioceses of Antipolo and of San Pablo that were known to have existed prior to Summorum Pontificum. The small, interconnected groups in the Archdioceses of Davao and Cagayan De Oro continue to lead a secretive existence and are resistant to attempts to communicate with them. The group in Manila that used to have its own “forbidden” every-Sunday TLM prior to Summorum Pontificum, has largely been absorbed into the TLM communities of the Diocese of Cubao and the Military Ordinariate.

The TLM in the Diocese of Malolos was buried along with its celebrant, the late Msgr. Moises Andrade – the sad story of how the TLM in his diocese was abruptly suppressed upon his premature and unexpected death, and how he himself was denied a Traditional Requiem Mass, was recounted on Rorate Caeli.

The short-lived TLM in Manila (in the city of Makati ), which had a sizeable congregation, stopped in August 2008 after the priest who was offering it went to Europe for studies.

The schedule of the TLM in Tagbilaran has now been reduced to some weekdays, and not on Sundays.

The TLM in Davao folded up due to the small attendance; the every-Sunday TLM in Sorsogon was reduced to once a month due to the difficulties that most of the congregation had in going to Mass there on a weekly basis.

However, while the number of every-Sunday TLM’s have been reduced, the number of weekday TLM’s (often on a variable schedule) has increased. The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate – whose Philippine contingent is the second largest, after the Italian – are also gradually shifting to the Traditional Latin Mass, although this has not occurred in the Philippines with the same speed and publicity as in Italy.

Pontifical Masses since September 2007 [−]

On September 11, 2007, the Archbishop of Jaro, Angel Lagdameo offered a Pontifical Low Mass in the Convent Chapel of the Carmel of Lipa, in thanksgiving for the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. Since January 2008, Bishop Camilo Gregorio (now the Prelate of Batanes) has publicly offered Pontifical Mass (either Low or Cantata, and one Solemn Pontifical Mass on Sept. 14, 2008) on seven occasions, four of these in the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in the Diocese of Cubao. The now-retired Bishop Angel Hobayan has publicly offered Low Mass thrice and the retired Bishop of Ipil, Federico Escaler SJ once.

Non-Catholic TLM’s [−]

In addition to the TLM’s under diocesan auspices and the SSPX, some non-Catholic groups also pretend to offer the TLM. There have been reports of pseudo-Orthodox groups (none of which have anything approaching valid Orders) offering the Traditional Latin Mass. The controversial “Lay Monastic Community of Caryana” led by suspended priest Fr. Odon de Castro also has Latin Novus Ordo and Traditional Latin Masses: its schola is reputed to be the best in the Philippines . However, this community engages in suspect cult-like practices (such as entire families living as monastics, and children being accepted as monks), and Fr. de Castro has been credibly accused of teaching extreme heresies (e.g. the Son is the Intellect and the Holy Spirit is the Free Will of the Father, great sanctity is the minimum that is necessary for salvation, the Catholic Church has lost the faith, etc) and superstitions (e.g. to pray at midnight is a “shortcut to grace”).

The Philippines has a history of “churches” that preach Unitarianism and other extreme forms of heterodoxy while continuing to use the traditional ceremonies and trappings of Catholicism (e.g. early Aglipayanism, and the “Rizalista” movement) so the existence of this group is not out of the ordinary.

Some Filipino groups that preach the divinity of Mary (a heretical belief that is alive and well in the Philippines ) also promote the Traditional Latin Mass. The sedevacantist movement in the island of Cebu – the only organized sedevacantist group in the Philippines – publicly promotes belief in the Divinity of Mary.

It is necessary for the legitimate, truly Catholic Traditional Latin Mass movement in the Philippines to more actively and fiercely denounce these heretical movements.


Unknown said...

Pls be informed that starting with the 2. Sunday of Lent, with the Gospel of the Transfiguration the schedule of the TLM at OAD Tabor Hill, Talamban, Cebu City, has been moved from 10:30 am to 8:30 am, in the renovated Tabor Hill chapel of Relics.

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Ronalskii Endoma said...

Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated every Sunday at the Our Lady of Sacred Heart Parish Church adoration chapel in Escario St. Cebu City every 4 o'clock in the afternoon organized by the Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society. For more details, please follow our FB page.