Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., to celebrate traditional latin low mass on the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Divine Mercy Church at Sikatuna, Quezon City

My friends and I attended the traditional latin high mass yesterday at the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy at Sikatuna, Quezon City.  The officiating priest was Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo.  In his homily, Fr. Zerrudo announced that this Friday, 31 July 2009, the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, he invited a Jesuit to celebrate a Traditional Latin low mass at 8 a.m.  The Jesuit’s name is Fr. Timoteo (Tim) Ofrasio, S.J.

Fr. Zerrudo said that Fr. Tim was a professor in theology and an expert in liturgy after Vatican II.  Fr. Tim is also composer.  Fr. Zerrudo sang a few lines (I forgot the lines) and he said that was the song Fr. Tim composed. (The other songs I found from OPM were “Paghahandog sa sarili” and “Panalangin sa Pagiging Bukas Palad”).  Fr. Zerrudo said that the interest of Fr. Tim on the Traditional Mass is itself a story of grace.

I do not know Fr. Tim personally, nor I have ever seen his face.  But I shall definitely be there at Sikatuna this Friday to see a rare and beautiful sight: a Jesuit celebrating the traditional latin mass on the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  This is the mass St. Ignatius and his companions knew and defended with their lives from the attacks of the Protestant reformers who denied the sacrificial nature of the mass and the reality of the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, as taught by the Council of Trent (hence the name Tridentine Mass).  This is the mass that Magellan heard when he set foot at Limasawa, at the start of the colonization of the archipelago and the conversion of our forefathers to the Catholic Faith.  This is the mass the Jesuits celebrated 150 years ago when they set foot again in the Philippines after their suppression and founded Ateneo Municipal de Manila, which later became the Ateneo de Manila University.  This is the mass Jose Rizal heard in his youth in Ateneo and in his cell in Dapitan and in Fort Santiago.  So what could be more apt way to celebrate the Ateneo de Manila University’s sesquicentennial than for a Jesuit to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass in the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola?

Here is Fr. Tim Ofrasio’s address:

Fr. Timoteo JM. Ofrasio, S.J.

Email Address: tmofrasio@yahoo.com

Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments at Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

7 Responses to Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio, S.J., to celebrate traditional latin low mass on the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Divine Mercy Church at Sikatuna, Quezon City

  1. Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. says:

    Correction on Fr. Tim Ofrasio’s e-mail address: tmofrasio@yahoo.com (no longer at timofr@jesuits.net). Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments at Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

  2. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Thank you, Father Tim. I shall update your contact information in my post.

  3. chiness says:

    As far as I can remember, Fr. Tim Ofrasio celebrates a daily Traditional Latin Mass in ADMU. We attempted to attend one on the 02 July Feast of the Visitation but were unfortunate because nobody was there to meet us and conduct us to the location of the Mass. Haven’t met him yet but the organist in the PLDM TLM has been to one of his Masses.

  4. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Thanks for the info, Chiness. I’ll ask Fr. Tim this Friday where in ADMU he celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass..

  5. MCH says:

    AFAIK, he celebrates the TLM at the Loyola House very early in the morning. I’d love to attend his masses one of these days.

  6. Carlos Palad says:

    “I’ll ask Fr. Tim this Friday where in ADMU he celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass…”

    St. Joseph chapel, Loyola School of Theology, 5:30 A.M., Monday to Friday.

    This chapel is within the “cloister” of the Jesuit community so it wouldn’t be nice to barge in unnanounced with a large crowd. Just get in touch with Fr. Tim and ask him beforehand for access to his Mass.

    By the way, I’ll be serving on Friday. I’ll be the huge guy in a surplice. See you there.

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