Traditional Latin Mass in the Dominican Convent of Santa Catalina in Marcos Highway, Baguio City

Since the month of April 2009, the Traditional Latin Mass (popularly known as the Tridentine Mass) is being regularly celebrated at the Cathedral Chapel Oratory and Baptistery at the back of Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral in Baguio City. These Traditional Latin Masses have been pushed through by the initiative of Msgr. Andres M. Cosalan, Jr. in accordance to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of His Holiness Benedict XVI. The Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. in the same chapel by Msgr. Andres Cosalan himself.

With a steady growing number of regular attendees the Latin Masses have also reached the attention of many tourists coming to Baguio and are searching for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Adding to this, the Dominican Convent of Santa Catalina in Marcos Highway, Baguio City has opened its doors to monthly Tridentine Masses also celebrated by Fr. Cosalan (as he is still the only priest in the locality that celebrates in the Extraordinary Form). Masses at the said convent are on every First Saturday of the Month at exactly 6:30 a.m. You can reach it by taxi cab and is readily seen and accessible through the highway. We are looking forward and praying fervently for more parishes and convents in the Diocese of Baguio to have the Traditional Latin Mass and for more people and priests to get interested in it.

Also, the Diocese of Baguio through the writing of Msgr. Cosalan has released a pamphlet (being the very first informative pamphlet on the TLM published by a Philippine diocese, according to the Rorate Coeli Blog*) entitled “An Introduction to the Traditional Latin Mass” that explains and promotes the Traditional Latin Mass. This has not only reached the faithful of Baguio City through the cooperation of many lovers of the TLM but also through the willingness of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters or Pinks Sisters to distribute copies in their convent chapel in Brentwood, Baguio City. God bless them all! Thankfully, these copies have not only reached the area of Baguio-Benguet but have even reached Metro Manila. Possibly more copies are to be published together with a new mass booklet (also by the good Monsignor) with the common prayers of the Mass for the consumption of the growing number of parishioners of the Tridentine Mass. (For inquiries about the Traditional Latin Mass in Baguio and about the “An Introduction to the Traditional Latin Mass” pamphlet please email

Being very hopeful, we in the Latin Mass Committee of the Diocese of Baguio are united with Msgr. Cosalan in praying and promoting the re-introduction of the Traditional Latin Mass in Baguio and Benguet and that in the coming months daily Masses in the Extraordinary Form may be celebrated. Also, we pray that the congregation in our little chapel may grow so that one day Baguio Cathedral itself may see the Tridentine Mass alive once again on its beautiful traditional marble high altar and sanctuary.

We ask for your fervent prayers in this advocacy in the greater glory of God and the Catholic Church. God bless you all.

Ad Iesum per Mariam,

The Traditional Latin Mass Committee of Baguio

Source: Pass-Word: Think + Express

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

6 Responses to Traditional Latin Mass in the Dominican Convent of Santa Catalina in Marcos Highway, Baguio City

  1. mao says:

    Thanks for posting this in your blog. It helps so much. We really need a boost in the number of parishioners. I’ve been working with Msgr. Andy Cosalan and also with Nikolai (he commented on your other blog about the pamphlet our diocese published; he is our organist) to promote the Tridentine Mass here in Baguio. Anyway, its a good thing that Sta. Catalina has the TLM, tourists staying there are often exposed to it every First Saturday. God bless.

  2. Ray says:

    It is good to know that the Traditional Latin Mass is being celebrated every Sunday in Baguio. My family and I attend the Traditional Latin Mass here in the United States and we hope that the Mass will continue to be promoted throughout the Philippines. We look forward to attending the Mass at Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral Chapel when we come there on vacation.

  3. Nikolai Schekov Q. Ballucanag says:

    To my Brother in Christ, Mao Almadrones! Well I’m not surprised that we meet in this same blog site. Let me relate what i have just seen at Maryheights. I’ve visited Fr. Andy’s place just yesterday to report about the “missing object” issue that we had. We were remorseful about it. however, when i visited for the first time the chapel of Maryheights, i an so amazed that Fr. Andy designed it in such a way that a priest could celebrate both novus ordo and traditional latin masses by just the mere and slight manipulation of the altar’s location specifically the distance between the posterior wall of the chapel. Ang galing ano!!! God would know if someday, a regular community would be attending masses in that place. I hope so.



  4. Gregorian chants, prayers in Latin, Tantum Ergo, O Salutaris Ostia, etc. Again very nostalgic as Fr. Andy Cosalan and I, as well as with the rest of our batch too, had that kind of Mass almost weekly in our school. Not sure though if Fr. Andy had his elementary in the same school. However uplifting the Tridentine Mass is, I would prefer the one promoted by the Vatican II as it moves people to participate more in the Celebration. First, it is in the vernacular which ordinary and local folks can better appreciate and understand(e.g. Bicol, Tagalog, Pangasinense, Cebuano, Hiligaynon). Even the Trappist monks in Guimaras Island use the ordinary form at least that’s what they have the last time I was there early 1990’s. Anyway I’ve heard the Holy See is coming out with a new Missal that would replace(?) the one that’s been in used for about 40 years now. A lot of translating to be done again when that comes out?

  5. bro. BLain says:

    i’m so happy to hear such a thing is happening…May we aLL foLLow the present Pope for the Reform of The Reform…

  6. bro. BLain says:

    i’m a monk from guimaras. they used the Latin Novus ordo mass once a month.

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