Fr. Joe Zerrudo: We need 60 million pesos to establish a Traditional Latin Mass personal parish in Manila
October 18, 2009 4 Comments
I attended a Traditional Latin Mass in Sikatuna, Quezon City today. In his homily, Fr. Joe Zerrudo appealed to his flock that they must be zealous in raising Php 60 million, if they want to buy the lot in Cubao and build a church there exclusively for the Traditional Latin Mass. After more than a month, the church-goers were only able to raise about a hundred thousand. So one year will just be about one million. And 60 million means 60 years.
Fr. Zerrudo recounted how he got the permission to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass in Cubao during the Ecclesia Dei era (pre-Summorum Pontificum). Fr. Zerrudo already got a permission from Cardinal Sin before when Metro Manila belongs to a single Archdiocese. But when the archdiocese was split into several dioceses, Cubao became a separate diocese under Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco. And Fr. Zerrudo had to seek another permission.
“Bishop,” Fr. Zerrudo said, “Cavite already has a personal parish for the Traditional Latin Mass, with the approval of Bishop Tagle. So why can’t we have one in Cubao?”
Bishop Ontioco signed the permit.
Fr. Zerrudo’s flock come from all over Metro Manila. My estimate is that they number about a 100 to 150. They follow him wherever he is assigned. At present, Fr. Zerrudo celebrates mass at 1:30–3:00 p.m. at the Parish of Our Lord of Divine Mercy in Sikatuna, Quezon City. They were only permitted to celebrate mass there; the original parishioners hear mass in English Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form). They have a mass right after the TLM mass.
“I know you have wealthy friends outside the Philippines. I asked you to give me their addresses so that I can write to them,” Fr. Zerrudo said.
“What we shall construct will be the first personal parish in the Philippines exclusive to the Traditional Latin Mass. Let us take this opportunity while the Bishop of Cubao is permitting us to do this. Let us take this opportunity while His Holiness Benedict XVI is still the pope. Otherwise, if we get turned away again, and we still have no personal parish established, then I shall find a little room for my altar and outside you shall hear mass with your umbrellas.
“The other option is to wait for the SSPX to be part of the Church hierarchy. And I would gladly celebrate mass in their chapels (They have a chapel in Our Lady of Victory Church in Cubao). But this re-entry of the SSPX is unlikely this year or in the next.
“Next week will be the Feast of Christ the King. We will have 40-hour devotion in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed. But since we cannot have it here in the church, then we shall have it in another place (St. Paul’s?) as long as their is no wake the dead there. We shall start at 1 p.m. on a Friday and end at 1 p.m. on a Sunday. We shall not anymore have a procession: we are so few and we would look pathetic. We shall join the bigger one by the Novus Ordo on November 11.”
Here are the contact details of Fr. Zerrudo (I can’t find his email):
FR. MICHELL JOE B. ZERRUDO
Lord of Divine Mercy Parish
Madasalin cor. Maamo St., Sikatuna Vill., Quezon City
Tel: (02) 921-3337, 433-3239