Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio SJ, Theological Hour on Jan. 11, 2012: The New English Translation of the Roman Missal

Fr. Tim Ofrasio SJ on the New Translation of the Roman Missal

Fr. Tim Ofrasio SJ to give a talk on the New Translation of the Roman Missal

The Loyola School of Theology wishes to invite everyone to its Theological
Hour on the New English Translation of the Third Edition of the Roman
Missal with Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio SJ, Assistant Professor of Systematic and
Sacramental Theology, as speaker. It will be held on January 11, 2012,
Wednesday, 10:30 am to 12 noon, at the Cardinal Sin Center of LST.

In its Plenary Assembly held in January 2011, the Catholic Bishops?
Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) decreed that the New English
Translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal will be implemented in
the Philippines on December 2, 2012, the First Sunday of Advent.

For logistical purposes, non-LST students (individuals or groups) who wish
to attend the lecture should please send an email to by
January 7, 2011 at the latest, indicating the number of persons who will
attend the event. Admission is free.

Fr. Eric Eusebio SJ
Dean, Loyola School of Theology

Latin Mass at Ateneo High School Chapel postponed to June 2011 due to chapel renovation

Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. celebrating the Ateneo Latin Mass Society's Inaugural Mass at the Ateneo de Manila University High School Chapel last March 3, 2011

Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. celebrating the Ateneo Latin Mass Society's Inaugural Mass at the Ateneo de Manila University High School Chapel last March 3, 2011

25 April 2011
Dear ALMS members and friends,
Happy Easter!
Today I called Ma’m Ditas of the Ateneo High School Campus Ministry to finalize our schedule of May 4 for our Latin Mass.  She said that the renovation of the Ateneo High School Chapel shall start next week; all activities for May at the chapel are canceled.  Our next mass shall be on June 2011.
The Loyola Schools Campus Ministry has agreed to place one of our posters in the College chapel bulletin board.  We need to recruit more people to attend our mass.  I met Fr. Tim yesterday in Novaliches.  He wishes that on our next mass, more will attend.  We shall set the mass at 6 pm at not anymore at 7 pm so that more can come.  Those with mass intentions can send them directly to Fr. Tim before the mass: put your donation on a sealed letter envelope, then write your name (optional) and your intention (birthday, souls in Purgatory, thanksgiving, healing, etc).  Those who wish to help defray the minimum expense for the mass can send their donations to me before or after the mass. The minimum expense for the mass is Php 4,000. Php 2000 goes to Fr. Tim, Php 1,000 goes to the chapel rental, and Php 1,000 goes to the campus ministry staff overtime pay. Place your donation on a sealed letter envelope, write your name (optional), and write “For Latin Mass Expenses”.
We are currently laying the groundwork for the sacristan and choir training in the first semester.  We shall ask experts to train us.  We shall also have tutorials in Latin.  Donations to ALMS can defray the costs of these trainings (because we also need to financially support our priests, religious, and lay experts).  The trainees can opt to divide the cost among themselves–more trainees, lesser cost.  And our donors and experts would be happy to know that what they impart reaches a greater audience for the greater glory of God.  So let us recruit more people to join the sacristan, choir, and Latin language training. Spread the word.  We wish ALMS to set the standard for serving at the altar and singing the Gregorian chants in both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite.  After we finish ironing out the kinks in these trainings, I shall post the invitations in the Ateneo Blueboard and in the College Chapel.
By the way, Fr. Tim has trained his altar servers and choir in his parish in Novaliches.  The Easter mass last Sunday (ordinary form) was sung mostly in Latin (Credo, Gloria, Pater Noster, etc), even if it was not Fr. Tim who celebrated the mass.  If Fr. Tim can do it in Novaliches, we can also do it here in Ateneo. 
Sincerely yours,
Monkshobbit: The Latin mass is in the ordinary form (Novus Ordo) of the Roman Rite; our choir and altar servers are not yet trained for the extraordinary form (Tridentine).

Letter to the ALMS: Traditional Latin Mass at the Church of the Gesu


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Nearly a year ago, the ALMS was founded to have the Traditional Latin Mass said in Ateneo de Manila University. So far, we have not succeeded. Our main problem is we cannot find a suitable chapel. I think the Church of the Gesu is good enough for TLM. The problem may be the cost: it is about P 3500 per mass.  If this cost is the only thing that keeps us from having a TLM in Ateneo, then I propose the following solution:

I shall pay the P 3500.

We can have one Sunday mass per month. The mass collections can go to the presiding priest. Fifty (50) persons giving P 20 each is already P 1000. If we can have an attendance of 300 persons, the mass collection would be enough to pay for both the priest and the rental of the Church of the Gesu.

I can only give financial support, but this is not enough:

  1. We need somebody who can be the overall coordinator of ALMS, preferably a student, because we wish the ALMS to be an Ateneo student organization recognized by Ateneo de Manila University. I already have my hands full as undergraduate committee head of the Physics Department and SERC Subcenter coordinator of the Manila Observatory.
  2. We need volunteers for the choir. Mr. Nikko Vitug, faculty of the English Department, is already offering his services as choir master. Mr. Vitug has a syllabus ready for the Gregorian chant training.
  3. We need volunteers for the sacristan. Dennis Maturan, Founding Chairman of Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph (EDSSJ), is already offering the services of his group for sacristan training. We only need but ask them. EDSSJ is based in Parish of Our Lord of Divine Mercy in Sikatuna, Quezon City. I could not be around during Saturdays because I have a offshore class in Angeles University, Pampanga for our M.S. Physics Program. We need a sacristan coordinator for Ateneo.
  4. We need volunteers who will make sure that the altar vessels and linens are available, and that the sacristans and priests have their vestments. Frank Chow’s TLM community in Canada can help us procure the vestments and linens which we can buy from the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Novaliches.
  5. We need volunteers for the promotions. Fr. Lester Maramara, SJ, the Director of the Ateneo College Campus Ministry Office, has given us permission to post TLM announcements in Bulletin Board of the College Chapel.
  6. We need to find a priest who can say TLM for us. Fr. Tim Ofrasio SJ is now assigned in a parish in Novaliches.
  7. We need to schedule our first general assembly, preferably mid January. We need to have our first TLM at the Church of the Gesu by February. We need to recruit more students and faculty to join the yahoo group.

I would appreciate your thoughts on these matters. I hope and pray that we can now finally move forward.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.

Ateneo Latin Mass Society

Call for the formation of the Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) core group

A Letter to the ALMS: Meeting of the ALMS core group


It is nearly a year since the Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) was established and we still have not moved forward. I am partly to be blamed because I tried to carry the burden of ALMS alone, when there are many ALMS members who are more competent in making things happen. I am very sorry.

In this regard, I think it is high time to form an ALMS core group who shall select its Chair and Secretary. The members of the core group can be either from Ateneo or outside, as long as the Chair is from Ateneo (otherwise it won’t be ALMS), and as long as each member is committed to attend the weekly one-hour meetings. The Chair of the ALMS core group shall be the over-all coordinator of ALMS.

The function of the ALMS core group is to formulate the direction and activities of ALMS, especially now that we have difficulty finding a chapel for the Traditional Latin Mass and Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. was assigned in a parish in Novaliches where he spends most of his time.

There are many things that the core group can discuss in its weekly meetings:

1. Use of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Latin
2. Training program for the Altar Servers
3. Training program for the Choir
4. Lecture series on the Traditional Latin Mass
5. Tours to Traditional Latin Mass Chapels in Metro Manila
6. Date and agenda of the next ALMS General Assembly
7. Chapel and priest for the regular ALMS Traditional Latin Mass
7. Other things that would help move ALMS forward

If you wish to be part of the ALMS core group, please post your weekly schedule in the ALMS yahoo group as a reply to this mail and add a line to describe yourself–full name, school, department, and position–so that everybody in ALMS would know you. We can then find a common time for the group to meet. As a reminder, each member of the ALMS core group is committed to join and participate in the weekly one-hour core group meetings in Ateneo.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.
Ateneo Latin Mass Society

P.S. Today, November 15, is the Feast of St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church, patron of scientists, and teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Ateneo physics/computer engineering student is now an FSSP seminarian

Sat 27 Feb 2010 19:15:11 -0800

Pax Tecum!


Dear Dr. Sugon,

Praised be Jesus Christ! I saw the TLM group at Ateneo, and I am very happy to see it. I studied at the Ateneo from 2000 to 2002, and my course was BS-PsCE. I was also a member of the ACMG in the choir. I had to leave the University because my family migrated to Canada. There I found the Latin Mass, through Providence. In 2006, I entered the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE. I am currently in my 4th year of studies with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

I am hoping to visit my family over the summer break (perhaps at some point in July or August). I am willing to assist the Latin Mass Society there. I am quite excited that there in Ateneo, there is the Traditional Mass being celebrated. Would I also be able to meet Fr. Ofrasio? I have never heard of him when I was there. I knew a number of the Jesuits as well, and of course, a number of the Physics Faculty. I don’t know how many of them are still there and how many will recognize me (and vice versa!).

May God increase your work and bless you! I am looking forward to hearing from you. I am,

Yours in Christ,

Anthony Uy, FSSP

Theologates at Loyola House of Studies interested in Traditional Latin Mass

hi Mr Sugon,

I’m Mark a student from Loyola School of Theology. We are organizing a TLM here in the Theologate. We have a circle of seminarians interested in the extraordinary form. Fr Tim Ofrasio, our liturgy professor will give a series of talks about the TLM. Hope we can meet one day.


Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS): Proceedings of the First General Assembly

Dear ALMS members and friends,

We had the General Assembly last Friday, 22 January 2010 at 5:30-7:00 p.m. The venue was Faura 116. These are the members present:

1. Miguel Franco Dimayacyac– Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) ARSA
2. Enrico A. Villacorta– AdMU Student
3. Jesson G. Allerite–Universit y of the Philippines (UP) Student
4. Maricel Obieta–AdMU ASF
5. Joanna Ruiz– AdMU Loyola Schools
6. Bobing Venida–AdMU Economics
7. Mikki Hornilla– AdMU Student
8. Emmanuel Hernandez–AdMU Student
9. R. R. Raneses–AdMU Political Science
10. Niccolo Vitug–AdMU English
11. Moy Timbayan–AdMU Student
12. Quirino Sugon Jr.–AdMU Physics

Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. talked about his life and his experiences in the Traditional Latin Mass. I took notes of his edifying talk. I shall transcribe my notes and try to recall everything that he said. I shall send you the polished form next week.

Fr. Tim asked us if we want we adopt Novus Ordo Lectionary or stick with the lectionary of the Extraordinary Form. (He also asked whether we wish all Latin hymns or mix them with English hymns.) The group decided that we stick with that of the extraordinary form. The readings will be in Latin. Latin-English missals will be provided for the unchanging parts of the mass. The Introit, Propers, and Readings will be provided in Latin and English on adjacent columns, as done in Parish of Our Lord of Divine Mercy (PLDM) in Sikatuna, Quezon City. (The question on hymns will be answered by the Choir coordinator.)

The proposed date for our first mass will be on Feb 3 (Wed) at 6:00 p.m. It will be a low mass. This is pedagogically sound, since we are still learning the ropes. I shall reserve the Manila Observatory Chapel for us. We can invite friends, but we cannot yet announce it in Ateneo Blueboard. Our first announced mass should be a sung mass with vested servers.

The members were asked to which committee they wish to be part of.

For the Choir, we have Niccolo Vitug as our music director. He is a faculty in the Ateneo English Department. He once played the organ for Missa Cantata. He was also the music director in a Catholic church in California. With Niccolo are R. R. Raneses, Moy Timbayan, Maricel Orieta, Jesson Allerite, and Miguel Dimayacyac. Maricel and Jesson are members of the PLDM choir. Miguel has stacks of Gregorian chant song sheets, his grandmother’ s collection.

For the Sacristan, no one wants to become sacristan. So I volunteered myself to learn the rubrics. But I wish another faculty shall commit himself to do this, so that I could have more time for writing and coordinating.

For Finance, no faculty volunteered, so I shall handle this in the meantime. With me are two students: Enrico Villacorta and Moy Timbayan.

For Publications, the Coordinator is Emmanuel Hernandez, a student. He usually goes to mass with Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. every morning, so he is familiar with the 1962 Missal Lectionary. With him is Joanna Ruiz and Mikki Hornilla. Joanna can help us with the photocopying. Mikki has a camera. The camera is important. The first Traditional Latin Mass in Ateneo de Manila will be a news in the TLM blogosphere. R. R. Raneses said that he will give us his Ateneo Latin Mass Society blog, http://ateneo- latin-mass- society.blogspot .com, as our official blog. But we do not yet have someone to manage it. So I’ll start the ball rolling. I shall ask Mr. Raneses to make me a contributor to his blog.

We have made a good start. Please remember the Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) in your prayers. Almsgiving would also be good. Since we are begging for recognition as an organization, we must also give alms to those who need it most, for the measure with which we measure will in return be measured out to us (c.f. Lk 6:38). And who are the ultimate beggars but the Poor Souls in Purgatory? Please give alms to the Poor Souls by having a mass said for them or remembering them in your prayers, especially the souls of the Jesuit priests who once worked in Ateneo. They repay a hundredfold.

In Christ,

Dr. Quirino M. Sugon Jr.
Ateneo Latin Mass Society