Parish of the Holy Sacrifice
The Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, also the Church of the Holy Sacrifice, is a landmark Catholic chapel in the University of the Philippines Diliman. It belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao and its present parish priest is Rev. Fr. Henry E. Ferreras.
Known for its architectural design, the church is recognized as a National Historical Landmark and a Cultural Treasure by the National Historical Institute and the National Museum respectively. It was designed by the late National Artist for Architecture, Leandro Locsin, one of five National Artists who collaborated on the project. Alfredo Juinio served as the structural engineer for the project.
The church is adjacent to the U.P. Health Service Building and the U.P. Shopping Center, and is serviced by all of the university's jeepney routes.
Before the parish of the Holy Sacrifice was created, a university chapel served in the early 1950s the University of the Philippines community, under the apostolate of the Society of Jesus. Fr. John Delaney served as the first Jesuit chaplain. The vibrant and growing U.P. Catholic community decided to reconstruct their chapel, and contributed to realize the dream of having a visible symbol of their faith. The faculty pledged a part of their monthly salary, while the students contributed from their own allowances. On December 21, 1955, the Archbishop of Manila officiated at the first mass in the newly constructed chapel.
The festive mood that came with the Christmas season and the community's gift of a newly constructed chapel was cut short by the tragic news of Fr. Delaney's death. While enjoying his post Christmas vacation in Bagiuo City that same year, Father Delaney suffered a fatal heart attack.
But life had to go on for the faithful. As time went by, different chaplains were sent to nurture the faith of the UP campus community. Finally, on May 1977, the chaplaincy was elevated to a university parish by Jaime Cardinal L. Sin. Msgr. Manny Gabriel became its first parish priest. To date, eight parish priests have served the Holy Sacrifice Parish, and two of them were later ordained bishops, namely, Bishop Mylo Vergara of the Diocese of Pasig and Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of the Archdiocese of Lipa.
Initially, Leandro Locsin designed the church for the Ossorio family, who were planning to build a chapel in Negros. Unfortunately, the plans for the chapel were scrapped when Frederic Ossorio, the head of the family, left for the United States. However, in 1955, Father Delaney commissioned Locsin to design a chapel that was open and could easily accommodate 1,000 people. The Church of Holy Sacrifice became the first circular chapel with the altar in its center in the country, and the first to have a thin shell concrete dome.
The dome of the church is supported by pillars located along its rim; no supports block the space inside. The unique design of the dome allows natural lighting and ventilation. At the middle of the dome is a circular skylight, which supports the triangular bell tower. The bell tower, then extends to the interior, supporting the crucifix. The arrangement of the interior of the church is concentric, with the altar in the middle.
The floor of the church was designed by Arturo Luz, the Stations of the Cross by Vicente Manansala and Ang Kiukok, and the double-sided crucifix and altar base by Napoleon Abueva, all of whom are now National Artists. Since then, there have been modifications to the church and its surroundings; the altar base was changed from wood to marble, still by Napoleon Abueva and it is now fenced off, and the once open grounds that surrounded the church are now landscaped.
Being a pioneering structure, it almost suffered a setback during the construction of the dome when the weather suddenly changed as the concrete was being poured. If it had rained, the concrete would have not settled, and the whole project would have been in jeopardy.
Mass was first celebrated in the church on December 20, 1955.
On January 12, 2005, the church was recognized as a National Historical Landmark and a Cultural Treasure by the National Historical Institute and the National Museum, respectively. During the recognition ceremony, National Historical Institute Chairman Ambeth R. Ocampo lauded the church as a "masterpiece of Filipino artistry and ingenuity". Currently, the parish is spearheading a project that aims to restore the dome of the historic church.
From the junction of Don Mariano marcos Ave., and Juan Luna St., East, thru Juan Luna St., Southward thru the Eastern Limits of East: From the Eastern limits of Pook Dagohoy, Southward thru Katipunan Ave. Eastward thru Montalban St. Southward thru the Eastern limits of UP High School and Up Integrated School.
Name of Parish:
- Parish of the Holy Sacrifice
- January 29
- Holy Sacrifice
Date of Established:
- May 30, 1977
Current Parish Priest
- Rev. Fr. Henry E. Ferreras, S.T.L.
Former Parish Priests
|Name||Years serving||Present assignment|
|Rev. Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel, PC, S.T.D.||1977 – 1984||Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, BF Homes, Parañaque City|
|Rev. Msgr. Jose C. Bernardo Jr., PC||1984 – 1986||Retired, Galilee Center, Tagaytay City|
|Most Rev. Ramon C. Arguelles, D.D., S.T.L.||1986 – 1988||Archbishop of Lipa, Batangas|
|Rev. Msgr. Bayani G. Valenzuela, PC||1988 – 1996||On Leave, Diocese of Parañaque|
|Rev. Fr. Roberto P. Reyes, Ph.L.||1996 – 2003||On Leave, Diocese of Cubao|
|Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D., S.T.D.||2003 – 2005||Bishop of Pasig|
|Rev. Fr. Arthur T. Opiniano||2005 – 2006||St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Timog Ave., Quezon City|
|Rev. Fr. Raymond Joseph L. Arre, S.T.L.||2006 – 2012||Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Schools and Superintendent of the Diocese of Cubao Educational System|
Schedule of Services
- Monday to Saturday: 6:00 am, 12:00 nn, 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 6:00 am, 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm
- Tuesday to Saturday: Individual Baptism
- Saturday Group Baptism: 11:15 am
- Sunday: 2:30 pm
- Tuesday to Saturday: 7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
- Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help: Wednesday before 12:00 nn Mass
- Novena to Sacred Heart: Friday after 6:00 pm Mass
- Monday to Friday: after 12:00 nn and 6:00 pm Mass
Mass in other places:
- U.P. Bliss: Sunday 8:00 am
- Hardin ng Rosas: Sunday 9:00 am
- Area Masses: Monthly
- Monday to Sunday: 6:00 am to 11:00 pm
- Parish of the Holy Sacrifice Outreach Program U.P. Campus, Quezon City
- Resurrection Mortuary
While the University of the Philippines does not have a pre-school program in its system, the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice Outreach Program is open children ages 3–6 years old. Programs include Toddlers (3 y/o), Nursery (3.5-4 y/o), Kindergarten (4.5-5 y/o) and Preparatory (6 y/o).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Parish of the Holy Sacrifice.|
- Parish of the Holy Sacrifice official website
- Pre-School program
- Chapel of Sacrifice by Paulo Alcazaren
- UP Catholic Chaplaincy by Fr. JBoy Gonzales SJ
- Ecclesiatical Atlas Diocese of Cubao (2010)
- The Architecture of Leandro V. Locsin, Nicholas Polites, Weatherhill Books.
- Parish of the Holy Sacrifice declared a National Treasure, Francezca C. Kwe. Retrieved on March 31, 2007.