We are pleased to announce to you the new set of clergy appointments in the Archdiocese of Jaro effective on July 10, 2021.

Let us continue to pray for our clergy, most especially those who have been recently ordained to the presbyterium, that the Lord may guide and help them in their mission to the flock entrusted to their care. Congratulations, Fathers!

Fr. Bong Villariza celebrating Mass at Maasin Falls in Brgy. Sagcup,Lambunao.

Fr. Bong Villariza celebrating Mass at Maasin Falls in Brgy. Sagcup,Lambunao.

 The mass in the falls is a yearly celebration initiated by Fr Ramon Baron who was then parish priest of Badu,Calinog. Brgy. Sagcup which is now part of the Parish of St. Isidore the Farmer Parish in Caninguan,Lambunao was then part of Badu Parish. The elders said that due to series of death in the waterfalls, a mass was celebrated to offer prayers for souls and to seek protection for those who come thru the intercession of Nuestra Señora del Salvacion. Fr. Francis Nicolasora, who was then Parish Priest of Lambunao, enshrined an image of Our Lady of All Nations in 2002.

Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Miag-ao Parish welcomes the newly assigned and installed Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Raul Dayaday.

Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Miag-ao Parish welcomes the newly assigned and installed Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Raul Dayaday. The Installation Rites and Eucharistic Celebration was presided by Most Rev. Jose Romeo O. Lazo, D.D., Archbishop of Jaro, on April 30, 2021 at 9:00AM. It was concelebrated by 11 priests, namely, Rev. Msgr. Claudio Sale, Rev. Msgr. Sergio Jamoyot, Rev. Fr. Bernabe Tutana, Rev. Fr. Roberto Palencia, Rev. Fr. Manuel Gonzales, Rev. Fr. Carlo Noquez, Rev. Fr. Ricardo Iniego, Rev. Fr. Jose Ma. Enrique Evidente, Rev. Fr. Gremar Lacson, Rev. Fr. Jose Mauricio Tacadao, Rev. Fr. Ildefonso Cachuela, and Rev. Fr. Joaper Geraneo.
The Parish Councils, different religious organizations, parishioners of Miagao, as well as, the guests from San Dionisio Parish joined this joyful celebration. The former parish priest of Miagao was the late + Rev. Fr. Winifredo Losaria. Fr. Dayaday was formerly assigned at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, San Dionisio, Iloilo. As the newly installed has sworn in his Oath: “I, REV. FR. RAUL DAYADAY, in assuming the office of Parish Priest, promise that in my words and in my actions I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church.
With great care and fidelity I shall carry out the duties incumbent on me toward the Church, both universal and particular, in which, according to the provisions of the law, I have been called to exercise my service.
In fulfilling the charge entrusted to me in the name of the Church, I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety; I shall faithfully hand it on and explain it, and I shall avoid any teachings contrary to it. I shall follow and foster the common discipline of the entire Church and I shall maintain the observance of all ecclesiastical laws, especially those contained in the Code of Canon Law. With Christian obedience I shall follow what the Bishops, as authentic doctors and teachers of the faith, declare, or what they, as those who govern the Church, establish. I shall also faithfully assist the diocesan Bishops, so that the apostolic activity, exercised in the name and by mandate of the Church, may be carried out in communion with the Church.” (Excerpts from his Profession of Faith and Oath)

Welcome to Miagao, Fr. Raul Dayaday! Congratulations and God bless.

by: Joshua Eugene Molanida
Photos: Mark John Salazar

Appointment of Rev. Msgr. Ramon Masculino Jr., PC, as the Head of the Transition Team for the turning over of the Jesuit-run Sta. Maria Chinese-Filipino Parish (Our Lady of China Parish) to the Archdiocese of Jaro.

We are pleased to announce to you the appointment of Rev. Msgr. Ramon Masculino Jr., PC, as the Head of the Transition Team for the turning over of the Jesuit-run Sta. Maria Chinese-Filipino Parish (Our Lady of China Parish) to the Archdiocese of Jaro.

Let us pray for our clergy and for this transition period, and we thank the Lord for the gifts and charisms that the Lord has entrusted to every community working in the vineyard of the Lord!



Last April 23, 2021, the Church of Saint Pedro Calungsod in Cordova, Tigbauan, Iloilo has been canonically erected as parish of the Archdiocese of Jaro with Rev. Fr. Carlo M. Noquez as its first parish priest. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Erection and Installation was presided by His Grace, Most Rev. Jose Romeo O. Lazo, D.D., and was concelebrated by the several priests from the different parishes of the Archdiocese.
During his homily, Archbishop Lazo emphasized the role of a shepherd that priests should embody in tending the flock entrusted by the Lord to them. He connected the mission of a priest and the erection of new parishes as part of the shepherding ministry of the Church to the faithful. Archbishop Lazo, being the Metropolitan Archbishop of Jaro, gave a hint of the future of the Archdiocese as a Mother Diocese of three possible new dioceses that will soon be erected as well.
The Parish of Saint Pedro Calungsod in Cordova, Tigbauan, Iloilo is the 95th parish of the Archdiocese of Jaro covering 10 barangays of the Municipality of Tigbauan, Iloilo, and will be part of the Vicariate of Saint John joining the parishes of Oton, Santa Monica, Oton, Tigbauan (its Iglesia Matriz), Dapdap, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Igbaras, and Guimbal.
Photo courtesy of Rev. Fr. Joel Lena.





Pototan Iloilo- Mainit nga gin-abiabi si Archbishop Jose Romeo O. Lazo DD sa iya pag-abot sa Brgy. Igang Pototan, Iloilo para sa iya nagapadayon nga Pastoral Visit sang tinalikdan nga Sabado, Abril 17, 2021 tubtob Abril 18, 2021.
Sa ila pag-abot sa Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, ginpatigayon sang parish community ang isa ka simple nga reception rite sa grupo nanday Abp Lazo. Sa nahauna nga adlaw sang iya pastoral Visit, nakighinun-anon si Abp Lazo sa mga miyembro kag lideres sang nagkalain-lain nga mga Konsilyo kag Organisasyon lakip na diri ang Tri-council. (PPC, PAC kag PFC ).
 Kasunod sini nagpadulong man siya Jamabalod para sa isa ka Barrio Visit kon sa diin ginhiwat ang “Dialogue with the Local Community” agod iya mahibaluan ang mga pastoral nga kinahanglanon sang mga pumuluyo didto.
Naghiwat si Abp Lazo sang isa ka Santos nga Misa upod si Fr. Virgilio Permosil, kura paroko kag pagkatapos sini, ang mga miyembro sang Youth Ministry nanguna sa pagpangamuyo sang Santos nga Rosaryo.
Ang ikaduha nga adlaw sang Pastoral Visit ginbuksan sang isa ka Santos nga Misa. Pagkatapos sang Misa, ang Parokya naghanda sang isa ka pamahaw kag ginsundan sang isa na naman ka hinun-anon kaupod ang Tri-Council kag ang mga lideres sang LOMAs kag MAMOs.
Ang Pastoral Visit sang aton Mahal nga Arsobispo, isa sa mga programa sang aton Arkideosesis sa sining tuig sang Misyon kag sa pagselebrar man sang ika-500 ka tuig nga anibersaryo sang Kristiyanismo sa Pilipinas. Ini isa sa mga misyon sang aton Arsobispo bilang manugbantay nga gintalana sang Dios nga magtatap sa panong nga gintugyan sa iya.
Magapadayon ang ini nga hilikuton sang Arsobispo tubtob nga ang tanan nga Vicariato kag Parokya sa idalom sa iya pagdumala mahimo nga mabisita kag mabuligan ilabi na gid ila Pastoral nga mga Kinahanlan.

The official website of the Archdiocese of Jaro has recently been nominated as Best Diocesan Website for the Catholic Social Media Awards 2020.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! The official website of the Archdiocese of Jaro has recently been nominated as Best Diocesan Website for the Catholic Social Media Awards 2020.

This is not possible without your continued support and collaboration for the spread of the Good News of Christ to others. Let us continue to share and spread the Gospel and the blessings we’ve received in the Archdiocese.



As we celebrate the 500 years of Christianity, we want to measure our growth in the Faith by using CHARITY as a YARDSTICK.
According to Msgr. Arnel Lagarejos in his book “THE CHURCH OF THE POOR”, “There are numerous ways to alleviate the poor from poverty. Foremost among them is for the Church of the Poor to provide a free or less cheap education. Thus, the best way to ‘teach a person how to fish’ is to provide scholarship to the poor.”
With this, the Archdiocese of Jaro together with the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center invite ALL Parish Pastoral Council President and Parish Social Action Ministry Chairperson to attend the SUMMIT ON SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS on APRIL 17, 2021, 9AM-3PM at the PIUS XII PASTORAL CENTER.
Together, let us carve out a better future for the poor.

Archdiocese of Jaro: Guidelines for Holy Week 2021

Archdiocese of Jaro, Commission on Liturgy releases guidelines for Holy Week 2021

“Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

The celebration of Easter Triduum is the highest liturgical celebration in which we as a community of the faithful gathers to celebrate the mystery of our salvation by commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This brings a hopeful anticipation for the pandemic to end and a renewed life and transformed society. We, then praise God, the Father almighty for His protection and guidance

After a year from the start of the pandemic, our ways of celebrating our worship are limited by existing guidelines and protocols set by our national and local government. However, today we are allowed to celebrate the liturgy with the presence of the faithful with the limited scale. This will modify our celebrations for the Holy Week and Easter Triduum this year.

Taking into consideration the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ recommendations for the Celebration of the Holy Week and Easter Triduum, and the Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the following instructions for the liturgical celebrations during this time of pandemic will help us find the balance between the worthy celebrations of the Paschal Triduum and our charitable response to stem the rapid transmission of the virus

In implementing the following guidelines, it is important to coordinate with our civil leaders and law enforcers to help us implement the basic protocols and to ensure the security and the order of the celebrations. Priests must be discerning in adapting and implementing the guidelines as well as in organizing activities and spiritual exercises for the Holy Week and Easter Triduum.


“The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem is to be celebrated within the sacred building.” (CDWD Decree, March 25, 2020)

In parish churches, the second form of the celebration is to be followed but in the modified way. The faithful must be in their places inside the church before the start of the celebration. The presider begins at the main door of the church. After the singing of an antiphon or appropriate chant,  the priest and the people make a sign of the cross. Then, the priest greets the people and pray the Prayer of Blessing. He may sprinkle the palms with holy water while remaining in his place.  It will be followed by the proclamation of the Gospel. A brief homily maybe given. After a short silence ,the entrance procession begins while the choir and the faithful sing the Hosanna.

The blessing of palms maybe celebrated in other scheduled masses in the parish in order to decongest the number of the faithful.


Considering the present status in our local church, we retain the traditional schedule of the celebration of Chrism Mass, that is, on Holy Thursday.  However, we limit the attendance for the priests, a few number of the lay faithful and liturgical ministers.

Holy oils will be distributed after the celebration


The washing of the feet, which is already optional, maybe omitted. However, if the circumstances allow, the washing of the feet maybe done only to a less than twelve representatives of the community.

The usual procession with the Blessed Sacrament to a place of repose maybe be omitted and the Blessed Sacrament should be kept in the tabernacle, as usual. However, if the circumstances allow, the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to a place of repose maybe done with a limited number of ministers. There is no need of pall bearers. The minister who holds the cross and two candles lead the procession. To be followed by incense bearer and the priest holding the Blessed Sacrament. After the reposition, a select number of the faithful may remain for an hour of prayer and adoration. After which, the church will be closed.

After the celebration, in churches when there is no solemn transfer of the Blessed Sacrament, the Blessed Sacrament maybe processioned (in a vehicle) within the vicinity of the parish. The faithful are encouraged to set an altar outside their home with lighted candles in the route of the procession.

There will be no visita iglesia.

On this day the faculty to celebrate Mass in a suitable place without the presence of the people, is exceptionally granted to all priests.


Reflections on the Seven Last Words of our Lord will be made available to the faithful through social media and radio.

Depending on the circumstances and the discretion of the priest, communal Way of the Cross maybe celebrated. However, basic health protocols must be observed.

During the celebration of the Passion of the Lord, special intention in the General Intercessions for the sick, the dead and for those who feel lost or dismayed will be sent to the parishes for mandated use.

For the adoration of the cross, only the celebrant kisses the cross. After which, all the faithful present kneel while the “Reproaches” or a suitable hymn is sung as a common gesture of adoration.

Depending on the discretion of the priest, after the celebration, wearing a red cope or a red stole over a surplice and cassock or alb, he rides a vehicle as he carries a Crucifix and goes to the nearby streets of the parish church or he may go around the usual route of the Good Friday procession carrying the Crucifix. The faithful in the area where the procession will pass are requested to set an altar outside their homes with lighted candles but they should be instructed not to go out but may only open their windows. Recorded songs proper for the Veneration of the Cross maybe played during the procession.

There will be no procession of pasos.


This maybe celebrated at 7 p.m. onwards depending on the curfew implemented by the LGU.

The Blessing of the Fire and Preparation of the Candle can be celebrated within the building of the church or at the entrance of the main door while the people are already in their places inside the church. The full rite must be followed.

The Baptismal liturgy can be done either to adults or children but must be limited in number.

The blessing of water and the “Renewal of Baptismal Promises” are retained.

After the Mass, the blessing of seeds, things and vehicles maybe done. However, basic health protocols must be properly observed.


The ‘encuentro’ is part of our liturgical tradition in the celebration of Easter Sunday. However, mindful of the present situation and in obedience to the order of the civil and health authorities, it is suggested to have the procession of the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Resurrected Christ. These images are placed in the vehicle to be processioned around the vicinity of the parish church or in the traditional route of the procession of ‘encuentro.’ A recorded Resplendor and Regina Caeli are played repeatedly during the procession. This can be done after the curfew set by the respective LGU.

For those who cannot attend the Holy Week and Easter Triduum celebrations in the church, the schedule of the on-line transmission should be made known to the faithful. It must be a live telematic broadcasting and not recorded.

Lastly, the new note from the Congregation will hopefully make help to be more docile in embracing the changes in our liturgical celebrations and discerning in its implementation. “We are aware that the decisions taken haven not always been easy for pastors or the lay faithful to accept. However, we know that they were taken with a view to ensuring that the sacred mysteries be celebrated in the most effective way possible for our communities, while respecting the common good and public health.”







Abp. Lazo visits Spousal of Mary and Joseph Parish, Brgy. Buntatala, Jaro, Iloilo City

JARO, ILOILO CITY | The members of the Spousal of Mary and Joseph Parish headed by their Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Julito Marterior, together with OSJ, Rev. Fr. Gerardo Yabyabin, OSJ kag ni Bro. Arturo Jr. Canizo, OSJ warmly welcomed His Grace Most Rev. Jose Romeo Lazo DD as he visited Brgy. Buntatala, Jaro on March 20-21, 2021 which is part of his on-going Canonical and Pastoral Visit in the different Parishes in the Archdiocese of Jaro. On the first day of his visit, Abp Lazo had a meeting with the Tri-Council (Parish Pastoral, Apostolic and Finance ) in order to talk about concerns and strengthen the organizations plans and programs for the Parish. 

In the afternoon, the Pastoral Visit team then proceeded to the Jubilee Gawad Kalinga Community where a dialogue with the community was held. Before he departs in the afternoon, a Holy Mass was celebrated. The Second Day of visit started with a prayer together with the Priests. After the morning Mass, Abp Lazo had a Dialogue with the members and officers of the LOMAS, MAMOS and the TRI-COUNCILS knowing that these organizations together with the Parish Administration play a vital role in parish and in the community that it serves