San Roque de Sampaloc Parish

Vicariate of Our Lady of Loreto


Since the 1930’s, the feast of St. Roch has been celebrated by the Sampaloc community in the old building of “Bantay Sunog” in the street of Economia – now named Vicente G. Cruz.

A couple named Pedro and Francisca Socorro won in a lottery and chose to construct a small chapel in a 189 sq.m. lot close to their home at Trabajo Street – now known as M. Dela Fuente. St. Roch became the patron saint of the chapel because they wanted the community to be protected from illnesses and sufferings.

The Kapisanang Katoliko ni San Roque(KKSR) was established – it included individuals who devoted their lives to praying and helping the community of Sampaloc. Because of continued fundraising and donations of generous people, the simple chapel was renovated. Later on, Pedro and Francisca Socorro passed the right of ownership of the chapel to the Arzobispado De Manila.

Msgr. Isidro Jose who managed the Most Holy Trinity Parish at Balic-Balic supervised the San Roque chapel as well. With the assistance of KKSR, they bought the adjacent lot along Trabajo Street for Sixty thousand pesos (P 60,000.00). There were only two (2) masses during Sundays but they eventually added masses on the first Wednesday and first Friday of the month.

On August 22, the Arzobispado De Manila declared the chapel as “San Roque Parish Church”. There were thirty-five (35) barangays under its supervision within the boundaries of España Boulevard, Algeciras Street, Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard, and Governor Forbes Street – formerly known as A. Mendoza Street; now known as Arsenio H. Lacson Avenue.
During the administration of Rev. Father Hendrix Javen, various organizations and ministries were established; there were also different chapels who became recognized as being under the parish church such as the Jesus Nazarene Chapel (Firmeza Street), San Jose Chapel (San Jose Street near Pureza), Holy Rosary Chapel (Vicente G. Cruz) and San Isidro Labrador Chapel (Algeciras Street) – though was destroyed in preparation for the development of the Philippine National Railways.
In November, Rev. Father Nonito Bocala, the Pastoral Council, and the Arzobispado De Manila decided to buy the lot at the back portion of the church along Pepin Street (presently Marzan Street) for (P 2,000,000.00) two million pesos. Unfortunately, Rev. Father Nonito died; Rev. Father Gerry Arroyo and Rev. Father Ben Gobenciong took over to manage the parish.
In February, Rev. Father Joselito “Joey” Irlandes became the new parish priest. Under Fr. Joey’s jurisdiction, with the help of the Pastoral Council and the community, another and bigger area was designed by Architect Librado Enriquez to cater to more people. It was inaugurated by His Excellency Jaime Cardinal Sin.

Bishop Teodoro Bacani blessed the newly constructed Adoration Chapel.
Rev. Father Isidro “Sid” Marinay became the parish priest. He continued the parish activities of Rev. Father Joey Irlandes and strengthened the parish’s mission to spread the word of God through the establishment of the Neo-Catechumenate. In October 2003, the parish had its first pastoral visit by Msgr. Roberto Canlas, the Chancellor of Arzobispado De Manila.
On September 27, Rev. Father Aries Reyes became the parish priest; he renamed the parish as “San Roque de Sampaloc Parish” to avoid confusion with other San Roque parishes inside and near Manila; he built a columbary and moved the Adoration Chapel outside the parish.
Fr. Reyes expanded the choir loft to accommodate the devotees and churchgoers.
Father Aries redeveloped the altarpiece and moved the altar table.
In October, the church façade was renovated and was blessed by His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales.
Rev. Father Leo Nilo C. Mangussad became the most recent parish priest of the San Roque de Sampaloc Parish. Under Fr. Nilo’s administration, the servers became more aware of the reason behind the church traditions. Both the youth and the elders of the parish turned out to be progressively participative in the parish activities. The different members of the ministries, organizations, etc. began to treat each other as family.

Parish Priests of San Roque de Sampaloc Parish:

  • Fr. Herminihildo Javen (1987-1989)
  • Fr. Nonito Bocala (1989-1993)
  • Fr. Joselito Irlandez (1993-2001)
  • Fr. Isidro Marinay (2001-2004)
  • Fr. Aries Reyes (2004-2015)
  • Fr. Leo Nilo C. Mangussad (2015 – Present)

Liturgical Services

Mass Schedule: 

Monday – 6:30am

Tuesday to Saturday 6:30am and 6:30pm


Morning: 6:00AM | 7:15AM | 8:30AM | 10:00AM

Afternoon: 4:00PM | 5:15PM | 6:30PM | 7:45PM

Baptism: Sunday 11:30 am (communal)

Individual baptism (by schedule)

Daily Novena Devotions: Monday: Holy Spirit

Tuesday: Sto. Nino

Wednesday: Mother of Perpetual Help

Thursday: San Roque

Friday: Sacred Heart

Saturday: Virgin Mary/ Immaculate Heart

Counseling: by appointment

Confession: Wednesday and Friday after the mass

Weddings: by schedule

Sick call: anytime

Funeral: by appointment

Blessings: by appointment



San Roque Parish envisions itself as a creative and responsible catalyst of integral evangelization and a dynamic community of matured Christian individuals.



We, therefore dedicated our lives to integrate and develop all human values (political, economical, cultural, social, physical and spiritual) in the presence of Jesus Christ.

We commit ourselves to work together with the clergy and the religious and synthesize all apostolic efforts to the service of God and man.

We promise to focus of attention towards the mission of evangelization through common worship, formative education and outreached services following the three fold functions of Christ as Priest, Prophet and King in accordance to the need of the parish.



The San Roque Parish is tasked to achieve the following goals:

1. Constant and commitment of member organization, movements, chapels, to participate and response effectively to all apostolic programs and activities of the parish, vicariate, district and diocese;

2. Strong leadership of heads of all organizations, movements, lay groups, chapels and especially the youth councils at all levels of the parish;

3. Priority is given in building and strengthening the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) in the different areas of the parish;

4. Maintain continuing dialogue among the different organization and Christian lay group that they may act more effectively in strengthening of the faith of the parishioners, the family;

5. Concentration of the existing and new organization and their apostolate in the total evangelization of all human values through the various works of worship, formation, service and youth;

6. Utilization of mass media and other forms of modern means of social communication as an effective investment or tool of lay apostolate; and,

7. Development, implementation and evaluation of adequate pastoral program or activities which are responsive to the needs of the parish.

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