Events and Activities

Filipino Ministry Calendar of Events for 2021

July 31, 2021
Saturday, 9:00am – 1:00pm
A Journey of Faith Conference:
Celebrating 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines;
Thanksgiving-Concelebrated Mass to follow.
TBD – to take place in August 2021FMCB General Meeting. This event was cancelled.
October 17, 2021
Sunday, Mass at 5:30pm; Gala /
Concert to follow after the Mass
Mass at the Cathedral to be followed by a virtual musical & cultural extravaganza. This event was cancelled out of caution for Delta variant.
November 6, 2021
9:00am – 3pm
Annual Parol-Making Virtual Workshop
Venue:  St. Monica Church’s Social Hall
470 24th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
December 10, 2021
Friday, 7:30pm; Details to follow
Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass
& Parol-Lighting Ceremony
Venue:  Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
January 15, 2022
Saturday, 11am – 3:00pm;
Details to follow
Annual Santo Nino Fiesta Celebration
Venue: Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption

A Free In-Person and Virtual Webinar: A Journey of Faith Conference Celebrating the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

The virtual conference was held on July 31, 2021. The theme of this year’s conference focused on the significance of the 500 years of Christianization of the Philippines. The speakers provided an overview of Filipino Catholicism from a historical, immigrant and pastoral perspective. It also brought to the forefront the challenges faced by Filipino-American youth and young adults in practicing their Catholic faith in a secular environment.

Musical & Cultural Extravaganza to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines

This event was cancelled out of caution to Delta variant.

Annual Parol-Making Workshop

Thanks to the vaccines and the easing of the strict Covid restrictions, FMCB’s annual parol-making workshop will finally happen this year.  It will be held on Saturday, November 6, 9 AM to 3 PM at St Monica’s social hall, located on 470 24th Avenue in San Francisco.  There’s plenty of parking on the ground around the church.  Please refer to the flyer posted on the Events page to sign up.

The parol is a Filipino lantern in the shape of a star meant to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem that guided the three Magi to Baby Jesus.  This is a fun workshop that provides the techniques on how to make a parol.  The workshop starts with a catechesis on what the parol symbolizes and its relevance to the birth of Jesus.  Parishes participate in this annual event and use the parol to participate in the Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass.  Stay tuned for further announcement.

Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning

The Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass will be held on December 10, 2021 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. This event heralds the beginning of Simbang Gabi novena of masses in preparation for Christmas in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  The Commissioning Mass gathers representatives from various parishes in the Archdiocese that are participating in the novena of masses.  They are “commissioned” or sent forth to be the light in their respective parishes and communities.

2018 Simbang Gabi Commissioning at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Annual Santo Nino Fiesta Celebration

The Santo Niño Fiesta next year is scheduled to be held on January 15, 2022 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. 

This is a Filipino devotion honoring the Holy Child Jesus (Santo Niño).  It is an annual cultural and religious celebration held in the Philippines in commemoration of the acceptance of Christianity by the Filipinos.  The quick acceptance of Christianity was credited to the holy image of the Santo Niño.  The image was presented to Queen Juana who was moved to tears upon receiving the gift and willingly asked to be baptized along with her subjects.

Five centuries after Christianity was introduced in the Philippines, the religious image of the Holy Child Jesus or Santo Niño continues to unite Filipino Catholic communities around the world.  Gifted to Queen Juana in 1521 by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan on the occasion of her baptism, the statue was rediscovered 44 years later, having survived a fire that burned down Cebú.  The image is intact and is kept in the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu.  From generation to generation, the image of Santo Niño has been venerated and its Feast day in January celebrated throughout the Philippines and in many parts of the world where Filipinos have migrated.  Although it was not declared a liturgical feast on the Church’s calendar, the cultural celebration is a time to reflect on how faith and culture intersect. In the words of Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Bishop William Justice, “The Filipinos, who have been in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for over a hundred years, have demonstrated vibrant expressions of faith in the life of the Church of San Francisco.  They brought their devotions and religious-cultural celebrations, which is a rich resource in bringing the Gospel to the larger community of faithful.”

Click on the image of Santo Niño to view photos from the Filipino Ministry’s Santo Niño Fiesta celebration at St. Augustine Church in South San Francisco.