Events and Activities

Filipino Ministry Calendar of Events for 2022

DateEvent
Saturday, May 28 @ 8:15 AMThe Filipino Ministry Consultative Board (FMCB) joins hands with the Legion of Mary of St. Augustine Church in the celebration of the culmination of the “Flores de Mayo,” a month-long offering of flowers and daily recitation of the rosary in honor of the Blessed Mother.   All parishes are invited to join in the celebration.  See the flyer posted below for details.
Saturday, July 9 @ 9 AMThe General Meeting & Recollection will be held in the parish hall of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Belmont.  Please stay tuned for additional information.
Saturday, September 24
@ 10 AM
A concelebrated Mass honoring the Feast of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint, will be held at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.  Additional information will be provided as the date gets closer.
Sunday, October 16 @ 5:30 PMAfter a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Annual Gala will be back and preparations are underway for the grand celebration.  The Annual Gala will be held in Patrons Hall at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.  Stay tuned for additional information.
Saturday, November 12 @ 9 AMThe venue for Annual Parol-Making workshop has not yet been determined.  Stay tuned for information.
Friday, December 9 @7 PMThe Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Details will be provided as the date gets closer.
Saturday, January 14, 2023
@ 11 AM
The Annual Santo Niño Fiesta celebration will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Details will be provided as the date gets closer.

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. Click here to read more information.

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 finally happened this year.  It was held on Saturday, November 6, 9 AM to 3 PM at St Monica’s social hall, located on 470 24th Avenue in San Francisco.  Parishioners and families (including children and young adults) across the Archdiocese of San Francisco participated.

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.  It’s 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.  For those who want to learn how to make a parol, in-person Parol-Making workshops will be conducted at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Grand Lobby on December 3 and 4, 1 to 5 PM.  To learn more about parol-making, visit:  https://www.parollanternfestival.com.

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.