Filipino Ministry Events and Activities

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Join the Filipino Ministry for its 11th Annual Gala to be held Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. The Annual Gala showcases our cultural heritage in the field of folk dancing and music that depicts how our festivities are interwoven with our Catholic faith and devotional practices. Thanks to our wonderful MCs, Leon Palad and Christine Adiaz, for last year’s lively entertainment program featuring the renowned “Kariktan Dance Company,” the “St. Augustine Children’s Choir,” the “Filipino Ministry Choir,” and the “Sincerity Girls Choir.” Click on the YouTube link to view previous years Gala photos. At the very end of the slides is a short video of the “Singing Filipino Priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.”

Annual Parol-Making Workshop

Thanks to the vaccines and the easing of the strict Covid restrictions, FMCB’s annual parol-making workshop will be held in person on Saturday, November 18, 9 AM to 3 PM at Mission Dolores’ parish hall, located on 3321 16th Street in San Francisco.  Parishioners of all ages across the Archdiocese of San Francisco are invited to participate. This annual event is always well attended and considered to be a fun family event! See photos below.

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. 

Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning

Cardinal Robert McElroy will be the main celebrant at this year’s Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass to be held on December 13, 2023 at 7:00PM at St. Mary’s Cathedral. This 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 parish and community.

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

The Filipino Ministry hosted “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 the 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.