The Filipino–American Community at St. Adalbert Parish, Elmhurst, NY
Filipino monthly mass is held on the last Sunday of every month at 2:00 PM. Mass is celebrated in English.
Our Filipino Community (FAC), within the larger Parish Community, is made up of people who speak the many Filipino languages. Inspired by the pastor (Fr. Mirek), who vigorously sought and encouraged the active participation of the various ethnic groups within the parish, started the Filipino Mass in November of 2014. ??? Filipino-American Community (FAC) responded with great enthusiasm and began a dynamic involvement in ever increasing and varied activities in the parish.
The members of the FAC actively participate in parish life serving as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Choir members, Parish Pastoral Council members, and CCD teachers. All this is in recognition of the overwhelming presence of Filipinos in the parish and as a way of reaching out to them with help to practice our faith in their own culture.
Filipinos gather together on the 4th Sunday of each month for the Eucharist and to support each other. FAC celebrates its heritage and traditions organizing social activities, events, galas, family and youth gatherings. These celebrations increase their enthusiasm and give opportunity to share many talents in liturgy, music, and dance.
How to get involved?
You can participate by helping with our monthly service opportunities. You do not need any special skill or training to be involved. Just come and worship with us. If you are not a parishioner you may sign up, if non-member, we have service opportunities for you too!
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Simbang Gabi at St. Adalbert Parish
The Filipino Community has mass on the 4th Sunday of the month. Because of the necessary preparation for the Simbang Gabi there will be no monthly mass in November and December. The Celebration of the Simbang Gabi is TBA.
The Miraculous Story of the Santo Niño de Cebu
Almost 500 years ago, Ferdinand Magellan discovered Cebu City in the Philippines, claiming the land for Spain in 1521 and bringing Christianity to the Cebuanos. The image of the Señor Santo Niño was given to Queen Juana of Cebu, who was later baptized along with her husband Rajah Humabon and their people. Not long after, however, the Cebuanos turned against the Spaniards, and the Spaniards burned the area. The image of Santo Niño was caught in the blaze and assumed lost.
Years later, in 1565, Spanish conquistadors returned, led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. Searching through the rubble, the image was found unscathed, and the local people quickly acknowledged its survival as miraculous, and a church was later constructed on the site of the discovery. The image itself was moved to San Agustin Church at the order of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Father Urdaneta. San Augustin Church was the oldest in Cebu, and was renamed Santo Niño. Today, the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is an important historical and religious landmark in Cebu.
“Indeed, we can only give praise and thanks to God through Señor Santo Niño, the God-Child, the Wonder-Counselor and Prince of Peace, who humbled Himself and became a human being like us, in order to understand human nature.”
– Fr. Rudy A. Bugna, O.S.A., Rector, Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu City, Philippines.