Thursday, January 12, 2012

OLP Auction 2012 - A Taste of Peace

"A Taste of Peace"
Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

"A Taste of Peace"

Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

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*** Be sure to tune in to 88.3 FM KBVM or on Friday, January 13th at
8 a.m. for their "In Person" series. Host Dina Marie Hale welcomes Sr. Anne Marie, Kareena Fields and friends to talk about this year's event!

P.S. Please listen again on Monday, January 16, 2012, when Sr. Anne Marie and others will be talking about the 25th Anniversary of the Roman Catholic Challenge which began with the inspiration of Sr. Mary John Morriss, OSF.


February 4, 2012

4pm - 8:30pm

Can you feel the excitement in the air? "A Taste of Peace" is mere days away, and the countdown has begun!

Those of you who have already purchased your tickets know that you're in for a special treat when you join the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows for their Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. What you may not know is that we are blessed to welcome a talented chef, Ian Lloyd, from Villa Romanza Ristorante Italiano on the East Coast to prepare this year's menu. It promises to tantalize the tastebuds and feed the soul! Visit for more information.

Remember, reservations are required for "A Taste of Peace," and only 300 tickets at $40 per ticket will be sold. Purchase your tickets today either securely online: or call Our Lady of Peace Retreat House: (503) 649.7127 for more information.

Thank you and may God bless you!

Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady Of Peace Retreat House


OLP wine

DATE: Saturday Evening February 4, 2012

TIME: 4:00 - 8:30 PM

LOCATION: Our Lady of Peace Retreat House
3600 SW 170th Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97006

MORE: A fundraising event supporting the ministries of
the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of
Our Lady of Sorrows

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Feast of Santo Nino 2012


Happy New Year!!!

Let us welcome 2012 with our annual celebration of the Sinulog. Yes, it is January once again and it is a time to honor our Infant Jesus!

We the Filipino Seminarians are inviting all of you to join us in this celebration. Hopefully you could also help us with matters of food (pancit, adobo, and desserts) and financial donations. I know for sure our savior will bless you for building up his kingdom on Earth.


Theme: Christ the Living Water

When: JANUARY 28, 2012

Where: Mount Angel Seminary

One Abbey Drive

St. Benedict O.R. 97373

Time: 10:00 A.M.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact me! I do apologize for I cannot respond to your emails during this week because of our seminary annual silent retreat. I will be able to reply back by this Saturday. All information is below my name. THANK YOU.

May God Bless you and your families!!!

Neil Guan

Filipino President of Mt. Angel

Seminarian Diocese of Las Vegas

(702) 498 – 3921

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


YOU ARE ALL INVITED! Please come ...

WHEN: Sunday JANUARY 1, 2012
WHERE: St Vincent de Paul
1010 Columbia Street, NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-7265

Mass 5:00 pm followed by a reception

Celebrant: Rev. Father Henry Rufo, Nativity of BVM Catholic Church in Rainier,Oregon

For more info please email:

Marie McHone - * Gigi Wolf -
Jocelyn Gran - * Maryann G Gaviola -

For music ministry please email Luzerna Cowan -


The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

2011 Dates:
November 25, 2011 through December 30, 2011 (closed Christmas Day)

Our celebration of Christmas begins the day after Thanksgiving with the opening of our most popular event, The Christmas Festival of Lights. With over 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate this is a special event for the whole family.

Click here to learn more about the Christmas Festival of Lights

Faith Cafe Schedule 2012

The Filipino Community has been given an opportunity to serve at the Faith Café, which is located at the First United Methodist Church, on the corner of Watson & 4th, in Beaverton. The building is adjacent to the Beaverton Library. Our community along with the other parishes (St. Pius X, Holy Trinity Parish, St. Cecilia Church, St. John the Fisher Parish, and San Juan Diego Parish) in our vicariate, and the First United Methodist Church serve the least of our brothers and sisters in the Beaverton area and beyond. The table is the new schedule for the different groups in the Filipino Community. Kindly click the schedule to enlarge it.

By the way, a Food Handler’s Certificate is needed for each group to participate, please check this website – to get one. The Faith Café needs a copy of your FHC for their record.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Simbang Gabi Westside Schedue

Come, Celebrate and Experience

Simbang Gabi – Christmas Novena Masses

From December 15th through the 23rd, mass begins at 7PM, with the exception of Saturday, December 17th, mass starts at 5:30PM, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Bishop Kenneth Steiner will preside on the 23rd.

Rosary will precede a half an hour and refreshments will follow after mass.

This is a Filipino Advent tradition of attending daily mass for nine days before Christmas in preparation for the birth of Christ.

Reconciliation Services will be held on Monday, December 19 and Thursday, December 22. Two of our Filipino Priests, Fr. Maro Escano and Fr. Ysrael Bien will hear confessions from 6:15 PM to 6:50 PM. Everyone are encouraged especially our elderly.

For more information please call Franz & Monette Mallari at 503-207-2217.

Portland Singing Christmas Tree

Dear kababayans:

Thank you very much to all who came and experienced the Singing Christmas Tree with us. Each year, although it may seem that we may sing the same songs, we really don't because the arrangements are different. Of course, there are standards like Handel's Alleluia -- but even that we put a variation in this year! Do you have a clue how many alto voices I've learned for "Joy to the World" in just the five years I've been on the Tree?

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some thoughts stemming from my gratitude for this opportunity to be a part of this 49-year old tradition. First, I have a natural affinity because it was started the year I was born, I never thought growing up that my life would lead me here and that I would be part of something so wonderful.

My best experiences from being a part of The Tree comes NOT from singing on stage, but from meeting and talking to audiences after the shows. The performers have a chance to go do meet-and-greets, and I always beeline toward multi-generational families for short chats. I am always thrilled to know how much The Tree means to them, not just as a show, but as a part of their holiday tradition. I have met people who have come since the very beginning, and find the Tree to literally usher in their Christmas season. I have met people who've walked away with joy in their hearts, even when they walked in with so much sadness and sometimes despair.

We have a preview night (also our tech/dress rehearsal) that we open for free (by invite only) to those people who cannot afford tickets. This year was especially moving, as was addressed in our show, because of all the hardships abound. Jim Boehner (our director) is such an inspirational and moving speaker that he leads us in prayer every week before and after we rehearse. This year, more than any other that I've known, the needs brought forth for prayers have been exponential and serious...but together we are able to provide support and caring and comfort for one another.

Yes, the Singing Christmas Tree is not just a show, but a MINISTRY. The other reason why I embrace it is because it gives me a vision of the POSSIBILITY. This organization began in a tiny church, when a group of people gathered to discuss the possibility of bringing something new to Portland…a Singing Christmas Tree! With optimism, zeal, and lots of faith, these “pioneers” began what has now become a renowned holiday tradition in the City of Portland. And this Christmas, this group will be performing in the World Nativity Festival to be held in Bethlehem at Manger Square on December 27th!

The other day, when people noticed that I gathered the Filipinos in the production for a group picture...a bunch went out of their way to say to me "we are so happy and glad that we have you 'pinecones' -- you LITERALLY add color to The Tree!" And I know for a fact that they meant it with much warmth and sincerity!

So, as we move on to our 50th year, maybe more of you will consider supporting us -- even if not to sing, but to volunteer during our performances, we always need all the behind-the-scenes and front lobby help that we can get!


;) Dolly Pangan-Specht