Dear Friends & Kababayans,
Hallelujah et Adonai!
In the past few weeks, our community Palm Sunday Service was held at St. Vincent the Paul Church in Salem, presided by Fr. Henry Rufo. It was a beautiful service and as usual delicious food and fine fellowship. Then, the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus wowed everyone with their remarkable performance; even the Mayor of Vancouver, WA is impressed. This event drew a large crowd and filled the big auditorium of the Skyview High School. At the end of their presentations, the crowd gave them a standing ovation. The FilAm Clark County hosted this affair through the excellent leadership of Eric Tadeo.
The Holy Trinity Filipino Community served at the Faith Café last night and made several folks happy with the food they prepared and served for our least fortunate brothers and sisters in Christ in the Beaverton area and beyond. Job well done!
Another big event is coming up; remember to attend the Aguman Capampangan Luau Dinner on Saturday, May 1st, starting at 6PM at the Fowler Middle School in Tigard. This event will benefit their medical mission in the Philippines. Kindly click this blog for detailed information http://filcomevents.blogspot.com/2010/03/aguman-luau-dinner-and-dance-may-1-2010.html.
As you may know, the election in the Philippines will be held on May 10th and we pray that there will be a peaceful and an honest election from the top government to the local officials. In solidarity for better Philippines, we ask you to vote if you can and to pray for our country to seek God’s grace to enlighten us and our fellowmen to vote for the right candidates to rule our nation. Sunday, on May 2nd at 12:00 PM, an outdoor mass will be celebrated with this special intention at The Grotto located on 8840 Northeast Skidmore Street, Portland, OR 97220-5028. For details click this blog http://filcomevents.blogspot.com/2010/04/may-2-special-mass-for-intentions-of.html.
The following Saturday, May 8th, at 10:00 AM, five of our Filipino Seminarians will be graduating from the Mt. Angel Seminary. Deacon Rally Bien, Deacon Joey Frez, and Derf Gucor will receive their Masters in Divinity while Manolito Jaldon and Jeremy Santos will receive their Bachelor Degrees in Philosophy. Only one of these five fine men, Deacon Rally will serve in the Portland Archdiocese and will be ordained to Priesthood on June 5th, at 11:00 am in the St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1716 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209. His Thanksgiving Mass will be held the following day, June 6th, at 11:00 AM at the Resurrection Catholic Church, 21060 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin, OR 97062. Deacon Joey Frez will be ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 29th at 10:00 am in The Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, Utah. His Thanksgiving Mass will be held on May 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1085 East 700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84012. Derf Gucor will be ordained as a Deacon in October for the Sacramento Diocese and later on will be ordained as a priest. Manolito Jaldon will continue his study at St. Patrick Seminary in San Francisco and Jeremy Santos in Sacramento, CA. In addition, Angelo Te will be ordained as a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland on May 29th. However his ordination will be held in the Philippines so his old age parents could witness this momentous event. Our community has been blessed for priestly vocation of these fine seminarians and we are proud of them. Please let us continue to pray for them and to encourage them to serve God and their future parishes with a joyful and loving hearts.
In the evening of May 8th, starting at 5:00PM, the International Festival at Holy Trinity Catholic Church will be celebrated. This event always draws a large crowd and we encourage you to come early to get a good parking lot. Kindly click this link for more info: http://h-t.org/international.htm.
For those who are interested for another concert, FANHS-OR and Cebuano Speaking Organization have partnered to present this concert featuring Rodel and Amanda Flores to benefit the FANHS Museum and scholarships for Visayan students. Click this link for details http://filcomevents.blogspot.com/2010/04/flores-concert.html.
The FilAm Friendship Club will be hosting the 2010 Barong and Terno Ball on Saturday, May 29th. For more info, click this link: http://filcomevents.blogspot.com/2010/03/2010-barong-and-terno-ball.html.
The Pacific NW Leadership Girls Camp will be held from June 28th through July 2nd at the YMCA Camp, in Longbranch, WA. This camp is for girls entering 5th through 9th grade. Click this blog for details: http://filcomevents.blogspot.com/2010/04/pacific-nw-leadership-girls-camp.html.
As usual, thank for your continued support to our activities. May God’s love flourish in our hearts, in our families and in our community.
Maraming Salamat Po and God bless,