Friday, July 30, 2010

Brigittine Monks, Dambana Festival & more

Dear Friends & Kababayans,

O’ What a wonderful way to spend a spirit filled weekend! Franz and I along with my two sisters started last Friday by attending the Feast of St. Bridget of Sweden at the Brigittine Monastery in Amity to support our Filipino Monks. Prior Bernard Ner Suquitan along with the two Filipino Postulants, Bro. Marlon and Bro. Angelito welcomed us. Archbishop John G. Vlasny celebrated the beautiful mass and then, blessed their new infirmary. Fr. Ysrael Bien was able to concelebrate along with several priests. The sumptuous food and variety of wines were served during the reception. We brought Philippine dishes to surprise the brother monks and the guests enjoyed it as much also. As you may know the Brigittine Monastery is famous for their Chocolate Fudge. They offered different samples to try and they were all delicious. Their location is very tranquil with wheat farming side by side the road and has a fish pond next to the Priory. It was truly a delight to visit them. If you plan to go to the coast towards Lincoln City, give them a call and stop by. I’m certain they would love to see you. The Brigittine Monastery’s sign on Hwy 18 is big enough, you won’t miss it.

Would you believe that our Filipina Postulant Nun, Sister Agnes Clare at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House professed her vows last Saturday? Bishop Kenneth Steiner celebrated the solemn mass. It was a time of rejoicing for the Filipinos: Fr. Rally Bien, the three Filipino Brigittine monks and several folks in our community witnessed her profession of vows. After the mass, the guests congratulated Sister Agnes Clare who was glowing with joy.

This is truly amazing. The Religious vocation in our community is really growing. Fr. Dave Gutmann of Holy Trinity mentioned two weeks ago that he interviewed three seminarians from the Philippines and he said, “They were all impressive.” He will interview another one in August. These fine young seminarians will serve the Archdiocese of Portland. Last Sunday for the first time I met the four new seminarians: Aniceto Guiriba, Arjie Garcia, Ace Tupazi and Sherwin Belen. They did a pretty good job as acolytes during the Dambana Festival at The Grotto.

Speaking of the Dambana Festival last Sunday, the event was very successful. Even with the hot summer weather, the people endured and avoided the heat by moving to a shaded area during the outdoor mass. The children who prayed the Living Rosary did a wonderful job. The youth and young adult choir sung joyfully under the directions of Ken Canedo and Raquel Naval who did an exquisite job. It was nice to see the teens and the young adults participated in the liturgy as Lectors, Petition Readers and Eucharistic Ministers. The Filipino Servite Brother Vincent served as EM also. The offertory gifts were presented by Simeon & Cording Mamaril, and Steve & Titay Schommer. Fr. Jack Topper welcomed the celebrants and the assembly. Fr. Ysrael Bien proclaimed the Gospel. And Fr. Cary Reniva did an amazing job as he expressed in his homily that the Dambana is not only a symbol of our community but of our deep faith in Jesus as well. During the acknowledgment, Medy Saqueton challenged the assembly to bring additional five guests for our next year celebration. It will be awesome if everyone could do that. After the mass, the refreshments were served at the plaza followed by a fine fellowship. Everyone had a great time. Thank you to our food donors, volunteers, participants and to all who worked hard to make this event a memorable one. You know during the Lord’s Prayer, I was deeply moved when I realized the huge participations of our children in the liturgy. Could imagine how happy our loving God was for bringing our children closer to Him. Let us continue to pray for our children especially the youth that their love for our Lord Jesus and Mama Mary will continue to grow in their hearts.

Enjoying the hot summer weather is what KFC did last Saturday with their Oregon Summer Splash event at Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton. Everyone had fun with the marvelous leadership of Manny and Ana Manahan. Click this link for their report.

If you haven’t read the Catholic Sentinel article about the Filipino Catholic Community here in Oregon, you may click this link I’m glad and grateful that our Filipino Community was featured but regrets that I wasn’t able to talk to Ed, the writer of the article in time for publication. He did a wonderful job but don’t be surprised if there are bits and pieces that were missed quoted in the article like “At Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton, Filipinos organize the large Epiphany Party.” What Franz & I organized along with the other Filipinos & the Parish Events Ministry is the International Festival, the grand event that happens every year at Holy Trinity.

Did you know that the UST Choir that came to visit us last year and performed in Salem and Vancouver are world champions again -- winner of the Pavarotti Award? Kindly click this link for more info:

Our community continued to serve our marginalized brothers and sisters in Christ at the Faith Café in Beaverton. Last month several members of Couples for Christ prepared the delicious BBQ chicken, baked beans, salad and rolls. The guests enjoyed it and greatly appreciated our community. On August 8th, the Philippine Nurses Association will be serving hamburgers, French fries and fresh fruits. If you would like to volunteer and get to know other folks in the community, feel free to join us. Do you have extra school supplies and want to donate? You may bring it at the Faith Café and we can distribute them to the children of our guests.

CFC – Youth Ministry headed by Gilbert & Maryann Gaviola is having a fundraising event please click this link for more information

Stay tune, the planning for the feasts of Our Lady of Penafrancia and San Lorenzo Ruiz in progress and the 13th Anniversary of El Shaddai. Mark your calendars.

1. Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia will be held at Holy Trinity Church, on Saturday, September 18th. Living Rosary will be held at 10:30 AM and Holy Mass is at 11:00 AM - this year will be the 300th Annual celebration in the Philippines. Bishop Kenneth Steiner will be the main celebrant for our festivity here in Beaverton.

2. The El Shaddai 13th Year Anniversary at St. Ignatius, on Sunday, September 19th, from 1-5 PM.

3. The Filipino Pistahan 2010 on September 245h and the 14th Annual Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz on Sunday, September 26th at 2:30 PM will both be held at Our Lady of Sorrows.

God bless and Maraming Salamat Po,