Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dambana Festival at The Grotto and more

Dear Friends and Kababayans,

Hope you are having a great summer. Last weekend, my family and I went camping and put up 13 tents to accommodate my extended families and friends. The immense view of the ocean, the stunning fireworks, and the beautiful music and stories during campfire are some of my favorite things. Everyone had a fun filled weekend.

With that said, this Sunday, July 11th will be the 10th Anniversary of the Fatima Crusade, kindly click this link for more details. Also, this Sunday at 6 PM, the Pacific Crest Wind will have Symphony Concert in the Plaza at The Grotto. Click this link for detailed information.

The 2nd Annual Dambana Festival will be held on Sunday, July 25th, at The Grotto. The festivity will start at 2:00 PM with a Living Rosary, Mass is at 3:00PM, followed by refreshments and cultural presentation. Kindly click this for more information. There will be 50 plus children (7-12 years) and teens participating in the Living Rosary. We encourage your children to be part of this wonderful event. There will be a rehearsal on July 18th at 2:00 PM at the Grotto. Below are the contact persons for each group in the Portland Metro Area if your kids want to participate.

DMOLF NE - Millette dela Cruz
DMOLF SE – Lydia Skeys
Pinoy IT – JJ Gaerlan
FilAm Friendship Club - Medy Saqueton
Couples for Christ- Ana Manahan

As for the youth and the young adults, we encourage them to be part of the mass. The choir will be composed of youth from different parishes and will lead the assembly with joyful songs. The choir practices will be held on Thursdays, July 15th and 22nd at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria of Holy Trinity Parish. The young adults will proclaim the readings and will serve as Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers.

On the side note, the SF Consular on Wheels will be coming to Eugene during the CFAA Convention on August 13th and 14th, for more information click this link

Are you interested in joining the Singing Christmas Tree or know someone who is? Please click this link to get the details.

Ever wonder where our newly ordained priest and deacon are assigned in the Portland Archdiocese. Well, Fr. Ysrael Bien is now at St. Cecilia Church in Beaverton and Deacon Angelo Te will serve at Christ the King Church in Clackamas. As for Fr. Cary Reniva, after his first year at the Sacred Heart Parish in Medford, he moved closer to us and his new assignment is at St. Luke Church in Woodburn. Our community is blessed with priestly vocation. Let us pray for them that the Holy Spirit grant them the gifts of wisdom, humility and love to serve well our loving God and to minister joyfully to His people.

Did you know that the Prior of the Brigittine Priory in Amity is a Filipino? Brother Bernard Ner Suquitan was chosen to lead their community last year. He went back to the Philippines in 2009 and invited 2 fine young men to join their community. Now, the Priory of Our Lady of Consolation has two Filipino postulants, 29-year-old Angelito Genon Brazil and 38-year-old Marlon PeƱabler Lamigo. They will celebrate the Feast of St. Briget of Sweden on Friday, July 23rd at 11:00 AM with Archbishop Vlasny as the Presider.

Looking ahead, please save the dates for the upcoming events:

Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia will be held at Holy Trinity Church, on Saturday, September 18th at 11:00 AM - this year will be the 300th Annual celebration in the Philippines. Bishop Kenneth Steiner will be the Presider.
The Filipino Festival on September 24th thru 26th and the 14th Annual Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz on Sunday, September 26th at 2:30 PM will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows.

Maraming Salamat Po and God bless!
Monette Mallari