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Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass) – Series and Developments

  Two weeks ago, I wrote about the Simbang Gabi at St. Patrick’s Cathedral which kicked off all the Simbang Gabi masses in the tri-state area. As mentioned in my previous blog, Simbang Gabi has become one of the most important religious traditions, especially for Catholics in the U.S. A series of Simbang Gabi was held in one of  the local community Parishes where I regularly visit. A humble missionary priest, Rev. Fr. Richard M., who has recently been assigned in NYC was tasked  to officiate the said masses for the entire duration of the nine-day novena. The beauty of this … Continue reading Simbang Gabi (Dawn Mass) – Series and Developments

A Sneak Preview of the 2010 Simbang Gabi in the Big Apple – Tips and Thoughts

I recall my first Simbang Gabi (or Mass at Dawn) in NYC, I braved the winter chills and the snowy weather just to complete the 9-day novena mass. That was quite a sacrifice for me as I have to travel for an hour after a busy day just to make it there on time. As a matter of fact I was constrained to write something about it as a memento as it was my very first in a foreign land and after a long respite from attending the celebration. Fortunately, the said write-up was published in one of the newsletters of one of … Continue reading A Sneak Preview of the 2010 Simbang Gabi in the Big Apple – Tips and Thoughts

Our Lady of Manaoag Feast Day Celebrations in NYC

For Catholics worldwide, the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. It is one of the major Marian feast days particularly for devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary and believers of the significance and powers of the Holy Rosary. The feast day of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag likewise falls in October and is consistently celebrated by Filipino migrants throughout the United States, particularly the natives of Manaoag, Pangasinan, a town which is about more than 100 miles north of Manila. The original image of Our Lady of Manaoag is currently … Continue reading Our Lady of Manaoag Feast Day Celebrations in NYC

San Lorenzo Ruiz Enthronement – A Significant Event

  For Filipino migrants in the United States, particularly in NYC’s Queens area , the enthronement of San Lorenzo Ruiz (SLR) at the Holy Child Jesus (HCJ) Church was truly a blessing! When HCJ’s Parish Administrator (Rev. Father Francis Colamaria)  met with the Filipino leadership apostolate two months ago and discussed about plans for SLR’s image enthronement in the church, there was no hesitation at all from both sides!. Said plan was actually opportune and timely as the enthronement was to be undertaken within the centennial celebration period of HCJ, which  made it more signficant.   The installation of SLR’s 4-ft. image at HCJ may … Continue reading San Lorenzo Ruiz Enthronement – A Significant Event