A celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

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By Arlene Q.M. Collins

We Filipinos have a reason to celebrate! A celebration of one, as a people of faith, is a celebration for all.

The Holy Family Catholic Church, through the leadership of pastor Rev. Fr. Frederick Kutubebi, commemorates the 5 centuries ago of the first heard and received Christian message in the Philippines. The event will be held on MAY 23,2021, AT 1PM, 200 ANTONINA AVENUE, AMERICAN CANYON, CA. After the church service, guests will be entertained with folk dancing rendered by parishioners.

This Christian message is at the heart of every Filipino’s lived experience as a people and as a nation. This is a source of great joy that continues to sustain and renew our lives. Pope Francis himself referred to this joy as he presided over the Eucharistic celebration on March 14,2021 at St. Peter’s Basilica. “Your joy is evident in your people. We see it in your eyes, your faces, your songs and your prayers. I want to thank you for the joy you bring to the whole world and to our Christian community. The beautiful experiences of families in Rome and throughout the world, your discreet and hardworking presence became a testimony of faith.”

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines chose the theme, “Gifted to Give” to last March 14,2020 to April 2022. We Filipinos rejoice and give thanks. We have been given the gift of faith, hope and love “to give away” or share with others wherever we are or wherever we are sent. Indeed, the 500 years of Christianity have painfully and joyfully carved fruits of these gifts to the 10 million Filipino migrants scattered across the globe and to the 110 million still living in the 7,640 Philippine islands.

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