E-Newsletter of
  Asian and Pacific Island Affairs (SCAPA)








Winter 2016

Christmas is a welcome celebration in the life of the Church, our country and the world. So much had happened that impacted the lives of many people especially the least, the last and the marginalized members of our society.

In particular, the recent election and senseless violence around us sowed fear, uncertainty and very sadly, polarization, hatred and prejudice especially to our undocumented immigrant brothers and sisters.

The celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ, is a timely reminder of God's gift of peace and happiness. The message of hope is so meaningful to our world that advocates values contrary to the divine will and design: the culture of death in the forms of abortion, war and genocide that negate the dignity and sanctity of life and the culture of indifference to hunger, homelessness and economic inequity that cause tremendous suffering and pain to the poor.

What an opportune time for us to reflect on the meaning of the Incarnation of the Son of God. Jesus Christ was sent as our Savior to proclaim the good tidings of joy and peace, that there is hope in the midst of despair, love in the midst of hatred and light in the midst of darkness. This is the reason we sing "joy to the world, because the Lord has come."

Christ came for our conversion and reconciliation - to renew our faith in his power and in his presence to usher a new day for us; to strengthen our hope in his goodness, that with Him and through Him, change is within our reach; to rekindle our love for God and for each other so we can overcome hatred and prejudice; and, in the midst of diversity to inspire out hearts to build bridges so we can become one God's family no matter the cultural differences we have.

Let then the light of Christ shine bright in our hearts to dispel the darkness, fear and division in our midst. Set our hearts in God and work on loving each other again as Christ loves us. Be the prophetic voice that proclaims "God is alive, he has come and his kingdom is at hand."

On behalf of SCAPA and the staff of the SCDC/Asian and Pacific Island Affairs, a Blessed and Merry Christmas to all!
The Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco

Read Fr. Eugene Tungol's article about the various events that happened in the Archdiocese of San Francisco such as the 6th Annual Filipino Ministry Gala, Parol Making Workshop, and the 9th Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass, with a special invitation to the first annual "Sinulog Festival" at the Cathedral of St. Mary to honor the Santo NiƱo de Cebu.

North American Chinese Catholic Apostolate (NACCA Conference)

Check out the article by Valerie Schmalz on page 3 on the Catholic - San Francisco newspaper to learn more about the NACCA Conference that was held on October 7-9, 2016 in San Francisco. Check out more pictures of the event!

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Workshop
Find out how parishioners in Our Lady of Hope Parish in Philadelphia are working towards their "vision of one multi-cultural Eucharistic community living its spirituality of hospitality, reconciliation, and mission to the Church and to the world" by reading the item by Sr. Gertrude Borres, RA 
Simbang Gabi Mass Schedules from Various (Arch)Dioceses

Many archdioceses and dioceses celebrate Simbang Gabi, a Filipino tradition of Novena Masses (nine consecutive days) celebrated in parishes across the country leading up to Christmas. It is "a privileged votive mass, i.e., a mass that does not correspond to the liturgical calendar but has a special intention" said Philippines Church historian Fr. Rex Andrew Alarcon.  


Click the following links for the schedule for this year's Simbang Gabi celebration through the Diocese of  Arlington, Richmond and San Diego and the Archdioceses of  Baltimore, Chicago, Galveston-Houston, Los Angeles, Louisville, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Check with your diocese for local celebrations.

Invitation to the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of the 17 Martyrs of Laos 

Check out the invitation and  contribution letter for the upcoming Mass of Thanksgiving for the beatification of the 17 Martyrs of Laos at the Shrine of our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois 62223-1023 on June 17th and 18th, 2017.

Find demographics from Dr. Tricia Bruce and colleagues and from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) on the National Study of Asian & Pacific Island Catholics.
a. Asians overtake Hispanics-Asians are the fastest growing racial group in the U.S.
b. U.S. Catholic Population: Race, Ethnicity & Birthplace Estimates, 2013 
c. Percentage Catholic in Major API-American Subgroups
d. Asian & Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Catholics & Parishes
e. API Catholics are concentrated especially on the West Coast
f. Fifteen (arch)dioceses with the most API Catholics 
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church 
Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs (SCAPA)
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