Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs

Summer E-Newsletter 2021

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Message from Bishop Oscar Solis Read the following information on discrimination and racism against Asian Americans.

Warmest greetings of Christ’s peace and love to everyone during these hot summer months. I pray you are keeping yourself cool, healthy, and holy. We give thanks to God for blessing us with a respite from the pandemic. Our nation has slowly moved into the new normal and most of the churches throughout the country have re-instituted the public celebration of the Holy Eucharist with most of the safety and health restrictions lifted as well as other liturgical services, events, and practices back in place. However, let us continue to invoke our Lord’s protection from the new Delta variant and His healing grace for the end of the pandemic.

Amidst many challenges around us, we recognize God’s many blessings. Our subcommittee continues the implementation and dissemination of the USCCB document Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters. Consultation is ongoing on how Asian and Pacific Island communities will celebrate the 5th anniversary of its approval in 2023. Journeying Together: A National Intercultural Encounter for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults sponsored by the Cultural Diversity Committee also provides us inspiring experiences from the intracultural dialogues with some of our ethnic communities. Through a series of listening and small group sharing sessions, we learned of these ethnic Catholics’ strong faith and great love for God, enthusiasm, and active involvement in the Church’s mission of evangelization that bring hope during these trying times.

Furthermore, our Filipino brothers and sisters this year celebrate in joyful thanksgiving God’s significant and special gift to our small nation, the “500th Year Anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.” Since the Spanish missionaries first set foot on the island nation in 1521, the Catholic faith they planted in the heart of the people had been an integral part of the cultural tradition that sustained us through the years. This Jubilee highlights our colorful history and the fruits of the Catholic faith handed from one generation to the next in the countless bishops, priests, religious, lay ministers, and devoted people who continue to live and share their faith with others by the giving of themselves for the love of God and for the service of the Church in every corner of the world.

For this reason, the Philippines remains not only the country with the largest Catholic population in Asia but also a strong part of the Church’s mission that helps enrich the faith life of the community wherever they are. Pope Francis, in his video message for the occasion, recognized their contribution, “thanking the Filipinos for their deep sense of family, community, and fraternity, and urging them to be grateful and generous missionaries of the Gospel by renewing their enthusiasm for evangelization, in order to reach out to others and bring them the hope and joy of the Gospel, the love of God for our brothers and sisters.”

The theme of the Quincentennial celebration is Gifted to Give, reflecting the very essence of our Catholic identity and missionary life that Filipinos lovingly and gratefully witness with joy and enthusiasm. Their Christian faith has been a source of inspiration, courage, and perseverance that keeps our hope alive. Let us join them in their celebration and in our sacred responsibility to share with everyone the graces we have received from our God.

May the Lord bless us always and Mabuhay! St. Joseph, pray for us!

Highlights on the U.S. Commemoration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

Archdiocese of Baltimore

 Archdiocese of Newark

 Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Archdiocese of San Francisco

 Archdiocese of Washington

Archdiocese of Washington Mass to celebrate the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines and the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz

Diocese of Honolulu

Diocese of Richmond

Diocese of San Bernardino

Holy Family Church, Artesia, CA

Celebrate the Quincentenary with Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP

We invite you to send information on your local church’s activities/events related to the celebration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines. Feel free to email us at [email protected]. Thanks! 

Several thousand Attend Our Lady of La Vang Shrine Solemn Blessing Day and Unveiling in the Diocese of Orange

Check out the links below:

  • July 20 Orange County Catholic website

  • July 20: Facebook, Diocese of Orange

  • July 18: Facebook, Diocese of Orange

  •  July 17: Facebook, OC Catholic News

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Andrew Kim, the first native Catholic Priest of Korea

Discrimination and Racism against Asian Americans

A must-read article by Peter Tran, Asian and Pacific Island Women Religious Speak Out Against Asian hate-


From the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, pastoral leaders Theresa Liu and Chang Lor talk about attacks against Asians, read it here,

AAPI Catholics Call for Solidarity Against Racism | Catholic Herald

Arriving hand-in-hand with the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 in the United States early last year were concerns about accompanying racism and xenophobia, stemming from the origin of the virus in Wuhan, China. According to data released by the Pew Research Center in June 2020, about three in 10 Asian adults reported being subject to slurs.

Virtual Holistic Wellness Workshop

Virtual Holistic Wellness workshop, in Korean, English for the Filipinos, Vietnamese, Mandarin (Chinese) and Indonesian during last April and May, hosted by the Diocese of San Bernardino. 


Visit the USCCB Store to browse and order your resources or call 1-800-235-8722 or send an email to [email protected]. Remember to have the product code number ready when placing your order.

A Treasured Presence: Filipino American Catholics (Product Code 7-656)

Learn about the history, blessing, and promise of Filipino Catholics in the United States ...This timely book comes in advance of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, which will be celebrated in 2021.

Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters (Product Code 7-576) The goal of this response is to make Asian and Pacific Island Catholics feel at home, both in the Church and in the United States, while being able to preserve the richness of the spiritual and cultural backgrounds that they bring as contributing member of the Body of Christ.

Resettling in Place: A Vietnamese American Catholic Experience (Product Code 7-480) This small book is a snapshot description about a community who rebuilt their faith life by sustaining family values, culture, and Catholic devotional practices.

Harmony in Faith: Korean American Catholics (Product Code 7-479) This small book on Korean American Catholics connects each believer to their roots in Korea, weaving through thick layers of their history of faith.

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love Product Code 7-606) This pastoral letter against racism the US Catholic bishops call on fellow clergy and all Catholics to help change racist attitudes and acts to conform to the moral order established by God, in which men and women of all races are honored as brothers and sisters.

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