Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:13:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Filipino Catholics in Washington area celebrate 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines – Catholic Standard Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:46:13 +0000

Filipino Catholics in the Washington, DC area made a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September 18, 2021 to celebrate a 500-year journey of faith that continues.

The mass commemorating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines and the feast of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino martyr and saint, drew around 450 people, including women wearing indigenous silk dresses in pastel colors with delicate stitching and men wearing the traditional tagalog barong embroidered long sleeve shirts.

The morning began with a procession of around 100 Filipino Catholics who sang hymns and walked around the exterior of the basilica and through its main entrance, led by young adults carrying a cross and followed by children and d adults, some carrying banners representing different Catholic groups. Statues of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Santo Niño de Cebú, an image of the Holy Child Jesus sacred to the Filipinos, were reverently carried in front of the sanctuary of the basilica and placed there.

A Filipino Catholic places a statue of the Holy Child Jesus, Santo Niño of Cebú, in front of the sanctuary of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception before a Mass on September 18, 2021 marking the 500e anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. In the photo below, a girl leads the prayer of a ten rosary before mass. The statue in front on the right represents Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, the first martyr and Filipino saint, whose feast was also celebrated at mass. (Photos CS / Andrew Biraj)

In accordance with coronavirus safety guidelines, some participants wore special red masks with the anniversary year theme and logo, “Gifted to Give,” referring to how Filipino Catholics received the gift of faith. 500 years ago and are called to share this gift with the world.

Auxiliary Bishop of Washington Mario E. Dorsonville delivers his homily during a mass on September 18, 2021 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception commemorating the 500e anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. (Photo CS / Andrew Biraj)

Echoing this theme, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, Mario E. Dorsonville, the principal celebrant of the Mass, told Filipino Catholics in his homily: “You have the gift of going out and giving.” Bishop Dorsonville, chair of the Committee on Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, encouraged them to heed Pope Francis’ call by going out and being missionary disciples bringing Christ to the world, especially to those in the peripheries, such as the poor and migrants and refugees.

The mass at the basilica was part of the jubilee year commemorating the first mass in the Philippines, celebrated at Easter on March 31, 1521, by a Spanish priest accompanying the journey of Ferdinand Magellan, the explorer who died after engaging in a tribal battle there, but whose expedition which started with five ships and 260 men eventually completed the first round-the-world trip, with 18 surviving crew members arriving in Spain on a ship remaining laden with spices in September 1522 .

The Christian faith has flourished in the Philippines over the past five centuries. Today, the Philippines has the third largest Catholic population among any country in the world, with Catholics constituting 86 percent of its approximately 110 million people. Over 10 million Filipino migrants, mostly Catholics, live in 100 different countries around the world. An estimated 2.9 Filipino Catholics live in the United States.

This faith could be seen in dramatic fashion in 1995, when an estimated crowd of over 5 million attended Pope Saint John Paul II’s closing Mass during World Youth Day in the capital, Manila. of the Philippines, and in 2015, when it was believed that even more Filipinos attended Pope Francis’ closing Mass during his visit to that country.

People pray during a Mass on September 18, 2021 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which celebrated the 500e anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. (Photos CS / Andrew Biraj)

In April 2021, as the bishops of the Philippines opened holy doors in cathedrals to help kick off the anniversary year, Pope Francis in a video message encouraged Filipino Catholics to “be thankful for the gift of faith … Reach out to others and bring them the hope and joy of the gospel.

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and former Archbishop of Manila, also posted a video message for the jubilee, praising the “simple hidden witnesses of the faith” over the past 500 years who have contributed to “our character as Filipinos, to the improvement of Filipino culture and to the formation of the Filipino nation.”

Cardinal Tagle said the anniversary was a time for Filipino Catholics “to re-engage in the faith (and) act on it… It is also a time to share the gift of faith with our families, in our communities, in our parishes and even for the rest of the world. The gift we have received, we must not keep for ourselves.

At the National Mass of the Sanctuary, Mgr. Walter Rossi – the rector of the basilica – welcomed the Filipino Catholics, noting that over the years he had witnessed the joy and faith of this community. He noted that Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is depicted in the dramatic mosaic of the dome of the Trinity of the sanctuary, and that its crypt church level includes an oratory at Our Lady of Antipolo which marks its 25e anniversary next year and was donated by Filipino Catholics nationwide.

Choir members sing during a Mass on September 18, 2021 at the National Shrine celebrating the 500e anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. (Photo CS / Andrew Biraj)

Bishop Dorsonville in his homily said that the importance of the basilica’s artwork depicting Saint Lorenzo Ruiz reflected the vital role of Filipino Catholics in the Church in the United States. He praised the testimony of this saint, who was martyred with missionaries in Japan in 1637 after refusing to renounce his faith, was canonized 300 years later and is revered as the patron saint of the Philippines, youth and servants choir, and for people working abroad.

The bishop said that this saint brought Christ to others, and he praised Filipino Catholics today for the faith that stays close to their hearts and families and inspires them to serve their parishes and be evangelists around the world. Praising the lay faithful as a blessing to the Church, the bishop also asked the Filipino priests and nuns present at mass to stand up, and he joined the congregation in applauding them.

Before Mass on September 18, 2021 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception celebrating the 500e anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, Filipino Catholic women carry a banner in a procession. (Photo CS / Andrew Biraj)

Before Mass, people prayed dozens of rosaries in English, then in the Filipino languages ​​of Tagalog, Bicolano, Ibanag, and Cebuano. Petitions to Mass included a reading in Ibanag “for the victims of the pandemic, the earthquake in Haiti, the wildfires in North America, Hurricane Ida, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, (and) in particular migrant refugees and orphans from all over the world ”.

The mass was hosted by the Filipino community in the Washington area, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Washington Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach and the Asian and Pacific Islands Affairs section of the Secretariat of the Cultural Diversity of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Flashes seek to stop skidding against rival cathedral – The Vicksburg Post Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:02:29 +0000

Summer officially turned into fall this week, and for the St. Aloysius football team the goals they had in August are starting to change as well.

Despite constant efforts, a 0-5 start tempered dreams of a championship season. Even the playoffs are becoming an increasingly distant possibility. Halfway through the season, a simple win or two would be cause for celebration, and that’s the goal this week.

St. Al (0-5) will host the Cathedral (3-2) on Friday night, wanting to win not only to claim the bragging rights of their long-standing rivalry between Catholic schools, but also to have tangible success to show for their efforts in this area. point.

“There’s nothing more, in terms of my professional career right now, that I want more than a win for these kids,” said St. Al coach Bubba Nettles. “I don’t want it for myself. I want it for them, I want it for these seniors. They deserve it. But we are running out of matches to make that happen.

Nettles is still positive and optimistic about the future of the program, although this season has started to run out of steam.

The Flashes had the lead in three of their games and had the chance to win them all. Even in a 35-6 loss to Adams County Christian last week, several early turnovers provided scoring chances St. Al couldn’t take advantage of.

“I’m still as positive as I was the day I got the job because I can see beyond my nose. I can see the future is bright, ”Nettles said. “I’ve preached to these seniors since day one that whatever happens this season, whatever happens after that, you’ve helped build.”

Facing the Cathedral could provide a spark for St. Al. This is the 60th meeting between the teams since the series began in 1938, and they have faced each other every year since 1983.

Last year’s game at Natchez went into the record books with an 18-0 victory over the Cathedral, but the Green Wave was actually ahead 35-7 in the second quarter when the game was interrupted and ultimately canceled due to severe thunderstorm. The score of 18-0 is that which the MAIS attributes to the forfeits.

“They were pouring it on us before the Good Lord poured it on us. I’ve never been so thankful that a hurricane or anything goes through Natchez and brings everyone home, ”said Nettles, who was an assistant at St. Al in 2020 before becoming a coach- chef this year.

St. Al is hoping for a more similar performance to what they had against Cathedral in 2018 and 2019, when they recorded unbalanced back-to-back wins. Even without a victory under their belt, the Flash seem capable of pulling it off.

Prior to their loss to ACCS, the Flashes had lost back-to-back games for a total of 13 points. The defense allowed 35 points per game, but the offense averaged 25 points in its first four outings. Rather than a series of breakouts, it was a handful of key games that turned potential wins into losses.

“The world notices, in MAIS, that we are on the verge of not being child’s play anymore. It’s important for them to learn, ”Nettles said.

Playing a big rival, Nettles added, could help push the Flashes over the hump and into the win column at last.

“It’s a game of rivalry. At home. We are pumped up and ready to finally enter this column of victories. They are a very good football team so we certainly don’t try to ignore them – we can’t overlook anyone at 0-5 – but the kids are focused and ready to play. Hope we have one of our best training weeks yet.

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The cathedral will host an award-winning writer for the Saint-François festival Fri, 24 Sep 2021 02:07:46 +0000

Jon M. Sweeney

Many are familiar with the annual blessing of animals at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. Community service, open to all neighbors and their pets, will take place as usual on the cathedral’s west lawn under the marquee on October 3 at 4 p.m.

This year, the cathedral is extending its celebration of the feast of St. Francis over two days. On Saturday, author Jon M. Sweeney will lead a “Day of Conversation, Meditation and Spiritual Practice” from 9:30 am to 3 pm. On Sunday, he will preach at all cathedral services and host a forum on Saint Francis at 10 a.m. at the Mercer theological school.

Jon M. Sweeney is the author of thirty-five books including The Complete Francis of Assisi, Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart (with Mark S. Burrows), Thomas Merton and Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis , he is considered an authoritative voice on the life and spirituality of Saint Francis. A Catholic, he is married to a rabbi, and their interfaith marriage has been featured in national media. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife and daughters.

Saint Francis included soldiers and fools, mothers and fathers, businessmen and rulers, poets and court entertainers, pastors and criminals. He was, at one time or another, one way or another, all of it. And the spiritual path he discovered is the path of faith made tangible, and perhaps more relevant to our time than it was in his day.

The primordial message of his life and his teachings, which will be celebrated throughout the weekend, begins and ends with the story of Francis and the wolf of Gubbio. Jon Sweeney will open this story with vivid, contemporary detail, and he will explain how Francis’ spiritual practice is an invitation to embrace the wolf: to consider another point of view, to befriend our fears, to see us. in another and discover something new.

Jon will encourage those who are gathered, with examples from his own life, to touch the scary, deny power, live as if we have nothing to lose, listen to our inner animal, pray with the moon, walk more lightly. on the floor, and turn to the simple. Francis of Assisi is the world’s most popular saint, and this weekend you’ll find out how he illuminated a peaceful path for those of us navigating today’s precarious times.

Saturday retreat: befriending our fears in the manner of Saint Francis

October 2

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

Suggested free donation $ 20

Register to attend in person:

Sunday services and events: 8 a.m. Traditional mass, 9:15 a.m. Cathedral for children !, 10 a.m. Forum du doyen sur Saint-François, 11:15 a.m. Choral mass, 4 p.m. Evening song with blessing of the animals

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The cathedral will replace Confederate windows with stained glass reflecting black life Thu, 23 Sep 2021 16:36:16 +0000

Details of stained glass windows depicting Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson which were removed from Washington National Cathedral in 2017. Photo by Ken Cobb / © Washington National Cathedral

WASHINGTON (RNS) – Four years after Washington National Cathedral removed stained glass windows depicting Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the cathedral will announce on Thursday, September 23 that the windows will be filled with works by multimedia artist Kerry . James Marshall honoring the struggle of African Americans for justice.

The windows, which are slated to be installed in 2023, will be funded by a contribution of more than $ 1 million from the Mellon Foundation.

In a separate development, it was also announced that Mellon’s president, poet Elizabeth Alexander, will contribute a new verse that will be inscribed in stone around the windows. The poetry project is funded by actress Kate Capshaw and her husband, Steven Spielberg, through the Hearthland Foundation.

The new windows will be the first stained glass work produced by Marshall, whom Kevin Eckstrom, cathedral communications director, described as “one of the contemporary artistic scribes of black life in America.”

Marshall, best known for his paintings of black subjects, was the subject of a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in 2013, and in 2016 a retrospective of his career was opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and then went to the Met Breuer in New York City.

Confederate-themed stained-glass windows were added to the cathedral’s stained glass in 1953 with support from the United Daughters of Confederation, a group that sought to honor the memory of veterans who fought for the South. Window removal had been under consideration since the 2015 shooting of nine members of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, but was withdrawn following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, in Virginia in 2017.

The Lee window was on loan to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and will be on display in the “Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies” exhibit, which is due to open on Friday.

While several statues of Confederate officers have fallen in recent years, Eckstrom stressed that the cathedral windows “will be one of the first Confederate icons to fall and be replaced by something else.”

In August 2020, a United Methodist Church in Boise, Idaho, known as the Cathedral of the Rockies, desecrated a stained glass window depicting Lee. In its place, the church will honor Bishop Leontine Kelly, the first African-American female bishop of The United Methodist Church, according to the Rev. Duane Anders, pastor of the church.

Anders said the window will focus on Kelly but also highlight the historic election of the first Hispanic American bishop and the first American bishop of Japanese descent. All three were consecrated in the church sanctuary in a ceremony in 1984.

through Adelle M. Banks, Religious Information Service