Feast of Santo Niño Celebration
The Feast of Santo Niño is a solemn celebration of the 500-year milestone of the great history of the Philippines. The country’s oldest Catholic icon is the Santo Niño. Santo Niño is known for His miracles and people’s devotions that transcend religions. In the words of Pope Francis, the Holy Child is the Protector of the Philippines for half a millenni-um thus His significance both in Philippines history and culture.
Looking back at the country’s history, their ancestors have gone through numerous triumphs and defeats. It is indeed through the abiding presence of the Father in the Santo Niño that the people of the Philippines have thrived this far. With the commemoration of the 500 years of the arrival of the image of Santo Niño, let us remember their struggles and sacrifices as people of God, and pray for the future of the Catholic Church and the Republic of the Philippines.
We are fortunate to have two opportunities to celebrate this special feast this weekend! Our parish celebration will take place during the 9am Mass on Jan 16th. Later today at 2:30pm, an island celebration begins with cultural activities, followed by Mass at 4pm and a take-away plate of food after the Mass. This island celebration includes all the Catholic parishes from the Big Island, who will be sharing their Filipino foods. Salamat at magsaya!
What is “Apologetics”? Are we apologizing for being Catholic? Are we sorry about the Faith? No way! Apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia meaning a “defense.” In his First Letter, Peter says, “…Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you a reason for your hope (1 Pt 3:15).”
Apologetics is not about being defensive or apologizing, it is about breathing hope into the world through solid reasoning and Faith. If you wish to learn how to DEFEND your faith, this class is for you! Please join using our FLOCKNOTE. Fr. Jarek’s first class will commence on WED—Jan 26th at 6pm at St. Michael’s (after Benediction).