Posted Jan 28, 2014, 6:20 AM by Gaio GonzalezDevotional Mass in honor of Our Lady of Peace & Good Voyage. All are invited for a Eucharistic celebration at the Crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
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2000 attend 16th annual Antipolo pilgrimage
Posted Feb 10, 2014, 12:47 PM by Gaio Gonzalez(from Manila Mail - A fortnightly Filipino newspaper in Washington, D.C.)WASHINGTON D.C. -Some 2,000 Filipino American Catholics from the East Coast, including this capital city, Virginia, Virginia Beach and Maryland, attended the 16th Annual Filipino National Pilgrimage, held on June 22 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.The pilgrimage, organized by the Birhen ng Antipolo Inc. U.S.A., led by Ed Caparas, honors the Blessed Virgin Mary who is known by her different titles, including Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Birhen ng Antipolo.Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia and his wife, Mrs. Ma. Victoria Cuisia were among those who attended the mass.
Devotees came from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Many brought images of the Blessed Virgin Mary for a procession before the mass. The principal celebrant of the mass was visiting Kalibo Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc.“I’m no longer surprised at the big crowd, or the number of images in the procession, usually about 50 of them,” said Caparas.He thanked Rev. Msgr.Walter Rossi, Rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Vito Buonnano, Basilica’s director of pilgrimages, for the event’s success, as well as the Fil-American groups and individual participants, volunteers,and donors.He invited the community to attend next year’s pilgrimage on June 28, 2014. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. Archbishop of Manila,will be the main celebrant.Among the devotees was Mrs. Ligaya Veranga, mother of choir conductor Red Veranga of the San Lorenzo de Manila Choir of Tidewater, Virginia. She brought two icons of Our Lady of Manaoag.Pamela Cindy Felix Emmanuel sang the Birhen ng Antipolo Hymn. Mass lectors were Dr. Luth Garda Tolentino of Ohio and Benildo Bautista of New York.Petition leaders, who rendered the prayers in Philippine dialects, were: Susan Motus, Ellen Carag, Domingo Patawarn, Nina Palangdao, Isidoro Badua, Dina Adams, Sheila Gonzales, Mila Oasan, Linda Mendiola and Susan Gorospe.The Antipolo Choir is composed of the Voices of St.Columba and St. Ignatius, with Commigos of Bowie, Maryland, Himig Alay of New York and the Joy in the Spirit Choir of Baltimore. Other participating choirscame from New Jersey and Philadelphia._______________________________________________View our past pilgrimage celebrants.
Posted Jul 12, 2013, 1:21 PM by birhen ng Antipoloby Fr. Patrick LongalongThe following was delivered by Fr.Patrick Longalong last June 22 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The occasion was the 16th Annual National Filipino Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage also known as the Birhen ng Antipolo.Fr. Patrick is the Filipino Diocesan Apostolate Coordinator of the Brooklyn and Queens Diocese. He is also parochial vicar at St. Francis de Sales parish in Belle Harbor, New York._________________________________________________________________Magandang Hapon po mga kapatid!It is with great pleasure and privelege that I stand here before you on this blessed day when we gather here together as one Filipino-American Community from various Dioceses and States to honor the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage also known as Our Lady of Antipolo.We now find ourselves more than half way in our celebration of the Year of Faith that our Holy Father Pope Benedict the XVI began last October 11, 2012. It is only appropriate that we pause for a while in this spiritual journey so we can give ourselves the chance to collect our bearings and re-orient ourselves in our journey of spiritual renewal and maturity. We have a proverb in our native language, Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa pinaroroonan. We look back at where we came from half-way in our journey to check if we are still on the right road to our intended destination. If not, we can reflect as to how we can improve ourselves and get back to where we are suppose to be. Our celebration today of Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje is a perfect time to do this. As pilgrims we find ourselves before her image so that we may ask he for her maternal guidance and wisdom. We take a break just a few hours at her house to recognize our accomplishments and failures while sorting out the things in our lives that we can improve or put aside so that we can strengthen our relationship with God and with each other. We ask the Blessed Mother to share with us her courage to say “Yes” to the will of God as most often the challenge of conversion can be difficult or frightening. The assurance of her presence allows us to find confidence to forge our way to her Son.It is such a grace that our Church had given us in this Year of Faith new companions in our spiritual journey. Last October 21, 2012, Pope Benedict canonized seven new saints. Numbered among them is a young Filipino Martyr by the name of Pedro Calungsod. He was a catechist that manifested love, compassion and courage in witnessing the Gospel of Jesus to a community of people that is very different from his own. This great honor of a new saint borne out of the Filipino community should inspire in us a greater vigilance to learn and understand more our Catholic faith. Maybe, brothers and sisters, the more we understand and take to heart what we believe, the more we also understand the reason why the saints are willing to give up everything including their lives to impart the Gospel message. Being a Filipino-American, it is also particularly edifying that alongside Pedro Calungsod, we are joined with another holy saint who also lived exactly at the same time but in a different part of the world. She was a young Native American Indian by the name of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks. Both Pedro and Kateri, at different places but during the same time left the security of their own homes, their own people to bravely share the revelation of Jesus Christ in a hostile world and thus becoming instruments that will plant the seed of faith by their blood.Holy Mother Church had not stopped there in her outpouring of support to us during this Year of Faith. In the following months we encounter the exciting events of the elevation of two men to Cardinal and Pope. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Pope Francis became to many Filipinos great examples of hope and faith put into actions of love, compassion and charity. Many of us have not seen them in person but the many stories we have heard and inspiring wisdom that they had shared to the world passed around through social media were enough to allow us to identify with their teachings and connect us to them as well as to the merciful and loving God that they introduce to us.This year had not been an easy time for many of us living in the United States. We have been hit very hard with various issues that demand our serious attention and action. Issues that had been around for a while but due to recent developments require immediate and firmer response. For the past few months until now, we have been praying for an end to violence, recognition of the dignity of life, and respect for Religious Freedom. These issues are important but had been eclipsed by the challenging state of our economy and the recent negative impact of Hurricane Sandy in many areas of the East Coast. Until today, many are still struggling to get back on their feet and restore their life to normalcy. Many still have not moved back to their homes and neighborhoods as they are still being repaired. I know many of us here in the Basilica give thanks to God that we have been spared. But I also know that there are many Filipinos in our midst who are going through a difficult time because they have not been as fortunate.Last December, two months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, I went to celebrate Simbang Gabi Mass with one of our Filipino Communities in Brooklyn, NY. It was in an area that had received a tremendous amount of devastation. I knew that many of the residence in the area had been displaced and didn’t expect anyone to show up. I was told that the church cancelled regular Mass schedule because the pastor had also been displaced to a safer place. When I arrived at the church I was met with a group of people at the door of the church. Their leaders were apologetic that there was no electricity since the basement was flooded but they assured me that there will be ample lighting. I smiled noticing that they had lit some candles and held flashlights inside the cold church. They were determined to complete their nine evenings of Simbang Gabi. With nearly frozen fingers, a man strummed his guitar while we sing hymns and prayed together as a community. Each night was the same routine. no electricity. no heat. However, each night our friendship grew stronger and our faith rooted deeper becoming more resilient to the terrible conditions we have to experience.My brothers and sisters, It is in many experiences like this that I am convinced we are truly blessed. We have been given a great gift of our Christian faith but alongside that gift we have been given another that is unique to the Filipino people. This other gift is a character that many of us Filipinos possess and might not be consciously aware. We have this innate ability to connect right away with each other. We have the ability to immediately come together for support and encouragement even if we have just met each other just a few minutes ago. Let us harness this gift in the next remaining months of the Year of Faith to lead others to an intimate relationship with Jesus. May the courage that Pedro Calungsod and Kateri Tekakwitha manifested in their witness to the Gospel impassioned us to go out into the world and not be afraid to plant the seed of the love of God in our society that will bring about the gift of peace and a deeper appreciation for the gift of life. Let the example and teachings of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Pope Francis inspire us to put the Gospel message of charity and compassion into action without hesitation nor fear of criticism. And may our Blessed Mother, Our Dear Lady of Antipolo protect us from temptation and lead us safely to her beloved Son.Maligaya at Makubuluhang Kapistahan ng Mahal na Birhen ng Antipolo at mabuhay tayong lahat sa kanyang anak na si Hesus!
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