the Filipino-American Ministry Page!
The mission of the Filipino-American Ministry is to promote the spiritual enrichment of Filipino-Americans at Holy Trinity Parish and to promote the practice of religious celebrations in keeping with the traditional Filipino heritage, thereby, contributing to the overall mission of Holy Trinity Church.
The Ministry focuses its work on two main areas:
1. Worshipping and Celebrating Together
1.1. Misang Pilipino (Filipino Mass) every second Sunday of the month at 4:00 p.m. (followed by a fellowship with potluck)
1.2. Visits of San Lorenzo Ruiz to homes of families and praying the Novena in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, San Lorenzo Ruiz and his companion martyrs
1.3. Annual Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses in anticipation of the Nativity of Jesus
1.4. Annual Consecration of Families to the Holy Family
1.5. Parish-wide annual events
1.5.1. Annual Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary recited in multiple languages, e.g., English, Spanish, Tagalog, Italian, Yoruba, and Swahili
1.5.2. Annual International Potluck that brings together parishioners from different ethnic backgrounds to celebrate their heritage through traditional food, dance and music
2. Practicing the Faith through Corporal Works of Mercy
2.1 Feeding the hungry and the homeless (dinners for 150 persons) at the Bergen County Shelter, at least twice a year
2.2 Supporting the St. Vincent de Paul Fund
2.3 Providing humanitarian aid to those affected by natural disasters (e.g., typhoons and floods) in the Philippines.
In addition, the Filipino-American Ministry supports fund-raising efforts of the parish with the help of other parish groups.
Melanie Lao, Lead Coordinator
Martiniana Villa, Co-Coordinator
Rosa Bauer, Treasurer