Vision-Mission Statement

We, the Ministry to the Filipinos in the Diocese of Orlando, recognize that we have been called by God as one community of believers to bear witness to our Catholic faith, by promoting our religious heritage, moral values, and spirituality.

Promote spiritual growth and strengthen unity through formation, religious education, and leadership training;

Utilize media and communication venues to inform, instruct, and guide the community;

Renew, nourish, and deepen our prayer and spiritual life through the Eucharistic celebration of our liturgical feasts and religious devotions, enriched by the inculturation and integration of distinctly Filipino values,beliefs, and traditions;

Inspire and empower our youth to embrace their spiritual heritage, live out their Catholic faith, and provide opportunities for involvement and service;

Foster a welcoming and hospitable environment in the community, especially for new migrants; and respond to the needs of those who bear various hardships in our community, especially the elderly, the bereaved, the sick and suffering, and those in special and difficult circumstances who may need pastoral care and outreach; Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Simbang Gabi

A Simbang Gabi is a nine-day Roman Catholic ritual novena performed in the Philippines which starts from December 16 and ends on December 24. Simbang Gabi, which translates to Evening Mass is usually performed as early as 4 or 5 in the morning. The last day of the Simbang Gabi, which is Christmas Eve, is called Misa de Gallo, which literally translates to "Rooster's Mass"

The Simbang Gabi originated not just out of devotion, but also due to practicality. In the 333 years that Spain ruled the Philippines, it was customary for the friars and priests (known then as frailes y cura parrocos) to celebrate Holy Mass for the multitudes of Filipinos living in the barrios. In less than two generations after the arrival of the Spaniards, or by 1600, the greater part of the islands have been successfully converted to the Catholic faith.

Simbang Gabi starts so early because of the experience of the Filipinos under the Spanish Regime.

 

 

St. Joseph's Church: Dec. 21, 2012

 

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St. James Church: Dec. 22, 2011

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St. Peter and Paul Church: Dec. 23, 2011

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St. Rose of Lima Church: Dec 21, 2011

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Holy Cross Church: Dec 16, 2011  

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Major Religious Events

Santo Nino de Cebu

Santo Nino de Cebu


 Our Lady of Antipolo

Our Lady of Antipolo


San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila

San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila


Simbang Gabi

Simbang Gabi