ur mission is to foster spiritual growth and build a sense of community inspired by the “Bayanihan” concept of solidarity. “Bayanihan” is a Filipino custom derived from the word “bayan,” which means nation, town or community. Bayanihan signifies “being in a bayan,” or the spirit of communal unity to achieve a goal.
Through our efforts we hope to promote Philippine tradition and culture, recognize our members’ leadership skills, develop action through service, and maintain unity and dialogue with the community as we share Time, Talent and Treasure with the parish.
SEPT 3rd week
San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila
San Lorenzo Ruiz, the Patron Saint of Immigrants, suffered a tortuous death because he refused to renounce his faith.We honor him at Mass with a procession of the 16 martyrs who died with him in Japan. The liturgy is followed with a celebration featuring Filipino food, music and a dance performance.
OCT 3rd week
We sponsor a booth at the annual Carnival, selling Filipino food that is prepared, cooked on the spot, and “masarap!”(yummy!!)
NOV 1st week
Todos los Santos (Mass for the Dead)
We sponsor the Mass for All Saints Day. The liturgy includes a procession by community members who offer candles in honor of their deceased relatives. Their lit candles are positioned by the altar rails for the entire weekend. These special candles are pre-ordered and personally labelled.
Simbang Gabi (Advent Novena)
The first day of the Novena is held at the Cathedral of our Lady of Los Angeles with the participation of the Filipino communities throughout the Archdiocese. The highlight is the procession of “parols” or Christmas lit lanterns from the different parishes. Ethnic ministries participate in the Dressing of the Altar and The Prayers of the Faithful. The succeeding eight novena Masses are celebrated at local parishes, including Blessed Sacrament.
The novena Masses at our parish are followed by refreshments referred to as “salo-salo.” One of those Masses is bilingual, as it is held with the Latino community to celebrate Posadas (“Panuluyan“ in Filipino), the reenactment of the Virgin Mary’s search for a dwelling to bear her infant. A communal reception follows with Latino and Filipino food.
Pabasa on Palm Sunday
Participants chant and meditate on the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ from designated Tagalog books in the Liturgy Room from 6AM to 10PM, with ongoing fellowship and food at the table.
FEB After Ash Wed
Stations of the Cross
After the Saturday 6:00 PM Mass, a minister commences the Stations of the Cross in Tagalog around 7PM followed by a Filipino psalm. The service continues until Good Friday.
JAN 3rd week Santo Niño de Cebu
We hold a Mass for the Infant Jesus of Prague, the Patron Saint of Travelers. Members of the community process with their Baby Jesus statues preceded by a blessing of flower-decorated floats. Fellowship follows at the auditorium with food and music.
Santacruzan Flores de Mayo (Marian Day)
We join other Filipinos from the Archdiocese for the Annual Marian Mass at the Cathedral. We hope to encourage those from ages 18 to 35 as well as children from 8-13 who attend faith formation to join the “Santacruzan,” a procession that represents the Blessed Virgin Mary in different spiritual roles.
SUNDAY FOOD SALES
At our designated schedule, we sell food for breakfast, snacks or lunch at the school lunch area after the 7:30AM, 9AM, 11:00AM and 1:00PM Masses alongside music and camaraderie.
OUR PARISH COMMITMENT
serve on the Parish Council, are Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ignatian Young Adults, the Youth, Music Ministers, Altar Servers, The Knights of Columbus, and the LCI LA Brilliant Lions Club.
the proceeds from the Todos los Santos candle and Breakfast sales to the parish.
to Blessed Sacrament School scholarships with Carnival Booth sales.
lunch to the homeless at The Center, contribute to disaster funds and humanitarian aid, assist in vision prevention thru the Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit, and donate to the Food Pantry and the Alexandria House.
our tradition and culture through Filipino food, music, costumes, and by sponsoring concerts from the Philippines.