Friday, November 29, 2013

Mass to be held December 1, 2013

DECEMBER 1, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Simbang Gabi Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

One night of anticipating Christmas with food & beautiful carols.

Organized by the Bagong Kulturang Pinoy (BKP) in collaboration with the Filipino Apostolate 

of Boston.

Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

7 pm Mass at the Holy Name Church, 1689 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA

Followed by live performances, bibingka, puto bumbong, arroz caldo, churros, at Finn Hall.

Suggested donation at the door: $5 or $10 (includes a Pasko meal).

Thursday, November 21, 2013

AT&T and Verizon are offering FREE calls and texts to the Philippines

AT&T and Verizon are offering FREE calls and texts to the Philippines for customers trying to contact friends and family there in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. AT&T wireless customers will be eligible for unlimited calls and texts until Nov. 30. Landline and U-verse voice customers will get up to 60 minutes of direct-dial calling to the Philippines. The offer is retroactive to last Friday. That was when the typhoon hit the island nation, displacing more than 600,000 people. Authorities fear that thousands were killed in the country's Leyte province.

Verizon is waiving charges on residential landlines through Dec. 7, also retroactive to Friday. Wireless customers who aren't under prepaid plans are also eligible

Mass for Typhoon Victims

There were about 1,000 people (a mixture of children, youth, young adult, adult and seniors) who attended the Mass.  We collected $9,359.00 and the Filipino Apostolate will send the money through the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for the Haiyan victims in the Philippines.

Click HERE for a copy of the missalette that was prepared for the Mass. Click HERE for a copy of the homily of Fr. Cyriac Mattathilanickal, MS, he delivered during the Mass.


Thank you for your presence to support our Filipino brethren in prayer for the repose souls of those who perished in the storm and for the strength to bring the needed healing to the injured, and also for your generous donation to assist the Philippines in recovering from this natural disaster.

We are grateful to all participants in the Eucharistic celebration for their commitment in such short notice to make this event possible. 

Celebrant:   Rev. Michael C. Harrington
Concelebrant & Homilist:   Rev. Cyriac C. Mattathilanickal, MS
Concelebrants:   Rev. Kevin O'Leary
   Rev. George Carlson
   Rev. Oscar Pratt
   Rev. Francis Alvarez, SJ
   Rev. Hilario Sanez
   Rev. Alvin
   Rev. Michael
   Rev. Tom
Music Director:  Evelyn Dusaban
Choir:    Filipino Apostolate Malden Choir
Special Participation:  Boston College Student Choir
IP Rondalla
 First Reading:  Ador Parena
 Second Reading:  Elvie Navarro
 Prayer of the Faithful: Rose Candaza

Offerors:   Dr. Alicia Layug
     Rene & Ditas Jaro

We extend our sincere appreciation to Rev.Michael Harrington for his personal assistance to make things happen.  We express our love and gratitude to our chaplain, Rev. Cyriac Mattathilanickal,MS, for his guidance and active participation in planning this event.  We thank His Eminence, Sean Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap and Rev. Kevin O'Leary, Rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and his staff for welcoming the Filipino community to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

To those who provided nourishment for our body, we are always thankful for your thoughtfulness. 

We are collaborating with other Filipino groups to collect merchandise and food donations to send to the typhoon victims in the Philippines.  We will also support the fundraising plans of the students and community groups around the Boston and nearby areas, and collect monetary donations during the Filipino Apostolate Masses for the coming weeks of November and December 2013 for the typhoon victims.

Important Websites and Phone Numbers to Know in connection with Super Typhoon "Haiyan" in the Philippines:
1-888-407-4747 Office of Overseas Citizen Services, State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs to help find missing love ones or families in the devastated areas.
1-866-720-5721 National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline
1-202-821-1999 Center for International Disaster Information at  The Relief Agency to contact for those interested to volunteer their time and expertise in the Philippines.

Suggested websites to donate to the Philippine typhoon victims:
• - White House portal
•  – USAID portal
• – catholic relief services
• – catholic medical mission board
• – CARE International

We also invite you to attend all the Filipino Apostolate Sunday Masses as scheduled:
 1st Sundays, Holy Name Church, West Roxbury, MA
 1 PM – Holy Mass
  2nd Sundays, St. Joseph Church, Malden, MA
  12:30 PM – Rosary, 1:00 PM – Holy Mass

  4th Sundays, St. John the Baptist Church, Quincy, MA
  12:30 PM – Rosary, 1:00 PM – Holy Mass
Please continue to visit our website:  for news/updates on events.  You can also donate online for typhoon Haiyan in our website. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Donation Drive November 24 VFW Post 2498 20 Junction St Needham, Ma Noon to 5:00 P.M.

Dear Community Leaders and Friends,
It is with pride that I am letting everyone know that we had a successful Donation Drive for the Typhoon Yolanda
victims today @ VFW post 2498  Needham, MA. WE have channel 5 and Boston Globe reporters present
during our event.
We collected a total of 42 boxes that is going to the Philippines thru RDR  (20 boxes) and LBC cargo
(12 boxes). Our Filipino and American friends came to donate and helped packed these items.
RDR's will be sent to ABSCBN sagip kapamilya warehouse and the LBC's will be brought to the
Philippine Red Cross, we are sending all of these boxes free of charge thanks to Gras Awatin who coordinated
and connected us to both this cargo company.
I would like to announced that we are doing another Donation drive next week November 24th
@ the same place VFW Post 2498  20 Junction St. Needham Ma from 12noon to 5:00 pm again.
Everything collected will all be sent thru LBC (Philippine Red Cross) only, and as you know, we can send
boxes free till Nov. 30th.
Philippine RC sent message that they prefer that we send canned goods, towels, shoes, first aid medicines and items,
toiletries, powdered juice i.e. tang, lipton ice tea and powdered milk. They are still accepting used clothing but it will be sent to
other evacuation centers. Please do not send liquids or glass container items.
I would like to request every one to PLEASE spread this announcement.
Maraming Salamat Po.
Gumagalang at naglilingkod,
Gina M.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vigil Mass to be held November 16, 2013 6:30 pm

The Filipino Apostolate of Boston, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Boston and the different local Filipino organizations and communities in Boston and nearby areas, has scheduled a special Mass to offer prayers for the repose souls of those who perished in the storm and for the strength to bring the needed healing to the injured.  During the Mass, a collection will be taken to assist our Filipino brethren (kababayans) affected in recovering from this natural disaster.
The Special Mass will be held on Saturday, November 16th, 6:30 PM at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118.  All are welcome to attend.  Limited parking is available.

For those who are not able to attend but would like to make a donation, there are two options to donate:

First Option:    Online donation by going to our website, on the left hand side page, click on DONATE. 

Second Option:   You can send your donations to:
The Filipino Apostolate of Boston
 c/o  Holy Name Parish
 1689 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132

Checks should be made payable to the Filipino Apostolate of Boston and write on the Memo:  Typhoon Haiyan Victims.  We ensure that all donations will be transmitted through the Philippine local Catholic church directly involved in areas devastated by the typhoon.  We will also collect donations in goods. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cardinal Sean O'Malley Statment on the Philippines

My Dear Friends in Christ:

The Archdiocese of Boston and the international Catholic community stand in solidarity with our Filipino brothers and sisters in the wake of the events of Typhoon Haiyan. As reports continue concerning the loss of life and the devastation of this storm, possibly the most severe in recorded history, we are committed to provide all possible assistance and support. At this time I am joined with the bishops of the United States, gathered in Baltimore for the annual meetint, in developing a plan for outreach to the Filipino Community and a national collection to assist with relief efforts and the rebuilding that will be necessary in the Philippines.

In this time of crisis we turn to our Lord Jesus Christ, who has promised to be with us always, in prayer for the repose souls of those who perished in the storm and for the strength to bring the needed healing to the injured and to assist the Philippines in recovering from this natural disaster. Together we will go forward with our Filipino brethren as they carry out their mission in the Church and the world.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap.
Archbishop of Boston

Statement in solidarity with the victims of Super storm Haiyan

"Haiyan" (Yolanda) is one of the strongest super typhoons ever to make a landfall in history and that devastated the central Philippines on November 8, 2013. The loss of life, families, towns and villages are heartbreaking. Deeply saddened by this disturbing tragedy, the Filipino community of Boston, Worcester, Providence and beyond express our heart felt solidarity with everyone who is affected in anyway.

We pray for all the families who lost their loved ones, homes and livelihood. No matter how strong the winds and waves of the typhoons may be, the resilience of the Filipinos will shine through. The typhoons may destroy homes and villages. The faith of Filipinos is stronger than any typhoon. A typhoon cannot bend nor break the timber of the Filipino faith. "The Filipino soul is stronger than (typhoon) Yolanda, says Archbishop Jose Palma, President of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Highlighting the resilience of Filipino people in time of adversity, Palma said "no calamity or natural devastation can quench the fire of our hope." Antonio Cardinal "Chito" Tagle of Manila in his statement said, "What a mystery—those who have reasons not to believe or to get angry with God, they are the ones proclaiming the joy of clinging to Jesus…A lot of things may get destroyed, but nothing can destroy their faith. We should listen to them". I join the Filipino community around the world in offering prayers for Consolation, courage, strength and perseverance amidst these horrific events.

I am calling on all Filipinos to join His Eminence Sean Cardinal O' Malley and the Archdiocese of Boston to unite, pray, and help our brothers and sisters in the Philippines on November 16, Saturday at 6.30pm at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston. A special Mass will be offered for all the victims and their families. During the mass a collection will be taken up to help the victims. Let us stand in solidarity with these brethren and pray for God's healings in the midst of all grief and loss. We will emerge stronger than the typhoon for our faith is greater. May San Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, the patron saints of the Philippines, intercede for us. May the Blessed Mother, Mama Mary, draw us closer amidst our loss and grief.

Rev. Cyriac C. Mattathilanickal, MS

Chaplain Filipino Apostolate of Boston

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Red Cross Can Help You Locate Family Members Affected by Typhoons Haiyan

Dear Friends,

If you are concerned about a loved one residing in the Philippines who may have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan and is now presumed missing, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts is now accepting International Disaster Inquiries for members of the Filippino American community to help reconnect you with your family member.

Inquiries will be accepted that meet the following criteria:

  • You were in regular contact with the person/people you seek on a regular basis within 12 months prior to the disaster
  • Your family member(s) is/are not U.S. citizen(s).

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747. Please remember that this phone number is frequently busy during the first days of a large disaster.

How to submit an inquiry:

 Contact the International Services department of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts:

       by phone: 617-274-5233  OR

        by email:

       Be prepared to provide the following information:

a.            The full name, date of birth, address or location, home and cell numbers of the sought person(s).

b.            Include the last date of contact. Inquiries will only be accepted for relatives who have been in contact within the past 12 months.

c.            Include any special vulnerability on behalf of the sought person


Please feel free to share this information about this service widely among your community members.

Mass to be held November 10, 2013


790 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148

November 10, 2013

12:30 PM - Holy Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mass to be held November 3, 2013

NOVEMBER 3, 2013