LOOKING BACK … The journey of our faith led us to the door of the welcoming arms of CMOQ.
|Re-tracing the path towards the birth of the … Archdocesan Filipino Council
of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
(AFC-AOB)The San Lorenzo Ruiz celebration is more than an event for all of us, it is a spectacular manifestation of our vibrant faith expressed by the excitement and joy it generates in the hearts of Filipinos and American Friends, who attended the Eucharist last Oct 2, 2011 as we filled-up the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.It was a wonderful and memorable experience as together we witness the fruition of the collaborative efforts of various civic and religious organizations, parishes and individuals.
|Our diversity becomes our bond for unity; indeed the Sprit of the Lord is working within each one of us.We believe that the San Lorenzo Ruiz celebration is also a great awakening call for all of us to respond to the challenges of the time … strengthen our faith-communities and share the vibrant, Philippine Church to Maryland specially here in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.“Due homage must be paid to this achievement of the Filipino people, but what you are also creates an obligation and it confersupon the nation a specific mission. A country that has kept the Catholic faith strong and vibrant through the vicissitudes of its history, the sole nation in Asia that is approximately ninety percent Christian, assumes by this very fact the obligation not only to preserve its Christian heritage but to bear witness to the values of its Christian culture before the whole world.” Blessed Pope John Paul II|
NOW IS THE TIME! …
MOVE ON PINOY, SHARE THE VIBRANT SPIRIT OF THE PHILIPPINE CHURCH TO THE WORLD!
The Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore seeks to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ into every human situation, attentive to the signs of the times, through the service of pastoral leaders and all Catholics.
The Archdiocesan Filipino Council (AFC) builds upon the rich Catholic legacy of faith in its culture and seeks to “bring about in all Catholics in the archdiocese such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others,” (Archdiocesan Evangelization Department Mission Statement.)The AFC is committed to serve the Filipino communities/ministries in the Archdiocese of Baltimore by representing the Filipino Catholic Community in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It will promote Filipino Catholic values and active participation among Filipino families in the life of the local Church, under the guidance of the Archdiocesan Department of Evangelization.
Responding to the call of the Church, the AFC will work towards the solidarity of all Filipino Catholic organizations, developing a commitment of Filipino groups towards active participation in the Archdiocese, and training Filipino leaders for the continuing work of the mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
The Filipinos are forever grateful to the parishioners of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, especially to our Rector, Mgr., Bruce Jarboe for their hospitality and for being the generous host of our various activities and the culminating Eucharist of the celebration of the 2011 San Lorenzo Ruiz Feast Day. This religious event becomes a faith transformation experience for all of us that energized us to serve more the Lord with Joy in the Spirit!The CMOQ is a symbol and one of the center of Liturgical and Faith Assemblies of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. When they open the door of faith and welcome us Filipinos, we suddenly found a culminating haven of its faith journey and ignites the spark that sets our hearts ablaze in serving the Lord.
This momentum becomes the signal of the start of a new journey of faith for the Filipinos/ Fil-Ams as we are led by the Spirit to strengthen our communion and excitement, as we look forward to the dynamic inter-action of faith in a diverse cultural set up.
The ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE – ARCHDIOCESAN FILIPINO COUNCIL is the fruition of so many years of collaborative endeavors of the pioneers and new generations of Filipinos working to unite us all under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and be of service to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.!
The time has come … Make A Stand! Make a choice and make a difference!
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” Ecclesiastes 3:1