The Fillipino Santacruzan & Launching of 500th Anniversary of Phillipines Christianisation
A year long celebration for the Filipino Catholic Community in the Archdiocese of Adelaide
On Saturday the 29th May the Filipino Catholic Community came together to celebrate both 500 YEARS OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE PHILIPPINES combined with their annual celebration of SANTA CRUZAN.
Approximately 2000 people participated in this combined celebration, with traditional food stalls, music, dancing, good cheer and the beauty pageant!
The Scalabrinian Priests: Fathers Franco & Roger and Father Harold (Filipino Priest from the Diocese of Port Piere) celebrated the Holy Mass at 2pm in a temporary built marquee at the parking space of Mater Christi Church.
The Mass was celebrated in different languages and dialects that serve as a medium of communication of the liturgy since the arrival of the Catholic missionaries from Spain and Portugal. The Mass attendees wore different national and native costumes from the different eras and times. Mass songs were also sung in different dialects of the Archipelago.
2021 is a significant year in the faith lives of Filipino Catholics throughout the world.
Due to Covid restrictions the Catholic Bishops Conference were unable to arrange a synchronised celebration as originally hoped, finally deciding this Quincentenary Celebration of Christianity in the Philippines will occur on various dates at various locations in the different diocese of Australia; celebrating where ever the community can gather together.
The Filipino Community in the Archdiocese of Adelaide launched this yearlong celebration, at the Mater Christi Church, Seaton on the 29th May. A beautiful Jubilee Cross was blessed during the Mass, that will become a travelling cross, symbolically linking the Filipino Catholics. This Jubilee Cross will travel to the different Mass locations at Salisbury, Noarlunga, Greenacres and Gawler over these next few weeks. Each of these Sundays there will be a celebration of Holy Mass followed by good food and festivities in true Filipino style!
The 500th Anniversary will continue to be celebrated throughout the year culminating at Easter 2022.
Please view the photos of the celebration below for your enjoyment.