Ascension in Elmhurst is one of a handful of churches in the Brooklyn Diocese that honor the annual Philippine Sinulog tradition, celebrated worldwide every year on the third Sunday of January.
For Filipinos, the heart of the Christmas season is “Simbang Gabi,” or “Mass at Night ” — a nine-day novena of dawn or evening Masses that ends on Dec. 24.
At the dedication Mass, readings were done in Tagalog, Spanish, English and Mandarin. The church has parishioners from almost 50 countries, according to pastor Father John Vesey, and has seven Masses every Sunday. Some services were cancelled on Sept. 22 to encourage parishioners to attend the dedication Mass.
In Bayside, Filipinos held the 15th Diocesan Feast Day Celebration of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, known to Filipinos as the “Birghen ng Antipolo” (Our Lady of Antipolo), at St. Robert Bellarmine Church on May 18.