Bay Area Pinoys observe Holy Week

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America

April 16, 2014

DALY CITY, Calif. – An estimated 75 million Filipinos who practice the Roman Catholic religion worldwide.

For many kababayans here in the United States, keeping Catholic traditions has become a way of life.

In observance of Holy Week, parishioners at the St. Augustine church in Daly City, Calif. began the day with a morning prayer.

Holy Thursday commemorates the day on which Catholics believe Jesus founded the priesthood at the Last Supper with his apostles before he was betrayed and arrested on the night before his crucifixion.

Tonight, they will gather again for an evening mass which begins the Easter Triduum of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

“The 40 days of Lent was very helpful for us in order to prepare us for Easter,” St. Augustine Parochial Vicar Father Dura. “For the renewal of our baptism is the issue of the Easter celebration, to re-energize us to reclaim again our baptismal commitment to Jesus.”

As Lenten season concludes, St. Augustine parishioners told Balitang America what they are doing to prepare for Easter Sunday.

“For me, last Tuesday I went to this church for confession,” Quina Louie said. “They usually do that on Tuesday and that’s how I prepare for Lent.”

Orville Dy said: “On Friday we want to hear the last word in the church so we can reflect on the Passion of Christ and the church. On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. We all went to the church and we celebrate all together. That’s how we celebrate our Lenten season.”

No matter how Holy Week is celebrated, Rev. Dura says the church will always bring people together.

“We learn as a community and we become more acclimated with each other,” Dura said. “The parish grows and we move forward. We are not only trying to center it around one activity like the mass but there is so many other activities that develops in a communitarian activity which enhances the communitarian spirit.”

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