Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz
A Parish Celebration Honoring the First Filipino Saint
Free – For all to enjoy!
Saturday, September 16
Mass, 5:30 p.m.
Celebration follows in the Conference Center Hall, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dinner—Entertainment—Dance, Dance, DanceùMusic by Michael Tupaz
Tessie Millado 818.406.5681
Annie Uy 818.212.0296
Gaudie Estrrada 818.998.2486
On September 16, we will celebrate the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz. The Charismatic Choir, directed by Tony Valera, will join our presider at the Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Mass honoring the first Filipino saint. All are invited for dinner, entertainment, and dancing in the Conference Center Hall after Mass.
About San Lorenzo Ruiz
On September 29, 1637, San Lorenzo Ruiz professed his faith by martyrdom. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II, in Manila, on February 18, 1981, and canonized on October 28, 1987, in Rome. The actual feast day is September 28.
In the canonization ceremony, Pope John Paul II described him as “the most improbable of saints.” Lorenzo Ruiz was a layman, married, with two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila, in the early 1600s of a Chinese father and Tagala mother, he was raised a devout Catholic. He worked as a calligrapher for the Dominican parish of Binondo, where he transcribed baptismal, confirmation, and marriage documents into the church’s official books of record.
In 1636 Ruiz was implicated in a murder. He sought help from his Dominican superiors who believed in his innocence. In order to escape what they believed would have been an unjust prosecution, the Spanish friars immediately sent Ruiz on a missionary expedition outside of the Philippines. Initially, Ruiz thought he was being sent to Taiwan, where he believed his Chinese roots would enable him to start a new life. Little did he know that he and his fellow missionaries were actually headed for Nagasaki, Japan, where feudalism was fanning the flames of Christian persecution.
Ruiz was arrested almost immediately upon his arrival in Japan in 1636, and subjected to intense torture by Japanese captors who tried to convince him to renounce his faith. Many of his companions did so, but Ruiz refused, declaring, “I am a Christina and I will remain a Christian even to the point of death.” Documents show that Ruiz was promised a safe trip home to be reunited with his loved ones, but he staunchly chose to remain faithful.
On September 22, 1637, Ruiz and his companions were led up a hill overlooking the bay of Nagasaki to agonizing punishment and death. Ruiz died on September 29, 1637.