Thanksgiving Day FilipinoFilipino-American Fr. Tim Galos will be the main celebrant of the Filipino Thanksgiving Day Mass to be held on Thursday (Nov. 28) at the Saint Hugo of the Hills church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Father Galos is the priest of the Saint Michael parish in Sterling Heights. He usually celebrates the Filipino mass held once a month at the Saint Rene Goupil church also in Sterling Heights. He hails from Maasin, Leyte.

The annual Thanksgiving Day mass is hosted by the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM) in cooperation with the Filipino American community.

PMAM President Rosemary Aquiler-Angeles said that the mass will start at 10:45 a.m.

The Philippine Chorale and the Isang Binhi choir will sing the psalms and hymns. The musical director is Dr. Buddy Ostrea.

The holding of the Filipino thanksgiving mass is a tradition started 29 years ago by PMAM, which was then headed by Dr. Roberto Barretto as president with Dr. Buddy Ostrea as choir director.

During this yearly event, Filipino-American Catholic faithful gather as a community to pray and praise God and “give our heartfelt thanks for all His blessings to us, to the United States of America and to the Philippines.”

The mass is unique in that the hymns and psalms are sung in Tagalog. These were composed by Philippine National Artist Lucio San Pedro. Later, these were arranged by Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ, and Fr. Manuel Francisco, SJ.

For further information, people intending to attend the mass are asked to call any one of the following: Dr. Esther Aoigan-Guevarra, tel. 248-910-6416; Dr. Adoring P. Chang, 248-646-48-44; and Dr. Rosemary Aquiller-Angeles, 248-473-7094.

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