SANTACRUZAN. Photo shows the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary being paraded during the recent Santacruzan procession on the grounds of St. Rene Goupil church in Sterling Heights.

In the Philippines, we have a tradition known as “Flores de Mayo,” a daily offering of flowers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. This is done throughout the month of May.

Typically, the daily flower offering culminates on May 31 with the Santacruzan, a grand finale that, as its Spanish name implies, ties in a very different theological theme – the discovery of the True Cross by Reyna (Queen) Elena or St. Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine.

On May 5, 2018, the KKPM’s (Kapulungan ng mga Katolikong Pilipino sa Michigan) Santacruzan fund-raising event was held in the St. Rene Goupil church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The event started with a Mass presided by Fr. Tim Galos and concelebrated by Msgr. John Vargas. It was capped by the crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Afterwards, the Rosary Procession and Santacruzan were led by Jasmine Hall as Reyna Elena, who was escorted by Ryan Ravela as Constantine the Great. There were 14 elegantly dressed women who portrayed the Blessed Mother’s titles and who participated in the procession with beautifully decorated arches and props.

The letters AVE MARIA were carried by eight little girls dressed like angels Three girls dressed in white outfits with their escorts represented the three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.

The beautifully decorated float of our Blessed Mother was followed by the congregation. The Rosary was prayed and “Dios de Salve” was sung during the procession.

The Queens and Sagalas were introduced at the Social Hall during the fellowship event and were later serenaded.

Thank you to our KKPM Council and the  Santacruzan committee for organizing this beautiful Marian event. Our families were able to experience this tradition that we celebrate in the Philippines.

On behalf of the KKPM, we would like to thank our Filipino community, families and friends for the success of our first Santacruzan’s fund-raising event. The funds were used to defray the expenses for the purchase of flowers for Mama Mary’s float,  arches and props for the Santacruzan procession  as well as the KKPM Community Service Projects.