[box type=”default” size=”large”] Fund-raising trip to Greektown casino set on June 11 [/box]
The third annual celebration of the feast day of St. Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, the first Filipino saint, will be held on Sept. 29, 2017 in the community center of the St. Thomas a’Becket parish church in Canton, it was announced.
The San Lorenzo Ruiz Group-Canton (SLRGC), which has been hosting the celebration since 2015, said that in an effort to raise fund for the festivities, SLGC has organized a casino trip to Greektown Casino in Detroit on Sunday, June 11, 2017.
SLRGC leader Lee Vargas said the bus will depart from the parking lot of the Holiday Market on Lilley Road at 9 a.m. Each participant will pay a fare of $32 (which includes tip) and will receive $20 play money and a bag of snacks. The bus will leave Greektown for Canton at 4 p.m.
Vargas said that as in the past, the feast day celebration will start with a bilingual mass (English with Tagalog hymns) at 6 p.m. This will be followed by a cultural program and a fellowship dinner in the church’s community center.
St. Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He was born in Binondo, Manila. His parents, Chinese father and Filipino mother, were Catholic. He was an altar boy, became a member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary and a clerk at the Binondo church.
He had a wife and three children. His life was Christ-centered. He was falsely accused of killing a Spaniard and knowing that he won’t be treated fairly by the Spaniards, he sought asylum on board a ship with the help of missionary priests. When the ship landed in Okinawa, Japan, the group was arrested.
At that time, Christians were persecuted if they would not renounce their Christian faith. Lorenzo Ruiz was the last one to die after three days of torture. His last words: “If I had a thousand lives, I would give them all to God.”
Meanwhile, SLRGC Vargas also announced that the group’s annual Filipino family picnic will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Pavilion No. 1 of the Heritage Park, Canton. Filipino families are invited to join the annual gathering. Each family is asked to a Filipino dish.
For further information, interested families are asked to call Lee Vargas at 917-459-5302, Eva/Levy Abenes at 734-397-0732 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.