Celebration of Asian-American & Pacific Islander Cultures (AAPIs) – Part 2

PART 2 of 2:  “Celebration of Asian-American & Pacific Islander Cultures (AAPIs)”

From time-to-time, our newly formed STA Social Concerns Ministry will offer reflections and insights into the “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teachings (CST).”  The Themes can be found on our parish website under “Social Concerns.”  Today, we call attention to and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders within our parish and our country related to two CST themes: “Life and Dignity of the Human Person” and “Solidarity.” In last weekend’s bulletin we brought attention to recent harassment and other forms violence to AAPIs in our county and suggested ACTIONS for you to prayerfully consider to be in solidarity with AAPIs to address this national crisis.

This week, we share with you some facts and resources related to celebrating the rich cultural contributions that AAPIs bring to the larger American culturally diverse mosaic:

  • Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are now six percent (6%) of the overall U.S. population and the third largest number of Catholics after white and Hispanic/Latino.
  • As migration increases their number each year, AAPIs are among the fastest growing minority groups impacting American society and the Catholic Church as well. 
  • Today, there are over 4 million Filipinos in the U.S., of whom about 65 percent are Catholic.
  • The 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, which will be celebrated in 2021.

SOME RESOURCES:

Approved by the U.S. bishops, Encountering Christ in Harmony Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters (2018) guides the Catholic Church in addressing the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island communities and provide a framework for dioceses and parishes. https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/asian-pacific-islander/upload/asian-and-pacific-island-pastoral-response-encountering-christ-in-harmony-2018.pdf . [Data & Pastoral planning]

Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church (2016)

https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/upload/Cultural-Diversity-Summary-Report-October-2016.pdf [Demographics and cultural celebration]

See book, A TREASURED PRESENCE: FILIPINO AMERICAN CATHOLICS from the US Conference of Bishops’ website:  https://store.usccb.org/a-treasured-presence-filipino-american-catholics-p/7-656.htm 

To talk to us about our new Social Concerns Ministry, contact our parish receptionist: (973) 338-9190.