FilAm Group

FilAm Group Fosters Community by Sharing Tradition, Culture

The Filipino-American Group fosters community by sharing the Filipino tradition and culture with the SFC parish and school.

FilAm Group Fosters Community by Sharing Tradition, CultureThe SFC FilAm Group is a group of Filipino, Americans and friends who share Filipino tradition and culture with the parish community.  This is one of SFC’s fastest growing organizations. We sponsor Filipino traditions and events in the parish to promote greater understanding and friendship between the parish  various cultural groups.

The SFC FilAm Group sponsors/organizes a number of parish and school community activities:

  • Simbang Gabi at SFC – 2 days in Dec. (Advent Novena masses)
  • Easter Egg Hunt (after 9:30 Easter Sunday mass)
  • Asian Food Booth in October (at the SFC Fiesta)
  • Leads one Friday’s Stations of the Cross (during Lent)
  • Teams with MCO for one Lenten Soup Night (Cooks Filipino soup)
  • Holds the Easter Egg Hunt
  • Parish annual picnic in June
  • FilAm Family picnic for members and relatives (August)
  • Cooks one or two of the Village House meals
  • Meets approximately every other month

For more information contact FilAm officers Maria Sarmiento or Parish Council Member Lyle Adams.

Simbang Gabi December 16, 17, 18; Mass at 7:00 PM

Simbang Gabi is a Filipino tradition meaning “Night Mass“ It is traditionally a nine-day series of early-morning Masses
in anticipation of Christmas.

The SFC Filipino American (FilAm) Group’s annual Simbang Gabi will be December 16th, 17th, and 18th, at 7:00 PM. A potluck
reception will follow after each Mass. This is a great time for new members to join.



SFC 2019 Easter Egg Hunt Sends Hundreds Home Happy

It’s time to take a look back at the 2019 SFC Parish Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Filipino American Group. You can see the Hunt here.

For more information of the Filipino American Group see

The Filipino American Group would like to thank everyone who donated plastic eggs and candy.

We filled up more than 7,000 eggs and made more than 200 kids happy because of your generosity.

Special thanks to our Fil-Am bunnies, the kids and their parents, and of course, Nikki, Sue, Jean, and Fr. Michael for their support.

Music Credit: Always Be My Unicorn — Freedom Trail Studio


Celebrate Simbang Gabi at 7:00 PM December 18; Pot Luck to Follow

St Frances Cabrini’s FilAm Group invites the community to join with it in celebrating Simbang Gabi. A 7:00 PM Mass will be followed by a Pot Luck gathering in Essig Hall. 

“Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Christmas tradition. It is a series of nine dawn masses. The mass starts as early as 4:00 a.m. It begins on December 16 and ends on the midnight of the 24th of December, which is the midnight mass.

This tradition was introduced by the Spanish friars to allow the farmers to hear mass before going to the fields early in the morning. Simbang Gabi is also known by its popular Spanish name as the Misa de Gallo, or ‘Mass of the Rooster.”’