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Lenten Letter 2024 from Our Patriarch

On Christmas Day 2023, 140 Nigerian Christians were killed at the hands of Islamic extremists known as Boko Haram, a terrorist group that aims to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria. Since the turn of the 21st century, 62,000 Nigerian Christians have been killed for their faith. As I heard this news, I was sitting in my living room watching television. Next to […]


by Trisha R. Mirana As Christians, our hearts  are filled with the desire to strengthen our relationship with God. We are engulfed in constant longing to be closer to Him; to develop a strong bond with our Creator. However, oftentimes, we do not know how to do so as we do not possess a solid foundation through proper guidance.  From the 24th […]

Legal Awareness Forum Sponsored by the ICCEC Church in Madrid

by Ruel F. Pepa 09.09.23 The ICCEC Cathedral of St John The Apostle in Madrid, Spain is always conscious of its commitment to the Filipino community located right at the center of the city of Madrid. These Filipinos are generally overseas workers who have been employed in different areas of income-generating endeavors as main breadwinners of their families not only […]

A New Place of Gathering for CEC Cologne

After almost 15 years celebrating the Holy Eucharist and other church community events at the Andreaskirche in Köln-Merkenich, located north of the city of Cologne, the Parish Church of St. John the Beloved gathered for one last mass on August 13, 2023 in this place of worship which was owned by the Evangelical church. Unceasing search for an alternative venue […]

Worship Night – Renaissance

by Miguel Bautista 28.05.23 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each […]

HOST Con 2023 Message

by Bp. Jose Elmer Belmonte More than being the future of a nation, the youth are the emerging strength and pillar of Jesus Christ’s living community on earth, the Church, “against which the gates of hell cannot prevail.” There is a crucial mandate set by the Lord for the expansion of His Kingdom and we, His people, have roles to […]

“Agape” in London

by Dcn. Joshua Bautista On May 14th, the Parish of Saint Stephen The Martyr (ICCEC London) welcomed yet another episcopal visit from the Most Reverend Jose Elmer Belmonte in the year of 2023. The Mass was held at Saint Martin’s Church Hall, in Plaistow, East London. The hall was graciously rented to us—courtesy of Mrs. Mary Ann Lopes, widow of […]

HOST Germany Holds First “HOST: Unity” Event

by HILA (Hilde Historillo, Ianna Santiago, Lea Schulte and Anna Schulte) The youth of the ICCEC in Berlin, Bonn and Cologne held their first “HOST: Unity” event on the weekend of 28 – 29 January 2023. HOST: Unity is to be a series of events with the intention of gathering the youth of our three German parishes. The idea derived […]

ICCEC Paris Celebrates “Pista Ni San Pablo”

by Malou Caguiwa The Church commemorates the Conversion of Saint Paul because of it’s supreme importance to Christians. The Conversion of Saint Paul was the most decisive moment in the development of God’s Kingdom on earth, thanks to his uncompromising spirit who brought the faith of Christ to Europe. As Corinthians 15:10 says:  “God’s grace in me has not been fruitless”. As our patron saint, we, the parishioners ICCEC […]


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