Faith, prayer, ministry, music and culture — elements for new evangelization that will highlight the 17th National Convention of the Alliance of Filipino Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities.Sponsored by the Filipino American Charismatic Renewal Community under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the event will be held July 19-21 at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center. This year's theme is: "Guide Me, O Lord, In Your Righteousness." “The objective of this event is to respond to the call of the Church’s Year of Faith in her task for New Evangelization in today's world,” said Jo Solomonson, secretary of the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “This is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversation, to return to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him.” The event will feature well-known speakers addressing the general topics of Evangelization, Spirituality, Liturgy and Pastoral Ministry. Among them are Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila; Paulist Father Ricky Manalo, popularly known for his composition “Ang Katawan ni Kristo”: Jesuit Father Manoling Francisco, who composed “Hindi Kita Malilimutan”, “Tanging Yaman” and many other liturgical songs; Father Tony Ricard, celebrated international speaker; and Father Joey Faller, a specialist in healing ministry.Also on the program are Bob Canton of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service; Dominic Berardino, president of Southern California Renewal Communities; and Father Lou Cerulli of Quebec. Presenters from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will include Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Solis, Father Alex Aclan, Father Albert Avenido, Father Ramon Valera, Evangeline Jaquias, Fe Musgrave, Cecile Motus and Dr. William Shaules.Friday morning will begin with a Filipino “Fiesta” to welcome participants from throughout the United States and Canada. Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar will preside at the opening liturgy. The keynote presentation on “Our Spiritual Worship to God: Striking the balance between the Eucharist and Popular Religious Practices,” will be given by Father Manalo, a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and Catholic Theological Society of America. The evening will conclude with a dinner concert featuring Bishop Solis and the Filipino priests of the archdiocese. Saturday, said Solomonson, will be a day for expressing Filipino Catholics’ strong devotion to the Blessed Mother through the opening prayer with the theme of “Flores De Maria.” Father Ricard, the keynote speaker and director of Knightime Ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, will address "I am A Mess Without My GPS.” Later that day will be the celebration of the Misa Ng Bayang Pilipino, a Mass that, according to the Bishops Conference of the Philippines, “may be used during significant occasions when the celebration will contribute to a deeper appreciation of being a Filipino Catholic Community within the universal Church.” A healing service will be held that evening with Father Faller and Bob Canton.On the third and final day of the convention, Morning Prayer will give praise to the Santo Ni√±o with the “Sinulog.” Cardinal Tagle will present the keynote address, and Bishop Solis will preside at the closing liturgy. Several exhibitors will present their products and services throughout the weekend. “As people rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and embrace the call of the Church for new evangelization,” said Solomonson, “the AFCCPC celebration will be filled with energy and joy!”For registration and more information, call (323) 684-4431 or (818) 618-6515, or visit{gallery width=100 height=100}gallery/2013/0712/filipino/{/gallery}