I heard that Santo Niño is a "personal parish". What does that mean?
A personal parish in the Roman Catholic Church exists to serve people who share a common background or experience. Santo Niño is a personal parish appointed to serve the Filipino community in the greater San Antonio area.
What other kinds of parishes are there?
There are two types of parishes: personal and territorial. A territorial parish serves all Catholics who live in a particular area defined by specific geographic boundaries. Most parishes are of the territorial type.
If I live in an area served by another parish, can I still attend Santo Niño?
Everyone is welcome to attend Santo Niño. Most people who register as members are Filipino or have someone in their family is Filipino. If you would like to become a member of Santo Niño and have questions, please contact Fr. Anthony at (210) 648-1705 or by e-mail at
Should only Filipinos attend Santo Niño?
No. While we express our faith in the best of Filipino traditions, all are welcome.
I don't speak Tagalog or Filipino. Won't I be unable to understand what is being said?
All masses are in English or else bi-lingual. For example, the 12:00 noon mass on Sunday is bi-lingual. The mass is spoken in English while the Gloria, Sanctus, Our Father, and Angus Dei are sung in Tagalog. So most people should have no difficulty in following along.
I would like to become active in the Parish. How can I get started?
First of all, we are glad that you want to become involved in our Parish life. Santo Niño is a community, much like a family. Everyone has a place, a way that they can contribute to our common life together. Whatever your gifts and talents may be, there is a way for you to contribute. To get started, just let Fr. Martin know you would like to get involved. He will work with you to find just the right match between your talents and the needs of the Parish!