A procession of parols, lighted colorful star-shaped lanterns, will mark the opening of the Simbang Gabi Vigil Mass at Resurrection Church in Escondido on Dec. 14. Simbang Gabi is a Filipino faith tradition to prepare our hearts for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The entire Catholic community is invited to this beautiful Mass. It will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano; Father Michael Pham, Vicar General; and Filipino clergy. It serves as a commissioning for the Simbang Gabi novena masses that will continue in parishes across the diocese through Dec. 24.
Simbang Gabi (Filipino for “Evening Masses”) is a devotional novena of Masses practiced by Filipino Catholics in anticipation of the solemnity of the Birth of the Savior and in honor of His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.