Simbang Gabi is the celebration of the annual Novena Mass, a tradition the Filipinos brought with them from the Philippines. Simbang Gabi was adapted from the Catholic Misa de Gallo, which means “Mass of the Rooster,” to indicate it is held when the rooster crows and dates back to 1565. During this season, Filipinos create beautiful decorations called “parol,” paper lanterns to commemorate the Star of Bethlehem. These lanterns were used by the farmers to guide them in the dark to the Holy Mass. Traditionally, the days’ events would begin two hours before dawn to give farmers a chance to hear Mass before setting out for the fields. Choirs would sing Tagalong songs such as “Pasko-na-Naman” (It’s Christmas Again), and “Himig Pasko.” After Mass, they would treat themselves to traditional kutsinta and bibingka, made with sweet rice and rice dough to crown each day of the nine-day Christmas novena and to truly celebrate Christmas, the Filipino Way. (occatholic.com)
All families of St. Louise are invited to assist in the planning and preparation for our Simbang Gabi celebration which will be held at 7:00 pm Saturday, December 21st, with a reception to follow in the Msgr. Pierce Hall.