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Simbang Gabi

December 16, 2017
5:30 Mass with the Bishop, followed by Celebration in the Parish Center

Our Filipino Community invites you to share in a Christmas Tradition which includes a special Mass with the Bishop followed by a celebration with dancing, food and fun.
Desserts and side dishes welcomed, but not required.

What is Simbang Gabi?
The grandest and most widespread Catholic celebration in the  Philippines,  "Simbang Gabi" (literally night worship) is a centuries old Filipino observance originating from the time of the Spanish era. Millions of Filipinos flock to their respective Churches to celebrate this 9-day Novena Masses to the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. It is always celebrated at the break of dawn or when the 'cock crows' so that it is also known as Misa de Gallo (Spanish for Mass of the Rooster).

This native 9-day early morning practice is, however, improbable for most Filipino Catholics not living in their homeland especially in wintry countries. Hence, in solidarity to this native Catholic observance, Filipinos of the Michiana area will celebrate this event on Saturday, December  16, at 5:30 p.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church. Everybody is invited to celebrate with us.