As Filipinos begin to celebrate their 500 years of Christianity, the diocese’s Filipino Catholic community invites everyone to a Vigil Mass for Simbang Gabi, the tradition of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary as she awaits the birth of her Son, Jesus.
The Simbang Gabi (Filipino for “Night Masses”) Vigil Mass will be celebrated by San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, with Auxiliary Bishops John Dolan and Ramón Bejarano.
The vigil Mass, organized for the first time at the diocese, has the theme of “Lighting the Way to Christ: A Legacy of Faith.” The evening will begin with a procession of parols, colorful star-shaped lanterns, that remind the faithful, like the star of Bethlehem, that Jesus is the “Light of the World” and present among them. Afterward, there will be the recitation of the Rosary, followed by the Mass by candlelight.
Beginning Dec. 16, Simbang Gabi services will be held in parishes across the diocese. Schedules vary in the parishes and may be in the early mornings or in the evenings. Complete schedule will be posted soon.
These events are organized by the Diocesan Commission for Filipino Catholics.
Alejandra Diaz, firstname.lastname@example.org; (858) 490-8306.