Announcing the Good News! Come and join us as we

prepare for the birth of  OUR LORD JESUS…

 
SIMBANG GABI (Novena Masses)
December 15 – 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Bishop Myron Cotta – Main Celebrant on Saturday, Dec. 16th
 
 
Advent is a Season of Hope and Anticipation 
 

St. Joseph Parish

2017 Simbang Gabi COMMITTEES and

PEOPLE IN-CHARGE

 
SPIRITUAL ADVISER
Rev. Renier Siva
 
OVER-ALL CHAIRMAN
Phoebe Fernandez
707-456-7310
stjv.events@gmail.com
 
 
LITURGY
Pat Chavez
 
LECTORS
Sherryl Oliva Groves
 
 
SACRISTAN
Rodel & My Catacutan
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Fred & Vicky Dazo
 
ALTAR SERVER
Mita Abiva

USHERS
Sid Reyes
 
MUSIC
Rolly & Becky DelaCruz
 
FOOD
Amor Daugherty
 
EVENT AND DECOR
Donnabell Saddi
 
       COMMUNICATIONS
           Anna Marie Antonio
 
              WEBSITE
          Edith Tremethick
 
 
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OFFICIATING PRIESTS
CELEBRANTS
 
Fri – Dec 15 – Rev. Rey Bersabal
Sat – Dec 16 – Auxiliary Bishop Myron Cotta
Sun – Dec 17 – Rev. Aldrin Basarte
Mon – Dec 18 – Rev. Joel Genabia
Tue – Dec 19 – Rev. Pete Manilag
Wed – Dec 20 – Rev. Resti Galang
Thu – Dec 21 – Rev. Jovito Rata
Fri – Dec 22 – Rev. Eric Flores
Sat – Dec 23 – Rev. Cormac Lacre
 
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    FOOD SPONSORS OF THE DAY
 
15-Dec – Friday
Simbang Gabi Core Group
 
16-Dec – Saturday
Notre Dame School Parents and Friends
 
17 Dec – Sunday
Mary Lee, Conchita Dela Cruz, Lori Delos Reyes
 
18 Dec – Monday
Ruby Lardizabal + other families
 
19 Dec – Tuesday
Couples For Christ Ministry
 
20 Dec – Wednesday
Martha’s, God’s Helping Hand and Hospitality Ministries
 
21 Dec – Thursday
Rolly & Becky Delacruz, Lory Delos Reyes
& Amy Ofamen
 
22 Dec – Friday
Spanish Community
 
23 Dec – Saturday
Potluck
 
 
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What is Simbang Gabi?

Literally means “evening or night Mass.” As a devotional practice, it refers to the Philippine Catholic tradition of the novena, a series of nine evening Masses usually celebrated during Advent from Dec. 15-23, in preparation for Christmas Day. (In the Philippines, the dates are from Dec. 16-24, since Simbang Gabi is held in the early morning. Here in the U.S., the practice of the Simbang Gabi has been adapted to local conditions, with the Mass being moved to the evening hours for practical reasons.)
 

How did Simbang Gabi originate?

Simbang Gabi originated from the Missa Aurea (golden Mass or angel’s Mass) practiced by the Roman Catholic Church. This tradition was introduced by the Spanish friars at the start of the Catholic evangelization of the Philippine islands. In 1587, Friar Diego de Soria petitioned Pope Sixtus V for permission to have the Masses outdoors because the churches were too small to accommodate the crowds. The request was granted, and in the 17th century, the Simbang Gabi, or Misa de Gallo or Misa de Aguinaldo as it is variously referred to by the Catholic populace in the Philippines, became a permanent practice among Philippine Catholics. Also included in the indult granted by the pope was permission during the Mass to sing the Gloria and to wear white vestments to emphasize the joyful
anticipation of the coming of the Infant Savior in Bethlehem.
 

How is Simbang Gabi celebrated?

Originally, and the way it is still celebrated in most places in the Philippines, the Simbang Gabi Masses were held in the early hours of the morning at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m., when roosters crowed to announce the dawning of a new day, thus the name Misa de Gallo. This time of the day was chosen because most of the Filipino families were farmers and fishermen who either began or ended their day at daybreak. Farmers began working in their fields early to avoid the intense heat, while the fishermen who spent all night at sea came home in the early morning to sell their catch. At the first sign of dawn, local bands would start playing traditional Christmas carols around the town, and church bells would ring to summon everyone to the Simbang Gabi. Families walked to Mass passing by homes with flickering candles inside parols (star-shaped lanterns fashioned out of bamboo and colored paper to form a three-dimensional star in which a light bulb or candle is placed so it may glow as a symbol of the Christmas star of Bethlehem: “And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was” Matthew 2:9b). Main features of the Mass were hymns and culturally expressive rituals and symbols, with star-shaped parols carried in procession and prominently displayed during Mass. After Mass, families and friends enjoyed the native delicacies spread out on the grounds around the church, strengthening social and spiritual ties within the community.
 

What does Simbang Gabi celebrate?

By the time of the Simbang Gabi, the somber waiting at the beginning of Advent turns into an eager and joyful longing for the coming of the Savior during the final nine days of Advent. This is best expressed by a Simbang Gabi ritual within the Mass when children process to the altar accompanied by an Advent song while bringing an offering of an empty manger, mantle, vigil candles, and flowers. This ritual symbolizes what is at the heart of the Advent season, humbly trusting and joyfully waiting for the arrival of the promised Savior. In the darkness of the night, all sing with joyful longing for the coming of the Savior who is the light of the world. Renew in all hearts the love of God and neighbor which is the true sign of your kingdom come!
 

Why is Simbang Gabi significant?

These are some reasons given by Filipino-Americans and those who are not. First, and foremost, it is a way for people to offer God worship and praise. Second, it is a way to express and develop personal spirituality by preparing the heart for the coming (Advent) of Christ at Christmas. Third, every nationality has developed religious customs and traditions they have brought and shared in America, thus adding another choice among religious practices for personal enrichment. Fourth, it is a way to develop community through a common effort of prayer, work, celebration, fellowship, and charity. Fifth, it helps maintain connections and unity with a country of origin – perhaps nostalgia for some – where the same practices are occurring at the same time in families and communities of origin.
 

How huge is Simbang Gabi?

This nine-day celebration symbolizes God’s desire to be human and the Filipino’s joy for that humanness. These are festive celebrations with Christmas carols sung before Mass, faith sharing, and, of course, lots of food afterward – a sample of Filipino food and refreshments is usually served at a reception following Mass. People dress in their finest Philippine barongs and dresses. Simbang Gabi is a religious festival for all, Filipino and non-Filipino. But no matter the language or dress, when you pray and sing during the Simbang Gabi, you realize how truly universal the Christmas spirit is. This is one of many cultural activities everyone can participate in and enjoy as a preparation for Christmas.  
 
All attendees are welcome to bring and share their favorite Filipino Dish/Dessert

2017 Simbang Gabi MASS SPONSORS

 Friday, December 15                   –      SONNY & BETH ROBLES

Saturday, December 16               –       DR. ANNA MARIE ANTONIO

Sunday, December 17                  –       HERNANDO & VIOLETA ANTIPORDA

Monday, December 18                 –       GEORGE & FRANCIS JANSEN

Tuesday, December 19                 –       AMOR DAUGHERTY, RUBIE LARDIZABAL and NOEL & ELLA FONTAMILLAS

Wednesday, December 20           –       VEN & TESS DE GUZMAN

Thursday, December 21               –       RAMON & MYRNA DE CLARO and RISTINA ALLARDE ASERON

Friday, December 22                    –       PLATON, PAGOULATOS & DOMINGO FAMILY

Saturday, December 23                –       ROLLY & DONABELL SADDI and REGGIE & CHARLOTTE CRISOSTOMO

 
 
 
 
 
DECEMBER 2017 CALENDAR

Simbang Gabi from Dec 15 -23 at 7:00pm

 
 
FIRST DAY FOR SIMBANG GABI
SECOND DAY OF SIMBANG GABI
THIRD DAY OF SIMBANG GABI