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Simbang Gabi Calgary 2010 – Dec 3 to Dec 19

Posted November 28th, 2010
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Simbang Gabi Calgary 2010. Simbang Gabi is one of the longest and most popular among the Filipino traditions in the Philippines. It is when Catholic churches across the nation start to open their doors shortly before the break of dawn to welcome the faithful to the Simbang Gabi mass.

Ten (10) parishes have committed to celebrating the Simbang Gabi in Calgary this year.:
(Please call the Church to verify times)

  • Friday, December 3: St Josephs Church (640 – 19 Ave NW), 7:00 pm caroling, 7:30 pm mass
  • Saturday, December 4: St. Patrick Church (1414 Shawnessy Blvd SW), 7:00 pm caroling, 7:30 mass
  • Sunday, December 5: St. Peters Church (541 Silvergrove Dr NW), 6:30 pm caroling, 7:00 pm mass
  • Friday, December 10: Corpus Christi Church (404 Northmount Pl NW), 7:00 pm caroling, 7:30 mass
  • Saturday, December 11: St. Thomas More Church (15 Templebow Rd NE), 7:00 pm caroling, 7:30 mass
  • Sunday, December 12: St Famille Church (1717 – 5 St SW), 5:30 pm caroling, 6:00 pm mass
  • Friday, December 17: Ascencion (1100 Berkshire Blvd NW), 7:00 pm caroling, 7:30 pm mass
  • Friday, December 17: Holy Trinity Church (1525 – 45 St SE), 6:00 pm caroling, 7:00 pm mass
  • Saturday, December 18: Sacred Heart Church (1307 – 14 St SW), 6:30 pm caroling, 7:00 pm mass
  • Sunday, December 19: Canadian Martyrs (85 Northmount Dr NW), 6:00 pm caroling, 6:30 pm ‘Misa de Aguinaldo’

NOTE: Potluck/reception and fellowship will follow after the mass.

The custom lasts for nine days, starting on December 16 up to December 24 during which Filipinos attend dawn masses, usually starting at around 4:00 – 5:00 AM. After the mass, families and friends partake of a hearty breakfast of Filipino pasteries and delicacies. This practice started centuries ago during the Spanish colonial period. Priests held early dawn masses for the farmers who wanted to attend mass but could not leave their work in the rice fields. These masses were held before daybreak, hence the Filipino term “Simbang Gabi”. This nine-day novena culminates with the “Misa de Gallo” at midnight on Christmas Eve to welcome the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Simbang Gabi is not just a tradition that is celebrated because Filipinos need to do so. It is a significant moment not only because it strengthens relationships among family members and the community but also because it is a time when our faith is intensified. This is the time when we feel the presence of the Lord because it is the spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.

Living abroad does not necessarily break the preservation of our Filipino tradition, however, celebrating Simbang Gabi outside the Philippines requires some creative planning on the part of its organizers. In Calgary, because the Filipino community does not have its own church and its members are deeply integrated in the respective parishes where they belong, the success of holding a Simbang Gabi novena depends foremost on the availability of parishes willing to host such an event.

We invite everyone to participate and share in this beautiful Filipino tradition.

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