The Advent Season is upon us. It is that wonderful season when Christians
all over the world prepare for the commemoration of the coming of our
Savior through the birth of God’s son, Jesus Christ. Advent wreaths placed at
our front doors, and a festive mood fills the air around us. With eagerness and
happiness in our hearts, we await for His coming.
During the Advent Season in our parish, the “Simbang Gabi”is celebrated to
prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus Christ. This year, on December 15th,
Saturday, the church bells will be ringing at 5:00 P.M. at our church,
Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish, to mark the beginning of the novena Masses for
“Simbang Gabi” or “night worship.” An annual tradition that reflects the deep
roots of the religious culture of the Philippines, the “Simbang Gabi” is a time
to hope, a time to pray, and a time to eagerly wait for the coming of our Messiah.
In our parish, the Filipino Catholic Community warmly invites everyone in our parish
and school community to participate in this annual tradition of Simbang Gabi, a
celebration of families and community, united in faith and hope. Bishop Oscar Cantu,
the new Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of San Jose, will preside at the Mass on December 15, 2018.
Come and join in the “Simbang Gabi” novena Masses with the merry atmosphere that
fills the air. Parishioners who have mass intentions will submit these to any of
the members of the association. As in the previous years, these mass intentions/
petitions will be shown on the screen and will be read aloud during the Mass.
Donations or gift offerings in any amount from parishioners for the nightly masses
will be gratefully received by the members of the association. Your generous offering
supports the project of Saint Lawrence the Martyr identified by the Pastor in the upkeep
and maintenance of our parish facilities.
If you are interested, you can sponsor a novena Mass on any of the “Simbang Gabi” dates.
Sign-up sheets will be available at the church entrance doors after the Masses on December
1-2 and December 8-9, 2018. Members of the Filipino Catholic Community will be at the
entrance doors to facilitate the signing up for those who would like to sponsor a Mass.
You may contact Mr. Romel Antonio (505) 847-4345 or at firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Ms. Therie Velasco-Gonzales (408) 340-0846 or at email@example.com, if you have any
questions or would like to sponsor a Novena Mass.