Simbang Gabi 2018

“O come, O come, Emmanuel…” 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.

Simbang Gabi Schedule

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; or Ms. Therie Velasco-Gonzales (408) 340-0846 or at, if you have any questions or would like to sponsor a Novena Mass.


This year, we are collecting food donations on Sunday, November 18 before and after the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM Masses. Saint Lawrence parishioners have always been very generous in this collection and we thank you in advance for your donation this year. We take all donations to Saint Justin’s Parish where Santa Clara residents can receive a Thanksgiving dinner to prepare at their home. Saint Justin’s is preparing to give over 600 families all the trimmings for their Thanksgiving meal.