Filipino 'Simbang Gabi' tradition continues Dec. 13
December 10, 2019
HOUSTON - On Dec. 13, some of the 50,000 Filipino Catholics in the Archdiocese will begin celebrating Simbang Gabi, a beloved Filipino Christmas tradition that consists of a novena of Masses held in anticipation of the Nativity and to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In the Philippines, Simbang Gabi ("Mass at Dawn") Masses are traditionally held in the early hours of the morning, but in Houston the Masses are celebrated at night to allow more faithful to attend.
This year, at least 33 parishes are hosting a Simbang Gabi Mass, with at least five parishes hosting daily Masses during the entirety of the novena, beginning on Dec. 15. After Dec. 15, Masses are held across the Archdiocese, with the final concluding Mass, also known as the Grand Culmination Mass, held on Dec. 23 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Manvel. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will preside over the Dec. 23 Mass.
For more, including contact information, visit the official Simbang Gabi ministry website.
Listed below is the schedule of Simbang Gabi Masses held around the Archdiocese:
- Epiphany of the Lord, 1530 Norwalk Dr., Katy - 7 p.m.
- Prince of Peace, 19222 SH 249, Houston - 7 p.m.
- St. Albert of Trapani, 11027 South Gessner Rd., Houston - 5 p.m.
- St. Anthony of Padua, 7801 Bay Branch Dr., The Woodlands - 6:45 p.m.
- St. Joseph, 1907 Carolina St., Baytown - 7 p.m.
- Holy Family, 1510 5th St., Missouri City - 7 p.m.
- St. Paul, 18223 Point Lookout Dr., Nassau Bay - 7 p.m.
- Christ the Redeemer, 11507 Huffmeister Rd., Houston - 7 p.m.
- St. Matthew the Evangelist, 9915 Hollister St., Houston - 7 p.m.
- Christ the Good Shepherd, 18511 Klein Church Rd., Spring - Carols at 6:30 p.m. ; Mass at 7 p.m.
- St. Ignatius of Loyola, 7810 Cypresswood Dr., Spring - Carols at 6:45 p.m.; Mass at 7 p.m.
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 6646 Addicks Satsuma Rd., Houston - 7 p.m.
- St. Justin Martyr, 13350 Ashford Point Dr., Houston - 7 p.m.
- Sts. Simon and Jude, 26777 Glen Loch Dr., The Woodlands - 7 p.m.
- Sacred Heart, 109 N. Frazier St., Conroe - 7 p.m.
- St. Andrew, 827 Sheldon Rd., Channelview - 7 p.m.
- St. Angela Merici, 9009 Sienna Ranch Rd., Missouri City - Carols at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m.
- St. Anne, 1111 S. Cherry St., Tomball - 7 p.m.
- St. Edith Stein, 3311 N Fry Rd., Katy - Carols at 7 p.m.; Mass at 7:30 p.m.
- St. Faustina, 28102 FM 1093 ,Fulshear - 6:30 p.m.
- St. Francis de Sales, 8200 Roos Rd.,Houston - 7 p.m.
- Queen of Peace, 1224 Cedar Dr., La Marque -5 p.m.
- St. Edward, 2601 Spring Stuebner Rd., Spring - Carols at 7 p.m., Mass at 7:30 p.m.
- St. Laurence, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land - 7 p.m.
- St. Luke the Evangelist, 11011 Hall Rd., Houston - 7 p.m.
- St. Theresa, 705 St.Theresa Blvd., Sugar Land - 7 p.m.
- St. Thomas Aquinas, 12627 W Bellfort Blvd., Sugar Land - Carols at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m.
- St. James, 22800 Aldine Westfield Rd., Spring - 5:30 p.m.
- Culmination Mass celebrated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Sacred Heart of Jesus, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel - Carols at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m.
Parishes will full novena
- Notre Dame, 7720 Boone Rd., Houston - (Dec. 15 to Dec. 23 - Mass at 5 a.m.)
- Corpus Christi, 9900 Stella Link Rd., Houston - (Dec. 15 to Dec. 23 - Mass at 5:30 a.m.)
- Sacred Heart of Jesus, 6502 County Road 48, Manvel - (Dec. 15 to Dec. 23)
Masses: Dec 15 at 5 a.m., Dec 16 to 19 at 7 p.m., Dec. 20 to 22 at 5 a.m., Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.
- St. Dominic, 8215 Reservoir St., Houston - (Dec. 16 to Dec. 24 - Mass at 5 a.m.)
- St. John Neumann, 2730 Nelwood Dr., Houston - (Dec. 16 to Dec. 24 - Mass at 5:30 a.m.)